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Thursday, August 30, 2018
9:30 am Registration

10 am
Beanfield Centre
Room 200

Welcome Remarks
Welcome by Virginia Ludy, CEO, Canadian National Exhibition Association
Welcome by Janet (Jan) De Silva, President and CEO, Toronto Region Board of Trade

10:15 am
Beanfield Centre
Room 200





Keynote: The Honorable John McCallum
What the Belt & Road Initiative means for Canada
The Honourable John McCallum has enjoyed a distinguished career serving in six ministerial portfolios with The Government of Canada, most recently in Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship. Mr. McCallum also nominated Nelson Mandela as honorary citizen in 2001 and led an initiative to welcome more than 40,000 Syrian refugees to Canada.

Now serving as the Ambassador of Canada to the People’s Republic of China, Mr. McCallum will be the Forum’s first keynote presenter, talking about opportunities for Canadian business

10:45 am
Beanfield Centre
Room 200

Panel Discussion
How Canadian champions can participate in Belt & Road Initiative projects and how they bring suppliers with them

11:30 am
Beanfield Centre
Room 200











Keynote: The Honorable Jean Charest

Topic: The rise of China’s middle class, and the Power of the ‘Canadian’ Brand in China.
With a public service career spanning close to 30 years, The Honourable Jean Charest is one of Canada’s best known political figures. Mr. Charest was first elected to the House of Commons in 1984, and became Canada’s youngest cabinet minister as the Minister of State for Youth at the age of 28.

In 1994, Mr. Charest was chosen Leader of the Federal Progressive Conservative Party, becoming the party’s first French Canadian leader. He held that position until 1998 when he became the Leader of the Québec Liberal Party. He then became Premier of Québec in 2003 and broke a 50-year provincial record by winning three consecutive election campaigns in 2003, 2007 & 2008.

Mr. Charest is currently a partner at McCarthy Tétrault where he provides invaluable expertise to the firm’s clients with his in-depth knowledge and experience in areas including public policy, corporate Canada and international matters.

Mr. Charest has had extensive political experience and vast knowledge on the topic, and will speak about the rise of China’s middle class and the power of the ‘Canadian’ brand in China.

12 pm
Beanfield Centre
Room 200

Lunch & Network

1:30 pm
Beanfield Centre
Room 206-A




China is leading the global transition to clean energy and renewable resources. This session will connect Canada’s clean technology providers to new opportunities in a growing market. It will explore the investment and development opportunities that are being improved upon across the Belt & Road region. These opportunities include:

  • traditional energy sources
  • renewable energy sources
  • power transmission
  • distribution systems

1:30 pm
Beanfield Centre
Room 206-B


Logistics & Infrastructure
Investments made in the Belt & Road infrastructure are helping to revitalize ancient trade routes to have greater physical and digital connectivity. This session will provide the opportunity to discuss how Canadian companies can assist and improve on the logistics and infrastructure of the Belt & Road region, thus improving its physical and digital connectivity. 

1:30 pm
Beanfield Centre
Room 206-C



Communications & Technology
Modernization of the Belt & Road region has been accelerated by the advancements in communication and technology tools. Companies and nations have been leading the charge through their investment and commitment to the Belt & Road Initiative. This session will explore strategies that will enable Canadian companies to contribute their expertise to creating the future of connectivity.

2:30 pm
Beanfield Centre
Breakout Rooms

Wrap Up, Networking & Closing Remarks

3 pm End of Forum

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