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INDIGENOUS – ASIA PACIFIC
BUSINESS RELATIONS ROUNDTABLE

February 13, 2019  |  Vancouver

Together, strategic communications firm Creative Fire and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada are convening a roundtable on how to accelerate Indigenous business relations with Asia Pacific markets.

This first-ever meeting between Indigenous business leaders and Asia Pacific stakeholders will be a first step in establishing strong nation-to-nation trade, marketing and investment relationships between Indigenous Canada and Asia Pacific countries.

Overview

Asia’s economic rise is one of the most defining shifts of the 21st century. At the same time, Canada’s First Nations are emerging as important economic drivers and partners in the nation’s economy.

This roundtable will assist Indigenous and Asian businesses in better responding to this opportunity by sharing critical information on the opportunities and challenges for Indigenous business and trade with Asia.

The roundtable will focus on how to accelerate Indigenous business engagement with the Asia Pacific and address questions including:

  • How could Asia-interested Indigenous businesses and economic development corporations grow their presence in Asia?
  • What are the main obstacles and opportunities?
  • Where are the opportunities for potential Asian investment, business or trade?
  • How can the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and others best support Indigenous businesses in these efforts?

Conveners

Sean Willy, CEO,
Des Nedhe Group

Drawing on his experience as an industry executive and roots in the Denesuline and Metis communities, Sean is a bridge builder between Indigenous and mainstream businesses across Canada. Within the uranium industry, he is credited with signing five community-based agreements in Australia and northern Saskatchewan and launching a unique community legacy fund, the Six River Trust. Since joining Des Nedhe in 2017, he has strengthened the company’s network, partnerships and standing across Canada, negotiating new ventures and driving growth through collaboration with leading Indigenous entities, major Canadian companies and governments at all levels. He currently serves as co-chair of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, chair of Northern Career Quest and director of the Global Indigenous Trust.

Stewart Beck, President & CEO,
Asia Pacific Foundation

Prior to joining APF Canada, Mr. Beck served as the Canadian High Commissioner to the Republic of India with concurrent accreditation to the Kingdom of Bhutan and to Nepal. He joined Canada’s Department of External Affairs and International Trade (now Global Affairs Canada) in 1982 and served abroad in the United States, Taiwan, and the People’s Republic of China. In Ottawa, he held a number of progressively more senior positions, including Director General of the North Asia Bureau, Director General Responsible for Senior Management and Rotational Assignments, and Assistant Deputy Minister for International Business Development, Investment, and Innovation. He was Consul General in Shanghai and prior to his posting to India, he was Consul General in San Francisco.

Agenda

Location:

Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
900, 675 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

8:30 – 9:00

REGISTRATION AND NETWORKING

Light breakfast available

9:00 – 9:30

OPENING REMARKS

9:00
Welcome to Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Territory

9:15
Co-host Welcomes and Objectives

  • Sean Willy, Creative Fire and Pres. & CEO, Des Nedhe Development
  • Stewart Beck, Pres. & CEO, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

9:30 – 12:30

FIRST NATION INVESTMENT AND MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES

In an increasingly globalized world, Asia’s economic rise is one of the most defining shifts of the 21st century. Indigenous Canada’s responses to this shift can contribute to catalyzed economic growth by way of opening new markets in Asia and attracting new investment.

Presentations by Indigenous economic development corporations

20-minute introductions and presentations from each economic development corporation on current business initiatives or offerings, any products and services suited to Asia Pacific markets and/or investment opportunities for Asia Pacific participation.

Presentations, active discussion
Moderated by: Creative Fire

(10:45 – 11:00  HEALTH BREAK)

12:30 – 1:20

LUNCH

1:20 – 3:45

ASIA PACIFIC MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

Indigenous businesses and economic development corporations have begun to make inroads into markets in the Asia Pacific region in recent years. How have they conceptualized Asia, identified markets and executed market entry plans? How could Asia-interested Indigenous entities grow their presence in Asia? How can Indigenous companies connect to global supply chains to take advantage of growth in Asia? What can we learn from established best practices? What are the main opportunities and challenges for engaging the Asia Pacific region? What are the skills and competencies needed to maximize these opportunities? What can we learn from established best practices? What is the role of e-commerce in penetrating Asian markets?

Presentations by and Q & A with:

  • Presenter: Overview of Trade Opportunities
  • Presenter: Legal Considerations
  • Presenter: Two Way Investment
  • Presenter: Trade Commissioner Service

Moderated by: Creative Fire

(3:00 – 3:15  HEALTH BREAK)

3:45 – 5:15

ASIA PACIFC CONSULATE GENERALS

Presentations by and Q& A with consulate generals (Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, Philippines, Taipei)

Moderated by: Creative Fire

5:15

CONCLUDING REMARKS

Sean Willy, Stewart Beck

OPEN TO INVITED GUESTS

5:30 – 7:00

NETWORKING RECEPTION WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

Roundtable participants will have the opportunity to engage with corporate partners, business leaders, representatives from business councils and associations, and diplomatic officials from Asia.

7:30

DINNER OUT

Roundtable participants are free to go for dinner on their own or as a group. Group reservation can be made through Foundation office.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

OPEN TO INVITED GUESTS

8:30 – 10:00

NETWORKING BREAKFAST

Roundtable participants will have the opportunity to engage with corporate partners, business leaders, representatives from business councils and associations, and diplomatic officials from Asia.

Resources

This section will contain background materials for the roundtable. These materials will be available for download in the lead up to the meeting.

Please check back soon.

RSVP

Contact

Creative Fire strategy and communications (creative-fire.com) has been engaged to facilitate the roundtable in partnership with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

If you have any questions, or require more information, please contact:
Bonnie Leask
(306) 934-3337 or
bleask@creative-fire.com.