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Arc. Namadi Sambo, GCON, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria




Vice President, of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Arc. Namadi Sambo, GCON, will declare the investment conference open. Arc. Namadi Sambo, GCON,

Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Architect Mohammed Namadi Sambo was born in Zaria, Kaduna State on 2nd August, 1954. He started his early education in 1959 at the Baptist Primary School, Kakuri in Kaduna state and later went to Kobi Primary School, Bauchi and finally, Towns School, Zaria. In 1967 he attended Government Secondary School, Zaria (now Alhuda-Huda College) where he obtained his West African School Certificate (WASC) in 1971. From 1972 to 1973 he attended the School of Basic Studies at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. With the creation of Bauchi State in 1976, he joined the first set of architects that were involved in the design of various offices and staff housing schemes to accommodate the inflow of government officials. During this period, he was in charge of upgrading the Yankari Games Reserve Holiday Resort. He was also responsible for the Bauchi State Urban Development Board for development, control and the production of the Master Plan of Bauchi town and other cities in Bauchi State. With his experience in Bauchi state and having demonstrated his architectural competence in many areas, Arc. Namadi Sambo was appointed the Commissioner of Agriculture by the Kaduna State Government in February 1986 where he executed the World Bank assisted Kaduna Agricultural Development Project (KADP). The project helped to transform the State into a major food basket of the nation. He also developed the Strategic Grain Reserve projects and Forestry Development which helped to arrest the problem of desertification in the State. In 1988 he was reassigned to the Kaduna State Ministry of Works, Transport and Housing. In his commitment for service he completed the Kaduna Metropolitan expanded Water Supply Scheme and initiated the implementation of the World Bank assisted First Multi-State Water Supply Project for the benefit of the people. Before the expiration of his tenure, he initiated the Kaduna State 99 Towns Electricity Project which connected over 70 towns to the national grid. In 1985, Arc. Namadi Sambo established an architectural firm called Environmental Design Consortium, which later metamorphosed into Coplan Associates. Up to 1986, when he was appointed the Honourable Commissioner of Agriculture by the Kaduna State Government, he was involved in the design and project management of several projects, which include: Housing complex for the special vehicle plant for the Federal Ministry of Defence at Bauchi; Industrial Training Fund, Zonal offices and various housing and office buildings. Arc. Namadi Sambo was elected the Executive Governor of Kaduna State and was sworn-in on the 29th May 2007. He had an 11-Point Agenda aimed at addressing the developmental and social needs of the people of Kaduna State. He also introduced Operation Yaki which was aimed at addressing the security problem of the State. Arc Mohammad Namadi Sambo became the vice president of the federal republic of Nigeria with The death President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua on May 5, 2010. He was sworn-in on May 6, 2010, as the Vice President of Nigeria. Arc Mohammad Namadi Sambo contested the April 16, 2011 presidential election on the platform of PDP as the running mate of President Goodluck Jonathan which they won with a gallant victory. Vice President Namadi Sambo has made financial and moral contributions to the training of young graduate architects in the country. He is also a contributor to the less privileged, motherless and the aged. He is married with six children.

Excellencies, Nigerian and Canadian participants The Canadian Council on Africa is proud to welcome the Vice-President of the Republic of Nigeria, H.E. Arc. Mohammed Namadi Sambo We congratulate the Government of Nigeria for their tremendous effort to recruit such a delegation of public and private sector leaders. This is the largest delegation from an African country to come to Canada, perhaps ever. Nigeria, the most populous country on the continent, comprises 5 times the population of Canada. This delegation demonstrates clearly to Canadians how much Nigeria considers our country to be an important partner on the world scene. We wish to thank sincerely H.E. Chief Ojo Uma Maduekwe, High Commissioner of Nigeria to Canada, for his vision and leadership in initiating and guiding the development of this very important event which will undoubtedly be viewed in the future as a milestone in the strengthening of relations between our two countries. We gratefully acknowledge the tremendous support we have received from H.E. Chris Cooter, High Commissioner of Canada to Nigeria. The staff from CCAfica The personnel form the 3 organisations must also be congratulated for their dedication and hard work to ensure the total success of the conference. The objectives of the conference are clear - For the Nigerian delegation, it is their wish to help Canadians to better understand the challenges and opportunities presented by Nigeria and to find potential new business partners. For the Canadians and the Diaspora, it is a unique opportunity to further their understanding of one of the most vibrant economies in Africa and to explore the vast potential for new investments and business development. The ultimate objective of the Nigerian Government, the Canadian Government and the Canadian Council on Africa is to build stronger relations and promote increased commercial activities between our two countries. We sincerely wish you two days of fruitful exchanges and discussions.



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Chief Executive Officer – Truquest Global Oby Gold Agu began her law degree at University of Warwick, England. In her 2nd year, she was designated for an internship position at the prestigious law firm of Clifford Chance LLP in London, the world’s largest law firm. In conjunction, she embarked upon a year long exchange program to Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto Canada. Capitalizing on the success of this initiative and recognizing an underserved market niche, Oby Gold shifted away from conventional law and co-founded TruQuest Global Inc. with her business partner, Michael Mfoafo. They are a business strategy firm that enables corporations, associations and non-profit organizations around the world meet their core objectives in a highly competitive, complex and ever-changing marketplace. The fim’s clients include corporations and investment funds seeking to take advantage of the business and investment opportunities within various sectors in Africa including, oil and gas, health, mining and infrastructure development. She acts as the firm’s Chief Executive Officer.

Honourable Olusegun Olutoyin Aganga

Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment – Nigeria Olusegun Olutoyin Aganga is the Honourable Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment for the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Honourable Minister of Finance and the Chairman of the Nigerian National Economic Management Team (NEMT). As the Governor representing Nigeria on the Governing Boards of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, he was the Chairman of the Joint Board of Governors of the World Bank and the IMF during the October 2010 Annual Meetings. He also served as Governor on the board of the African Development Bank. He marshalled significant fiscal and budgetary reforms as the Honourable Minister of Finance, including the legal establishment of the Nigerian Sovereign Wealth Fund. While in charge at the finance ministry, Mr. Aganga successfully launched Nigeria’s first sovereign Eurobond offering and personally led the sales effort to institutional investors. He also oversaw the launch of an ambitious job creation strategy and commenced the country’s much needed fiscal consolidation process. As the Honourable Minister of Trade and Investment in Nigeria, Mr. Aganga successfully chaired the Eighth World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference in December 2011. The first time an African would chair this important assembly in its 16 years of existence.

Abdulfatah Ahmed

Governor Kwara State – NIgeria Abdulfatah Ahmed (born 29 December 1963) is a Nigerian banker and public servant who was elected Governor of Kwara State in the 26 April 2011 elections, running on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform. Ahmed was born on 29 December 1963 in Share, Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State. He attended Government College Funtua, Katsina State (1973–1978) and the school of Basic Studies of Kwara State College of Technology (now Kwara State Polytechnic), Ilorin (1978–1980). He went on to the University of Ilorin where he earned a B.Sc. in Chemistry (1986) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA, 1992). He was a lecturer in Organic Chemistry and later Acting Head of Department at Federal College of Arts and Science, Sokoto, in Sokoto State (1986–1990). He became an Assistant Manager at District Savings and Loans, Lagos (1991–1993). In 1993, he started work with Guaranty Trust Bank in the Credit and Marketing Unit. In 1998, he moved to Societe Generale Bank Nigeria as a Senior Manager/Group Head, Consumer Banking. Later he became Public sector Group for the North West region.

Dr. Sam Amadi

CEO – Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission Dr. Sam Amadi was inaugurated by President Goodluck Jonathan on the 22nd of December, 2010 alongside six other commissioners (drawn from six geo-political zones of the country), after which he resumed office as Executive Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC). He has served as technical expert/advisor on numerous high level committees and commissions, more recently on the US – Nigeria Bi-National Commission to ensure effective implementation of Nigeria-US bilateral agreements and engagements on democracy, transparency and accountability and good governance (June 2010). In March, 2011, he was appointed member of the Presidential Committee on Reform Processes in the Public Service in Nigeria. Included in his repertoire are numerous papers and publications on an array of topics ranging from rule of law and accountability, globalization, issue-based advocacy, human rights and privatization to name a few.

Rotimi Amaechi

Governor Rivers State – NIgeria Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi is a Nigerian politician, who became Governor of Rivers State in June 2007. He was previously Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly from 1999 until 2007.[1] He ran successfully for reelection as River State governor on 26 April 2011. Amaechi was born in Ubima, in Ikwere local government area of Rivers state, and is an alumnus of the University of Port Harcourt. His wife, Judith Amaechi is active in promoting improvements to the status of women and children, and is sponsor of the Empowerment Support Initiative, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), that provides practical support and advice, particularly for the most disadvantaged. In the April 2007 Rivers State elections, Celestine Omehia of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was at first declared governor, but his election was later annulled and Chibuike Amaechi, also of the PDP, was declared governor. The decision of the Supreme Court to substitute Amaechi in place of Omehia was controversial. Amaechi ran successfully for reelection on 26 April 2011. He polled 1,178,529 votes, while the runner-up Celestine Omehia of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) scored 112,528 votes.


SPEAKERS Godswill Akpabio

Governor Akwa Ibom State – Nigeria Godswill Obot Akpabio completed his primary education at Methodist Primary School , Ukana, where he obtained a Distinction in the First School Leaving Certificate Examination. He was admitted into the prestigious Federal Government College, Port Harcourt, Rivers State and thereat completed his WAEC and GCE A’ Levels. Obong (Barr.) Godswill Obot Akpabio, attended the University of Calabar , Calabar, Cross River State , and the Nigeria Law School , Lagos . He graduated in law and was called to the Nigerian Bar. Akpabio embarked on Legal Practice during his National Youth Service Corps year in Lagos and has since remained in practice. A devout Christian imbued with true greatness wrapped in simplicity and a strong, unshakable faith in the will of God. He has undoubtedly, latched onto the indelible footsteps of his grandfather, late Okuku Udo Akpabio, 1 st Warrant Chief in Ikot Ekpene province, his Uncle Late Dr. I. U. Akpabio, Minister of Education/Internal Affairs in the then Eastern Nigeria, and his cousin, Senator (Justice) Nsima Akpabio, of the Second Republic.

Dr. Sarah Omotunde Alade

Deputy Governor (Economic Policy) – Central Bank of Nigeria Dr. Sarah Omotunde Alade was appointed Deputy Governor (Economic Policy) Central Bank of Nigeria on 26th March, 2007. She attended the University of Ife, Ile-Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) where she obtained a B.Sc (Hons) degree in Economics in 1976. She also obtained an M.Comm degree at the University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia in 1983 and a Ph.D Management Science (Operations Research), from the University of Ilorin in 1991. Dr. Alade was appointed Director, Banking Operations Department in May 2004. In that capacity, she served as Chairman Board of Directors, Nigeria Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS) as well as Secretary, National Payments System Committee (NPSC). Dr. Alade was a member of the Technical committee of the Vision 2010; currently a member of the Technical Committee of Vision 2020 and member of the National Economic Management Team (EMT).

