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SPEAKERS

February 24  |  16.00 - 17.00 
Forum Opening & Keynote Remarks

Secretary-General

H.E. Dr. Kao Kim Hourn

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Dr. Kao Kim Hourn’s career has focused on strengthening Cambodia’s international relations particularly in ASEAN, driving policy advocacy and promoting research, education, and development. Dr. Kao has served as a two-term Minister Delegate attached to the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia since September 2013. He has authored dozens of books and articles about Cambodia and ASEAN.

 

 

Dr. Kao is a Member of the Supreme National Economic Council, a Senior Fellow at the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia, and a Member of the Global Council of The Asia Society. He serves as a Member of the Board of Directors for the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace and the Worldwide Support for Development. He also has acted as a Member of the Standing Committee of the Cambodian Red Cross.

ASEAN

Deputy Minister for Industry & Investment, Ministry of Tourism & Creative Economy

Rizki Handayani

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CAREER

DEPUTY MINISTER FOR INDUSTRY AND INVESTMENT
Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Republic of Indonesia |

2023 - Present

DEPUTY MINISTER FOR TOURISM PRODUCT AND EVENTS
Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Republic of Indonesia |
2019 - 2023

DEPUTY MINISTER FOR MARKETING I

Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Indonesia | 2018 - 2019

DEPUTY MINISTER FOR INDUSTRY AND INSTITUTIONAL RELATIONS
Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Indonesia | 2018 - 2018

DIRECTOR OF PROMOTION FOR SOUTH-EAST ASIA
Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Indonesia | 2015 - 2018

DIRECTOR OF PROMOTION FOR CONVENTION, INCENTIVE, EVENT ANDSPECIAL INTEREST

Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Republic of Indonesia |
2012 - 2015

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF MULTILATERAL COOPERATION
Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Republic of Indonesia | 2007 - 2012

The Republic of Indonesia
Global Affairs Canada

Deputy Minister of International Trade

Rob Stewart

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Rob Stewart was appointed deputy minister of international trade effective October 17, 2022.

 

Mr. Stewart has spent most of his public service career at the Department of Finance Canada, starting in 1993. He held the role of

the Government of Canada's finance deputy for the G7 and G20 and for the Financial Stability Board from 2016 to 2019. He provided

leadership and policy advice to the government on a wide range of financial sector and international trade and finance matters. He was

previously the assistant deputy minister of financial sector policy for 2 years, prior to which he held the position of assistant deputy minister, international trade and finance for 4 years. Before joining the Department of Finance Canada, Rob worked at Export Development Canada and in the Canadian sport system.


He holds a BA from Carleton University (1981) and an MBA from the University of Ottawa (1987).

Minister Martine Biron

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Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women

Martine Biron holds a master’s degree in political science (Université Laval, 2022) and a bachelor’s degree in the same field from the Université du Québec à Montréal. She worked for 30 years as a journalist and political analyst. In 1993, she joined the Société Radio-Canada, where she distinguished herself as a relevant and credible female figure. She was a national reporter in Western Canada and the United States and has a keen interest in politics. She covered two federal election campaigns and five provincial campaigns and was also assigned several mandates as journalist in Washington. Since 2016, she has best been known as a political analyst in Québec City across Radio-Canada’s platforms. Effective and rigorous, she is eager to serve Québec and contribute to its economic development. It is that desire that inspired her to enter politics in 2022.
Government of Québec
Business Council of Canada

President & CEO

Goldy Hyder

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Goldy Hyder is President and CEO of the Business Council of Canada, a non-partisan association composed of the chief executives and entrepreneurs of Canada’s leading companies. Previously he was President & CEO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies (Canada). Earlier in his career he served as director of policy and chief of staff to The Right Honourable Joe Clark, former prime minister and leader of the then federal Progressive Conservative Party.

