The Africa Forum Canada 2018
The Africa (Business and Leadership) Forum is a platform for eminent and emerging leaders from different sections of society from around Africa and the Commonwealth to discuss leadership and innovation in Africa. TAF serves a platform for intergenerational exchange of ideas and opinions about practical challenges facing the continent, and opportunities available on the continent.
Ontario Investment and Trade Centre
250 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 2L7, Canada
The Westin Harbour Castle, No 1 Harbour Square, Toronto, ON M5J 1A6, Canada
The African consumer landscape is evolving at a rapid pace, driven by growing populations, advances in technology and rising income. Plus, Africa’s urbanization is more rapid than anywhere in the world, creating huge opportunities for housing, transportation, water and power.
The time to strengthen North America-African trade and investment connections has never been greater. Six of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies are in Africa, which boasts a large and growing middle class that appeals to North American investment. Canada is a global economic power and a proven leader in technology – a member of The Commonwealth. Conversely, Africa is projected to be the world’s fastest growing region until 2040 amidst an era of increased prosperity, and is drawing unprecedented investment and attention. Unlike China and the United States, however, Canada has been slower to recognize the tremendous business potential in Africa.
This is a critical moment for the political and business leaders of Canada and Africa to increase their engagement and exploit mutually beneficial areas of interest. Through keynote presentations, strategic briefings, panel discussions and market spotlights, TAF Canada creates the ultimate platform for enhancing trade and investment between both sides and fostering long-term relationships
TAF Canada has hand-selected an elite assemblage of like-minded political and business figures on both sides of the investment and policy equation. We connect the right people within an intimate environment with careful consideration to investment profile and macro trends.
Participants will hear leading GPs focus on specific regions in our regional case study session
TAF Canada is a benchmark for high-level discussion, giving every participant as much context and opportunity for long-term engagement. We will ensure the impact of our efforts, making sure the gathering delivers clear outcomes and action points.
Bruce ShapiroPresident, MineAfrica Inc.
REDIATE TEKESTEFOUNDER, ETHIOPIAN DIASPORA FELLOWSHIP
Frédéric NgirabacuChief Operating Officer ENTREPRENARIUM FOUNDATION
Ifeanyi Ezeonu, PhDDepartment of Sociology Brock University
Prof. Mwinyikione MwinyihijaInstitutional Capacity Development and Consultancy Expert
Brian DodoCEO, MAPP Africa
Christopher BryantAdjunct Professor, Geography, University of Montreal & School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph
Jay NordenstromExecutive, Director NAIMA Canada
Summy Smart FrancisFounder, African Young Entreprenuer Youth Forum
Christopher GoreAssociate Professor & Chair Politics & Public Administration Ryerson University www.ryerson.ca/politics BUSINESS AND POLITICAL STABILITY IN AFRICA
Ron MacIntoshSenior Fellow and Ottawa Chapter Representative China Institute, University of Alberta
Tracy LeparulCEO & Founder Untraceable Inc.
John Lanyasunya(Kenyan Ambassador to Canada
Aaron Schroeder, P.Eng.Brightspot Climate, Inc.
Jenny WilcoxDeputy Consul General and Director Trade Canada
Ambassador PhokeerThe High Commissioner of Mauritius To USA
Stephen TappDeputy Chief Economist at Export Development Canada
Vasilios PhilippouHigh Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus to Canada
Mohammed JaganaGambia Chamber of Commerce President
Mr Isaac OseiFormer Ghanian MP
Alhaji (Dr.) (Brig. Gen.) Yahaya AbubakarThe Etsu Nupe
Hugh O’ReillyPresident and CEO of OPTrust Canada
Wanda Thomas BernardFirst Black MPP in Nova Scotia Senate
Laurel BrotenFormer Minister and Nova Scotia
Jeannie EhaloakMinister of Environment – Nunavut Canada
Marie-France LalondeMember of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
Ifeanyi Ezeonu, PhD
Prof. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija
Summy Smart Francis
Aaron Schroeder, P.Eng.
Mr Isaac Osei
Alhaji (Dr.) (Brig. Gen.) Yahaya Abubakar
Wanda Thomas Bernard
OTHER INVITED SPEAKERS
Here is a list of some of our Invited and Expected Speakers at The Africa Forum Canada