Pierre Alarie

Vice-President, Business Development and Sales - CCC Mr. 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.

Ambassador Olugbenga Ayodeji Ashiru Minister of Foreign Affairs – Nigeria

Ambassador Ashiru was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in July 2011. Ambassador Ashiru joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in June 1972, as a Third Secretary and went on to enjoy a successful career that spanned over three decades as a diplomat. During that period he held various positions and led several departments within the ministry. He also served at various Nigeria missions and participated in the United Nations General Assembly sessions as a representative from Nigeria. He was appointed the Ambassador to the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea in January 1991. Ambassador latter awarded the Order of the Republic of the People’s Republic of Korea in 1997. In July 1999, the French President awarded him the Commander of the Order of National Merit (Commanduer de L’Odre National de Merit). Ambassador Ashiru was appointed the Nigerian High Commissioner to the Republic of South Africa and with concurrent accreditation to the Kingdoms of Lesotho and Swaziland by President Olusegun Obasanjo in August 2005. In March 2002 he served as a the Under Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in charge of the Regions of the World and International Organizations directorate.

Alex Ball

Managing Partner and Head of US Institutional Equity Sales – Edgecrest Capital Alex Ball is Managing Partner and Head of US Institutional Equity Sales for Edgecrest Capital, an employee-owned private Canadian Investment Dealer boutique with and Investment Banking focus. Mr. Ball completed his Master of Business Administration in finance at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management in 2004 and obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from McGill University in 1998. His industry experience includes over $5 billion in global mining related transactions in equity and debt and M&A at UBS Canada, Macquarie Securities, and BMO Nesbitt Burns in addition to dealing with many of the largest buy side funds in New York City, London, and Asia. He also spent two years working with OMERS, a large Canada-based pension fund, as an Investment Analyst in Active Equities. Mr. Ball has almost 15 years of experience across Institutional Equity Sales, Investment Banking, and Asset Management.


SPEAKERS Diane Belliveau

Regional Manager, Africa – Export Development Canada (EDC) Export Development Canada (EDC) is Canada’s export credit agency, offering innovative commercial solutions to help Canadian exporters and investors expand their international business. EDC’s knowledge and partnerships are used by more than 8,400 Canadian companies and their global customers in up to 200 markets worldwide each year. Financially selfsustaining, EDC is a recognized leader in financial reporting and economic analysis. EDC’s main objectives are to meet with Canadian exporters interested in Ghana and Nigeria and learn about their interests, successes and challenges. It also wishes to learn more about the extractive and infrastructure industries in these markets and build on its ongoing relationships.

Engr. Mustapha Bello

Executive Director of Nigeria Investment Commission Former Minister of Commerce, Mr. Bello assumed the position of Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) in December 2003. In June 2005 he predicted that interest rate would fall to about 6% on completion of bank recapitalization in 2006. In July 2006 the Chinese Commercial Counselor Mr. Hu Yu Chen praised the NIPC in assisting Chines investors, and said that in 2005 trade between Nigeria and the People’s Republic of China had exceeded $2.8 billion, making Nigeria China’s second largest trading partner. This was an increase from $1.45 billion 2001. In November 2009 Bello said that Nigeria was keen to cement business ties with Iran. In January 2010 Bello welcomed officials of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), who had come to discuss introducing the bank to stakeholders in Nigeria in the private and public sector. The bank aims to reduce poverty and promote economic development without any political attachment, in the same way as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. In February 2010 he met with officials of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Bank of Industry (BOI), who were discussing providing funding to develop the Nigerian palm oil, rice and textile sectors. In February 2010 he said the government would try to sustain targeted foreign direct investment (FDI), which was currently at N2.98 trillion.

Paul Brennan

Vice-President, International Partnerships – ACCC Paul Brennan currently holds the position of Vice-President, International Partnerships, at the ACCC. The ACCC is the national association and voice for the 130 public colleges, cégeps and institutes of technology in Canada who collectively reach 1.5 million learners per year in over 1,000 Canadian communities. He is responsible for the development and administration of all of ACCC’s international institutional partnership programs for its members, such as the Education for Employment Programs in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean region, and the Asian Development Bank funded projects to help countries in Asia, such as Vietnam and Cambodia, design and set up networks of colleges. He also leads ACCC’s initiatives to support colleges in their international student recruitment efforts, as well as to convince and support more Canadian students to study and intern abroad. Paul Brennan has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees specializing in modern Asian and African history, and a Master’s degree of Management at McGill University focusing on Leadership of National Not-for-profit Associations. He is fluent in French (mother tongue), English, Mandarin Chinese and some Brazilian Portuguese. He has also studied, lived and worked in China, Indonesia and Zimbabwe during his career.

Mark Cameron

Director of Global Public Policy – BlackBerry Canada Mark Cameron served as Director of Policy and Research, and Senior Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada from 2006-2009. He later worked for Ontario Power Generation as Director, Corporate Affairs and current serves as Director, Global Public Policy for Blackberry. Cameron has worked for several MPs and cabinet ministers, including the Hon. David Anderson and the Hon. Stephane Dion and in the Privy Council Office, and also worked as federal director of the High Park Group, a consultancy with a focus on environmental and energy policy. He holds a BA (Hons.) from McGill and MA in Political Science from UBC.

Rupak Chattopadhyay

President CEO – Forum of the Federation Rupak Chattopadhyay [President and CEO] has master’s degrees in economics and political science from the University of Ottawa and the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and did his doctoral work in political science at the University of Toronto. He was closely involved with the peace process in Sri Lanka and discussions on constitutional reforms in the Philippines in his previous capacity as Director Asia-Pacific programs. He was also a member of the Consultative Group on the Study of Intergovernmental Relations and Dispute Resolution Mechanisms, Inter-State Council, Government of India. He coeditor of the five-volume series covering the proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Federalism, entitled “Unity in Diversity: Learning from Each Other”. He is also co-editor of “Dialogues on Diversity and Unity in Federal Countries” and “Finance and Governance of Capital Cities in Federal Systems”.


SPEAKERS Professor C.O. Onyebuchi Chukwu Minister of Health – Nigeria

Professor C.O. Onyebuchi Chukwu was appointed Minister of Health of Nigeria by His Excellency Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in April, 2010. As Minister of Health, he championed the approval of the National Strategic Health Development Plan for the health sector by the Federal Executive Council of Nigeria and the signing of the International Health Partnership Plus (IHP+) Compact securing partners commitment to the implementation of the plan. He had served as Chairman of the Assembly of ECOWAS Health Ministers; the Regional Committee for Africa of the World Health Organisation; Board member, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health; First Vice President of the 64th World Health Assembly and currently, the Chairman of the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) Nigeria of the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He was the Chairman of the 60th Session of the Regional Committee for Africa of the World Health Organisation.

Joe Clark

Former Prime Minister of Canada Joe Clark rose quickly in federal politics, entering the House of Commons in the 1972 election and winning the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party in 1976. He came to power in the 1979 election, defeating the Liberal government of Pierre Trudeau (making him the only person to ever defeat Trudeau in a Federal election) and ending sixteen continuous years of Liberal rule. Taking office the day before his 40th birthday, Clark is the youngest person to become Prime Minister. His tenure was brief as he only won a minority government, and it was defeated on a motion of non-confidence. Clark subsequently lost the 1980 election and the leadership of the party in 1983. He returned to prominence in 1984 as a senior cabinet minister in Brian Mulroney’s cabinet, retiring from politics after not standing for re-election for the House of Commons in 1993. He made a political comeback in 1998 to lead the Progressive Conservatives before its dissolution, serving his final term in Parliament from 2000 to 2004. Clark today is recognized as a distinguished scholar and statesman, and serves as a university professor and as president of his own consulting firm.

Ron Clark

Partner and Member, Corporate/Commercial Group and Energy Team – Aird & Berlis Ron’s corporate/commercial practice includes advising corporations, financial institutions, municipalities and individuals on commercial agreements, asset and share purchase transactions, mergers and acquisitions, private placements and secured lending transactions. Ron’s energy practice has involved counselling stakeholder groups, retailers, distributers and generators on legislative and policy matters relating to electricity markets. He has been retained in connection with power procurement arrangements, development of generation and cogeneration facilities and the Ontario government’s clean energy supply and renewable energy supply RFPs and contracts. He has been involved in electricity restructuring in Saudi Arabia, Ghana, Albania, Macedonia and the Regional Southeast European market. He has also chaired the Ontario Energy Association’s Task Force on Ontario’s proposed electricity legislation. Ron Previously served as a diplomat with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, with postings in Ottawa and Brussels.

Melissa T. Cook, CFA

Founder and Managing Director of African Sunrise Partners LLC Melissa T. Cook, CFA, is the Founder and Managing Director of African Sunrise Partners LLC. ASP is an investment strategy firm dedicated to sub-Saharan Africa. Our mission is to bring companies and institutional investors in to Africa to invest, grow and profit. We are a bridge between the American and African business communities, and we act as a matchmaker between contacts throughout our broad global network. We comment regularly for clients on how global themes are playing out in African markets. Ms. Cook has worked in the global equity business for over 25 years. She covered en-tertainment, broadcasting, housing, capital goods, and consumer products companies at Drexel Burnham Lambert, Prudential Securities and CLSA/Crédit Agricole. At CLSA, Ms. Cook was the Head of AsiaUSA Strategy, where she visited China regularly and wrote about the impact of China’s rise on multinational companies and global portfolios. She also worked as 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 Fi-nance from the Stern School of Business at New York University. She is a CFA charter-holder and holds FINRA Series 7, 16, 24, 63, 86, and 87 licenses.

Ibrahim Hassan Dakwambo Governor Gombe State – Nigeria

Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo (born 4 April 1962) is a Nigerian who was elected Governor of Gombe State, Nigeria in the 26 April 2011 elections, running on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform. Dankwmbo was born on the 4 April 1962 at Gombe. He graduated from Ahmadu Bello University in 1985 with a degree in Accounting. He obtained a Master of Science degree in Economics from the University of Lagos in 1992. He began his career with Coopers & Lybrand in 1985, and worked at the Central Bank of Nigeria from 1988 to 1999. He was then appointed Accountant General of Gombe State, holding this position until 2005.[3] He was appointed Accountant – General of the Federation on 20 April 2005. He held this office until he resigned to start his campaign for election as Governor of Gombe State January 2011. In the 26 April 2011 election, Dankwambo won 596,481 votes, ahead of Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) with 91,781 votes and Senator Sa’idu Umar Kumo of the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) with 84,959 votes.


