May 2018

Canada-Portugal Economic Relations: Maximizing the Benefits of CETA

9:00am-11:30am | Marriott Eaton Centre - 525 Bay Street, Toronto

Join us for a Summit discussing Canada and Portugal's Economic Relations and Maximizing the Benefits of CETA. Hear from Canadian and Portuguese Prime Ministers, Federal Ministers, and corporate leaders at this unique ECC event.

- Coffee and tea will be served-

Member price:
Individual seat: $89 +HST

Regular price:
Individual seat: $110 +HST

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André Pinto Rocha

Executive Board Member

André Pinto Rocha

Manager with relevant international and corporate knowledge, after 10+ years in Sonae and Frulact Group, and executive MBA and leadership formation
Wide range of experience in strategy implementation, , M&A and institutional affairs.
Executive MBA in IE Business School (Madrid, Spain), Advanced Program on Negotiation (Harvard Business School) and High Potentials Leadership Program (Harvard Business School).
Sailor, hiker and marathonist.
Founder of “The Escapist”, the non-profit Hiking project

David Tavares

Founder & CEO
GlobeStar Systems Inc.

David Tavares

David Nicodemio Tavares, born on 23 January 1947, in Feteiras, Sao Miguel (Açores), is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of GlobeStar Systems Inc.
Mr. Tavares immigrated to Toronto, Ontario, Canada together with his parents, Jacinto Duarte Tavares and Maria da Luz Tavares, in 1966. Prior to departing for Canada, he successfully graduated from the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering program at the Escola Industrial e Comercial de Ponta Delgada, while gaining practical experience interning at EDA and working for Portugal Telecom.
A newcomer to both the English language and culture, Mr. Tavares enrolled in an English-speaking course at George Brown College with the intention of seeking employment and continuing his career in telecommunications. In 1966, he was employed by Bell Canada as a service technician, and subsequently, promoted in 1969 to Telecommunications Analyst, and in 1970, to Instructor of Large Enterprise Installations. In this short timeframe, Mr. Tavares demonstrated his capacity for leadership, endurance and communication skills. By way of ambition and motivation, Mr. Tavares experimented in various business ventures, until through his contacts and relationships he decided to found his own communications enterprise in 1980 named Tel-e Connect Systems Ltd.
Tel-e Connect Systems Ltd. (TCS), quickly expanded across Canada providing telecommunications services to businesses and large chain accounts like Toys “R” Us, Marriott Hotel, Wal-Mart, etc. TCS became Canada’s largest authorized independent reseller for Nortel Networks for many years winning the Platinum Sales Awards two consecutive years in a row, 1995 and 1996, and the Highest Total Sales Volume Award in 1997. TCS is now managed and operated by Mr. Tavares’ son, Michael.
This background and knowledge, along with graduating from the Executive Sales and Marketing Leadership program at Western University and the completion of several strategic, customer experience and leadership resilience programs over the years, remains the guiding foundation of Mr. Tavares’ initiative to found and develop varied businesses later in his career.
Through these informative years of expanding digital technologies and new telecommunications devices, Mr. Tavares decided to diversify in 1992 with the establishment of a new enterprise, GlobeStar Systems Inc. GlobeStar, is a software development company focused on voicemail integration for telephone systems and leading-edge workflow solutions. Under his leadership, and with the commitment of a devoted team, GlobeStar evolved its software technologies to develop a unique product known today around the world as Connexall.
In 2003, Mr. Tavares was presented with the Business Achievement Award from The Federation of Portuguese Canadian Business & Professionals. In 2005, he was bestowed with a Canadian New Pioneer Entrepreneurship Award for his contributions to the Canadian business community. Mr. Tavares was The Ontario People’s Choice for “The Innovation Award” in 2006, and in 2009, awarded with the Insignia Autonómica of Agricultural, Commercial, and Industrial Merit, by The Legislative Assembly of the Azores. The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal was awarded to Mr. Tavares for his significant contributions to Canada, the community and to his fellow Canadians.
Today, Connexall, ranked number one and named Category Leader in the 2015/2016, 2017, and 2018 Best in KLAS awards, is an enterprise-grade event management and control platform that forms a Healthcare Internet of Things (HC.IoT) providing hospital-wide interoperability to people, systems, tasks, and devices. Its capabilities act as a backbone for clinical workflow, communicating the right information to the right person, at the right time, on the right device. Connexall has offices in Canada, the United States, Brazil, Portugal and Hong Kong and works with well over a thousand of the world’s most renowned and progressive hospitals and health systems.

