2nd Canada-Africa Business Conference

19-20 February 2024
Nairobi, Kenya

The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business is pleased to have concluded second Canada Africa Business Conference, hosted on the invitation of H.E. President William Ruto, President of the Republic of Kenya, in partnership with the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA)Working in partnership with the High Commission of Canada in Kenya, we are also honoured to have been joined by PS Maninder Sidhu, Prime Minister Trudeau's Parliamentary Secretary to Canada's Minister of Export Promotion, International Trade and Economic Development.  

Chamber President, Garreth Bloor, opened the conference thanking Chamber Headline Sponsor, Elephant Trade Services and its CEO Gabriel Tshitende - a thanks echoed by Canada's Honourable Maninder Sidhu. Gold Sponsors included Cypher Environmental, Bramex Ltd and Hatch. The conference was described as a 'great success' in Canada's Parliament.  

Video Photos, including the Official Opening Ceremony, Keynote Address, Panels and VIP Networking Reception.

"The Canada-Africa Business Conference has reaffirmed the benefits of continuing to foster connections between Canadian and African communities, including with Kenya. Our growing economic ties will provide even more opportunities to drive prosperity and innovation across our borders."  

- Maninder Sidhu, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Export Promotion, International Trade and Economic Development

Program Agenda - Day 1: 19 February 2024


Registration and Breakfast (until 8.30)    







Opening Ceremony  

Garreth Bloor, President, The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business
P.S. Maninder Sidhu, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Export Promotion, International Trade and Economic Development, Canada
Carole Kariuki, CEO of KEPSA
Hon. Rebecca Miano , Cabinet Secretary for Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development, Government of Kenya

H.E. Musalia Mudavadi, Prime Cabinet Secretary, Republic of Kenya (delivered the keynote address on behalf of President William Ruto)

09:45 Networking Break & Official Photographs  






Panel Discussion 1: Project Financing: Success stories to unlock investment for Canada-Africa deals

Tom Mulwa, National Investment Council; Annabelle Buzingo, Senior Underwriter, Africa Trade Investment Agency, Janice Kotut, Partner, Pan-Africa Infrastructure Advisory, KPMG.

Moderator Dr. Sebastian Spio-Garbrah, Former Chair, The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business & Special Envoy to AfCFTA




Address  Todd Burns, CEO, Cypher Environmental

Panel Discussion 2: Canada - A Partner of Choice in African Markets P.S. Maninder Sidhu, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Export Promotion, International Trade and Economic Development, Canada; Todd Burns, CEO, Cypher Environmental








Panel Discussion 3: Canadian Entrepreneurs Doing Business in Kenya: The Opportunities and Insights that Enable Success

Kunal Chandaria, Managing Director, Digital Packaging Innovations Holdings (DPI): Nikita Chandaria, Co-CEO, InstaProducts; Jesse Moore, CEO, M-KOPA; Saheel Shah, CEO, AdPack Limited

Moderator: Sunir Chandaria, President of Chandaria Family Holdings, Inc. and as Hon. Consul of Kenya in Toronto, Canada


Presentation: Lilian Macharia, Marketing Manager, Bramex Ltd





Panel Discussion 4: FinTech: Pan-Industry Insights as High-Valued Fintechs Increase Exponentially

Winnie Chira, Managing Director, Periculum; Isaiah Opiyo Product Manager - Digital Onboarding & Fraud Solutions (Africa Region Markets),

Moderator: Garreth Bloor



Closing Keynote Address: Dr. Sebastian Spio-Garbrah, Former Chair, The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business & Special Envoy to AfCFTA & Global Managing Director, DaMina Advisors



Official Evening Reception hosted by the High Commissioner of Canada, H.E. Christopher Thornley
Attendees joined us on the evening of Monday 19 February, following our conference program.  

Program Agenda - Day 2: 20 February 2024


Program Details   


Pick-up from the Serena Nairobi Hotel   




Arrive at the Aero Club of East Africa

Gain insight on Canadian companies who have succeed - using the aerospace sector as a template for success.



Hellint Tour of Pratt and Whitney





Meeting with Roam & M-Kopa senior management – including a tour of the Roam facility 

Discover how Canadian investments have unlocked growth. We will focus on cleantech as a case study, through FinDev’s investment in electric buses and motorcycles.  



Optional Add-On: After the Official Site Visit Program, Chamber members were also invited to visit TIBU Health, a provider of private healthcare in Kenya.

Chamber Headline Sponsor: 30 Year Anniversary

Conference Gold Sponsors

On behalf of all members, we are pleased to applaud the following Gold sponsors of the upcoming Canada-Africa Business Conference in Nairobi, Kenya.   


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    Government of Canada

    Government of the Republic of Kenya

    Canada and Africa Seek Stronger Trade Relationships

    PM Mudavadi on Canada Africa Business Conference

    In October last year, President Ruto invited Canadian business to trade and invest in and with Kenya during his address to the Canada-Africa Chamber's Africa Accelerating 2023 in Toronto, opened by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:


    Read More: The Kenya Trade Mission to Canada: The three-city program took place in June 2023.

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