SPEAKERS Aliko Dangote, GCON

Founder – Dangote Group Aliko Dangote is the founder of the Dangote Group, which he currently presides over as President and Chief Executive. Dangote was born on the 10th of April, 1957. A graduate of Business Studies from the Al-Azahar University, Cairo, Egypt, he ventured into entrepreneurship early in life, starting off as a trader about three decades ago, before he ventured into fullscale manufacturing. Currently, the Dangote Group has 13 subsidiaries spread all over Nigeria with operations in 14 African countries. The Group recorded a turnover in excess of $3billion in 2012. Dangote Cement Plc, one of the four listed subsidiaries, is the biggest quoted company in West Africa and the only Nigerian company on the Forbes Global 2000 Companies. Dangote, who has won numerous awards both locally and internationally for his entrepreneurship and philanthropy, is listed by Forbes magazine as the richest African in the world with a networth of $16 billion as at March 2013.

Henry Dickson

Governor – Bayelsa State Hon. Dickson was Appointed the Honourable Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice of Bayelsa State from 2006 to 2007 by His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCON, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria who at the time was the Governor of Bayelsa State. As Honourable Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Bayelsa State, he strove to reposition the Ministry of Justice and the Judiciary in Bayelsa State by initiating several reform policies and programmes. He also served in different professional statutory bodies. He was a member of the Council of Legal Education in Nigeria, a member of the Body of Benchers of Nigeria, a member of the Body of Attorneys-General of Nigeria, a member of the Bayelsa State Security Council and Vice Chairman, Bayelsa State Judicial Service Commission. As a result of the positive impact he made on the people and based on his long years of committed and dedicated service to the state and the Ijaw nation at large, he was RETURNED UNOPPOSED and elected in 2007, as Honourable Member representing Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency of Bayelsa State in the House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Abuja.

Chief Edem Duke

Honourable Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation – Nigeria Edem had his early career with the FRCN, Cross River Radio, Radio Nigeria, SCOA Group culminating in his appointments as Press Secretary to the Governor of Cross River State in 1983. In 1979-1980,He served FRCN as Producer Outside Broadcast, Sports Commentator, Principal Producer Programmes, Acting Controller of Programmes;1980-82 CRBC as Senior Producer, Head of Presentation, Principal Producer. 1983 CRSG as Press Secretary to the Governor. 1984-1986 Principal Producer Radio Nigeria / Acting Controller of Programmes. 1989-90 First Public Relations Manager, SCOA Nigeria Group. 1st Chairman AkwaIbom/Cross River Joint Domestic Trade Fair 1987-1988 Setup LIBRAMARK COMMUNICATIONS as General Manager. 1991 -1993 He was appointed into the NNPC as Manager, Community Relations, Budget& Planning. 1993 -1999 He rose to become the General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division. Between 1992 and 1998, he led the participation of the Nigerian Oil Industry to several international Fora abroad, among them, The World Expo In Seville, Spain (1 992), The World Petroleum Congress In Stravanger, Norway (1993), The World Expo In Taejon, South Korea (1994), The Two Oil Conference, Exhibitions In Johannesburg In 1994 And 1995 ; The World Petroleum Congress In Beijing-China In 1997; The World Expo In Portugal In 1998.

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SPEAKERS Leonard Stanley Ekeh

Chairman – Zinox Technology Leo Stanley Ekeh is an Igbo Nigerian businessman and chairperson of Zinox Technologies Limited. In addition to Zinox, he has been involved with companies Task Systems, Technology Distributions Limited, ICT Brokers, TD Plus, ICT Connect and Buyright AFRICA Dotcom. Leo Stan Ekeh has a record of incisive entrepreneurship and his vision to Computerize Nigeria has rewritten the history of Information Technology in the Third World[citation needed]. Mr. Ekeh who believes that no one is destined to be poor in this knowledge century has been the main driver of digital knowledge Democracy in Africa[citation needed]. Mr. Ekeh as Chairman of the Zinox Group believes one of his legacies is to alter positively the destiny of many poor Nigerians through his knowledge democracy platforms. The most integrated Information Technology Group in the whole of Africa, the Zinox Group has shown multiple competencies in manufacturing, solutions delivery and logistics[citation needed]. The Group salvaged the 2006 Voters’ registration exercise by delivering 12,000 systems to INEC in 3 weeks[citation needed]. Again in 2011, under his leadership, the Group has been responsible for the technology backbone for the 2011 voters’ registration through the supply of 80,000 DDC Machines in 35 days, an awesome accomplishment for an indigenous firm in Nigeria or anywhere in the world.

The Honourable Ed Fast

Canadian Minister of Trade (To Be Confirmed) Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Ed Fast grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. After graduating from law school at the University of British Columbia in 1982, Fast co-founded the law firm currently known as Linley Welwood. He was elected in 1985 and served two terms as an Abbotsford School Trustee. He was elected to Abbotsford City Council in 1996 and served for three 3-year terms. During that time, he served variously as Deputy Mayor and as Chair of the Parks Recreation & Culture Commission. Fast was elected as the Member of Parliament for the riding of Abbotsford on January 23, 2006. During his first term, Fast was appointed to the Standing Committee of Canadian Heritage and the Standing Committee for Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. Fast was also the Vice-Chair of the B.C. Conservative caucus. On October 14, 2008, Fast was re-elected to his second term where he served as the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights and as a member of the Copyright Modernization Committee.[1] On May 2, 2011, Fast successfully defended his seat in Parliament with 65% of the vote. He was appointed Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway on May 18, 2011. In this position, Fast will continue to advance free trade agreements with countries such as the European Union, India and South Korea and promote and support Canadian businesses wishing to do business in foreign markets

Dr. Kayode Fayemi

Governor Ekiti State – NIgeria Kayode Fayemi, (born February 9, 1965) is the current Governor of Ekiti State and a native of Isan-Ekiti in Oye Local Government of Ekiti State, Nigeria. Kayode Fayemi is a former Director of the Centre for Democracy & Development, a research and training institution dedicated to the study and promotion of democratic development, peace-building and human security in Africa. Prior to his establishment of the Centre, he worked as a lecturer, journalist, researcher and Strategy Development adviser in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. He was Strategy Development Adviser at London’s City Challenge; research fellow at the African Research & Information Bureau in London, UK, reporter with the newspapers, The Guardian and City Tempo, editor of the political monthly, Nigeria-Now, management consultant at Development and Management Consultants and lecturer at the Police College in Sokoto, Nigeria. As a prominent leader of the Nigerian opposition to military rule in exile, he was responsible for the founding and management of the opposition radios – Radio Freedom, Radio Democracy International & Radio Kudirat and played a central role in the opposition’s diplomatic engagements in exile. An account of the process and roles played in the setting up of Radio Kudirat may be found in Fayemi’s book Out Of The Shadows.

Charles Field-Marsham

Founder and President – Krestel Capital Management Corp. Charles Field-Marsham is a Canadian entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in building businesses in Africa. Charles acquired a wide array of international business and investment experience, beginning in 1991 when he joined Credit Suisse First Boston in New York, then while living and working in Kenya between 1993 and 2003, and through a number of ventures that led him to found Kestrel Capital Management Capital (KCMC) in 2006, when he returned to Canada. KCMC provides strategic, investment and management consulting services to Charles’ businesses outside of Canada. Charles owns and is chairman of the following businesses: Kestrel Capital, which he founded in 1995 and developed into the leading investment bank and broker in Kenya; Panafrican Group, which he founded in 1996, which has since grown from being the exclusive distributor of Komatsu equipment in Kenya to include distribution rights and operations in five countries across East and West Africa; and Kenya Fluorspar, a fluorspar mine he purchased in 1997 and has grown to become one of the largest and lowest cost producers in the world. These companies employ approximately 1,000 people with offices in Canada, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania and Dubai.


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SPEAKERS Catherine Hakim

Project Manager – Agriteam Canada Originally trained as a nurse, Catherine has managed a range of health programs for more than 25 years. Currently, she manages a multi-year School of Health Technology and Primary Health Care Development Project in Nigeria. She has overseen the design, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation of sexual and reproductive health programs in Pakistan, Brazil, El Salvador, Jamaica and Colombia. She worked for many years in Sudan, managing programs for Maternal and Child Health, National Control of Diarrheal Disease, National Baby Friendly Hospital Initiatives and National Acute Respiratory Infection. She contributed to the write up of the situational analysis of women and children in Sudan and the Sudan Country Strategy Paper and Master Plan of Operation for 1997–2001. Catherine also participated in the design and development of a Safe Motherhood Initiative for the Middle East and North Africa. In Canada, Catherine has managed sexual and reproductive health programs and health services delivery and coordinated a program for women’s health research. She contributed to the Action Plan for Women’s Health in Manitoba and Saskatchewan and other research on women’s health issues. Catherine has an MEd in Primary Health Care from the University of Manchester.

Rt. Hon. Chevalier Uduimo J. Itsueli

President of the Lagos Petroleum Club, CEO – Dubri Oil Co. Ltd Work for Phillips Petroleum Company in Europe, the United States, and Nigeria, ended as Managing Director of the Nigeria operations, a position held for 6½ years. Retired from Phillips Oil Company in 1987 to form and run Dubri Oil Company Limited, Nigeria and Africa’s first indigenous Crude Oil Producing Company; presently Chairman/Managing Director. Serves or served variously in both the private and public sectors, amongst which a few are: Honorary Life-Vice President of The Lagos Chamber of Commerce, Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group; Chairman Cadbury Nigeria Plc; President the Nigerian Indian Chamber of Commerce, President of the Lagos Business School Alumni Association. The Nigerian Vision 2020 National Steering Committee; the American Business Council; Chairman of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Board. Honours: the Distinguished Citizens Award of Edo State in 1992; Honorary Fellow, Faculty of Petroleum Law, the University of Dundee, in 1992. Knighted by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, in 2006, with the Knighthood of The Order of St. Gregory The Great, KSG. Holds the Traditional title of Ezomo of Fugar. President Olusegun Obasanjo conferred the National honours of The Officer of The Order of The Niger, OON, 2006.

Jonah David Jang

Governor Plateau State – Nigeria Air Commodore Jonah David Jang (born 13 March 1944) was elected Governor of Plateau State in April 2007. He had previously served as Military Governor of Benue State and Gongola State. He ran successfully for reelection on 26 April 2011. Jonah David Jang was born on 13 March 1944 at Du in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State. In 1965 he enlisted as an Air Force Officer Cadet at the Military Training School in Kaduna. He was given flying training at Uetersen in West Germany (1965–1966) and further training at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in 1969 and promoted to Lieutenant in 1970. He attended a course on Supply Operations Training (Logistics) in Denver, Colorado, United States and was promoted to Captain in 1972, Major in 1975 and Wing Commander in 1978, serving in most of the Nigerian air formations during this period. During the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida he served as Military Governor of Benue State from August 1985 to August 1986, then as Military Governor of Gongola State from August 1986 to December 1987. He voluntarily retired from the Nigeria Air Force in 1990. Jonah Jang took a Bachelor of Divinity Degree at the Theological College of Northern Nigeria (2000–2002). In 2007, he successfully contested the governorship election in Plateau State on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He ran successfully for reelection on 26 April 2011.

