Doing Business in Canada

New Opportunities in Retail, Consumer & Agri-Food

Date:    Fri, 8 Sep 2017                                     

Venue:  International Enterprise Singapore                                       

             Bugis Junction Office Tower #10-00 
Time:    1:00 pm – 5:00 pm 
Fee:      Complimentary (limited to 1 rep per company)
Dress Code: Business Attire         

The Singapore Business Federation (SBF), the IE Singapore (IE) and the Canadian High Commission are  pleased to present a Seminar on ‘Doing Business in Canada – New Opportunities in Retail, Consumer & Agri-Food’.


Canada has much to offer to the retail, consumer and lifestyle sectors.  It is rich in agriculture and aquaculture which presents a potential sourcing hub for Singapore companies.  Its synergistic omni-channel solutions for retail earns accolades from industry players.  It established the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence in partnership with practitioners which puts it at the forefront of the Innovation and Digitization space.  The diverse demographics in Canada presents opportunities for Asian retailers to test-bed their products, concepts and offerings for the North America region.


This Seminar will provide Singapore businessmen with updates on the retail, consumer and agri-food trends in CanadaIt is also an opportunity to gather interest for a potential business mission from Singapore to Canada possibly later this year.


About Canada

  • Second-largest country by land mass in the world, with an area of approximately 10 million square kilometres and a population of close to 35 million.

  • Canada led all G7 countries in economic growth over the past decade (2006–2015).   GDP totalled USD 1.55 Trillion in 2016.

  • Regarded by Forbes as the 2nd best country for business amongst the G20 economies.

  • Canada’s workforce is the most highly educated among members of the OECD, with half of its working-age population having a tertiary level education.

  • Total business tax costs in Canada are by far the lowest in the G7 and 46 percent lower than those in the United States.

  • Canada offers the lowest business costs in the G7 for R&D-intensive sectors, with a 27.7 percent cost advantage over the United States.







Welcome Addresses by Mr Tan Soon Kim, Assistant Chief Executive, IE Singapore; and HE Lynn McDonald, High Commissioner of Canada to Singapore


Canada’s Business Landscape by Sheena Jacobs, Partner, Gowling WLG


Insights on Canada’s Retail and Consumer Sectors by Mark Wang, Head of Internationalization, Shopify; and Roger Graham, Senior Marketing Director Hootsuite


Insights on Canada’s Agri-Food Sector by Richard Dubuc, Commercial Counsellor and Senior Trade Commissioner; and Rob Simmons, Managing Director – Southeast Asia, Alberta Singapore Office


Panel Discussion and Experience Sharing by Singapore Businesses:

  • Vishal Vijay, Director, Agrocorp International Agrocorp International;

  • Nathalie Benzing, Chief Operating Officer, TradeGecko; and

  • Franca Ciambella, Managing Director, Consilium Law Corporation

  • Moderated by Jaclyn Lee, Senior Manager, North America Division, IE Singapore


Refreshments and Networking           



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