Canada-US Forum for African Partnerships

Advancing Canada-US Collaboration for African Partnerships

Washington, DC: May 22-23, 2024

The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business is delighted to have held our first-ever Canada-US Business Forum on Africa, a two-day program in the US capital  Home to over half of accredited African Ambassadors and High Commissioners to Canada, Washington, DC is also home to major institutions, such as the World Bank, as well as numerous US-Canada joint initiatives with African countries. The Lobito Corridor served thematically as a tangible template for the opportunities ahead, including the role of members of the Canada-Africa Chamber of Business.

Day 1 (May 22nd) comprised a conference-style format, one block from the White House, welcoming leaders from both sides of the Atlantic.  

Day 2 (May 23rd) included a tour of the US Capitol, as well as B2B meetings, for Chamber members.

Our format followed the same curated approach as our recent 2-day program in Nairobi, Kenya, described recently in the Canadian Parliament as 'a great success' to help collaboration and grow industries. The next such 2-day program will be held in Harare, Zimbabwe.


Program Patron

Mr Gabriel Tshitende

CEO and Founder, Elephant Trade-Services DRC

Program Chair

Paula Caldwell St-Onge,

Retired Ambassador & former Director General for Pan-African Affairs, Government of Canada

Program Agenda


Arrival and Light Breakfast at the Army & Navy Club







Opening Ceremony, Welcoming leaders from Canada, the United States and the African continent  

Garreth Bloor, President, The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business
Congressman John Moolenaar, US House of Representatives
Hon. Mary Ng, Minister of Export Promotion, International Trade and Economic Development, Canada  
Andrea Clements, Minister-Counsellor (Commercial) Senior Trade Commissioner of Canada to the United States  
Ret. Ambassador Paula Caldwell St-Onge, Chair of the Board of Directors, The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business.
Christopher Foley, Acting Deputy Coordinator, Power Africa:    Successful US-Canada collaboration with African partners to expand energy access in sub-Saharan Africa     


Keynote Address: An Action Plan for Private Sector Partnerships to accelerate Economic Growth - Gabriel Tshitende, CEO, Elephant Trade-Services DRC










Panel Discussion 1: Delivering the Lobito Corridor through Private Sector Partnerships  
Explore how Canada-US collaboration with key African Partners - backed by Canada's world-leading mining industry - can secure critical mineral supply chains for global peace and prosperity 

Joshua Meservey, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute; Thomas P. Sheehy, United States Institute of Peace; Scott Eisner, Senior Vice President, BGR Group and former President of the U.S.-Africa Business Center (USAfBC) and Senior Vice President at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce     

Presentation: Assessing the Approaches of G7 Economies to Job Growth & the Green Economy Andrew Herscowitz, Executive Director, ODI North America            









Advancing Economic Freedom for Peace & Prosperity - Global insights and African successes on enabling development.  

A conversation with Dr. Matthew D. Mitchell, a Senior Fellow at Canada’s top-ranked think tank, the Fraser Institute. Mitchell leads the Centre for Economic Freedom, where he commissions the annual Economic Freedom of the World Report, as well as indices measuring overall human freedom and gender equality.

With thanks to MineAfrica Inc for sponsoring this information-sharing think tank session 







Panel Discussion 2: Accelerating Entrepreneurship: Applying Insights for Collaboration     

Hear from private sector-focused players on why Canada-US collaboration on Africa is a priority, alongside insights for success - from investors and tech firms to infrastructure and logistics.     

Opening Remarks: KC Goundiam,founder and CEO of 

Eliot Pence, Founder, Tofino Capital; Emily Mahoney, Senior Manager, Investor Relations at Renew Capital; Jacques NdoutouMvé, CEO, EL Consulting and Vice President, The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business.


Closing Keynote Address
Tony Carroll, Vice President, Manchester Trade


Networking & Refreshments

16:00 Break  
17:30 Hospitality & Dinner for Members     

Our conference venue on Day 1 is a Historic Landmark of the Washington, DC Capital Region, re-opened by US President Ronald Reagan in 1987 following years of restorative work.  

Our Site Visit Program on Day 2 for members included a tour of the US Capitol.

Congressman John Moolenaar joined by delegates during the Opening Ceremony

View photos from the event here

Explore an initial Business Plan for the Lobito Corridor

Chamber Headline Sponsor: 30 Year Anniversary

Conference Gold Sponsors

On behalf of all members, we are pleased to applaud the following Major sponsors of the upcoming Canada-Africa Business Forum in Washington, DC  



    Event Partner and Co-Sponsor


    Partnership Packages

    We were pleased to invite members and prospective members alike to partner with us as sponsors for our upcoming Canada-Africa Business Conference in Washington, DC.  

    Email for more.

    Join The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business. Click here

    Above (Left): Chamber Sponsors (Elephant Trade Services), members (ARSP) and past speakers (including Minister Mary Ng) engage during PDAC in Toronto & (Right) Chamber Chair Paula Caldwell St-Onge invites members to the Canada-Africa Business Forum, during our 25th Annual Mining Breakfast with MineAfrica in Toronto. which welcomed over 350 industry leaders


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