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Canadian Council on Africa First Canada-Africa Business Summit. Over the next four days, September 15th to 18th, delegations from Cameroon and Ethiopia, as well as from other African countries, companies and institutions, will engage Canadian economic leaders and decision-makers on one of the fastest growing regions in the world. Africa has emerged as the most exciting growth opportunity of the 21st century. Over the past ten years, six of the top ten fastest growing countries by GDP have been from the African continent. This growth has been both resilient and broad-based and has moved beyond the traditional natural resources. With a rising middle class, increasing consumer demands and a growing youth population, African economies are growing by leaps and bounds and facing challenges for their future. Initially the domain of entrepreneurs and frontier private equity groups, this growth has caught the eye of investors the world over. A recent survey concluded that, by 2015, exposure to Africa will be a normal thing, if not a must for all. To continue its current growth, Africa needs specific expertise, know-how and technology. From aviation to mobile telephony and energy and from public procurement to public private partnership, Canadian firms leading their respective fields can be the ideal partners Africa is seeking. The Canada-Africa Business Summit is an excellent opportunity to begin this journey with Africa. Participating African delegations will discuss tangible opportunities while Canadian firms will share their experience. It is with this in mind that we are delighted to welcome you to this event. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors and partners for their continued support and their confidence in the team within the Council. Organizing and hosting this first Canada-Africa Business Summit is an enormous undertaking and we trust that you will enjoy and participate in these very interesting discussions. Yours sincerely, Mr. Benoit La Salle

Mr. Jean J. Gauthier

Mr. Nola Kianza

Chairman of the Board of Directors Canadian Council on Africa

President & Chief Executive Officer Canadian Council on Africa

Founder & Director Canadian Council on Africa


TABLE OF CONTENTS Country Profile:

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The Republic of Cameroon

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The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

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Canadian Ministers

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African Ministers

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CAMEROON DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS, ENSURING : UNITY, PEACE AND STABILITY, ECONOMIC PROSPERITY, SOCIAL PROGRESS AND DEVELOPMENT The Head of State - H.E. Paul Biya THE REPUBLIC OF CAMEROON • AREA: 475 442 Km2 • Capital : Yaoundé • Population: 20 million inhabitants • Official Languages: English, French • Administrative set up: 10 regions CAMEROON: ECONOMIC FACTS • STOCK BREEDING: Cattle, pigs, goats, sheep, poultry, domestic animals • FISHING: 841 000 tons of salt and soft water fish caught annually • FOREST: All sorts of hard and soft woods. • MINING: Oil, natural gas, iron ore, bauxite, rutile, tin, gold, limestone, uranium, cobalt, nickel. Cameroon - Canada: Signed the Foreign Investment and Protection Agreement on March 3, 2014.

CAMEROON, AN IRREVERSIBLE TURN TOWARDS MODERNITY • Construction of the Yaoundé-Douala highway, Bôt Makak Douala stretch • Supply of equipements, development, operation and maintenance of crushing plants • Constrction, Exploitation et Maintenance d’un aménagement hydroélectrique sur la Sanaga à Kikot • Construction, operation and maintenance of the Edéa-Kribi-Lolabe railway • Construction, operation and maintenance of the Douala-Limbé railway • Construction, operation and maintenance of hydroelectric power station over river Sanaga at Kikot • Construction, operation and maintenance of a hill side dam at Moudour Wang on Hina • Design, Funding, Conception, Operation and Maintenance of a wind power plant on Mount Bamboutos • Design, Funding, Conception, Operation and Maintenance of a 225KV power line between Kribi and Yaoundé (Nyom II) • Upper Land Agri-fodd technopole • Developpement of a timber technopole in the East-South Zone • Development, operation and maintenance of an urban park ine the form of an urban forest inthe Basseke valley in Douala • Yaounde municipal lake development project • Development, operation and maintenance of a multimodal bus station in Bonaberi Douala • Construction, operation and maintenance of three modern shopping centers in Bamenda



CAMEROON Projects in Cameroon for consideration by Private Partnership: fishing, intensive raising, stock breeding, transformation of the raw materials in Cameroon: forestry and agricultural products (Cocoa, coffee, cassava, tomatoes...), mining etc.

Cameroon Ministers in Attendance

H.E. Louis Paul Motaze

H.E. Ousmane Mey Alamine

Minister & Secretary General of the Prime Minister Office, Government of Cameroon

Minister of Finance, Republic of Cameroon

H.E. Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana

H.E. Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi

H.E. Basile Atangana Kouna

Minister of Trade, Republic of Cameroon

Minister of Economy, Planning and Regional Development, Republic of Cameroon

Minister of Water Resources and Energy, Republic of Cameroon




Ethiopia: An Emerging Business and Investment Destination Ethiopia is changing fast and its regional and continent-wide role is continuing to grow. Many are witnesses of Ethiopia’s developmental achievements over the past several years. Above anything else, the improvement in the lives of Ethiopian people is a prime testimony to the progress the country is making. Ethiopia is on track to achieving all of the Millennium Development Goals and has already achieved, two years before the deadline, the target of reducing the under-5 mortality rate. For more than a decade now, Ethiopia has registered an economic growth averaging 10.5 percent. It is recognized widely as the fastest non-oil producing economy in Africa; and this growth appears to be widely and equitably shared. The Ethiopian Government has invested heavily in expanding infrastructure, raising agricultural productivity and improving the coverage of health, education and other social services. The Government places priority on agriculture investment and agribusiness as the engine of overall economic development. By increasing productivity of crop and livestock production, sustainably managing natural resources, improving the agricultural marketing system, and enhancing the role of the private sector, it aims to increase the contribution of the agricultural sector to ensure food security, expand export revenue and strengthen the manufacturing and service sectors of the economy. Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most populous country, with an increasing middle-class, has a significant potential domestic market. Moreover, it possesses relatively cheap but skilled, easily trainable and disciplined human resources. For the past few years, the country has invested heavily in education, including higher education and technical and vocational training. In the last budget year, for instance, a quarter of the federal budget was allocated to education. The Government of Ethiopia is aggressively working towards creating job opportunities for youth, a demographic group that accounts for the largest segment of the society. Additionally, expansion of Micro and Small enterprises over the last decade has helped generate millions of jobs and is contributing to the transformation of the economy. Ethiopia has a huge renewable energy potential which will enable it to provide power at a competitive price. A number of projects are underway to enhance its generating capacity from wind, water, geothermal, solar and other renewable sources. This provides the central element of Ethiopia’s competitive advantage in hosting investment in the manufacturing sector. The country welcomes private investment in the production of power, mining, and the oil and gas sectors. The Ethiopian government is currently working towards making the country one of the major tourist destinations in Africa. As the cradle of mankind, Ethiopia offers a major cultural and historical heritage in a natural environment. These natural and human endowments and the institutional frameworks are proving effective in attracting Foreign Direct Investment. The 2014 World Investment Report ranked Ethiopia as the third most preferred destination for foreign investment in Africa. Ranks aside, Ethiopia needs and welcomes more foreign investment. It offers a responsive policy framework with abundant economic opportunities and we will continue to review and improve the




These natural and human endowments and the irelevant policies, and produce legislative and regulatory environment that will encourage more FDI. We also believe that the huge capital, technology and expertise that Canada has, can significantly help to expedite Ethiopia’s economic growth and development. There are no limits to the opportunities available to establish a solid business relationship in a mutually beneficial partnership. The major investment opportunities available in Ethiopia lie in the areas of Agriculture and Agro-Processing, Manufacturing, Information and Communication Technology, Mining, Energy, Construction, Health, Education, Tourism and Cargo Air Transport service. Equally, and even more importantly, there is much that can be done to promote business-to-business relationships between the private sectors of Canada and Ethiopia. This is necessary to build a strong relationship. The presence of representatives of the Ethiopian business community at the First Canada-Africa Business Summit provides a real opportunity to further cement our business relationships. We believe their continuous interaction is one of the necessary bridges in our efforts to enhancing strong economic relations. Finally, we would encourage each one of you to carry out further studies in areas involving your various business and investment interests. We crossed the Atlantic to meet you and we will be very gratified if you come to visit us. Ethiopia would be delighted to welcome you!

Ethiopian Ministers in Attendance

H.E. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Minister of Foreign Affairs, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

H.E. Tolessa Shagi Minister of Mines, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

H.E. Alemayehu Tegenu Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia



Benoit LaSalle

President and CEO, Canadian Council on Africa

President & CEO, Windiga Energy Inc. Chairman of the Board of Directors, Canadian Council on Africa

Nola Kianza Founder & Director, Canadian Council on Africa


Hon. Christian Paradis

Minister of International Trade, Canada

Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie, Canada



H.E. Ousmane Mey Alamine

Minister & Secretary General of the Prime Minister Office, Government of Cameroon

Minister of Finance, Republic of Cameroon


CAMEROON continued... H.E. Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana

H.E. Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi

Minister of Trade, Republic of Cameroon

Minister of Economy, Planning and Regional Development, Republic of Cameroon

H.E. Basile Atangana Kouna Minister of Water Resources and Energy, Republic of Cameroon

ETHIOPIA H.E. Tedros Ghebreyesus

H.E. Tolessa Shagi

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Minister of Mines, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

H.E. Alemayehu Tegenu Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia


CABS PROGRAM Monday, September 15, 2014 09:00 - 17:00 09:00 - 17:00 12:00 - 17:00

Summit is Open / B2B Center is Open Registration EXPO is Open

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WELCOME & DAILY AGENDA OVERVIEW Mr. Nola Kianza, Founder & Director of Canadian Council on Africa and Mr. Jean Gauthier, President & CEO, Canadian Council on Africa

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Welcoming Cocktail Address by partners

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 07:30 - 17:00 08:00 - 17:00

Summit is Open / B2B Center is Open / Registration EXPO is Open

09:00 - 10:00

Welcoming Address • Welcoming remarks by the Canadian Council on Africa – Mr. Jean Gauthier, President & CEO, Canadian Council on Africa • Opening remarks by the Canadian Government – Ms. Lise Filiatrault, Acting Assistant Deputy Minister, Africa Branch Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Canada • Keynote Speakers – H.E. Louis Paul Motaze, Minister & General Secretary, Prime Minister Office, Cameroon • Hon. Kassa Tekleberhan, Speaker of the House of Federation, FDRE

10:00 - 10:20

Networking Break

10:30 - 12:15

LOOKING FORWARD Plenary Session I: The Rise of Africa Africa has emerged as the most exciting growth opportunity. Over the past ten years, six of the top ten fastest growing countries by GDP are African. This growth has been resilient, broad-based, beyond the traditional natural resource and fueled by a rising middle class. Where and can this be maintained?

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Moderator: H.E. Mr. Perry Calderwood, Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria Panelists: • H.E. Youssouf Ouedraogo, Special Advisor to the President, African Development Bank Group • Mr. Jamal Saghir, Senior Regional Advisor, Africa Region; The World Bank Group. • Mr. Bondoma Yokono Dieudonné, Directeur General de l’Économie, Ministere de L’Economie, Cameroun • Ms. Melissa Cook, Founder & Managing Director, African Sunrise Partners LLC 12:30 - 14:00

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Lunch Conference: Keynote Speaker – Ned Goodman, Sponsored by Barrick Gold • Introduction of the keynote speaker by the Hon. Don Oliver, Senator • Mr. Ned Goodman, Chairman, Dundee Corporation; and President & CEO, Goodman Merchant Capital

Ned Goodman is the founder of Dundee Corporation and one of Canada’s most successful investment counsellors. Dundee corporation is a highly regarded company in wealth management, resources, real estate and agriculture, with many projects in Africa. Among his many honours and affiliations, Mr. Goodman was recently named to the Board of Directors of Barrick Gold Corporation.


CABS PROGRAM Tuesday, September 16, 2014 14:00 - 14:15

Networking Break

14:15 - 15:30

Canadian Room FINANCE Plenary Session II: Project Financing Bridging Africa’s financing gap in infrastructure and other sectors is as much about raising additional funds as improving the performance of institutions and the efficiency of existing resources. Investors have to take advantage of already existing unprecedented opportunities.

Moderator: Mr. Malcolm Gilroy, Chief Investment Officer of Vaud Africa Investment Fund (VAIF) Panelists: • H.E. Youssouf Ouedraogo, Special Advisor to the President, African Development Bank Group • Mr. Ned Goodman, Chairman, Dundee Corporation; and President & CEO, Goodman Merchant Capital • Mr. Ibrahima Kane, Executive Director (Agro-industry and Infrastructure), FONSIS • Mr. Kenroy Dowers, Managing Director, Atlas Mara • Mr. Remigius Nwachukwu, Manager, Business Development, West Africa, AFREXIMBANK • Mr. Bertrand Millot, President & CEO, Cordiant Capital 15:30 - 15:50

Networking Break

15:50 - 17:15

FINANCE Plenary Session III: Risk Management Successfully balancing opportunities and risks has always proven a challenge. How can public and private sectors collaborate in managing legal, financial, operational, technical, institutional and human capital risks?

