20 episodes

CERBA is suspending its promotion of bilateral trade and investment activities with Russia.
***
Icebreakers is the only podcast exploring the intersection of Canadian and Eurasian business, culture, and personalities. Join Nathan Hunt as he hosts leaders, politicians, artists, and more as they reflect on the current state of Canadian and Eurasian cooperation and look to the future to speculate on what is to come. With each new episode, we discover new exciting stories, personal experiences and determine various opportunities to form a bilateral dialogue between our countries and people.

Icebreakers is produced bi-weekly by the Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association (CERBA), an independent non-profit organization that promotes bilateral trade and investment between Canada and Eurasia.

Learn more about CERBA here: https://www.cerbanet.org/

Icebreakers: A conversation about Canadian and Eurasian business CERBA

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 1 Rating

CERBA is suspending its promotion of bilateral trade and investment activities with Russia.
***
Icebreakers is the only podcast exploring the intersection of Canadian and Eurasian business, culture, and personalities. Join Nathan Hunt as he hosts leaders, politicians, artists, and more as they reflect on the current state of Canadian and Eurasian cooperation and look to the future to speculate on what is to come. With each new episode, we discover new exciting stories, personal experiences and determine various opportunities to form a bilateral dialogue between our countries and people.

Icebreakers is produced bi-weekly by the Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association (CERBA), an independent non-profit organization that promotes bilateral trade and investment between Canada and Eurasia.

Learn more about CERBA here: https://www.cerbanet.org/

    'Uzbekistan: New Era of Opportunity' with Eldor Mannopov

    'Uzbekistan: New Era of Opportunity' with Eldor Mannopov

    Join us on a journey through the heart of Central Asia and the birthplace of 1001 Arabian Nights - the Republic of Uzbekistan. Visit Tashkent and Navoi, Khiva and Samarkand, Kyzylkum and Aralkum deserts - all through the eyes of the Canadian Honorary Consul of Canada in Uzbekistan and Managing Partner at Dentons Uzbekistan - Mr. Eldor Mannopov.

    In this episode, we discuss the progressive reforms and improvements introduced by the government of Shavkat Mirziyoyev in support of the foreign business, Uzbek's extraordinary hospitality and personal experiences living and working in the country.

    Related links to this episode:
    Dentons UzbekistanCanadian Consulate in Uzbekistan
    Timeline:
    00:40 Intro
    00:50 Considering an “honorable profession”
    04:26 Merging with Dentons
    05:10 Landmark M&A: privatization of Coca-Cola in Uzbekistan
    06:21 Gosplan years
    08:23 President Merziyoyev era
    9:51 Monetary policy reform
    14:33 Tax reform: stable and transparent regime
    17:31 Public procurement laws and e-government innovations
    20:23 1001 Arabian Night stories' birthplace
    21:51 Mining industry reform in Uzbekistan
    27:27 Foreign investors in Uzbekistan mining
    30:13 Desert fishing with Ambassador John Kur
    32:22 6 million tons of cotton and the death of the Aral Sea: ESG solutions
    34:46 Extraordinary hospitality of Uzbek people
    36:26 Goals-based living
    36:52 What does the future hold for Eldor?
    37:23 Outro

    Icebreakers is produced by CECC, an independent non-profit organization that promotes bilateral trade and investment between Canada and Eurasia. www.canadaeurasia.com

    • 38 min
    'Seizing an opportunity in Kazakhstan' with Darren Klinck

    'Seizing an opportunity in Kazakhstan' with Darren Klinck

    We are excited to host Mr. Darren Klinck today, President and Director at the Arras Minerals – a Canadian junior mining & exploration company operating in Kazakhstan.

    Darren has extensive international experience in mining, having raised over 800 million for the projects globally including Guatemala, Laos, Australia, New Zeeland and Myanmar. He is sharing his personal stories about growing up in rural Alberta, getting involved in mining and capital markets, founding the first ever Canadian junior mining company in Kazakhstan and providing a piece of advice for Canadian investors considering Eurasia.

