Past Chamber Events
MOZAMBIQUE P3 STUDY TOUR
March 27-31, 2017
The Chamber was pleased to organize a week long study tour for a Mozambique government delegation in Montreal and Toronto on March 27-31, 2017 to learn about Canadian expertise in delivering successful private and public sector infrastructure partnerships. The program included several networking receptions and presentations, meetings with local governments and companies, and infrastructure site visits. The delegation was led by His Excellency Carlos dos Santos, High Commissioner of Mozambique to Canada (based in Washington) and Antoine Chevrier, High Commissioner of Canada to Mozambique.
For more information on the specific opportunities available to Canadian companies in rail, airport and port infrastructure in Mozambique email Bruce Shapiro.
THE CANADA-AFRICA CHAMBER OF BUSINESS 18th AFRICAN MINING BREAKFAST AND MINEAFRICA'S 15TH INVESTING IN AFRICAN MINING SEMINAR
March 7, 2017
The biggest African mining event in North America - with Premier Sponsor SGS and Corporate Sponsor Webber Wentzel lived up to its billing at The Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel during PDAC 2017. The sold-out breakfast featured an opening address by Issa Dominique Konaté - Special Mining Advisor to the President, Republic of Burkina Faso and a keynote address by John Dorward, President and Chief Executive Officer, Roxgold Inc., debunking the myths of mining in Africa, followed by presentations by African Mining Ministers, mining companies, and advisors to the mining industry in four concurrent seminar rooms.
Download the program and presentations.
View the photo gallery.
AGM AND GUEST PRESENTATION
January 17, 2017
The Chamber held the 2016 AGM on January 17, 2017 in the offices of Goodmans. The event was rounded off with a fascinating presentation by Ron Rutland, who illustrated his journey through Africa by bicycle. The evening ended with a networking reception.
Stephen Pincus was thanked as outgoing Chair and for his years of support in Chamber activities. He was presented with a David Anderson caricature - as is Chamber custom.
The gathering welcomed Avril Cole as incoming Chair.
A second draw was held for prizes not claimed at the Indaba 2016 event. These included two return tickets to South Africa courtesy of South African Airways, wine from Bokke Wines, pottery from the Baobab Guild, and African artwork from AbantuArt.
September 28-29, 2016
The Chamber's "Africa Accelerating" program featured three events culminating in its 15th Annual Indaba Evening highlighting its name change to The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business and new pan-African mandate. Download the programs and presentations from Investing in Africa Today and Infrastructure in Africa below and be sure to check out the photos from Indaba below. Thank you to all of our sponsors, partners, presenters, panelists, volunteers and attendees for participating in Africa Accelerating. We look forward to working with you in the next chapter in the Chamber's evolution as a pan-African organization. Watch for our new website launching soon.
Investing in Africa Today seminar - September 28, 2016
Infrastructure in Africa: Needs and Opportunities seminar - September 29, 2016
Indaba Evening - September 29, 2016
The Future of Journalism is in Africa!
June 29, 2016
The afternoon started off with a workshop with former Journalists for Human Rights trainer and top communications expert Heather MacDonald of Kaiser Lachance Communications on best practices in media relations. Heather MacDonald drew on her 10 years of experience in journalism, nonprofit work and communications to offer insight into the current media landscape, providing tips on working with media and outlined how to effectively convey the message.
The Chamber partnered in this event with the University of the Witwatersrand, Kaiser Lachance Communications, Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship at Ryerson University and Canada's leading media development organization, Journalists for Human Rights. The event also saw the official Canadian launch of the Future of Entrepreneurial Journalism Lab, a partnership between JHR, Brookfield and the University of the Witwatersrand's new Digital Innovation Zone in Johannesburg, South Africa.
2016 Africa Day Celebrations
May 25, 2016
Chamber members were invited to join in the festivities to celebrate Africa Day in Ottawa. The President, Bruce Shapiro and Board Member, Walter McLean attended the event. The MC of the event was the South African High Commissioner, His Excellency Membathisi Mdladlana.
Ethiopian Trade Delegation
May 19, 2016
The Chamber was proud to host a delegation of 45 leading companies from Ethiopia seeking Canadian importers and distributors, suppliers and joint venture partners for investment projects in Ethiopia. The delegation was led by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, His Excellency Mr. Demeke Mekonnen, and Ambassador Birtukan Ayano Dadi - an indication of the seriousness of the delegation. The event was well attended by members and interested parties.