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Moderator: Mr. Malcolm Gilroy, Chief Investment Officer of Vaud Africa Investment Fund (VAIF) Panelists: • Mr. Martin Zablocki, President & CEO, Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) • Mr. Edoh Kossi Amenounve, CEO, Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières (BRVM) • Mr. Fitsum Arega, Director General, FDRE, Federal Investment Commission, Ethiopia • Mr Mathieu Mandeng, General Manager, Standard Chartered Bank Cameroon and President of the Banking Association APECAM 19:30 - 22:30

Networking Dinner Keynote Speaker: Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, President & CEO, Ethiopian Airlines

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 07:30 - 17:00 08:00 - 17:00

Summit is Open / B2B Center is Open / Registration EXPO is Open

08:30 - 09:00

WELCOME & DAILY AGENDA OVERVIEW: Mr. Nola Kianza, Founder & Director of Canadian Council on Africa and Mr. Jean Gauthier, President & CEO, Canadian Council on Africa

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LOOKING FORWARD Africa: The New Investment Frontier Second day welcoming session and recapitulation of financing overview. Keynote Speaker: Mr. Zemedeneh Negatu, Managing Partner, Ethiopia and Head, Transaction Advisory Services (TAS), Ernst & Young


CABS PROGRAM Wednesday, September 17, 2014 09:00 - 10:15

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ENERGY Canada’s Capability in Renewable Energy for the Sustainable development of Africa Africa’s energy demands impact on the search for and use of renewable energies. Taming energy serves national development by allowing projects to grow, creating jobs, generating income and providing environmentally sound benefits. How can the Canadian experience complement African renewable energy programs?

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INFRASTRUCTURE Logistics: From the coasts to inlands: Ports and railroads Ports are strategic for security, supply chain management and transport of goods. Transport networks using ports and railroads are integral to the supply chain and play an important role in the development of Africans regions far from but otherwise linked to ocean access.

Moderator: Ms. Anna DeNobile, Sales & Marketing Moderator: Ms. Patricia Malikail, Director General Manager: Projects, SDV Logistics (Pan Africa), Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Canada Panelists: • Mr. Aboubaker Omar Hadi, Chairman, Djibouti Panelists: Ports and Free Zones Authority • Mr. Benoit La Salle, President & CEO, Windiga • Mr. Sanjay Mittal, Principal Consultant, CPCS Energy • M. Emmanuel Etoundi Oyono, directeur général, • Mr. Peter Kieran, President & CEO, CPCS Port autonome de Doula, Cameroun • Mr. James Abiodun Olotu, Managing Director of • Mr. Econie Nijimbere, Burundi Federal Chamber Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) of Commerce and Industry • Mrs. Laura Dorling van der Oord, Advisor, Office of the Executive Director for Canada, World Bank 10:15 - 10:30

Networking Break

10:30 - 12:00

INFRASTRUCTURE Air Transportation: optimization and security Africa’s economic growth is linked to its dynamic air transport industry. It creates direct and indirect jobs, promotes flow of goods and people within and outside Africa. However, vital to its development and growth are air-safety. Can Canada’s experience be of assistance?

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INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY (ICT) Telecommunication and new technologies The world is heading towards knowledge-based economies and information-savvy societies. Africa’s sustained growth and competitiveness will require investments in new technologies and innovations applicable to daily economic activities.

Moderator: Mr. Peter Kieran, President & CEO, CPCS Moderator: Mr Lucien Bradet, former President & CEO, Canadian Council on Africa Panelists: • Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, President & CEO, Panelists: Ethiopian Airlines • Mr. David Baron, President and CEO of Cowater • Mr. Racine Mayoro, President Director, Air International Inc., Chairman of the Board for both Senegal CRC Sogema and Sogema Technologies Inc • Mr. Sameer Adam, Director, Sales, Bombardier • Mr. David Nkoto Emane, General Manager, • Mr. Pierre Tankam, General Manager, Cameroon Cameroon Telecommunications. Civil Aviation Authority • Mr. Nicolas Fortin, Business Development Manager, Emergensys 12:30 - 14:00

LUNCHEON: Keynote Speaker – Mr. Jamal Saghir Introduction of the keynote speaker by Mr. Alister Smith, Executive Director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean at The World Bank Mr. Jamal Saghir, Senior Regional Advisor, Africa Region, The World Bank Group. Continued ->


CABS PROGRAM Wednesday, September 17, 2014 12:30 - 14:00

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LUNCHEON: Keynote Speaker – Mr. Jamal Saghir Jamal Saghir is, since July 2014, Senior Regional Advisor in the Office of the Vice President of the Africa Region. He plays a key role in: fostering work across Global Practices, countries and institutions at the regional level focusing on energy, mining and extractive Industries, infrastructure, agriculture and climate changes. Vote of thanks of the Keynote Speaker by Mr. Wale Tinubu, President & CEO, OANDO Plc

14:15 - 15:30

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FINANCES PLENARY IV: Public-Private Partnership for a win-win situation Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) have emerged as a way to foster development, for both political and budgetary reasons. The limited volume of public resources available for highly needed infrastructures, combined with the need for better services are increasingly leading governments to adopt this approach. What can Canada offers? Moderator: Mr. Malcolm Gilroy, Chief Investment Officer of Vaud Africa Investment Fund (VAIF) Panelists: • Mr. Mark Romoff, President & CEO, Canadian PPP Council • Dr. Maria Luisa Abrantes, Secretary of State and CEO of the National Private Investment Agency, Angola • Mr. Zemedeneh Negatu, Managing Partner, Ethiopia and Head, Transaction Advisory Services (TAS), Ernst & Young • Mr Justin Ntsama, President, CARPA Group (Cameroon) • Mr. Beyene G Meskel, Director General, Public Enterprise Supervision and Privatization Agency, Ethiopia • Mr. Thomas Barlow, Partner, Fasken Martineau

15:30 - 15:50

Networking Break

15:50 - 17:30

NATURAL RESOURCES (Oil and Gas) Maximizing the national benefits of another extractive sector Africa sees new oil and gas producing countries emerging alongside Nigeria, Libya, Algeria, and South Sudan powerhouses. Africa will soon have Equatorial Guinea, Congo (Brazzaville), Gabon, Chad, Egypt, Tunisia, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Mauritania as new oil producing countries. Can oil “quick” money still be a driver for development?

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Moderator: Mr. McCarthy Tetrault




Panelist: • Mr. Jubril Adewale Tinubu, President & CEO, OANDO Plc • Mr. Ed Mills, President & CEO, Blaze Energy • Mr. Stephen Shefsky, President and CEO, James Bay Resources

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EDUCATION Maximizing the use and skills of the local African workforce Providing education and training services that lead to rewarding employment for Africa’s ever-growing 200 million youth population aged 15-25 challenges governments. Can models be adapted to benefit Africa’s youth? Moderator: Ms. Marie-Josée Fortin, Director International Partnerships, Colleges and Institutes Canada Panelists: • Dr. David Wheeler, President & Vice-Chancellor, Cape Breton University • Mr. Thierry Zomahoun, DG, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences • Mary Beth Denholme, Senior Training Manager from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) • Mr. Fernando dos Santos, Director General, African Regional Intellectual Property Organization • Mr. Amadou Daffe, Co-founder, Coders4Africa • Mr. Basile Kouamen, Manager, Formerly with Nestlé • Mr. André Fotso, President GICAM, Cameroon


CABS PROGRAM Thursday, September 18, 2014 07:30 - 17:00 08:00 - 17:00

Summit is Open / B2B Center is Open / Registration EXPO is Open

08:45 - 09:00

WELCOME & DAILY AGENDA OVERVIEW: Mr. Nola Kianza, Founder & Director of Canadian Council on Africa and Mr. Jean Gauthier, President & CEO, Canadian Council on Africa

09:00 - 10:30

Canadian Room LOOKING FORWARD PLENARY V: Transparency for a positive developed Africa As African democracies continue to strengthen, transparency becomes an imperative that goes beyond the traditional public financial management and budgetary processes. It covers all aspects and sectors of the economy and citizens want to have their say. How is transparency affecting the business community and economic environment? t?

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Moderator: Mr. David Baron, President and CEO of Cowater International Inc., Chairman of the Board for CRC Sogema and Sogema Technologies Inc Panelists • Hon. Kassa Tekleberhan, Speaker of the House of Federation, FDRE • Ms. Huguette Labelle, Chair of the Board of Directors, Transparency International • Mr. Jubril Adewale Tinubu, President & CEO, OANDO Plc • Mme Ondigui Agnès Solange, Ministry of Finances (Cameroon) • Mr. Mark Sitter, Director, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, Sherritt International Corporation 10:30 - 10:50

Networking break

11:00 - 12:30

AGRICULTURE Agriculture and rural development African leaders have recognized that Africa’s development depend on its agriculture. Sound management of land and water resources directly affects its development. Other measures can jumpstart African agriculture development and reduces its costs.

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Moderator: Mr. Lucien Bradet, former President & CEO, Canadian Council on Africa

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NATURAL RESOURCES Maximizing the national benefits of the extractive sector Like the oil & gas sector, mining presents strong possibilities for Africa’s economic and social growth. Local populations want this wealth to increase revenues, promote development and reduce poverty. Can governments and/or corporations ensure that exploiting natural resources benefit all? Moderator: Mr. Pierre Boivin, Partner, McCarthy Tetrault

Panelists: • Mr. Sani Dangote, Vice-President, Dangote Panelists: Group • H.E. Tolossa Shagi, Minister of Mines, Ethiopia • Mr. Horst Hueniken, Vice President, Dundee • Mr. Calixtus Gentry Fuh, Secretary of State to Agricultural Corporation. the Minister of Mines, Cameroon • Mr. Shankar Devarajan, Founder and CEO Su • Mr. Jean Vavrek, Executive Director, Canadian Mitra Inc Institute of Mines • Mr. David Fulton, Head USA and Canada • Mr. Stephen Burega, President & CEO, Rakai relations, International Finance Corporation Resources • Mr. Christophe Eken, President Chamber of • Mr. Daye Kaba, Partner, Fasken Martineau Commerce, Cameroon Telecommunications • Mr. John Ffooks, Senior Partner, JWF Legal


CABS PROGRAM Thursday, September 18, 2014 12:30 - 14:00

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LUNCHEON: Keynote Speaker – Hon. Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade Introduction of the keynote speaker by the Hon. Jean Charest, former Premier of Québec and Partner, McCarthy Tetrault Presentation by the Hon. Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, Canada

Minister Fast assumed responsibility for the Government of Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan, the most ambitious pro-trade and pro-investment plan in Canada’s history. The Plan focuses on Canada’s core strengths in priority markets through bold trade policy and vigorous trade promotion. 14:30 - 16:00

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LOOKING FORWARD Maximizing opportunities and successes for Canada-Africa relationships Africa is rising and moving forward. Canada has to get onboard, as its relations with Africa are too strong to let them wither. Are there unutilized or overlooked tools that would maximize these relations? Are there policies that would facilitate better business relations? Moderator: Mr. Benoit La Salle, Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Council on Africa Panelists: • H.E. Mme Marie-Rose Niziyimana, Minister of Trade, Industry, Posts and Tourism, Burundi • Mr. Pierre Alarie, Vice President Business Development, CCC • Mr. Todd Winterhalt, Group Vice President, International Business Development, Export Development Canada • H.E. Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana, Minister of Trade, Cameroon • Mr. Stephen Hayes, President & CEO, Corporate Council on Africa • Mr. Fernando Matos Rosa, Secretary General, EBCAM • Mr. Brian Mitchell, Executive Director, TFOCanada

16:15 - 17:00

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ENERGY Hydroelectricity in Africa: an untapped Potential With thousands of miles of untapped waterways, Africa is poised for an explosive hydropower growth. Developing this resource can bring large returns. Should we aim for small hydropower projects or the mega ones such as the INGA project on the Congo River? Moderator: Mr. David Usher, Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Panelists: • H.E. Atangana Kouna, Ministre camerounais de l’Eau et de l’Énergie • H.E. Alemayehu Tegenu, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Ethiopia • Mr. Mark Mandzik, Managing Director of Manitoba Hydro International • Mr. Hakan Gunay, Principal Consultant, CPCS • Mr. François Vézina, Vice President, Hydrosys

CLOSING SESSION Introduction of the keynote speaker by Mr. Pierre Boivin, Partner, McCarthy Tetrault

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Closing remarks • The Hon. Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie (TBC) Closing statement by CCAfrica • Mr. Benoit La Salle, Chairman of the Board of Canadian Council on Africa


SPEAKERS Maria LuĂ­sa Abrantes Secretary of State & CEO, National Private Investment Agency

Dr. Maria Luisa Abrantes Secretary of State and CEO of the National Private Investment Agency, Angola

Sameer Adam Sales Director-Africa Sales, Bombardier Mr. Sameer Adam, a dynamic and results-driven professional with more than 10 years of progressive experience in sales, marketing and operations, he has a proven track record of solutions-driven successes in a globalized environment and has demonstrated a wide breadth of experience and professional development. Strong communication, interpersonal and leadership skills are complemented by his creative problem solving and management experience. He has international experience in Africa, Europe, Russia & CIS and Middle East navigating regulatory, governmental and financial challenges and also has demonstrated a strategic approach to market development Since June 2014, he is responsible for commercial aircraft sales in Sub-Saharan Africa. This role requires a strategic approach to new business development through partnerships and segmentation based on dynamic market levers within the industry. He is utilizing previous experiences and successes with a strong relationship base to develop new opportunities and broaden the scope of existing relationships.