    Related links:
    CECC
    Arras Minerals
    Kazakhstan Canada Business Council 2022 (KCBC)

    Timeline:
    00:00 Intro
    00:40 Introducing Darren Klinck
    01:26 Growing up in rural Alberta
    02:30 Close encounter in snowy Sierra, Northern Mexico
    06:03 Headhunters in the Philippines
    06:54 From Yangon to Nay Pyi Taw
    08:52 Gold Rush in South Carolina
    11:32 Getting excited over an opportunity in Kazakhstan
    12:44 Similarities to Canada
    13:58 Western approach to doing business
    15:30 Do investors feel comfortable? Perceptions
    17:30 Attracting more junior miners to Kazakhstan
    19:45 Crisis management
    22:00 Going public
    25:46 Advice for Canadian investors
    26:53 Enchanting and eclectic Nur-Sultan
    28:22 Kazakhstan Canada Business Council 2022
    29:25 Fundraising insights
    30:39 What made Darren a leader?
    31:27 What does the future hold?
    32:45 Closing

    Icebreakers is produced by CECC, an independent non-profit organization that promotes bilateral trade and investment between Canada and Eurasia. www.canadaeurasia.com

    • 33 min
    'How to Change the World” with Jim Gibson

    'How to Change the World” with Jim Gibson

    We are hosting Mr. Jim Gibson today, Chief Catalyst and Community Leader at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). Jim is a passionate serial entrepreneur and author of “Tip of the Spear: Our Species and Technology at a Crossroads”. Jim brings over 30 years of experience in digital technologies, innovations, mentorship, and technological ventures into the conversation.

    With his help we are exploring the notion of digital literacy and digital citizenship as well as investigate the coming tsunami of technological change. Precisely, how will the exponential technological growth influence our lives, education sector and contemporary youth?  What are the opportunities for Canada-Eurasia collaboration and what does “How to change the World” program contribute to the global education industry?

    Related links:
    SAIT
    SADT
    "How to change the World" Program"
    Tip of the Spear: Our Species and Technology at a Crossroads" book by Jim Gibson

    Timeline:
    00:00 Intro
    00:40 Welcome Jim Gibson
    1:27 What does it mean to be digitally literate?
    4:46 Digital Intelligence classes for digital natives by SAIT
    9:05 Understanding your digital footprint
    11:00 Technology genie out of the bottle but the legislation is lagging
    14:21 What skills will students need in the future?
    16:12 Will we reach singularity soon?
    18:03 20 years of change in 20 months
    20:51 International programs and corporate trainings
    24:03
    Smart cities
    26:43 “How to Change the World” program
    31:17 SAIT School of Advanced Digital Technology (SADT)
    34:00 The role of mentorship in education
    36:02 What made you a Leader?
    36:56 Pay attention! Or What does the future hold?
    38:20 Outro

    Icebreakers is produced by CECC, an independent non-profit organization that promotes bilateral trade and investment between Canada and Eurasia. www.canadaeurasia.com

    • 38 min
    Can-do Attitude Globally with Don Streu

    Can-do Attitude Globally with Don Streu

    It’s time to hear words of wisdom from our honoured guest and oil and gas expert, Mr. Don Streu, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Alberta and President, CEO and Director at Condor Petroleum.Don has over 35 years of experience in the oil & gas industry globally: from Angola to Indonesia, from Canada to Central Asia. He’s sharing his personal experience of operating a company in Kazakhstan, exploring the Uzbekistan market, working with oil & gas reserves, and leading LNG technological revolution in Central Asia.
    Related links:
    Condor Petroleum
    Chevron
    Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Canada
    Embassy of Canada to the Republic of Kazakhstan,Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan
    Timeline
    0:00 Intro
    0:40 Welcome Don Streu
    1:24 The heart of the new West (Alberta)
    2:36 Will the current uptick in Gas & Oil price help Alberta’s economy?
    3:50 Starting with Shevron in 1986
    5:52 The “Three No” Rule and move to Angola
    11:04 Experiences in Indonesia and Nigeria
    14:09 Founding Condor Petroleum: turning to Kazakhstan
    16:25 What does it take to discover oil?
    17:53 Step in the right direction: introducing LNG technology in Kazakhstan
    20:19 Ethical oil
    22:48 Can-do attitude: Kazakhstani and Uzbekistani culture and professionalism
    25:36 Opportunities in Uzbekistan
    26:43 Leading the small-scale LNG revolution
    29:53 What does it mean to be an Honorary Consul of Republic of Kazakhstan in Alberta?
    31:39 Enjoying Alberta and Ontario beef in Kazakhstan
    33:12 Positive reforms in Kazakhstan
    36:14 What made Don a leader?
    37:09 What does the future hold for Don Streu?
    39:21 Outro
    Icebreakers is produced by CERBA, an independent non-profit organization that promotes bilateral trade and investment between Canada and Eurasia. www.cerbanet.org

