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

1st Training Course on Understanding the Benefits of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)

Date: 3 Apr 2018
08:30 - 17:30

Dear SBF Partners and Friends,


You are cordially invited to the following event organized by the Singapore Business Federation (SBF), in collaboration with the Singapore Government (Ministry of Trade & Industry and IE Singapore):





1st Training Course on Understanding the Benefits of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs):


“Tapping on Singapore’s FTA Network to Increase Competitive Edge & Gain Better Market Access Overseas”


Date & Time: 3rd – 4th of April 2018 (Tuesday & Wednesday), 0830 – 1730H



SBF Center Seminar Rooms (Level 6)

#06-01 SBF Center, 160 Robinson Road, Singapore 068914


Fee per pax:


Attending 2 Full Days

$120 (before GST) [Member]

$220 (before GST) [Non-Members]

Attending 1 Day Only (i.e. Day 1 or 2)

$75 (before GST) [Member]

$150 (before GST) [Non-Members]



Free trade agreements (FTAs) provide companies more prospects to expand their businesses into key overseas markets and gain competitive edge to improve profitability. Currently, Singapore has a network of 22 bilateral and regional FTAs with 33 trading partners. Therefore, companies that operate in Singapore arestrategically positioned and stand to benefit greatly from utilizing these FTAs.


This workshop aims to help you have a better appreciation of the unlocked opportunities of Singapore’s FTA network for businesses. You will learn basic concepts of various FTA elements and how these can benefit your business directly from Singapore’s trade policymakers and negotiators; as well as practical insights on how your business can gain competitive edge to improve profitability through Singapore’s FTA network from experienced supply chain management/FTA experts.




To attend the aforesaid event, please register online (click here) by 20 March 2018. Please note that seats are limited & will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis. To register, please log in with your username and password. If you do not have an existing account with SBF, kindly create an account for registration.


For any queries regarding this course, please feel free to contact our FTAs and International Relations Team:

(i) Ms Maes Alconcel, Deputy Director [DID: 6827 0258 / Email:]; or

(ii) Ms Laura Kuan, Senior Executive [DID: 6827 6816 / Email:].


Thank you and we look forward to welcoming you at our training course!

IDRC-Grow Asia Side-Event at the 4th CABC Business Forum

Date: 23 Mar 2018
08:30 - 17:15

The CABC is pleased to share a policy forum on Trade, value chains and sustainable development in Southeast Asia to be held on Friday March 23rd, 2018 at the Copthorne King’s Hotel Singapore (403 Havelock Rd, Singapore 169632).

At the margins of the 4th CABC business forum taking place in Singapore on March 21st and 22nd,
Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Grow Asia have organized a one-day event to present IDRC work on trade and value chains in the ASEAN region. The event features policymakers, business leaders, and researchers working on the issues of key relevance to Canada-ASEAN economic relationships, trade, SMEs development, and women and youth empowerment. Further details are provided in the attached draft agenda.

How to RSVP?

We kindly ask that you respond by Monday 19th, 2018 to Bouba Housseini ( and Pranav
Sethaputra ( whether you would like to attend this event. Please do not
hesitate to contact us for any further information.

Kindly find the agenda for the event below:

Agenda of the IDRC-Grow Asia Side-Event at the 4th CABC Business Forum

Morning: high level policy forum open to All
8:30 – 9:00
Introduction and Opening remarks
9:00 – 9:15
Opening remarks by Global Affairs Canada, IDRC, CABC, and Grow
Keynote Address
9:15 – 10:00
Keynote Address on: “Trade, value chains and sustainable
development in Southeast Asia”

  •  Professor Alex Capri, NUS Business School, National University of Singapore
Coffee Break
10:00 – 10:15
Coffee break
Panel Discussions I
10:15 – 11:15
Theme I: Economic and social impacts of trade and value chains in

