Thu, Oct 28, 2021 at 10:30 AM
Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Canada is Africa’s partner of choice and Canadian firms of all sizes are doing very well on the continent, notably exporters. As the National Post recently stated, ‘Forget Asia —businesses that dare to venture into Africa are poised to reap the rewards.’
This 90-minute Export Session with the leadership at Export Development Canada’s (EDC) takes place at 10.30 ET on Thursday 28 October 2021, targeted at SMEs in particular.
Join us on a complimentary basis to learn more about the opportunities – which have arisen in part as a result of the recent intra-African free trade deal.
About Us: The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business is a non-governmental organization funded by our members which cross-subsidizes our ability as a non-profit to serve at the forefront of promoting Canadian businesses in Africa.
We are proud to partner with the Africa Trade Desk, led by our Vice President, Susan Namulindwa.
Canadian SMEs are held in high regard as business partners and suppliers in this rapidly growing market of over a billion consumers. View the Full Program or visit our Main vent Page to attend all sessions or register for recordings of sessions that have already taken place.
Anyone with the event link can attend
Dial-in available (listen only)
Dial-in Number: +1 (312) 248-9348
Dial-in Passcode: 9648
Dave D’OyenNational Lead, Black ExportersDave D’Oyen is the National Lead for Black Exporters at Export Development Canada (EDC). He is leading the development of a strategy to remove barriers to exporting for Black-owned and Black-led businesses. As a diversity and inclusion consultant, he provides subject matter expertise to organisations on the implementation of initiatives to address systemic barriers, diversify workforces and create inclusive cultures.
Dave was a member of the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association's Diversity and Inclusion Committee to identify barriers to and opportunities for greater diversity and inclusion in the investment community, and the Black Innovation Fellowship Screening Committee at the DMZ at Ryerson University to review pitches and provide advice about supports for Black entrepreneurs.
Dave graduated from the Leading Social Justice Fellowship, a partnership between the School of Cities at the University of Toronto and United Way Greater Toronto. His fellowship team explored initiatives to increase access to capital for Black entrepreneurs.
Jean-Paul MukaAccount manager, Digital Transformation and International BusinessDr. Jean-Paul Muka joined EDC as an Account Manager in January 2021, bringing 20 years of digital transformation and international business expertise.
He currently manages a national portfolio of Commercial Markets and Small Businesses, which gives him the daily privilege to advise Canadian exporters and investors across industries, on their export and digital transformation strategies.
JP is an accomplished business developer with vast experience, having travelled to and conducted business in over 35 countries on 5 continents. He is a regular speaker with a long experience of delivering lectures to both academic and business audiences on digital transformation and international business subjects.
He holds a doctorate (PhD) in Information Technology Management from the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, and an International Trade Diploma from the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) in Ottawa. He is a Certified International Trade Professional (CITP®);
Fully bilingual, he can be contacted in English or French at firstname.lastname@example.org or via LinkedIn.
Jean-Bernard RuggieriChief Representative, Head of Middle East and Africa, Global Business DevelopmentMr. Ruggieri joined Export Development Canada in April 2014 and has more than 15 years of experience in international trade finance, banking, business development and team management. In September 2015, he was appointed Chief Representative, Africa, with the goal of leading EDC’s efforts at trade promotion, facilitation and creation in support of Canadian exporters and investors for the Africa market and opened the first EDC’s representation in this continent. In June 2019, he accepted an extended role as the lead of the newly merged Middle East & Africa region.
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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).