Executive Networking Breakfast: Using P3s to build Mozambique
March 15, 2016
The High Commission of Canada in Mozambique and the Ontario Regional Office of Global Affairs Canada, in cooperation with the Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business and Goodmans LLP held a networking breakfast with a visiting delegation from the Government of Mozambique. Representation from Mozambique included the Ministry of Transports & Communication, Development of the Transports Private Sector; State Agency for Rural Electrification; Ministry of Finance, Treasury Department and PPP Unit; Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy; and the Investment Promotion Centre. The delegation's aim was to learn from Canadian experts with experience and expertise in promoting and delivering PPP and innovative infrastructure projects.
17th Annual African Mining Breakfast and 14th Investing in African Mining seminar
March 8, 2016
The Chamber's African Mining Breakfast and MineAfrica's Investing in African Mining seminar took place on Tuesday March 8 at the Sheraton Hotel. The must-attend African event during PDAC featured Ministerial delegations from Burkina Faso, Canada, Chad, Ethiopia, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, South Africa, the African Union Commission and the African Minerals Development Centre so it was only appropriate that Chamber Chairman Stephen Pincus used the opportunity to announce the Chamber's expanded focus to cover all of Africa.
A big thank you to Premier Sponsor SGS (who we are delighted to announce has renewed its sponsorship for 2017) and Corporate Sponsors Hatch (who also launched their new branding), Toronto Stock Exchange, Webber Wentzel, and Sponsors DRA and Falcon Drilling and the Mineral Resource Analyst Group.
The morning featured addresses by Godfrey Oliphant, Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources, Republic of South Africa and Frank Mugyenyi, Senior Industry Advisor, African Union Commission (AUC), Department of Trade & Industry on Leveraging the African Mining Vision, followed by a a keynote address by Sipho Pityana, Chairman of AngloGold Ashanti on Defining Partnerships the Endure Commodity Bear Markets.
Following breakfast, during the MineAfrica seminar eighteen mining companies, African Mining Ministers and expert advisors to the mining industry delivered concise presentations covering African mining projects, investment opportunities and doing business in Africa's mining industry, in four concurrent seminar rooms.
Download the seminar program and corporate profiles.
Click here to download the seminar presentations (housed on MineAfrica's website at www.mineafrica.com).
The Chamber was also pleased to be a partner at a panel discussion on The African Mining Vision: What African countries are doing (and can do) to encourage mining investment in the current environment" organized by MineAfrican in partnership with Webber Wentzel. Details on this event can also be found at the above link.
2015 AGM and Networking Reception
January 21, 2016
A very successful networking reception was held after the Chamber AGM. Simon A. Fish, General Counsel of BMO Financial Group, gave an interesting presentation on his experiences and involvement in both the South African and Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, highlighting the positives on diversity and inclusivity in business dealings with First Nations peoples.
Reception to welcome the Canadian High Commissioner to South Africa,
Her Excellency Sandra McCardell
December 16, 2015
The Chamber was fortunate to host HE Sandra McCardell during her lightning visit to Toronto in December. HE McCardell spoke of South Africa and the bi-lateral meetings that were presently taking place. She and her staff were able to make connections with members who attended, which bodes well for future collaborations.
"In Conversation with Albie Sachs"
November 27, 2015
Chamber Chair, Stephen Pincus, led the conversation with retired South African Constitutional Court Judge, Albie Sachs, during his recent visit to Toronto. The audience were spellbound by Albie's positive outlook on the past, the present and the future. It was an invigorating and enlightening morning seminar and a highlight of the Chamber's event calender for 2015.
The event, organised in partnership with the University of Cape Town's Canada Alumni office, and with generous sponsorship from Goodmans LLP, was open to chamber members, friends, UCT alumni and friends, and the Toronto law fraternity. It was very well attended.
Using Strategic Design and Branding to position your business for growth
October 29, 2015
This breakfast networking session, free to members, was presented by Brian Dodo, founding partner of BmDodo Strategic Design. Brian presented case studies on how branding and strategic design has been utilized to grow and re-position organizations for growth. This event included a 360 Degree virtual reality demonstration by student members, Kwame Newman-Bremang and Renan Ozen, founders of Outpost VR, incubated out of Ryerson University's Transmedia Zone.