Pierre Alarie Vice-President Business Development & Sales, Canadain Commercial Corporation (CCC) Mr. Pierre Pierre Alarie joined CCC in November 2009 as Vice-President, Business Development and Sales. With almost 30 years of international business development experience, Mr. Alarie spent 17 years as an expatriate promoting and supporting Canadian exporters abroad. As a Trade Commissioner, he was posted in Lagos, Nigeria and Santiago, Chile. His 20 years in the private sector were spent mostly overseas contributing to the international successes of several Canadian companies such as Bombardier, SNC-Lavalin and Scotiabank. Mr. Alarie is fully trilingual in French, English and Spanish.



President & CEO, Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières (BRVM) Mr. Edoh Kossi AMENOUNVE holds a PhD in Administration and Finance from Laval University in Canada (1995) after an MBA (1992). Before taking office as CEO of the Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières (BRVM) and the Central Depository/ Settlement Bank (DC/BR) in October 2012, Mr. Edoh Kossi AMENOUNVE was from September 2003 to September 2012 Secretary General of the Regional Council for Savings and Financial Markets (CREPMF), the financial market regulation authority of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU). Before that, he was CEO of SGI-TOGO, a Brokerage Company of Togo operating in the regional financial market, from 1997 to 2003 and President of the Professional Association of Brokerage Houses of WAEMU (APSGI) from 2000 to 2001. He also created OPTI ASSET Management, a managing company of Undertaking for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) and three mutual funds (FCP). From 1997 to 2000, he worked toward the installation of the Regional Stock Exchange (BRVM) and the Central Depository / Settlement Bank (DC / BR) as Assistant to the Chairman of the Board and Secretary of the Technical Monitoring Committee. Mr. Edoh Kossi AMENOUNVE led during his position as Secretary General of the CREPMF major financial market reforms namely the review of basic texts, reform guarantees and the introduction of notation, the development of the mortgage market and securitization, harmonization of taxation of securities in the WAEMU and the introduction of tax incentives, review of market pricing.

Fitsum Arega Director, Investment Agency, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia


Thomas Barlow Partner, Fasken Martineau Mr. Tom Barlow is director of Fasken Martineau’s national infrastructure and publicprivate partnerships group and municipal law practice and is a founding member of the firm’s government relations and ethics practice group. He is Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been cited as “highly recommended” for infrastructure-related projects in a survey of UK lawyers conducted by a UK legal periodical. Tom has acted and provided advice on a number of significant alternative financing and alternative service delivery projects in various sectors. Tom’s practice also involves regular presentations before local and regional Councils, liaison and negotiations with municipal and agency staff and community representatives, municipal and planning law opinions, applications, approvals and by-law interpretation, and representation on behalf of clients before the Ontario Municipal Board, other administrative boards and tribunals and in the courts. Tom has assisted clients on matters in each region of the Greater Toronto Area and in many municipalities throughout Ontario. Tom’s practice combines a strong counsel background in business, commercial and administrative law matters with a sensitivity to political and policy considerations and specialized experience in his area of practice.

David Baron, President & CEO, Cowater Mr. Baron is President and CEO of Cowater International Inc., Chairman of the Board for both CRC Sogema and Sogema Technologies Inc. and Board Member for Canadian Council on Africa. With Cowater, Mr. Baron leads the senior management team and has overall responsibility for the strategic direction of the company, as well as leading strategic alliance and partnership opportunities globally. He provides oversight to business development with particular attention to leading emerging business and areas of growth in new markets. Prior to joining Cowater Mr. Baron was with Export Development Canada where he gained wide-ranging experience in project management and leadership. Mr. Baron has deep experience in guiding teams in both the government and private sector environments and has worked extensively in collaboration with many internationally recognized institutions, financial partners and legal firms. He is a dynamic entrepreneur, strategist and leader whom has led Cowater to become the Canadian leader in management consulting for emerging economies. Mr. Baron has extensive work experience in Asia, Central and South America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East; he graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor degree in Social Science (political science and economics) and subsequently from Australia’s Sydney University Graduate School of Business, where he obtained a Masters’ degree in International Business Administration.


Lucien Bradet Former President & CEO, Canadian Council on Africa Mr. Lucien Bradet is the Former and first President and CEO of the Canadian Council on Africa (CCAfrica) 2004-2013. The primary mission of CCAfrica, created in 2002 following the Kananaskis G8 Summit in Alberta, is to promote institutional relations between Canada and Africa to further Africa’s economic development. Appointed to CCAfrica in early 2004, Lucien Bradetjoined this association with an extensive experience in Africa. First, he did his university studies in Sociology and Anthropology at the Université nationale du Rwanda, established during the 1960s with the assistance of the Canadian government. After graduating from the University of Ottawa, he joined the Department ofForeign Affairs, and subsequently held numerous management positions at Information Canada, the Department of Regional Economic Expansion, and Industry Canada, where the Sustainable Cities Initiative was developed and implemented. This Initiative has been initiated in 16 cities on three continents, including four large African cities: Algiers, Durban, Dakar and Dar Es Salaam. In thelast 9 years, he has lead more than 20 missions to more than 20 African countries,(including Tanzania, Kenya, Senégal, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda) help major a number of major conference in Canada on the Economic development of Africa and assisted many countries to dialogue with Canadians. In addition to his professional career, Lucien Bradet has always been dedicated to the community. He worked as an elected official in the education sector as a school trustee for over 16 years, on three boards in the health sector, and in the area of culture as Chairman of the Board for Nouvelle scène, a cultural organization bringing together four professionaltheatre groups. He is also the Chairman of the Radio Communautaire francophone d’Ottawa. His contribution has been recognized on several occasions: among other things, he was made an Officer of the Ordre de la Pléiade in recognition of his outstanding contribution to La Francophonie and in 2009 was name Person of the Year for its contribution to the francophone community.

Pierre Boivin Partner, McCarthy Tetrault Mr. Pierre Boivin is a partner in our Business Law Group. His practice is broadly based, with a focus on the areas of mergers and acquisitions, private equity and related commercial matters, and the planning and negotiation of business transactions. The following are only a few examples of matters handled by Mr. Boivin: > Counsel for several clients who are conducting oil and gas exploration activities in the Province of Québec, as well as counsel to the Québec Oil and Gas Association; > Counsel for International Iron Beneficiation Group, a subsidiary of Severstal OAO, a Russian integrated steel and mining company, with regard to a major iron making project in the Sept-Iles region; > Counsel for several clients involved in the mining industry including SOQUEM Inc., a subsidiary of the Société Générale de Financement (SGF), which operates in the mining sector, including in the implementation of joint ventures; > Counsel for Gaz Métropolitain Inc., principal distributor of natural gas in the Province of Québec, in the implementation of a $1-billion LNG receiving terminal project in Lévis, in partnership with Enbridge Inc. and Gaz de France within the Rabaska Partnership; > Counsel for ABB Inc., including with regard to business acquisitions.

He is a member of the International Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources section of the Canadian Bar Association, the Longitude Pipeline Association, the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen. He appears in the Best Lawyers in Canada Directory as a leading lawyer in the area of Energy Regulatory Law and in the 2014 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading lawyer in the mining sector.He also acted as Managing Partner of the Québec City office for several years. Mr. Boivin has given lectures in the fields of mining and oil and gas, is national co-leader of the Africa Initiative of the firm and is a member of the Board of Directors of CCAfrica.


Stephen Burega President & CEO, Rakai Resources Mr. Stephen Burega worked in the communications and government relations arenas for more than 12 years with experience spanning both national and international projects in the analysis and development of communications policy/practices in the private and public sectors. Over the past 8 years, he has been intimately involved in the launch and management of a number of natural resource companies with a primary focus in the African marketplace. Mr. Burega is the Founder and CEO of Rakai Resources Ltd., a Ugandan-based mining exploration company which focuses on developing innovative exploration and development models in partnership with Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) communities of Karamoja, in Northern Uganda. While his focus remains on the development of a successful and profitable exploration company, Mr. Burega founded Rakai as an innovative joint-venture partnership with the Salama Shield Foundation (NGO) to engage with the indigenous communities affected by the operations of his company and strengthen the working relationship in the region at large. Mr. Burega has looked for ways to actively push the limits of how the exploration model can include proactive development and engagement methods from the outset of the operations.

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Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Canada Mr. Perry Calderwood (BA Honours [Soviet and East European Studies], Carleton University, 1983; MA [International Affairs], Carleton University, 1986; ARCT, Royal Conservatory of Music of the University of Toronto) joined the Department of External Affairs in 1986. In Ottawa, Mr. Calderwood has held assignments as a desk officer covering South America relations and UN nuclear affairs. Later, he served as deputy director of the UN and Commonwealth Affairs Division and as director of the Eastern and Southern Africa Division. He was also the deputy to the prime minister’s personal representative for Africa. Abroad, Mr. Calderwood has served in New York City, Bogotá, Moscow, Buenos Aires and Pretoria. He also served as ambassador to Venezuela from 2007 to 2010. Most recently, Mr. Calderwood was ambassador to Senegal, with concurrent accreditation to Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea and the Gambia. Mr. Calderwood replaces Chris Cooter.


Jean Charest Former Premier of Quebec Partner, McCarthy Tetrault Mr. Jean Charest is a Partner in the Montréal office. He provides invaluable expertise to the firm’s clients with his in-depth knowledge and experience with public policy, corporate Canada and international matters. As a strategic advisor with a unique perspective, he supports our clients on complex transactions, projects and international mandates, as they navigate the global business environment. With a public service career spanning almost 30 years, Jean Charest is one of Canada’s best known political figures. Mr. Charest was first elected to the House of Commons in 1984 and, at age 28, became Canada’s youngest cabinet minister as Minister of State for Youth. In 1991, he was named Minister of the Environment and, a year later, he led Canada’s delegation at the 1992 Earth Summit on the economy and the environment in Rio. At the summit he was praised for his leadership role among G7 countries on climate change and biodiversity. Under his leadership, Québec experienced a sustained period of economic prosperity with stronger economic growth from 2008 to 2012 than the US, Europe, Canada and Ontario, despite a global financial and economic crisis. His government implemented a major infrastructure investment program. The Charest government has been a world leader on the environment and climate change, having brought forward the first carbon levy in North America with the implementation of its climate change policy. Mr. Charest has been a lecturer on political science at Concordia University, and he remains active in public policy and community activities. He obtained his law degree from the University of Sherbrooke in 1980 and was admitted to the Québec bar in 1981.

Melissa Cook Founder & Managing Director, African Sunrise Partners LLC Mr. Melissa Cook, CFA is the Founder and Managing Director of African Sunrise Partners LLC. ASP’s research, advisory, and matchmaking services help institutional investors and corporate executives save time and money as they invest in subSaharan Africa. Ms. Cook visits Africa regularly to meet with a wide variety of business leaders and decision-makers. ASP’s reports are based on primary, firsthand research. ASP’s research looks at global trends—particularly the partnerships that are evolving between African countries and major investing partners. Ms. Cook has 25 years of global research experience—including a front-row seat watching the emergence of new economies in Eastern Europe and China. She covered entertainment, broadcasting, housing, capital goods, and con-sumer companies as an equity analyst at Drexel Burnham, Prudential Securi-ties and CLSA/Crédit Agricole. At CLSA, Ms. Cook was the Head of AsiaUSA Strategy, where she analyzed the impact of China’s rise on multinational companies and global markets, as well as China’s strategy for developing new markets. She was Head of Global Research at Lazard Asset Management. Ms. Cook has an A.B. degree in History from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University. She is a CFA charterholder and holds FINRA Series 7, 16, 24, 63, 86, and 87 licenses.


