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Dr. Patricia Makhesha, newly-appointed Director of The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business joined Ivanhoe’s 64%-owned South African subsidiary, Ivanplats (Pty) Ltd., in September 2014. As Managing Director of Ivanhoe’s Platreef Project, she oversees the development of relationships with diverse communities in the vicinity of the planned Flatreef Mine in South Africa, and manages project relations with a broad group of stakeholders. Read More

Mr. Sebastian Spio-Gabrah, Special Envoy on Trade and Investment to the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), is outgoing President of The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business and Global Managing Director & Chief Frontier Markets Analyst at DaMina Advisors. He has been recognized as one of the world’s leading frontier markets analysts, was voted among the ‘Top 30 under 30 Analysts’ by New York’s Institutional Investor Magazine in 2006. Read More

Gwenaële Montagner, newly-elected Chair of the Board, is a business expansion specialist who has played a vital role in the Canadian international trade landscape for many years. Well known in the private and public sectors for her innovative and effective approach to propelling small and medium companies to new heights, she is a Senior Director at the Toronto Region Board of Trade. Read More

Paula Caldwell-St Onge, newly-elected Vice Chair of the Board, is former Director General at the Pan Africa Bureau of Global Affairs Canada. Before her appointment as Africa head, she served as Ambassador to Haiti, prior to which she was Minister Counsellor and Senior Trade Commissioner at the Canadian Embassy in Mexico City from 2008 to 2010. Read More 



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