Canada: ASEAN’s Partner in Infrastructure Event

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From essential necessities such as hospitals and power facilities that reduce poverty, to world-class airports and road networks that facilitate global connectivity, infrastructure forms the foundation of all human activity. According to the ADB, Southeast Asia’s annual infrastructure gap was estimated to be USD1.7 trillion, even before the COVID-19 pandemic. In order for ASEAN economies to recover from the economic downturn and generate long-term growth and resiliency, building partnerships to facilitate sustainable infrastructure development is essential.

Join the CABC and our partners to find out why Canada is well positioned to play an important role helping the ASEAN region close its infrastructure gap. This event is part of the Canada-ASEAN Business Leaders Series 2021 organized by the CABC in partnership with the Government of Canada.


  • Engage ASEAN governments and stakeholders on the value that Team Canada has to offer for ASEAN’s infrastructure development
  • Discuss infrastructure opportunities in ASEAN for Canadian businesses and investors
  • Learn from successful Canadian companies/organisations operating in the infrastructure sectors of the region
  • Networking opportunities for the Canada-ASEAN business community


Time (GMT+8) Programme Platform
9:00 – 9:10 AM Welcome remarks by the CABC  Zoom webinar
9:10 AM
– 9:30 AM
Keynote remarks from Guests of Honour 

  • Sara Wilshaw, Chief Trade Commissioner, Government of Canada 
  • Shinta W. Kamdani, Vice Chairwoman for International Relations, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (KADIN)
9:30 AM Photo opportunity – 2 mins max 

  • CABC, Guests of Honour, all speakers
9:30 AM – 10:20 AM Panel discussion + Q&A


  • Peter Nesbitt, Senior Director, International Financing, Business Development & Sales at Canadian Commercial Corporation 


    • Robert (Bobby) Kwon, President & CEO, Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) 
    • Mairead Lavery, President & CEO, Export Development Canada (EDC)
    • Bruce Crane, Managing Director, Infrastructure & Natural Resources, Asia Pacific, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP)
10:20 AM – 10:30 AM Closing remarks
10:30 AM onwards CABC Market Entry Workshop & Open networking session 

  • Q&A
  • Open networking
Zoom meeting

Ms. Sara Wilshaw, Chief Trade Commissioner, Global Affairs Canada


A senior government executive of 26 years, Ms. Wilshaw is Canada’s Chief Trade Commissioner and Assistant Deputy Minister at Global Affairs Canada. She leads a global team that helps Canadian business find new customers, troubleshoot market access, sell their products, and grow their businesses ( Sara also leads work across global trade support services including export finance, foreign investment and responsible business conduct.

Prior to her current role, Sara served as Director of Operations, Foreign and Defence Policy Secretariat at the Privy Council Office. In this role she provided strategic analysis and advice to the Prime Minister, the Clerk of the Privy Council, the National Security and Intelligence Advisor and the Foreign and Defence Policy Advisor on matters concerning Canada-U.S. relations, Latin America, Trade issues, Climate Change, Human Rights and the UN.

Prior to joining PCO, Sara led the North America Bureau at Global Affairs Canada during the renegotiation of NAFTA as Director General. She was previously appointed to represent Canada as Consul General in Dallas, and as Senior Trade Commissioner in New Delhi, India, and she has extensive experience in trade promotion and negotiations, including at Canada’s Permanent Mission to the World Trade Organization in Geneva and at the Embassy of Canada in Japan.

Her headquarters experience at Global Affairs Canada includes both functional and geographic, as well as foundational work on the Global Commerce Strategy, Corporate Social Responsibility for the Extractive Sector, modernization of the Trade Commissioner Service, trade policy consultations and communications, as well as human resources.

Ms. Wilshaw is a graduate of York University’s International Relations and Economics program. She is married and has two children.

Ms. Shinta Kamdani, Vice Chairwomen for International Affairs, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN)


As Owner and Chief Executive Officer of the Sintesa Group, Shinta is responsible for the Management and Expansion of the Group’s business interests in Indonesia. The Sintesa Group is an Indonesian group with 17 subsidiaries, which operate in the Property, Industrial Products, Energy and Consumer Products. Shinta sits as Vice Chairwoman of International Affairs at the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN), as Deputy Chairwoman of the Employers’ Association of Indonesia (APINDO), as well as President of Indonesia Business Council for Sustainable Development (IBCSD), and as Executive Board Member of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) International. She also sits in the steering committee of Indonesia Climate Change Trust Fund (ICCTF). The new Indonesian government appointed Shinta in early 2015 as advisor to the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia. Shinta graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University New York in 1989 and Executive Education at Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA in 2002. As part of her achievements, she has received awards, amongst others, from Women of Power from Asian Business Leadership Forum (ABLF) Abu Dhabi (2012), FORBES (2012 and 2013) for ASIA’s 50 Powerful Businesswomen and the Asia’s Leading Businesswoman of the Year Award (2013), Women Entrepreneur of the Year from Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (2014) and she was selected for the 30 best CEO by Business Indonesia Award in 2015.


