Events

Facilitating dialogue

between MSME leaders, entrepreneurs, researchers, and policy-makers in Canada and the APEC region

Recent Events

Skilling Up: Fostering a Robust MSME Workforce in Indonesia

RECENT EVENT - July 5, 2018
Jakarta, Indonesia

How can micro, small, and medium enterprises sustain a productive and well trained staff? Small businesses often have less initial income to pay for performance, and MSMEs struggle with high attrition rates, absenteeism, and migration of their workforce - compelling them to rethink strategies around employee management. Researchers, policy-makers, and local entrepreneurs will be addressing these topics with a focus on gender, environmental sustainability, youth participation, and more at this interactive workshop exploring obstacles and opportunities that domestic and regional MSMEs experience around human capital in Indonesia.

Breaking Through: Market Access Potential for MSMEs in the Philippines

RECENT EVENT - July 3, 2018
Manila, Philippines

How can a micro enterprise enter the mega global market? What are the characteristics of an “internationalized” micro, small, and medium enteprise (MSME) in the Philippines, and what barriers exist for MSMEs who want to grow and sell in international markets? Researchers, policy-makers, and local entrepreneurs will be addressing these topics with a focus on gender, environmental sustainability, youth participation, and more at this interactive workshop exploring the obstacles and opportunities that domestic and regional MSMEs experience around market access in the Philippines.

Technology and Innovation Training Session

RECENT EVENT - November 6, 2017 - November 11, 2017
Da Nang, Vietnam

This training session introduced relevant Canadian best practices on MSME business development in the area of technology and innovation to MSMEs in APEC developing economies, focusing on Vietnam. The training session was held in Da Nang, Vietnam in the margins of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week. Delivered in English and Vietnamese, the training session delivered content largely based on the 'Technology and Innovation Training Session' developed by DISED. Specific topics covered ranged from guiding traditional businesses in using e-commerce and m-commerce platforms, to helping budding entrepreneurs transform groundbreaking technological ideas into successful start-ups.

Symposium on Innovative and Dynamic Startups and MSMEs

RECENT EVENT - September 11, 2017
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

This one-day symposium was held in Ho Chi Minh City. Planned in the margins of the APEC Ministerial Meetings, it focused on sharing the expertise of the institutions educating young entrepreneurs, the leaders of incubators and the companies they have banked on, the investors who are growing the sector and the regulators who are trying to keep pace. Every year, the SME Ministerial Meetings are held to discuss the role and importance of MSMES, the direction of policy-making, fostering MSME growth and recommendations for APEC action. The symposium offered fresh insights to the perspectives of the Ministers and representatives, and fostering cross-border collaborations throughout the region.

ABACx: The APEC-Canada Growing Business Partnership Symposium on Technology and Innovation

RECENT EVENT - July 25, 2017
Toronto, Ontario

This one-day symposium was held July 25, 2017 in the margins of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) III meeting, which was held July 26-28 in Toronto. ABAC is the private sector arm of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and comprises a wide array of business leaders from the 21 APEC economies.