Recap: Africa Accelerating Conference

Leading from Africa: Toward a new global era enabled through Canada-Africa Collaboration  -  Broadcast Live from Johannesburg and Toronto   

Download the Full 2022 Program & Meet our Partners and Sponsors 

 Official Welcome by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

 Opening Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa

Africa Accelerating 2022 has concluded 
   Recordings of the proceedings are available below

Our sole airline sponsor and partner of choice, Ethiopian Airlines
Connecting Canada directly to the African Union capital and onward to over 120 destinations across the continent 
Our annual 3-day summit, Africa Accelerating, once again brought together high-level leaders. From our main stage in Johannesburg and live venues in Canada and elsewhere the African continent, we welcomed hundreds of in-person delegates and thousands of online registrants.
Day 1: Upward Mobility: The Requirements for Infrastructure & Investment That Deliver Continental Growth and Community Well-Being
Day 2: Africa’s Central Importance in Delivering Global Technological Solutions: The Dimensions of Progress
Day 3How Africa Powers Worldwide Clean Growth: Building and Delivering a Global Agenda for Clean Energy, Everywhere
Thanks to the generous premier support and headline sponsorship of Ivanhoe Mines Ltd, Africa Accelerating 2022 was a major success.
In addition to our headline sponsor, Ivanhoe Mines, we are immensely grateful to our Diamond Sponsors: 6ix, Ausenco, B2Gold, Ethiopian Airlines, Goodmans LLP, Hatch, Lucara Diamond, MineAfrica Inc and MEC Capital.
Leading decision-makers of countries and companies, as well as leaders whose work is vital to accelerating Canada-Africa trade and investment convened: from leaders at the African Union to public policy thinkers, through to the private sector players addressing some of the most pressing global challenges that confront us today.
Key milestones, new announcements and proprietary insights were generated from this incredible conference, including a report currently being compiled for the Government of Canada, anchored in Day 2’s Ministerial-level forum with Global Affairs Canada – focused on the new Africa strategy announced by Prime Minister Trudeau. 
In addition to our sponsors, we could not have done this without our delegates and our partners. 
We are privileged to partner and work with Global Affairs Canada and the Southern-African Canada-Chamber of Commerce (SACANCHAM) who have been essential to Africa Accelerating 2022 – SACANCHAM has been our valued partner since the signing of our historic MoU in 2020, witnessed by the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development.
At this 2022 conference we reached another historic milestone together.
Finally, we are once again proud to recognize the APO Group as our media partner. 
Our sponsors cross-subsidize not just this summit, but operations for the entire year - ensuring many thousands benefit from our programming, while recognizing the vital role of partners in unlocking opportunities for thousands who are able to access our exclusive online programming at no cost - alongside scholarships available for in-person events.
Africa holds immense opportunity as the world's future growth engine. Canada is a trusted arbiter and third party. Together, an important worldwide voice for free trade, investment and its supporting institutions is made possible in two-ways: by great businesses succeeding in the marketplace and by all private sector and civil society actors alike, who support our event programming to advance enabling broad-based prosperity for the people of Canada and the African continent.
''The Canadian-created Economic Freedom of the World Report is the world's premier measurement of economic freedom, ranking countries based on five areas—size of government, legal structure and property rights, access to sound money, freedom to trade internationally, regulation of credit, labour and business.   
In Canada, we have pioneered the work on economic freedom with partners around the world. 
There is no inherent reason the top global rankings in economic freedom should not be dominated by African countries - with market potential translated to majorly improved outcomes.''   
- Fred McMahon, Fraser Institute Resident Fellow,
holder of the Dr. Michael A. Walker Chair in Economic Freedom
Thank you to the 2022 Conference Organizing Committee
  Dr.Patricia Makhesha is Executive Vice President for Sustainability and Special Projects. Dr. Patricia Makhesha joined Ivanhoe’s 64%-owned South African subsidiary, Ivanplats (Pty) Ltd., in September 2014. Read More
  Lizaan Pelser joined Ivanhoe Mines at the start of 2022 where she works as the Sustainability and Executive Support Assistant. Read More


Natasha Carstens officially joined Ivanhoe Mines in June 2022 as executive assistant and investor relations coordinator. Her roles include assisting the executive team in facilitating and fostering Ivanhoe Mines relationships with their stakeholders and investors.

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Sebastian Spio-Garbrah is The Special Trade & Investment Envoy of the Canada-Africa Chamber of Business to The African Continental Free Trade Secretariat, Accra - Ghana. Read More



  Garreth Bloor is President of The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business and serves as Senior Development Associate at the Fraser Institute. Read More
  Samantha Mandigora heads Operations at The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business. Samantha is a globally experienced international economic development practitioner. Read More  
  Toye Abioye coordinates the business development activities of the Chamber - bringing in new members and sponsors - as well as leading on the organization's growing number of partnerships. Read More


Photo credits:

Cover photo: EY Canada - Africa Accelerating Indaba Evening (2019)
Other photos include our PDAC program and events at the National Club 

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A sample of previous events:  


A roundtable with African Ambassadors and High Commissioners in Ottawa (above). Prime Minister Trudeau joins a luncheon in Addis Ababa hosted by The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business during an African Union Heads of State Summit, for an MoU signing witnessed by Minister Mary Ng  (below)  

To partner or for more details contact Garreth Bloor: Garreth Bloor President The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business Tel: +1.647.667.1223
Email: Manulife Building RTO, 55 Bloor Street West, PO Box 19553 Toronto, Ontario M4W 3T9   
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