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Francis St-Louis is a dynamic and cross-cultural business leader entrusted to build and grow profitable business. Trained as a lawyer, Francis holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Montreal in Canada. Francis has nearly 20 years of experience in legal services, strategy, marketing, sales and business development in the aviation and aerospace sector. His international experience includes programs and pursuits in the Americas, Europe, Asia (China, India, SEA, North East Asia), and Australia. Francis is located in Singapore and works for Rockwell Collins as a Principal Strategic Development Manager.
Allen Gilstrap is a senior financial services industry executive with global experience in the creation and management of new digital payment businesses. Mr. Gilstrap currently serves as CEO of Ongo, a smartphone app-enabled digital payment network in Myanmar. The Ongo Network consists of agent service points, FMCG distributors, wholesalers, merchants, social media, employers, payment processors, mobile airtime distributors, utility companies and e-commerce retailers. Prior to Ongo, Mr. Gilstrap served as CEO of OpenRevolution, a leading mobile payment Fintech provider that implemented over 40 mobile, digital financial service projects in 25 countries. Previously, Mr. Gilstrap served as General Manager and Vice President for American Express in London leading the Global Network Services’ Smart Solution business. Mr. Gilstrap is based in Yangon, Myanmar.
Wong Joo Seng is the founder and CEO of Spark Systems, builders of ultrafast, low latency, resilient and cost-effective trading platforms. Joo Seng is also a Venture Capitalist and Partner with both Vickers Venture Partners as well as an Investment Partner with True Global Ventures. He also co-founded M-Daq. Joo Seng started his career in 1987 with United Overseas Bank Singapore, where he was a trader in precious metals. He later went on to working with Republic National Bank of New York in Singapore, Bank of New Zealand in Wellington, Head of Treasury at TLB Bullion and Futures, and G K Goh. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Mathematics from the National University of Singapore.
Victor Sasdiyarto is Head of Loan Syndication and Financial Advisory Division at PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur. He is responsible for overseeing financing arrangements, not only bank loan but also equity and MTN. Mr. Sasdiyarto managed project at Kertajati International Airport at West Java, a 4000 liter/second water supply project across 5 regions and municipalities in East Java under a PPP Scheme. He also assisted 5 ship port companies in conducting studies to obtain concession rights. He also manages the power plant, LPG storage, rolling stock and tourism special economic zone.
Before joining PT SMI, he served as Associate Director of Deloitte TT, AVP of Loan Syndication at MayBank Indonesia, AVP of Loan Syndication at OCBC Indonesia and Senior Manager at CIMB Bank Indonesia.
Dominic Jacques is a graduate of HEC in Canada. He is a Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA) and a CFA Charter holder.
Mr. Jacques holds the position of Deputy Vice-President, International Development at National Bank of Canada. He is responsible for managing the Bank’s portfolio of international investments and developing ancillary business opportunities.
Mr. Jacques started his career as an auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers. In 2010 Mr. Jacques joined National Bank of Canada.
Mr. Jacques has a sound knowledge of the banking industry, having spent 15 years advising financial institutions on transactions and partnerships. Over the years, he has been based in Montreal, London, Paris and in the Silicon Valley (USA). In April 2016, Mr. Jacques was appointed to the Board of Directors of ABA Bank.
Rohan Belliappa is Singapore and SE Asia Representative for Canadian National Railway. Based in Singapore, he is responsible for customer engagement with a growing volume of ocean carrier, cargo owner and international inter modal partners in ASEAN. Rohan is president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, hails from Halifax, Nova Scotia and has a Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario. He is a former television broadcast journalist with ESPN in Singapore and served within the trade section of the Canadian Consulate in Sydney, Australia.
Franca Ciambella is trained in law and business in Canada, New York and Singapore. Franca was one of the first foreign lawyers to gain admission to the Singapore Bar. Her legal career of 27 years encompasses being a partner at a major Canadian law firm, General Counsel for Asia for a US based Fortune 500 corporation, and since 2010, being Managing Director of Consilium Law Corporation.
Consilium represents clients doing business in ASEAN and Canada, in diverse sectors. Franca’s expertise lies in corporate and commercial law, contracts, technology law, fintech, cross border M & A, foreign investment law, and international trade. Her focus is on technology projects and a cutting edge multi-jurisdictional practice in cryptocurrency and ICOs.
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Wesley Clover International
Wesley Clover International is a global investment management firm and holding company. Independently and together with partners, Wesley Clover has interests around the world in a range of next-generation technology companies, from early start-ups and firms in the accelerator phase, to established companies that trade publicly. Investments are focused on Cloud and SaaS applications for fixed and mobile communications, video analytics, security, customer engagement, business enablement and more. Wesley Clover also has exclusive real estate investments, owning and operating a number of world-class commercial office and hotel/resort properties.