  • Mr. Grahame Dixie, Executive Director, Grow Asia
  • Dr. Kai Ostwald, Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and Department of Political Science
  • Dr. Sanchita Basu Das (TBC), Fellow, Lead Researcher (Economic Affairs), ISEAS and ASEAN Studies Centre
  • Dr. Zaw Oo, Executive Director, Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD), Myanmar
Panel Discussions II
11:15 – 12:15
Theme II: Integration of ASEAN SMEs into global markets

  • Mr. Steven Tipman, Executive Director, TFO Canada
  • Mr. Madhurjya Kumar Dutta, Director of Trade and Investment Facilitation at Mekong Institute (MI)
  • Mr. Prasith Suon (TBC), Deputy Director General, General Department of International Trade, Cambodia Ministry of Commerce
  • Ms. Khin Ohmmar Moe, Owner and Managing Director,
  • Sabanan Company Ltd, Myanmar
Wrap-up and conclusions
12:15 – 12:30
  • Take away messages
  • Implications for research, policy and practice
12:30 – 13:30
Lunch and Networking
Afternoon: internal research workshop (only for IDRC grantees)
Projects insights I
13:30 – 15:00
Updates and Insights from IDRC projects:

  • Prof. Alex Capri, Ms. Audrey Teo and Mr. Yuk Meng Foo, NUS Business School, National University of Singapore
  • Dr. Kai Ostwald (TBC), Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and Department of Political Science University of British Columbia
  • Ms. Tanja Matheis and Mr. Divya Prakash, Just Jobs Network
  • Dr. Zaw Oo, Executive Director, Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD), Myanmar
  • Dr. Permata Wulandari, Department of Management, University of Indonesia
Coffee Break
15:00 – 15:15
Coffee break
Projects insights II
15:15 – 16:45
Updates and Insights from IDRC projects:

  • Mr. Steven Tipman, Executive Director, TFO Canada
  • Mr. Madhurjya Kumar Dutta, Director of Trade and Investment
    Facilitation at Mekong Institute (MI)
  • Ms. Seila Polham, Principal Founder, Khmer Artisanry,
  • Ms. Khin Ohmmar Moe, Owner and Managing Director,
    Sabanan Company Ltd, Myanmar
  • Mr. Pranav Sethaputra, Learning Alliance Manager, Grow Asia
Wrap-up and conclusions
16:45 – 17:15
  • Take away messages
  • Synergies across projects
  • Future collaboration opportunities






Responsible Business Conduct Abroad – Keeping Canadian companies at the forefront

Date: 20 Mar 2018
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM


Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel

Riverfront Ballroom, Level 2
$25 Members (CanCham, ACN, CABC, GCNS); $35 Non-Members

ASEAN’s commitment to achieving the mutually-reinforcing goals of the ASEAN Vision 2025 Blueprints and UN 2030 Agenda UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) requires responsible business.

You’re invited to join us for insights into the latest developments and issues challenging responsible business conduct in Canada, Singapore and ASEAN with guest speakers from Canada, and guest panelists who are actively engaged in Singapore and the region.

Register with us here!

Guest Speakers:

Robert ColemanDirector, Trade Planning, Coordination and Responsible Business Conduct Division, Global Affairs Canada will present:

Canada’s commitment to CSR, setting a new global benchmark with the recently announced independent Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE), and multi-stakeholder Advisory Body on Responsible Business Conduct.

Kevin Thomas, Director of Stakeholder Engagement, Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE) will delve into:

The global push on non-financial disclosure information and materiality risk, and the ability of investors to leverage corporate behaviour.

Guest Panelists:

Peter Nesbitt, Managing Director, Global Trade & Banking, Asia & General Manager, Singapore Branch, BMO Capital Markets 

Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer, City Developments Limited

Laura Hwang, Singapore’s Representative of the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC)

Thomas Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, ASEAN CSR Network (ACN)


Evelyn S Wong, CSR Lead, Executive Committee, CanCham Singapore

Check out the rest of the speakers’ profile here.

