Past Events 2017-07-09T23:06:31+00:00

Past Events

The CABC hosts the Canada-ASEAN Business Forum every 18 months.

It is recognized as the premier event connecting senior Canadian private and public-sector leaders with their ASEAN counterparts.

On a regular basis, the CABC provides high-level networking and sector-specific events for its Members.

CABC events are held across ASEAN and in Canada, often as a collaboration with our regional partners and members.

Events Detail

Launch Event – Interim Report on the Study of Legal Barriers to Doing Business in ASEAN

Date: 3 Aug 2017
15:00- 17:00

CABC and Singapore Management University will be hosting a launch event for the Executive Summary of the SMU report.

This high-impact study by Singapore Management University, with the support of the CABC, takes an in-depth look at the legal barriers faced by companies trading and investing in ASEAN. The study aims to provide actionable policy recommendations to improve business conditions in ASEAN.

The event will feature a discussion of the interim report’s main findings, including preliminary recommendations regarding key legal barriers in ASEAN by Lead Researcher Prof. Locknie Hsu, and featuring remarks by the CABC and by Guest of Honour Marie-Louise Hannan, Canada’s Ambassador to ASEAN.

Venue Seminar Room 3-11, School of Law, Singapore Management University , 55 Armenian Street, Singapore, Singapore 179443
Time 3pm, Thursday, August 3, 2017
Cost  free


Event Schedule 

3:00pm Welcome by Professor Locknie Hsu and introduction of SMU School of Law Dean, Associate Professor Goh Yihan
3:05pm Dean’s welcome remarks
3:15pm Remarks by Mr. Wayne Farmer, President of the CABC and introduction of the Guest of Honour
3:25 pm Remarks by Guest of Honour, H.E. Ambassador Marie- Louise Hannan
3:40pm Presentation of interim report findings and recommendations by Professor Locknie Hsu and Associate Professors Pearlie Koh and Yip Man
4:20pm Q&A
4:30pm Coffee and refreshments


[Canada Office] CABC Clean-Tech Roundtable

Date: 15 Jun 2017

On Thursday, June 15th, 2017, the CABC hosted a clean-tech roundtable in Calgary, Alberta, at the law offices of Norton Rose Fulbright. Organized for the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, and featuring the Singapore Economic Development Board, the Opportunity for Alberta Clean-tech in SE Asia: A Canada-ASEAN Trade Roundtable welcomed 12 participants from the private and public sector.

The roundtable was successful in engaging Alberta firms to the opportunities in the ASEAN market, specifically the rapidly growing clean-tech sector. Sector analysis, market penetration strategies and best practices were reviewed during the two-hour event. Representatives from Alberta Economic Development and Trade, Singapore Economic Development Board and the Trade Commissioner Service, provided details of the support mechanisms and funding programs available to Alberta business looking to export to the ASEAN nations. Alberta firms Terralog Technologies and Waterworks Technologies, both with existing operations in SE Asia, provided insightful first hand experiences of their successes and challenges, during market expansion to SE Asia.

The Alberta clean-tech businesses present gained an understanding of the market growth opportunities in SE Asia, the best market entry strategies, and access to the resources and organizations available to assist with a successful expansion plan to ASEAN.

The CABC would like to thank Norton Rose Fulbright for their support and assistance in sponsoring the event.

Roundtable Participants:

Jason Switzer, Director, Alberta Clean Technology Industry Alliance (ACTia)
Robert Simmons, Managing Director, Alberta Economic Development & Trade
Heng Jie TAN, Regional Director, Singapore Economic Development Board
Irnawati Irnawati, Trade Commissioner, Trade Commissioners Service
Alexa Verspoor, Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright
Victor Lee, Trade and Investment Manager, Alberta Economic Development & Trade
Jeffrey Schlachter, Sr. Trade and Investment Officer, Alberta Economic Development & Trade
Roman Bilak, President, Terralog Technologies Inc.
Reza Shams, Senior Project & Business Development Manager, Waterworks Technologies Inc.
Arman Kiani, Managing Director, Prospect Renewables
Randy Ries, Director of Business Development, R&D Green Tech
Aaron Salus, Founder, Strut Creative / Rally Engine
Andrew Doherty, Director, Canada, CABC

Lunch with the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne

Date: 22 May 2017

The CABC and CanCham Singapore were pleased to welcome Canada’s Minister of Trade, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, for a Members’ networking lunch at the Raffles CIty Convention Centre in Singapore, May 22nd.

The Minister gave a passionate speech to a sold-our crowd of CABC and CanCham Members, pushing strongly for the benefits of deeper trade integration between Canada and ASEAN,
After thanking CABC and CanCham for their efforts to advance trade between the regions, the Minister provided an overview of the ongoing initiatives Canada is undertaking in ASEAN, and his vision for Canada’s continued engagement in the region. Major points included:
  • Continued efforts towards an FTA between the regions
  • An emphasis for Canada on partnerships, not protectionism
  • Ensuring Canada stands for progressive trade
The Minister also noted the importance of CABC’s recent joint report on a Canada-ASEAN FTA in advancing this important agreement not only in Canada but also with the ASEAN states.
The Minister left the guests with a resounding call for Canadians trading in the region to be ambitious, and seize the moment.

[Canada Office] Canada and Southeast Asia: The Opportunity in the Financial Sector

Date: 30 Mar 2017

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 . Ambassador Hannan’s insightful opening keynote posed an inspiring question that guided the conversation of the day, “Are we ready to get serious about ASEAN?” The Ambassador shared her Mission’s support of Canada’s commitment to explore the feasibility of a Canada-ASEAN free trade agreement. The audience also enjoyed highlights of the Mission’s first year in ASEAN, and their diligent work in advancing Canada’s interest in the ASEAN region.

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. 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.”

[Canada Office] A Roundtable with Ambassador Marie-Louise Hannan

Date: 29 Mar 2017

On March 29th, 2017, at the Law offices of McCarthy Tétrault, the CABC hosted an oversubscribed roundtable featuring 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. 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 SMEs as the engine of continued growth for trade between Canada and ASEAN, and the need for the liberalisation of services. 

The CABC was delighted to welcome member organizations: BMO, National Bank, Ernst & Young, Tractus, United Overseas Bank, Norton Rose Fulbright, and our host member, McCarthy Tétrault. 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.

Banff Forum Roundtable Event with CABC

Date: 28 Mar 2017

The CABC was the featured guest for a roundtable discussion with the Banff Forum’s Toronto chapter: “Canada’s Role in Asia: How global geopolitical nationalism is opening new space for Canadian leadership in the world”.

CABC President Wayne Farmer joined the productive debate on how emerging policymakers and leaders can contribute to the future of Canada’s role in Asia.