Amadou Daffe CEO & Co-Founder, Coders4Africa Inc. Mr. Amadou Daffe is the CEO and Co-Founder of Coders4Africa Inc. Amadou is originally from Senegal, but educated in the USA. He holds a BS in Computer Science and a MS in Information Systems. Besides heading CODERS4AFRICA, Amadou is also a Software Architect with a decade of software engineering and enterprise application development experience, as well as extensive experience in the financial, retail, software and legal industries. Amadou has a deep understanding of the culture and needs of the African IT professionals he serves. CODERS4AFRICA is a full-service one stop shop software development and consulting company that provides high quality cross-platform software development, web & mobile app solutions to clients across the globe. The company is positioning itself to become the premier software outsourcing service company in Africa. Coders4Africa is the powerhouse guiding African developers towards their own betterment in promoting creativity while providing a lending hand in becoming the brainpower for the future IT global-outsourcing, software, web & mobile development.�

Alhaji Sani Dangote Vice President, Dangote Group of Companies Mr. Alhaji Sani Dangote is the Group Vice President and a co-founder of the Dangote Group of Industries with Alhaji Aliko Dangote. He is an established businessman with investments in key sectors of the economy including manufacturing, agriculture, banking and oil services. He also sits on the Board of several other companies including Dangote Cement, Dangote Sugar, Dangote Agro Sacks, Dangote Refinery, Petrochemical and Fertiliser company and many more. He is also the Chairman of Dansa Holdings, a subsidiary of the Dangote Group, with a number of Strategic Business Units in key sectors of the economy: Agriculture, Oil and Gas, Food and Beverage e.t.c. Some of this company includes Dansa Foods Limited, Borkir International Limited, Dansa Energy, Sagas Energy Limited, Bulk Pack Services Limited, Dansa Agro Allied Limited, Dangote Farms Limited to mention a few. Alhaji Sani Dangote is a member of the Alumni of the Harvard Business School, USA. He is a pioneer member of Nigerian Agri-business Forum driving the Federal Government’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda. In recognition of his sterling leadership qualities, he was recently appointed as the Consul-General of the Romanian Embassy in Nigeria. He is a member of several Chambers of Commerce, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Shipping of Nigeria. He is the Vice President of the Dangote Foundation.


Anna DeNobile Sales & Marketing Manager: Projects, SDV Logistics

Mary Beth Denholme Senior Training Manager, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) Friendly, organized and detail-oriented, Mary Beth brings more than seven years’ experience in various roles to her international business development position at SAIT. She works closely with our international energy-sector clients to ensure the delivery of innovative training solutions that meet industry’s safety and compliance requirements. Mary Beth is a great networker, building strategic alliances and relationships in the global energy sector with the goal of sharing best practices and new ideas for workforce development. Learn more about Mary Beth. Ask her about SAIT’s operator and power engineering training solutions for your international operations.

Shankar Devarajan Founder & CEO, SuMitra Inc. Mr. Shankar Devarajan is an innovative and entrepreneurial executive with 25+ years global experience in Strategy, Startups, Business Development, and International Management. He possesses significant startup and operational experience in the verticals such as agribusiness, aviation, mining, telecom & technology. Shankar is a global citizen who has lived, worked and studied in Canada, USA, India, Sri Lanka, France, Japan and a several West African nations. This diverse and unique experience has enriched and shaped his global perspective and people management skills. Shankar’s educational qualification includes an MBA in International Management from Temple University, USA. Shankar recently setup an agribusiness venture for an Indian company, where in he negotiated an obtained 50,000 HA of land in Guinea. He then setup and operationalized a 10,000 HA rice farm.


Marie Rose Dibong Secretary of State with the Minister of Housing and Urban development in charge of housing, Cameroon Ms Dibong born Biyong Marie Rose has been promoted as Secretary of State with the Minister of Habitat and of Urban development, in charged of the habitat, December 9th, 2011 in Cameroon.

Laura Dorling van der Oord Advisor, Office of the Executive Director for Canada, Ireland, & the Caribbean, The World Bank Group Mrs. Laura Dorling van der Oord joined the Office of the Executive Director for Canada, Ireland, and the Caribbean at the World Bank Group in July 2012. In her role as Advisor, she maintains Board responsibilities in addition to advising and supporting private and public sector clients in the pursuit and delivery of World Bank Group financed projects and related opportunities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. She also works closely with the International Finance Corporation and Canadian partners to promote increased investment in developing countries. Between 2008-2012, she worked to advance global disaster risk management and fulfilled roles within the World Bank as a Senior Disaster Risk Specialist and Senior Governance Specialist. She designed and delivered the World Bank’s internal training on emergency projects and worked with Sector Managers and operational teams to develop business plans and country strategies in priority sectors in the Latin America and Caribbean region. She was also a member of the World Bank’s post-earthquake disaster response team in Haiti in 2010. During 2004-2008, she represented Canada as a Senior Counsellor on the Inter-American Development Bank’s Board of Executive Directors. In this capacity, she actively contributed to policy development and management of Bank programming and operations. She also provided strategic advice and assistance to organizations and individuals with interests in region. Prior to that, she worked as a diplomat with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade as a Team Leader in the International Financing Division and previously with the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade as an Export Consultant. Having lived and worked in Canada, the United States, France, Mexico and Costa Rica, she has a strong understanding of international business and global opportunities. Mrs. Dorling van der Oord has completed a Bachelor of Commerce, Specialization in International Management and Marketing (University of Ottawa), business courses at the École Supérieure de Commerce in France, and a Master degree in Electronic Commerce in Mexico (TEC de Monterrey). She has also achieved her professional designations as a Certified Sustainability Practitioner and Certified International Trade Professional.


Fernando Dos Santos Director General, African Regional Intellectual Property Organization Mr. Fernando Dos Santos is a national of Mozambique. Hold a Masters Degree on Intellectual Property from the University of London. Degree in Law by the University of Trento in Italy. Also hold specialisation courses on Intellectual Property jointly organised by the University of Turin (Italy), University of South Africa (UNISA) and The World Intellectual Property Organisation. Attained a specialisation course on International Trade Law from the University Institute of European Studies in Turin (Italy). He was the first Director General of the Mozambican Industrial Property Office. He was elected Director General of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization – ARIPO and took office in January 2013.

Kenroy Dowers Managing Director, Corporate M&A & Development Group, Atlas Mara Mr. Kenroy Dowers a senior member of the Corporate M&A and Development Group of Atlas Mara. Atlas Mara is a LSE listed Africa dedicated banking platform focused on operating and managing commercial banks in Africa. Prior to Atlas Mara, Kenroy Headed the IFC’s Non-Banking Financial Institutions and Capital markets Group in FIG, where he led transactions in capital markets, structured finance, insurance and agrifinance. He also spearheaded the IFC’s expansion into housing finance, distressed assets and insurance, and managed the IFC’s global client relationships with banks like Citibank, Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan. He was also a member of the FIG Global Executive Committee. IFC is the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. Kenroy has also held senior positions, leading transactions in capital markets at the Inter-American Development Bank, where he focused on Latin American and the Caribbean, and Freddie Mac. Kenroy, a Fulbright Scholar holds a PhD and MBA in Finance from the State University of New York and an undergrad in Management and Accounting from the University of the West Indies. He has also written extensively on capital markets, pension funds, and development.


Christophe Eken Chairman of the consular chamber, Cameroon chamber of commerce, industry, mines and craft In 2012, the Chief of Staff of Cameroon, His Excellency Paul Biya, placed the Honourable Christophe Eken at the head of the Chamber of Commerce, the Industry, the Mines and of Craft of Cameroon. Since the beginning of his mandate, the Honourable Christophe Eken had supported the build-up of the Center of Pilote Incubation, the Center for licensed Management, Center of the Reinforcement of Resources of the Award of Subcontracting and Partnership. With his ambition, his determination and his love for his work, we may clearly expect to see even more positive results for economic development in Cameroon.

David Nkoto Emane General Manager, Cameroon Telecommunications. Since his arrival at the head of the company in 2005, the DG of the historic operator of Cameroon Telecommunications of Camtel had significantly increased the staff of the firm in which women without professional qualifications would be the most predominate.

Hon. Ed Fast

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Minister of International Trade, Canada Ed Fast was first elected to the House of Commons in 2006 and re-elected in 2008 and 2011. In July 2013, Mr. Fast’s title became Minister of International Trade. Previously, he was appointed Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia Pacific Gateway in May 2011. Prior to his appointment to the Ministry, he served as a member of the standing committees on Canadian Heritage and on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. Mr. Fast’s Private Member’s Bill C-277 to amend the Criminal Code to increase the maximum sentence for luring children over the Internet for sexual purposes from 5 to 10 years in prison received Royal Assent in 2007 and became the law of Canada. In 1985, Mr. Fast was elected to the Abbotsford School Board and served two terms. In 1996, he was elected to Abbotsford City Council where he served for nine years. During that time, he served as deputy mayor and chair of the Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission. After graduating from law school at the University of British Columbia in 1982, he started his own law firm, Linley Welwood. Mr. Fast and his wife, Annette, have lived in Abbotsford for over 29 years and have four daughters.


John Ffooks Partner, John W Ffooks & Co Mr. John Ffooks graduated from the University of Cambridge in the UK and is a qualified Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. He qualified with the leading international firm Clifford Chance and was an Associate at major US firm LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae (subsequently Dewey LeBoeuf). As a lawyer, he has particular experience in infrastructure, utility and natural resource investments in the developing world and the financial structures associated with them. John lived and worked as a lawyer in Madagascar for almost ten years from 2001, and has travelled and worked extensively across Francophone Africa. He is familiar with the specific legal and business cultures across Francophone Africa (including OHADA countries). John has extensive experience of French-based legal systems as well as the ability to communicate any issues arising simply and clearly to English speaking clients. He speaks and writes fluent French.John has handled finance transactions in excess of US$6bn in relation to natural resource and project finance projects, with all the requisite due diligence such complex transactions require. John also acts for exchange listed companies in London, Toronto, New York and Australia and has considerable experience helping take companies to market. He has also been involved in acquisitions and disposals of assets in natural resources and telecommunications fields. Previous highlights include advising the Ambatovy Nickel Project on its US$46bn nickel/cobalt mining and processing project which recently reached financial close on US$2.2bn of debt finance where he was also responsible for obtaining a significant number of local permits and authorisations. As part of his natural resources experience, John has particular experience in Real Estate matters. He has handled the acquisition, registration and mortgaging to lenders of over 100 long-term leases; he has conducted due diligence over massive areas which were poorly documented and with considerable title issues. He is familiar with many of the difficulties surrounding land title in Francophone Africa (both “legal” and “socio-environmental”) and has a proven track record of successfully documenting large and difficult real estate transactions.

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Acting Assistant Deputy Minister, Africa Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs, Commerce and Development Ms. Lise Filiatrault was appointed as acting Assistant Deputy Minister for Africa on November 4, 2013, responsible for political relations, trade and development programs and operations in all countries of Sub-Saharan Africa. Between May 2010 and October 2013, she was Regional Director General for the Americas, with responsibilities for the Canadian international development programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to taking this position, she served as acting Regional Director General for the Europe, Middle East and Maghreb Directorate for almost a year. She was Director General for the Europe Division from April 2008 to June 2009 and managed the Russia, Ukraine, Balkans and Europe Regional Programs. From September 2005 to March 2008, she held the position of Director, Middle East Division, which included responsibilities for Lebanon, Jordan, West Bank and Gaza, UNRWA (The United Nations Relief and Works Agency in the Near East) and Palestinian refugees. Ms Filiatrault was posted as Head of the Cooperation Program in Cuba (2002-2005) and in Chile (1996-2000) where she was also responsible for programs in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. She also served at the Canadian High Commission in Guyana from 1992 to 1994. Ms Filiatrault held various positions in CIDA’s Americas Branch in the Caribbean Division, the South America Division and as a senior analyst in the Strategic Planning Division. Prior to joining CIDA in 1990, Ms Filiatrault worked for two Canadian NGOs where the focus of her work was West Africa. She studied at Ottawa University (Graduate Studies Diploma in International Development and Cooperation) and at Université du Québec à Montréal (Bachelor in Biology / Ecology).


Marie-Josée Fortin Director, ​Colleges and Institutes Canada Ms. Marie-Josée Fortin has a background in education from the University of Quebec in Montreal. She was appointed ambassador in 2009 from the University of Quebec at Montreal, a distinction that earned her his outstanding career, her contribution to the education sector in its sphere of business and its impact at national and international activities. Mrs Marie-Josée Fortin is currently the Director of International Partnerships at the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC). The ACCC is the national association and the voice of 132 public colleges, colleges and institutes of technology in Canada that jointly supports nearly 1.5 million students per year in more than 3,000 communities across Canada. Ms. Fortin has 26 years of experience in the education sector in Canada, including 15 in the ACCC. She has always been very active in both the professional and voluntary plans to ensure accessibility to education and reduce the dropout rate to both national and international levels. She currently serves on the executive committee of the two organizations: the Canadian Council on Africa and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. She manages the pan-Canadian center UNESCO-UNEVOC besides having been elected by her peers as a leader of the UNESCO-UNEVOC centers in North America. As part of her duties as a leader, she developed a visibility strategy for what is done in North America.