Peter Nesbitt [moderator], Senior Director, International Financing, Business Development & Sales, Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC)


Peter Nesbitt leads the international financing effort for CCC’s  Business Development Group. In this role, Peter sources capital  and helps to structure projects requiring financing. Peter  leverages his 25 years of corporate and capital markets  experience and an extensive network of global banks, insurance,  and export credit agencies.  

Peter joined CCC in April 2021 and is based in Ottawa. Peter  works closely with CCC’s Pursuit Teams to bring financial close to  the projects CCC is pursuing. Solutions often take the form of  direct loans to Sovereign buyers but may also take the form of  supplier financing.  

Prior to joining CCC, Peter was based in Asia for 26 years, most  recently in Singapore where Peter headed BMO’s Corporate  Banking and Trade Finance business across the region. Peter was  a member of BMO Asia’s Executive Team and served as the  Bank’s Chief Executive in Singapore.  

Peter also worked for 11 years for Export Development Canada.  His last position with EDC was as Regional Vice-President for Asia.  

Peter has also worked internationally for Scotiabank (in India,  Bangladesh and Toronto), Peregrine Capital (Hong Kong) and Canada Trust (Ontario).  

Peter graduated with a master’s in business administration from  Dalhousie University in Halifax Canada and is a Fellow of the  Institute of Canadian Bankers (FICB) and former member of the  Singapore Institute of Directors (MSID).  

Peter is a past board member of the Canada-China Business  Council, the Canada-India Business Council and the Canada ASEAN Business Council.

Bruce Crane, Managing Director, Infrastructure & Natural Resources, Asia Pacific, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP)


Bruce Crane leads Ontario Teachers’ infrastructure investing activities across Asia-Pacific and currently serves on the boards of Sydney Desalination Plant and India’s National Investment and Infrastructure Fund.  Bruce joined Ontario Teachers’ in 2020 as one of the initial members of its new Singapore office, its 2nd in Asia after the Hong Kong office.

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers’, Bruce spent nearly 10 years at OMERS Infrastructure where he most recently led their investing efforts in Asia.  Previously, he was based in New York where he focused on North & South America transport and energy related investments.  While at OMERS, he served on Boards at Midland Cogeneration Ventures, Chicago Skyway, GNLQ Regas (Chile) and IndInfravit Tollroads (India). Prior to that, Bruce worked in Investment Banking at UBS (NYC) and Morgan Stanley (Houston) and earlier as a Field Engineer for Foster Wheeler (global).

Bruce holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA from the Columbia Business School.

Mairead Lavery, President & CEO, Export Development Canada (EDC)


Since joining Export Development Canada in 2014, Mairead Lavery has put values and ethics at the center of her leadership approach. Appointed President and CEO on February 5, 2019, Mairead set out three pillars for her leadership: Champion for Trade; Environmental, Social and Governance Responsibility; and Inclusion, Diversity and Equity. These values are the centerpiece of her – and EDC’s – business agenda. 

Under her direction, Canada’s export credit agency has pursued ambitious objectives, achieving strong growth, and helping more Canadian companies do business in 200 markets around the world, while generating over $100 billion in trade and investment annually. In 2020, EDC became a major contributor to the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 economic response, helping deliver billions of dollars in liquidity to companies across Canada. 

EDC also stands as the single largest financier of Canadian cleantech, a proud supporter of women-owned and women-led businesses, and regularly ranks among Canada’s Top 100 Employers. Mairead is the Board Chair for the EDC subsidiary, FinDev Canada, Canada’s international development finance institution, and a Board member of Ontario Global 100, creating opportunities for business leaders of Ontario mid-sized companies to accelerate growth. She also sits on the advisory boards of Toronto Global Forum and Project Arrow, which is creating Canada’s original full-build, zero-emissions concept vehicle. 

Prior to joining EDC, Mairead held executive roles at Bombardier, where she managed a range of large complex portfolios over a sixteen-year career. She is a native of Northern Ireland, has a degree in Management and Accounting from Queen’s University Belfast, and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. She is also the first woman to occupy EDC’s chief executive role in its 75-plus year history. 

In 2015, Mairead experienced another very proud milestone: becoming a Canadian citizen.

Robert Kwon, President & CEO, Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC)


Appointed to the position in March 2021, Bobby held  multiple leadership positions, including as a member of  the CCC’s Board of Directors since June 2018. Prior to his  appointment as President and CEO of CCC, Bobby Kwon  was the Chief Financial Officer of global corporation  MediPharm Labs.  

Previously, Mr. Kwon was Senior Vice President at George  Weston Ltd., overseeing the Executive Chairman’s Office.  Prior to this role, he worked at Unilever in Canada, the  United States, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom,  in a number of senior finance and corporate positions – including CFO for the Canadian business and Chief of Staff  to Group CEO in London. Before that Bobby was Director  of Finance at Janssen Inc. 

Mr. Kwon currently serves on the Advisory Board of CFO  Leadership Program jointly developed by Odgers and  Rotman School of Management. He has also served on the  Boards of Unilever Canada Inc. and GS1 (Retail Sector).