Mr. Howard Robert Balloch was appointed as a Non-executive Director and Member of Remuneration Committee of Maple Leaf in June and November 2014 respectively and is responsible for supervising overall management and strategic planning. Mr. Balloch served as a Director since March 12, 2008.
Mr. Balloch is a veteran Canadian diplomat. Prior to joining our Maple Leaf as Board Member, he served as Canadian Ambassador to PRChina and Mongolia from April 1996 to July 2001, and to the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea from March 2000 to July 2001. Subsequently, he has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canada China Business Council, a private, non-profit business association that facilitates and promotes trade and investment between Canada and China from 2001 to 2006, and is currently its Vice Chairman. Mr. Balloch has also served as the director of several companies. He has been a director of Ivanhoe Energy Inc. since January 2002, a company listed on both the TSE and NASDAQ, which is engaged in the oil development and production business, primarily in Canada, the United States, Ecuador and Mongolia. Mr. Balloch has also been a director of Methanex Corp. since December 2004, a company listed on both the TSE and NASDAQ, which is engaged in the supply, distribution and marketing of methanol to major international markets. He was a director of Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. from March 2005 to May 2011, which was engaged in mineral exploration and development and headquartered in Vancouver, Canada. Mr. Balloch founded and served as chairman of the Board of The Balloch Group from 2001 to 2011, a boutique investment bank that advised domestic and multinational corporations in China and a member of Canaccord Genuity Group Inc.. From 2011 to 2013, he served as chairman of Canaccord Genuity Asia, the Asian subsidiary of Canaccord Genuity Group Inc., a Canadian company listed on both the TSE and the London Stock Exchange, which provides banking and financial services to individual, institutional and corporate clients worldwide.
Mr. Balloch received a Bachelors of Arts degree and a Masters of Arts degree from McGill University, Canada in June 1973 and June 1974, respectively.