On July 29th 2017, the newly formed Ghanaian-Canadian Chamber of Commerce (G.C.C.C) was officially launched in conjunction with the Diaspora Engagement Think Tank (D.E.T.T.) at the Hilton hotel in Toronto, Ontario.
The GCCC and DETT were planned and launched under the supervision of the Ghanaian-Canadian Association of Ontario (Ghana Union). The GCCC is a non-profit, voluntary organization based in Toronto Canada, that supports professionals and the business community seeking to invest in Ghana or engage in business with Ghanaians through networking, partnership and education.It is to build capacity, stimulate interest and create numerous opportunities for Ghanaians in Canada in the area of business.
The GCAO encourages all Ghanaian businesses licensed in Canada to register as members of the Chamberh of Commerce and be part of the “Think Tank”.
The DETT or “Think Tank” is a bank of skill workers and professionals who support or initiate programs to move the Ghanaian community in Canada forward.
The theme for the event was: Ghana Canada Breaking Barriers Through Business , Innovation and service.
Among the speakers and guest of honors were: Akwasi Awuah Ababio (Chief Director of Diaspora Relations) Emmanuel Duodu (GCAO president), Mr Philbert Johnson (Acting Head of Ghana High Commission), Mr John Bosco (Ghana Consulate General), Hon. Jean Augustine (Former member of parliament and federal minister), Mark Rowbotham (International Trainer in Tax and customs/ British chamber of commerce), Professor John Mensah, Ms Madi Murarui (The centre for Insreal and Jewish Affairs), Dr Isaac Odame (global sickle-cell Disease Network/Sick-kids hospital), Kelly Hartfield (Founding director Ghana-Canada Medical Help), Hon. Ahmed Hussen (Minister of Immigration and citizenship)