The 16th Risk Mitigation & CSR Seminar with Premier Sponsor Hatch
- Overdue: A New Mining Order is Needed - Steps to Longevity - Terry Ortslan, Mineral Resource Analyst Group and TSO & Associate
- Canada's New Payments Disclosure Regime: The Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act and the Implications for Mining Companies Operating in Difficult Jurisdictions - Avril Cole, Gowlings
The 15th Risk Mitigation & CSR Seminar with Premier Sponsor Hatch
8 - Stephen Fox, Veracity Worldwide - verbal only
13 - Terry Ortslan, TSO & Associates, Mineral Resource Analyst Group.pdf
14th Annual Indaba Evening
September 10, 2015
- Keynote - Vision and Needs - Realizing the National Development Plan (NDP) and Implications for Sub-Saharan Africa's Infrastructure Development - Trueman Goba, Hatch
- Creating the Social and Economic Infrastructure of the Future - Sinazo Sibisi, Development Bank of Southern Africa
- Engineering the Future of Engineering - Professor Ishwar Puri, School of Engineering, McMaster University
16th Annual Mining Breakfast
2014 Annual General Meeting and 20th Anniversary Celebrations
The 14th Risk Mitigation & CSR Seminar
October 31, 2014
The Chamber held its 14th Risk Mitigation & CSR Seminar for the second time in London, UK on October 31, 2014. The full-day seminar provided participants with an opportunity to learn how to moderate their risk in all mining jurisdictions around the world - from Canada to South Africa to Peru, through the implementation of effective CSR programs.
In addition to our Premier Founding Sponsor Hatch we were also pleased to have Herbert Smith Freehills as a partner (and host), as well as MineAfrica and On the Ground Group (the organizers of mineLatinAmerica).
A big thank you to our seminar co-chairs Stephane Brabant of Herbert Smith Freehills and Corinne Boone of Hatch.
Click here to download the program, corporate and presenter profiles and presentations.
CG Reception - The Consul General’s presentation
October 16, 2014
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The Chamber held a Networking Cocktail Reception with the newly appointed Consul General, Mr. Naymeko Goso, in Toronto on October 16, 2014. The event provided a chance for attendees to learn more about investment opportunities in South Africa.
Big thanks to our special guest Mr. Naymeko Goso from Consul General of South Africa, we appreciate your collaboration.
Available for download are a document outlining investment opportunities in South Africa: Investments Opportunities in South Africa and Mr. Naymeko Goso's presentation from the event: South African Project Book: Investment Opportunities
The 4th Annual Cocktail Reception
Wednesday October 1, 2014
Mississauga , ON Canada
Chamber held the 4th Annual Cocktail Reception in the Oakville/Mississauga area on October 1, 2014 at the offices of Chamber Grand Sponsor Hatch with collaboration with the CIM GTA West Branch. Our keynote speaker was Mr. Sven Heiner, a South African with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa. Sven is Managing Director, Project Management & Services with Hatch's Project Delivery Group. His expertise is focused on the project management of various large multi-discipline projects in the mining, metallurgical and infrastructure sectors with involvement for the entire project life cycle, from concept and feasibility to commissioning and start up. This involvement has been from both the owner's and the consultant's side. He discussed key issues in his field of practice both within South Africa (including Transnet), and other global large-scale projects that Hatch is managing globally.
13th Annual Risk Mitigation & CSR Seminar in Toronto
Tuesday September 9, 2014
The Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business again held the 13th annual Risk Mitigation & CSR Seminar Series in Toronto.
The full-day seminar explained in detail how companies could mitigate their risk in all mining jurisdictions around the world - from Canada to South Africa to Peru, through the implementation of effective CSR programs. The program featured expert speakers, questions and answers, case studies by successful Canadian companies and excellent networking opportunities.
13th Annual Indaba
September 10, 2014
Chamber held 13th Annual Indaba evening on September 10, 2014 in Toronto.
Our keynote speaker and guest of honour was Charles Sirois, Chair of the Board of CIBC and Chairman and founder of Telesystem Ltd and the founder of Tandem Expansion Fund and founding partner of Enablis Entrepreneurial Network, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering entrepreneurship in Africa. He is on the board of Rogers Communications, a member of the Order of Canada and the author of two books.
The event featured a high-level networking reception with an informal wine tasting and exotic African cuisine Door prizes included a trip for two to South Africa courtesy of award-winning South African Airways and Goway Travel Ltd. , a Shona sculpture from Abantu Art and numerous others.
