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KCBC Plenary Session and Networking Reception

  • 03 Mar 2024
  • Delta Hotel Toronto


  • RSVP to for accreditation
  • - Visa invitation letter
    - Meet & greet at the airport, transfer to the Hotel
    - Support with PDAC Conference accreditation


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.

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 2024 (date TBD)
 Agriculture WG Virtual
 Virtual February 2024 (date TBD)
 Education WG Virtual  Virtual February 2024 (date TBD)
 Plenary Session In-person  Toronto March 3, 2024
 Networking Reception In-person  Toronto March 3, 2024

Sponsorship Opportunities >>

Why Sponsor:

Elevate your company's global presence and gain exclusive access to a dynamic platform that promotes collaboration, trade, and investment among leading Canadian and Kazakhstani businesses.

Media Partnership and Business Interests

Please spend 3 minutes to complete a brief survey prior to your participation in the KCBC so we could make sure that our program matches the interests and needs of the participants.

Link to the survey:

KCBC Media Partnership is a barter marketing program designed to cross promote KCBC events and activities between qualified print and digital media outlets and KCBC. No money will be exchanged in the partnership. For more information and benefits proposed, please review the Media Partner Package below:

Media Partnership application form >>

Plenary Session on the margins of PDAC 2024:

In this pivotal Plenary Session, the Kazakhstan Canada Business Council (KCBC) unites visionaries, thought leaders, and industry experts to embark on an exploratory journey through the realms of technology and sustainability. Delving into the heart of innovation, this session illuminates the trajectory of technological advancements in both Kazakhstan and Canada, and their profound impacts on fostering sustainability.

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


  • ·  Mairead Lavery, President & CEO, Export Development Canada 
  • ·  Marie-France Paquet, Chief Economist, Global Affairs Canada 
  • ·  Jandos Temirgali, Acting CEO, Kazakh Invest
Temirlan Mukhanbetzhanov, Acting CEO, Astana International Financial Centre
17:30 - 17:33

Opening remarks

Mr. Don Streu, President & CEO, Condor Energies

Honorary Consul of Republic of Kazakhstan to Alberta

17:35 - 17:45

Welcome speech

Hon. Jonathan Wilkinson, 

Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Canada

17:45 - 17:55

Welcome speech

Hon. Kanat Sharlapaev,

Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan

18:00 - 18:15

Keynote presentation Canada

Mr.Timothy Gitzel, CEO Cameco; KCBC Co-Chair
18:15 - 18:30

Keynote presentation Kazakhstan

Meirzhan Yussupov, CEO Kazatomprom; KCBC Co-Chair

18:30 - 18:35
Coffee break
18:35 - 18:45 KCBC WG reports
  • Mining
  • Education
  • Agriculture
18:45 - 19:20

    Panel Discussion

    • Mairead Lavery, President & CEO, Export Development Canada 
    • Marie-France Paquet, Chief Economist, Global Affairs Canada 
    • Jandos Temirgali, Acting CEO, Kazakh Invest
    • Temirlan Mukhanbetzhanov, Acting CEO, Astana International Financial Centre





    19:20 - 19:30

    Closing remarks

    H.E. Dauletbek Kussainov,

    Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Canada

    H.E. Alan Hamson,

    Ambassador of Canada to Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan


    19:30 - 21:30 Networking Reception  



    Media Partner:


    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                                        Vera Kandina  

          Regional Director, Toronto Chapter                     Project Manager