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

Vietnam – The Emerging Enabler for Canadian Businesses

Date: 9 Jun 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

Join Vietnam – The Emerging Enabler for Canadian Businesses for an interactive discussion on how Vietnam talents can help Canadian business to successfully execute their digital transformation initiatives while reducing costs.

The event will provide fresh insights into:

  • ASEAN as a raising technology hub by Forrester Senior Analyst – VP
  • ASEAN Investment Prospect in Recovery Phrase by Director General Do Nhat Hoang

Brief: Vietnam tackles COVID-19 and its impacts on the economy

The reason why Canada considers Vietnam as the top-choice for investment

Vietnam’s Government Policies to support FDI in the context of COVID-19
The Foreign Investment Agency, Ministry of Planning and Investment

  • Client story by Mark Dahlberg – Sysmex Director
  • Rethink the supply chain for resiliency by Nguyen Lam Phuong – CEO of FPT Canada

Vietnam – the new engine for Canadian businesses to lead the Industry 4.0 revolution.

FPT – your trusted partner for the Digital transformation journey

  • Share the view of FPT’s Technology partner by Patrick Duroseau – Director, Partner Business Development & Strategy at Microsoft

Register for the event here:

Commonwealth Study Conference 2023 – Webcast with Princess Anne and BMO CEO Darryl White

Date: 3 Jun 2021
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (ET)

A virtual dialogue with Darryl White in the presence of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal


The 11th Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conference brings together young leaders from around the world for a once-in-a-lifetime global leadership development experience. 

In anticipation of 2023, please join us for a virtual dialogue with Conference Chair Darryl White, CEO, BMO Financial Group, in the presence of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, President, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conferences. 


  • Thursday, June 3, 2021
    1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (ET)

The Competition and Growth Summit

Date: 3 Jun 2021

The CABC invites members to join the Competition Bureau’s Competition and Growth Summit held virtually from June 1 to 3, 2021.
The registration is now open here. Please note that there will be an opportunity to listen to recordings of the sessions in the future.

The Summit will examine the role that competitive markets can play in driving economic growth in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will feature Canadian and international speakers from both the private and public sector, including leading figures from academia and the international competition community.


The panel will focus on the role of competition in delivering economic recovery and growth.

Keynote speaker

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, MP, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry


    • Jeanne Pratt, Senior Deputy Commissioner, Mergers and Monopolistic Practices Branch, Competition Bureau


    • Alain de Serres , Deputy Director, OECD Economic Department, Policy Studies Branch
    • Christopher Ragan, Director, Max Bell School of Public Policy, McGill University
    • Trevin S. Stratton, Ph.D., Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, Policy, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
    • Carolyn A. Wilkins, Corporate Director, Intact Insurance Company and Former Senior Deputy Governor, Bank of Canada

The panel will discuss the levers available to governments to increase the competitive intensity of their economies, and how governments can incorporate a competition lens in their policymaking while also meeting other critical objectives.


    • Francis Bilodeau, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategy and Innovation Policy Sector, ‎Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada


    • Melanie Aitken, Co-Chair, Competition, Antitrust and Foreign Investment, Bennett Jones (US) LLP
    • Denise Hearn, Author, “The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition”
    • William B.P. Robson, Chief Executive Officer, C.D. Howe Institute
    • The Honourable Howard Wetston, C.M., Q.C., Senate of Canada

The panel will focus on the effect of the pandemic on the role of competition authorities around the world.

                Keynote Speaker

  • United States Senator Amy Klobuchar, Chair of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust and Consumer Rights


    • William Kovacic, Non-Executive Director, U.K. Competition and Markets Authority, Global Competition Professor of Law and Policy and Director, Competition Law Center, The George Washington University and Former Member and Chairman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission


    • Matthew Boswell, Commissioner of Competition, Competition Bureau of Canada
    • Dr. Andrea Coscelli, Chief Executive, U.K. Competition and Markets Authority
    • Richard Powers, Acting Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division
    • Anna Rawlings, Chair, New Zealand Commerce Commission
    • Rod Sims, Chair, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
    • Rebecca Slaughter, Acting Chair, U.S. Federal Trade Commission

For more information on the agenda and panelists or to register, please visit the Competition and Growth Summit website.