Dr. Eugene Juwah

Executive Vice Chairman – Nigerian Communications Commission Dr. Eugene Ikemefuna Juwah, is the c (EVC) and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) with over thirty years of experience in the Information Technology and Telecommunications industries, with over twenty years at the highest management levels. Dr. Juwah has played coordinating roles in the set up of ETACS, GSM and CDMA mobile networks in Nigeria, with hands on knowledge of the specification and construction of digital exchanges, base stations, data communications and subscriber access networks. As an experienced Network Operations Manager, Dr. Juwah has deep and profound practical knowledge of regulatory issues, pricing, billing, interconnection and network fraud control within the Nigerian environment.

RESPONSIBLY DEVELOPING IN NIGERIA A wholly-owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited, Nexen takes pride in developing long-term, high-value international oil and gas assets. There is perhaps no better example than the Usan oil development, located 80 kilometres offshore Nigeria, which began producing oil in February 2012. For Nexen, this is a significant milestone in our history as an active explorer, developer and producer in West Africa – one of the world’s most prolific oil and gas regions. We’re proud to be a Silver Level sponsor of the Canada-Nigeria Investment Conference.


Partner – Fasken Martineau Daye is a Partner in the Global Mining Group. His practice focuses primarily on mining-related securities and commercial law matters. 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 on stock exchange listings, redomicilings, compliance with continuous disclosure requirements, and assists companies with regard to M&A transactions and asset purchases. On the commercial side, Daye advises companies with respect to the acquisition of mineral rights in domestic and foreign jurisdictions, and drafts and negotiates commercial mining agreements, including option, joint venture, royalty, and other mining-related agreements. He is also involved in advising governments with respect to the drafting and updating of their mining legislation. Prior to joining the firm, Daye worked in the project finance department at the Paris office of a New York-based law firm.

Peter Kieran,

President – CPCS 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.

Zainab Ibrahim Kuchi

Minister of State in the Ministry of Power – Nigeria Delta Zainab Ibrahim Kuchi, Nigeria’s current Minister of State for Power, immediate past Minister of State, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Mediators, in a professional capacity. At Kuchi & Associate she was the driver of Commercial and Corporate Legal consultancy, Good Governance Advocacy, Banking, and Finance Regulations and Management consultancy. She is an ADR consultant and Trainer, a Chartered Mediator& Conciliator (ChM.C), Chartered Associate member (ACIArb) Chartered Institute of Arbitrator, UK. And an Associate member, Conflict Management and Leadership Training Institute, Calgary, Canada. Sember, a social entrepreneur and an ambassador of peace. Areas of expertise are, but not limited to commercial and corporate Legal consultancy, good governance advocacy, banking, and Finance Regulations and Management consultancy. She is currently a PhD student in Conflict Analysis & Resolution at Arlington Campus, George Mason University, USA. She is a goal and result-oriented person, who loves challenges and being part of dynamic agencies, committees, organization with growth as a mission.

Benoit La Salle, FCPA, FCA, MBA

Founder of SEMAFO inc. and President and Chief Executive of SMF Energy inc. Mr. La Salle is a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCPA, FCA), 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. He now acts as Executive Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of SEMAFO, Chairman of Foundation SEMAFO and President and Chief Executive Officer of SMF Energy. In the last quarter of 2012, Mr. La Salle has been appointed Chairman of Canadian Council of Africa (CCAfrica), Sama Resources and Kanosac. Mr. La Salle is the former Chairman of the Board of Plan International (Canada), one of Canada’s leading NGOs.of Foundation SEMAFO, and President and CEO of SEMAFO Energy. Mr. La Salle is the former Chairman of the Board of Plan International (Canada) one of Canada’s leading NGOs and sat at its Board for over 18 years.

Derrick Lichti

Principal Consultant – CPCS Mr. Lichti has been with CPCS since 2004. The head of CPCS’s modeling practice, he has developed operations, traffic, and financial models on numerous rail, port, urban transit, and power mandates. Mr. Lichti has worked in Canada, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe for both public and private sector clients. Most recently, he has completed railway rehabilitation studies in Tanzania and Zimbabwe as part of larger CPCS teams. Derrick has a degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo.


SPEAKERS His Excellency Chief Ojo Uma Maduekwe, CFR The Nigeria High Commissioner to Canada

The Nigeria High Commissioner is His Excellency Chief Ojo Uma Maduekwe [CFR] He served as Foreign Minister of Nigeria from July 26, 2007 until March 2010 when the then Acting President Goodluck Jonathan dissolved his cabinet. He was National Secretary of the ruling political party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Previously, he had been appointed Culture and Tourism Minister in 1999 and Minister of Transport in 2001. He comes to represent Nigeria in Canada with a wealth of experience and contacts. He is determined to take the bi-lateral relationship between both countries to a new height.

Frederic Mayaki

Regional Director – SNC-Lavalin, Africa Region Mr. Mayaki is an energy and finance specialist with a diploma in electrical engineering and master’s degree in applied sciences from Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal, and a master in business administration in finances from Ecole des Haute Etudes Commerciales of Montreal, both in Canada. He started in career as junior engineer in a uranium mining company in Niger before doing research and being a teaching assistant at Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal from 1986-1988. In 1989 he started his career in the consulting business in the power sector with Lavalin first and then SNC-Lavalin. He has occupied a number of positions as design engineer, power network planning specialist, energy and finance specialist, project director in the Power Group and Transmission and Distribution Division. Mr. Mayaki has led and managed multidisciplinary teams in the delivery of feasibility studies and engineering design, conducted number of due diligences, led project financial engineering including negotiations of agreement for the development of complex power and infrastructure projects.

Daniel McCormick, CFA

Managing Partner – EPISOLAR INCORPORATED Since its founding in 2011, Episolar has been focused on the identification, construction and financing of alternative energy installations worldwide as well as the identification and proliferation of innovative alternative energy technologies. Episolar has concentrated its commercial efforts two fold - through an innovative non ballast, non penetrating, solar rooftop mounting technology focused on installations within the United States and large scale solar installations worldwide in economically attractive regions. Episolar created Siginik Energy Limited (Siginik) as a limited liability corporation under the laws of Ghana in 2012. Siginik, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Episolar Inc., signed a 25 year definitive power purchase agreement with the Electricity Company of Ghana Ltd., the country’s second largest utility, to build a 50MW ground mounted solar installation in Bole, NW Ghana. The Bole Solar Project installation will be the largest in West Africa, one of the largest on the continent and construction will begin in the first quarter of 2013. Episolar is very interested in building further solar installations in other jurisdictions on the continent. Episolar would like to discuss this potential with new clients and joint venture partners. Episolar would also be very interested in meeting with Nigerian government officials in the hope of duplicating our Ghanaian success in their country.

Don McCutchan

International Policy Adviser – Gowlings Don McCutchan is an international policy adviser and member of the Gowlings International Strategic Advisory Group (GISAG). Don has extensive international experience, whether it be for clients investing or operating in Canada, Canadian clients investing or operating internationally or international clients abroad, particularly in the Energy and Mining industries. GISAG was formed to provide a strategic and business complement to the Firm’s already impressive legal capabilities, advising clients at the highest level on their international business needs. The group provides advisory services in the areas of corporate and business strategy, industry and organizational restructuring, government relations and lobbying, government restructuring and regulatory regime development, regulatory affairs, public policy strategy development, financing, international financial regulation, corporate governance and security advice, and planning and risk management. With extensive experience coordinating strategies with governments and other official agencies, including the IMF, the World Bank and the OECD, Don is a valuable member of GISAG. A former senior official at the Canadian Department of Finance, Don was involved in virtually all areas of government policy and was actively involved in the negotiation of the Canada/U.S. Free Trade Agreement. Don served as Canada’s founding executive director at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Prior to joining Gowlings in 1997, he was vice president of a private family holding company.

David R. Miller

Advisor to International Business and Sustainability – Aird & Berlis David’s experience, international activities and strong public profile is generating significant opportunity for the firm to enhance its international presence. As a Mayor of Toronto, David led trade missions to and gave major speeches in numerous European, American and Latin American cities, Hong Kong, and mainland China. While in office David was the Chair of the C40 Climate Leadership Group, comprised of the Mayors of the world’s leading cities working in partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative. David has been succeeded as Chair of the C40 by Mayor Bloomberg of New York. At the request of Mayor Bloomberg, David will continue to be formally involved with the work of the C40. Since leaving office, David has been appointed as an advisor to the World Bank and the OECD, and is affiliated with the Club de Madrid (the International organization of the former Presidents and Prime Minister). He has also been appointed to the Boards of the Suzuki Foundation and Cape Farewell Canada, as well as SAIL Capital Partners’ Advisory Board. David is working as an advisor to international businesses interested in sustainability.


PRELIMINARY PROGRAM (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) May 1st, 2013 4:00 pm-7:00 pm

Pre-registration for the Nigerian Delegation

7:00pm – 10:00 pm

Briefing session for Nigerian Delegation

May 2nd, 2013 7:30 am - 9:00 am


8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Exhibition Open

9:00 am - 9:10 am

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS Canada Room • Mr. Lucien Bradet, President and CEO, The Canadian Council on Africa • Ojo Maduekwe, High Commissioner to Canada • The Honourable Ed Fast, Canadian Minister of Trade (TBC) • Ambassador Olugbenga Ashiru, Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Federal Republic of Nigeria (TBC)

9:10 am - 9:25 am

SPECIAL MESSAGE BY: H.E. Arc. Namadi Sambo, Vice President, of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, GCON VOTE OF THANKS BY: Mr. Wale Tinubu, CEO, Oando

9:35 am - 9:55 am

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Achieving Nigeria’s Region 20:2020-Issues, Challenges & Prospects • Speaker: Minister of National Planning Shamsuddeen Usman, to present the Vision 20: 2020, Nigeria’s economic blueprint. This plan aims at placing Nigeria among the top 20 largest world economies.

10:00 am – 10:15 am

Regulatory Framework to Protect Foreign Direct Investment in Nigeria • Speaker: Minister of Trade and Investment Olusegun Olutoyin Aganga.

10:20 am - 10:35 am

Investment Opportunities in Africa’s fastest growing city • Senator Bala Mohammed, Minister of Federal Capital Territory

10:35 am – 10:50


10:50 am - 12.00 am

HUMAN CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION Ontario Room Human capital development and innovation is important for Nigeria as, over the next decade, education will be provided at all levels for its youth. The demand will be enormous and experiences of other countries such as Canada will be very important.

ADRESSING THE INFRASTRUCTURE DEFICIT AND REVITALIZING TRANSPORT THROUGH PRIVATE SECTOR Canada Room Nigeria’s robust transportation infrastructure plan includes both green field projects and the refurbishment of existing roads. In this session, learn more about attractive investment opportunities including key projects. The aviation subsector complements the development of other modes of transportation and presents lucrative investment opportunities for the private sector.