The company enjoys an extensive technology track record, with more than 100 firms to date being founded or funded around the world, led by Chairman and highly successful technology entrepreneur, Terry Matthews. Wesley Clover founds and funds start-ups directly and in partnership with local governments, academic institutions and like-minded businessmen. The company invests exclusively in technology opportunities where its strategic advantages can best be leveraged.
Key among these advantages is the Alacrity Global Ecosystem, a hands-on investment model proven to provide entrepreneurs with a superior chance of success. Alacrity surrounds start-ups with more than just capital, offering access to highly experienced mentorship from which to learn, an established ecosystem of intellectual property and platform technology as a basis from which to innovate, vital first-client relationships for product validation, and established channels to market for reduced time to revenue and growth.
Wesley Clover has partnered to deploy the Alacrity technology start-up model in Canada, the U.K., Turkey, France and India, and is actively working to launch funds in Mexico, Singapore, Indonesia and China. The potential to extend deployments beyond these countries is always under consideration as well. More information can be found at either www.wesleyclover.com or www.alacrityglobal.com
Ron Hoffmann is a western Canadian who has spent much of his diplomatic career in Asia, including serving as Ambassador to Afghanistan during the height of Canada’s military, diplomatic and development deployment. He was Ambassador to Thailand, with cross-accreditation to Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos, and served in the Canadian Embassy in Beijing as Commercial and Economic Counsellor. Earlier in his career, he held key positions in Canadian missions in London, Johannesburg and The Hague. Mr. Hoffmann works with Alberta’s international offices across the region to promote high level and outcome-oriented engagement among Alberta government and business leaders and Asian counterparts. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, the largest Canadian business chamber outside of Canada.
Robert Asselin joined BlackBerry in 2017 as Senior Global Director, Public Policy. He was recently appointed Senior Fellow at the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto and at the Public Policy Forum in Ottawa. For the last two years, he served as Policy and Budget Director to Canada Finance Minister. From 2007 to 2015, Mr. Asselin was the Associate Director of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. In 2014, he was a Visiting Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.
Mairead Lavery joined Export Development Canada in 2014, taking on the role of Senior Vice President for Business Development, where she has a lead role in expanding the crown corporation’s impact for Canadian exporters doing business in almost two hundred countries, across all industrial sectors. She came to EDC from Bombardier, after sixteen years of assuming roles of increasing responsibility. These positions included Vice-President Finance, Vice-President Strategy, as well as V-P Business Development and Structured Finance for Bombardier’s Aerospace Group and, finally, as V-P Transformation and Shared Services. Mairead is a native of Northern Ireland, where she earned her degree in Management and Accounting from Queen’s University Belfast. She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.
Melissa Kennedy joined Sun Life in 2014 with a breadth of experience spanning private practice, regulatory and in-house roles. Prior to joining Sun Life, she was Senior Vice-President, General Counsel and Corporate Affairs for the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, one of Canada’s largest
pension funds. Melissa started her career in private practice followed by roles as head of the prosecution team at the Ontario Securities Commission and as Vice-President, Associate General Counsel at a major Canadian bank. Melissa has a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) degree from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1989 and is a
graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors. She is also a member of the University of Toronto’s Law Alumni Association Council, is on the Executive Committee of the Legal Leaders for Diversity and Inclusion, and received the Arbor Award from the University of Toronto for her
volunteer work. In 2017, Melissa received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law and in 2016, The Women’s Executive Network recognized her as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100. In 2012, Melissa was named Canada’s General Counsel of the Year and received the Women of Influence, Canadian Diversity Champion award.
Anthony Watanabe, throughout his 14 years working at the forefront of sustainability has been involved in helping private and public sector actors both deliver and derive value through environmental innovation. Whether developing CSR strategies for multinational companies like P&G in Canada, building low carbon roadmaps in emerging economies in Latin America, or assisting clean technology companies with the financing and strategies for accessing new markets in Asia, Anthony’s work in sustainable business spans many sectors and geographies. Following a year of travel around the world in 2013-2014, Anthony set up an ASEAN base in Bangkok with his firm, Asia Clean Innovations (ACI). With a mission to help scale the adoption of clean technologies in ASEAN, ACI’s portfolio of Canadian cleantech solutions includes smart off grid street lighting, acoustic leak detection in water pipes and cost effective micro hydro turbines.
