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.
Location: Le Meridien Hotel- Saigon River Room, 3c Ton Duc Thang Street, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
The CanCham Vietnam – CABC Joint Seminar on Start-up Opportunities in Vietnam was conceived as an opportunity to provide a sector-specific event for CABC members, grow the CABC’s presence in Vietnam, inform a key ASEAN country regarding Canada’s capability and experience in technology and finance, and deepen ties with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Vietnam.The event exceeded expectations, including a sold out event, highly relevant participants, solid networking opportunities after the event in person and remotely, and a high quality and diverse international panel. There are expectations that this seminar may lead to policy support, extended Canadian presence in Vietnam in a strategic sector. It also solidified an already strong partnership with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Vietnam, and an example of partnerships for additional events within ASEAN-AEC.
The event was organised around the themes of a practical context, innovation, and the Vietnam ecosystem and support required for startups. Antony Nezic (CanCham) introduced the seminar with open questions and discussion on the trends in finance, culture, and political economy, over the last 10 years that may influence, guide or impede startup company ecosystems.
Daniel Liebau from Lightbulb Capital (Singapore) explored innovation and the basic requirements for unlocking innovative societies & individuals. The diverse panel from every potential area of the start-up community– venture capital, angel investors, successful founders, new founders and incubator/ accelerators offered a unique perspective of the depth and breadth of the situation for startups and areas for future focus. Conclusions included an interest in future high quality and productive seminars, discussion, and support from CanCham, and for a participant such as RMIT, and Wesley Clover. One on one meetings were also organised, between investors and startups.
The CABC is excited to announce a Successful 2015 Business Forum!
A record crowd of business, government, diplomatic and thought leaders attended the CABC’s 2015 Canada-ASEAN Business Forum in Bangkok March 18-19th. The 250+ attendees came together to forge key connections and to learn about the tremendous opportunities for investors in the fast-growing 10-country ASEAN region.
The distinguished roster of speakers included the Honourable Ed Fast, Canadian Minister of International Trade (top right); Le Luong Minh, Secretary General of ASEAN; Dean Connor, President & CEO of Sun Life Financial (bottom left); Mike Durland, Group Head and CEO, Global Banking and Markets, Scotiabank; and M.R. Pridiyathorn, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand. The Forum boasted a host of breakout sessions, with panellists discussing everything from cutting-edge energy technology to the huge opportunities presented by infrastructure spending.
As Minister Fast noted in his keynote address, the Asian Development Bank has forecast economic growth of 5.6% in ASEAN this year, building on the nearly 5% expansion in 2014. Two-way trade between Canada and ASEAN nations has surged 44% in the past five years alone. Canadian companies now invest more in ASEAN nations collectively than in the any of India, Japan, Mainland China or South Korea. “We recognize an emerging dynamo when we see one,” Minister Fast told Forum participants. “Canada counts the countries of ASEAN among our most important partners – and these are very exciting times in our relationship.”
Attendees and panelists agreed that this is the perfect time to focus on the Canada-ASEAN economic corridor. With the region of 625 million people on the cusp of full economic integration, Canadian investors and the government are both taking notice. The CABC is excited to play a major role in this story.