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

CABC Breakfast with the Hon. Dr. Kevin Lynch, October 10, 2017

Date: 10 Oct 2017
8:30-10:00 am

On October 10, 2017 the Canada – ASEAN Business Council hosted Breakfast Round-table Event with the CABC Executive Committee, featuring a presentation from special guest the Honourable Dr. Kevin Lynch, Vice-Chairman of BMO Financial Group and former Clerk of the Privy Council.

The Honourable Dr. Kevin Lynch shared his thoughts on Canada’s trade in light of global political and economic changes, and Canada’s strategies for international diversification in the rapidly changing times. Dr. Lynch also discussed the importance of the “Canadian Brand”, which reflects how the world perceives Canada and its values, the strength of its society, the vigour of its economy, the quality of its government and governance institutions, and its voice on the world stage. While Canada is perceived favorably, work must be done to also drive commercial opportunities from this positive recognition.

The Council also shared its key updates with Dr. Lynch, including its work promoting a Canada-ASEAN FTA, and the upcoming Canada-ASEAN Business Forum (March 21-22, Singapore)

[Partner Event] Cryptocurrency Seminar by Consilium Law Corporation

Date: 28 Aug 2017
6-8 pm

We take great pleasure in inviting you to attend our Evening Seminar* on digital currencies, blockchain technology, and the law in Singapore.  This interesting event will be held at the Boardroom of the American Club on Monday, August 28th 2017 from 6pm to 8pm and is free of charge.

Interested in the potential of ‘smart contracts’ to  revolutionize how parties contract with each other? Wondering about the implications of personal data protection in blockchain technology? Unsure about AML/CFT risks arising from digital currencies? This event is for you.

Please join Franca Ciambella, Managing Director, Kenneth Pereire, Associate Director, and Lin Yingxin, Legal Associate, of Consilium Law Corporation, as they provide an overview on the legal environment in Singapore for digital currencies and blockchain technology.

Consilium Law Corporation looks forward to welcoming you to this insightful and interactive discussion!

*Canapés and beverages will be served


Trained in law in the jurisdictions of Canada, New York and Singapore, Franca was one of the first foreign lawyers to gain full admission to the Singapore Bar.Her areas of expertise include corporate and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, foreign investment law, and contracts law, with a focus on technology businesses.


Kenneth is a Singapore-qualified corporate lawyer and an Associate Director with Consilium Law Corporation.  He specializes in mergers and acquisitions, contract and company law, securities regulation and compliance in a variety of sectors. He has a considerable amount of experience in assisting start-up  and technology companies with capital raising, structuring and expansion in Singapore and in the region. 


Mr. Lin Yingxin is a Legal Associate at Consilium Law Corporation. His practice includes Commercial Litigation and Corporate & Commercial Law. He specializes in general corporate advisory work and drafting commercial contracts. He also has experience assisting start-up and technology companies in trade mark applications, capital raising, disputes and employment law matters.


The American Club Singapore
10 Claymore Hill, Singapore 229573

RSVP by August 23, 2017
Isabella Casciola
T. 6235-2700
E. Isabella.casciola@mail.mcgill.ca

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 were proud to host a launch event for the Interim Report on the Study of Legal Barriers to Doing Business in ASEAN.

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 final report will be released in Q2 2018.

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

Canada’s Ambassador to ASEAN, HE Marie-Louise Hannan, provides opening remarks at the event.

Professor of Law Locknie Hsu provides guests an overview of the Interim Report’s findings.

[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.