Christian Chia

Christian Chia was born in Amsterdam, Holland to a Dutch mother and Chinese-Indonesian Father. His father was in the vehicle assembly and distribution business in Jakarta, Indonesia. He immigrated to Vancouver in 1979 and graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Commerce in finance, but quickly realized that finance was not his calling. He then worked for Toyota Motor Corporation in Tokyo from 1992 to 1994, mostly in the area of marketing for Asia and the Middle East. From there he learned about Toyota’s lean production system and, first hand, kaizen (it means “continuous improvement”). In 1994, Christian established Summit Motors China, an authorized importer and retailer for Toyota and BMW for China and built the company into a network of eight locations throughout China. He moved to Vancouver in 1998 to head up OpenRoad Auto Group Ltd.

Christian serves and has served on a number of industry boards including as past director of the B.C. New Car Dealers Association, director and co-chair of the Vancouver International Auto Show, member of the Honda Dealer Communication Team, member of the Audi Dealer Council, chair of the Lexus Communication Team and a past member of the Federal Finance Ministry Advisory Committee. He is also currently the director of Servco Pacific, Toyota Distributor for the state of Hawaii and the director of Trans China Automotive Dealer Group with BMW and Toyota dealerships in China. In 2012, Christian was named as CADA Laureate Award winner. He is married and a father of two children.