Thu, Oct 28, 2021 at 9:00 AM
Eastern Time (US & Canada)
09:00 - 09:30: Opening Session
Opening Remarks: Mr. Sebastian Spio-Garbrah, Canada-Africa Chamber Special Trade & Investment Envoy to the AfCFTA Secretariat in Accra
H.E. Wamkele Mene, Secretary General, African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) Secretariat
09:30 - 10:15: Executive Dialogue: Pan-African Leadership in Action
In conversation with Dr. Patricia Makhesha, Executive Vice President, Sustainability and Special Projects, Ivanhoe Mines Ltd.
10:15 - 10:30: Daniel Barankin, CEO of 6ix. Why we are mobilizing retail investors worldwide en-mass for African projects.
5 Minute Break
10:35 - 12:00: BREAKOUT SESSION 1 - Institutional Investors
10:35 - 11:20: Panel 1 - Institutional Investors - The Preconditions to Unlocking Investment in Africa.
- Andrew Branion, Fmr. Global Treasurer, ScotiaBank
- Solomon Adeqbie-Quaynor, Vice President, African Development Bank
- Moderator: Deepak Dave, Chief Risk Officer, ATI
11:20 - 12:00: Panel 2 - The Policy Exchange on ongoing Canada-Africa Collaboration.
Topics include AfCFTA collaboration to date, next steps, and partnerships for legislative reforms at the country level to realize a single African market.
Opening keynote: Tarik Khan, Director General for Africa at Global Affairs Canada
- Akinyi J. Eurallyah, Post-Graduate Summer Fellow, The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business
- Chris McLean, CEO, Stonechair Capital
- Edith Gingras, Regional Director for Africa and MENA, Parliamentary Centre, Canada.
- Moderator: Mr. Sebastian Spio-Garbrah, Chamber Special Envoy to AfCFTA
10:35 - 12:00: BREAKOUT SESSION 2 - Growing Globally with Export Development Canada
- Dave D'Oyen, National Lead, Black Exporters
- Jean-Paul Muka, Account Manager, Digital Transformation and International Business.
- Jean-Bernard Ruggieri, Cheif Representative, Head of Middle East and Africa, Global Business Development.
12:00 - 12:30: Closing Keynote Speaker - Mala Khanna, Assistant Deputy Minister for Sub-Saharan Africa, Government of Canada.
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Secretary General Wamkele MeneAfrican Continental Free Trade Agreement SecretariatWamkele Mene was elected by the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of States & Government of the African Union, to the position of Secretary-General of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat.
Prior to being elected Secretary-General of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat, he served as Chief Director: Africa Economic Relations, at the Department of Trade & Industry of South Africa. In this role, he was South Africa’s chief trade negotiator in the AfCFTA and Tripartite FTA negotiations. During his tenure as chief negotiator, South Africa ratified both the AfCFTA and Tripartite FTAs agreements, providing new export markets in fast growing and dynamic markets in East and West Africa.
Dr. Patricia MakheshaExecutive Vice President, Sustainability and Special ProjectsDr. Patricia Makhesha joined Ivanhoe’s 64%-owned South African subsidiary, Ivanplats (Pty) Ltd., in September 2014. As Managing Director of Ivanhoe’s Platreef Project, she oversees the development of relationships with diverse communities in the vicinity of the planned Flatreef Mine in South Africa, and manages project relations with a broad group of stakeholders.
She has served on the boards of GlaxoSmithKline, Rand Water Board, Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority, Construction Industry Development Board, South African Broadcasting Corporation and Co-operative Bank Development Agency. She was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of MMMS Consulting. Other positions during her 25-year career have included Senior Executive, Transformation and Human Capital Management at South African Forestry Company; Group Corporate Manager with Global Forest Products; Manager of Marketing and Communication at South African banker ABSA Group; and news and current affairs journalist with the South African Broadcasting Corporation.
Dr. Frannie LeautierPartner, CEO of SouthBridge InvestmentPrior to joining SouthBridge Frannie held senior leadership roles in prestigious international organizations.
