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Canada-CARICOM Business Forum - “NEW DIRECTIONS FOR TRADE AND INVESTMENT LINKAGES”
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Start Date: November 17, 2008, 08:30
End Date: November 18, 2008, 17:00
Event Contact: Joshua Hodgson
For More Information: http://geo.international.gc.ca/latin-america/trinidadtobago/menu-en.aspx


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CARICOM-CANADA BUSINESS FORUM
“NEW DIRECTIONS FOR TRADE AND INVESTMENT LINKAGES”
Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre, Port of Spain, Trinidad 
November 17-18, 2008
 
DAY ONE: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17th 
8.30 a.m. Registration
9.00 a.m. Welcome and introductory remarks- Mr Nigel John, President of CAIC/Chair of the Forum.
9.15 a.m.  Address by Margaret Parillon, Permanent Secretary-Ministry of Trade and Industry, Trinidad and Tobago.
9.30 a.m. Address by His Excellency, Charles Court, Canada’s Plenipotentiary Representative to CARICOM, Canada’s High Commissioner to Guyana and Ambassador to Suriname.
9.45 a.m.  Overview of CARICOM-Canada trade and investment & update on status of negotiations towards a new bilateral agreement –Mr Henry Gill, Director General, Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery (CRNM).
10.15 a.m. Coffee Break  
10.30 a.m.   Opportunities and challenges in the bilateral economic relationship-Mr Imran Khan-Chief Executive Officer-K.C. Confectionary Limited.
10.50 a.m. - Canadian Investment in the Caribbean - RBC and RBTT: A Case Study. Mr Rod Pennycook-Executive Vice President-Royal Bank of Canada C/O Royal Bank of Trinidad and Tobago Limited.
SECTORAL PRESENTATIONS                                                                                                
11.10 a.m. Panel I: Energy, Mining, Environmental services 
Focus: Export Opportunities for Service Providers.                                               
Moderator-Mr. Roger Packer,Vice-President of Energy-South Trinidad Chamber of Industry and Commerce (STCIC).
Overview of the Energy, Mining and Environmental Services Sectors in the Caribbean-Dr. Thackwray Driver, Chief Executive Officer-South Trinidad Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
Overview of the Energy, Mining and Environmental Services Sectors in Canada-Mr. Joshua Hodgson, Senior Trade Officer-High Commission of Canada to Trinidad and Tobago.
Panelists
Mr. Jim Fairbairn, Chief Financial Officer-CGX Energy Inc.
Mr. Doug De Freitas, President-Kaizen Environmental Services Trinidad and Tobago Limited.
Mr. Gregory Sparks, President/Chief Executive Officer-Sacre-Coeur Minerals Limited.
12.10 p.m. Discussion 
12.30 p.m. Lunch Break  
1.45 p.m. Panel II: International Business Services –Financial Services.                                                                                                                    Focus:- Market Opportunities    
Moderator- Mr. Nigel John, President-Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce (CAIC)
Panelists
Mr. Richard Young, Managing Director-Scotia Bank Trinidad and Tobago Limited
Mr. Robert Almeida, Executive Director- AIC Global Holdings Inc.
Mr. Ian Chinapoo, Managing Director, Capital Markets-First Caribbean International Bank Trinidad and Tobago Limited
Mr. Douglas Comacho, President-Guardian Holding Limited
Mr. Suresh Sookoo, Group Chief Executive Officer-RBTT Financial Group Limited.

2.45 p.m. Discussion 
3.00 p.m. Coffee Break 
3.15 p.m. Panel III: Creative Industries ( music, animation, design/fashion)                                                                                                                              
Focus: Innovation, Growth and Export Opportunities in the Creative and Cultural Industries.
Moderator:- Mr. Philip Williams, Executive Director-Caribbean Export Development Agency.
Panelists
Dr. Michele Reis, Research Consultant-Cultural Industries.
Mr. Carl Beaver Henderson, President-Hott Music Group.
Ms. Joan Vogelesang, President/Chief Executive Officer-Toonboom
4.00 p.m. Discussion 
4.15 p.m. Panel IV: Capital Projects and Consulting Services.
Moderator- Joshua Hodgson, Senior Trade Commissioner- High Commission of Canada to Trinidad and Tobago.
Overview of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and how firms can work with the agency -Mr. Marc Banzet, Second Secretary, Development-High Commission of Canada to Barbados.
Panelists
Ms. Susan Vivian, Director- Genivar Trinidad and Tobago Limited.
Cassandra Dorrington, President-Vale and Associates Human Resource Management and Consulting.
5.00 p.m. Discussion 
5.20 p.m. Adjournment
6:30-8:30 p.m. Reception -1 Regents West Drive, Westmoorings.
 
DAY TWO: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18th  
8.30-9.00 a.m. Plenary :- “Tools in the Exporter’s Tool Kits “
Mr. Philip Kelly-Trade Facilitation Office (Canada)
Joshua Hodgson, Senior Trade Commissioner-High Commission    of Canada
9.00-10.00 a.m. Roundtable Discussions with:
  • CAIC
  • Caribbean Export
  • CRNM
  • Trade Commissioner Service
Sessions are 20 min. each starting at 9:00 am.
Moderator: Mr. Nigel John, President of CAIC/Chair of the Forum
10.00- 10.15 a.m. Break
10.15- 10.45  Four break-out groups to develop recommendations on trade and investment issues to be addressed by governments and the private sector to stimulate greater trade and investment 
Chair- Mr. Nigel John.-Trade and Investment Relations, Opportunities, Challenges and the Future of the Forum.
10:45-11:15- Plenary
11.15- 11.45 - Final Recommendations on Enhancing Bilateral Trade and Investment Relations –Chair-Mr. Nigel John
11.45-12 noon-  Closing remarks- High Commissioner Charles Court, Canada’s Plenipotentiary Representative to CARICOM, Canada’s High Commissioner to Guyana and Ambassador to Suriname.
 
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