Past Events 2019-05-02T10:40:55+08:00

Past Events

The CABC hosts the Canada-ASEAN Business Forum every 18 months.

It is recognized as the premier event connecting senior Canadian private and public-sector leaders with their ASEAN counterparts.

On a regular basis, the CABC provides high-level networking and sector-specific events for its Members.

CABC events are held across ASEAN and in Canada, often as a collaboration with our regional partners and members.

Events Detail

SAL Belt and Road Initiative Series – BRI and Infrastructure

Date: 10 Sep 2019

Synopsis: This seminar will allude to some of the major projects carried out under the BRI umbrella, with a view to distilling useful lessons regarding the ingredients leading to successful execution. The infrastructure seminar, which comes at the end of the SAL’s seminar series, also offers a chance for us to look back at the entire BRI landscape. Previous seminars concerning risk management, international trade, and dispute resolution, including an examination of significant initiatives, such as the Singapore Infrastructure Dispute Management Protocol, all provide additional context for the discussion of infrastructure and its relevance to the BRI. Thus, this final seminar will draw upon and recap parts of our previous discussions in order to tie-up the BRI series and thereby lay a foundation for assessing, and ideally seizing, the commercial opportunities presented by the evolving relationship between ASEAN and the BRI.

Registration Fee: SGD 128.40 (Inclusive of 7% GST)

For interested CABC members, please reach out to Ms Nicky Lung at for registration.

CABC Canadian Entrepreneur Roundtable

Date: 10 Sep 2019

On September 10, CABC hosted a Canadian Entrepreneur Roundtable and gathered 20 entrepreneurs for a session on doing business in Southeast Asia.

Innovate Canada-ASEAN

Date: 9 Sep 2019
8am - 6pm

Thank you for attending Innovate Canada-ASEAN on September 9, 2019!

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Date: Sept 9, 2019
Time: 8am to 6pm
Location: Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse

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Registration8:30 – 9:00
Opening Remarks

Mr. John Stevens, President, CanCham Thailand
Mr. Wayne Farmer, President, Canada-ASEAN Business Council

9:00 – 9:05
Morning Keynote Addresses

H.E. Mr. Vijavat Isarabhakdi, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand
Ms. Ajarin Pattanapanchai, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society of Thailand

9:05– 9:30
Launch of Canada-ASEAN Business Outlook Survey 2019

Speaker: Dr. Kai Ostwald, Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia

9:30 – 9:45
Morning Plenary Session9:45 – 10:35
Canada and ASEAN – a Partnership for Growth
Against the backdrop of increasingly complex value chains, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and geopolitical trends, the new economic reality has shaped a winning environment for forward-looking and trade-ready nations. While Canada and ASEAN enjoy a growing relationship – with ongoing exploratory Free Trade Agreement discussions adding momentum to the partnership – now is the time for the regions to leverage one another’s complementary strengths to unlock deeper benefits on both sides of the Pacific. Our panellists will discuss the status of Canada-ASEAN economic relations and answer the important question: where and how can Canada and ASEAN collaborate to build a partnership for growth? Moderator: H.E. Diedrah Kelly, Ambassador of Canada to ASEAN, Global Affairs CanadaSpeakers:

  • Ms. Tuuli McCully, Head of Asia-Pacific Economics, Scotiabank
  • Mr. Sittikorn Direksoonthorn, Senior Executive Vice President, Export-Import Bank of Thailand
  • Mr. Luis Gonzalez, Managing Director – APAC, Element AI
  • Mr. Wayne Farmer, President, Canada-ASEAN Business Council
Networking coffee break 10:35 – 10:55
Breakout Sessions11:00 – 11:50
1. Agriculture

Canada prides itself with its strong agri-food system. The industry’s best practices and well-known reputation for innovative and high-quality agri-food products have consistently positioned Canada as a leading player in the global agricultural trade. Under the backdrop of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) Agreement, Canadian agriculture and agri-food exporters will gain preferential market access and expand their business in the Asia-Pacific region. Furthermore, the ASEAN region supplies a broad range of commodities with a ready market in Canada, and there are lucrative openings for Canadian technology to increase productivity in the ASEAN farm sector.