Moderated by Mr. Lucien Bradet, President CEO, Canadian Council on Africa • Princess Stella Oduah, Minister of Aviation Moderated by Paul Brennan, • Sen. Idris A. Umar Minister of Transport Vice-President, Association of • Mr. Onolememen Michael Oziegbe, Minister of State for Community College of Canada Works • Prof. Ruqayyatu Ahmed • Mr. Uzo Udemba, Founder, Chairman and President, Udemba Rufa’I, Minister of Education Group • Representative of • Mr. Frederic Mayaki, Regional Director – Africa, SNC-Lavalin Canadian Institution • Mr. Philippe Poutissou, Vice-President Marketing Commercial Aircraft - Bombardier Aerospace


PRELIMINARY PROGRAM (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) May 2nd, 2013 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch Sponsored by the Nigerian Communications Commission Canada Room SPEAKER: Dr. Eugene Juwah, Nigerian Communications Commission

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

GOVERNORS’ ROUNDTABLE Canada Room The Governors will discuss the specific project opportunities on the horizon in their respective states. Moderated by Rupak Chattopadhyay, President CEO Forum of the Federation • Governor Rotimi Amaechi. Rivers State • Governor Isa Yuguda, Bauchi State • Governor Jonah David Jang, Plateau State • Governor Theodore Orji, Abia State • Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, Kaduna State • Governor Ibrahim Shema, Katsina State • Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, Kwara State • Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha, Imo State • Governor Godswill Akpabio, Akwa Ibom State • Governor Peter Obi, Anambra State • Governor Olusegun Mimiko, Ondo State • Governor Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti State • Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dakwambo, Gombe State • Governor Henry Dickson, Bayelsa State

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm


3:15 pm - 4:20 pm

CIBN FINANCIAL FORUM Ontario Room Key Factors Contributing to Canada’s Avoidance of the Worst of the Financial Crisis Session by A.O. Global Structure of the Canadian Banking System - Presented by Don McCutchan Culture of the Canadian Banking System - Presented by Don McCutchan, and The Effectiveness of Regulation and Supervision – Presented by Peter Simone Moderated by Dr. Isa Odidi, the Chairman & CEO of Intellipharmaceutics • Dr. Sarah Alade, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank • Mrs. Evelyn Oputu, Managing Director, Bank of Industry • Mr. Roberts Ungwaga Orya, Managing Director of NEXIM Bank

4:25 pm - 5:35 pm


ELECTRICITY: Comparison and Development of Electricity Markets in Nigeria and Canada Canada Room The panel will review progress in each market and compare Canadian and Nigerian experiences and lessons learned. The panel will also discuss different approaches to the procurement of renewable energy as part of the market reforms in each jurisdiction. Moderated by Mr. Peter Kieran, President, CPCS • Mrs. Zainab Kuchi, Minister of State in the Ministry of Power • Mr. Ron Clark, Partner, Aird & Berlis, LLP • Mr. Daniel McCormick, Managing Partner, Epi-Solar



The petroleum industry in Nigeria is the largest industry and main generator of GDP in Nigeria. As of 2000, oil and gas exports accounted for more than 98% of export earnings and about 83% of

This panel will examine the Canadian and Nigerian experiences with particular emphasis on licensing and grid connection requirements, environmental matters, rates and regulatory charges, facilities

PRELIMINARY PROGRAM (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) May 2nd, 2013 4:25 pm - 5:35 pm

federal government revenue, as well as generating more than 40% of its GDP. It also provides 95% of foreign exchange earnings, and about 65% of government budgetary revenues.

approvals, transmission planning, the regulation of industrial and retail bilateral contracts, and current issues such as time-of-use pricing and “smart meters”, incentive rates and the integration of renewable energy resources into system dispatch and grid operations.

Moderated by Mrs. Gold Agu, CEO, TruQuest Moderated by Mr. Ron Clark, Partner, Aird & Berlis • Rt. Hon. Uduimo J. Itsueli, President of the • Dr. Sam Amadi, CEO, Nigeria Electricity Lagos Petroleum Club, CEO of Dubri Oil Co. Ltd Regulatory Commission • Mr. Wale Tinubu, CEO, Oando • Dr. Joyce Shyngle Wigwe, Former Legal advisor • Dmitri Tsvetkov, Chief Financial Officer, Mart to the Minister of Power, Nigeria Resources • Mr. Scott Stoll, Partner, Aird & Berlis • Senator Lee Maeba, former Chairman Senate • Mr. Rob Schumann, Project Manager, Manitoba Petroleum Committee Hydro International 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

GALA Sponsored by the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) DRESS CODE: Suit and Tie / Nigerian National Dress Main Speaker: Dr. Mrs. Ngozi Olojeme, Chairman of National Social Insurance Trust Fund

May 3rd, 2013 7:30 am - 9:00 am


7:30 am – 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast, VIP Breakfast Sponsored by Canada-Nigeria Chamber of Commerce (Strictly by Invitation)

8:30 am - 5:00 pm


8:45 am - 9:55 am

FINANCING, INVESTMENT AVENUES AND PPP Ontario Room This session will showcase various funding models, particularly PPP, and will highlight funding and investment mechanisms necessary to initiate and successfully complete your projects. Both private and public options will be discussed. Moderated by Mr. Pierre Alarie, Vice-President Business Development and Sales, Canadian Commercial Corporation • Engr. Mustapha Bello, Executive Secretary of Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission • Mrs. Diane Belliveau, Regional Manager – Africa, Export Development Canada • Mr. Peter Kieran, President CPCS

9:55 am – 10:10 am


10:10 am - 11:25 am

INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT) Ontario Room “Broadband makes it faster and more convenient to access or conduct online transactions and brings about innovation. Broadband is now crucial to every country’s social, economic and political development and growth”. The World had identified the ICT and the entertainment sectors as the

MINING Canada Room The Mineral spread in Nigeria is significant with evidence of different minerals distributed in Nigeria’s richly endowed geology. Nigeria has excellent and very significant deposits of vast mineral deposits in the country. The Mining sector is the cornerstone of economic development in Nigeria, there is need to aggressively market the huge solid mineral properties, scattered across the 36 states of the Federation.


PRELIMINARY PROGRAM (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) May 3rd, 2013 10:10 am - 11:25 am

entertainment sectors as the next big wave of growth.

Moderated by Mr. Benoit La Salle, Founder of SEMAFO inc and President and Chief Executive of SMF Energy inc.

Moderated by Mr. Mark Cameron, director of global public policy, BlackBerry Canada • Dr. Eugene Juwah , Nigerian Communications Commission • Mr Leonard Stanley Ekeh, Chairman of Zinox Technology 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

HEALTH SECTOR Ontario Room Every nation has been challenged in the last decades to offer health service to its citizens. Nigeria, the most populous nation in Africa, will also face similar issues. Lessons learned should be discussed as well as mistakes and successes. The Canadian health system, while not perfect, should be open to more collaboration with the Nigerian authorities and health practitioners. Moderated by Mrs. Catherine Hakim, Project Manager, Agriteam Canada • Prof. Onyebuchi C. Chukwu, Minister of Health • Mr. Aaron Yarmoshuk, Program Manager of AMPATH-UofT, University of Toronto

• Arc. Musa Mohammed Sada, Minister of Mines and Development • Mr. Alex Ball, Managing Partner and Head of US Institutional Equity Sales for Edgecrest Capital • Mr. Nana Sangmuah, Managing Director and Precious Metals Analyst at Toronto-based Clarus Securities Inc • Mr. Daye Kaba, Partner, Fasken & Martineau THE OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES OF URBAN DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA. Canada Room Nigeria has the largest cities in Africa, including large urban centers in the different States faces issues and must look at new approaches and solutions. A panel of Nigerians and Canadians would discuss this topic in a panel format. Moderated by the Former Mayor of Toronto, Mr. David Miller • Senator Bala Mohammed, Minister of Federal Capital Territory • Ms AMA Pepple, Minister of Lands and Urban Housing • Mr. Derrick Lichti, Principal, CPCS • Mr. Robert Palter

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch, Sponsored by Dangote Group

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm

NEW ALLIANCES – When Risks become Opportunities Canada Room Moderated by Mr. Lucien Bradet, President CEO, Canadian Council on Africa • Rt. Hon. Joe Clark, former Prime Minister of Canada • Dr. Bamanga Tukur, Chairman of People’s Democratic Party and President of the African Business Roundtable (ABR)

2:15 pm – 2:25 pm


2:25 pm - 3:55 pm

INVESTING IN NIGERIA: TESTIMONIES Canada Room Nothing Breeds Success like Success! This informal talk-show-style session will highlight Canada and Nigerian private sector success stories across sectors. Panelists will share their experience and best practices. Moderated by Mr. Peter Sutherland, Aird & Berlis • Mr. Aliko Dangote, Chairman of Dangote Groups• Mr. Peter Kieran, President, CPCS • Dr. Isa Odidi, Chairman & CEO, IntelliPharmaceutical • Mr. Charles Field-Marsham, Founder and President, Kestrel Capi-tal Management Corp • Mrs Oby Gold Agu, CEO, TruQuest

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

WRAP-UP SESSION Canada Room • Mrs. Melissa Cook, Founder and President, African Sunrise Partner


PRELIMINARY PROGRAM (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) May 3rd, 2013 4:35 pm – 5:00

CLOSING REMARKS BY: H.E. Arc. Namadi Sambo, Vice President, of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, GCON • Ojo Maduekwe High Commissioner to Canada • Mr. Benoit La Salle, Founder of SEMAFO inc and President and Chief Executive of SMF Energy inc.

May 4th, 2013 12:00 am – 2h00 pm

Meeting between the Vice President and the Nigerian Community in Canada at the Fairmont Royal York

SPEAKERS Olusegun Mimiko

Governor Ondo State – NIgeria Dr Olusegun Rahman Abayomi Mimiko, Medical Practitioner, humanist, democrat, progressive patriot and Governor, Ondo State of Nigeria. Two years on as governor, he remains an enigma: a man with immense charisma, doggedness and a clear vision of where he wants to take Ondo State. A lone ranger of sorts: he abhors godfatherism – he has been the major champion of Labour Party in Nigeria and its ideology of social democracy, not power elite democracy (i.e. socialism for the rich, capitalism for the poor). Two years on as governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko has brought a new concept to governance, a new paradigm: his programmes and projects have people at the centre and these projects are important mainly for their IMPACT, reflecting his motivation for political office and what has become his political mantra – ‘I WILL WORK FOR YOU’! This is underpinned by a 12 point acronymic agenda, “A CARING HEART.” The vision of Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, less than three years on, has turned to a mission with a string of accomplishments. Within the 3is initiative anchored by the newly created Ministry of Community Development and Cooperatives, he has executed a total of two hundred and thirty (230) community projects identified, prioritized by the people and implemented in conjunction with communities.

Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed FCT Minister – Nigeria

Distinguished Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed a politician to the core was sworn in as FCT Minister on Wednesday April 7, 2010. He came on board as the 15th Minister of FCT, though an avowed democrat; the FCT Minister is a steely man of his own conviction, a dynamic leader with gift of eloquence and remarkable political will. He has greatly proved his mettle as a man of action and principle. He believes that excellent services delivery is what the good FCT residents deserve and are craving, hence he has been up and doing since assumption of office. As a very courageous, consistent and firm leader, he detests praise singing. He realizes the fact that his legacies in the FCT and other places of call to service will be determined not by how much praise he receives while in office but the quantum of work he did. There is no doubt that by the time Senator Bala Mohammed concludes his glorious tenure as the FCT Minister, the nation’s capital would have gone several notches higher in its evolution as a veritable mega city and world class capital that all Nigerians will be proud of.

