Harold’s interest in China began in the 1960s, as a teenager working for his father Frank’s restaurant supply company in Windsor. While lamenting over his AR ledger, Frank often said he wished all his customers were Chinese, because they always paid their bills on time. In high school in Detroit, Harold’s American Lit teacher assigned the novel, The Good Earth, by Nobel Laureate, Pearl S. Buck. It was a story that portrayed the Chinese ideals of hard work and frugality. Later, after 4 years in the USAF, in 1971, Harold opted for Canada and earned an Asian Studies degree at the University of Windsor. After polishing his Chinese in Beijing in 1976, he moved to Harbin, Heilongjiang in 1977. That began a career working in various parts of China that ended with his retirement while in Guangzhou, Guangdong in 2010.
Following five years of formal study of Chinese, by working as a teacher, a technical translator and a manager of Canadian government-funded HR projects in China, Harold not only mastered Mandarin, but also to became literate in Modern Chinese.
Harold taught English to three generations of Chinese adult students, at universities, colleges, and business enterprises. Working as a sub-contractor to the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Harold spent 8 years in Chengdu, Sichuan, overseeing Canadian investment in the China Enterprise Management Training Centre. Through his work with Canadian business teachers and consultants from Canadian business and government, he gained a broad understanding of Chinese business culture, Chinese government oversight and China’s regulation of commercial enterprise.
In 2004, Harold was engaged by KEDA Industrial Group Ltd., one of China’s biggest manufacturers of machinery used in the fabrication of ceramic tile and the processing of natural stone. His assignment was to create an effective translation department and re-write all the company’s technical documentation.
In 2007, he led a project for Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Based in Guangzhou, his team provided pre-departure labour market information and employment counselling for Chinese professionals approved for immigration to Canada.
After returning to Canada in 2010, and while living in Toronto, Harold worked as a training project officer for the Chinese Professionals Association of Canada, and then as an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) speech examiner for the Global Village Toronto Exam Centre.
After re-uniting with David in 2012, Harold was invited to become a director of thinʞnao. Their combined experience and expertise offer a unique resource for their clientele of dynamic companies venturing into the China market.