She was Chief of Staff to the President and Vice President at the World Bank Group and Senior Vice President at the AfDB. She held various roles at The Trade and Development Bank (TDB) Group, including Vice Chair of the Board, Special Advisor to the President before becoming TDB’s first Chief Operating Officer.
She also led the Asset Management business of TDB, including the recent launch of a unique product for trade finance in Africa. Frannie has extensive governance experience holding advisory and governance roles on several boards, including the UN Foundation, Orca Explorations, AZA Finance, and ARC (African Risk Capacity) Ltd.
Mala KhannaAssistant Deputy Minister for Sub-Saharan Africa, Government of CanadaMala Khanna is the Assistant Deputy Minister for the Sub-Saharan Africa Branch at Global Affairs Canada. Mala was previously the Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet for Legislation and House Planning at the Privy Council Office (PCO). Prior to joining PCO, Mala worked at the Department of Justice as Deputy Assistant Deputy Minister for the Public Law and Legislative Services Sector. Mala also occupied various other positions in the Department of Justice, including as Director and General Counsel of the Centre for Information and Privacy Law Section, Deputy Director of the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Section and as Counsel at the Human Rights Law Section. Mala graduated from McGill University with a joint Bachelor of Law / Masters of Social Work degree. She also has a degree in History from the University of Alberta.
Tarik KhanDirector General, West and Central Africa at Global Affairs CanadaTarik Ali Khan is the Director General for West and Central Africa at Global
Affairs Canada. He is responsible for policy advice, program management, and
the administration of Canada’s political relations, trade, and development
cooperation in the region. Prior to this position, he served as Director General for
Central America and the Caribbean, Executive Director to the Deputy Minister of
International Development and as Director of Cooperation in Colombia. Tarik has
also held a variety of management positions in the former Canadian International
Development Agency (CIDA), including Director of the Haiti Development
Program, Director of Cooperation in China, and Director of Democratic
Institutions and Conflict. He also served as a manager and director at the
Department of Canadian Heritage, providing policy advice and managing
programs in the areas of cultural development and minority inclusion.
Solomon QuaynorVice President, African Development BankQuaynor, a national of the United States of America, brings over 25 years of experience in development finance and investment banking. He is an emerging markets specialist with experience investing across financial institutions, Technology, Media, and Telecommunications, Infrastructure, Energy, Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services. He also has experience supporting private sector executives and boards in growth strategy assessment; key government/regulatory and private sector relationship engagement; and served as trusted advisor to the C-Suite of companies across multiple sectors in Africa.
Daniel BarankinCEO, 6ixDaniel Barankin is the founding Chief Executive Officer of 6ix.
6ix is a financial technology company on a mission to unlock social mobility on a global scale by empowering anyone, from anywhere, to invest in anything.
In pursuit of that mission, from Jul 01, 2020, to date, 6ix.com powered 300+ virtual investment summits, attracting 65,000 registrations and 21,000 attendances from a community of more than 100,000 investors.
Daniel launched 6ix on Canada Day 2016 while studying philosophy, politics, anthropology, and other courses, at the University of Toronto, Trinity College.
Sebastian Spio-GarbrahChair, The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business and Global Managing Director, DaMina AdvisorsSebastian Spio-Garbrah is Chair of The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business and Global Managing Director & Chief Frontier Markets Analyst at DaMina Advisors. He has been recognized as one of the world’s leading frontier markets analysts, was voted among the ‘Top 30 under 30 Analysts’ by New York’s Institutional Investor Magazine in 2006.
Hon. Sosten GwengweMinister of Trade, Republic of MalawiHon. Sosten A. Gwengwe MP is an active politician and currently serves as Member of Parliament for Lilongwe Msonzi North. His political career started in 2009 when he was first elected as Member of Parliament for Dedza Central Constituency. Hon. Gwengwe served as Chairman of the Budget Committee of Parliament between 2017 and 2019. Hon Gwengwe has also served in the cabinet in various capacities and ministries including Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Industry and Trade. He is currently serving as Minister of Trade. Due to his ministerial position, Hon. Gwengwe serves in the Cabinet Committee on the Economy and the Cabinet Committee on Public Private Partnerships.
