Wolfgang Van Rosan (BA 1997)

Wolfgang Van RosenVP Corporate Relations, Gold Millennium Group Consulting

Wolfgang Van Rosan immigrated to Canada from Chile in 1977. He graduated from the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus in 1999 with a B.A. Honours, Specialist in Political Science. In 2000, he obtained a Technical Writing Certificate from the School of Continuing Studies.

Having studied under renowned professor Stephen Clarkson, Van Rosan was inspired to become a citizen of the world pursuing professional opportunities with organizations abroad.

In 2005, he began working for the European consulting firm Goldmillennium Group (GMG), a boutique firm operating in The People’s Republic of China advising foreign organizations on all aspects of corporate communications. The following year, he married a Chinese national and moved to live in Beijing, China.

The role of corporate communications is one that is both diverse and dynamic with the objective to facilitate an organization’s smooth participation into the challenging mainland market. Working together with all departments, an effective corporate communicator must see their role as an enabler, foreseeing various moves in advance on the volatile business board.

During his tenure, Van Rosan had the opportunity work on special assignments for various institutions including two of the top universities in China, Tsinghua and Jiaotong; and for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2010 Shanghai Expo.

In 2009, Van Rosan completed a certificate on Private Equity and Venture Capital with Harvard Business School and Tsinghua School of Economics and Management.

Van Rosan has assisted in the representation of various companies at the China International Economic & Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) writing the legal briefs for their cases before the tribunal.

In 2011, Van Rosan was the master of ceremonies for an international business seminar held in Beijing for the President of Chile Sebastian Piñera. China Central Television (CCTV), the largest Chinese network, nationally televised the former event.

In 2015, Van Rosan began his transition to return to Canada after his second child was born. He has slowed down and settled in Oakville with his wife and two children, but continues with GMG travelling between China and South America (he is proficient in Spanish) advising on new projects including an expansion of operations with CEFOC, a large Chinese multinational.

Closer to home, Van Rosan advised Oakville Mayor Burton to establish formal sister-city relations with the Chinese city of Huai’an. The agreement was signed in China last June. Official delegations from both cities have exchanged visits since 2013 establishing a framework for cultural and business projects.

While at UofT, Van Rosan was the President of the Student Administrative Council (SAC) at Scarborough Campus, and an executive member of ethnic and academic student organizations. He was also an investigative reporter for The Underground, a film critic contributor and a political cartoonist.

Register online to chat with Wolfgang at Backpack to Briefcase: Alumni Café on Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

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