[vc_row 0=””][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text 0=””]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 the AR ledger, Frank often said he wished all his customers were Chinese, “because they always pay 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.
In 1971, after serving 4 years with the USAF, Harold opted for Canada and began an Asian Studies degree at the University of Windsor.
In 1977, following a year of Chinese language training at a college in Beijing, he got his first job in China in Harbin, Heilongjiang. That led to a career working in various parts of China, ending with his retirement while in Guangzhou, Guangdong in 2010.
With five years of formal study of Chinese, and through his work as a teacher, a technical translator and a manager of Canadian government-funded HR projects in China, Harold not only mastered Mandarin, but also 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 Canada’s investment in the China Enterprise Management Training Centre. Through his work with Canadian college business teachers and consultants from Canadian companies, he gained a broad understanding of Chinese business culture, and Chinese government oversight and regulation of commercial enterprise in China.
From 2004 to 2006, Harold developed the technical documents translation capability of 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.
In 2007, he led a project for Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Based in Guangzhou, Harold’s team provided pre-departure labour market information and employment assistance counselling for Chinese professionals approved for immigration to Canada.
After returning to Canada in 2010, Harold worked as a training project officer for the Chinese Professionals Association of Canada in Toronto.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”424″ image_size=”medium”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][/vc_column][/vc_row]