Nicolas Fortin Director of Business Development, Emergensys Mr. Mr. Nicholas Fortin is Director of Business Development at Emergensys, with a rich and varied academic and professional background. He has many years of work experience in International Trade and Management and can speak five languages. He completed his studies in International Relations in the early 2000s and began his career in the energy sector with robust engagements in Chile and Argentina. He then founded his own company specializing in retail spare parts for power plants in Latin America.After receiving his MBA in International Management, Mr. Fortin decided to enter the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) field with a particular focus on emerging markets. This decision led him to Emergensys, where he has worked since 2013, managing the company’s Business Development and Corporate affairs. By making emerging markets the focus of his company, he has expanded its markets to Latin America and Africa, with currently active projects in Ivory Coast.

André Fotso President, GICAM Cameroon


David Fulton Head USA & Canada Relations, International Finance Corporation (IFC) Mr. David Fulton serves as Head of the USA and Canada unit at the International Finance Corporation, where he leads a program to broaden and deepen IFC relations with the U.S. and Canada. IFC is the world’s largest development finance institution focused on emerging and frontier markets. The IFC finances client firms directly and through intermediaries such as banks, leasing companies, and private equity funds. Prior to this position, Mr. Fulton served as a career U.S. diplomat with the rank of Minister Counselor. He has more than twenty years experience supporting trade and investment interests abroad, including assignments at the U.S. Embassies in Bangladesh, Australia, Italy, Singapore, Poland, and the Philippines. He also served in Washington as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Operations and Director of Strategic Planning for the Foreign Commercial Service, and as Advisor to the U.S. Executive Director at the World Bank Group. Mr. Fulton has a law degree from the College of William and Mary, and a Master’s degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.

Jean Gauthier President & CEO, Canadian Council on Africa Mr. Jean Gauthier is, since November 2013, the President & CEO of the Canadian Council on Africa. He retired at the end of August 2012 from Canada’s Foreign Service with more than 35 years of experience, including overseas assignments in Africa and the Middle East. In August 2014, Mr. Gauthier was appointed a Director of James Bay Resources Limited. From September 2009 to August 2012, Mr. Gauthier served as the first Deputy High Commissioner of Canada to Nigeria with responsibilities for the Deputy High Commission of Canada in Lagos and as Senior Regional Trade Commissioner for Nigeria and Central Africa. From May 2006 to August 2009, Mr. Gauthier was Deputy Director for the African Great Lakes Region, Central Africa and Nigeria with the now Department of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Development where he had special responsibilities for coordinating Canada’s bilateral relations with Nigeria. This was in addition to the responsibilities he took on in 2003 as Deputy to Canada’s Special Envoy and Ambassador for the African Great Lakes Region. Mr. Gauthier has also have overseas assignments in Egypt, Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Yemen where political developments, trade relations, and oil policies were his daily focus. He received in June 2005, a Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers award in recognition of the dedication and commitment that characterized his long and successful career in the Foreign Service.


Tewolde Gebremariam CEO, Ethiopian Airlines Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam began his career at Ethiopian Airlines in 1985. He served in different capacities in the cargo traffic handling department and progressed through the ladder to Manager Cargo Traffic Handling. He was appointed as Regional Director for India and South East Asia base in Bombay and later on transferred to Jeddah as Area Manager for Saudi Arabia. When Ethiopian Airlines commenced direct services to the USA, he was appointed as Area Sales Manager for North East USA and Canada based in New York. On August 16, 2004 Mr. Tewolde was appointed as Executive Officer Marketing and Sales to head the Marketing and Sales Operations of Ethiopian Airlines. On July 1, 2006 he was appointed as Chief Operating Officer to head all the operating divisions of the airline namely Commercial, Flight Operations, Customer Services and Maintenance and Engineering. For the last four years he successfully steered the operations of the airline towards an unprecedented and profitable growth. Mr. Tewolde has earned a B.A. degree in Economics from the Addis Ababa University and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Open University in the United Kingdom.

Calixtus Gentry Secretary of State of the Ministry of Industries, Mines & Technological Development, Cameroon Mr. Calixtus Gentry is the Secretary of State of the Ministry of Industries, Mines and Technological Development, Cameroon. Born in 1963 in Cameroon, Fuh Calistus Gentry is Secretary of state of the Ministry of Industries, Mines and Technological Development in Cameroon since 2007. Director General of Saitek Genie, a public works company from 1999 to 2007, he was also lecturer at University of Buea in Cameroon and Consultant at Cluff Ressources in London. In 2004, he led two departmental teams of the presidential campaign.



Malcolm Gilroy Chief Investment Officer, Vaud Africa Investment Fund (VAIF) Mr. Malcolm Gilroy is Chief Investment Officer of The Vaud Africa Investment Fund, a private equity fund based in Washington DC which embraces private investment throughout Africa. Investments are sought in infrastructure, power, healthcare, education and agriculture value chains. Mr. Gilroy recently returned from Nigeria where he lived for eight years. Initially he was sent to Nigeria as a Technical Advisor to the World Bank Group, mandated to review the financial landscape of the country and to advise the Nigerian Government on ways to rejuvenate their dormant bond market. After the successful conclusion of this project Malcolm returned to Nigeria to participate in the development of Nigeria’s financial markets, as the Deputy Managing Director of UBA Global Markets (a wholly owned subsidiary of The United Bank for Africa). In this position he was Head of Global Sales & Trading and later charged with managing the Investment Management cluster of companies which included a stockbroker; asset management company and an insurance broker. During his eight year stint in Nigeria he was retained as a consultant by many diverse institutions including the Central Bank of Nigeria and the SEC. He is a member of the Board of CDCSL Funds in Lagos, Nigeria. Prior to going to Nigeria, Malcolm had had an extensive career as a trading manager for some of the largest banks in the world. He was an Executive Director & Treasurer for First National Bank of Chicago (Canada) and was the Senior Vice President and Treasurer for UBS, Canada where he chaired the Pension Plan, before moving to the asset management side of the street, with Laketon Investment Management. At Laketon he was Head of Global Fixed Income and sat on the Asset Mix Committee.

Ned Goodman Chairman, Dundee Corporation President & CEO, Goodman Merchant Capital Mr. Ned Goodman brings a unique perspective that is based on his experience, his successful investment approach and his wide-ranging interests in world history and economic trends. Widely recognized as one of Canada’s most successful investment counsellors, he has spent a career buying companies for the long-term growth he seeks to achieve on behalf of investors. He is a man with a fervent belief in independent thinking and with the courage to take decisive action in seeking investment opportunities wherever they exist in the world. He has a strong moral compass that has seen him give generously of his time and energies as well as financially over the years to those organizations and causes he supports. Ned strongly believes in education and has supported programs in investment and executive education as well as in mining. He continues his own learning by reading extensively.


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Merchant Banking Services Goodman Merchant Capital undertakes classical merchant banking and private equity opportunities, and has been one of the largest providers of private equity capital to the mining, agriculture and resource sector. We direct investments primarily to hard asset businesses where we can create significant increased value from as early as start up. We are long term strategic partners and advisors to both private and public companies. We offer our strongest assets to all our investee companies – our long term capital commitment, four decades of management expertise and international contacts to assist them with their on-going business objectives. In the true sense of merchant banking, we get involved in the companies we advise, often partnering with management to help achieve business mandates or structural re-organization. We take a carefully considered mentoring approach that nurtures our partners. Through our wealth of experience, Goodman Merchant Capital significantly contributes to our partners’ growth and to the ultimate realization of value. When our merchant banking clients are ready to seek additional development capital, Goodman Merchant Capital and our affiliates provide expertise in accessing the capital markets, including all types of debt and equity financing available. We can assist with the IPO process on stock exchanges worldwide and offer connections with banking establishments across the globe. Goodman Merchant Capital looks for the following criteria: • A highly committed management team; • Demonstrated competitive advantage in a given field; • Unique technologies; Goodman Merchant Capital provides numerous merchant banking services to its clients. Whether a company needs to raise funds, seek corporate management advice or undergo corporate restructuring, we have the ability and knowledge to assist and advise, as well as provide access to our capital market and investment banking affiliates in Canada and internationally who specialize in public financings, mergers and acquisitions. We bring a great deal of international experience and contacts to our clients and generally only agree to partner with those companies we will be able to bring to fruition.

Our merchant banking partnerships are focused in our areas of expertise, agriculture, real estate and natural resources.

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Hakan Gunay Principal Consultant, CPCS Mr. Gunay is a Principal Consultant with CPCS, of which CDIL is a subsidiary. He has extensive international experience in the fields of project finance and private equity. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Gunay has gained a deep understanding of financial modeling, business valuation, investment appraisal, contract drafting, review and negotiation, due diligence and different modes of privatization (i.e. BuildOperate-Transfer, Build-Own-Operate, Transfer of Operating Rights, Public Private Partnerships) in the infrastructure sector. Mr. Gunay worked in Turkey, Belgium, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates before joining CPCS in Canada. Mr. Gunay holds an MBA from Cass Business School, City University, UK.

Aboubaker Omar Hadi Chairman, Djibouti Ports & Free Zones Authority The chairman of Djibouti Ports & Free Zone Authority, Mr. Aboubaker Omar Hadi, holds a MSc on Ports and Shipping Management, from WMU, Malmo, Sweden, and BSc on Ports and Multimodal Transports Management, from Le Conservation National des arts et Metiers, Le Havre, France. Mr. Aboubaker Omar Hadi has 35 years experiences in ports, transports and logistics. Mr. Hadi was appointed Chairman of Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority on 26th June, 2011, and has turned in three years, Djibouti to become the fastest growing logistics hub in Africa. Mr. Hadi was the Managing Director of Ports & Cargo, Tincan Island, Lagos Port, from July 2008 to June 2011, before the Republic of Djibouti gave him the responsibility of running Djibouti Ports & Free Zone Authority. At the time, the Port Authority had very little investment program, but today has over $8 billion investments projects, related on maritime infrastructures, railways and highways: with 79% finance secured. The construction works of four new ports is undergoing, and the constructions of two additional ports (a LNG and a Crude Oil) will start on the first quarter of 2015. With the building of seven new sea ports, a ship repair yard, two new airports, and other transport infrastructures, Djibouti will end up having a total of 9 seaports and three airports, in the next three years: which is unprecedented for a developing country located in Africa.


Stephen Hayes President & CEO, Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) Mr. Stephen Hayes is president and CEO of The Corporate Council on Africa. In his 13-year tenure as president, he has led CCA to become fully engaged in the most political and economic issues affecting commerce between the U.S. and Africa. These complex issues range from intricate trade legislation and small business development to workplace AIDS concerns. He promotes CCA’s mandate “to increase and support U.S.-Africa economic engagement,” while creating an organization that recognizes a “one world” concept through ongoing international forums. For his work at CCA, Hayes was awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce its highest award in 2008, The Ron Brown Award for International Leadership. The international leadership qualifications of Hayes are lifelong, beginning with a 1968 volunteer stint in a Middle East refugee camp. Before coming to CCA, he was engaged in the international non-profit sector, including key positions in some of the world’s largest international non-profit organizations, including the World Alliance of YMCAs in Geneva, Switzerland, and the world’s largest student exchange organization, AFS International. Hayes founded in 1985 the American Center for International Leadership, which was funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation, Ford Foundation and others. A tireless advocate of U.S.-Africa trade, he has assembled a stellar multi-cultural, multinational staff at CCA. Hayes has traveled to more than 120 nations, underscoring his innate respect for peoples and cultures around the world. He has received other numerous awards for his international work and leadership ability. In 2008, the Africa Chamber of Commerce of the U.S. honored Hayes with its award for outstanding contribution to U.S.-Africa relations, following then U.S. Sen. Barack Obama as the previous recipient. In 2004, the Transnet Foundation, South Africa’s largest foundation, chaired by Bishop Tutu, presented him the coveted Phelophepa Humanitarian Award for his organization’s contributions to economic development in South Africa. Hayes was a principal founder of the Infant Formula Campaign, often popularly known as the “Nestle’s Boycott” the only successful global citizens’ campaign.

Horst Hueniken Vice President, Dundee Agricultural Corporation. Horst joined Goodman & Company, Investment Counsel Inc. in 2012. With knowledge of the agricultural industry sector, and insight into how it continues to evolve, his mandate is to work together with Ned Goodman to grow a globally-focused portfolio of investments in privately-held and publicly-traded agricultural companies. The portfolio is comprised of investments that offer the prospect of attractive returns without incurring excessive risk. Horst seeks to achieve this by selecting companies with sustainable competitive advantage, yet mispriced in the marketplace. His 25 years of experience on the buy-side and sell-side of the investment industry is proving useful in this regard. Prior to joining Goodman & Company, he worked for nine-years as Head of Research and as an award winning (Financial Post, stock-picking competition) sell-side analyst with Stifel, Nicolaus & Company and its two predecessor companies. Before that, he worked as a top-three-ranked (Greenwich Associates and Brendan Wood International, institutional investor surveys) sell-side analyst with TD Securities. In addition, Horst has experience as a buy-side analyst, having worked for TMI-FW, Inc., an investment joint venture between Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board and the Bass Family of Fort Worth, Texas. His role there was to select undervalued, publicly-traded companies, for a $1 billion activist shareholder fund managed by Thomas M. Taylor. Beyond recommending what to invest in, Horst assisted with the development and execution of various activist shareholder strategies designed to unlock shareholder value. Horst earned a Bachelor of Applied Science degree (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Waterloo, and an MBA (Dean’s List recipient) from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. He is also a CFA charter holder.


