A senior executive of Huawei Canada, who has served as a public face of a Chinese company in the country since 2011, is different from Shenzen, as he faces growing problems around the world.
Scott Bradley, a well-connected economic lobbyist, who sought to present Huawei as a valuable contribution to Canadian economic development, quietly left the company this week.
Mr Bradley would not discuss the reasons for his departure when they contacted The Globe and Mail on Friday, but Huawei made a statement that he played a key role in building a Chinese brand of telecommunications in Canada and achieving governments.
"We are very grateful for his contributions to Huawei Canada for the past seven and a half years and I personally would like to thank you for the dedication and valuable support he provided me when we worked together. President Huawei Canada Eric Li said in a statement to Globe and Mail said Mr Bradley will continue to act as a special advisor when needed.
In a separate announcement on Friday for Huawei Canada, Mr Bradley himself said that his departure was not "a sudden decision, but an understanding in the past year and a half, to move at some point from the formal role." with the company. "
Mr Bradley, the former CEO of BCE Inc., joined Huawei when he was defeated in the 2011 general election as a liberal candidate and sought to maintain a good reputation for the Chinese telecommunications system in Canada and to counteract the perception that was closely linked to the authoritarian government of China.
Mr Bradley has faced more control over the past year, as Washington has strengthened pressure on major allies, including Canada, to ban Huawei to provide equipment for the next generation of 5G wireless networks. spying for Western interests.
On Friday, police arrested a Chinese employee of Huawei and a former Polish security official for spying charges – a measure that could cause Western concerns about the safety of the telecommunications equipment manufacturer.
A representative of the Polish security services said that allegations relate to the actions of individuals and that they are not directly related to Huawei Technologies Cos Ltd.
Reuters described a Huawei employee as a man named Wang Weijing and reported that he was arrested but was not charged.
LinkedIn's Profile for Mr Wang has shown that since 2011 he has been working for the Polish Division of Huawei and that he was previously General Consul General in Gdansk from 2006 to 2011.
US and other western security experts, including the three former Canadian spy agency leaders, have expressed concern that Beijing could ask Huawei to include behind-the-scenes or sabotage in its equipment. Under the Chinese law, which was adopted in 2017, companies must "support, participate and participate in national intelligence services".
As the Huawei frontman in Canada, Mr Bradley repeatedly emphasized that Huawei complied with all Canadian laws and did not spy with the Canadians.
Since Mr. Bradley joined the company eight years ago, Huawei has established an increasingly public profile in Canada.
The company supports the Jays Care Foundation, the Sasktel Youth Prize for Excellence and Actua, a national charity institution that teaches young people to coding.
The company is also sponsoring Ottawa senators, Toronto International Film Festival and programs at Sportsnet's hockey hall. Huawei even hosted nearly 60 Canadian engineers to go to China through its global "Seeds for the Future" program.
Mr. Bradley is a member of the Governing Board of the lobby group of the Canadian-Chinese Business Council and is brother Susan Smith, co-founder of Canada 2020, an influential think tank, closely linked to the liberal government. partly funded by Huawei's financial contributions.
In 1984, Huawei was privately owned by a complex shareholder structure. Ren Zhengfei, a former engineer of the People's Liberation Army, was sitting at the 12th national congress of the Chinese Communist Party. Years ago, the company was faced with allegations that business secrets stolen from Nortel and Cisco ended in its hands (Cisco sued Huawei for patent infringement in 2003, settlement a year later).
Earlier this year, Jake Enwright left the position of conservative leader Andrews Scheer's communications director and assumed the position of director of Huawei for corporate affairs in Canada.
With files from Reuters