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

Partner Event: Cryptocurrency Seminar by Consilium Law Corporation

Date: 28 Aug 2017
6-8 pm

We take great pleasure in inviting you to attend our Evening Seminar* on digital currencies, blockchain technology, and the law in Singapore.  This interesting event will be held at the Boardroom of the American Club on Monday, August 28th 2017 from 6pm to 8pm and is free of charge.

Interested in the potential of ‘smart contracts’ to  revolutionize how parties contract with each other? Wondering about the implications of personal data protection in blockchain technology? Unsure about AML/CFT risks arising from digital currencies? This event is for you.

Please join Franca Ciambella, Managing Director, Kenneth Pereire, Associate Director, and Lin Yingxin, Legal Associate, of Consilium Law Corporation, as they provide an overview on the legal environment in Singapore for digital currencies and blockchain technology.

Consilium Law Corporation looks forward to welcoming you to this insightful and interactive discussion!

*Canapés and beverages will be served


Trained in law in the jurisdictions of Canada, New York and Singapore, Franca was one of the first foreign lawyers to gain full admission to the Singapore Bar.Her areas of expertise include corporate and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, foreign investment law, and contracts law, with a focus on technology businesses.


Kenneth is a Singapore-qualified corporate lawyer and an Associate Director with Consilium Law Corporation.  He specializes in mergers and acquisitions, contract and company law, securities regulation and compliance in a variety of sectors. He has a considerable amount of experience in assisting start-up  and technology companies with capital raising, structuring and expansion in Singapore and in the region. 


Mr. Lin Yingxin is a Legal Associate at Consilium Law Corporation. His practice includes Commercial Litigation and Corporate & Commercial Law. He specializes in general corporate advisory work and drafting commercial contracts. He also has experience assisting start-up and technology companies in trade mark applications, capital raising, disputes and employment law matters.


The American Club Singapore
10 Claymore Hill, Singapore 229573

RSVP by August 23, 2017
Isabella Casciola
T. 6235-2700

Launch Event – Interim Report on the Study of Legal Barriers to Doing Business in ASEAN

Date: 3 Aug 2017
15:00- 17:00

CABC and Singapore Management University were proud to host a launch event for the Interim Report on the Study of Legal Barriers to Doing Business in ASEAN.

This high-impact study by Singapore Management University, with the support of the CABC, takes an in-depth look at the legal barriers faced by companies trading and investing in ASEAN. The study aims to provide actionable policy recommendations to improve business conditions in ASEAN. The final report will be released in Q2 2018.

The event featured a discussion of the interim report’s main findings, including preliminary recommendations regarding key legal barriers in ASEAN by Lead Researcher Prof. Locknie Hsu, as well as remarks by the CABC and by Guest of Honour Marie-Louise Hannan, Canada’s Ambassador to ASEAN.

Canada’s Ambassador to ASEAN, HE Marie-Louise Hannan, provides opening remarks at the event.

Professor of Law Locknie Hsu provides guests an overview of the Interim Report’s findings.

[Canada Office] CABC Clean-Tech Roundtable

Date: 15 Jun 2017

On Thursday, June 15th, 2017, the CABC hosted a clean-tech roundtable in Calgary, Alberta, at the law offices of Norton Rose Fulbright. Organized for the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, and featuring the Singapore Economic Development Board, the Opportunity for Alberta Clean-tech in SE Asia: A Canada-ASEAN Trade Roundtable welcomed 12 participants from the private and public sector.

The roundtable was successful in engaging Alberta firms to the opportunities in the ASEAN market, specifically the rapidly growing clean-tech sector. Sector analysis, market penetration strategies and best practices were reviewed during the two-hour event. Representatives from Alberta Economic Development and Trade, Singapore Economic Development Board and the Trade Commissioner Service, provided details of the support mechanisms and funding programs available to Alberta business looking to export to the ASEAN nations. Alberta firms Terralog Technologies and Waterworks Technologies, both with existing operations in SE Asia, provided insightful first hand experiences of their successes and challenges, during market expansion to SE Asia.