Nwachukwu Remigius Ihejieto Manager Business Development, African Export-Import Bank (AFREXIMBANK) Mr. Nwachukwu Remigius Ihejieto holds B.Sc and MBA degrees from the Universities of Lagos and Nsukka, Nigeria respectively. Also an Alumnus of the Lagos Business School, Pan Africa University, Lagos. Experience started with journalism and later moved into development finance with a stint at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Geneva. Spent several years at Fidelity Bank Plc Nigeria with experience cutting through various departments – Corporate Banking, Telecommunications, Oil and Gas and Corporate Finance. Rose to position of Assistant General Manager and Head of Corporate Solutions with responsibility for Capital Issues, SME funding, Asset Management and Real Estate Debt funding. Presently at Afreximbank as Manager Business Development with responsibility for deal origination within the West African sub region. He has attended various courses and training in the area of asset management and structured finance. With work experience in; Lighthouse Asset Management Limited, Nigeria – Manager, Structured Finance; United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, (UNCTAD) Geneva, Associate Economic Affairs Officer; Fidelity Bank Plc Nigeria, Assistant General Manager, Corporate Solutions; African Export Import Bank, Manager, Business Development, West Africa

Daye Kaba Partner, Fasken Martinea Daye Kaba is a partner in the Global Mining and Energy groups. His practice focuses primarily on securities and commercial law matters in the natural resources sector. On the securities side, he is involved in advising corporations and securities dealers on equity and debt issues by way of public offerings and private placements. He also advises in respect of stock exchange listings, compliance with continuous disclosure requirements, and M&A transactions. On the commercial side, Daye advises companies with respect to the acquisition of rights in the natural resources’ sector, and drafts and negotiates agreements such as earn-in, joint venture, royalty, offtake, and other commercial agreements. He has substantial experience dealing with issues arising from National Instrument 43101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects of the Canadian Securities Administrators. Daye is also involved in advising governments with respect to the drafting of, and updating to, their mining legislation. Prior to joining Fasken Martineau, Daye worked in the project finance department at the Paris office of a New York-based law firm


François Kaniki Chairman, BollorÊ Africa Logistics

Nola Kianza Founder & Director, Canadian Council on Africa Mr. Nola Kianza is a successful entrepreneur and leader with substantial experience founding and managing many organizations in various sectors. He is the Founder and Director of Canadian Council on Africa (CCAfrica) and has been representing CCAfrica in Ontario from its inception until now. He also serves as Executive Chairman for The Rising Africa Magazine, a leading Canadian publication dedicated to promoting success stories of Canadian and African Businesses and Institutions. Moreover, as Founder and Executive Chairman of Trans Africa Business Corporation (2010 - Present), an international management consulting company, he leads projects focused on building and facilitating business linkages, partnerships and government relations. He is also Founder, President & CEO of Trans Africa Resource Corp. (2011 - Present), a junior gold and precious metals mining company currently operating in Ethiopia. Prior to that, he was Founder & President of Ascension Resources Corporation in Liberia (2008 - 2012), which was established in partnership with IAMGOLD Corporation. Between 2000 and 2007, he worked for Canadian Manufactures & Exporters (CME) as Senior Consultant for Africa and the Caribbean program and as Manager of the Canadian Alliance for Business in South Africa (CABSA), a program funded by the Canadian Government. Mr. Kianza has extensive background in retail and wholesale trade sectors, manufacturing, business linkages and international trade. His work and various engagements have given him vast opportunities to travel and conduct businesses around the world, endowing him with the faculty to perceive market trends and recommend best practices. Mr. Kianza is also a dedicated member of several not-for-profit organizations.

Peter Kieran President, CPCS Mr. Peter Kieran is the President of CPCS, a specialty firm providing strategic advisory services in transportation, energy and urban development. Since 1990, Peter has been working with international financial institutions, as well numerous governments, to develop new approaches to the reform and privatization of transportation systems and other critical infrastructure. He has played a key role in developing the policies and practices used to concession railways and ports in Africa and until recently was the Chairman of the Canadian Council on Africa. He has provided policy direction to national governments in over 25 countries on infrastructure. Peter has been responsible for leading large multi-disciplinary teams responsible for the successful privatization of state-owned railways and ports in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Congo Brazzaville, Cameroon, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Madagascar, Jordan and Armenia.His current major initiative is the privatization of the entire publicly owned power sector in Nigeria. Peter is an engineer and Harvard MBA by training, he has twenty-five years of experience in management consulting in Canada and abroad. He was formerly the Vice President of a state owned corporation in Africa with 16,000 employees. He has been responsible for leading large multi-disciplinary teams for complex PPP transactions worth over US$22 billion.


Basile Kouamen Former Factory Manager, Nestle Nigeria Plc Mr. Basile KOUAMEN is a seasoned professional with 25 years working experience in manufacturing Food and Beverages within FMCG. He technically built his entire executive career at Nestle SA for the past 20 years. Basile began his career on a path that is rare among other executives. . Emerging as the best student at the National College of food sciences technology in 1987, he received a Presidential academy award from the hands of his Excellency Paul BIYA, President of Republique Cameroon This Excellence academic award paved him the way to be identified as a talent with high potentials by “Les Brasseries Du Cameroon (Castle Group)” where he was recruited as a trainee Quality and Internal Auditor Engineer in 1987. During his training, Basile demonstrated leadership capability, passion for results and excellence for execution; a year later he was given the huge responsibility to set up and manage a new Coca Cola bottling plant in Bafoussam Cameroon. Basile carried out this assignment with Dexterity: The plant was set up with appropriate standard processes for quality, manufacturing and engineering; supported by the strong human resource foundation he put in place, (right people ate the right place), leading to quantifiable results: Vertical start-up of the new Coca Cola plant, high performance in tonnage, top line quality products, increased plant capability and productivity; optimised complexities, losses, lead-times …etc.

H.E. Basile Atangana Kouna Minister of Water Resources & Energy, Republic of Cameroon H.E. Basile Antagana Kouna was born on 23 December 1956 in the small village in the district of Mbalelon Ngoumoun, he is married and father of 6 children. He graduated form Law school on 1981 from the university of Yaounde. Mr Kouna also holds a PhD in Political Science from Université de Paris and a diploma of specialized studies of the international institute of Public Administration of Paris. On January 11, 1986, Dr. Kouna has first entered the civil service and has been since then a teacher at the University of Yaounde, the Head of Department, the Head of Studies, the director of Administration and Applications of the Prime Minister, the administrator of SNEC and the Chief executive officer at CAMWATER from 2006 to 2011. Since December 9, 2011, Mr Kouna is the Minister of Water and Energy in the government of “Major Accomplishments”. Dr. Basile Atangana Kouna is also a politician and a member of the CPDM Central Committee, he held many positions and provided many missions within the political party. On top of that, from 2002 to 2007, he has been Deputy City and Senior Advisor to the Mayor of the rural town of Ngoumou. Dr. Kouna is also both president of the Association of Elites Ngoumou (Assen) and Secretary General of the Association of Development Mefou-and-Akono (ADEMAK). Moreover, He is a member of the Legal Committee of the Cameroon Football Federation. At last, Dr. Kouna has received many honors; He has been named, Knight, officer and commander of the national order of valor amoung others.


Huguette Labelle Chair of the Board, Transparency International Huguette Labelle holds a Doctor of Philosophy, Education. She is a Companion of the Order of Canada. She has been awarded honorary degrees from twelve Canadian Universities and the University of Notre Dame USA and has received several additional honors. She has served for a period of nineteen years as Deputy Minister of different Canadian Government departments including Secretary of State, Transport Canada, the Public Service Commission and the Canadian International Development Agency. A former Chancellor of the University of Ottawa she has also served on several boards. She is currently Chair of the Board of Transparency International, member of the Board of the UN Global Compact, Vice-Chair of the International Senior Advisory Board of the International Anti-Corruption Academy, member of the Advisory Group to the Asian Development Bank on Climate Change and Sustainable Development, member of the Executive Board of the Africa Capacity Building Foundation, member of the Board of the Global Centre for Pluralism, member of the Trustlaw Advisory Board, member International Integrated Reporting Council and Board member of the Aga Khan Museum.. She also serves on additional national and international boards. She provides advisory services to national and international organizations.

Benoit La Salle President & CEO, Windiga Energy Inc. Chairman of the Board of Directors, Canadian Council on Africa Mr. Benoit La Salle is a Fellow Chartered Accountant, a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds a Commerce Degree and a Masters of Business Administration. In 1980, Mr. La Salle founded Grou, La Salle & Associates, Chartered Accountants. In 1995, Mr. La Salle founded SEMAFO Inc. and held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of the organization until August 2012. Mr. La Salle is the former Chairman of the Board of Plan International (Canada), one of Canada’s leading NGOs. Today Mr. La Salle is President and CEO of Windiga Energy Inc. a Canadian based Independent Power Producer focused on renewable energy assets in West Africa, Chairman of Algold Resources Ltd (TSX: ALG), a gold exploration company with assets in Mauritania and Burkina Faso, Chairman of Sama Resources Inc. (TSX: SME), a base metal exploration company with assets in Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea and Chairman of the Canadian Council on Africa.


Patricia Malikail

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

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Director General of the Africa Bureau, Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) Ms. Malikail joined the Department of External Affairs in 1981. She has served in Canberra, Beijing and Singapore. While Deputy Director of the China Division (1994-1996), Ms. Malikail was awarded a Government of Canada Merit Award. Her assignments have spanned relations with Korea, international energy issues and trade and development issues. Ms. Malikail led the team which formulated Canada’s Least Developed Countries Market Access Initiative. The initiative came into effect in 2003. From 2004-2008, Ms. Malikail was Director of the International Economics Relations and Summits Division. During this period, she managed a wide range of economic, trade, investment and security files for eight G8 and APEC Leaders Summits and assisted Canada’s G8 Sherpa. From 2008-2011, Ms. Malikail served as Executive Director of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council Secretariat. The Council is an advisory body appointed by the Minister of Industry and is made-up of 18 eminent Canadians from business, academia and government. Ms. Malikail oversaw the preparation of independent advice to the government and major reports on the performance of Canada’s science, technology and innovation system. After serving as Acting Director General of the Africa Bureau of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) Canada since October 2011, Ms. Malikail was appointed Director General on 11 July 2012. With the amalgamation of the Canadian International Development Agency and DFAIT, Ms. Malikail was named Director General of the Pan Africa bureau in May, 2014. Ms. Malikail is married and has two sons.

Mathieu Mandeng General Manager, Standard Chartered Bank Cameroon and President, Banking Association APECAM Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer, Mathieu was Executive Director, Head of Client Relationships Corporate and Institutional Banking and Deputy Managing Director. Before joining Standard Chartered, he worked for 5 years with Citibank Cameroon in several capacities. In 2002 Mandeng was promoted Country Head of Global Relationships and Financial Institutions and Country Coordinator for Return on Economic Capital. Mandeng was also appointed Credit Officer in the same year with a credit limit. Prior to his banking experience, he worked for 10 years in the mining and metal industry in France in various capacities including Financial Control, Treasury Management, Corporate Finance, Training and Consultancy. Mandeng holds an MSC in Finance and Management Control from the University of Orleans, an MBA in Enterprise Management from the University of Bordeaux in France and an Alumnus of Said Business School, Oxford University.


Mark Mandzik Managing Director, Manitoba Hydro International Mr. Mandzik has over twenty years of management, accounting, and information technology experience in the utility industry, garnered throughout his tenure at Manitoba Hydro and various client utility organizations around the world. His current responsibilities include executive leadership, project oversight, organizational management, business planning and development, strategic direction, and the overall operations of Manitoba Hydro’s international consulting subsidiary, Manitoba Hydro International.

Fernando Matos Rosa Secretary General, European Business Council for Africa and the Mediterranean (EBCAM) Mr. Fernando Matos Roasa is a Mechanical Engineer by the University of Lisbon with several post graduation courses, technical, business development and marketing 40 years of professional career. His Roles inClude: Project Engineer in Portugal, Project team leader in Venezuela, Bahrain, Cape Verde, Bolivia and several African Countries. He is also Managing Director of a Luso-Moroccan Company in the field of Mechanical Construction, Deputy Director General and Director General of a joint European Union-African Caribbean and Pacific (Centre for Development of Enterprise) in Brussels and Permanent Representative and Secretary General of EBCAM – European Business Council for Africa and the Mediterranean.

Racine Mayoro President & Director, Air Senegal Mr. Racine Mayoro, since February 2014 heads the national airline of Senegal, after having served as the Air Transport Director within the National Agency of Civil Aviation and Meteorology of Senegal (ANACIM). Mayoro Racine followed different courses in highly varied areas from the Space Engineering the 3rd cycle of Transport Economics Aeronautics and Space, also passing by Management and Science courses. This route has enabled Mr Racine to become a major recipient of prestigious French schools and universities.


