Garreth Bloor: President

Garreth Bloor is President of the Canada-Africa Chamber of Business and co-founder of the Africa Foresight Fund in 2020. He previously served as Managing Director of Glenheim Venture Capital, which he set up in 2016 as a joint venture with the South African-based OutsourcedCFO (OCFO).

Glenheim was named one of the top 25 Most Innovative Companies of 2017 by FastCompany SA and was profiled in an inaugural report of 15 success stories, by the Southern Africa Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SAVCA). The Africa Foresight Fund (AFF) includes the OCFO team originally established within Glenheim.

Bloor is based primarily in Toronto and is an active member of the Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance, African Leadership Network and was a 2017 Aspen Ideas Scholar of the Aspen Institute. 

As President of The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business since 2019 he has led trade and investment engagements across Canada and on the African continent, which have included Prime Ministers, leading CEOs, Cabinet Members and entrepreneurs on both sides of the Atlantic. 

In addition to major corporate members, several governments have joined the Chamber during his tenure, including Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Botswana, Tanzania and Zimbabwe – represented by their High Commissions or Embassies.

Bloor was an invitee to the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) deliberations during the Extraordinary Summit in Niger in 2019 and in 2020, and in 2021 his work on Canada-Africa trade and investment had been cited publicly by Prime Minister Trudeau and his Trade Minister Mary Ng, for bringing together the ‘whose who’ of business leaders.

As President of The Canada-Africa Chamber he has led the expansion of new offices into the Canadian capital of Ottawa, established an AfCFTA Quarterly Forum and rapidly expanded the programs offered by the Chamber, welcoming participants from every country on the continent and receiving coverage in hundreds of media outlets.

He is former executive politician heading economic development in the City of Cape Town - elected at age 23 - and was elected to Parliament at age 26.

On his appointment to Mayoral Cabinet in 2013, he by far the youngest serving member of the city executive. On his appointment Executive Mayor Patricia De Lille, now Minister of Public Works, stated: “He has taken the lead in not only driving major projects of economic growth initiatives through his committee but has undertaken extensive engagements with external stakeholders, both domestic and abroad, especially in the business community”.

He led changes to over 300 policies and by-laws, scrapping an equivalent number largely inherited from the pre-democracy city planning regime. In the year after the reforms, the value of new construction plans in the city saw a growth of 46%.

Bloor has previously addressed events of the Council on Foreign Relations, World Economic Forum and Columbia Business School, among others and featured in Forbes Africa on a list of Global Shapers. In a risk analyst capacity, he has addressed events or presented at papers at dozens of conferences globally.

After his post-graduate studies he served as a member of the University of Cape Town’s Council from 2011 to 2016 and its University Research Committee. In 2008 he received a Culture of Enterprise Award from former US Attorney General Edwin Meese III for his research into “enterprise and a humane economy” The Cape Town Press Club awarded him its Graduate Bursary Award in 2010, recognising “over 500 articles published locally and abroad with contributions to over a dozen publications undertaken”.

St Gallen University in Switzerland named Garreth one of the Top 100 global Leaders of Tomorrow at their annual symposium in May 2014 and in 2016 he was named a Leader of Today.

He was an Abe Bailey Bursar in the UK (2009), a Gilder Fellow (2018) and is youngest ever elected member of the Mont Pelerin Society of economists and philosophers, home to eight Nobel Prize winners in Economics. He is an ongoing contributor to The Library of Economics and Liberty and Law & Liberty.

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