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Synopsis

Many industrialising ASEAN countries are experiencing growing populations and wealthier middle classes. Asia is projected to become home to more than 65% of the world’s middle class by 2030, with $1.55 trillion of investment needed to sustain food increasing food demand – especially for higher value agricultural products. This demand for food across Southeast Asia has made it increasingly difficult for many countries to remain self-sufficient with internal resources. ASEAN countries will need to fill the gap through a greater quantity of imports, providing opportunities for natural partnerships with countries such as Canada, which have vibrant agricultural sectors.

Canada, as one of the world’s top agricultural exporters, feeds people all over the world with products from Canadian farms and processing plants. Canada is not only an agricultural and agri-food powerhouse but also a leader in research and development in agri-tech and plant-based protein. The cutting-edge innovation in this sector positions Canada as a partner to address Southeast Asia’s food security challenges.

At the same time, Southeast Asia, and particularly Singapore, has positioned itself as a leader in food innovation. As companies in this nascent sector develop, many will set their sights on other large and sophisticated consumer markets, including in North America.

In this event, we will examine the current state of Canada-ASEAN collaboration in the agri-food sector.  We will also look at how Canadian and ASEAN public and private sector organisations can partner to address ASEAN’s food security challenges and seize business opportunities in both regions.

Objectives

  • Examine how Canadian exports, capabilities and expertise in agriculture and agri-food can address contemporary food security challenges in ASEAN.
  • Learn about Canada’s role as a plant-based protein powerhouse, and how this intersects with the food industry landscape in Asia.
  • Assess the opportunity for cutting edge ASEAN-based food companies to grow and expand in North America.

Rundown 

Time (SGT) Programme Platform
9:00 AM – 9:10 AM Welcome by the CABC

  • Ms. Nicky Lung, Executive Director, CABC
  • Mr. Wayne Farmer, President, CABC
Zoom webinar
9:10 AM –
9:15 AM
Keynote Speech

  • Ms. Brenda Wills, Senior Trade Commissioner, High Commission of Canada to Singapore
9:15 AM –
9:20 AM
Keynote Speech

  • Mr. Chan Hian Lim, Deputy CEO (Corporate, Industry and Technology), Singapore Food Agency 
9:20 AM Photo opportunity
9:22 – 9:28 Launch of CABC Agriculture Committee

  • Mr. Greg Eidsness, Managing Director, Saskatchewan Singapore Office and CABC Agriculture Chair
9:28 AM – 9:35 AM Fireside Chat

  • Mr. Brad Wall, Former Premier of Saskatchewan and Special Advisor at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
9:35 AM – 10:30 AM Panel discussion + Q&A

Moderator: Mr. Greg Eidsness, Managing Director, Saskatchewan Singapore Office and CABC Agriculture Chair

Confirmed speakers:

  • Dr. Steven Webb, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS)
  • Ms. Beverley Postma, Interim Executive Director, Grow Asia
  • Mr. Vishal Vijay, Director – Strategic Investments, AgroCorp International, and Founder of HerbYvore
  • Ms. Wei Chien Yoong, Treasurer, WOMAG
  • Prof. William Chen, Michael Fam Endowed Chair Professor, Nanyang Technological University 
10:30AM – 11:00AM Open networking session

*Separate Zoom link to be provided, exclusive to speakers and event participants

Zoom meeting