Beyene Meskel Public Enterprise Supervision & Privatization Agency, Ethiopia Beyene G. Meskel serves as a Director of Ethiopia Commodity Exchange. He was a Director General
Privatization and Public Enterprises Supervising Agency and Director General
Privatization and Public Enterprises Supervisory Agency.

Bertrand Millot President & CEO, Cordiant Mr. Millot joined Cordiant in 2002. On August 1, 2014, he was named President and CEO, a role he assumes in tandem with his responsibilities as Chief Investment Officer. Mr. Millot has overseen the due diligence, approval and monitoring of nearly 200 loans in more than 55 emerging countries covering an array of sectors ranging from infrastructure to agribusiness. Mr. Millot has been active in project finance for 21 years. Prior to joining Cordiant, he spent eight years at the EBRD, including as Infrastructure Group Portfolio Manager, where he was responsible for the monitoring, management, troubleshooting and workout of a portfolio of 170 loans and equity investments totalling €4.7 billion in the infrastructure sector. In previous positions, he led the appraisal, structuring and execution of large infrastructure projects. He started his career at Banque Nationale de Paris in project finance. Mr. Millot holds an M Sc. in General Engineering from École Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers and an MBA from McGill University. He is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Ed Mills President & CEO, Blaze Energy Mr. Edward G. Mills founded Blaze Energy in 1995 and is currently the Chief Operating Officer and Director of the company. He went to the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) and was certified by the Association of Scientists and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) as a C.E.T Petroleum in 1988. Mr. Mills currently has thirty-one years of operations and production experience in Western Canada both in the fields as a rig supervisor and in the office. He has progressive experience in drilling, completions and facilities completing major projects for companies such as Ocelot, Opinac, PennWest and Berkley. Currently, Mr. Mills holds membership with ASET.


Brian Mitchell Executive Director, TFO Canada Mr. Brian Mitchell is the Executive Director of TFO Canada and is responsible for overall administration, strategic management, and reporting to the Board of Directors. He also oversees new business development including fee-for-service projects. Brian has been with TFO Canada since 2004, previously serving as the Director of the Africa Program. Prior to this, Brian took on a number of roles in the private sector, including running his own consultancy practice, serving as Chief Financial Officer at a Canadian software firm, managing international sales, and establishing a European subsidiary. Brian was also a lecturer at the Institute of Public Administration & Management at the University of Sierra Leone. Brian holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Science in Economics from the London School of Economics. He is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and a Certified International Trade Professional.

Sanjay Mittal Principal Consultant, CPCS Sanjay Mittal is a Principal Consultant with CPCS. He has over 25 years of experience in railway consulting, engineering and program/project management. Sanjay holds a Masters in Structural Engineering and is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Professional Engineer (P. Eng.). He has worked on infrastructure and rail sector projects in Uganda, South Africa, Botswana, Nigeria, Mauritius, India, Afghanistan, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, UAE, Jamaica with a focus on establishing business cases, feasibility and viability studies, design and detailed engineering.

H.E. Louis Paul Motaze Minister & Secretary General of the Prime Ministers Office, Government of Cameroon H.E. Louis Paul Motaze was born in Bengbis, located in the Dja and Lobo Division of Cameroon’s South Region; his parents were Arnold Motaze and Mary Monengono. He obtained his secondary education in Sangmelima and then studied at the University of Yaoundé as well as Cameroon’s National School of Administration and Magistracy. Subsequently he continued his studies in France, where he received a degree in international transport in 1985. After working at the Economic Affairs Division of the Presidency of Cameroon, he worked at Cameroon Shipping Lines from 1984 to 1989 and was the company’s Commercial Sub-Director. Motaze held important posts at Cameroon Airlines from 1989 to 1999: he was its Commercial Director from 1989 to 1993, its Director of the Audit and Management Control from 1993 to 1998, and he was Technical Adviser to the Directorate-General from 1998 to 1999. He then became Director-General of the National Social Insurance Fund (Caisse nationale de prévoyance sociale, CNPS) in September 1999. After eight years as Director-General of the CNPS, he was appointed as Minister of the Economy, Planning, and Regional Development on 7 September 2007.He continued to occupy his post as Director-General of the CNPS until Alain Olivier Noël Mekulu Mvondo was appointed to replace him in that capacity on 7 April 2008. After four years as Minister of the Economy, Motazé was instead appointed as Secretary-General of the Prime Minister’s Office on 9 December 2011.


Zemedeneh Negatu Managing Partner (Ethiopia), ​Ernst & Young LLP Mr. Zemedeneh Negatu is the Managing Partner for Ernst & Young in Ethiopia and Head of Transaction Advisory Services for Eastern Africa. His clients include very prominent investors from Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E., the United States and other countries who have been advised on investments worth billions of dollars. Mr Negatu recently gave an insightful speech at the U.S. – Saudi Business Forum in Atlanta highlighting Saudi King Abdulla’s foreign agricultural initiative to invest in African agricultural by illustrating the large scale agro-investment of one of his clients, Sheik Mohammed Al-Amoudi of Saudi Arabia, who is ranked amongst the top 65 richest people in the world by Forbes, at $13.6 billion. In addition to agriculture investments, Mr Negatu has extensive global and African experience advising clients in financial services, manufacturing, telecoms and airlines. He recently led a high powered Mergers & Acquisition team for one of the biggest UK multinationals in its largest acquisition ever in Africa. Mr Negatu has lived in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina and Saudi Arabia. He has been featured on CNN, BBC, CNBC, SABC and by many other global media organizations. He completed Harvard Business School’s LSE program and received his degree in business administration from Howard University, Washington, D.C. and is a U.S. CPA.

Econie Nijimbere President, Burundi Federal Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mr Nijimbere has a degree in Management and Administration. He worked for 3 years in Bujumbura Textile Complex as an Economic Advisor, before launching in 1992 the printing company “Mister Minute Service,” for which he is the CEO.

H.E. Mme Marie-Rose Niziyimana Minister of Trade, Industry, Posts and Tourism, Burundi Marie Rose NIZIYIMANA was recently nominated by the President of the Burundi Republic to fill in the position within the Ministry who has Commerce and Industries as one of his attributions.


Justin Ntsama President, CARPA Group (Cameroon)

Hon. Don Oliver Senator, Canada Hon. Don Oliver As a barrister, professor, entrepreneur, statesman and advocate, Donald Oliver has served the people of Canada and Nova Scotia with honour, distinction and achievement for almost five decades. Donald Oliver retired from the Senate of Canada in November 2013, but his work in advancing the interests of visible minorities in Canada and around the world continues. He is also actively pursuing his entrepreneurial interests in Nova Scotia as the founder and owner of several companies. In addition, he is working with several businesses to promote trade and development in Africa, notably in the mining sector. In recognition of his dedication to making Canada, and the world, a better place, Donald Oliver has received five honorary doctorates and many other awards and distinctions. For example, he is a Lifetime Honorary Governor of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and an Honorary Life Director of the Neptune Theatre Foundation. He also received the 2011 DreamKEEPERS Life Achievement Award from the Canadian Martin Luther King Day Coalition, the Freedom Award from The Black Cultural Centre For Nova Scotia and the Distinguished Man of Honour Award from the Black Business & Professional Association in Toronto.


James Abiodun Olotu Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director & Director, Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited Mr.James Abiodun Olotu was born in Nigeria on the 1st of January 1958. He attended University of Lagos, where he graduated in Accountancy in 1982. He also obtained his MBA in Marketing Management from Ladoke Akintola University in 1999. James has spent the bulk of his career at Power Holding Company of Nigeria, the Nigerian electricity utility agency, where he had roles in Auditing and Project Management. He has attended national and international training in project management. He is a chartered Accountant and member Institute Of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN) and a fellow of the Institute.He is an active member of ISACA and has certification in CISA, CIMA and CRISC respectively. Olotu was appointed Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Niger Delta Power Holding Company in 2006. NDPHC is the special purpose vehicle for the implementation of National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) designed as a fast track solution for power infrastructure capacity expansion including generation, Transmission and Distribution . It included 10 new power stations with total capacity for 4,774 Mega Watts (MW). Several thousand of transmission lines and sub stations, as well as over 295 distribution projects across the country. Today, Olotu has progressed the implementation of the NIPP scheme to a significant level giving hope to Nigerians for an improved power supply and infrastructure expansion and stability. A lover of humanity, James is married with children

H.E. Youssouf Ouedraogo Special Advisor to the President, African Development Bank (AfDB) H.E. Youssouf Ouedraogo a national of Burkina Faso, has been Special Advisor to the President of the AfDB since September 2007. He holds a doctorate in Marketing Analysis and Socioeconomic Behaviours, having written his thesis on “The Social Norms of Consumption: A Theoretical and Experimental Analysis� jointly at the University of Dijon, Clermont Ferrand and Lyon III (France) in 1981. He has taught at the Faculty of Economics and Management of Dijon (France) and Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and held various political offices in his country. He has been elected to the national parliament several times, served as ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Netherlands, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the European Union. He also served as Minister for Planning and Development, Planning and Cooperation, Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation, Chairman of the Economic and Social Council as well as Prime Minister, Head of Government. As the Minister for Planning, he was Governor of the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank for Burkina Faso.


Hon. Christian Paradis

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Minister of International Development & Minister for La Francophonie, Canada Christian Paradis was first elected to the House of Commons in 2006 and re-elected in 2008 and 2011. In July 2013, Mr. Paradis was appointed Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie. Previously, he was appointed Secretary of State (Agriculture) in January 2007, Minister of Public Works and Government Services in June 2008 and Minister of Natural Resources in January 2010. He was appointed Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture) in May 2011. Prior to his election to Parliament, Mr. Paradis had a legal practice specializing in corporate law. He has been actively involved in several support groups and charitable organizations, including the Rotary Club of Thetford Mines. Mr. Paradis graduated from the Université de Sherbrooke in civil law and holds a graduate degree in corporate law from Université Laval.

Mark Romoff President & CEO, The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP) Mr. Mark Romoff is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP). Previously, Mark was founding President and CEO of the Ontario Centres of Excellence, Canada’s leading innovation, technology commercialization and entrepreneurship development organization. Over his twenty five year career with the government of Canada, Mark served as Executive Director in the Department of Industry and as a senior diplomat in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, serving in Nigeria, Mexico, Malaysia, Japan and the United States. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Career Edge Organization, the Quebec City Conference, the Central Canadian Public Television Association (PBS-WNED), the i-CANADA Governors Council; the World Economic Forum “Strategic Infrastructure Initiative” Advisory Committee; and is Vice-Chair of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Team of Specialists on Public-Private Partnerships Governing Council. He earned a Bachelor of Science from McGill University, a Masters in Applied Science from the University of Waterloo, and is a graduate of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives Program and the Directors Education Program of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors and holds the ICD.D designation. Mark is also a recipient of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.


Jamal Saghir Senior Regional Advisor, Africa Region, The World Bank Group Mr. Jamal Saghir is Director of the Sustainable Development Department for the Africa Region at the World Bank. In this position, he provides overall leadership to the Bank’s activities in sub-Saharan Africa—including those financed by the International Development Association (IDA)—in agriculture, rural development, energy, environment, climate change and natural resources management, infrastructure, ICTs, oil, gas and mining, post-conflict reconstruction, social development, transport, urban development, and water. Mr. Saghir ensures the soundness and alignment of country, regional and corporate strategies, as well as the Bank’s portfolio in these sectors, so that all contribute effectively to poverty reduction and a sustainable, climate-resilient future in sub-Saharan Africa. Mr. Saghir was previously Director and Chair of the Bank Group’s Boards for Energy, Transport and Water, a position he held from 2001-10. In this capacity, he led the Bank Group’s activities and guided its lending strategy in infrastructure. In 2010, the Bank committed $24 billion in infrastructure investments. He joined the World Bank in 1990, after working as a senior advisor on privatization, energy and infrastructure in the governments of Tunisia and Quebec, Canada. At the Bank, he has served in senior advisory and leadership roles in a variety of private sector development, privatization and restructuring operations in Africa, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. In 1998, he was named the Bank’s Sector Leader for Urban Water and Sanitation, in the Infrastructure Development Group, and promoted to Sector Manager in 1999. Mr. Saghir is also an appointed member of the United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change, and a member of the Global Energy Assessment. He is a frequent speaker on sustainable development issues at international conferences of decision-makers and thought leaders.

H.E. Tolessa Shagi​ Minister of Mines, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia H.E. Mr. Tolessa Shagi replaced Sinknesh Ejigu, the former minister of Mines, after her appointment as Ethiopia’s ambassador to Brazil. Tolessa has served the Geological Survey of Ethiopia as a geologist between 1983 and 1989, becoming team leader up until 1996. He has also served as Geo-technical expert at the then Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development. Between 2006 and 2010, Tolessa held the post of director general of the GSE. In October 2011, he became state minister for Mines. Tollesa has a Bachelor’s degree in geology from the Addis Abeba University (AAU)in 1982, and a masters degree in applied geology from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).