 

Mr. Hyder serves in many charitable and non-profit organizations, including as chair of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada’s Asia Business Leaders Advisory Council, as board member of the Business + Higher Education Roundtable and as advisory board member of Catalyst Canada. He is a regular commentator in the Canadian media on business, politics and public policy. He is also the host of the “Speaking of Business” podcast, which features interviews with Canadian innovators, entrepreneurs and business leaders.

February 24  |  17.00 - 19.30 
Gala Dinner / Indonesia Investment Showcase

The ASEAN Investment Showcases will be segmented into market-specific sessions to focus on priority markets in ASEAN, including Singapore, Vietnam, and Malaysia. These sessions will commence with professional insights into the regulatory and political developments of the specific markets. This will be followed by a discussion on the high-growth sectors attracting FDI flows, and concrete business expansion and investment opportunities available for Canadian businesses and investors by the country governments.

The Republic of Indonesia

Minister of Energy & Mineral Resources

H.E. Arifin Tasrif

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Arifin Tasrif (born in Jakarta 19 June 1953) is the current Minister for Energy & Mineral Resources. Previously, he was assigned as Indonesia's Ambassador to Japan in 2017 until October 2019.

Minister Tasrif has broad experience in fertilizer industry. Prior to his assignment as Ambassador, he held position as Chief Executive Officer in three different state-owned companies in the fertilizer industry, namely PT. Pupuk Indonesia, PT. Pupuk Sriwidjaja, and also PT. Petrokimia Gresik.

Minister Arifin studied chemical engineering at the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) and graduated in 1977.

M. Arsjad Rasjid P. M.

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President Director, Indika Energy
Chairman, KADIN

He is one of the new breeds of articulate, multilingual, and global-focused Indonesian CEOs. His interests span the corporate world, the green economy, and global politics. He is also passionate about social entrepreneurship. Under his guidance, Indika Energy underwent an astonishing turnaround from losing millions of dollars—affected by the decline of coal prices—to an increase in the company’s assets by about seven times within six years. His success is credited to creating values and synergy to align the vision of the company. 

Due to his business prowess, he has received distinguished awards, including: 

- ​​Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2011) 

- Named Best Executive in Indonesia, Asiamoney (2010) 

Arsjad also kickstarted the diversification of Indika Energy to sustainable sectors like renewable energy and nature-based solutions as he is passionate about this issue and sees that sustainability is the future. He was elected as the Chair of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) for the 2021- 2026 period, committed to jumpstarting the national economy after the pandemic through its four pillars:

- Promoting equitable national healthcare and industries 

- Strengthening national and regional economies 

- Fostering national entrepreneurship and competencies 

- Reinforcing organizational function as the government's main partner that supports the achievement of national priority programs

 

As a thought and exemplary leader, he has been voicing the importance of collaboration in nation-building, embracing the concept of private-public partnership, and opening up the economy to the global community.
Arsjad was educated abroad from elementary school and graduated from the University of Southern California and Pepperdine University, California. In addition, he completed educational courses at INSEAD in France, the Harvard Kennedy School, USA, and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore. 

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Boyke P. Soebroto

Infrastructure and Investment Working Group Chairman, Authority-owned Enterprise

Boyke Prasetyanto Soebroto has been a businessman since he graduated with a bachelor's degree and a Business Law Master's degree. During his 35 years as an entrepreneur he has extensive experience running businesses in the areas of Telecommunication, Aviation, Logistics, Finance, Defense & Security, Energy, ICT & EPC, where his other expertise is conducting M&A, Fund Raising, Structured Finance and LBO. In December 2022, he was appointed as the Infrastructure and Investment Working Group Chairman of the Nusantara National Capital Authority who is responsible for all business activities related to Infrastructure and Investment including managing Authority Enterprises (BUO)

Nusantara National Capital Authority

February 25  |  09.00 - 09.30 
Day 2 Forum Opening and Keynote Remarks

The session examines ongoing trends in the Canada-ASEAN growing relationship, the importance of the region for Canada’s trade diversification and the pivot to the Indo-Pacific. This session will educate decision-makers on how to leverage the closer economic relationship and the expanding trade agreement network to grow businesses and foster partnerships. It will also include a discussion of global and regional supply chain disruptions, geopolitical and macroeconomic trends/ opportunities/ potential challenges, and the relevant considerations in doing business.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Canada
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Maninder Sidhu

Parliamentary Secretary

Maninder Sidhu was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Brampton East in 2019.

