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

Special Joint Session: The Russia-Ukraine War and Food Security in ASEAN

Date: 30 Jun 2022
9:00 - 10:30 am GMT+8

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Join the Canada-ASEAN Business Council, the US-ASEAN Business Council, and the EU-ASEAN Business Council for this Special Joint Session: The Russia-Ukraine War and Food Security in ASEAN on June 30th, 9:00 – 10:30 am (GMT+8).

Event Background

The ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine has created massive shocks in the global food system, revealing problems of import dependency and vulnerability of national food systems worldwide. This has major implications for countries in Southeast Asia, in terms of their ability to feed populations and maintain the inputs required for agricultural activities. Increased exports and support from countries such as Canada, the U.S., and countries in the EU could potentially respond to an acute food crisis in Southeast Asia, while long-term supply chain integration could protect against future shocks. 

In this event, we will explore the implications of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on food security in Southeast Asia. We will examine potential challenges for ASEAN countries and the related geopolitical ramifications.  We will also assess the capacity of Canada, the U.S., and the EU to support Southeast Asia and ensure its short and long-term food security.


Time (SGT) Programme Platform
9:00 AM – 9:10 AM Opening by the CABC, EU-ABC, and US-ABC & Photo Zoom webinar
9:10 AM – 9:20 AM Keynote Remarks 

  • H.E. Satvinder Singh, Deputy Secretary-General, ASEAN Economic Community 
9:20 AM -9:30 AM Presentation: Analysis on the Impact of the Russia-Ukraine War on Southeast Asia’s Food Security 

  • Dr. Paul Teng Piang-Siong, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, and Managing Director & Dean, NIE International Pte. Ltd.
  • Representative from Asian Development Bank (ADB)
9:30 AM – 10:20 AM Roundtable Discussion: How can Canada, the U.S., and the EU mitigate the effects of the Russia-Ukraine War on Southeast Asia’s Food Security?

Moderator: Chris Humphrey, Executive Director, EU-ASEAN Business Council

Speakers [Confirmed]:

  • Jason Newton, Chief Economist and Head of Market Research, Nutrien
  • Peter Mumford, Practice Head, South & SE Asia, Eurasia Group
  • Steven Okun, Senior Advisor, McLarty Associates
  • Daniel Ramage, Director of Market Access and Trade Policy, Cereals Canada
10:20 AM – 10:30 AM Closing Keynote

New Frameworks: RCEP’s Role in Driving Asia’s Digital Economy

Date: 22 Jun 2022
9:00am to 10:00 UK Time

This digital Asia House conference, organized in partnership with the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB), will bring together senior business leaders, government representatives, and thought leaders from the Asia Pacific to discuss how RCEP could play a critical role in driving the region’s digital economy. The discussion will provide valuable insights from figures at the heart of Asia’s digital trade landscape on whether RCEP can bolster and stimulate the region’s digital economy, and the opportunities arising through this landmark agreement.

The event will launch CKGSB’s new report: ‘RCEP: Can Multilateralism Lead to Economic Growth in the Asia Pacific?’

Know more about the event and register here.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conference

Date: 3 Jun 2022

The CABC cordially invites you to send your application for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conference happening in June 2023.

Over two weeks, the Conference will expose each member to new experiences, provoking arguments and different perspectives, so that the quality and relevance of their decision-making as leaders is improved.

Learn more about the conference here.

The application for the conference ends on September 30, 2022.

CommunicAsia and Asia Tech x Singapore 2022

Date: 1 Jun 2022
3-Day Event

As the anchor event of Asia Tech x Singapore, Asia’s Leading Infocomm Media & Tech Event, CommunicAsia is the conference to attend in 2022 for a complete picture of what’s happening in the telecommunications and digital sectors across Asia.

Organised by Informa Tech and the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) of Singapore, CommunicAsia is the place to gain insights and connections in the evolving digital ecosystem and technological advances such as 5G standalone, edge computing, Open RAN and much more.

CommunicAsia brings together communication service providers (CSPs), market disruptors, technology vendors, system integrators, cloud providers, regulators, industry analysts, associations, foundations and enterprises.

Meet your industry peers face-to-face and discuss impacts of the evolving telco ecosystem, how to get return on investment for 5G networks, how to maximise security on different levels, how to work with a range of partners, how to monetise on new services and how to strategically plan for a time after the pandemic, particularly in the heterogeneous Asian landscape

Register and find out more here.