    • 40 min
    Reinvention with Nathan Hunt

    Reinvention with Nathan Hunt

    We’re turning the tables on Nathan Hunt today - the host for the ICE/Breakers Podcast - making him the interviewee. Nathan is a Yale University graduate, summa cum laude, and a former Russia Director of the Canadian meat and dairy traders, Ronald A. Chisholm Limited.  Nathan is one of the founders of CERBA and has chaired its Moscow Chapter since its inception. He’s sharing his experience of living and doing business in rapidly changing Russia reinventing himself and discovering new potential throughout two and a half decades in the country. 
    Related links:
    CERBA
    Ronald A.Chisholm Ltd.
    LP/AD
    Lada
    Cherkizovo Group
    Timeline:
    0:00 Intro
    1:19 Setting the stage
    2:17 80s and early 90s speculating on cassette tapes in Russia
    4:40 Chicken purchase gone afoul
    7:30 Pivoting to the Canadian angle 
    10:00 Late 90s/early 2000s: Pioneering new sources of meat to Russia 
    12:10 CBAR inception
    13:58 Time when Russia favoured Canada
    15:30 Lada imports from the USSR to Canada
    17:58 Punching above our weight: CERBA story
    23:46 2008 recession and new beginnings 
    25:36 Early 2010s: CERBA expansion to Vancouver and Kazakhstan
    29:00 Hollywood Hunt: Larry King, Demi Moore & Ashton Kutcher 
    31:41 Let’s be honest: Jean Charest meeting with Yuri Luzhkov 
    35:15 Business diplomacy 
    37:26 “Russia – a lousy place to do business, a great place to make money”
    38:59 “Harper, Putin to star in 1972 Summit Series rematch”
    44:00 The challenges and opportunities of the pandemic and climate change 
    47:04 What does the future hold for Nathan Hunt?
    51:32 What made Nathan a leader?

    Icebreakers is produced by CERBA, an independent non-profit organization that promotes bilateral trade and investment between Canada and Eurasia. www.cerbanet.org

    • 53 min
    A Blueliner's Path to Kazakhstan with Darren Dietz

    A Blueliner's Path to Kazakhstan with Darren Dietz

    In today's episode of Icebreakers, we welcome Darren Dietz, Canadian-born, former "Barys Nur-Sultan" team captain and current Russian CSKA hockey player. After a successful transition to "Barys" and KHL League, he became a national treasure among Kazakh fans and was awarded a KHL Defenseman of the Year in 2018/2019.
    Darren shares his professional hockey journey throughout the NHL and KHL leagues, as well as his experience living in the Republic of Kazakhstan. He also discusses international sports cooperation opportunities between Canada and Eurasia and his latest transition to the CSKA Moscow.

    Related Links:
    Barys Nur-Sultan Hockey Club
    CSKA Moscow Hockey Club
    National Hockey League
    Kontinental Hockey League

    Timeline:
    00:00 Intro
    00:41 Introducing Darren Dietz
    01:49 What is it like living in Kazakhstan?
    03:24 Alberta and "Medicine Hat Tigers" Team
    05:00 Drafted by Montreal Canadiens - Dream Come True!
    06:00 New experiences in KHL
    09:09 Greetings from Barys Team
    10:35 Becoming a Kazakh hockey legend and Team Captain
    13:24 Speaking Russian
    16:40 Fast-forward transition to CSKA Red Army team
    20:50 Darren the "Ptichka!"
    21:58 Reciting "Zimnee Utro" by Pushkin at All-Stars KHL event
    24:00 Common traits between Canadians,  Kazakhs and Russians
    25:27 On perspectives between NHL and KHL
    28:05 50th Anniversary of Canada and USSR Superseries
    29:10 What made Darren a leader?
    29:55 What does the future hold for Darren Dietz?
    30:48 Conclusion

    Icebreakers is produced by CERBA, an independent non-profit organization that promotes bilateral trade and investment between Canada and Eurasia. www.cerbanet.org

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
1 Rating

1 Rating

toasted ciabatta ,

The Appolo murders

Great episode. Chris Hadfield is very knowledgeable astronaut, and as it turned out - a very talented author. Thank you CERBA for inviting him to your show!