Mr. Sidhu previously served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development. He has been a member of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources, the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and the Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development. He has also been a member of various other committees, parliamentary associations, and interparliamentary groups, including the Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association, the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association, and the Canadian Section of ParlAmericas.

After graduating from the University of Waterloo, Mr. Sidhu built a successful customs brokerage business. He is the founder of The Kindness Movement, which supports economically disadvantaged students in Canada and India. He also mentors aspiring young entrepreneurs in his community.

Mr. Sidhu lives with his wife and children in Brampton, which he has called home for the past 30 years.

Honorary Chair, CABC
Partner, McCarthy Tétrault
Former 29th Premier, Québec
Former Deputy Prime Minister, Canada 

The Hon. Jean Charest

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The Honourable Jean James Charest is the former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada and a former Premier of Québec. Jean Charest is one of Canada’s best known political figures. The Honourable Jean Charest was notably the initiator of the negotiation for the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA). Furthermore, the Charest government initiated an unprecedented labour mobility agreement between France and Québec and was best known for a major initiative for the sustainable development of Northern Québec called “Plan Nord”. Jean Charest is a Partner at McCarthy Tétrault. He provides invaluable expertise to the firm’s clients with his in-depth knowledge and experience with public policy, corporate Canada and international matters.

Minister Martine Biron

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Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women

Martine Biron holds a master’s degree in political science (Université Laval, 2022) and a bachelor’s degree in the same field from the Université du Québec à Montréal. She worked for 30 years as a journalist and political analyst. In 1993, she joined the Société Radio-Canada, where she distinguished herself as a relevant and credible female figure. She was a national reporter in Western Canada and the United States and has a keen interest in politics. She covered two federal election campaigns and five provincial campaigns and was also assigned several mandates as journalist in Washington. Since 2016, she has best been known as a political analyst in Québec City across Radio-Canada’s platforms. Effective and rigorous, she is eager to serve Québec and contribute to its economic development. It is that desire that inspired her to enter politics in 2022.
Government of Québec
Concordia University
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Graham Carr

President & Vice-Chancellor

Graham Carr is President and Vice-Chancellor of Concordia University. Ranked as the top North American University under 50 years old, Concordia’s two Montreal campuses are home to 50,000 students from more than 150 countries.

Graham’s previous leadership positions at Concordia include Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs; Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies; and Dean of Graduate Studies.

Born in Quebec, Graham earned his PhD from the University of Maine and is a Professor in the Department of History. His research focuses on Cold War cultural history.

Graham is a member of the Research Committee of Universities Canada and sits on the Steering Committee of Montreal Climate Partnership (Partenariat climat Montréal). He currently serves on the Board of U SPORTS, the national brand for university sports in Canada. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Centraide (United Way) of Greater Montreal, the board of the Leadership Council for Digital Infrastructure, as president of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, as chair of the Canada-US Fulbright selection committee, and for many years on the National Capital Commission’s Advisory Committee for Communications, Marketing and Programming.

February 25  |  09.30 - 10.30 
Plenary Session #1: 
The Future of the Canada-ASEAN Relationship: Implications for Businesses

The session examines ongoing trends in the Canada-ASEAN growing relationship, the importance of the region for Canada’s trade diversification and the pivot to the Indo-Pacific. This session will educate decision-makers on how to leverage the closer economic relationship and the expanding trade agreement network to grow businesses and foster partnerships. It will also include a discussion of global and regional supply chain disruptions, geopolitical and macroeconomic trends/ opportunities/ potential challenges, and the relevant considerations in doing business.