Stephen Shefsky President & CEO, James Bay Resources Mr. Stephen Shefsky has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of James Bay Resources Limited since November 5, 2007. Mr. Shefsky is the Founder of Castle Resources Inc. He serves as a Secretary of James Bay Resources Limited. Mr. Shefsky served as Chief Executive Officer at Castle Resources Inc., since February 2008. He co-founded Brasoil do Brasil Exploracao Petrolifera SA in 2006. He founded Silver Bear Resources Inc. (“Silver Bear”). He served as President of Castle Resources Inc., from February 2008 to June 30, 2010. He served as a Vice President of Corporate Development of Silver Bear Resources Inc. from 2004 to September 2007. He served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Belo Sun Mining Corp. from 1996 to August 2007. He served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Cancap Investments Limited since 1985. He founded Regis Resources Vermiculite Mine and financed and brought into commercial production, near Peterborough, Ontario. He has over 15 years experience in the junior equity markets. He has been the Chairman of Regis Resources Inc., since 1998. He serves as the Chairman of the Board at Morumbi Oil & Gas Inc. (a/k/a Morumbi Resources Inc.). He served as an Executive Chairman of Castle Resources Inc. since June 23, 2011 until July 23, 2014. Mr. Shefsky served as the Chairman at James Bay Resources Limited since November 5, 2007. He served as the Vice chairman of board of Morumbi Resources Inc. since July, 2012 and as its Director since August 05, 2009 until November 19, 2013. He has been a Director of James Bay Resources Limited since November 5, 2007. He has been a Director of Morumbi Oil & Gas Inc. since August 5, 2009. He served as an Executive Director of Castle Resources Inc. since March 28, 2007 until July 23, 2014. He served as a Director of Silver Bear Resources Inc., since April 8, 2004. He served as a Director of Belo Sun Mining Corp. from June 1996 to March 11, 2008. Mr. Shefsky served as a Director of Lynden Energy Corp. (formerly Lynden Ventures Ltd.). He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, a Master of Science Degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University and a Juris Doctor Degree from Pepperdine University School of Law.

Mark Sitter Director Corporate Affairs, Sherritt International Mr. Mark Sitter is the Director, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, for Sherritt International Corporation (, a major nickel mining company based in Toronto. Since joining Sherritt in early 2007, he has held several different roles in communications, government relations, stakeholder engagement and corporate responsibility. He is currently leading the development and implementation of the company’s sustainability framework to manage environmental, social and governance issues; and is responsible for strategic relationship management. Before taking on this role, Mark was the Deputy Director, External Relations, for Sherritt’s Ambatovy operation ( in Madagascar during construction. Prior to Sherritt, he worked in public affairs and stakeholder relations for private, governmental and non-governmental organizations in Canada, Central America and Southern Africa. Mark speaks English, Spanish and French, and graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax.


Alister Smith Executive Director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean, The World Bank Most recently Associate Secretary of the Treasury Board Secretariat, Mr. Smith has extensive experience within the Government of Canada, including as General Director of the International Trade and Finance Branch at the Department of Finance. He also brings relevant private sector experience, as a former VicePresident and Deputy Chief Economist of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.

Pierre Tankam General Manager, Cameroon Civil Aviation Authority

H.E. Alemayehu Tegenu Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia


Jubril Adewale Tinubu CEO, Oando PLC Mr. Jubril Adewale Tinubu (born 1967 in Lagos, Nigeria) is the Group Chief Executive of Oando PLC, sub Saharan Africa indigenous integrated energy group, a position he assumed in 2001. He started his career with a law firm, where he worked on corporate and petroleum law assignments. Wale co- founded Ocean and Oil Group and guided its strategic development leading to the acquisition of Unipetrol during the Federal Government of Nigeria’s privatization exercise in 2001. In 2002, he also led the largest ever acquisition of a quoted Nigerian company, with the acquisition of Agip by Unipetrol through an international bid conducted by Agip Petroli International B.V. He is widely recognised for his role in the successful transformation of Oando from petroleum marketing to an integrated energy group, adding international supply & trading, gas & power, energy services and exploration and production. Today, Oando PLC has investment across the energy value chain and is one of sub-Saharan Africa’s foremost indigenous integrated energy solutions group providing employment to over 15,000 direct and indirect employees. In 2007, Wale was named “Global Young Leader’ by World Economic Forum, Geneva, Switzerland. In 2010, he received Africa ‘Business Leader of the Year’ award from the Africa Business Magazine and the Commonwealth Business Council for his outstanding leadership and contributions to the development of the African Oil and Gas industry. Wale is a member of the Institute of Directors of Nigeria, Nigerian Bar Association and sits on the board of several blue-chip companies as Chairman or Director. He earned a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) from the University of Liverpool, England in 1988 and a Master of Law degree (LLM) from the London School of Economics, England, in 1989 where he specialized in International Finance and Shipping. Wale has pioneered the execution of world class initiatives in the region as an ethical business leader, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

David Usher

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

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Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Mr. David Usher David Usher (BA Honours [History], Carleton University, 1979; BEd, University of Ottawa, 1980; MEd, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 1986) was appointed as Canada’s Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the Republic of Djibouti and the African Union in September 2012. Before joining the department, he worked in the field of development in Nigeria, Malawi, Haiti and the Philippines in the non-governmental sector. In 1991, he joined External Affairs and International Trade Canada. From 1994 to 1997, he served as second secretary in the Canadian embassy to Turkey. In 2001, he became counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the World Trade Organization in Geneva. From 2004 to 2005, he was director of the Trade Controls Policy Division and, later, director of the Softwood Lumber Controls Division. From 2008 to 2009, he was senior departmental adviser in the Office of the Minister of International Trade. Most recently, since 2009, he served as minister-counsellor and deputy permanent representative at Canada’s Permanent Mission to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris.


François Vézina Vice President, Hydrosys Consultants Inc. Mr. Vézina graduated in 1989 from Polytechnic University of Montreal in civil engineering with a specialization in “Water Resources and Project Management”. Mr. Vézina has over 24 years of experience in the hydropower sector and water resources. He has worked for engineering firms, a small turbine manufacturer, Hydro-Québec utility and a private hydropower developer. Since 2013, he joined Hydrosys Consultants, an engineering firm dedicated to the hydropower and hydraulic structures industry, primarily in Canada and throughout the world. Mr. Vézina has a broad work experience on hydro projects located in Canada and over 7 other countries, requiring overseas travel, and knowledge of local construction practice. He has worked on projects ranging in size from 50 kW to over 40,000 MW, with heads from 2 meters over 1000 meters. His work experience: hydro potential assessment of large territories, portfolio of projects, pre and feasibility studies, layout and concepts, detailed design, turbine equipment selection and sizing, dam safety assessment, due diligence mandate, project cost estimate and scheduling, preparation of tender document, management of the bidding process, bid analysis, contract negotiation, construction and contract management. With his broad work experience over the years, Mr. Vézina has become a very valuable project manager that can provide the full range of services and optimize project layouts allowing a maximum return on investment for his clients. When working for RSW, he was the initiator of the technical scheme which made viable one of the world’s largest hydropower project, the “Grand Inga” with a total capacity of 40,000 MW.

Jean Vavrek

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Executive Director, CIM Mr. Jean Vavrek has served CIM as its Executive Director since August 2003. Before assuming his current role at CIM, Mr. Vavrek was the vice-president, performance services, for Laurentide Controls Ltd (Emerson Process Management Partner for Eastern Canada), where he also served as vice-president, systems engineering and services. Prior to joining Laurentide Controls Ltd., he held several management positions with Asea Brown Boveri (ABB), including four years as partnership manager for ABB and Cominco Ltd. Mr. Vavrek graduated from Concordia University’s Executive MBA program in 1995, from St-Lawrence College as a certified electrical engineer technologist in 1981, and holds two certificates from Écoles des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC), in management of marketing and in management of production and operations. As part of his role in the industry, Mr. Vavrek is also very involved in numerous organizations. Some of his official roles include serving on the board of the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame (CMHF) and the Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences (CFES), and representing CIM on the board of the Mining Association of Canada (MAC). He was also an ex-officio member of the Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC) board, of the Interim Executive Committee for the Centre for Excellence in CSR, and President of the board of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE).


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David Wheeler President, Cape Breton Universit​y David Wheeler is President and Vice-Chancellor of Cape Breton University. Professionally, Dr Wheeler is an internationally experienced academic and business person with more than two decades of senior executive level involvement in change management and sustainable business practice, research and teaching. In the last five years, David has focused much of his advisory work in the fields of energy conservation and renewable energy policy in Canada and the UK. He continues to pursue his interests in the role of the private sector in international development which has been built on major projects undertaken for the World Bank, the United Nations Development Program, the Canadian International Development Agency, the Canadian International Development Research Centre and the UK Department for International Development. David Wheeler=s most recent academic posts were Pro Vice-Chancellor (Sustainability) and Executive Dean of Business at the University of Plymouth, UK (2010-2013), Dean of Management, Dalhousie University, Canada (20062009) and Director and Erivan K Haub Professor in Business and Sustainability at the Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada (1999-2006). Prior to his recent academic appointments, David was a member of the Executive Management team of international cosmetics firm, The Body Shop International. David spent seven years overseeing a business operating in 50 countries with worldwide retail sales of $1 billion and, when he stepped down, was the longest serving member of the senior team. As Executive Director (Senior VP) of Environmental and Social Policy, David had strategic oversight of human resources and learning, sustainability issues and non-financial auditing and reporting. In his time with The Body Shop, David developed the company=s groundbreaking Values Reports which were rated top in a worldwide ranking by SustainAbility for the UN on corporate environmental and social reporting.

Todd Winterhalt

Export Development Canada

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Group Vice President, International Business Development, EDC Mr. Winterhalt joined Export Development Canada (EDC) in 2002 and has more than 20 years of business development, risk assessment, trade policy and human resources experience. He was appointed Vice President, International Business Development in September 2010, with responsibility for EDC’s growing network of international representations in key centres, including: Beijing, Bogotá, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Istanbul, Lima, Mexico City, Mumbai, Monterrey, Moscow, New Delhi, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, São Paulo, Shanghai, and Singapore. Most recently, Mr. Winterhalt served as Vice President - Human Resources, with responsibility for EDC’s Learning and Development and Organizational Development units. Previous assignments include, Chief International Research Advisor Financing Group, with line responsibility for the Corporate Research Department, Policy and International Relations and Technical Advisory teams. He has also worked as Director - Political Risk Assessment, providing internal and external clients with detailed political risk assessments on more than 120 emerging markets. Mr. Winterhalt holds a BA (Honours) from the University of Western Ontario, a graduate diploma in American history, and a M.Sc (American Intelligence) from the University of Edinburgh. The inaugural recipient of EDC’s Excellence in People Leadership award (2006), he is a past-President (2005-2007) of the Canadian Association of Professional Intelligence Analysts.


Martin Zablocki President & CEO, Canadain Commercial Corporation (CCC) Mr. Martin Zablocki joined CCC in November 2007 as Vice-President, Strategy and Organizational Development, was appointed CFO and Vice-President, Risk and Finance in January 2010, and was appointed COO and Executive Vice-President in June 2011. Mr. Zablocki was appointed as President and CEO in April 2014. Prior to joining CCC, he was the Director General, Sector Strategies and Infrastructure Programs Branch at Industry Canada. Mr. Zablocki has over 20 years of experience within a variety of federal organizations including the Canada Revenue Agency and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and has led programs and corporate management regimes at the local, regional and national levels. In addition, as a Chartered Business Valuator, he has many years of experience working in the valuation field, wherein he gained exposure to a broad spectrum of domestic and international businesses.

Theirry Zomahoun, President and Chief Executive Officer, Africa Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Mr. Thierry Zomahoun is the Founding Executive Director and currently President and CEO of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), Thierry is the global head leading the growth of Africa’s first and largest network of centers of excellence in mathematical sciences. Founded in 2003, AIMS has won international acclaim for its scientific model for independent thinking, problem-solving and widely applicable mathematical solutions to the development fields of greatest relevance to Africa. Through its Next Einstein Initiative, a plan designed for the transformation of Africa through the power of youth and science, AIMS provides hundreds of talented young African scholars with cutting edge mathematical skills training and research. In 2013, Thierry founded the AIMS Next Einstein Forum (NEF) in partnership with the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The Next Einstein Forum is a global forum for science, the first ever to take place on African soil. Through the Next Einstein Forum, AIMS sets to make Africa the next hub for global science. An alumnus from three Ivy League Schools: McGill University, HEC Montreal (Canada) and the Graduate Institute for International Studies (Switzerland), Thierry is passionate about science, business and innovation for development in Africa.


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