The CABC invites our Members, Partners, and Supporters to join our event, ASEAN as Canada’s Key to the Indo-Pacific: Implications for Businesses! This event is held in partnership with the Government of Canada, TD Bank, and Sun Life, with support from the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) and the 7 Canadian Chambers of Commerce and Business Councils in ASEAN. This is a hybrid event, with the physical component taking place in Singapore (by invitation only). 

Event Background

ASEAN is Canada’s 6th largest trading partner and is projected to be the world’s 4th largest economy by 2030. As ASEAN is increasingly important in the global stage given its strategic role in global trade routes and regional affairs, it is not a surprise that the region is seen as a key partner in Canada’s trade diversification and engagements in the Indo-Pacific region. In 2021, Canada launched official negotiations for two free trade agreements: The Canada-ASEAN FTA and the Canada-Indonesia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) – signifying the commitment that Canada has made to bilateral trade with the region.

As Canada and ASEAN celebrate the 45th anniversary of their relationship, the CABC explores how the two regions can strengthen the partnership for shared prosperity and the implications for businesses in their strategy planning to reap the benefits of closer ties and trade diversification.


Time (SGT)ProgrammePlatform
9:00 AM – 9:10 AMOpening remarks

  • Mr. Wayne Farmer, President of CABC 
Zoom webinar


In-person (Singapore)

9:10 AM – 9:30 AMKeynote remarks
Guests of Honour 

  • The Hon. Mary Ng, Canada’s Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development
  • Mr. Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Trade and Industry, Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) Singapore
  • H.E. Satvinder Singh, Deputy Secretary-General for ASEAN Economic Community
9:35 AM – 9:45 AMPresentation from C.D. Howe Institute on the benefit of a Canada-ASEAN FTA

  • Mr. Dan Ciuriak, Director and Principal, Ciuriak Consulting Inc., and Fellow-in-Residence with the C.D. Howe Institute 
9:50 AM – 10:35 AMPanel discussion + Q&A

Moderator: Ms. Mary Elizabeth Chelliah, Principal Trade Specialist and Head of the MTI Trade Academy Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry 


  • H.E. Ambassador Sarah Taylor, Ambassador of Canada to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia  
  • Mr. Jeff Nankivell, President and CEO, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada 
  • Mr. Mark Agnew, Senior Vice President, Policy and Government Relations, Canadian Chamber of Commerce  
  • Mr. Murray Hiebert, Head of Research, Bower Group Asia 
  • Mr. Joy Rankothge. Business Development Lead Asia – Strategy, Export Development Canada
10:35 AM – 11:00 AMEvent closes & Open Networking In-person