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KCBC Plenary Session and Networking Reception

  • 03 Mar 2024
  • Delta Hotel Toronto


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About KCBC:  

The Kazakhstan Canada Business Council (KCBC) was established in October 2015, with former CEO of NAC Kazatomprom JSC, Askar Zhumagaliyev, and CEO of Cameco Corporation, Tim Gitzel, serving as co-chairs. KCBC's main objective is to enhance collaboration, trade, and investment between Kazakhstani and Canadian entities. The council brings together businesses from both countries biennially to address cooperation and trade-related matters, supported by both governments, fostering a robust relationship between Canada and Kazakhstan.

Merchandise trade between Canada and Kazakhstan reached almost $1.3 billion in 2022. Top imports continue to be uranium ($897 million) and silver ($224 million) while top exports consisted of data processing machines ($12 million) and agricultural/mowing machinery ($11 million).   

The upcoming edition of KCBC in 2024 will showcase three working groups and a Plenary session, offering diverse opportunities for in-depth discussions and collaboration.

 Activity  Format  Location Date 
 Mining WG In-person  Vancouver January 24, 2024
 Agriculture WG Virtual
 Virtual February 20, 2024 
 Education WG Virtual  Virtual February 26, 2024 
 Plenary Session
 Toronto March 3, 2024
 Networking Reception In-person  Toronto March 3, 2024

Plenary Session on the margins of PDAC 2024:

In this insightful Plenary Session, the Kazakhstan Canada Business Council (KCBC) unites visionaries, thought leaders, and industry experts to embark on a meaningful discussion around innovation and sustainable business solutions, knowledge sharing and exploring technological advancements that will help shape a sustainable future between Kazakhstan and Canada.   Working groups in the areas of Mining, Education and Agriculture are taking place in the lead up to the plenary session, exploring these and other topics; their work feeds into this session, providing a further platform to advance business opportunities, cooperation and business growth.

Plenary Session Participants: Governments of Kazakhstan and Canada, Embassies of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Canada, National Atomic Company «Kazatomprom», Cameco Corporation, National Company «KazakhInvest», Canada Eurasia Chamber of Commerce (СЕСС), International financial institutions and business leaders of two countries.


17:30 - 17:35

Opening remarks

Mr. Darren Klinck, President and Director, Arras Minerals

Honorary Consul of Republic of Kazakhstan to British Columbia

 17:35 - 17:45

Welcome speech

The Honourable Ahmed Hussen 

Minister of International Development of Canada

17:45 - 17:55

Welcome speech

Mr. Marc G. Serré, MP

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Official Languages

17:55 - 18:05

Welcome speech

The Honourable Kanat Sharlapaev,

Minister of Industry and Construction of the Republic of Kazakhstan

18:05 - 18:35    

Keynote Fireside Discussion

Moderator: Dale Austin, Head of Government Relations, Cameco

  • Mr. Tim Gitzel, President and CEO, Cameco; KCBC Co-Chair; Honorary Consul of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Saskatchewan
  • Mr. Meirzhan Yussupov, CEO, Kazatomprom; KCBC Co-Chair
18:35 - 18:40
Coffee break
18:40 - 18:50                        KCBC WG reports
  • Mining: Mr. Yerlan Galiyev, "National Geological Survey" JSC, Chairman of the Board
  • Agriculture: Mr. Alibek Sagidulla, Advisor for Economic CooperationEmbassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Canada
  • Education: Ms. Margaret Skok, Senior Fellow at Carleton University/NPSIA; Ambassador of Canada to Kazakhstan (Retd.)

 Keynote Presentation:

  • Darkhan Akhmed-Zaki, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan
19:00 -19:30

    Panel Discussion: Trade and Investment



    Dale Austin, Head of Government Relations, Cameco  
    • Mr. Zhaxylyk Khassenov, Senior Manager, Kazakh Invest
    • Mr. Famer Engin, Senior Regional Manager, Türkiye, Levant and Central Asia, Export Development Canada
    • Mario Krpan, Director, Trade Relations - Europe and Central Asia, Government of Alberta
    19:35 - 19:40

    Closing remarks

    Gilles Breton, CECC National Chairman

    19:40 - 21:30 Networking Reception



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    About organizer: CECC

    Canada Eurasia Chamber of Commerce (CECC) is the only recognized organization at the moment that officially promotes bilateral trade and business cooperation between Canada and countries of the post-Soviet space. Our broad office network covers Canada and emerging markets in Eurasia - a viable entity delivering relevant services to a broad membership base across 13 time zones.

    Since 2004, CECC has received numerous recognitions from Canadian and foreign governments for contribution to development of bilateral trade and investment relations.


                        Vera Dedyulya                                       Nozim Saidov 

          Regional Director, Toronto Chapter                     Project Manager