Hatfield Consultants Mekong (HCM) is one of a few international standard environmental consulting companies based in Lao PDR. Established in 2011, HCM has gradually expanded and now provides a range of services to the natural resources sector throughout the Mekong region, and is currently implementing projects in Lao, Viet Nam, Cambodia and Myanmar. In addition to our first board meeting, my recent visit coincided with two major sporting events; the 5 Nations Rugby Tournament in Vientiane (although only Lao PDR, Guam, Indonesia and China participated) and the Stanley Cup finals. Due to the magic of the “internets”, Tom was able to stream live TV feeds of his beloved HABs, while serving fresh coffee and pancakes (with real maple syrup) to hockey starved fans living in Vientiane. A few photos taken on the trip can be seen here.