Canada-ASEAN
Business Council

President

Wayne Farmer

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Mr. Wayne Farmer is the President of the Canada-ASEAN Business Council (CABC), and Managing Partner of a boutique advisory firm with over 20 years of experience in pan-Asian and global private equity. Wayne has originated approximately USD3 billion of deal flows and leads the firm’s capital and fundraising relationships, industry market intelligence gathering, and deal execution for clients. 

 

Wayne is also a Strategic Advisor to GE Equity Asia / CelerateX / Red Core Geothermal and Lombard Asia. He holds a successful track record of launching corporate, entrepreneurial and public policy ventures with a high level of dedication to outcomes. Wayne is an engaging speaker and an articulate policy advocate practiced in government relations, with an established commitment to the development of ASEAN. He is a graduate of Queen’s University; Ivey Business School; Singapore Management University; and a permanent resident of both Singapore and Hong Kong SAR.

Export Development Canada 

Mairead Lavery

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President & CEO

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.

ASEAN
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H.E. Satvinder Singh

Deputy Secretary-General

Satvinder Singh is the Deputy Secretary-General for ASEAN Economic Community for 2021-2024. He will support the Secretary-General of ASEAN by providing leadership in the implementation of the AEC Blueprint 2025 and will lead the AEC Department of the ASEAN Secretariat. He will also provide strategic advice to advance ASEAN’s economic integration agenda.
 
Before assuming this role, he was the Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Trade Connectivity & Business Services at Enterprise Singapore, where he was instrumental in strengthening Singapore’s role as Asia’s trading hub, supporting the growth of 15,000 professionals, managers, executives and technicians jobs.
 
With over 27 years of experience, he has held a variety of local, regional and global management positions across the region. At Enterprise Singapore, Mr Singh oversaw four divisions and drove digitalisation efforts in Singapore amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Mr. Singh holds a Bachelor degree in social sciences from the National University of Singapore and attended the Harvard’s Business School Advanced Management Programme in 2017.

Asia Pacific Foundation
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Jeff Nankivell

President & CEO

Prior to this, he had a 33-year career in Canada's Foreign Service. He held various positions at the Canadian International Development Agency between 1988 and 2008, working on programs related to China, Russia, strategic policy, and international financial institutions. A fluent Mandarin speaker, he was posted three times to Canada's embassy in Beijing – in the development assistance section 1991-95 and 2000-04, and as Deputy Head of Mission 2008-11.

From 2011 to 2016, Jeff served in Ottawa/Gatineau as Director General responsible for Canada’s official development assistance programs across Asia, first with the Canadian International Development Agency and then with Global Affairs Canada. In 2016 he was appointed Consul General of Canada in Hong Kong and Macao, serving in Hong Kong until May 2021. 

Jeff holds a Master’s degree in political sociology from the London School of Economics, BA in international relations from the University of Toronto and Université Laval, and certificate (one-year program) in Chinese language and culture from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Toronto Region Board of Trade
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Jan De Silva

President & CEO

Jan De Silva is President and CEO of the Toronto Region Board of Trade, one of the largest and most influential business organizations in North America. She is spearheading efforts to make Toronto one of the most competitive and sought-after business regions in the world.  

 

Jan brings to the role more than 14 years of international CEO experience building ambitious, high-growth organizations. Anchored in her leadership is her belief in the power of economic development to lift communities.

 

Prior to joining the Board, she served as CEO of Sun Life Financial’s Hong Kong and Mainland China businesses and co-founded and later sold Retail China Limited. Jan also served as Dean of Ivey Asia for Ivey Business School of Western University.

 

Highly respected for her business advocacy and government engagement, Jan has been Chair of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, Chair of the Canada China Business Council in Beijing and served on the Board of the Asian Corporate Governance Association. In 2019, she was appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to represent Canada on the APEC Business Advisory Council. Jan also sits on the board of Intact Financial Corporation, listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.  

