Our ABMP Toronto Team

Bernard M. Frolic, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, York University
Executive Director, Asian Business and Management Program, York University

Bernie Frolic is the Executive Director of the Asian Business and Management Program, Professor (Emeritus) in York University’s Political Science Department and Senior Researcher at the University of Toronto's Munk School for Global Affairs.

He first visited China in 1965. He was First Secretary in the Canadian Embassy Beijing in the 1970s. Taught at Peking University and Beijing Foreign Studies University. Visiting professor Harvard University. He is the author/editor of Mao’s People (Harvard University); New Beginnings: Canada and the PRC, 1949-1970 (University of Toronto) (translated as Xin kaiduan, Jianada yu Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo) and other books and monographs. He is just completing his latest book on 50 years of Canada-China relations.

Elena Caprioni, PhD
Program Director, Asian Business and Management Program, York University

Dr. Elena Caprioni is the Program Director of the Asian Business Management Program at York University (ABMP).

Prior to taking on her responsibilities as Director of ABMP, Elena received her education and worked on three separate continents: Europe, Asia and North America.  She received her PhD in Chinese Modern and Contemporary History and International Relations from the University of Cagliari (Italy) in Jan. 2009, focusing her dissertation research on Uyghur-Han ethnic relations. Elena then undertook post-doctoral studies at the Institute of Asian Research (UBC, Vancouver) on Foreign Direct Investment in China’s mining sector, with an emphasis on Canadian mining companies. In China, she conducted her fieldwork for several years and she worked at the Council on International Education Exchange – the largest and oldest U.S. non-profit, non-governmental international exchange organization—as Academic director of the Peking University program and as Resident Director of the Minzu University of China program. In Canada, she worked at the Schulich Executive Education Centre, Schulich School of Business at York University as Associate Director of Open Programs. She is fluent in Mandarin, English and Italian and has more than 10 years of experience with educational organizations based in China and Canada.

Elena’s academic and professional background has been characterized by multiculturalism and interdisciplinary thought. As an international scholar and education worker, she has a strong capacity in building collaborative networks across North America, Europe and Asia.

Li Chen
Program Coordinator, Asian Business and Management Program, York University


Li Chen (or Lily) grew up in Guangdong where she worked at the China Construction Bank as Project Manager and at the Greentree Financial Group as Financial Adviser. She immigrated to Vancouver in 1999 and moved after a few years to Toronto. Recently, she joined SEEC-ABMP as Program Coordinator.

Li Chen obtained her financial degree from Guangdong University of Business Studies in 1992 and obtained her MBA from the New York Institute of Technology in 2012.