Peter Obi

Governor Anambra State – Nigeria Peter Obi (born 19 July 1961) was governor of Anambra State in Nigeria from 17 March 2006 to 2 November 2006, when he was impeached and from 9 February 2007 to 29 May 2007 after his impeachment was overturned. Although a fresh election was held on 29 April 2007, he was reappointed governor on 14 June 2007 after a court ruling that he should be allowed to complete a four-year term. He won a 6 February 2010 election for a second term as governor. Peter Obi was born on 19 July 1961 at Onitsha. He attended Christ the King College, Onitsha where he completed his secondary school education. He was admitted to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1980, graduating with a B.A (Hons) in philosophy in 1984. Going into business, he became Chairman of Next International Nigeria Ltd, then Chairman and Director of Guardian Express Mortgage Bank Ltd, Guardian Express Bank Plc, Future View Securities Ltd, Paymaster Nigeria Ltd, Chams Nigeria Ltd, Data Corp Ltd and Card Centre Ltd. He was the youngest Chairman of Fidelity Bank PLC. Peter Obi married Margaret Brownson Usen in 1992 after which they had their first child Gabriella Nwamaka Frances Obi, two years later they had their first son Gregory Peter Oseloka Obi.

Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah, OON

Honourable Minister of Aviation – Federal Republic of Nigeria Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah OON was sworn in as a Minister in the government of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR on July 2, 2011 and was deployed to the Ministry of Aviation on July 4, 2011. She is currently the Honourable Minister in charge of the Federal Ministry of Aviation, the body statutorily responsible for the regulation of air travel and aviation services with key responsibilities spanning formulation and management of aviation policies in Nigeria, supervision of air transportation, airport development and maintenance and standardisation of aviation infrastructural development, safety and security rules and procedures in line with global best practices. In 2011, the Aviation sector in Nigeria provided employment for an estimated 60,000 persons directly, served 14.6 million passengers across the network of airports and bringing the total amount of tickets sold in Nigeria to N225bn ($1.5bn USD). She has made a significant mark in the aviation industry within the short period she has worked in the sector. Some of major changes in the aviation sector include:



En affaires depuis 1911, SNC-Lavalin est une firme de calibre mondial qui dispose de bureaux permanents dans tout le Canada et dans plus de 40 autres pays. Nous fournissons une gamme complète de solutions techniques et apportons notre savoir-faire inégalé en de multiples disciplines d’ingénierie : des services de consultation et de conception aux mandats d’IAC/IAGC, en passant par le financement de projets, les ententes de concession à long terme et l’exploitation et l’entretien d’infrastructures. Au cours des 40 dernières années, nous avons réalisé plus de 800 projets en Afrique. Nous avons bâti notre réputation sur notre capacité et notre détermination à exécuter des projets de façon durable et sécuritaire, quelle qu’en soit la taille, et sur notre écoute attentive des clients que nous servons.

In business since 1911, SNC-Lavalin is a global service provider with permanent offices across Canada and in over 40 countries worldwide. We offer the full spectrum of technical expertise from engineering consulting and design services to full EPC/EPCM assignments, including project financing, long-term concession agreements, and the operation and maintenance of infrastructure assets. Over the past 40 years, we have completed some 800 projects in Africa. Our reputation is built on our seamless and sustainable execution of projects of all sizes, our commitment to health and safety, and a keen understanding of our clients’ various needs.

SPEAKERS Dr. Isa Odidi

Chairman & CEO – Intellipharmaceutics Dr. Odidi a prolific inventor in pharmaceutics and pharmaceutical technology, and is acclaimed for pioneering innovative controlled, targeted, or timed-release drug delivery technologies and their “reduction to practice” to allow commercialization and use for the common good. Dr. Odidi obtained a BSc Pharmacy (Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria), MSc Pharmaceutical Technology, PhD Pharmaceutics (University of London), MBA (Rotman School of Management), D.Sc. (Uniben) and has over 50 issued and pending patents. Dr. Odidi is currently CEO, Chairman, and Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of Intellipharmaceutics International Inc. (Nasdaq: IPCI; TSX: I), a company he co-founded. From 1995 to 1998, he was CSO and Vice-President of R&D and New Technologies at Biovail Corporation. He took Biovail to major international player with drug product breakthroughs based on his pioneering proprietary novel drug delivery technologies.

Dr. Amina Odidi

President, COO and CSO – Intellipharmaceutics Dr. Amina Odidi Is a nationally acclaimed Nigerian born Canadian business leader, pharmaceutical industrialist, scientist and inventor. Dr. Amina Odidi is the co-founder, President and Chief Operating Officer of Intellipharmaceutics International Inc. (Nasdaq: IPCI; TSX: I). Dr. Amina Odidi is also the co-chief scientist of the company, providing innovation and leadership in the scientific operations of the company. Shehas been president and COO of the predecessor companies since 1998, and operated Intellipharmaceutics as a sole proprietorship between 1996 and 1998. Dr. Amina Odidi, immigrated to Canada in 1995. Between 1982 and 1987 Dr. Amina Odidi held several senior positions in the healthcare industry in Nigeria; including heading the pharmacy units of the premier tertiary hospital in Kano State. Between 1985 and 1987, Dr. Amina Odidi was the chief pharmacist, Health Services Management Board (HSMB), Kano state. Dr. Amina Odidi has over 50 issued and pending patents.

Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha Governor – Imo State

Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha is a unique Nigerian, a great Philanthropist of no equal measure, teacher and educationist, an orator, an apostle of peace, a detribalized Nigerian, politician, great business mogul whose name is synonymous with success, father to thousands of poor Nigerian children, symbol of the New Generation, standard bearer of a new Nigeria, Emperor of the Disabled, an accomplished administrator and presently a the Governor of Imo State. Owelle Rochas Okorocha holds a Masters degree in Law. He is versed in local, national, and international policies and global trends in economic development. He has effectively initiated leadership standards at various forms of public endowment and has assisted government agencies and parastatals in initiating ideas, implementing programs, managing public projects and shaping public policies. He has implanted progressive measures and elevated lives by bringing about strategic changes with proven and visible economic or social enhancements.

Dr. Juliet Ngozi Olejeme, FCIDA

Chairman – Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) Dr. (Mrs.) Juliet Ngozi Olejeme, FCIDA, astute politician and administrator, hails from Asaba in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. “Your Excellency” as she is fondly addressed by friends and admirers, on account of her sterling leadership qualities, is a combination of several uncommon qualities packed into one. From a humble beginning, she has risen to become today, an outstanding grassroots politician, publicc sector administrator, philanthropist and charity worker, charismatic leader, peace ambassador, human rights activist, anti-corruption crusader and a nationalist. Dr. (Mrs.) Olejeme rose to national prominence during the volatile period of military dictatorship. As a fearless leader of various community organizations, she supported the cause of many Nigerians who defiantly challenged the government of late General Sanni Abacha (1993-1998) to pave way for democracy. With a wealth of experience in business, Olejeme has a proven track record of success in business management. Her pedigree in business can be attested to by the success story of her vast business empire ABLE-JES Nigeria Limited where she is the Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer.

Robert Ungwaga Orya

Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer – Nigerian Export-Import Bank Robert U. Orya is the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Export – Import Bank (Nexim Bank). He was appointed to the position on 14th August, 2009. Under his leadership, Nexim Bank has successfully implemented a corporate transformation programme. This has enabled the Bank to function effectively as the Trade Policy bank of the Federal Government of Nigeria. Mr. Orya’s visionary leadership and market knowledge has quickly turned around Nexim Bank to a profit-making institution – a remarkable recovering for the previous loss-making State bank. He is leading Nexim Bank to realize its mandate as the Trade Policy Bank of the Federal Government of Nigeria, while focusing on financing exportoriented businesses in the Manufacturing, Agriculture (Agro-processing), Solid Mineral and Services sectors, in line with revenue diversification programme of the government. Mr. Orya is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, and an Associate Member of London’s bankers association. He is a certified member of Pension Institute of Nigeria, and Nigeria Institute of Management.


SPEAKERS Evelyn Oputu

Managing Director – Bank of Industry A lady of significant financial muscles, humane and forthright, Evelyn Oputu from Delta State, was born on 13th August 1949. She is currently at the apex of the Bank of Industry (BOI) as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO). From a humble beginning, she started her education at St. Teresa College, in Ibadan, South-West of Nigeria (1960 - 1964), through both Federal School of Arts and Science Lagos (1965 - 1967) and Temple School Secretariat Washington DC (1968 - 1969), culminating in B.Sc. Business administration at the university of Lagos (1972 - 75). Evelyn Oputu was also at the Harvard Business school, Boston, in 1987 where she obtained a Diploma in Mass General Management. Between 1997 and 2005, this woman of financial discipline was chairman and CEO of KES products limited which is a medium-sized manufacturing company engaged in polyethylene blown films and polypropylene lines of packaging for industrial and domestic uses. She was also a lead consultant of NDALI consultants which is a financial concern engaged in raising of funds for both debt and equity for private and quoted companies. Her clients included FAAN, NCAA, NAMA, Nigerian College of Aviation Technology Zaria (NCAT) as well as financial consulting for two merchant banks. In 1991 to 1992, Evelyn Oputu became an Executive Director, First Bank of Nigeria Plc in which her main assignment spanned all technical aspects of the Bank’s operations. An Executive Director in 1990 and chairman, committee on the financial management of Aviation Parastatals (2000 - 2001), Ms Evelyn Ndali Oputu, has also been a member of board of several buoyant companies which are engaged in a wide range of financial build-up. They include insurance, mining, oil and gas, medical and manufacturing.

Theodore Orji

Governor Abia State – Nigeria Theodore Ahamefule Orji was elected Governor of Abia State, Nigeria, on May 29, 2007. Prior to his election, Orji, a career civil servant, served as the Chief of Staff to former Abia Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu. He was reelected as Governor on April 26, 2011. Theodore Ahamefule Orji was born in Amaokwe Ugba, Umuahia – Ibeku in Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State in 1950. He attended Santa Crux Secondary School, Olokoro, Holy Ghost College, Owerri and obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the University of Ibadan in 1977. He enlisted for the National Youths Corps Scheme on graduation and was deployed to Sokoto State as a teacher at Government Secondary School, Shinkafi, Isa Local Government Area. On completion of the National Youth Service Corps Scheme in 1978, Orji began working as an Administrative Officer in the old Imo State civil service in December 1979. He subsequently served in various capacities in the Cabinet Office, Ministry of Lands and Survey, Ministry of Agriculture, and Imo State Government House. When Abia State was created in 1991, Orji returned to Umuahia where he served in Government House, Umuahia, Bureau of Budget and Planning and Ministry of Agriculture. On March 1, 1996, Orji was seconded to the National Electoral Commission of Nigeria (NECON), now INEC, Abia State as Administrative Secretary and was later redeployed to Enugu State in 1997 where he supervised the elections that ushered in the democratic government in the state in 1999. Thereafter, he returned to Abia State as Principal Secretary, Government House, Umuahia and Chief of Staff to the Executive Governor

Arc. Onolememen Michael Oziegbe Minister of State for Works – Nigeria

A chartered Architect and professional construction manager of over 25 years cognate experience in the private and public sector in Nigeria, Arc. Mike Onolememen holds the Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture, the Master of science degree in Architecture, and the Master of science degree in Construction management. He is currently rounding up work on his Ph.D dissertation in Public Policy and Administration He is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA); Member, Association of Consulting Architects in Nigeria (ACAN); and Member, Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM). He is also a Registered Architect by the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON).