February 25  |  11.00 - 12.00
B
reakout Session #1: Sustainable Finance and Infrastructure Development

 In this session, leading Canadian institutional investors, crown corporations, and firms will discuss how Canada can contribute to Southeast Asia’s sustainable infrastructure development. They will share their insights on the role of Canadian investment strategies, structures, and institutional capital in the fast-growing markets of ASEAN, and their experience in entering the region’s fast-growing markets. Speakers will also explore how Canadian sustainable investment strategies and government partnerships can de-risk infrastructure investment in Southeast Asia to help more Canadian firms become active in the sector, and how they are pioneering innovative models of blended finance.  

Canadian Commercial Corporation
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Wilson Pearce

Senior Director,

Global Business Development

Wilson Pearce is the Senior Director – Global Business Development for the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC).

Mr. Pearce has more than 25 years of work experience in senior leadership of companies operating out of Canada, the USA, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean.  

 

Prior to joining CCC in 2021, Mr. Pearce was the Chief Operating of Officer of Sogema Technologies, and the Executive Vice-President of Cowater International. He has also held senior executive positions with Business Transformation mandates with a number of internationally active companies in the Defense, Logistics, Technology and Public Service sectors.   Wilson has significant experience working within the ASEAN region;  having led business teams and been responsible for the management of companies and projects in Singapore, Jakarta, Manila and Bangkok over the course of his career.  

Managing Director & Regional Head of Asia Pacific

Leong Wai Leng

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CDPQ Global

Leong Wai Leng is responsible for the regional management of CDPQ Global in Asia Pacific. Based in Singapore, she coordinates all CDPQ activities in the region and ensures optimal positioning and outreach. CDPQ has offices in Singapore, New Delhi, Shanghai and Sydney in the Asia Pacific region.

 

Ms. Leong has over 30 years of experience in the finance and banking sectors, including 13 years in China, where she built a commercial banking business from the ground up. She has an extensive business network in China and in South-East Asia, including in Singapore. Over the course of her career, she has worked in both the buy and sell sides of the industry, in developed and developing financial markets.

 

Before joining CDPQ in 2018 as Managing Director, Strategic Partnerships, Asia, Ms. Leong was Managing Director and Head of Business Management Unit at the Bank of Singapore, a wholly owned subsidiary of OCBC Bank. Prior to that, she was the Chairman and CEO of OCBC Bank (China). In 2010, she became the first banker from a non-Japanese Asian bank to win a Gold Magnolia Award, one of the highest recognitions from the Shanghai government. Perhaps most noteworthy was the fact it was the Chinese

regulatory body, CBRC (Central Banking Regulatory Commission), that nominated her for this award.

 

Ms. Leong was also Managing Director and Head of Corporate and Institutional Banking at HSBC China. Previously, she held senior positions at multinational corporations such as Philips Electronics China Group, as well as at JP Morgan Bank and at Citibank, in Singapore.

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Vincent Joli-Coeur

Vice-Chairman of the Board, Financial Markets

Vincent Joli-Coeur joined National Bank of Canada in 2011 as Vice-Chairman, Financial Markets. Mr. Joli-Coeur is responsible for the senior coverage of corporate, government and institutional clients globally. 

Mr. Joli-Coeur often represents National Bank of Canada and corporate clients in the APAC Region. In 2016, he led the team behind the bank’s successful inaugural Panda Bond issuance of RMB3.5 billion in the People’s Republic of China, the first issuance of its kind for a non-Chinese bank. 

Mr. Joli-Coeur also spearheads National Bank’s coverage of key Canadian family-controlled firms and co-authored the Family Advantage series of reports highlighting the sustainable outperformance of Canada’s leading family-controlled companies.

Mr. Joli-Coeur is involved in his community, in Canada, as Chair of the Board of Directors of the University of Sherbrooke Foundation and Chair of the Brome Lake Land Foundation. He was recently invited as Keynote Speaker at the United Nations COP15 Biodiversity Conference in December 2022.