Chris McLeanCEO, Stonechair CapitalChris McLean is an Asset Manager and Entrepreneur who helps institutional investors and
African energy start-ups build global relationships and get more energy online.
Before starting the asset management firm, Stonechair Capital, Chris spent ten years as a
Canadian investment banker for junior public companies focused on energy projects. After
another decade at Stonechair of successfully helping African-focused companies access public
capital, Chris and Stonechair Capital started the #EnergyAfrica Fund. This innovative financial
approach increases corporate access for global institutional investors and energizes the growth
of energy in Africa.
Chris is available to discuss your energy project and talk with LPs about impact investments in
African energy that directly relate to the golden thread that is SDG7. You can reach Chris at
Edith GingrasRegional Director, Africa and MENAEdith Gingras brings over 25 years of professional experience including 15 years in designing strategic, innovative and multi-country programming in Canadian, African and Asian municipalities and communities which have contributed to changing legislative and governance processes, supported decentralization, increased transparency and strengthened economic development strategies in collaboration with local, regional and national governments. As a firm supporter of visionary leadership, public empowerment policies and participatory decision-making, she also strongly believes in programming which enhances both women’s economic and political empowerment and, in creating opportunities for marginalized populations to participate in democratic governance. She holds an undergraduate degree in urban studies from Concordia University, a graduate degree in urban planning from the University of Montréal and recently completed a short-term graduate degree in program evaluation at l’École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP). Her recent experience also includes a 3 year term with Carleton University as a contract instructor for TSES 4011 – Technology and Society in International Development.
Akinyi J. EurallyahPost-Graduate Summer Fellow, The Canada-Africa Chamber of BusinessAkinyi J. Eurallyah is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a PhD Candidate in Law at Dalhousie University. She holds an LL.M in International Trade and Investment Laws in Africa from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She is a published author and a consultant, with biases in the areas of international trade law, international investment laws, international dispute resolution, politico-economics, and Business and Human Rights.
Deepak DaveChief Risk Officer, ATIOver the course of his career, Deepak Dave has focused on capital markets, risk management and private capital in North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. Since 2007, Deepak has worked in Canada on post-credit crisis bailouts, mining, energy finance and strategic reviews with Crown corporations and Bay Street banks among others. He provides regular commentary and technical advice on capital markets development and bank regulation in East Africa.
Andrew BranionFormer Global Treasurer, ScotiaBankCo-founded Branion Harper Advisory Inc. in the fall of 2019 and is a Managing Partner. Mr. Branion retired from the Bank of Nova Scotia at the end of February, 2019 where he was Executive Vice President and Group Treasurer. In this capacity, Andrew was responsible for managing Scotiabank’s global treasury and investment operations, including medium-term and capital funding, asset/liability management, liquidity and public and private investment portfolios. Previously, Andrew was Executive Vice President and Chief Market Risk Officer, where he was responsible for Trade Floor Risk Management, Enterprise Risk, Risk and Capital Analytics, and Model Risk Management. Andrew joined Scotiabank in 1997 after nine years with the Bank of Canada, and held progressively senior roles in Global Banking and Markets before moving to Global Risk Management in January 2012. He is Chairman of the Providence Healthcare Foundation Board and a member of the Board of Directors of Unity Health Toronto. Andrew holds a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Finance from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alberta.
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Garreth BloorPresident of the Canada-Africa Chamber of BusinessGarreth is President of The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business. Garreth is a co-founder and former MD of Glenheim Venture Capital and has previously served in executive government as an elected official in Cape Town; heading economic development and securing a seat in Parliament. He has been a member of the board of the University of Cape Town and its University Research Committee.
His firm, Glenheim Venture Capital, was named one of the top 25 Most Innovative Companies of 2017 by FastCompany SA and was profiled in an inaugural report of 15 success stories, by the Southern Africa Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SAVCA).