Eurico Brilhante Dias

Secretary of State for Internationalization
Government of Portugal

Eurico Brilhante Dias

Eurico Brilhante Dias was born in Lisbon in 1972.

He was appointed as Secretary of State for Internationalisation Affairs in July 2017.

The Secretary of State of Internationalization Affairs is responsible for coordinating, executing and monitoring the Portuguese internationalization policy, and for the non-European foreign policy, in its economic and commercial aspects, and the policies of foreign direct investment and Portuguese investment abroad.

Eurico Brilhante Dias is PhD in Business Management, since 2007, and MSc in Business Sciences, since 1999, both by ISCTE-IUL.

He was a Member of the Assembly of the Republic in the XIII Legislature and Vice-President of the European Affairs Committee and member of the Committee on Budget, Finance and Administrative Modernization.

Eurico Brilhante Dias was Assistant Professor at ISCTE Business School (since 2000), Associate Researcher in the Business Research Unit in ISCTE (since 2000), Adviser of Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises of European Commission (under the “COSME Program – Horizon 2020” in 2017), General Council member of ISCTE –IUL (2013-2017), Director of BSc Management of ISCTE-IUL (2014-2016) and Member of “INOUT Global ISCTE” (2001-2006).

Regarding management activities, Eurico Brilhante Dias was Member of the Board of aicep Portugal Global - Trade & Investment Agency (2010-2011), Member of the Board of AICEP Global Parque, SA (2007-2010), Member of the Board of ADRAL, designated of AICEP Global Parques, SA (2007-2008), Adviser of the Program “Portugal Logístico” (2006), Consultant of Logistema, SA (1999-2001) and Diretor of the Unit Logisformação, Lda (1999-2001).

He was also Member of the Board of Socialist Party (2011-2014 and since june 2016) and Member of the National Political Committee of Socialist Party (2014-2016).

Luis Castro Henriques

aicep Portugal Global

Luis Castro Henriques

Luís Filipe de Castro Henriques was born in Lisbon, in 1978.

He holds an MBA degree from INSEAD (2009), an MPhil from the University of Cambridge (2008) and a Degree Level from the Catholic University of Portugal (2002).

Currently he is Chairman & CEO of AICEP – Portuguese Trade & Investment Agency.

Previously, he was Executive Board Member of AICEP, since 2014, responsible for investment (Loans, Grants & Tax Benefits), financial management and corporate relations.

Furthermore he was Chairman of AICEP Global Parques - subsidiary responsible for several logistical and industrial parks in Portugal, since 2015, and also managed the various shareholdings of the Agency.

Before joining the Board of Directors of AICEP, Luís Castro Henriques worked in the energy sector at EDP in the Marketing and Innovation Areas where he coordinated the marketing strategy/customer experience of the Group, managed the Marketing Analytics Area and led a diversified portfolio of projects such as technological partnerships, new product development while also identifying Venture Capital Investments.

Prior to joining EDP, Luís Castro Henriques worked for a few years in Academia, at Catholic University, both teaching and researching in a wide range of economic fields, was a Consultant with McKinsey & Company and also advised the Minister of Economic Affairs and the Secretary of State for Housing of Portugal on topics such as structural investments, house rental laws and economic diplomacy.

He won the Excellence Award from CGD and other Academic Merit Awards.

Paul Conibear

President, CEO & Director
Lundin Mining

Paul Conibear

Mr. Conibear joined Lundin Mining in 2007 and has held the position of President, CEO & Director since June 2011. Prior to his current role Mr. Conibear acted as the Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Senior Vice President, Projects. He has more than 30 years’ experience in corporate and asset management of all phases of mining investments in North and South America, and several African countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo. Originally from the mining centre of Sudbury, and a civil engineer by training, he brings to Lundin Mining 18 years of practical background in mining project and construction management followed by 17 years as a corporate officer and director for several successful Lundin group public companies.
As Chief Operating Officer then President/CEO and a Director of Tenke Mining Corp for many years until its merger with Lundin Mining, Mr. Conibear was instrumental in progressing the world class Tenke Fungurume copper/cobalt project towards development. Since taking on the leadership role at Lundin Mining, the company has undergone a significant transformation with the successful acquisitions of Eagle Mine in Michigan and the Candelaria Mine in Chile, and notable growth initiatives through exploration and brownfields expansion at the company’s European mines.
Mr. Conibear has been active in advancing the group's corporate social responsibility initiatives and is one of the founding directors of the Lundin Foundation, a charitable entity established to support sustainable development in countries where the Lundin group has active resource sector activities.

