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Canada Office


Located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the CABC's Canada Office commenced operations on May 24th, 2016. An important milestone in the expansion of the CABC, a permanent Canadian office further our commitment to membership, networking, advocacy, and development of educational opportunities for companies tied to the Canada-ASEAN economic corridor.   

2017 Canada Office Update:

The first quarter of 2017 has been an exciting and noteworthy time for the CABC’s Canadian Office. The CABC appointed its first Canada Activities Chair based out of Toronto, Ontario, Mr. Joshua Brown. Mr. Brown’s appointment is illustrative of the Council’s expanding reach and touch points for our Members in Canada, offering coverage in the West by Canada Director Andrew Doherty and in the East by Joshua Brown. The Canadian office is nearing its one-year anniversary of operations, on May 24th, 2017. Lastly, the CABC successfully hosted its first major thought leadership and networking initiatives, in Toronto in late March. Please see summaries of all events below for more details. 

Looking Forward:

Building on the excitement of the first quarter, the Canada office will play an integral role in the May release of the much anticipated Canada ASEAN Free Trade Impact study. Together with our partners: The Business Council of Canada, The University of British Columbia, and the Asia Pacific Foundation, the study’s release will be celebrated at a launch event in Ottawa. Details of the launch event will be distributed to Members, upon the completion of event planning. Stay tuned!

Also a top priority for the Canadian Office is the incorporation as a Federal Not-for-Profit entity. The CABC is currently in the process of working with its legal partners in completing this task. Last, Andrew Doherty will be reaching out to all Member organizations to develop a Canadian Member contact list to ensure value and support is provided to all CABC Members with operations located in Canada. 


Canada Office Launch:

Date: May 24th, 2016
Location: The Law Offices of McCarthy Tétrault, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 pm


The CABC is excited to announce the opening of a permanent Canada office on May 24th, 2016. To commemorate this important milestone, the Canadian Office Launch party hosted over 50 senior level private and public sector guests. The representation and support received for the launch by the Alberta Government and City of Calgary was very strong, and illustrative of the importance of targeting ASEAN as a growth sector for Canada. Relationships were forged, and business development opportunities created, during the reception and networking portion of the evening. All in attendance left with an increased awareness and interest in ASEAN as a result of the launch. Lastly, the CABC looks forward to building on the momentum created and building a strong future in Canada. 

Remarks were shared by:
  • Wayne Farmer, CABC President
  • Hon. Jean Charest, CABC Honorary Chairman
  • Jason Krips, Deputy Minister, Alberta Economic Development and Trade
  • Ambassador Marie-Louise Hannan, Canada's Mission to ASEAN
  • Mayor Naheed Nenshi, City of Calgary

Canada’s Trade Opportunity with ASEAN, a Roundtable with Ambassador Marie-Louise Hannan:

Date: March 29th, 2017
Location: The Law Offices of McCarthy Tétrault, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 

On March 29th, 2017, at the Law offices of McCarthy Tétrault, the CABC hosted an oversubscribed roundtable featuring eighteen (18) distinguished private and public sector participants for a forward-looking discussion on trade relations between Canada and ASEAN. With introductory remarks by Honorary Chairman, the Hon. Jean Charest, and welcoming remarks by distinguished guest, Ambassador Marie-Louise Hannan, the roundtable highlighted a general enthusiasm and eagerness for growth in Canada-ASEAN relations and trade opportunities. The CABC was pleased to welcome Senior Representatives from the following organizations:

  • Canada’s Mission to ASEAN
  • BMO Financial Group
  • National Bank of Canada
  • Ernst & Young
  • United Overseas Bank
  • Norton Rose Fulbright
  • The Conference Board of Canada
  • McCarthy Tétrault, Host Member
  • Tractus-Asia
  • Brunei Darussalam High Commission in Ottawa
  • Philippine Consulate General
  • Consulate of Malaysia in Toronto
  • Consulate-General of the Republic of Singapore
  • Ryerson University

Noteworthy topics of discussion included timely dialogue around resource restrictions which have the potential to stifle trade agreement efforts, a comparison of the trade opportunity between Canada-China and Canada-ASEAN, development of SME’s as the engine of continued growth for trade between Canada and ASEAN, and the need for the liberalisation of services. The impactful thought leadership exercise marks another step in the CABC’s continued advocacy efforts towards a successful negotiation of a Canada-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement. 