Mr. Joli-Coeur is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and a graduate of the Directors Education Program. He has been awarded a Masters in Business Administration from Université Paris Dauphine in France. 
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Sven List

Senior Vice-President,
Corporate & International

Sven List was appointed Senior Vice-President, Corporate and International in April 2022. Mr. List is accountable for the relationship management and loan underwriting functions for EDC’s corporate customer segment as well as EDC’s international strategy and operations.

 

A critical challenge confronting EDC is the goal of diversifying Canadian exports. This goal is central to Mr. List’s role, working closely with Canada’s corporate enterprise community to create new connections and trade opportunities for more Canadian Exporters. As well, he represents EDC’s brand across international markets as he and his group develop and manage EDC’s international relationships, partners, and stakeholders, while also managing and driving

sustainable growth for EDC’s financing services.

 

Since joining EDC in 2000, Mr. List worked in progressively more senior roles in the Structured Project Finance (SPF) team before being promoted to VP and Head of Structured and Project Finance in 2014 and then VP and Head of Corporate Lending International. Mr. List was appointed to EDC’s Executive Management Team as Senior Vice-President, Trade Connections in May 2019. Prior to joining EDC, he held positions of increasing responsibility within the corporate banking unit of a foreign bank’s operations in Mexico.

 

Mr. List holds a Master’s in Business Administration from McGill University, a BBA degree in finance and a BA in economics (honors) from The University of Texas at Austin.

Export Development Canada
Whitesky Group
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Denon Prawiraatmadja

CEO & Founder

Working Experience

• 2010 – CEO of Whitesky Group
• 2022 – President Commissioner of PT ATS Halim Perdanakusuma Airport 

 

Organization Experience 

• 2022 – Chairman of INACA Period of 2022-2025 

• 2021 – Vice Chairman Chamber of Commerce for Transportation (KADIN)
• 2019 – Chairman of INACA Period of 2019-2022 (Indonesia National Air Carriers Association)

• 2016 – Vice Chairman of an Air Transportation in Indonesia Chamber of Commerce (KADIN)

• 2014 – Chairman of Non Schedule Flight for Indonesia National Air Carriers Association (INACA) 

• 2019 – Chairman of Helicopter Forum Asia Pacific

• 2019 – Chairman of INACA (Indonesia National Air Charter Association) 

• 2011 – Chairman of Air Transportation Committee, Indonesia Chambers of Commerce (KADIN) 

• 2011 – Member of Helicopter Association International (HAI)

• 2011 – Member of INACA (Indonesia National Air Carriers Association)

• 2008 – Vice Chairman Fund & Facility Committee, Indonesia 

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Stephane Asselin

Chief Executive, Asia

Stephane Asselin has been the Chief Executive of Aurecon in Asia since 2019. Aurecon is an international design, engineering, and advisory company. The company’s purpose is bringing ideas to life, to imagine and co-create with our clients a better future for people and the planet. Today, with over 6,500 staff, Aurecon’s business spans Australia, New Zealand, and Asia, including Hong Kong, Macau and Shanghai, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. In Asia, Aurecon continue to experience rapid growth with over 1,600 staff today across our 9 Asian offices.

 

Stephane has over 32 years of experience in engineering, the environment and architectural consultancy at the executive level with private and publicly traded companies. From 2006 to 2015, he held various executive leadership roles within AECOM at Asia and global levels. Prior to AECOM, Stephane spent 14 years at URS Corporation (acquired by AECOM in 2014) based in San Francisco. 

Stephane holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Université Laval and MSc in Ocean Engineering from the University of Rhode Island. He also holds a certificate in Corporate Governance from INSEAD. He has won numerous awards and is also the editor/author of thought leadership books on environment and climate change.
 

Aurecon
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Dr. Ridha D.M. Wirakusumah

CEO

Dr. Ridha D.M. Wirakusumah is INA's Chief Executive Officer.

He is one of Indonesia’s top executives in banking, financial services, and investment.

He is one of Indonesia’s top executives in banking, financial services, and investment with more than 30 years of experience at leading global and Indonesian institutions.