Paulo Pereira da Silva


Paulo Pereira da Silva

Paulo Pereira da Silva was appointed CEO of Renova FPA SA in 1995. He has since steered the company into its current status of emergent new global brand in its sector. Paulo Pereira da Silva is also the president of the board of Renova España SA, Promineral, Servisan, and Proemba, companies belonging to the Almonda SGPS SA group. Before being appointed as CEO of Renova FPA SA, he served as Renova’s Production Director (1989-1995).
Paulo Pereira da Silva holds a BSc in Physics, from the École Poytéchnique Féderale de Lausanne, in Switzerland. He is a member of the Strategic Guidance Council of the Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics, the Advisory Council of the Portuguese Institute of Corporate Governance, and OxyCapital.
Renova SA is the main company of the Almonda SGPS group of companies and its brand (‘Renova’) has become a hall mark in its sector (disposable paper products for the home and body). Renova’s main markets are centered in Western Europe and the Mediterranean basin, being already commercialized across the five continents and growing in regions as diverse as Central Africa, the Middle East and North America.

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne

Minister of International Trade
Government of Canada

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne

François-Philippe Champagne was elected the Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice-Champlain on October 19, 2015. A few weeks later, he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance of Canada, a position he held until January 10, 2017, when he was appointed Minister of International Trade of Canada by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Minister Champagne currently leads the Government of Canada’s efforts to diversify its trade relations as well as the implementation of Canada’s progressive trade strategy in negotiating bilateral and multilateral agreements.

Businessman, lawyer and international trade specialist, François-Philippe Champagne has more than 20 years of experience in large international companies, particularly in the field of energy, engineering, and innovation. He was Vice-President and Senior Counsel of ABB Group, a leader in cutting-edge technology that operates in more than 100 countries. Later he served as Strategic Development Director, acting General Counsel, as well as a Member of the Group Management Committee of AMEC Foster Wheeler, a world leader in the energy sector. In 2009, he was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He has also served on several boards over the years, including Incheon Bridge Corporation (South Korea), C3E (Center of Excellence in Energy Efficiency), and was President of the Canadian-Swiss Chamber of Commerce.

François-Philippe Champagne a été élu député de Saint-Maurice–Champlain le 19 octobre 2015. Quelques semaines plus tard, il a été nommé secrétaire parlementaire du ministre des Finances du Canada, poste qu’il a occupé jusqu’au 10 janvier 2017, date de sa nomination à titre de ministre du Commerce international du Canada par le premier ministre Justin Trudeau. Le ministre Champagne mène actuellement les efforts du gouvernement du Canada dans la diversification de ses relations commerciales ainsi que la mise-en-œuvre d’une stratégie commerciale plus progressiste lors des négociations d’Accords bilatéraux et multilatéraux.

Homme d’affaires, avocat et spécialiste du commerce international, François-Philippe Champagne possède plus de 20 ans d’expérience au sein de grandes entreprises internationales, plus particulièrement dans les domaines de l’énergie, de l’ingénierie et de l’innovation. Il a été vice-président et avocat principal du Groupe ABB, un chef de file dans la technologie de pointe qui mène des activités dans plus de 100 pays. Monsieur Champagne a ensuite occupé les postes de directeur du développement stratégique, d’avocat général par intérim et de membre du comité de direction d’AMEC Foster Wheeler, un chef de file mondial dans le domaine de l’énergie. En 2009, il a été nommé jeune leader mondial par le Forum économique mondial. Au fil des ans, François-Philippe a également siégé sur plusieurs conseils d'administration, dont ceux de la Incheon Bridge Corporation (Corée du Sud) et de C3E (Centre d’excellence en efficacité énergétique), et a été président de la Chambre de commerce canado-suisse.

The Honourable Manuel Caldeira Cabral

Minister of Economy
Government of Portugal

The Honourable Manuel Caldeira Cabral

Manuel Caldeira Cabral was born in Lisbon in 1968.

He was appointed as Minister of Economy in November 2015.

The Minister of Economy is responsible for strategy and policy aimed at economic growth and competitiveness. The Minister’s main policy areas are: business law, enterprise and business support, innovation, internationalisation of enterprises and promotion of trade, industry and investment, consumer protection, tourism, energy and geology.

Manuel Caldeira Cabral was Professor of Economy in University of Minho since 2004.

He was a former member of Parliament since October 2015. He was columnist in the economic newspaper Jornal de Negócios since 2007.

In 2013 and 2014 he represented the Socialist Party in the negotiation of the partnership agreement between Portugal and the European Commission for the implementation of the European Structural and Investment Funds.