The CABC Presents: An Evening with Ambassador Marie-Louise Hannan:

Date: March 29th, 2017
Location: The Law Offices of McCarthy Tétrault, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Immediately following the CABC roundtable, the CABC hosted an invitation only networking reception, also at the Law Offices of McCarthy Tétrault. Lake Ontario provided a scenic backdrop for an engaging and very active reception featuring senior private and public sector representatives from Southeast Asia, and across Canada.  Remarks by Wayne Farmer, CABC President, Jean Charest, CABC Honorary Chairman, Ambassador Marie-Louise Hannan, Canada’s first dedicated Ambassador to ASEAN, and Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong, all focused on the importance of building a strategic relationship with ASEAN now, as a key building block in the future success of the Canada’s economy.  The CABC is confident in the success of the relationships and business opportunities cultivated at the reception. 


The CABC would like to thank its Patron Members: Scotiabank, BMO Financial Group, Sun Life Financial and Manulife Financial, for their support. The CABC also thanks event sponsors: McCarthy Tétrault and the Consulate-General of the Republic of Singapore.

Canada and Southeast Asia: The Opportunity in the Financial Sector:

Date: March 30th, 2017
Location: Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Time: 8:30 pm - 5:00 pm

In partnership with the University of Calgary School of Public Policy and York University’s Schulich School of Business, an invitation only roundtable was hosted at York University, in Toronto, Ontario, on March 30th, 2017. The all day roundtable featured keynote remarks by Ambassador Marie-Louise Hannan, and the CABC’s Honorary Chairman Jean Charest. Additional keynote remarks were shared by Dr. Mari Pangestu, former Indonesian Minister of Trade and Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, current Professor of International Economics at the University of Indonesia and Senior Fellow at the Indonesian Centre for Strategic and International Studies; and Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, former Thai Deputy Prime Minister, Director-General of the World Trade Organization and Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development.

The opening keynote address by Canada’s Ambassador to ASEAN, Marie-Louise Hannan, challenged the audience by asking a question that guided discussion throughout the day - “Are we ready to get serious about ASEAN?”  In her remarks, Ambassador Hannan underscored the long-standing, 40-year Canada-ASEAN partnership, and she convincingly portrayed Southeast Asia as a dynamic, growing region of plentiful opportunity. The Canadian Mission to ASEAN is actively supporting the ASEAN Community-building project, including in the areas of SME growth and infrastructure development – helping to create opportunities for regional economic prosperity and Canadian commercial engagement therein. The Mission is also actively exploring the expansion of Canada-ASEAN trade and investment relationship – with a preliminary FTA Feasibility Study underway, and working to deliver an inaugural Canada-ASEAN trade policy dialogue in July 2017. 

During the lunchtime keynote, Jean Charest passionately accentuated the optimism and positivity felt within the business community towards the opportunity in the ASEAN region. Describing ASEAN as a major growth area, Mr. Charest reiterated the importance in focusing efforts on further developing relations with the region. Mr. Charest also highlighted and applauded the Ministry of International Trade’s commitment to explore the feasibility of a free trade agreement with ASEAN. He advocated that Canada is ready for a free trade agreement, and encouraged the private sector to be vocal in campaigning interest in a major trade relationship with ASEAN.

In addition to the keynote addresses, the roundtable featured panels on: The Opportunity in SE Asia, Building Financial Capacity in SE Asia, and FinTech & Future Trends. Impactful dialogue and debate by industry leaders and experts in each panel provided a valuable learning opportunity for the audience. The CABC was pleased to facilitate panel moderator roles for Members: United Oversees Bank and BMO, and a panelist role for McCarthy Tétrault.

Summarizing an insightful day, the more than 50 in attendance shared a common voice in answering Ambassador Hannan, “Yes! We are ready to get serious about ASEAN.”