is Andrea Eng?
Eng is one of the world's most strategic
She has decades of experience effecting
acquisitions and sales in property globally for some the planet's most
rich and most influential decision makers.
Continuing to forefront from her discrete perch with experienced global
associates. Real estate is just one of the derivatives she
operates in but what makes her unique is the few have the range of
experience in significant acquisitions with a rolodex on 4
continents. Andrea Eng is a favourite of several of Asia's
her teenage years to her present role as investment advisor to the global
elite, Andrea Eng has consistently blazed new trails and exceeded
boundaries. Her numerous
achievements packed in the short span of her adult years can be
highlighted by the following:
Miss Canada (1978), Miss
Vancouver (1977) and Miss Vancouver Chinatown (1977) while at the
University of British Columbia where she graduated with a Bachelor of
Commerce (1978) degree with a major in Urban Land Economics and minors in
Asian Studies and Public Policy.
§ Contributor to the
community with a fund-raising record that still stands while she served as
the President of the Vancouver Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden Society. She was
also founder and National President of the Hong Kong-Canada Business
Association and an active
volunteer on educational advisory boards and charitable organizations.
§ Reaching a pinnacle of
commercial success as a female in the Darwinian world of global real
estate. (Top 100
Chinese Canadians 2006 [p.4];
Forty Under Forty
beginnings to Miss Canada
was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia as a third generation
Canadian. Her pioneering
parents, armed with only a grade school
education, eventually entered business and ultimately emerged as leaders
and role models in the local community. Through the trying times, her
parents mentored young Andrea and instilled in her the work ethic and
civic values which she carried into and exemplified in her adult years.
Below is a sketch of the Eng’s ancestral home, which appeared in
)Raymond Chow’s book “Vancouver As It Was”.
(Cobblestone Press 1984))
her poise and outreach personality, Andrea was recruited to enter the Miss
Vancouver Chinatown pageant. From this platform, she entered the
mainstream downtown establishment while raising funds for charity for her
patron, the Vancouver Chinatown Lions’ Club.
In 1977, Andrea became their first “Miss Vancouver Chinatown”
and their goodwill ambassador for a decade.
competed and won the Miss Vancouver Pageant (1977) and set another record
as the first Asian ever in the Miss Vancouver competition.
She went on to compete at the Miss Canada Pageant (1978) and was
first runner-up. When the then Miss Canada chose to marry during her term,
Andrea had the opportunity to represent Canada at the Miss Universe
Pageant in Mexico in 1978.
She was the first Asian to represent a western nation at the
Aiming to shatter the glass ceiling
drive and determination, Andrea distinguished herself professionally early
on in her career in the male-dominated Commercial Investment Real Estate
was the first woman recruited into the Investment Commercial &
Industrial division of industry leader Colliers Macaulay Nicolls Inc.
since its founding in 1898. With vision and foresight, she identified a
strategic niche and led the industry by cultivating relationships with
Asian institutional investors, and became known as the conduit
of Asian investment capital into Vancouver. Her signature transactions
during the time included Pacific Coach Lines, O’Doul’s
famously, the Vancouver landmark Georgia Hotel which she transacted three
times. Quickly rising to the rank of Vice President (1980-1992), she also
dominated the multi-family apartment sector of Vancouver by effecting over
$1 billion in sales.
Inc. National ‘Top Twenty’
include: Top Investment
Vancouver, Rookie of the Year, and consistently National Top 20 in gross
Vancouver to the World Stage
the 1980’s, Andrea’s success in her chosen field was entrenched. She
controlled 70% of the market for en-bloc residential apartment sales in
downtown Vancouver, smartly developing her specialty in waterfront
property. A feat unmatched, she sold more than fifty buildings, including
an entire city block on Vancouver’s Beach Avenue. Her work with local
developer Norm Cressey was pivotal in transforming Cressey Development
Corp. from a generic builder into a developer of luxury residential
work and reputation was not unnoticed. It caught the eye of Li Ka-Shing,
Asia’s richest billionaire, when his conglomerate purchased
Vancouver’s Expo 86 site.
1993, Andrea’s career took a gigantic leap. She relocated to Hong Kong
to become Global Real Estate Fund
Manager, heading up global investments
worldwide under the stewardship of Richard Li, Li Ka-Shing’s second son.
