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Ottawa: In search of New Eurasian Pragmatism: Regional initiatives for economic development

  • 11 Apr 2019
  • 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Carleton University, Robertson Hall, Senate room, Ottawa


In the recent years, a range of regional organizations for economic development were created or gained momentum in order to better address the needs of people and governments pertaining to trade, labour, customs, security, education, etc. The current conference will focus on projects initiated in the greater Eurasian area such as The Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), as well as their links to other integration formats like the Association of South Eastern Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The roles and mandates of these organizations/projects differ significantly, but they all address development questions at the regional level. They also interact with each other on a range of questions, very often on economy and trade. The Government of Canada and Canadian companies are also called to cooperate with them in a variety of ways. The current event will describe the latest developments of the Eurasian Economic Union and and BRI, as well as explore opportunities for business and government to engage with these projects.


10:15-10:45 Registration

10:45 Opening remarks

  • AndrĂ© Plourde Dean, Faculty of Public Affairs, Carleton University
  • Gilles Breton, Chairman Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association
  • Piotr Dutkiewicz Professor Carleton University and member of the Valdai Club of experts on Russia
  • Jeff Sahadeo Associate Professor at the Institute of European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at Carleton University

11:00-12:30 First panel:

12:30-13:30  Lunch and networking

13:30-15:00 Business panel (Moderated by Sebastien Dakin, Director, Montreal and Ottawa chapters, Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association)

  • Yana Lukasheh: Manager Government Relations, Bombardier Inc. Overview of Bombardier activities in Eurasia and China and growth potential
  • Feizhen Lu: Co-founder and CEO of Polaris Capital Power Inc. The Company is engaged in a $ 500 million investment program involving in renewable energy, clean technology, information communication technology and other new technologies. Co-Founder and Executive Director of HiSEL Power Corporation Presentation on how business can engage with BRI projects and China.
  • Leo Xu: Barrister, Solicitor &Trade-mark Agent, Jones & Co. LLP . Leo is an expert on IP matters. Presentation on trends in IP protection in the Eurasian Economic Union, China and ASEAN region.
  • Reg Weiser, President, Positron Inc . The company produces line amplifier extenders that significantly improve the bandwidth (internet speed) and range to subscribers on long telephone copper lines. The company is establishing a manufacturing partnership in Belarus with distribution throughout the Eurasian Economic Union. The company is also present in the U.S., India, South Korea, Indonesia, Belgium, England, Mexico, Australia, and Italy.

Price: CERBA members free, non-members $100

Places are limited and priority will be given to CERBA members

To express your interest in participation, please contact:

Sebastien Dakin

Regional Director, Ottawa and Montreal, Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association

[email protected]