Prior to joining INA, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Bank Permata, Head of Indonesia at KKR & CO., and Chief Executive Officer of Bank Maybank Indonesia.

He previously has served in several multinational corporations including as CEO of Asia Pacific AIG Consumer Finance, CEO of Asia Pacific GE Capital Consumer Finance and Banking, CEO of GE Capital Thailand, CEO of GE Capital Indonesia, as well as Head of Corporate Finance of Bankers Trust, and Head of Public Sector of Citibank Indonesia.

He obtained his Doctorate in Business Administration from City University Hong Kong, an MBA in Finance and International Business from Ohio University, and a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering and Science from Ohio University. He completed the Advanced Management Program at University California, Berkeley.

Indonesia Investment Authority (INA)

February 25  |  11.00 - 12.00
Breakout Session #2: Doing Business in Singapore: A Gateway to Southeast Asia

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Terrence Yong

General Manager for Asia Pacific

Terrence Yong is the GM for Asia Pacific for Visier, the recognized global leader in people analytics, providing on-demand answers to people-powered businesses. Founded in 2010, Visier reveals the fundamental questions and actionable truths capable of elevating your employees and your business to new heights.

 

Terrence has a unique mix of startup and enterprise experience, most recently as Chief Business Officer for Pulsifi, a HR technology company. Prior to that, he held regional and country leadership roles over a 20-year career with SAP and Microsoft.

 

Terrence has an MBA in Finance from the University of Manchester Business School, and an Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree from the University of Melbourne. He is a member of Singapore Institute of Directors and Young Presidents’ Organization.

Visier
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Chia-yi Chua

Honorary Consul-General, 
Singapore in Canada

Senior Counsel
, McCarthy Tétrault

Chia-yi Chua is Senior Counsel in the firm’s National Tax Group. His practice focuses on complex tax litigation and tax disputes calling on imaginative and creative solutions.

Chia-yi has acted for corporate taxpayers in all of Canada’s significant industries, including the financial services, telecommunications, resource, retail, hospitality and transportation sectors. He has represented these clients at every level of court including the Supreme Court of Canada.

 

Chia-yi has been recognized for his market-leading practice having been ranked in the top-tiers of international directories.

Chia-yi regularly addresses the Tax Executives Institute, Inc. to present on current tax litigation topics. He is a frequent speaker at conferences of auditors and appeals officers, and addresses Tax and Finance departments of top North American corporations. 

Chia-yi earned his JD from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Ontario and British Columbia bars in 1995 and 1997, respectively. He is also a key member of the firm’s Asia Practice Group.

Currently serves as the Republic of Singapore’s Honorary Consul-General in Toronto.

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Country Manager - Singapore

Udai Panicker

Udai returned to Tractus Asia as the Country Manager for Singapore in 2018 after having spent four years earlier with Tractus in India (2011-2015). Udai brings with him a blend of consulting, tech start-up and B2B marketing and sales experience. Since taking over as Country Manager, Udai has been spearheading the firm’s business development mandate from Singapore and has grown the practice’s book of business, team strength and its brand in the market. Under his leadership, Tractus Asia Singapore has become one of the firm’s most profitable practices and helped add some marquee brands to the company’s roster of clients. Udai is currently leading, executing and supporting multiple projects and clients, across sectors ranging from manufacturing and chemicals to healthcare, technology and agri-foods. As Singapore Country Manager, Udai also helps oversee Tractus’ project execution in Malaysia and Indonesia.

Udai is a global citizen in the true sense of the word, having lived in eight countries. He graduated from Mount Allison University, Canada in 2007 with a Bachelor in Commerce. His interest in international commercial law and technology saw him complete his Master in Law (Commercial Law and IP) from the University of Nottingham in 2010. He is a native English and Hindi speaker and fluent in conversational French.

Tractus Asia

February 25  |  12.30 - 13.00
Fireside Chat: Considerations for Doing Business in Canada