On Wednesday morning of May 25th, the CABC kicked-off its transition back to in-person programming with a hybrid event, ASEAN as Canada’s Key to the Indo-Pacific: Implications for Businesses, which was held at the Shangri-La in Singapore and broadcasted live virtually.

The CABC was honoured to have received over 320 virtual registrations and convened in-person over 60 senior-level public and private sector representatives who are driving trade and businesses between Canada and ASEAN, and to provide a platform for guests to both reconnect and form new relationships during the networking session. We would like to especially thank TD Bank, Sun Life, and Global Affairs Canada for their partnership in making this event possible. 

This event is part of the CABC’s 2022 Leadership Series, held in partnership with the Government of Canada with support from the seven Canadian Chambers of Commerce/Business Councils in ASEAN. 

The CABC welcomed three Guests of Honour: the Hon. Mary Ng, Canada’s Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development, Minister Gan Kim Yong, Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry, and H.E. Satvinder Singh, Deputy Secretary-General for ASEAN Economic Community, who offered the keynote addresses. 

Minister Mary Ng spoke to the recent announcement of the Canadian Trade Gateway in Southeast Asia, which is an ambitious plan under the Canadian Government that will leverage Singapore as a hub and catapult for Canadians to access market opportunities in the region. The Minister also noted the importance of the input from Canadian businesses in the design phase of this initiative, in order to ensure its long-term success.

“Whether it is recovering from COVID or dealing with the effects of the War in the Ukraine, Canada, Singapore, and ASEAN countries must continue to work closely together to deepen trade links, and also support the rules-based trading system, h