The AusCan Forum held its first in-person meeting in three years at the Four Seasons in Toronto, Canada from July 16-19, 2023. For videos, the Rapporteur’s Report, and more information, follow this link: 2023 Forum – Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum (auscanforum.com)
162 delegates were in attendance for this year’s Forum in Toronto. Notable appearances were made by Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada; Hon. Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario; Olivia Chow, Mayor of Toronto; Hon. Scott Moe, Premier of Saskatchewan; Hon Mark Dreyfus KC MP, Attorney-General of Australia; Hon. Francois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry of Canada; and on Kristy McBain, Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories. The Forum provided a wonderful opportunity for CEOs, academia, business association leaders, and former cabinet ministers to connect with one another.
The 2023 AusCan Forum hosted its first-ever AusCan Awards – celebrating top innovators under 40 from both Australia and Canada. Nominees were judged based on five (5) criteria: innovation, leadership, financial performance, social responsibility, and industry impact. Our Australian winner was Mina Nada, Co-Founder & CEO of Zoomo, and our Canadian winner was Joelle Faulkner, Founder & CEO of Area One Farms.
The Media coverage from the 2023 AusCan Forum achieved a reach of over 143,000,000 and included 4 stories filed by Australian news media outlets and 25 stories filed by Canadian news media outlets.
Feedback from the Forum clearly expressed an interest in more engagement between Australia and Canada. New initiatives will be announced in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to this space and the AusCan social media accounts Linkedin and Twitter for more details.