Recent speakers and/or sponsors of events organized by the Institute are profiled below:


TFO Canada is the primary Canadian provider of information, advice and contact for exporters in developing and emerging countries. TFO Canada helps to make trade happen for over 1,200 exporters from developing countries, over 1,200 trade support institutions and more than 1,600 Canadian importers. Website here



INKAS_logoINKAS Group of Companies is a world-leading security company headquartered in Toronto, Canada. For more than 20 years, INKAS has been offering a wide range of security services from armored vehicles and safes manufacturing to armed transportation services, cash-in-transit and vault depositary. INKAS Armored Vehicle Manufacturing produces armored vehicles for government authorities, financial institutions, law enforcement agencies, corporate entities, and individuals all over the world. Website here




Datawind is a leader in low-cost internet connectivity. The company’s mission is to bring the internet, which has the ability to create tremendous social and economic benefits, to billions of unconnected people. Datawind’s Internet Delivery Platform offers low cost Internet connectivity solution by bundling an affordable computing device with an inexpensive one-year pre-paid internet browsing service plan. Website here




Rainmaker Global Business Development is a world-class market development organization with global reach. A recognized leader in the development and implementation of market expansion strategies, Rainmaker’s clients benefit from its global footprint, extensive cross-border expertise, and international networks. The Rainmaker team is comprised of accomplished professionals in Calgary, New York, Toronto, Bogota, Aberdeen, Houston, Vienna, Dubai, Brussels and Mexico. Each client brings unique strategic priorities and challenges. By clarifying objectives and assessing critical market intelligence, Rainmaker crafts and implements client-focused strategic plans that position clients for long-term success. Website here



The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, non-partisan think tank on international governance. Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements. With an active agenda of research, events and publications, CIGI’s interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities around the world. CIGI was founded in 2001. Headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, CIGI strives to be the world’s leading think tank on international governance, with recognized impact on significant global problems.Website here



Manitoba Hydro International (MHI) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Manitoba Hydro, one of the largest and longest-standing energy utilities in Canada. MHI is composed of five divisions: Manitoba Hydro International Utility Services, the Manitoba HVDC Research Centre, W.I.R.E. Services, Manitoba Hydro Telecom, and Manitoba Hydro International Maintenance Services. In 2011, the divisions merged to form MHI, and deliver innovative products and services in their area of expertise. Website here



Bombardier1Bombardier Inc. is a Canadian multinational aerospace and transportation company. As the world’s leading manufacturer of both planes and trains, Bombardier has built an extensive and diverse portfolio of winning mobility solutions. Everywhere people travel by land and in the air, a Bombardier product is ready to transport them. From category-defining business jets and commercial aircraft designed for the challenges of today, to sleek high speed trains and public transit that’s smarter than ever. Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Website here


Global Affairs Canada manages Canada’s diplomatic and consular relations, promotes the country’s international trade and leads Canada’s international development and humanitarian assistance. Website here



The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business is an independent, non-profit organization, with strong working links with both Canadian and African businesses and governments. The Chamber is also affiliated with the South Africa-Canada Chamber of Business in Johannesburg. With this link the Chamber is able to identify business partners and opportunities through its South Africa based counterpart. Website here






Global Public Affairs is a privately-held Canadian firm providing integrated government relations, strategic communications and issues management consulting services that enable clients to successfully navigate increasingly complex public policy and business environments. Global’s public affairs approach allows clients to choose from a variety of services best suited to achieving their objectives. With offices across the country, Global helps Canadian and international organizations address issues, manage risk, enhance their reputations, and find common ground with stakeholders. Website here



IDRC was established by an act of Canada’s parliament in 1970 with a mandate “to initiate, encourage, support, and conduct research into the problems of the developing regions of the world and into the means for applying and adapting scientific, technical, and other knowledge to the economic and social advancement of those regions. Website here



The African Chamber of Commerce of Utah (ACCU) was founded in July of 2013, with the aspiration to bring more transparency and genuine business transactions between partners and organizations in both Utah and Africa. ACCU is a trade and investment promotion organization whose mission is to enhance mutual partnership, trade and investments with Africa. We serve as an information resource for investors and entrepreneurs seeking to do business in both the USA and Africa. Website here