Public Events & Recordings

Discover our public events, with our wide array of speakers from across Canada and African markets.

Our flagship 3-day summit each year is the Africa Accelerating summit. The agenda and program is enhanced and curated with dozens of events throughout the year - either in preparation or in follow-up to the annual 3-day gathering, which welcomes leading CEOs, Heads of Government, decision-makers, emerging entrepreneurs and thought leaders.  

UPCOMING: 2024

25th Annual African Mining Breakfast and Seminar March 5: Toronto

30-Year Conference Celebration and Indaba Gala Reception: May 7: Toronto

Canada-Africa Business Forum, June 4-5: Washington, DC

Africa Accelerating 2024, October 21-23: Gatineau, Quebec   

PAST EVENTS

February 2024

2nd Canada-Africa Business Conference, February 19-20: Nairobi  

DRC-Canada Leadership Visit, February 8-10: Kolwezi 

Canada-Africa Chamber Program at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, February 3-7: Cape Town

October 2023 - Read the 2023 Report on our Impact!

Africa Accelerating 2023: Accelerating Canada-Africa Trade and Investment People, Partnerships and Policies from 10-12 October.

Champions of Accelerated Canada-Africa Business Development: Meet the key players delivering Canada-Africa private sector success in two-way trade and investment across multiple markets and industries. View More

Responsible Economic Growth: How business operations deliver on the promises of free trade and social well-being: From entrepreneurs to corporate leaders, exclusive cases of how best private investment of all sizes dynamically delivers economic growth, grounded in free trade and open markets. View More

The Role of Knowledge Partners in the Canada-Africa Growth Story: Showcasing market insights, academic thought leadership & grass-roots ideas, from think tanks in Canada and Africa. View More

August / September

PDAC Program Briefings (email members@canadaafrica.ca for a recording)

July 2023

Economic Cooperation Strategy Briefing: The Chamber was delighted to host this special session on 5 July 2023, open to all, for dialogue around the latest announcements on the Canada-Africa Economic Cooperation Strategy.  

June 2023 

Trade Mission to Canada by Kenyan Companies:The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business has issued a proposal for a 3-day program from 27 to 29 June 2023 across three Canadian cities.

May 2023

Chamber - African Union Commission (AUC) Roundtable in Ottawa on the occasion of the AUC's Official Visit to Canada.

April 2023

Chamber of Mines’ Women's Day Meeting, Kinshasa: The Chamber's Ateau Zola addressed the second annual gathering hosted by the Chamber of Mines of the Federation of Enterprises of Congo (FEC).

March 2023

Hundreds join North America's biggest African mining event: African countries, mining projects, companies, products and services took the spotlight at the sold-out 24th Annual African Mining Breakfast & MineAfrica's 21st Annual Investing in African Mining Seminar during PDAC 2023. Marna Cloete, President of Ivanhoe Mines, delivered the keynote address.

Chamber Board Chair addresses Franco-Mine 2023 during PDAC: Chair of the Board, Paula Caldwell St-Onge, addressed Franco-Mine this year at which both the Chamber and MineAfrica Inc were delighted to be a part.

AfCFTA's Significance - African Youth and the Diaspora: AfCFTA’s implementation puts Africa’s young people and women in prime position to become the drivers of a competitive and beneficial economy, through business investment and trade opportunities. This agreement implementation will empower millions and create an African market larger than before.

February 2023  

MineAfrica's programming highlighted at the Mining Indaba: ‘’The largest African mining event in North America provides you with an unparalleled opportunity to promote your country, company, African project, product or services to a senior-level, African-focused audience,’ says Garreth Bloor, President of The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business, who delivered remarks at the Official Canadian Reception on the occasion of the Mining Indaba. 

Friends and Members Reception in Cape Town: On Friday 3 February we were delighted to welcome Trade Commissioners and Canadian and African companies for an evening of networking and engagement on business matchmaking. Keynote remarks by Karima-Catherine Goundiam - Founder and CEO, B2BeeMatch - formed the basis of interactive discussions, led by KC and moderated by Chamber President Garreth Bloor.