The Alberta clean-tech businesses present gained an understanding of the market growth opportunities in SE Asia, the best market entry strategies, and access to the resources and organizations available to assist with a successful expansion plan to ASEAN.

The CABC would like to thank Norton Rose Fulbright for their support and assistance in sponsoring the event.

Roundtable Participants:

Jason Switzer, Director, Alberta Clean Technology Industry Alliance (ACTia)
Robert Simmons, Managing Director, Alberta Economic Development & Trade
Heng Jie TAN, Regional Director, Singapore Economic Development Board
Irnawati Irnawati, Trade Commissioner, Trade Commissioners Service
Alexa Verspoor, Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright
Victor Lee, Trade and Investment Manager, Alberta Economic Development & Trade
Jeffrey Schlachter, Sr. Trade and Investment Officer, Alberta Economic Development & Trade
Roman Bilak, President, Terralog Technologies Inc.
Reza Shams, Senior Project & Business Development Manager, Waterworks Technologies Inc.
Arman Kiani, Managing Director, Prospect Renewables
Randy Ries, Director of Business Development, R&D Green Tech
Aaron Salus, Founder, Strut Creative / Rally Engine
Andrew Doherty, Director, Canada, CABC

Lunch with the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne

Date: 22 May 2017

The CABC and CanCham Singapore were pleased to welcome Canada’s Minister of Trade, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, for a Members’ networking lunch at the Raffles CIty Convention Centre in Singapore, May 22nd.

The Minister gave a passionate speech to a sold-our crowd of CABC and CanCham Members, pushing strongly for the benefits of deeper trade integration between Canada and ASEAN,
After thanking CABC and CanCham for their efforts to advance trade between the regions, the Minister provided an overview of the ongoing initiatives Canada is undertaking in ASEAN, and his vision for Canada’s continued engagement in the region. Major points included:
  • Continued efforts towards an FTA between the regions
  • An emphasis for Canada on partnerships, not protectionism
  • Ensuring Canada stands for progressive trade
The Minister also noted the importance of CABC’s recent joint report on a Canada-ASEAN FTA in advancing this important agreement not only in Canada but also with the ASEAN states.
The Minister left the guests with a resounding call for Canadians trading in the region to be ambitious, and seize the moment.

[Canada Office] Canada and Southeast Asia: The Opportunity in the Financial Sector

Date: 30 Mar 2017

In partnership with the University of Calgary School of Public Policy and York University’s Schulich School of Business, an invitation only roundtable was hosted at York University, in Toronto, Ontario, on March 30th, 2017. The all day roundtable featured keynote remarks by Ambassador Marie-Louise Hannan, and the CABC’s Honorary Chairman Jean Charest . Ambassador Hannan’s insightful opening keynote posed an inspiring question that guided the conversation of the day, “Are we ready to get serious about ASEAN?” The Ambassador shared her Mission’s support of Canada’s commitment to explore the feasibility of a Canada-ASEAN free trade agreement. The audience also enjoyed highlights of the Mission’s first year in ASEAN, and their diligent work in advancing Canada’s interest in the ASEAN region.

During the lunchtime keynote, Jean Charest passionately accentuated the optimism and positivity felt within the business community towards the opportunity in the ASEAN region. Describing ASEAN as a major growth area, Mr. Charest reiterated the importance in focusing efforts on further developing relations with the region. Mr. Charest also highlighted and applauded the Ministry of International Trade’s commitment to explore the feasibility of a free trade agreement with ASEAN. He advocated that Canada is ready for a free trade agreement, and encouraged the private sector to be vocal in campaigning interest in a major trade relationship with ASEAN.

In addition to the keynote addresses, the roundtable featured panels on: The Opportunity in SE Asia, Building Financial Capacity in SE Asia, and FinTech & Future Trends. Impactful dialogue and debate by industry leaders and experts in each panel provided a valuable learning opportunity for the audience. Summarizing an insightful day, the more than 50 in attendance shared a common voice in answering Ambassador Hannan, “Yes! We are ready to get serious about ASEAN.”