He was an invited researcher in the World Bank Department of Commerce Investigation and Economic Integration, in Washington D.C., in 2012. He was economic advisor to the Minister of State and Finance between 2009 and 2011 and economic advisor to the Minister of Economy and Innovation in 2009. He was member of the Council for the Promotion of Internationalisation (2010 and 2011) and member of the coordination network for EU's Europe 2020 Strategy (2010 and 2011).

He was expert evaluator of the Open Budget Questionnaire of East Timor (2010 to 2013) on behalf of International Budget Partnership. He worked in the cooperation program of the Foundation of Portuguese Universities in East Timor (in 2004 and 2007). He was researcher of the Economy Department of Nottingham University during his PhD and advisor of the Economy Department of University of Minho until he finished his PhD.

He was advisor of the Portuguese Insurers Association (1991-1992).

While he was studying, he worked as a journalist in Diário Económico and Semanário Económico (1988-1991).

The Right Honourable António Costa

Prime Minister of Portugal

The Right Honourable António Costa

António Costa has an extensive political experience in Government, in Parliament and as Mayor of Lisbon, the Capital of Portugal.
António Costa was first elected MP (Member of Parliament) in 1991 and made his debut in Government as Secretary of State for Parliamentary Affairs in 1995, depending directly from the Minister of the Presidency Antonio Vitorino and was appointed as Minister in 1997, having the responsibility for the Expo 98. In 1999, on the second government of António Guterres, he took over the administration of justice which he held until 2002.
With the Portuguese Socialist Party in opposition, he was elected Leader of the PS Parliamentary Group in the Portuguese Parliament, functions that he held until 2004 European elections. PS won with 44.53% and he was elected to the European Parliament where he assumed the Vice-Presidency of the European Parliament.
The PS electoral victory with an absolute majority in 2005 early elections settled his return to Portugal as Minister of State and Interior (2005/07).
In 2007, before the serious political and financial crisis that hit the City of Lisbon, he presented himself as candidate to Mayor to the mid-term Elections in the Portuguese capital which he won with 29.5%, being successively re-elected in the 2009 and 2013 elections with impressive victories of 44% and 51%, ensuring in both an absolute majority in the City Council of the Portuguese capital.

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister of Canada

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau (born December 25, 1971) is Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister. He also serves as Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of Youth.

Justin’s vision of Canada is a country where everyone has a real and fair chance to succeed. His experiences as a teacher, father, leader, and advocate for youth have shaped his dedication to Canadians – and his commitment to make Canada a place where everyone has the opportunities they need to thrive.

The oldest of three boys, Justin grew up with the profound influence of his father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, and his mother, Margaret Trudeau. He was raised speaking both French and English and has family roots in both Eastern and Western Canada. This background helped spark his passion for public service and shaped his conviction that diversity is Canada’s strength.

Justin studied literature at McGill University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in 1994. He went on to complete the University of British Columbia’s education program, and spent several years teaching French, math, and other subjects in Vancouver. Teaching allowed him to make a positive impact in the lives of young people. He remains committed to hearing the voices of young Canadians, from the classroom to Parliament Hill.

In 2002, Justin returned home to Montréal, where he met Sophie Grégoire, a Quebec TV and radio host. They married in 2005 and are now the proud parents of Xavier, Ella-Grace, and Hadrien.

Before entering politics, Justin served as the Chair of Katimavik, on the board for the Canadian Avalanche Foundation, and as an advocate for young people and the environment. As a speaker at events and conferences around the country, he encouraged young people to engage with the issues important to them and participate as active citizens. These experiences made it increasingly clear to him that the issues young Canadians care about – education, the environment, their generation's economic prospects – needed a stronger voice.

Justin entered politics to make change that would better serve all Canadians. In 2007, he built a community-based, grassroots campaign to win the Liberal Party nomination in the Montréal riding of Papineau. He was elected in 2008, and re-elected in 2011 and 2015.

Justin was elected Leader of the Liberal Party in April 2013. His leadership campaign focused on building a new, truly national movement of progressive Canadians, bringing hundreds of thousands of Canadians into politics, most for the first time. He worked closely with his team to build a plan to create jobs, grow the economy, and strengthen the middle class. With Justin’s leadership, the Liberal plan emphasized fair economic opportunity for everyone, respect for and promotion of freedom and diversity, and a more democratic government that truly represents Canadians.

On October 19, 2015, Justin led his party to victory, winning a majority government with seats in every province and territory across the country. He was sworn in on November 4, 2015.

As Prime Minister, Justin leads a government that works hard every day to build an economy that works for the middle class and people working hard to join it. His team is focused on creating new jobs, fostering strength out of Canada’s rich diversity, fighting climate change, and achieving reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. A proud feminist, Justin appointed Canada’s first gender balanced Cabinet.

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