January 2023

Ottawa Briefing with Nigeria's Bank of Industry: In January we were privileged to meet the Bank of Industry, during a visit of the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Mr. Olukayode Pitan. Following opening remarks by His Excellency, High Commissioner Adeyinka Asekun, the discussion at the Chamber’s Ottawa office focused on the role of the bank and the opportunities for collaboration. The meeting welcomed members of the Bank’s leadership.

Roundtable with Global Affairs Canada: We were honoured to welcome Antoine Chevrier (Assistant Deputy Minister) and Susan Steffen (Director General) for a chance to discuss Canada-Africa trade and investment with our members in downtown Toronto, on 24 January 2023.

December 2022

Mining Roundtable in VancouverThe Canada-Africa Chamber of Business has been honoured to partner with MineAfrica Inc for the past 24 years in the Annual African Mining Breakfast and Seminar – the biggest African-focused mining event in North America. In appreciation of the support and prospective attendance of our members and sponsoring delegates next year, we are pleased to host this hour-long roundtable

Briefings: Our programming with MineAfrica during PDAC 2023: Prepare with the latest information on opportunities available on our programming. during the upcoming convention in Toronto.

November 2022

Meeting with Prime Minister Sam Matekane: In the capital of Maseru last month, we were honoured to meet the newly-elected Prime Minister, who previously attended Africa Accelerating 2019.

October 2022

Africa Accelerating 2022: Our annual 3-day summit, Africa Accelerating, brings together high-level leaders every October at venues in Canada and on the African continent, broadcast live to thousands of delegates in addition to in-person attendees.    

September 2022:

Heads of Mission Members' Dinner in Ottawa: With thanks to our gracious hosts, Gowling WLG, the Chamber was privileged to once again welcome our country members in Ottawa to a dinner evening of conversation on Canada-Africa trade and investment.  

A Reception with Nigeria's High CommissionerIn advance of The Canada-Nigeria Business & Investment Summit taking place from October 12-13 in Toronto, the Chamber was pleased to host an in-person networking cocktail reception at the offices of Goodmans LLP on September 8, 2022. 

August 2022 

Connecting African Youth with Entrepreneurial Opportunities: An insightful conversation centered on the opportunities available to African youth, hear how AfriVate Hub is leveraging on the increasing youthful population in the continent to bolster strong economies.

Sub Saharan Africa Exploration: An informed, intimate panel discussion among sub-Saharan explorers with different commodities in different jurisdictions. The interactive conversation centered on the unique contrasts between the jurisdictions, their communities, various political contexts and the impact of mining in Africa.   

June & July 2022

Reflections on Sustainability for Businesses in Canada and Africa :This collaborative webinar brought together a number of partners, including The Food and Beverage Recycle Alliance (FBRA), B2Gold, the African Food Research Network (AfREN), McGill University, and the Chamber to reflect on sustainability in businesses between Canada and Africa.

East African Trade and Investment Opportunities : Hear from East African entrepreneurs who are ready to expand their already-successful businesses

The 23rd Annual African Mining Breakfast with MineAfrica Inc. Read More

May 2022

What Happens in Africa Should Concern Us All: Integration of African students into the workforce (Partner Event). Hosted by McGill University. 

April 2022

Pathways for Entrepreneurship: A Focus on Women and Youth

Angola-Canada Trade Mission: Meet senior business and government leaders from Angola in Toronto.  

March 2022    

Conserving our Shared Freshwater Economies: An exchange of perspectives on the Great Lakes of Africa and Canada 

Clean Growth for a Zero Carbon Future: Assessing Canadian technologies transforming the nature of business operations

February 2022

Indigenous Knowledge Collaboration: Exploring economic partnerships for Indigenous and Traditional Leadership on both sides of Canada-Africa Trade and Investment  

Virtual Trade Mission to Africa for Women Entrepreneurs: Advancing ICT and Renewable Energy in South Africa, Botswana, Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire.

Virtual Trade Mission to MalawiThe High Commission of Canada in Mozambique, together with The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business, is undertaking a virtual trade mission to Malawi, showcasing the opportunities on offer in energy and mining. 

