Conference Program

Day 1:  Agriculture in Action
27 October 2020

Broadcast live from our venues in Canada & Africa + virtually at

 Times listed in Canadian Eastern Time (ET) & Central African Time (CAT)



Official Opening - Garreth Bloor & Susan Namulindwa 

Antoine Chevrier, Director General, Pan-African Affairs, Government of Canada

Honourable Karabo GareMinister of Agriculture and Food Security

Gillian Pais (McKinsey& Company, Nairobi)


Africa’s Agri Revolution in Action: Successes from-the-ground up Hearing directly from the people & understanding the importance of smart villages, sound policy and broad-based natural resource development in agriculture.

Opening Remarks: Dr. V.I Lakshmanan (Process Research Ortech, Canada)

Panelists: John van Nostrand (SvN, Canada), Ewetse Mathaba (Safety, Health, Environment and Community relations manager, Lucara Botswana); Temba Nolutshungu, Khaya Lam, South Africa 

10 00/16:00

Networking Break (Virtual Expo Open & Networking in Gaborone and Toronto)


Understanding the Scale of African Investment Opportunities

Panelists: Prashant Pathak (CEO, Ekagrata Inc, Canada); Nathan Stubina, VP, Sherritt International, Canada); Jacques NdoutouMvé (EL Consulting & Africa Foresight Investment Company: Africa and Canada)


Closing Keynote, Canada: The Honourable Minister Mary Ng

Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, Canada

Closing Keynote, Botswana: The Honourable Peggy O. Serame

Minister of Investment Trade and Industry, Botswana


Day 1 Conference Proceedings Conclude

Virtual Exhibit and Exhibitors' Program Open 


Day 2: Natural Resource Innovation
28 October 2020 



Welcome Remarks from the Chair of the Board, Mr. Sebastian Spio-Garbrah

Hon. Minister Karina GouldMinister of International Development, Canada

Hon. Minister Lefoko Maxwell Moagi, Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security, Botswana

Hon. Paul Lefebvre, MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, Canada 


Keynote: Naseem Lahri, MD Lucara Botswana




Owning the Natural Resource Benefits: Impact, Supply Chains and New Businesses for Flourishing Communities

Opening of the Session: Tarik Kahn, Director General for West and Central Africa, Global Affairs Canada & 

H.E. Fatima MEITÉAmbassador, Mali

Panel & Keynote Remarks:Veronica Nyhan Jones, Manager Sustainable Infrastructure Advisory, IFC.

Panelists: Neil Reeder, Vice President, Government Relations, B2Gold. Nikolay Hristov, Vice President, Dundee Precious Metals (Namibia);

10 00/16:00

Networking Break (Virtual Expo Open & Networking in Gaborone and Toronto)


Sustaining ownership and impact beyond mining: Natural Resource Gateways to Non-Resource Business Development

Hear from leaders leveraging natural resource development to create economies that transcend the life of mining operations

Welcome: Luke Sookocheff 
Deputy Director, Economic Development
Global Affairs Canada

Opening Keynote: Darrell K. Beaulieu: Former Chief of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation & CEO of Denendeh Investments

Paul Gruner (CEO, Det'on Cho Corporation, Canada) 

Suzette McFaul (Founder | Managing Director, SEF Canada)


Keynote: Leveraging Canada’s Billions in Natural Resource Investment to Unleash Economic Growth

Welekazi Cele, Regional Director at Hatch in Sub-Saharan Africa


Botswana - the Gateway: Investing in a Top Performing Economy

Keletsositse Olebile, CEO: Botswana Investment Trade Centre (BITC)

Africa's Number 1 Jurisdiction in Mining & top continental performer in Economic Freedom (Fraser Institute)

 Additional Program (2-3PM ET): Central Africa Investment Focus

Prepared remarks by Sarah Wilshaw, newly-appointed Chief Trade Commissioner, Global Affairs Canada. Hon. Lee White, Minister of  Water and Forestry (Gabon); Hon. Issa Doubragne, Minister of Economy and Development Planning (Chad) & Hon. Ramatou Mahamat Houtouin, Minister of Energy (Chad). Learn More 

Including a 'Doing Business Q&A' with Vice President (Africa) Jacques NdoutouMvé, a founder of the Africa Foresight Investment Company 

*In French with an English translation service. The event will cover the SEMAC nations of Gabon and Chad.


Day 3:  Leapfrogging and Leading
29 October 2020 



Welcome Remarks from the Chair of the Board, Mr. Sebastian Spio-Garbrah

Minister Lee White, Gabon

H.E. Sibongiseni Dlamini-Mntambo, High Commissioner of the Republic of South Africa to Canada 


Keynote: His Excellency Wamkele Mene (Accra, Ghana), Secretary General of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.

Advancing an African Free Trade Agenda: the world's single biggest market since the WTO came into existence.

AfCTFA - Chamber Announcement

MoU Signing (Food Security): Creation of a Milling Hub in Ramotswa, Botswana


Transacting and Trading in the Single Biggest Free Trade Market since the WTO

Panelists: Clara Diamond Solutions (Botswana); Bianca Pisciola, 6ix (Canada); Joanne Lebert, IMPACT (Canada)

10 00/16:00

Networking Break (Virtual Expo Open & Networking in Gaborone and Toronto)


Leading Globally from Africa

Samson Arega, Ethiopian Airlines 

From Wall Street to the World’s Next Growth Engine: Pan African Investment in Action

Zachariah George, Launch Africa Fund  

11:30/17:30 Keynote: Magatte Wade, Director, Centre for African Prosperity

Virtual Exhibit and Exhibitors' Program Open 

 Additional Programming - 14:00 to 15:00 ET

 Leading the Canada-Africa Chamber Agenda 

In conversation with Sebastian Spio-Garbrah (Chair of the Board) & Garreth Bloor (President) of The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business

Moderated by Susan Namulindwa, Africa Trade Desk (Ottawa) 



For more info please email or call 647-667-1223

View our partnerships page for more info on attending in person at the Brampton Marriott in the Greater Toronto Area or the Gaborone International Convention Centre in Botswana.


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