Moderator: Mr. Shaun Denstedt, Vice Chair, Western Canada, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP


  • Mr. Brad Wall, Former Premier of Saskatchewan and Special Advisor, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
  • Mrs. Pennapa Tingle, Senior Manager, Global Innovation Center, Thai Union Group
  • Mr. Chris Anderson, Counsellor and Regional Trade Commissioner to Indonesia and ASEAN (Agriculture and Agri-Food), Canadian Trade Commission Service
  • Mr. Saknarong Siriporn na Rajasima, Executive Advisor, National Food Institute
2. Clean Technology

As the global economy moves toward a greener future, Canadian companies increasingly invest in, create, and adopt innovative and competitive clean technologies within key sectors of the Canadian economy such as energy, mining, forestry, and agriculture. Across the Pacific, ASEAN is also recognizing the importance of sustainability and of developing the renewable energy sector, with several solutions being developed from floating solar farms, mini-hydro projects and rice husks bio-mass plants to more traditional mounted solar farms and in-land wind farms. Join our panel of Canadian and ASEAN corporations and experts to learn more about how Canada and ASEAN can partner for a sustainable and prosperous future.

Moderator: Mr. Martin Desautels, Managing Partner, DFDL


  • Mrs. Preeyanart Soontornwata, President, B. Grimm Group Power Public Company Limited
  • Ms. Audray Souche, Partner & Country Managing Director, DFDL Thailand
  • Mr. Joost Siteur, Investment Mobilization Lead, USAID Clean Power Asia
  • Mr. Ignacio Miralles de Imperial, Director, Project Development SEA, Canadian Solar 
Networking Buffet Lunch12:00 – 12:50
Afternoon Plenary Session12:50 – 13:20
Invest in Canada

Canada has plenty to offer to businesses and investors: human capital, research, commercialization, scale-ups, and business-friendly environment. Canada offers the most educated workforce in the OECD and ranked 1st in the G7 for higher-education R&D, it is also a rising global leader in innovation with home to 3 of the world’s top 20 incubators. Using Canada as an innovation hub, businesses in Canada have preferential market access through 14 trade agreements to 51 countries around the globe, with nearly 1.5 billion consumers and a combined GDP of US$49.3 trillion. Come find out more on how Canada can be your partner for success.

Moderator: Mr. Frank Turner, Partner & Head of Asia Pacific Initiative, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP


  • Ms. Vira Soekardiman, Managing Director, British Columbia Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology
  • Mr. Klaus Houben, Chief Representative Southeast Asia, Export Development Canada
  • Mr. Ron Hoffmann, Senior Representative for Asia Pacific, Government of Alberta
  • Mr. Rene Sylvestre, Director, Québec Government office in Singapore
Afternoon Panel Session 113:30 – 14:20
3. Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence is expected to have a significant impact on some of the key industries driving economic growth in ASEAN, particularly in the Financial Services, Manufacturing, and Supply Chain sectors. In this panel, we address the fundamental questions about how a rapidly developing economy like Thailand can lay the groundwork for success in such a highly competitive field & be relevant on a global stage. We also discuss how the importance of an open dialogue between academia, regulators and the private sector is critical to nurturing that momentum.

Moderator: Ms. Chaowarat Yongjiranon, Global Content Editor, Techsauce Media


  • Ms. Victoria Yung, Commercial Lead Financial Services APAC, Element AI
  • Mr. Timothy Wong, Senior Vice President, Loxley Public Company Ltd
  • Prof. Matthew Dailey, Department Head – ICT, School of Engineering and Technology, Asian Institute of Technology
  • Mr. Henry Choi, Executive Director, Country Head of Risk Management, UOB Thailand
4. Healthcare

In a recent report presented at the World Economic Forum, healthcare costs in the majority of ASEAN nations is expected to increase by 70% over the next two decades as a result of aging demographics, increased prevalence of chronic diseases and increasing complexity in the delivery of healthcare. This panel will explore the innovative solutions being tested in ASEAN from novel health technologies to new care models as well as unique partnerships and platforms designed to reduce costs, maximise returns and keep people in the region in good health. Join this exciting panel to hear experts discuss how the changing healthcare landscape is creating new opportunities and innovations within the Canada-ASEAN economic corridor.

