26th - 27th March 2019

GICC, Gaborone, Botswana


March 25, 2019

18:00 Arrival & Registration at The Walmont, Grand Palm

Matchmaking Reception (the Okavango Suite at The Walmont)
Keynote – Pierre Olivier (MD, AEM Hatch)

DAY 1 March 26, 2019

07:00-07:30 Arrival & Registration at GICC





National Anthems & Benediction

Pastor Kgwarapi – AFM Church



Grace Seitshiro - District Commissioner & Vuyiswa Mojela


Welcome Remarks

His Worship Kagiso Thutlwe, Mayor of Gaborone


Hatch AEM Regional Managing Director

Pierre Oliver


Canada-Africa Chamber of Business President

Garreth Bloor


Official Presidential Opening

His Honour Slumber Tsogwane, Vice President of The Republic of Botswana


Office of the Prime Minister of Canada

Represented by the Minister of Trade Diversification, Hon. Jim Carr (by video)


Vote of Thanks

Rev. Mmachakga Moruakgomo, Chairman of CLGF, President of BALA and Vice President of UCLGA-SARO


Keynote: Financing Africa: A Canadian Private Sector View
Africa is ripe with opportunities across a host of sectors. Fairfax Africa has entered the fray, investing hundreds of millions into businesses on the continent. The CEO of this Toronto-listed firm will discuss and showcase their investment criteria and strategy, demonstrating why Canada’s private sector is the partner of choice in financing Africa’s next 
generation of tomorrow’s leading corporates 

Michael Wilkerson, CEO – Fairfax Africa


Ministry of Health & WellnessToward enabling private sector driven healthcare innovation with Canada

Dr. Alfred Madigele - Minister of Health & Wellness


A New Era in Canada-Africa Trade and Investment

René Cremonese–High Commissioner of Canada to Botswana


Panel: Ensuring the SADC Region’s Development is Best Served Through Canadian Business Partnerships
Canadian businesses are among the world’s most competitive. Frequently the biggest Canadian brands dominate global markets - without any knowledge of their origins in Canada
A discussion on how best Canadian businesses can serve SADC markets and beyond, with inputs from leading Canadian entities and organisations within SADC

Welekazi Cele – Hatch
Mogakolodi Maoketsa - Debswana; 
Dan Gordon Board Chair of Colleaga
Dr Raphael Dingalo - HRDC


Health Break, Networking and Showcasing Potential Partners


African Leadership Forum: Plans & Vision
Assessing the role of private sector in driving investment opportunities and the role of governments enabling local economic development

Norman Moleele – Business Botswana
Steve Pheko - Executive Secretary, BALA
Naseem Lahri- Lucara Diamond


Panel Discussion 1: Plans & Visions
Moderator: Mr Harold Melaetsa

Pierre Oliver – Hatch; Mine Africa; Alistair Jeffcoate – Tsodilo Resources; Dr.V.I. Lakshmanan - Process Research Ortech


Panel Discussion 2: Health & Innovation
Moderator: Dr Loeto Mazhani - Dati Paediatric Clinic, formerly with the University of Botswana Faculty of Medicine
Botswana, through the Ministry of Health & Wellness, is facilitating Canadian solutions to ensure this prosperous middle-income nation’s healthcare systems delivers for the common good of all - drawing on the innovations within Canada’s health sector

Moses Keetile – Ministry of Health & Wellness; Jacques Ndoutoumve – EL Consulting; Dr. Ryan Miley – Shift Health
Loeto Mazhani - Dati Paediatric Clinic
Dr Dan Gordon – Colleaga


Panel Discussion 3: Insurance & Finance
Canadian corporates and investment capital, including into SADC’s BancABC and Bryte Insurance, are raising the bar in Africa’s financial sector. Hear from the leaders in finance

Dziki Nganunu – Bryte Insurance
Mike Morgan – Southern Africa-Canada Chamber of Commerce (SACANCHAM)


Panel Discussion 4: Smart Industries and Sustainable Development
Discover how Canadian firms, from large corporates to early start-ups are solving almost everything through markets; from infrastructure challenges to driving organic agriculture-regardless of climate - and collecting payments in Africa’s dynamic informal sectors

