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

Advancing Canada-Indonesia Economic Relations

Date: 7 Apr 2021
10:00am - 12:00noon SGT

Join the Canada-ASEAN Business Council (CABC), ICCC, KADIN, Quebec Government Office in Singapore, Saskatchewan Singapore Office, and our members and partners in Indonesia and Canada to explore business opportunities for shared economic 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. The event will be followed by a CABC Market Entry Workshop and Networking Session.

The event:

  • Provided an update on the business environment and opportunities in Indonesia
  • Discussed what opportunities the Canada-Indonesia economic relations has to offer to exporters and investors, and learnings from successful Canadian businesses operating in the market
  • Raised awareness and support for bilateral trade opportunities
  • Offered networking opportunities for the Canada-ASEAN business community

Event Summary

The CABC was pleased to host the Advancing Canada-Indonesia Economic Relations virtual event on April 7th in partnership with the Indonesia Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC), Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN), Quebec Government Office in Singapore, and the Saskatchewan Singapore Office. 

Followed by a Market Entry Workshop and Networking Session, this event was part of the Canada-ASEAN Business Leaders Series 2021, organized by the CABC in partnership with the Government of Canada, and supported by 7 CanChams and Business Councils based in Southeast Asia.

Key Takeaways

In November 2020, the Indonesian government enacted the Omnibus Law to attract investment, create new jobs, and stimulate the economy. The Omnibus Law will be key to post-pandemic recovery and economic growth including simplifying licensing processes, centralizing different laws and regulations, and creating a conducive environment for businesses and foreign investment.

In addition to the Omnibus Law, Indonesia’s rising middle class and its increasing consumption patterns has allowed the country to become a top trade and investment destination. With a large and young population, Indonesia is also an ideal place to test out new technologies.

Furthermore, Indonesia also has shown great potential in further building out its infrastructure sector, as the country continues to invest capital into roads, ports, and airports. In addition to tech and infrastructure, other attractive areas of investments include agriculture, private equity, tourism, health, and education sectors.

Canada-Indonesia Trade Relations

There is much room for Canada and Indonesia to grow its trade relations, with Indonesian exports to Canada averaging to about only 0.3% of Indonesia’s total exports to the rest of the world. Similarly, although Canadian investment in Indonesia is quite stable, it has never exceeded more than $190M USD in the past 10 years. 

As such, both countries would benefit greatly from a Canada-Indonesia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) that is currently being explored, which would realize the untapped trade and investment potentials in a wider range of industries.

Tips on entering the Indonesian market:

  • As a multicultural country, it is important to understand the cultural contexts of your target markets in Indonesia, given that different regions will have different ways of doing business 
  • Having business partners on the ground is important to understand cultural and legal nuances
  • There will be major digital shift in businesses in the near future as Indonesia continues to move towards being a technologically advanced country


Time (Jakarta time)Programme
9:00AM -9:05AMWelcome remarks by the CABC and the ICCC
9:05AM -9:29AMKeynote Speakers

  • H.E. Ambassador Cameron MacKay, Canada’s Ambassador to Indonesia 
  • Ms. Shinta Kamdani, Vice Chairwoman for International Relations, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) 
    • Keynote Presentation on Indonesia’s business and investment environment such as legislative changes brought about by the Omnibus Law 
9:29AM -9:30AMPhoto opportunity

  • Organizers, Speakers
9:30AM -9:35AMPresentation –
Update on the Indonesian aviation sector: Opportunities for Canadian businesses

  • Mr. Quentin O’Mahony, General Manager, Singapore CAE Flight Training
9:35AM -10:20AMPanel discussion + Q&A

Dr. Stéphane Michaud, Partner (Advisory), Korn Ferry 


  • Ms. Leong Wai Leng, Managing Director & Head of Asia Pacific, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)
  • Mr. Gabriel Lagunes, General Manager-Asia, Canadian National Railway
  • Mr. Wahyuni Bahar, Head of Permanent Committee for Multilateral Institution & Free Trade Agreements, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KADIN) and Managing Partner, Bahar Firm
  • Mr. Jim M Webb, President Director, PT Hatfield Indonesia 
10:20AM -10:25AM Closing remarks
10:25AM -11:00AMMarket Entry & Open networking session [Exclusive to event participants]

  • Mr. Fransiscus Rodyanto, Partner, SSEK Indonesian Legal Consultants
  • Open discussion & networking

Indonesia Summit

Date: 30 Mar 2021

The CABC invites members and partners to attend the Economist’s Indonesia Summit (30-31 Mar 2021).

