Established in 2005 in Vancouver Canada, EGRC provides young women in rural Western China with access to high school and university education through financial sponsorship and emotional support.


EGRC further offers mentorship, and a variety of training programs with a specific focus on mental health, confidence-building, career and personal development. In 2020, EGRC registered in China as an independent charity.


Ching Tien grew up in Beijing where she attended a privileged girls-only school. During the politically chaotic time, her dream of obtaining an education was shattered. Instead of going to university, she was sent to Gansu Province, the poorest province in China. There, she worked in a factory for eight years.

In 1983, she immigrated to Vancouver, Canada. For more than 20 years, she owned and managed an art gallery and was actively involved in Vancouver’s arts communities. Her two children were born in Canada and graduated from Canadian universities.

Life in Canada inspired Ching to establish EGRC in 2005. Her dream is to give young women and girls in rural China the gift of education – stemming from her deep belief that educated women have educated children.

Ching has established herself as the voice of women’s empowerment through prominent speaking engagements and recognitions. She has spoken at Asia Society in 2015, TEDx Beijing 2016, Alibaba’s Global Women Entrepreneurship Conference in 2017 and Eve Programme’s annual Asia Pacific Conference in 2019. In 2017, she was awarded the Canadian Governor General’s Visit Medallion. In 2018, she was the Finalist of RBC’s Women of Influence Award. In 2020 she received 5 at 50 Award from the Canada China Business Council on the occasion of Canada China 50 years of diplomatic relations.

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Board of Directors

  • Don Kayne — Co-Chair, CEO and President, Canfor Corporation
  • Jane Milner — Co-Chair, Former CEO, North Shore Credit Union BC
  • Ying Du — Member, China Head, MacKenzie Investments
  • Travis Joern — Member, Director of Corporate Communications, Canada Wood China
  • Ching Tien — Member, Founder & President, EGRC

Senior Advisors

  • Fang Bourne — COO, BMO Asia
  • Lin Gao — CEO, Message Coach China
  • Malcolm McKenzie — Head of School, Keystone Academy Beijing
  • Marcia Smith — Senior VP, Teck Resources LTD


  • Ching Tien — President
  • Christine Zhou — Executive Director China
  • Daisy Gong — Senior Program Manager China
  • Alina Lang — Program Manager China
  • Lina Zhang — Assistant Program Manager
  • Verona Zhu — Director of Development Shanghai
  • Michelle Yuan — Director of Development Beijing
  • Tong Tong Niu — Chinese Social Media Manager
  • Ashleigh Au — Executive Director Eastern Canada
  • ChiChi Wang — Senior Director of Strategy & Development, Western Canada
  • Amanda Chui — Office Manager Vancouver
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