Robert Palter

Director (Senior Partner) – McKinsey, Toronto Robert Palter is a Director (Senior Partner) in the Toronto office of McKinsey & Company. He is the leader of McKinsey’s Infrastructure Practice for North and South America. While the primary focus of his client work is with investors (pension funds, private equity funds and corporations) looking to participate in infrastructure assets, he has broad experience on a variety of infrastructure topics. Robert has an M.B.A. from the University of Western Ontario (with Honors) and an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Toronto. He was named one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 in 2006. He is a member of the Board of the Munk School of Global Affairs as well as the United Jewish Appeal of Toronto where he sits on the Governance and Audit committees.


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SPEAKERS Honorary Minister Ama I. Pepple

Federal Minister of Land, Housing and Urban Development – Abuja, Nigeria Mrs. Amal Inyingi Pepple, CFR, was born on June 16th 1949 to the Perekule Royal House in Grand Bonny Island in Rivers State. She attended Archdeacon Crowther Memorial Girl’s School Elelenwa, Port Harcourt, Nigeria for her O Levels and proceeded to the College of Further Education, Bath Lane, Newcastle-Upon Tyne, England for her A Levels. After her A Levels, she proceeded to the University of Ile-Ife, Nigeria for University Education where she read Political Science and graduated with first class honours. In 1981, she acquired her Master of Science Degree from the School of Oriental & African studies, University of London, UK. She did her Youth Service in NBC, Port Harcourt and then began her working career as Lecturer in Political Science at the Rivers State College of Education. On 16th June 2008, she was appointed the Head of Civil Service of the Federation. She is an Awardee of the National Honour of Commander of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (CFR). As a reward for excellence and dedicated service to her Fatherland, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, found her worthy and appointed her a Minister of the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in July 2011 and assigned her the portfolio of the Honourable Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development.

Philippe Poutissou

Vice President, Marketing Bombardier Commercial Aircraft – Bombardier Philippe Poutissou was appointed to his current position as Vice President, Marketing, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft in September 2008.Mr. Poutissou leads the Marketing team in developing and implementing market research, forecasting, strategic planning, sales campaign support and airline analysis activities around the world. Joining the Marketing Department in Toronto in 2000, Mr. Poutissou promptly assumed increased management duties as Manager and then Director, responsible for leading Regional Aircraft’s Markets and Airline Analysis activities in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Russia. Mr. Poutissou has been involved in aviation since 1995 when he joined Bombardier as an aerodynamics engineer. In that role, Mr. Poutissou helped develop, test and certify the Q400 regional airliner, Bombardier’s leading turboprop aircraft launched into revenue service in 2000. A Professional Engineer registered in Ontario, Mr. Poutissou holds a degree in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University and a Masters of Science in Aeronautics from the University of Washington. A native of Vancouver, Mr. Poutissou lives in Toronto with his wife and two young children.

Professor Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’l, OON Honourable Minister of Education – Nigeria

The Federal Ministry of Education has been vested with the overall responsibility for laying down national policies and guidelines for uniform standards for all levels of education in Nigeria as enshrined in various statutory instruments.

Honourable Musa Mohammed Sada Minister of Mines – Nigeria

Born on 25th February, 1957, in Mina Katsina State, of Nigeria, Arc. Musa Mohammed Sada is the Minister of Mines and Steel Development Nigeria. Having served meritoriously in that capacity from April 2010 to May 2011, he was reappointed to continue as the Minister of Mines and Steel Development Nigeria in July 2011. Prior to his appointment as a Minister in April 2010, Arc. Musa Mohammed Sada was a lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. A graduate of Architecture from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Arc. Musa Mohammed Sada also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the same University and other Professional Qualification which includes, Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Architects (FNIA), Architect Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON), Member, Nigerian Institute of Management (MNIM), Fellow, Institute of Industrialist and cooperate Administration of Nigeria. He has served in various capacities both in the private and public sectors.


SPEAKERS Nana Sangmuah

Managing Director and Precious Metals Analyst – Clarus Securities Inc. Nana Sangmuah is Managing Director and Precious Metals Analyst at Toronto-based Clarus Securities Inc. Mr. Sangmuah completed his Master of Business Administration in finance at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management in 2004 and obtained his Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Mining Engineering from the University of Mines and Technology, Ghana, in 1999. His industry experience includes various industrial attachments in producing mines in Ghana (Obuasi, Bogosu, Damang and Iduapriem) as well as extensive due diligence working visits of numerous gold mines in Africa, North & South America and Asia . He has about ten years of global mining equity research experience that covers over 80 mining companies worldwide in the gold, base metals and diamond sectors and has in-depth knowledge of mining projects in West Africa.

Ibrrahim Shehu Shema, CON, FNIM Executive Governor – Katsina State

His Excellency, Dr. Ibrahim Shehu Shema was awarded the Best Implementing State Governor (Year 2007) for Universal Basic Education (UBEC), Best Governor Agric Small Micro Credit Guarantee Scheme (2007) by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sardauna Leadership Awards as Best Governor in Education (2010) and the Mass Transit Award by the Federal Ministry of Transport (2010). In recognition of his tremendous efforts in the various sectors of human capital development, His Excellency was awarded the National Honours of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) in 2011 and Grand Officier de l’Ordre National du Niger/Grand Officer of the National Order of Niger (GOON) in Niger Republic. With this broad based background in business, law and Pubic Service, Governor Shema decided to run for governor of Katsina State in 2007 under the Peoples Democratic Party banner. Since his election, he has made great strides in the development of Katsina in all Spheres of human development. In Education, Food security, Wealth creation, Infrastructural development, Health, Water supply, Works, Housing, and Transportation. His Excellency, Governor Ibrahim Shema was recently re-elected for a second term in office and was sworn in for another four year tenure on May 29th, 2011.

Peter Simone

Member of the Board, and Board Audit and Conduct Review Committees – Bank of China Peter Simone spent his entire career in the financial services industry, recently retiring after 20 years as Director with the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions, Canada (OSFI), which is the primary Canadian regulator of banks and insurance companies. Peter’s work at OSFI included implementation of various governance initiatives such as risk management, performance measurement, board effectiveness, and internal audit. During his career at OSFI, Peter was seconded for two years to the Toronto Leadership Centre where he was Director of Programming. His is a member of the board of the Bank of China (Canada), as well as its Audit and Conduct Review Committees. Peter holds an undergraduate degree in business and computer science, and an MBA in finance and economics, from Ryerson and York Universities respectively.

Rob Schumann

Project Manager – Manitoba Hydro International Mr. Schumann has over 33 years of utility experience. He is presently a project manager for Manitoba Hydro International, where he has managed various contracts / projects throughout Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, India, USA, Canada, and other locations. He has a solid background in plant maintenance and project management, both within the Utility sector and in the private sector. He was recently responsible for managing a team of 30 utility specialists charged with the task of researching and writing the 16 Milestone Deliverable Reports that form part of the Transmission Company of Nigeria Management Contract. Mr. Schumann was also responsible for developing the maintenance program for the Lamar HVDC Station, owned by Exel Energy of the USA, and for identifying O&M requirements for a proposed HVDC link in southern Chile. In addition, he spent two weeks at the 2600 MWatt Cohara Bassa hydro power plant in Mozambique, introducing the plant management staff to the concepts of Reliability Centered Maintenance, and a structured Performance Monitoring System with relevant KPIs, etc.

Scott Stoll

Partner – Aird & Berlis Scott is both a lawyer and licensed professional engineer. He has over 20 years’ experience in the energy field, first as a project engineer and more recently as a lawyer. Scott has extensive experience in the electricity and natural gas sector. He regularly represents distributors, generators, retailers and transmitters in the electricity industry, in addition to representing distributors and storage developers in the natural gas industry. He provides advice to clients regarding the regulated environment in which the energy industry operates including OEB rates, licenses and facility applications, IESO-administered markets and regulatory compliance. He has advised project proponents with regard to the recent procurement processes of the Ministry of Energy and the OPA and he has also assisted clients with issues about market participation and compliance with the IESO Market Rules. Scott also advises clients on various environmental matters including: environmental assessments, certificates of approval, environmental management systems, contaminated land remediation, compliance issues and litigation matters.


SPEAKERS Peter Sutherland

Senior Business Advisor – Aird & Berlis, Asia Peter Sutherland advises Canadian companies interested in doing business in India, the Middle East and other parts of Asia. Mr. Sutherland joins Aird & Berlis LLP after a distinguished diplomatic career which included services as Canada’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, High Commissioner to India and as Director General, International Business Operations in the Department of Foreign Affairs and international trade. Mr. Sutherland’s other foreign assignments included postings in the United States, Hungary, Ivory Coast and as an attorney in the Inter-American Development Bank. Mr. Sutherland is currently the Vice-Chairman of the Canada-India Business Council.

Wale Tinubu CEO – Oando

Wale Tinubu is the Group Chief Executive of Oando PLC, Africa’s leading indigenous energy solutions provider listed on the Nigerian and Johannesburg Stock Exchanges. He serves on the board of various blue-chip companies as Chairman and Director. In 2007, he was named a Global Young Leader by the World Economic Forum, Geneva, in recognition of his achievements as one of the leading executives under 41. In 2010, Wale won the Africa’s ‘Business Leader of the Year’ award by the African Business Magazine and the Commonwealth Business Council on the basis of his contributions to the development of the African Oil and Gas industry. In 2011, he was awarded the ‘African Business Leader of the Year’ by Africa Investor. He obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Liverpool, England in 1988 and Masters of Law (LLM) from the London School of Economics, United Kingdom, in 1989 where he specialised in International Finance and Shipping.

Dmitri Tsvetkov

Chief Financial Officer – Mart Resources Mr. Tsvetkov was previously Chief Financial Controller of Heritage Oil Plc, a FTSE 250 (Exchangeable Shares listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchanges) oil and gas exploration and production company, which he joined in 2007. Before that Mr. Tsvetkov was with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Calgary, Canada and Moscow, Russia. Mr. Tsvetkov has more than 17 years of financial and accounting experience in oil and gas industry, and has a Chartered Accountant (CA) designation from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and an ACCA designation from the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants in the UK.