Covid-19 has ravaged Indonesia. The world’s fourth most populous country has recorded more than 28,000 fatalities as of January 2021, the highest in Asia Pacific outside of India. This virtual event series will gather policymakers, business leaders and experts to assess the ongoing impact of covid-19 on Indonesia’s economy and society, discuss ways to rebuild the economy and analyse the risks and opportunities for businesses investing in Indonesia.

Register here for free.

Canadian Technology Accelerator’s Circular Economy Cohort Finale Virtual Event

Date: 24 Mar 2021

Click here to register

You’re Invited to attend the Canadian Technology Accelerator’s Circular Economy Cohort Finale Virtual Event March 24!

Join us on March 24, 2021 at 9am SGT for the CTA Circular Economy Cohort Finale to meet the five innovative Canadian companies graduating from this year’s Canadian Technology Accelerator  (CTA) – Circular Economy Cohort. Covering a range of applications, learn how these companies are addressing a variety of waste issues including plastics, food, hazardous or industrial by-products and wastewater to create a more circular economy. Hear from the company representatives as they share their visions, and engage in an interactive Q & A session to learn more.

Please see the CTA Dealbook for profiles of the Canadian companies that will be presenting.

You can register to attend the session here:

This session is hosted by the Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) for Cleantech – Circular Economy program which exists to connect Canada’s up-and coming cleantech SMEs with potential customers, strategic partners and investors across Southeast Asia, focusing on Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam. The program is led by the High Commission of Canada in Singapore in collaboration with the Canadian Trade Offices in Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City and Manila, and in partnership with The Incubation Network.

Geo Connect Asia 2021

Date: 24 Mar 2021

With the rise of Industry 4.0, Geo Connect Asia looks to host their ASEAN neighbours and build on a vibrant geospatial community. The emergence of AI, blockchain, IoT, robotics and UAVs create a new dynamic and platforms for a region well equipped to take on the challenges ahead. The Geo Connect Asia 2021 Conference opens its doors in Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands. The event is also being livestreamed to a global audience from Singapore.

Registration is open at:

CABC members enjoy 20% discount for both on-site and virtual conference tickets. Please contact Nicky Lung at for the promo code.

Virtual E-Commerce Trade Mission to Singapore

Date: 23 Mar 2021

Explore Business Opportunities in Singapore – Register here

Interested in exploring business opportunities in the e-commerce sector in Singapore?  Join us March 23 – 31 to learn more about this dynamic market, and the opportunities that exist for Canadian companies in the rapidly-expanding e-commerce sector.

A financial and commercial hub, Singapore is a global leader in technology, and a model for innovation.  Despite its small size, Singapore offers many opportunities for Canadian companies thanks to its affluent domestic market, and is well-positioned to serve as a launching pad for Canadian companies looking to explore the broader Southeast Asian market.

Thanks to the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), which has been ratified by both Singapore and Canada, Canadian companies have preferential access to this dynamic market.

Join the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, in this virtual trade mission to learn about opportunities in Singapore and how the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) can help your business navigate opportunities in the e-commerce sector.

Why Participate?

  • Learn about Singapore and its rapidly growing and diverse e-commerce ecosystem.
  • Connect with 18 key Singapore e-commerce players.
  • Learn about the newly created ShopAtCanada e-commerce platform.
  • Learn how the Trade Commissioner Service can help your company navigate the market opportunities and challenges in Singapore.


The program will include:

  • A webinar on doing business in Singapore and its e-commerce ecosystem (March 23rd) with a keynote address from the Honourable Mary Ng, Canada’s Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade.
  • Presentations by Singapore’s Economic Development Board, and Enterprise Singapore on how to navigate Singapore’s e-commerce ecosystem.
  • An introduction to two exciting new initiatives specifically designed to help Canadian companies enter into Singapore’s e-commerce market: the Sh
    opAtCanada e-commerce platform.
  • An opportunity to learnmore about how the Trade Commissioner Service can support your company, and how programs such as CanExport can help Canadian companies pursue opportunities in the Singaporean market.
  • Short video presentations by 18 key Singapore e-commerce players & possibility for one-on-one meetings


Register now to participate in these free events!

All applicants will be screened for suitability and program placement.

Registration deadline: March 19, 2021

Contact Us

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Digital Sales Activation – Smart Cities Trade Mission to Vietnam

Date: 22 Mar 2021

The CABC proudly supports the Digital Sales Activation – Smart Cities Trade Mission to Vietnam and invites members and partners to attend the virtual mission from March 22 to March 26, 2021.

Register now: