Past Event! Note: this event has already taken place.

Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Conference

December 14, 2018 at 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Location:Richcraft Hall
Key Contact:Carlos Vargas
Contact Phone:613-520-2600 x2628

The Belt and Road Initiative stands for the “Silk Road Economic Belt” and the“21st Century Maritime Silk Road.” Proposed by China five years ago and joined by over 100 countries ever since, the BRI aims at providing an international platform for cooperation and achieving common prosperity through increased connectivity among countries.

The BRI Conference, co-hosted by the Chinese Embassy and Carleton University, brings together diplomats, experts and businesspeople to discuss and share their insights on the BRI, focusing on its economic, diplomatic and human impacts as well as opportunities for Canada to achieve trade diversification and tap the vast Asia Pacific market.


  09:00 – 09:30   Registration
 09:30 – 09:40    Welcome Remarks
Dr. Benoit-Antoine Bacon, President and Vice-Chancellor of Carleton University

H.E. Mr. Lu Shaye, Ambassador of China to Canada

  09:40 – 10:10    Keynote Speech
H.E. Mr. Lu Shaye, Ambassador of China to Canada
10:10 – 10:30   Coffee Break
Moderator: Dr. Pascale Massot, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa

H.E. Mr. Alexander N. Darchiev, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Canada
“Synergy of Integrations: Fusing Eurasian Economic Union with Belt and Road Initiative”

Mr. Graham Shantz, President, Canada China Business Council (CCBC)
“Belt and Road: Opportunities for CCBC’s members”

Mr. Muhammad Saleem, Deputy High Commissioner for the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Canada
“Introduction to CPEC – One of the BRI Projects”

Mr. Dmitry Basik, Charge d’Affaires a.i., Embassy of Belarus in Canada
The China-Belarus Industrial Park “Great Stone”

Dr. Ruan Zongze, Vice President, Senior Fellow of China Institute of International Studies (CIIS)
“New Journey for Opening Up”

 12:10 – 13:10   Buffet Lunch and Chinese Music
Ottawa Transpacific Orchestra
Moderator: Ms. Amy Karam, Sprott School of Business, Carleton University

Dr. Jeremy Paltiel, Political Science, Faculty of Public Affairs, Carleton University
“The Belt and Road Initiative as strategy: connectivity and complex bilateralism as substitute for multilateral institution building”

Dr. Wang Yiwei, Director of Institute of International Affairs, Renmin University of China
“BRI and Civilisations Triangles”

Dr. Wenran Jiang, Senior Fellow, Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia
“BRI and North America: Make Canada Relevant Again”

Dr. Xue Li, Director, Department of International Strategy, Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)
“BRI: Five-Year Achievement and Challenges”

Dr. Martin Geiger, Political Science, Faculty of Public Affairs, Carleton University
“Talent Mobility, China and the One Belt and Road Initiative”

Mr. Andy Lo, graduate student, Political Science, Faculty of Public Affairs, Carleton University
“The BRI and the Eurasian Economic Union: Impacts on Sino-Russian Relations”

15:00 – 15:10    Coffee Break
15:10 – 15:25   Closing Remarks
Mr. Heng Xiaojun, Minister Counsellor, Embassy of China in Canada

Dr. Karen Schwartz, Interim Associate Vice-President (Research and International), Carleton University

15:30 End

Additional Information

Parking: Please visit Parking Services

Registration:  Invitation-only