Africa Accelerating 2019 in Toronto

Ivaplats CEO Patricia Makhesha addressed the Annual Indaba to widespread applause, underscoring the vital role of Canada in African markets. Makhesha noted her own career journey to the top as an African leader - with a deep affiliation and fondness for Canada and its role in Africa.

The Indaba concluded three days of Africa Accelerating sessions with over 500 delegates:

Check out the great photos. (easy to download as well).

Download the program and directory of speakers, presenters & panelists (a great resource of expertise to assist you in doing business in Africa).

Download just the program.


1. 18th Annual Indaba Evening  - October 31, 2019 - evening

This is the premier African business networking event on the Canadian calendar featuring a who’s who of senior business executives and government officials active, or interested, in Africa.  Our 2019 keynote speaker was Dr. Patricia Makhesha, Executive Chairperson, Ivanplats and Executive Vice President for Sustainability, Ivanhoe Mines.  The evening kicked off with a networking cocktail reception, African food, South African wine, and a lively performance by Juno award-winning singer Lorraine Klaasen that set the tone for a wonderful evening.

2. 4th Doing Business in Africa Today seminar - October 29, 2019
This afternoon seminar covered the reality of doing business in Africa in 2019 including presentations and panel discussions on the opportunities from EY's September 2019 Africa Report, Canada’s “secret weapon” in Africa,  Africa’s diversity advantage, and opportunities for Canadians arising from The Chamber’s inaugural business conference held in Africa in March 2019.

Canada's Place in the World: Promoting Stronger Ties With Africa - Trevor Kennedy, Senior Policy Associate, Business Council of Canada

How Can Bold Action Become Everyday Action: EY Attractiveness Program Africa - Theo Yameogo, Canada Mining & Metals Co-Leader, EY

The Trade Commissioner Service - Lisa Pogue, Trade Commissioner, Regional Office of the The Trade Commissioner Service, Ontario Region, Global Affairs Canada

3. 4th Infrastructure in Africa: Power, Technology and Mining seminar - October 30, 2019
Infrastructure is crucial to the socio-economic development of all emerging economies, and particularly Africa and the natural resources sector.  This seminar with Global Affairs Canada and Power Africa focussed on infrastructure opportunities arising from The Chamber’s inaugural business conference held in Africa in March 2019, municipal infrastructure and smart cities and alternative energy opportunities for Canadians in Africa.

Power Africa Field Support - R. Chris Troy, Hydropower Technology Lead, Power Africa | USAID

Renewable Energy - Justin Woodward, Co-Founder and Head of Africa, JCM Power

Black Management Forum - Andile Nomlala, President, Black Management Forum


4. Spotlight Lesotho: brought to you by Southern Sky - October 30, 2019
The Prime Minister of Lesotho, five Cabinet Ministers and 25 business leaders headlined this special afternoon session with specific trade and investment opportunities in The Kingdom of Lesotho.

5. Natural Resource Development: The Success Template for Canadian Firms - October 31, 2019
Canadian mining companies have been the greatest success stories in the socio-economic development of Africa.  This afternoon seminar profiled these companies, what made them successful in Africa and what lessons can be learned for other Canadian companies in other sectors, particularly agriculture and agro-processing and the financing of mining and agro projects in Africa.

Neil Reeder, Vice President, Government Relations, B2Gold


For more information contact:

Garreth Bloor        647.667.1223

Wayne Floreani     416.533.3998

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