Gayle Turner

Vice-President – Agriteam Canada Ms. Turner has designed, managed, monitored and evaluated international development projects for more than 30 years. She joined Agriteam in 1991 as vice-president and manages Agriteam’s office in Gatineau, Quebec. Her expertise includes capacity development, institutional strengthening, participatory development, gender equality and educational reform. She has worked in more than 40 countries, with long-term assignments in Nigeria, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Indonesia. Her management experience includes complex, multi-disciplinary projects such as the School and Directorate Improvement Project in Jordan, the Juvenile Justice Reform Project in Ukraine, the Basic Human Needs Project in Tibet, the Indonesia Women’s Support Project, the Urban Services and Advocacy for Gender Equity project in Bangladesh and the Fiji Women’s Plan of Action Project. She is a skilled trainer and facilitator in participatory methods, gender analysis, results-based

Dr. Bamanga Tukur, CON

National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Bamanga Tukur is Honorary Life President of the west and central Africa Ports Management Association, and a member of various Chambers of Commerce in Nigeria. He is a member of the UNIDO International Business Advisory Council, the Ghana Investors Advisory Council and the OECD Africa Investment Advisory Board. He was elected Chairman of the NEPAD Business Group in March 2002. Dr. Tukur serves as Chairman of Advisory Board at Africa investor Ltd. and also serves as Chairman of the Board at African Investment Advisory. Dr. Tukur was awarded the Doctorate Degree of Law (Honoris Causa) by Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria and is a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology, Zaria. He also has an M.Sc from the University of Pittsburg He was awarded the National Honour of the Commander of the Order of the Mono (COM), and the National Honour of the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) in recognition of his contribution to business in Africa. He holds the traditional title of Tafidan Adamawa and Wakilin Ganye in Adamawa State. With the support of President Goodluck Jonathan, Tukur was elected as National Chairman of the PDP, Nigeria’s governing party, in March 2012.

Uzo Udemba

Chairman and President – Udemba Group For close to 25 years, Mr. Udemba has built a track-record of turning innovative ideas into successful and sustainable businesses. As the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Udemba Group, Mr. Udemba built a diversified group comprising of more than 20 market-leading companies in a range of sectors including oil and gas; health and fitness; real estate, engineering and construction; research and development; media & entertainment as well as science and technology. Under his tenure, Mr. Udemba captured 80% market share of the geosynthetics business in Nigeria, and grew TrendCorp from inception to become a market leader in Media and Entertainment in Africa, employing over 400 people. Envisioning the Trend Media City concept, Mr. Udemba will be a critical asset in the successful development and management of this spearheading project. Mr. Udemba holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, with an emphasis in Civil Engineering from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.


SPEAKERS Audu Idris Umar

Minister of Transport – NIgeria Audu Idris Umar (born 28 December 1959) was elected Senator for the Gombe Central constituency of Gombe State, Nigeria, taking office on 29 May 2007. He is a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Umar was born on 28 December 1959. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree In Law, and became a Barrister At Law. He was appointed State Counsel to the Ministry Of Justice, Bauchi. Umar was elected to the House Of Representatives in 1999, and was reelected in 2003. After taking his seat in the Senate for the 2007-2011 term, Umar was appointed to committees on Air Force (as Chairman), Federal Capital Territory, Finance and Judiciary and Human Rights & Legal Matters. In a mid-term evaluation of Senators in May 2009, ThisDay said only that he had no bill to his credit in past but had sponsored and cosponsored motions. As chairman of the Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on Food Crisis, Umar visited the controversial Kafin Zaki Dam site in April 2009 and endorsed the dam’s construction. However, Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan of Yobe North called on the committee to visit downstream users of the Jama’are River before taking a position. In August 2009 Senator Lawan spoke against the proposed dam. He stated that the Tiga and Challawa dams on the Hadejia River had already reduced downstream water flow drastically, and the Jama’are River was now the main source of water in the Yobe River. He said the dams caused intense poverty, increased desert encroachment, migration and conflicts between arable farmers and herdsmen.

Dr. Shamsuddeen Usman

Honourable Minister/Deputy Chairman, National Planning Commission, Nigeria Dr. Shamsuddeen Usman is the Honourable Minister of National Planning of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The National Planning Commission (NPC) is seated in the Presidency and is responsible for coordinating all policy and development planning activities in Nigeria. He was awarded the National Honours of Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) and Commander Order of the Niger (CON) in 2003 and 2011, respectively. He was also awarded Fellow of the Nigerian Economic Society and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers. He has held significant positions on different boards and committees such as the Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM), the Abuja Stock Exchange Steering Committee, the African Export-Import Bank (AFREXIM) Cairo, Egypt, Board of UBA Trustees Ltd, the Nigerian Stockbrokers Limited, amongst others.

Dr. Joyce Shyngle Wigwe

Former Legal advisor to the Minister of Power, Nigeria Joyce’s educational background spans a degree in sciences and a doctoral degree in Law at Stanford University in California. She has worked in both public and private sectors. She was a Special assistant to the Fmr President Obasanjo on International Relations and later Nigerians in Diaspora . She was legal advisor to Joint development Authority in the Gulf of Guinea . She served as a technical advisor to the Fmr Minister of Power on regulations and transactions. Joyce recently set up a consulting outfit - McLore ltd to assist companies desirous of tapping into opportunities in Africa.

Chukwuemeka Ngozichineke Wogu, CON

Honourable Minister of Labour and Productivity – NIgeria Nwadiala Chukwuemeka Ngozichineke Wogu (Emeka Ngozi Wogu) was appointed Nigerian Federal Minister of Labour & Productivity on 6 April 2010, when Acting President Goodluck Jonathan announced his new cabinet. Wogu was born on 29 January 1965 in Umuahia, Abia State and completed his secondary education at Ngwa High School, Aba (1978-1980). He attended Imo State University (1982-1986) obtaining an LLB, and the Nigerian Law School (1986-1987) where he obtained a BL. In 1990 he established a private law practice, Emeka Wogu & Co. He earned his Masters in Public Administration at the University of Calabar (2001-2002). He holds several traditional titles including Omezuru of Ohazie, Kpakpandu of Aba, Nwadiala of Aba and Amulutto of Oshogbo. Wogu was vice-chairman of the Aba South LGA in Abia State (1991-1993), becoming chairman of the LGA in 1993. He was elected to the Federal House of Representatives in 1998. In 1999 he was briefly the political adviser to Orji Uzor Kalu, governor of Abia State. He represented Abia State for two terms as commissioner at the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission. Immediately after being appointed Minister of Labour on 6 April 2010, Wogu had to deal with a strike by federal civil servants across the country that was planned to start on 8 April 2010. After meeting with the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council, which represents the eight unions involved, they agreed to hold off until the end of April 2010 while their concerns were being addresses


SPEAKERS Aaron Yarmoshuk

Program Manager of AMPATH-UofT – Dalla Lana School of Public Health AARON YARMOSHUK has 18 years of work experience in 10 countries of sub-Saharan Africa, including Nigeria. From 2007 to 2012 he managed the establishment of the Centre for Health and Development at the University of Port Harcourt for the University of Toronto. UNIPORT’s Centre for Health and Developments conducts operations research in health to provide evidence for practice, influence policy direction, strengthen health systems, and promote entrepreneurial development in Rivers State and throughout the Niger Delta region. Aaron is currently the Program Manager of AMPATH-UofT in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. He earned his Master’s from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Mukhtar Ramalan Yero

Governor Kaduna State – NIgeria Mukhtar Ramalan Yero is a Nigerian politician who was appointed as the Kaduna State Commissioner of Finance from 2007 to May 2010. In May 2010, Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa named him as the Deputy Governor. Yero was born on 1 May 1968 in Anguwar Kaura, Zaria Local Government, Kaduna State. He attended LEA Primary School Kaura from 1974-1980 and went to Government Secondary School Ikara, Zaria from 1980-1985. Yero completed his School Education in 1986.

Douglas J.S. Younger

Partner and Chair of the National Infrastructure Team – Aird & Berlis Douglas practices in the area of corporate and project finance with a predominant focus on public-private partnerships (P3) and infrastructure transactions. Douglas brings a wealth of P3 and project finance experience, having advised governments, equity sponsors and funders on a wide variety of transportation and accommodation projects including roads, hospitals, schools, universities, mass transit and social housing. Douglas also has extensive experience in the structuring, negotiations and documentation of corporate finance and M&A transactions as well as international and domestic project and structured financings. He has acted as lead counsel on a number of major Canadian P3 transactions. Douglas is a leader in the Canadian P3 sector, advising governments, bidders, founders and design-builders, founders and design-builders on major P3 transactions across the country. His experience as an advisor to governments and private sector participants in P3 transactions, both domestically and internationally, has given him significant insights into the issues confronting participants in the Canadian P3 market. He is also a frequent lecturer on Project finance and P3 issues.

Ambassador Bashir Yuguda

Honourable Minister of State for Works Ambassador Bashir Yuguda- Honourable Minister of State for Works was born on 20th March, 1962 in Gusau town of Zamfara State. He attended Tudun Wada Primary School, Gusau, between 1968-1974 and proceeded to Sardauna Memorial College between 1974-1979. He further attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, School of Basic Studies between 1979-1980 and then later proceeded to the City Commercial College, London, United Kingdom, where he obtained Higher National Diploma in Business Management, from 1980-1982. He further went to the Lincoln University, San Francisco, where he acquired a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) between1982-1984. Also, in 1999, he went to the American University, Cairo, Egypt, where he earned a certificate in Arabic studies.

Isa Yuguda

Governor Bauchi State – NIgeria Mallam Isa Yuguda was elected Governor of Bauchi State, Nigeria in April 2007 on the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) platform. In April 2009 he changed allegiance from the ANPP to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Yaguda was reelected governor on 28 April 2011. Isa Yuguda was born on 15 June 1956 in Yuguda. He studied at the North East College of Arts & Science in Maiduguri (1974– 1976) and then at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1976–1979), graduating with a BSc in Economics. He obtained a Masters in Business Administration in 1998 at the University of Jos in Plateau State. Isa Yuguda started work at the Federal Mortgage Bank, Bauchi Area Office as a Mortgage Manager (1981–1984). He moved to the Savannah Bank working as a Credit Manager in Sokoto (1986–1987) and then as a Manager in Abuja (1987–1991). He moved to Inland Bank as Acting General Manager (1991–1992) and then Managing Director and Chief Executive (1992–1999). He was Managing Director & Chief Executive of NAL Merchant Bank (1999 - June 2000). He has four wives. The fourth and most recent, Nafisat, is the daughter of the former Nigerian President, Late Umaru Yar’Adua.


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Draft CNIC2013 Speakers and Program Booklet  

CCAFRICA is proud to welcome the Vice-President of the Republic of Nigeria, H.E. Arc. Mohammed Namadi Sambo We congratulate the Government o...

Draft CNIC2013 Speakers and Program Booklet  

CCAFRICA is proud to welcome the Vice-President of the Republic of Nigeria, H.E. Arc. Mohammed Namadi Sambo We congratulate the Government o...