CanCham’s “Defence, and Latvia’s Defence Strategy” panel discussion

Dear CanCham Members and Friends,
Today’s geopolitical situation has raised significant concern and discussion as to defence and Latvia’s defense strategy. Military considerations, hybrid warfare and disinformation are affecting everything from perceived security to economic risk to the state of mind of individuals. Many sectors of our society are affected, and many questions are raised.
We bring together a diverse panel of professionals who deal with these issues in their daily roles and continually address these questions.
Our panel includes:
  • Colonel R.M. (Rob) Foster, MSC, MSM, CD, Canadian Defence Attaché to Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, Embassy of Canada to Latvia
  • Ainârs Latkovskis (JV), member of the Defence, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee of the Latvian Parliament,
  • Elîna Egle, Chairperson of the Board of the Federation of Security & Defence Industries of Latvia,
  • Nicolas Lepage, Regional senior trade commissioner and Counsellor (Commercial affairs – Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia), Embassy of Canada to Latvia
  • Andris Íesteris, President, Baltic Canadian Council (in Canada)
  • Moderator – Ed Kalvins, President of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Latvia
Please join us in a lively debate about these current issues, and feel free to prepare your questions for the panelists.

Monday, June 3rd, 2024
Place: Pullman Riga Old Town Hotel, Jçkaba iela 24, Riga,
Register: please register here
€45.00 for members, €55.00 for non-members
To join as a CanCham member, please follow this link.





18.30    Arrivals / Networking
19.00    Welcome, an appraisal of the current situation – Ed Kalvins
19.05    Introduction of panelists - opening statements of panelists
19.20    Panel discussion
20.00    Questions from the participants
20.20    Panelist closing remarks / final thoughts
20.30    Networking
This event presents a fantastic opportunity to expand your professional network, exchange ideas, and foster meaningful collaborations within our community. Whether you're a seasoned entrepreneur, a budding professional, or simply passionate about expanding business opportunities with Canada, this event is tailored for you to develop a better understanding of the world around us.
Don't miss out on this exclusive chance to connect with like-minded individuals. Let's come together, learn from the best, and pave the way for business success. See you there!
Yours Sincerely,
Ed Kalvins, Chairman 

We encourage early registration. Advance payment is required to reserve you place. Preference will be given to paid guests. Unpaid registrations may be cancelled should the venue be fully booked. CanCham reserves the right to charge registered persons who do not cancel their reservations by Friday, May 31st at 17.00

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