The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business opens Ottawa Office

1 February 2021

The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business is delighted to have officially opened its new office in Ottawa at the prestigious address of 1 Rideau Street.

‘The Chamber’s ongoing expansion has merited an ever-growing presence in heart of the nation’s capital,’ says Chair of the Board Sebastian Spio-Garbrah, who recently relocated from Toronto. 

The Official Opening on 1 February 2021 was attended by the Director General for Africa, Mr. Antoine Chevrier, as well as Ambassadors, High Commissioners and senior representatives from several African countries: RSVPs included Nigeria, Botswana, Madagascar, Togo, Morocco, Ghana, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Namibia, Mali, South Africa and Senegal.

Samson Arega, MD of Ethiopian Airlines - the Chamber's exclusive airline partner and sponsor - opened the event by congratulating The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business on its expansion.

Newly appointed Senior Sales Representative, Garima Suri, also provided warm wishes to the Chamber and underscored the vital importance of connectivity to Africa.

Chamber President, Garreth Bloor, commended the airline for its global leadership during COVID-19 and its example to the world of excellence: including retaining all staff, remaining profitable without any government bailouts and deepening Canada-Africa affairs. 'We thank Ethiopian Airlines for their ceaseless support and maintaining the supply chains that are crucial for trade and investment'.

The Chamber’s Ottawa office is located at the historic Chateau Laurier, Suite 702 on 1 Rideau Street

‘I wish to also thank the Chair of the Board in Ottawa and Susan Namulindwa, the Chamber’s Ottawa-based Vice President,’ said Garreth Bloor, President of The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business. ‘Our mandate for information-sharing is well-served in Ottawa, bringing together more key experts and decision-makers as we have begun doing in recent years.'

‘Major strategic and policy discussions are crucial to enabling trade and investment; a potential worth trillions of dollars that is essential to Canada’s trade diversification agenda. Concurrently, Canada is a trusted partner for Africa’s economic growth’.

‘What has been achieved in Ottawa represents our ongoing growth agenda as an organization in cities in Canada and on the African continent.'

‘The opportunities in Africa are immense for Canada.’ says Susan Namulindwa, who joined the Chamber last year as a VP, under an MoU with the Africa Trade Desk- where she serves as founder and executive director. The expansion of the Chamber and its physical presence in Canada and Africa is testament not only to the response to growing interest, but pro-actively driving growth in trade and investment, which is vital to Canada and Africa’s dynamic markets.

An Africa Briefing in-person event at the Rideau Club before moving online last March
The Chair of the Board, Sebastian Spio-Garbrah (centre-right), with the Dean of the African Group, His Excellency Mahamat Ali Adoum, Ambassador of the Republic of Chad (centre-left)
The Chamber’s last Annual Africa Day Reception in 2019, which we look forward to resuming in-person
Susan Namulindwa (centre) at a signing ceremony during Africa Accelerating


For more information, please contact:

Garreth Bloor


The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business


Manulife Building RTO
55 Bloor Street West, PO Box 19553
Toronto, Ontario M4W 3T9


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