She became a dealmaker on the world
stage, establishing her network of
connections on four continents while cementing her reputation as the
bridge attracting foreign investment capital into Canada.
in Hong Kong, she also had the opportunity to work with key members of the
start-up team that created STAR TV, the first pan-Asian satellite
television service. In Hong Kong and Toronto, she also became well known
for her real estate activities on the
0 A Lasting Imprint
Andrea’s expertise and success in real estate and brokerage escalated,
she also expanded into the more influential and impactful role as property
the early 1990’s, Andrea’s global work would fortuitously take her
back to Canada. Even as Toronto was mired in recession at the time, Andrea
recognized the development potential of Toronto’s waterfront. With
trademark foresight and grit, she convinced Richard Li to finance the $100
sourced the lands from the Special Credit department of a Canadian bank,
turning a dormant asset into a revenue-producing property, creating 600
man-years of employment in Toronto for the construction project. Five
hundred thousand square feet of residential condominium was developed,
bringing to life the vision of architects Bruce Kuwabara and Shirley
Blumberg. The penthouse of the building was designated “Best in
Canada” by Canadian Interior magazine in 1991.
Toronto mayor Barbara Hall publicly recognized Andrea’s personal efforts
and monumental determination to carry the project through three levels of
government bureaucracy and for having the courage to invest in the city
during uncertain times.
track record of giving back
Valerie Gibson, VANCOUVER
that you cannot build a good building without a solid community
foundation, Andrea has always found time to volunteer and give back to the
President of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Garden Society, Andrea’s
fundraising record still stands today, eighteen years later. The project,
the first full-scale Chinese classical garden recreated in the western
world by artisans from Suzhou, was an important cultural icon and enjoyed
the support of Vancouver’s multi-cultural societies, the Chinese
community and all levels of the Canadian and Chinese governments.
During her term, one of the finest collections of penjing in
the world was graciously donated by Dr. Yee-Sun Wu, retired Hong Kong
banker and one of the world’s renown penjing collectors and
artists, which became permanently housed in a new wing of the Vancouver
Chinese classical garden. She
traveled to Hong Kong to meet with Dr. Wu.
(1985 – 1991)
was part of the founding group of the Hong Kong-Canada Business
Association and she became its third national president and subsequently
Governor and Past Vancouver Section President.
Under her stewardship, the group became the largest bilateral trade
organization in Canada with 3,300 members across Canada.
She traveled across the country and actively promoted commercial
opportunities for Canadians in Asia.
6.0 Public Recognitions & Distinctions
100 Chinese Canadians, Vancouver Sun
under Forty, Vancouver’s top business achievers under the age of 40,
Business in Vancouver (1990)
50 Panel Judge, Vancouver Magazine
(2003 and 2004)
Vancouver Chinatown Pageant Hall of Fame (1986)
Alumna who has brought distinction to the University of British
Columbia through her professional dedication and exceptional
contribution to the community
Club, Vancouver Real Estate Board
of multiple academic scholarships while in attendance at the
University of British Columbia
Gregarious and confident, Andrea became a reporter for the
“Vancouver Show” and “Saturday Morning Lineup” at CKVU-TV
(1978-1979) upon graduation from the Commerce faculty at UBC. Still
fermenting her early career, she moved into Promotions and Public
Relations when she directed promotions at the Food and Beverage division
at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver (1979-1980). Her public role
and early-adopter nature would bring her to become knowledgeable about
3G-telecom technology, and in 2006 she worked with the marketing team of
3UK in London, England to develop video content for mobile telephones. 3G
technology had not yet penetrated the North American market although it
was the dominant technology on other continents. She was Advisor to
the Chair at the start-up of the China Internet portal Tom.com. (2000)
two decades, Andrea has been in the public's eye and was fortuitous to
have met many of the world’s most powerful decision makers in business,
some of who have become good friends. She returned to Vancouver in
2003 and now cares for her aging Father whose health and business affairs
have not been tended to properly. Andrea treats this pious duty
responsibly and she is also taking this chapter of her life as an
opportunity to achieve personal balance - which she does through yoga
study. She still selectively advises and consults globally with respect to
property investment in Canada and globally.
business network is now firmly established on an international
level. She is able to operate from Vancouver as her base through the use
of technology. She has proven global management skills, with
flexibility to lead and communicate with people of many cultures and
opinions. Vancouver is ideal for her as she is a plane ride away
from any of the world’s financial capitals and her clients. From
her base she provides her clients a safe haven from business paparazzi on
their stopovers in Vancouver. Never resting on her laurels, she is
always ready to bring people and opportunities together.
When she read about Mission Hills' Oculus wine in Mac Parry's
column in the Vancouver Sun, she introduced her [unnamed but influential]
visiting guest to the Canadian winery, and Mission Hill wines are now sold
in Watson's Wine Cellar in Hong Kong. When the Malaysian magnate
Tan Sri Dato Khoo Kay-Peng acquired Laura Ashley and visited the
management in Boston, Andrea was invited to consult because of her strong
cross-cultural skills and business acumen. Andrea's
current work includes team members of the start up of the world's
first satellite television network who are strategically located
around the world.