Special presentation:

  • Dr. Hooshmand Palany, Chairman, Healthcare Working Group, ASEAN Business Advisory Council Malaysia

Moderator: Mr. Jamie Read, Managing Director and Founder, BriteBirch


  • Dr. Kanpassorn Suriyasangpetch, CEO & Founder, Ooca
  • Dr. Sadangrit Kawalee, Deputy of Occupational Medicine, Bangkok Rayong Hospital
  • Dr. Shawn Watson, CEO & Founder, Senescence Life Sciences
  • Dr. Hooshmand Palany, Chairman, Healthcare Working Group, ASEAN Business Advisory Council Malaysia
  • Prof. Dieter Trau, Dean, School of Engineering and Technology, Asian Institute of Technology
Networking Coffee Break14:30 – 14:50
Afternoon Panel Session 215:00 – 15:50
5. Smart Cities

Smart City initiatives like the ASEAN Smart Cities Network and the Canadian Smart Cities Challenge receive much funding and attention, but what does it mean to be a Smart City? Can ASEAN and Canada build a smart cities network across the Pacific? Building a smart city requires more than the technology alone, but also collaborative partnerships between the public sector, private sector, and academia. Join our panel to learn how cities in ASEAN and Canada are becoming smarter and how your organization can be part of the transformation.

Moderator: Mr. Nicholas Stipp, Director, Business Development, SWAT


  • Ms. Lena Ng, Chief Investment Officer, Amata Corporation
  • Dr. Katrin Luger, Head of Sales, Transformation and Strategy, Bombardier Rail Control Solutions
  • Mr. Sean Lai, Regional Sales Director, Singapore, Malaysia & Emerging Markets, Avigilon
  • Dr. Naveed Anwar, Vice President of Knowledge Transfer, Asian Institute of Technology & Executive Director, AIT Solutions
6. FinTech

Technology and innovation are creating a seamless and optimised world in which we live, work, and play.  From cryptocurrency to digital banking, be it created by start-ups or MNCs, the fintech space is increasingly changing  the way we interact with money and finance. What does fintech mean for the future of money? Our panellists will share their insights on how fintech is invigorating and revolutionizing the banking and finance space.

Moderator: Dr. Narain Chutijirawong, Director, C&I, Deloitte Thailand


  • Mr. Zokhir Rasulov, Chief Digital Banking Officer, ABA Bank
  • Mr. Silawat Santivisat, Senior Executive Vice President, KASIKORNBANK PCL
  • Ms. Aunchisa Tapanakornvut, Assistant Director, FinTech Department, Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Mr. Lionel Pimpin, Senior Vice-President, Digital Channels, Personal and Commercial Strategies, National Bank of Canada
Afternoon Keynote Address & Closing Remarks 

Mr. John F.G. Hannaford, Deputy Minister of International Trade, Global Affairs Canada

16:00 – 16:30
Sponsored Closing Cocktail Reception16:30 – 19:00


Innovate Canada-ASEAN will feature:

  • Plenary keynote addresses by business and government leaders
  • Breakout rooms for in-depth panels on industry and market-specific topics
  • Launch of the Canada-ASEAN Business Outlook Survey 2019
  • Targeted networking to foster new business opportunities

Mr. John F.G. Hannaford

Deputy Minister of International Trade
Government of Canada

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H.E. Ambassador Diedrah Kelly

Canadian Ambassador to ASEAN
Global Affairs Canada

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H.E. Mr. Vijavat Isarabhakdi

Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand

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Ms. Ajarin Pattanapanchai

Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, Thailand

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H.E. Ambassador Donica Pottie

Canadian Ambassador to Thailand, Cambodia and Laos
Global Affairs Canada

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Brad Wall

Former Premier of Saskatchewan
Special Adviser

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Pennapa Tingle

Senior Manager, Global Innovation Center
Thai Union Group PCL

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Sittikorn Direksoonthorn

Senior Executive Vice President
Export-Import Bank of Thailand

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Shawn Denstedt

Vice Chair, Western Canada

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Tuuli McCully

Head of Asia Pacific Economics

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Saknarong Siriporn na Rajasima

Executive Advisor
National Food Institute, Thailand

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Kanpassorn Suriyasangpetch

Founder & CEO

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Preeyanart Soontornwata 

B. Grimm Group Power Public Company Limited

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Lionel Pimpin

Senior Vice President – Digital Channels and P&C Strategies
National Bank of Canada

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Audray Souche

Partner & Country Managing Director
DFDL Thailand

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Frank Turner

Partner and Head of Asia Pacific
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