January 2022  

Realizing the African Continental Free Trade Agreement: Canada’s Role as a Trusted Third-Party Partner for Long-Term Prosperity Register

Connecting the Continent: Assessing Infrastructure Investment in Action through Canada-Africa Partnerships

Canada-Africa Partnerships in Critical Metals: Advancing collaboration in global supply chains for carbon reductions worldwide.

December 2021

Briefing Series for Governments and Companies: How You Can Promote Your Country or Company at the Biggest African Mining Event in North America 

November 2021

Southern African Development Community (SADC) Debate and Discussion with Dr. Tedros Adhanom, Director General of the World Health Organization. 

October 2021

Connecting the Continent: Enabling Mobility through Infrastructure and Logistics

Securing Sustainability: Delivering Environmental and Socio-Economic Well-being – from Africa’s local communities to its role in global emissions reductions

Enabling the African Restart for a New Global Growth Engine: Exploring African Union Collaboration, Free Trade and Canada-Africa Partnerships with Institutional Investors

Ambassadorial Reception at the Royal Ottawa: Gatineau, Quebec (In-person only)

August 2021

Securing Africa’s Free Trade Future: Explore the Vital Role of Youth and Women in AfCFTA

The Seminar on Critical Metals: Advancing Canada-Africa Collaboration: Critical metals are central to the transition to a net-zero emmissions economy, while driving economic development

July 2021

Graduate Summer Fellow, Akinyi J. Eurallyah, has completed a report on AfCFTA for The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business. Toward Effective Implementation of a Sustainable African Continental Free Trade Area. Read the Full Report or download the audio interview in conversation with Garreth Bloor     

June 2021

Zimbabwe is Open for Business: The forum welcomed Ministerial and business leaders from Zimbabwe. The country is a member of the African Trade Insurance Agency, providing various options to mitigate risk on investments and trade - rated "A/stable" by S&P, and "A3/Stable" by Moodys.

Senegal's New Economic Policy:Joined by Canadian government and business leaders, our first forum with Senegal presented the new economic policy for one of Africa's most respected markets

May 2021  

De-Risking the World's Future Growth Engine: In our 27-year history as a Chamber of Business, the latest range of risk insurance instruments is a major leap forward for Canadian institutional investors and African countries - standing to unlock billions in investment capital.      

Tanzania Business and Investment Session: Together with Ministerial and private sector leaders we showcased opportunities in an exciting market - with a GDP projected to grow 4.1% this year and by 5.8% in 2022, according to the African Development Bank.   

April 2021

Leveraging technology to help manage and monitor water quality during the pandemic. On Thursday 15 April 2021, The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business was honoured - in conjunction with MAPP Africa - to host a vital forum on water quality technologies. Attendees included MP Yasmin Ratansi, Ambassdors, High Commissioners, business leaders and academia.

March 2021

Post-COVID Prosperity in Africa: Assessing the Prospects and Path to Recovery. In response to popular demand, the Chamber welcomed the return of the Centre for Risk Analysis in Johannesburg for a webinar on the outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa. We explored the required measures to handle the post-COVID recovery

Africa's Informal Sector Recovery - Opportunities for Canadian Businesses:The informal economy comprises a significant size of Africa's economic activity and is dynamic - though sometimes overlooked outside the continent. The opportunity to develop solutions for Africa’s informal sector remains large and companies are thriving by serving this market.

P3 on Ethiopia: Showcasing Public-Private Opportunities for Canada's Private Sector: On 25 March 2021 we hosted this forum on behalf of Global Affairs Canada. The event assessed public-private sector opportunities in healthcare, energy, and transport, in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.   

ICT in South Africa: Understanding the Regulatory Environment: Presentations and discussions covered the Protection of Personal Information Act, the Cyber Security Bill (soon to be an Act of Parliament) and a proposed Software Tax.

Canada-Africa Clean Growth SymposiumThe Chamber managed the program session on 'Investments and Collaboration in Climate-Resilient Solutions in Agriculture and Precision Farming' which was followed by a key financing announcement with the African Development Bank.

