With the Forum @ Kanada Haus Berlin (short: FORUM), the German-Canadian Association has developed a format which strives to identify and address new target audiences for German-Canadian topics. First held in May 2010, the conference offers experts from diverse branches the opportunity to network and exchange ideas. The FORUM is hosted by the Embassy of Canada in Berlin in the impressive Kanada Haus at Leipziger Platz.
Actively supporting our initiative, the Embassy of Canada has helped us throughout the years in gaining renowned speakers such as
- William Crosbie, 2010/11 Ambassador of Canada in Afghanistan
- Jochen Sanio, President, German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) 2002-2011
- Brian Lee Crowley, Founding Director of the Macdonald-Laurier-Institute, Ottawa
- The Honourable Kevin G. Lynch, P.C., O.C., Vice President of the BMO Financial Group, Toronto
- Dr. Ilse Treurnicht, President of the MaRS Discovery District Toronto
- Prof. Dr. Günther Wess, Vice President of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
- The Honourable John Manley, P.C., O.C., President and CEO of the CCCE
- Mark Keese, Head of the Division for Employment Analysis and Policy, OECD Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs
- Wendy Zatylny, President, Association of Canadian Port Authorities
- Dan Kelly, President and CEO, Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)
- Michael Small, Executive Director “Renewable Cities”, SFU Centre for Dialogue, Vancouver
- Dr. Vera Rodenhoff, Head of Division, International Affairs in the Field of Environment, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)
- Dr. Inge Paulini, Secretary-General, German Advisory Council on Global Change
- Prof. Dr. Rainer Walz, Head of the Competence Center Sustainability, Fraunhofer ISI
- Laura O’Blenis, Co-Founder and Managing Director, AURP Canada
The Forum @ Kanada Haus operates as a public-private partnership. Over the years, it has become part of the CSR strategy of our long-term sponsors. In the future, attractive topics and issues shall serve to further establish the FORUM and to identify new target audiences.
Since 2012, we have been holding the annual conference under its current name „Forum at Kanadahaus“.
|Jahr / Titel||Beschreibung|
Climate Change and the Renewal of Cities / A German-Canadian Dialogue
|In 2016 we tackled Climate Change and the Renewal of Cities, welcoming Michael Small from the Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue, Vancouver as our top keynote speaker. Adelphi, a Berlin based independent think tank and public policy consultancy on climate, environment and development led its credibility to our event as our conference partner.
“Delivering the Goods”: German-Canadian Logistics and Infrastructure for Enhanced Transatlantic Trade
|The 2015 Forum addressed German-Canadian Logistics and Infrastructure for Enhanced Transatlantic Trade and the implication of CETA on air freight and other forms of intermodal transport. Conference Partners were the Bundesverband mittelständische Wirtschaft (BVMW) e.V. and EKUPAC GmbH, Cologne.|
Workplace Diversity. A long road to corporate reality
|In 2014, the Forum focused on workplace diversity and its role in maintaining productivity in countries, like Canada and Germany, with ageing populations. Conference partners were the OECD Berlin Centre and the Bonn-based IZA Institute for the Study of Labor.|
Harnessing Disruptive Technologies. The Canada-Germany Value Chain
|In 2013, the FORUM’s success story continued with a focus on fostering, financing and application of innovation, which attracted experts from the research, venture capital and industry sectors. This time, the Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (BITKOM) and the German Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVK) joined us as conference partners.|
Energy Security: National and Regional Perspectives
|Re-branded as Forum @ Kanada Haus in 2012, the conference sharpened its profile as a discussion platform for highly topical economic and trade issues. Experts from the economic and political sector, as well as, from professional associations came together to exchange their views on Energy Security, with the OECD Berlin Centre as a well-established conference partner and multiplier.|