Supporting Partners


Partner Event: The 2018 Corporate Affairs Forum: Public Affairs in an Asian Century

Date: 26 Apr 2018

The 2018 Corporate Affairs Forum: Public Affairs in an Asian Century

Date: Thursday, April 26
Venue: The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore

The CABC is pleased to continue its partnership with the PublicAffairsAsia in The 8th Corporate Affairs Forum!

Use Discount Code: Partner2018 to secure a 15% discount

Now in its eighth year The Corporate Affairs Forum examines leading edge
innovation and best practice in corporate affairs and stakeholder engagement. It is a
unique platform to drive awareness of emerging trends, practices and thinking about
new approaches to corporate public affairs.
This year we take a deep dive into Public Affairs in the context of The Asian Century.

Sessions Include
• Regional CEO Dialogue
• Years of Change in Corporate Public Affairs
• The New Dynamics of Trade
• Communications Strategies In a New Era: Securing and Defending the Social
License to Operate
• Third Sector View
• ASEAN Integration: What it Means for Strategy
• Government Affairs in a Multi-stakeholder Environment: Views from the field
by practitioners in established and disruptive industries.
• Drinks & Networking

Speakers Include:

  • Hans W. Vriens, Managing Partner, Vriens & Partners
  • Paul Lynch, Regional Director Government Relations, Prudential Corporation
  • Shiumei Lin, Vice President for Public Affairs, UPS Asia Pacific
  • Steve Galster, Founder, International Supervisor, Freeland
  • Amb. Michael W. Michalak, Regional Managing Director, The US-ASEAN
    Business Council
  • Jin Montesano, Chief Public Affairs Officer, Executive Officer and Senior
  • Managing Director, ‎LIXIL Group
  • Deborah Elms, Founder and Executive Director, The Asian Trade Centre
  • Shweta Shukla, Director Sustainable Business, Communications & External Affairs, Unilever
  • David Katz, Director of Public Affairs, KKR Asia Pacific

Who Should Attend?
The Corporate Affairs Forum is an annual interactive conference designed for C
Suite professionals in public affairs, communications and corporate affairs.
Delegates include middle and senior representatives in roles including:

  • Government Relations
  • Corporate Affairs
  • Public Affairs
  • Compliance and Regulatory Affairs
  • Corporate Communications
  • CSR, Sustainability and Shared Value.

What Previous Attendees Said?
Eighty per cent of previous attendees said the conference exceeded their
Positive reviews included:

  • “Highly Interactive”
  •  “Top-Level Insight”
  •  “Unrivalled platform for my profession”
  •  “Well organised and effectively structured”
  • One senior practitioner says: “No other professional forum hits the target so
    accurately in Asia Pacific today.”

Reserve Your Seats Today at The Early Bird Rate

Use Discount Code: Partner2018 to secure a 15% discount

Click here to find out more and reserve seats:

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4th CABC Business Forum: March 21-22 2018

Date: 21 Mar 2018

Click on the image below to read about our full coverage of the 4th CABC Business Forum 2018 or click here!

Thank you for participating in the 4th CABC Business Forum with us and we hope to see you next time!

Doing Business in Southeast Asia with SMEs 

Date: 25 Nov 2017

On the 25th November 2017, the CABC held an engaging and informative panel session with the Government of Alberta in Calgary. The event saw approximately 80 participants in attendance with opening remarks made by Matthew Machielse, Government of Alberta Economic Development of Trade Assistant Deputy Minister. This was followed by the introduction from the CABC on ASEAN and the Southeast Asia market. The Government of Alberta also presented on Alberta Export Expansion Package (AEEP). The panel session was designed to provide a rounded representation by businesses in different stages of market development in the Southeast Asia market. Concluding with a dynamic and robust networking reception, participants had the opportunities to mingle and exchange great insights.

Panelists include:

Steve Hardy from Rally Engine

Shawn Watson from Senescence

Tim Nguyen from Poeta Digital

YeeHo Tan from United Overseas Bank

Fabricio Lima from Government of Alberta Economic Development and Trade

CABC would like to thank every participant for their time and we hope to see you next time!