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Forging agri-food and climate connections in Singapore

The event reinforced CIAC’s reputation as an annual ‘gathering of the minds’ for Canada-connected individuals in Asia. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

The Canada-in-Asia Conference 2024 (CIAC2024) which took place from 26–29 February in Singapore, concluded on a successful note

Launched by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) and Universities Canada (UnivCan), the conference which received more than 460 attendees from across Canada and more than 35 cities across the Indo-Pacific region, focused on two thematic areas namely, agri-food and climate solutions. 

Experts, investors, policy-makers, researchers, business leaders, and innovators from across Asia and Canada gathered at the event to exchange perspectives, knowledge, and ideas and to create collaborative partnerships in these two critical sectors. 

Over four days at the Pan Pacific Singapore, CEOs, business leaders, and representatives from Canadian chambers of commerce networked with trade commissioners, investors, leading academics, and policy experts to build partnerships and discuss the most pressing issues in Canada-Asia co-operation, trade, value chains, security, applied science, sustainable development, and investment in the agri-food and climate spaces. The event reinforced CIAC’s reputation as an annual ‘gathering of the minds’ for Canada-connected individuals in Asia.

Moreover, a complementary component of CIAC2024 was the Venture into Sustainability (ViS) programme which was presented by APF Canada in collaboration with Anchor Asia (Anchor Taiwan) and supported by the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy of the Government of Canada. The programme featured a curated delegation of Asia-based and Canada-based investors, select Canadian technology startups, government officials from Canada and Asia, and accelerators/incubators in the region’s innovation ecosystem.

“With the dual themes of food security and climate solutions endorsed by attendees at our inaugural Canada-in-Asia Conference in 2023, CIAC2024 successfully exposed key players in Asia and Canada to each other’s thinking and innovations and their needs and priorities,” said Jeff Nankivell, president and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. “As we look ahead to CIAC2025 next February in Singapore, our annual Canada-in-Asia Conferences represent a new signature, can’t-miss-event for Canada-connected people from across Asia and Asia-engagers from across Canada to deepen engagement and strengthen collaboration between our two dynamic regions.”

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