The presentation portion of the evening (the keynote address, the awarding of the 9th Annual Business Person of the Year sponsored by Hatch and the Chamber’s donation to the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business team participating in the John Molson MBA Case Competition in Montreal) took place in theatre style seating following dinner and before dessert and coffee.
Innovative Financing for the Global Mining Industry in Challenging Times
June 20, 2014
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The Chamber held a seminar and panel discussion on
"Innovative Financing for the Global Mining Industry in Challenging Times
on June 18 in Toronto at which ninety-five participants learned from expert
advisors and mining companies during an informative and interactive session. Key topics covered included royalties/streams,
private equity and pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and SOEs,
commodity-linked debt, preferred share instruments, convertibles, off-take
financing, joint ventures and crowd funding. The afternoon wrapped up with a networking cocktail reception.
A big thank you to our partner and host Goodmans LLP. MineAfrica and mineLatinAmerica were also partners.
Special thanks to our seminar chairman and panel moderator Thys Terblanche.
Presenters and panelists included David Bryson, Chief Financial Officer, Hudbay Minerals, Caroline Donally, Director, Denham Capital, Michael Faralla, Head of Global Mining, TD Securities, James Lusby, Partner, PwC, Kari MacKay, Partner, Goodmans LLP, Nicholas Nikolakakis, Chief Financial Officer, Rubicon Minerals, Sandip Rana, Chief Financial Officer, Franco-Nevada, and David Thomas, Managing Director, Canada, Resource Capital Funds.
Click here to download the program, corporate and presenter profiles and presentations.
The 12th Risk Mitigation & CSR Seminar
June 5, 2014
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
The Chamber held the twelfth version of its highly regarded Risk Mitigation & CSR seminar series with Premier Founding Sponsor Hatch in Vancouver on June 5, 2014.
The full-day seminar provided participants with an opportunity to learn how to moderate their risk in all mining jurisdictions around the world - from Canada to South Africa to Peru, through the implementation of effective CSR programs.
In addition to our Premier Founding Sponsor Hatch we were also pleased to have The Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia, MineAfrica, On the Ground Group (mineLatinAmerica) and the Peruvian-Canadian Chamber of Commerce as partners.
A big thank you to our seminar co-chairs Bruce Rustad, Senior Project Manager, Hatch and Martin Jones, Chairman, Banro Foundation.
Click here to download the program, corporate and presenter profiles and presentations.
15th Annual Mining Breakfast
7:30 am - 11:20 am
Our 15th Annual Mining Breakfast with Premier Sponsor SGS took place on Tuesday March 4 during PDAC, in conjunction with MineAfrica’s 12th Annual Investing in African Mining seminar, in what has become the biggest African mining event in North America. This sell-out event featured an opening address by the Right Honourable Dr Hage Gottfried Geingob, Prime Minister, Republic of Namibia and a keynote address by Clive Johnson, President & Chief Executive Officer, B2Gold Corp. Seminar presentations included African project updates by public and private mining companies, country overviews by African mining ministers and technical presentations on doing business in Africa's mining industry by expert advisors.
Our 2014 Premier Sponsor, for the fifth consecutive year, was SGS. Fasken Martineau and Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas were Corporate Sponsors. Other Sponsors included B2Gold, DRA Global, Falcon Drilling Burkina Faso SARL, Juch-Tech Inc., Mining IQ, Mintek, Mineral Resource Analyst Group (MRAG), SatADSL and Toronto Stock Exchange.
Chamber's Annual General Meeting and Cocktail Reception
Thursday January 23, 2014
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Goodmans Law Firm
Our AGM is for members only but members, friends and guests were all welcome to join us at the welcoming cocktail reception that immediately followed the AGM. After the general meeting, there was a poet recital by the renowned David Calderisi, a Montreal-born actor who has been appearing in television and films since the early 1960s. The poetry recital was followed by Andy MacLean who spoke on the "The Market Outlook- Raymond James Views for 2014".
The Deputy President of South Africa Breakfast Address
Tuesday November 26, 2013
8:00 am - 10:30 pam
Goodmans Law Firm
The Deputy President of South Africa, His Excellency Kgalema Motlanthe, adressed the Chamber at a breakfast reception on Tuesday November 26, 2013 from 8:00 am to 10:30 am at Goodmans. The title of the Deputy Presidents address was on THE SOUTH AFRICAN MINING SECTOR FOR THE FUTURE OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN ECONOMY and provided an explanation of the Framework Agreement signed by the government, mining and organized labour as well as the issues regarding the review of the Mineral and Petroleum Resource Development Act.