Julia Fan Li has a lifelong passion for oncology R&D, innovative finance and biomedical innovation. She is motivated to translate scientific ideas into new medicines for patients. At Seven Bridges, she helps build self-improving AI software to analyze millions of genomes.The Seven Bridges platform enables whole genome analyses for precision medicine. Previously, she helped originate, launch and manage the pioneering $108mm Global Health Investment Fund that focuses on biomedical innovation for diseases which disproportionately affect the poor. Julia completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge as a Gates Scholar, holds a BCOM (honors) in finance and immunology from the University of British Columbia and has worked in the life sciences across four continents.
The Honourable Wayne G. Wouters is a Strategic and Policy Advisor with McCarthy Tétrault LLP. Before joining the private sector, Mr. Wouters was the Clerk of the Privy Council, Secretary to the Cabinet, and Head of the Public Service of Canada. Appointed by Prime Minister Harper, Mr. Wouters served from July 1, 2009 until October 3, 2014, at which time he retired from the Public Service of Canada. Mr. Wouters has an Undergraduate Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Saskatchewan and a Master’s Degree in Economics from Queen’s University. He has also held progressively senior positions in several departments including the Department of Finance and the Privy Council Office.
Émilie Potvin currently heads Uber’s public policy efforts in SouthEast and North Asia. Previously, Émilie served as Vice President, Public Affairs and Stakeholder Relations at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce- Canada’s most influential business association and acted as Canada’s Sherpa to the B20 Coalition- the Business group affiliated to the G20 and G8. Prior to that, Emilie served as Chief of staff to ministers in the Canadian Government and held a number of positions in the private sector with Bombardier and CAE. Emilie began her career as a Foreign Service Officer. She holds an MBA in International Management from HEC Montréal.
Humera Malik is the founder and CEO of Canvass Analytics, where she drives the vision and strategy for changing the way industrial companies think about and use operational data. Humera has worked with some of the largest businesses around the world to transform their business strategies, enter new markets and create new revenue streams. Specifically, Humera has worked with Microsoft, AT&T and Bell Enterprise where she was responsible for defining innovative enterprise business solutions targeting several key industries – Transport, Manufacturing, Retail and Energy. Humera has received various recognitions with most recent being a recipient of the Women of M2M/IoT award and is a sought-after entrepreneur and expert to speak about the impact of industrial artificial intelligence on the global economy.
Jan De Silva is a seasoned international business executive with a proven track record of excelling in on the-ground leadership roles. As President & CEO of the Toronto Region Board of Trade, Jan is spearheading efforts to make Toronto one of the most competitive and sought-after business regions in the world. Prior to joining the Board, Jan spent 14 years in leadership roles in Asia. She served as CEO of Sun Life Financial’s Hong Kong subsidiary and Mainland China joint venture. She co-founded and was CEO of Retail China Limited, which was acquired in 2010. She later served as Dean of Ivey Asia, leading the Hong Kong campus and Asia operations of Ivey Business School of Western University.
Jane Kearns is a senior advisor with MaRS Cleantech. She is a recognized leader in sustainable innovation and has extensive experience growing companies at the intersection of business and sustainability. She co-founded, grew and profitably sold a full-service renewable energy company, and leverages over 20 years of experience in the cleantech, finance and sustainability sectors to help build businesses that matter. She has advised entrepreneurs and executives on project and equity financing, M&A, strategic planning and business development. Jane is a co-founder of the CanadaCleantech Alliance, a board director at the Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP) and sits on advisory boards for the MaRS Catalyst Fund, Standup Ventures, Shell’s Quest Climate Grant and the Pembina Institute’s UnGALA. Jane holds an MBA from Columbia University.
Jay Jobanputra is responsible for overseeing all business activities in the Asia-Pacific region for TD Securities. He has over 25 years of experience in
the financial markets, holding leadership positions for the last ten years. Prior to joining TD Securities in Singapore, Jay held various positions within
TD Bank Group in Sydney, Singapore, Toronto, and New York. Jay is also a Director of Toronto Dominion (South East Asia) Limited, Toronto Dominion Australia Limited, TD Securities (Japan) Co., Ltd, and Yieldbroker Pty Limited. Jay holds a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, Toronto and Bachelor of Arts with York University, Toronto.
Klaus Houben joined Export Development Canada (EDC) in September 2010 and was recently appointed EDC’s Chief Representative South East Asia based in Singapore. When joining EDC in 2010 he started as EDC’s Senior Regional Manager – Europe. He headed the representation in Dusseldorf, Germany. Mr. Houben has nearly 30 years experience in the banking industry serving corporate customers from medium sized enterprises to multinationals. Prior to joining EDC’s International Business Development Group, Mr. Houben worked as a self employed Consultant specialized in corporate finance developing financing strategies for corporate customers and supporting them in the arrangements of loans. Before that Mr. Houben was a Member of the Board of Directors of PB Firmenkunden AG, the corporate banking unit of Deutsche Postbank AG, the German Postbank.