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Silawat Santivisat

Senior Executive Vice President
Blockchain Thailand Initiative Platform

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Luis Gonzalez

Managing Director APAC
Element AI

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Dr. Katrin Luger

Head of Sales, Transformation and Strategy
Bombardier Transportation Rail Control Solutions

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Martin Desautels

Managing Partner

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Lena Ng

Chief Investment Officer
Amata Corporation PCL

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Ignacio Miralles de Imperial

Director Project Development
Canadian Solar Energy Group

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Victoria Yung

Commercial Lead APAC, Financial Services
Element AI

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Timothy Wong

Senior Vice President
Loxley Public Company Ltd

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Klaus Houben

Chief Representative South East Asia
Export Development Canada

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Vira Soekardiman

Managing Director
British Columbia Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology

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Wayne Farmer

President at Canada-ASEAN Business Council
Managing Partner at Islemount Limited

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Henry Choi

Executive Director, Country Head of Risk Management
UOB Thailand

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Chaowarat Yongjiranon

Global Content Editor
Techsauce Media

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Zokhir Rasulov

Chief Digital Officer
ABA Bank

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Prof. Kai Ostwald

Assistant Professor School of Public Policy & Global Affairs
University of British Columbia

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Dr. Sadangrit Kawalee

Deputy of Occupational Medicine
Bangkok Rayong Hospital

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Sean Lai

Regional Sales Director

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Dr. Shawn Watson

CEO & Founder
Senescence Life Sciences

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Chris Anderson

Counsellor and Regional Trade Commissioner to Indonesia and ASEAN (Agriculture and Agri-Food)
Canadian Trade Commission Service

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Dr. Hooshmand Palany

Chairman, Healthcare Working Group
ASEAN Business Advisory Council Malaysia

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Aunchisa Tapanakornut

Assistant Director, FinTech Department
Securities and Exchange Commission, Thailand

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René Sylvestre

Québec Government Office in Singapore

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Jamie Read

Executive Director and Founder

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Ron Hoffmann

Senior Representative for the Asia Pacific Basin
Government of Alberta

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Nicholas Stipp

Director, Business Development

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John Stevens

President, CanCham Thailand
Managing Partner, Stonelotus Ventures

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Prof Matthew N. Dailey

Department Head ICT
Asian Institute of Technology

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Joost Siteur

Investment Mobilization Lead
USAID Clean Power Asia

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Dr. Narain Chutijirawong

Director C&I
Deloitte Thailand

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Prof. Dieter Trau

Dean of the School of Engineering and Technology
Asian Institute of Technology

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Dr. Naveed Anwar

Vice President of Knowledge Transfer
Asian Institute of Technology

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SAL Belt and Road Initiative Series – Dispute Settlement and the BRI

Date: 29 Aug 2019

Synopsis: This seminar will examine dispute avoidance strategies, and dispute resolution options such as arbitration and mediation, particularly in the context of BRI cross-border, investment-related disputes. The relevance of the Singapore Convention on Mediation – which is expected to be signed in August 2019 – to the BRI, will form part of this discussion. The new Singapore Infrastructure Dispute Management Protocol will also be covered briefly in this discussion. (The Protocol will be covered in greater detail in the next seminar on BRI and Infrastructure.)

Registration Fee: SGD 128.40 (Inclusive of 7% GST)

For interested CABC members, please reach out to Ms Nicky Lung at for registration.

SAL Belt and Road Initiative Series – Risk Issues and Management, and the BRI

Date: 27 Aug 2019

Synopsis: This seminar will seek to highlight the general principles of risk management, with particular reference to the BRI countries, emphasising that risk management can also lead to value creation, if handled transparently and with an eye to repeat transactions. Moreover,
Singapore’s own experience with these issues and the legal community’s role in upholding the highest standards can be transformed into
a competitive advantage as BRI projects move forward throughout the region. This seminar will seek to draw on the expertise of our legal
community, with a view to leveraging it for both the region and in the context of the BRI.

Registration Fee: SGD 128.40 (Inclusive of 7% GST)

For interested CABC members, please reach out to Ms Nicky Lung at for registration.

Smart Showcase Series – Future of Fintech in ASEAN

Date: 15 Aug 2019
9:00am - 6:30pm

CABC invites members to attend Smart Showcase Series: The Future of FinTech in ASEAN on August 15, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

*Invitations are limited and exclusive to CABC members. Please reach out to Ms. Nicky Lung at for the agenda and registration.