The Deputy President also addressed the following issues:
- operating and investing in the South African mining sector
- security of tenure and nationalization
- strikes and labour concerns in the mining industry
Wargames for Business Breakfast Meeting
November 7, 2013
8:00 am to 9:30 am
Bay Adelaide Centre, 333 Bay Street, Suite 3400
Toronto, Ontario M5H 2S7
This event featured a breakfast presentation by Richard MacRae, President, G2intel on Wargaming for Business. The session covered:
- Introduction to the concept of wargaming, origins, when used and basic process
- Competitive intelligence input
- Attack and defence strategies, what they mean, when used and what objective is typically achieved
- Benefits and outcomes of the wargaming process
12th Annual Indaba Evening
Thursday October 10, 2013
6:15 pm - 9:30 pm
The Arcadian Loft
401 Bay Street, Simpson Tower, 8th Floor
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The Chamber's 12th Annual Indaba evening took place last October 10, 2013 at the Arcadian Loft in Toronto. We were delighted to have mining legend Robert Friedland, Executive Chairman and Founder, Ivanplats Limited as our guest of honour and keynote speaker. The 2013 event built upon the previous years format of a high-level networking reception with an informal wine tasting and exotic African cuisine (food stations and hand-passed selections) in an exciting venue - the Arcadian Loft - a beautiful, open concept, modern loft space ideal for high-level networking. The evening was a combination of fun, excellent South African wine, food and excellent networking opportunities with leading business and community leaders active in Africa. The presentation portion of the evening (the keynote address, the awarding of the 8th Annual Business Person of the Year sponsored by Hatch and the Chamber’s donation to the University of Cape Town Bursary Fund) took place in a theatre style seating following dinner and before dessert and coffee.
The Risk Mitigation & CSR Seminar series with Premier Sponsors Hatch and Fasken Martineau
9th - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – September 17, 2013
10th - London, UK – October 1, 2013
11th - Toronto, Ontario, Canada – October 17, 2013
The Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business held the 9th, 10th and 11th versions of its acclaimed Risk Mitigation & CSR Seminar Series in Vancouver, London, UK and Toronto in 2013 with Premier Sponsors Hatch and Fasken Martineau.
These full-day seminars explained in detail how companies can mitigate their risk in all mining jurisdictions around the world - from Canada to South Africa to Peru, through the implementation of effective CSR programs. The program featured expert speakers, questions and answers, case studies by successful Canadian companies and excellent networking opportunities.
In addition to our Premier Sponsors Hatch and Fasken Martineau we were pleased to have Foreign Affairs and International Trade, MineAfrica and On the Ground Group.
Networking Cocktail Reception
Thursday September 17, 2013
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
2800 Speakman Drive
Sheridan Science & Technology Park
Mississauga, Ontario,, L5K 2R7
The third meeting in the Oakville/Mississauga area took place on September 19 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the offices of Grand Sponsor Hatch, held in collaboration with the CIM GTA West Branch. There was a keynote address followed by a cocktail reception with great opportunities to network and meet new people.
The Chamber once again joined forces with TOPAC (Tour Operators Promoting Africa in Canada) to host its Annual Golf Day on June 26, 2013 at the beautiful Caledon Country Club, 2121 Olde Baseline Road, Inglewood, Ontario (www.golfcaledon.com). As in the past, one hundred percent of the proceeds were donated to "African Pre-Schools Society", a Canadian registered charity.
The morning featured:
- A welcoming address by Godfrey Oliphant, South Africa's Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources
- A keynote address by Robert Friedland, Executive Chairman and Founder of Ivanplats Limited (who completed a US$307 million IPO and started trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange on October 23, 2012.
- A networking coffee break and concurrent presentations in separate rooms featuring project .updates by public and private mining companies.
- Country overviews by African mining ministers and technical presentations on doing s. in Africa's mining industry by expert advisors.
The breakfast was immediately followed by MineAfrica's 11th Annual Investing in African Mining Seminar with African project updates by mining companies, technical presentations on doing business in Africa's mining industry by expert advisors and service providers and country overviews by African Mining Ministers.