Locknie Hsu is a full Professor of Law at Singapore Management University (SMU). She completed her LL.B. studies at the National University of Singapore (NUS), and Harvard University.
Locknie specializes in international trade, investment and ASEAN integration law. She is a Research Fellow in the International Academy of the Belt and Road (Hong Kong) and a member of the Advisory Panel of the Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce in Singapore. In the ASEAN Law Association, Locknie is Chair of the Trade and Investment Group, a member of the Legal Harmonization Working Group, and the Singapore National Committee’s Executive Council. In the International Law Association, she is a co-rapporteur of the Committee on Sustainable Development and the Green Economy.
Mohammad Keyhani is an Assistant Professor in Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary and a David Rockefeller Fellow at the Trilateral Commission. He is the maker of the Entrepreneur Tools website, an internationally renowned list of resources for start-ups and entrepreneurs and a co-founder of ProspectRenewables.com, a FinTech start-up that aims to automate the financial analysis of renewable energy electricity production projects. He also serves as a policy advisor to the Iranian-Canadian Congress. Dr. Keyhani received his doctorate in strategic management from the Schulich School of Business, York University in Toronto, Canada, and has a M.Sc. in Entrepreneurship and B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics, both from the University of Tehran, Iran.
Peter Nesbitt has lived and worked in Asia for more than 25 years and has established an excellent track record in the financial services sector for business origination and managing complex client relationships. Peter joined BMO Capital Markets in April 2015 as the General Manager of BMO’s Singapore Branch and Managing Director of BMO’s Global Banking business for Asia. As a member of the Bank’s Asia executive team, Peter’s role is to expand this line of business for BMO in Asia. Prior to BMO, Peter was the Regional Vice-President, Asia, for Export Development Canada, Canada’s official export-credit agency. With EDC, Peter led a number of teams in China, India and Singapore in providing financing and insurance solutions to Canadian business actively trading and/or investing in Asia. Peter graduated with a Masters in Business Development from Dalhousie University in Halifax Canada and is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers
Pierre Cléroux, Vice President, Research and Chief Economist at BDC since 2012. Mr. Cléroux leads a team of experts who analyze economic data to identify business and sector trends impacting Canadian entrepreneurs. He also provides economic analysis and advice to the Bank’s senior management team, and supervises all marketing and industry research activities. Mr. Cléroux has more than 25-year of experience. Before joining BDC, Pierre worked for the Government of Saudi Arabia as Vice President, Business Analysis in the National Industry Clusters Development Program, he was the Quebec Assistant Deputy Minister for Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade,and a strategic advisor for Montreal International. Pierre also worked for 12 years at the Canadian Federation of Independent Business as Quebec Vice President.
Dr. Shawn Watson is the founder and CEO of Senescence Life Sciences, a cutting-edge biotechnology company whose mission is to research, develop and commercialize safe, effective and scientifically proven neuroprotective compounds that address age-related cognitive decline. Under his leadership, Senescence won a spot as one of Singapore’s Top 20 Hottest Companies in 2017. Shawn is a published author, and regularly speaks to communities, organizations and health professionals about brain health and aging. He was recently recognized as one of the Top 10 Influencers in Healthcare in Singapore under the age of 40.
As the SME Committee Chair of the Canada-ASEAN Business Council (CABC), Shawn is also working to provide support, education and commercial opportunities for Canadian SMEs entering ASEAN.
Stewart Beck, is the President and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. Prior to joining APF Canada, Mr. Beck served as the Canadian High Commissioner to the Republic of India with concurrent accreditation to the Kingdom of Bhutan and to Nepal. He joined Canada’s Department of External Affairs and International Trade (now Global Affairs Canada) in 1982 and served abroad in the United States, Taiwan, and the People’s Republic of China. In Ottawa, he held a number of progressively more senior positions, including Director General of the North Asia Bureau, Director General Responsible for Senior Management and Rotational Assignments, and Assistant Deputy Minister for International Business Development, Investment, and Innovation. He was Consul General in Shanghai and prior to his posting to India, he was Consul General in San Francisco.
The Canadian National Railway Company (CN).
CN is Canada’s largest railway, in terms of both revenue and the physical size of its rail network, and is Canada’s only transcontinental railway company, spanning Canada from the Atlantic coast in Nova Scotia to the Pacific coast in British Columbia. Its range once reached across the island of Newfoundland until 1988, when the Newfoundland Railway was abandoned.
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