Inaugural Canada-Africa Business Forum in Washington, DC

Advancing Canada-US Collaboration through African Partnerships

22-23 May 2024
Washington, DC

The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business is delighted to announce our first-ever Canada-Africa Business Forum in the United States, set for May 2024.  Home to over half of accredited African Ambassadors and High Commissioners to Canada, the US capital 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 will serve thematically as a tangible template for the opportunities ahead, including the role of members of the Canada-Africa Chamber of Business.   

Members and guests, click here to RSVP for May 22, 2024

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

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

Our format follows 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

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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 - Subject to change


Arrival and Light Breakfast at the Army & Navy Club




Opening Ceremony, Welcoming leaders from Canada, the United States and the African continent - including Members of the US Congress.  

Including a Canadian Ministerial-level address, introduced by Paula Caldwell St-Onge    


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





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.


Luncheon: Remarks by Joe Lombard, Vice Chair at Hatch






Advancing Economic Freedom for Peace & Prosperity - Global insights from African successes on enabling development
In conversation with Dr. Matthew D. Mitchell, a Senior Fellow at Canada’s top-ranked think tank, the Fraser Institute where he leads the 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: Jacques NdoutouMvé, EL Consulting and Honourary Vice President of The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business

Eliot Pence, Founder, Tofino Capital; Karima-Catherine (KC) Goundiam, Tech entrepreneur | Founder & CEO of B2BeeMatch; Todd Burns, CEO, Cypher Environmental


Closing Keynote Address


Networking & Refreshments

16:00 Break
17:00 Evening Hospitality 

We look forward to discussions on the implications of current private sector strategies and public policy on trade and investment with African markets - as well as the implications for policy considerations among decision-makers.

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

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

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

    On behalf of all members, we are 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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