Confronting Chaos, Embracing Conflict: Building Collaboration to Achieve Settlement in the Asia Pacific Region and Beyond

Date: 2 Jun 2021
8:00am - 10:00am SGT

Register for the event here.

The Path to a Canada-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement

Date: 2 Jun 2021
9:00am - 11:00am SGT

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Event Details

  • Date and time: 2 June 2021, 9:00am – 11:00am GMT+8 (1 June 2021, 9:00pm – 11:00pm EST)


As a group, ASEAN is Canada’s sixth-largest trading partner. A Canada-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement would bring the two regions together, expanding trade and investment across many sectors, including financial services, infrastructure, energy, agri-food, resources, aviation, high tech & ICT, and many more! 

Join the Canada-ASEAN Business Council, ASEAN Business Advisory Council Brunei  and our partners to explore what’s ahead of the Canada-ASEAN economic relationship and find out how the two regions can leverage this partnership for shared success and prosperity. This event is part of the Canada-ASEAN Business Leaders Series 2021 organized by the CABC in partnership with the Government of Canada.


Time (GMT+8)Programme
9:05 AM – 9:10 AMWelcome remarks

  • Mr. Wayne Farmer, President, the CABC
9:10 AM – 9:45 AMIntroduction of Guests of Honour by The Hon. Yanty Rahman (The Hon. FDr. Ar. Siti Rozaimeriyanty DSLJ Haji Abdul Rahman), Chair, ASEAN-Business Advisory Council, and Member of the Brunei Legislative Council

Keynote remarks from Guests of Honour:

  • Mr. John Hannaford, Canada’s Deputy Minister of International Trade
  • H.E. Satvinder Singh, Deputy Secretary-General for ASEAN Economic Community
  • YB Dato Seri Setia Dr. Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II, Brunei
9:45 AMPhoto opportunity (CABC, Guests of Honour, and all speakers)
9:50 AM – 10:50 AMPanel discussion + Q&A


  • Mr. Wayne Farmer, President, the CABC


  • H.E. Diedrah Kelly, Canadian Ambassador to ASEAN 
  • H.E. Dr. Sarah Taylor, Canada’s Ambassador to Thailand
  • Mr. Sachin N. Shah, General Manager, Emerging Markets, Manulife Asia
  • Mr. Gabriel Lagunes, General Manager, Asia, Canadian National Railway
10:50 AM- 11:00 AMClosing remarks

  • The Hon. Yanty Rahman, Chair, ASEAN-Business Advisory Council, and Member of the Brunei Legislative Council
11:00 AM onwardsCABC Open Networking Session

DFDL – COVID-19 Vaccination in Southeast Asia: Key Considerations for Employers & Employees

Date: 5 May 2021

With COVID-19 vaccination drives at the early rollout stage across Southeast Asia, we take this opportunity to look more closely at some of the main questions, concerns and legal issues on the minds of employers and employees during these uncertain times.

In light of the urgency and importance of the current situation, we have assembled a team of employment and labor experts to outline the rights and obligations of employers and employees when it comes to vaccination. The panel participants all have longstanding, comprehensive and hands-on familiarity with labour and employment matters respectively covering: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Lao PDR, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam and have an intuitive understanding of how these rules and regulations mesh with real-world working arrangements and the practical implications that can arise.

20 minutes will be specifically devoted to each country, its relevant vaccination program and any relevant rules and compliance issues to take note of. Join us for these quick 20 minute-long country-focused talks to get a clear overview of the situation in your particular country.

Don’t miss out on this crucial opportunity to learn key up-to-the-minute insights on COVID vaccinations in Southeast Asia!
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