Ailish Campbell, Chief Trade Commissioner, Assistant Deputy Minister for International Trade, Global Affairs Canada welcomed the audience to a lively and practical discussion about how diversity in all its forms is increasingly becoming a competitive advantage for Canadian firms at home and in international markets.


Our special guest was Manjit Minhas, CEO of Calgary-based Minhas Breweries & Distillery and venture capitalist on CBC’s Dragon’s Den. She runs the largest brewery you’ve likely never heard of (9th largest in the world), exporting to 16 markets from Canada and the United States. Manjit Minhas gave a key note address entitled Canada’s Trade and Diversity Advantage – A Dragon’s Perspective. A panel discussion followed, giving the invited panelists and the audience the opportunity to reflect on how Canada’s Progressive Trade Agenda can be put into practice. The panel consisted of

Phil Rourke (Moderator), Director, Centre for Trade Policy and Law, Carleton University

Manjit Minhas (Panelist), Co-Founder and CEO, Minhas Breweries and Distillery

Sue Abu-Hakima (Panelist), CEO of Amika Mobile Corp.

Mairead Lavery (Panelist), Senior Vice-President, Business Development, Export Development Canada

Kate Morican (Panelist), Partner and National Service Leader for Strategic Transformation and Change, Deloitte



The event was presented by CTPL in partnership with:

Sprott School of Business (Carleton University)

Export Development Canada

Global Affairs Canada, Trade Commissioner Service

Centre for Research and Education on Women and Work (Carleton University)

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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