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Dr. Sulley Gariba: Ghana’s High Commissioner to Canada

Dr. Sulley Gariba is Ghana’s High Commissioner to Canada. A policy analyst and evaluation specialist with nearly 30 years experience in the design and implementation of systems for social policy analysis, monitoring and evaluation of poverty reduction and development effectiveness, Dr. Gariba is a leader in the international evaluation movement, having been founding President of…

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His Excellency Simon Constant Horace: Ambassador of Madagascar to Canada

His Excellency Simon Horace is the Ambassador of Madagascar to Canada. He is also the current Dean of the African Group of Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Chargés d’Affaires.

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Bill Nkemdirim: Chairman, INKASTRANS Limited

Mr. Bill Nkemdirim is the Chairman and CEO of Sapid Holdings Ltd. Having spent his professional career in various positions with the Nigeria Customs Service, he received multi- dimensional training at the World Intellectual Property Organization and World Trade Organization and became an expert in customs valuation and cross border trade controls. Retiring from the…

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Peter Zakreski: Board Chairman, Global Economic Institute for Africa

Peter Zakreski had a 49 year career with Federated Cooperatives Limited (FCL). He joined FCL in 1961 and held various senior leadership positions, including Senior Vice President, before retiring. He was the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Cooperative Superannuation Society with Pension Fund assets in excess of $3 Billion. Mr. Zakreski is…

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Derek Kopke: Executive Vice President, DataWind

Derek Kopke is Executive Vice President of International Business Development at DataWind. Derek is responsible for expanding the distribution of DataWind tablets and smartphones globally as well as managing business development and operator partnerships. Prior to DataWind, Derek founded and managed his own sales representation firm and worked in the video game and consumer electronics…

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Francis Dorsemaine: Eastern and Southern Africa Division, Global Affairs Canada

Francis Dorsemaine is Deputy Director, Eastern and Southern Africa Division with Global Affairs Canada. In this role, he manages bilateral commercial relations with 23 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa. Prior to that, he managed the Trade Commissioner team in Eastern Africa located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Nairobi, Kenya; Kigali, Rwanda; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania;…

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Steven Tipman: Executive Director, Trade Facilitation Office Canada

With over 20 years of senior leadership experience in both the private and the non-profit sectors, Mr. Tipman has spent much of his career working in the areas of international trade and development. Steve spent eight years working at Livingston International, a trade services company focused on customs brokerage and compliance.  More recently he has…

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George Reninger: Vice-Chairman, African Chamber of Commerce, Utah, USA

George Reninger approaches business with an integrated history in the areas of Marketing, Sales, and Information Technology Management having held various Executive positions. Currently focused on International Microbusiness development (iMicroBusiness.com) and in association with the Max International Corporation (Max.com) as one of their top independant “Crown” distribution agents, having achieved Million Dollar Circle status. Mr.…

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His Excellency Perry Calderwood: Canadian High Commissioner in Nigeria

Ambassador Perry Calderwood pursued his Bachelor of Arts in Soviet and Eastern European Studies at Carleton University and received his Master’s in International Affairs. Ambassador Calderwood’s diplomatic appointments include serving as High Commissioner in the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Permanent Observer to the Economic Community of West African States, with concurrent accreditation as Ambassador…

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His Excellency Riadh Essid: Ambassador of Tunisia to Canada

Ambassador Riadh Essid attended Institut Bourguiba des Langues Vivantes and graduated in 1983 with a Master of Translation in Arabic, English and Spanish (Constitutional, International & Administrative Law, Economy, International Relations ). He has worked in various capacities over the years including as Secretary of Foreign Affairs with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; First Secretary…

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Bruce Shapiro: President, Canada-Africa Chamber of Business

Bruce Shapiro is President of the Canada-Africa Chamber of Business. He is also President of A.P.O.C. Inc., a management consulting practice, which provides business development and business acceleration services both in Canada and internationally across a diverse set of industry sectors. Bruce has worked in senior executive positions with some of the largest retailers, real…

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Prof. Jane Onsongo: Deputy Head of Mission, Kenya

Ambassador Jane Kerubo Onsongo was appointed to the post of Deputy Head of Mission, Kenya Mission, Ottawa, Canada with effect from July 2015. Before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in the Government of the Republic of Kenya, she served as a commissioner with the Ethics and Anticorruption Commission in Nairobi, Kenya…

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Dr. Fred Olayele: President/Chief Economist, Global Economic Institute

Dr. Fred Olayele is President/Chief Economist of the Global Economic Institute for Africa. An Adjunct Professor in the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University, he teaches International Business in the MBA program. His diverse career spans banking, government, management consulting and academia across Africa, Europe and North America. An avid international trade and development…

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Ambassador Lolo Bulus: Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Bulus Zom Lolo, Permanent Secretary, has served in different capacities in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria. He was Permanent Secretary (Career Management Office), office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Ambassador of Nigeria to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Republic of Djibouti and Permanent Representative of…

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Major-General David Fraser: Director, INKAS Armored Vehicle

Major-General David Fraser, a decorated and experienced retired Canadian Army has extensive operational experience having commanded Canadian and international soldiers in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Cyprus and all over the world. In addition, he has extensive staff and planning skills with the Canadian Forces, United States, NATO and other government departments. Major-General Fraser is a very well-known…

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Dr. Stephen McGurk: Vice President, International Development Research

A trained economist and Sinologist, Dr. Stephen McGurk has spent more than three decades studying Asia’s rural development. Prior to being Vice-President, McGurk was the Director of IDRC’s Agriculture and Environment program. This program is dedicated to supporting research that seeks to increase agricultural productivity as well as food and water security while ensuring environmental sustainability.…

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Pierre Pyun: Vice President, Bombardier

As vice president of government affairs, Pierre Pyun leads government relations activities in Canada for Bombardier Inc., Bombardier Aerospace, and Bombardier Transportation. A lawyer by training, Pyun has significant background in international trade, having served with the Canadian federal government since 1998. Most recently, he managed sector practices and developed and implemented global commercial strategies…

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Ms. Shawna Pachal: Senior Managing Director, Manitoba Hydro International

Shawna has worked at Manitoba Hydro for 30 years. Presently, Shawna is the Senior Managing Director of Manitoba Hydro International (MHI).  MHI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Manitoba Hydro, Canada’s fourth largest electric and gas utility. MHI provides consulting, training and management services to project developers/owners, electric and gas utilities and governments world-wide. Prior…

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Nick Mulder: Senior Associate, Global Public Affairs

Throughout an exceptional 30-year career in the public service, Nick Mulder served as the Economic Advisor to the Premier of New Brunswick and as the Deputy Minister of various federal departments including Transport Canada, Environment Canada, Employment and Immigration, and Supply and Services. Prior to joining Global Public Affairs, Mr. Mulder served as President of Stentor Telecom…

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