In 1994, following Madiba’s election, we established the Chamber to develop business links between Canada and the New South Africa.
Last year marked the completion of Chamber’s evolution into Canada’s premier platform for
facilitating, enhancing and enriching business in all its forms between Canada and the African continent as a whole.
Many people have participated in this remarkable journey over the past 23 years - and can be justly proud of the results.
I would like to recognize the Chamber’s founders and early supporters, the past and present
directors and other volunteers, and our many other loyal members. In particular, I would single out our tireless longtime President Bruce Shapiro, and his ubiquitous stalwart Wayne Floreani, whose contributions to our success are immense.
The highlight of the Chamber year is Indaba – a uniquely African concept: a gathering of people with a common interest in developing a collective story and forging a common purpose.
The role of Indaba – and the Chamber – is particularly relevant at a time when the benefits of “big tent” globalization are being eroded by insularity and protectionism in many parts of the world.
Let us celebrate the Chamber’s successes while seeking imaginative new ways to connect Canada and Africa through business in its broadest and best manifestations.
With warmest regards and best wishes,