ASEAN as Canada’s Key to the Indo-Pacific: Implications for Businesses

Date: 25 May 2022
9:00 - 11:00 am GMT+8

The CABC invites our Members, Partners, and Supporters to join our event, ASEAN as Canada’s Key to the Indo-Pacific: Implications for Businesses! This event is held in partnership with the Government of Canada, TD Bank, and Sun Life, with support from the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) and the 7 Canadian Chambers of Commerce and Business Councils in ASEAN. This is a hybrid event, with the physical component taking place in Singapore (by invitation only). 

Event Background

ASEAN is Canada’s 6th largest trading partner and is projected to be the world’s 4th largest economy by 2030. As ASEAN is increasingly important in the global stage given its strategic role in global trade routes and regional affairs, it is not a surprise that the region is seen as a key partner in Canada’s trade diversification and engagements in the Indo-Pacific region. In 2021, Canada launched official negotiations for two free trade agreements: The Canada-ASEAN FTA and the Canada-Indonesia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) – signifying the commitment that Canada has made to bilateral trade with the region.

As Canada and ASEAN celebrate the 45th anniversary of their relationship, the CABC explores how the two regions can strengthen the partnership for shared prosperity and the implications for businesses in their strategy planning to reap the benefits of closer ties and trade diversification.

**Important note** 

  • Please register your interest & preferred mode of attendance with the registration form.
  • Due to limited capacity, only those who received a confirmation directly from the CABC team will be admitted to the in-person event (ticket valued at S$150).


Time (SGT) Programme Platform
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM CABC Private Meet & Greet *Selected members-only* In-person 
9:00 AM – 9:05 AM Opening remarks

  • Mr. Wayne Farmer, President of CABC 
Zoom webinar


In-person (Singapore)

9:05 AM Introduction of Guests of Honour

  • Ms. Shabeen Hanifa, Emerging Markets Communications Lead, Manulife 
9:10 AM – 9:30 AM Keynote remarks


Guests of Honour 

  • The Hon. Mary Ng, Canada’s Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development
  • Mr. Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Trade and Industry, Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) Singapore
  • H.E. Satvinder Singh, Deputy Secretary-General for ASEAN Economic Community 
9:35 AM – 9:45 AM Presentation from C.D. Howe Institute on the benefit of a Canada-ASEAN FTA

  • Mr. Dan Ciuriak, Director and Principal, Ciuriak Consulting Inc., and Fellow-in-Residence with the C.D. Howe Institute 
9:50 AM – 10:40 AM Panel discussion + Q&A

Moderator: Ms. Mary Elizabeth Chelliah, Principal Trade Specialist and Head of the MTI Trade Academy Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry 



  • H.E. Ambassador Sarah Taylor, Ambassador of Canada to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia  
  • Mr. Jeff Nankivell, President and CEO, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada 
  • Mr. Mark Agnew, Senior Vice President, Policy and Government Relations, Canadian Chamber of Commerce  
  • Mr. Murray Hiebert, Head of Research, Bower Group Asia 
  • Mr. Joy Rankothge. Business Development Lead Asia – Strategy, Export Development Canada
10:40 AM – 11:00 AM Event closes & Open Networking (In-person) In-person

Halal Expo Canada (HEC 2022)

Date: 12 May 2022

The CABC invites our Members, supporters, and partners to attend the Halal Expo Canada (HEC 2022) from May 12-14th 2022, a three (3) day event at Hall 4, The International Center, Toronto, Canada. This event is hosted by Expo Hut Canada.

Now in its 2nd edition, HEC 2022 promises to provide a high-level conference, fashion show, products/services demo area and more in order to provide our exhibitors, sponsors and visitors with the best and successful participation experience possible. At this 3-day event, there will be the meeting points for buyers, suppliers, and investors from both domestic and international companies. Exhibiting products cover most halal lifestyles including food & beverage to franchise, fashion, cosmetics, health, finance and investment, e-Commerce and logistics to travel/tourism and more. HEC 2022 expects to attract more than 100 exhibitors and 3,000 attendees from national and international locations.
In the first 2019 edition, the show had resulted in attracting a number of participants from Canada, US, Indonesia, China, Morocco, Belgium, Turkey and many more. To give you some highlights, we would like to share with you the post-show video on HEC 2019 and also the halal webinar co-organized together with the Halal Development Corporation (HDC) and Halal Monitoring Authority (HMA):
The Malaysia Canada Business Council (MCBC) has been officially appointed the exclusive agent for HEC 2022 by The Expo Hut Canada for Malaysia. MCBC is a private non-profit organization to foster and enhance relationships between Canada and Malaysia.
For more information, please email at
Register and find out more about exhibiting here: HALAL EXPO CANADA – Home