Max Clark, Thessy Moodley
 – Hatch; Ian McNaill – Ingeni
Sugeevan Shanmuganathan – The Dunya Project; V I Lakshmanan–Process Research Ortech
Xavier Furtado, World Bank


Impact Investing Plenary: Towards Women’s Full Empowerment and Equality in Business
Moderator: Geetha Tharmaratnam, Partner - Africa & Head of Impact
Canada consistently ranks in the top of global leaders in women's equality. Advancing women's equality can add $12 trillion to global growth by 2025 , while Canadians have the potential to add $150 billion in incremental GDP by 2026. Meanwhile, McKinsey Institute forecasts a GDP growth opportunity of $700 billion in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2025 if the gender gap is bridged.

This panel brings together perspectives and leverages on first-hand experiences from Canada’s mining sector, seasoned investors in Africa and the World Bank’s Gender Innovation Lab, to explore:

  • The current climate for advancing Gender Equality in Africa - UN Sustainable Development Goal #5: Gender Equality
  • How can Canadian companies play a greater role 
  • Why investing in women makes economic sense

Geetha Tharmaratnam, Partner - Africa & Head of Impact
Welekazi Cele, Hatch
Cornelia Holtshauzen, Hatch
Daniel Kirkwood, Gender Specialist, World Bank Gender Innovation Lab - joining via video and mobile


Canada-Africa Business Luncheon


Session 3 Canadian Innovation and African Opportunities


Breakaway 1: Delivering Skills and Inclusive Development through Mining in SADC

Hatch, Lucara Diamond
Andile Nomlala - President of BMF South Africa


Breakaway 2: Healthcare, Wellness and Safety
Moderator: Loeto Mazhani - University of Botswana
The Rise of NCDs in Africa. By 2030 deaths by NCDs are projected to exceed deaths due to communicable, maternal, perinatal and nutritional diseases combined. What are the urgent steps and solutions?

Dr. Rebecca Obeng;Erick Tidiane; Dr. Adeline Coleman; Loeto Mazhani - University of Botswana;
Moréniké Ọláòṣebìkan- CEO Kemet Pharmaceuticals Pty


Breakaway 3: Smart Cities/Smart Villages
Continuing the conversations on local government through Canadian private sector innovations designed to unlock Africa’s potential

Craig Simmer – Hatch
V. I. Lakshmanan –Process Research Ortech 
Dr Dan Gordon - Colleaga
Power Africa (an initiative of USAID & Canada)


Health break, Networking and Showcasing Potential Canadian Partners


Session 4: Breakaways
Breakaway 1: Networking Session for Mining Service Providers
Canadian innovations and mutual areas of learning for world-class Canada-Africa collaboration in mining

Canadian firms and initiatives including Hatch Partners, Pego Projects, Tsodilo, Pangolin


Breakaway 2: CSI and Impact Investing;
Moderator: Sumi Shan - Dunya Projects
Considering how doing good and doing business go together, with leading Canadian firms and financiers who have moved to Africa and never looked back.

Darren Wisher – Hatch Regeneris and Hatch Urban Solutions; Lucara Diamond; Andile Nomlala (BMF South Africa)


Breakaway 3: Agriculture & Agro Processing
Some have argued the biggest opportunity for Canada’s private sector lies in agriculture. Learn about privatization plans for agriculture in Africa and the doors it opens to Canadian industry broadly – from grains to beef
Geetha Tharmaratnam, Partner - Africa & Head of Impact – Moderator

Ezekiel Obakeng Moumakwa - CEO, PEEPA (Public Enterprises Evaluation and Privatization Agency, Botswana)
Steve Pheko - Secretary General, BALA (Botswana Association of Local Authorities, Botswana;
Stuart Bradley - CEO, Phatisa Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security


Breakaway 4 (this session ends at 17:30): Documentary: Poverty Inc. (showcasing how African solutions can be unlocked through local business)
Premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival

Adedayo Thomas – Commissioner of Film, Nigeria
Max Clark – Hatch
Garreth Bloor – Canada-Africa Chamber of Business

DAY 2 March 27, 2019 : Site Visits

Site Visits; individually planned and matched to every Canadian business’ interest area
Schedules provided directly to participating Canadian companies and counterparts