3-day program during PDAC with MineAfrica Inc: 22nd Annual African Mining Breakfast and 19th Annual Investing in African Mining Seminar: 9 - 11 March 2021

February 2021

Agriculture in Action: Advancing the Canada-Africa Relationship.

Virtual Trade Mission to Mozambique: Exploring Agriculture, Energy and Oil & Gas opportunities: 

Official Opening of the Ottawa Office: Welcoming dozens of dozens of leaders from across Canada and African governments.

January 2021

Financing Africa's Clean Energy Revolution: From large-scale ventures to early-stage companies.

December 2020  

Spotlight: the African Continental Free Trade Area - Opportunities for Canadian women entrepreneurs.

November 2020

Pioneering Canada-Africa Startup Innovation: Exploring Pan-African Investment & Collaboration.

October 2020

Africa Accelerating 2020: 3 days, 45 speakers and a range of topics under the themes of agriculture, natural resources and free trade.

Central Africa Investment Webinar. Canada's Trade Chief, five Cabinet Ministers from Central Africa and added senior officials present investment opportunities for Canada.

Nigerian Independence Day: A celebration of deepening commercial ties, amidst VIP remarks from across Canada in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Independence in Africa's most populous nation.

September 2020

Rwanda Investment Session: Opportunities in a range of sectors across Rwanda. Opening remarks from representatvies of the governments of Rwanda and Canada.

Powering a Canada-Africa Agenda: Clean Energy in Action.

August 2020

Canada-Africa Leadership: Natural Resource Development for Stronger Communities: Profiling the Vital Role of Canadian Natural Resource Companies.

Enabling Broad-Based Canada-Africa Trade and Investment. Discover how Canada's partners across Africa are supporting new markets, and investing in the entrepreneurs and companies active within them.

July 2020

Canada-Africa Mobility: Insights into the post COVID-19 market. An interactive session featuring Samson Arega (Canada's Country Manager at Ethiopian Airlines) and Michael Goshko (Corporate Risk Manager, Western Union)

Canada-Nigeria Business & Investment Series Session held on July 15, moderated by Chamber President Garreth Bloor and held by MineAfrica.

Technology and Innovation for Managing and Monitoring Water Quality During COVID-19. Chamber Director Brian Dodo moderated this session with leading practitioners in the field.

June 2020

The African Union Online Procurement Platform: Canadian Minister Mary Ng in conversation with Strive Masiyiwa, the AU's Special Envoy on COVID.

Leadership with Wray Carvelas

Legal Considerations Amidst Covid-19 including a comprehensive Q&A 

Trade Commissioner Service:The latest for Canadian firms on business and export support for African markets

Poverty, Inc: Special Recording and Panel Discussion 

China, Canada and Business in Africa: A Chatham House session (Members Only)

May 2020

Canada, Africa & Free Trade 

Minister Mary Ng on Measures for Canadian Firms in Africa 

April

Economic Freedom in Canada and African markets (Members Only)

23 April 2020: 10:00 to 11:30 Attendees from across Canada and over 20 African countries joined Fraser Institute director Dr. Fred MacMahon, who leads the Economic Freedom Project with and a network of over 100 think tanks globally. Fred shared his analysis on considerations for doing business in future in Africa, with a lively discussion and debate that followed.

COVID 19 - Accelerating a move toward "e-investor" relations?

17 April 2020: 12:00 till 13:30 Welcoming top thinkers at 6ix.com and Deloitte, speakers assessed the changing nature of investor relations in a digital age, at a time of crisis

The Africa Opportunity Session

16 April 2020: 12:00 till 13:30 Led by Mukani Moyo of McKinsey, this cutting-edge presentation covered the latest in potential for Canada-Africa trade and investment during uncertain times. Representatives from Embassies and High Commissions from over a dozen African countries also attended.

March 2020

21st Annual African Mining Breakfast during PDAC. View here.

Members may submit questions ahead of time for speakers at all events. A series of smaller events and private events are set up for members on request.

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