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The Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce (CACC) is a not-for-profit organisation whose focus is to build and strengthen trade and business connections between Australia and Canada. The Chamber is pleased to present the volunteer members of the CACC Western Canada Committee which covers the British Columbia and Alberta regions.

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Introducing the Western Canada Committee

Matthew Lawson


Matthew Lawson is Senior Counsel in the Vancouver and Kelowna offices of Farris LLP. Having practiced extensively in Canada and Australia, Matt’s areas of expertise include mergers and acquisitions, corporate commercial law, equity and debt financing, and securities matters.

He works with private companies as well as public and institutional clients across various industries, and his practice frequently involves cross-border considerations

Mark Dwyer


Mark Dwyer has made his mark as a tech entrepreneur with an 18-year career spanning North America and the Asia-Pacific regions. His leadership style is characterized by a people-first, data-driven approach that has consistently led to success.

As a board director, serial tech entrepreneur, and corporate strategist, Mark has played a pivotal role in capital raising, M&A, and forming strategic partnerships. His ability to foster collaborations with industry giants such as Microsoft, Apple, Google, and VISA showcases his talent in navigating and cultivating impactful relationships.

Mark's journey to becoming a renowned global tech exporter is more than just a corporate biography; it is a narrative of leadership, innovation, and the relentless pursuit of excellence.

Adeel Ahmad


Adeel is the Managing Director for Asia at Invest Alberta. Located in Seoul, South Korea, Adeel provides leadership and support to business development teams across Asia in identifying and pursuing high-value investment opportunities for the Alberta market.

Adeel has significant experience working in investment promotion and has worked with agencies in the United States, Canada, Europe and the Middle East to promote investment from Asia. He has also worked to help private sector companies from North America and Europe enter the Korean market and set up their local operations. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Adeel has lived in South Korea for almost 15 years and speaks fluent English, Korean, Hindi and Urdu.

Karen Lamare


Karen has over twenty years of experience in economic development and business attraction. She has worked collaboratively with diverse stakeholders to attract investment, talent, and business activity to strengthen BC’s competitive advantage in key economic sectors. At Invest Vancouver, Karen is responsible for delivering customized investment attraction & promotion services to support existing and prospective businesses to the Metro Vancouver region. She has in-depth knowledge of the region’s economy and can provide market intelligence & expertise to help businesses understand the local ecosystem and leverage strategic partnerships.
Prior to joining Invest Vancouver, Karen held senior management positions with the BC government, Creative BC, the BC Film Commission and more recently with MNP, as a management consultant in their Economics and Research practice. Karen holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Victoria.

Brock Freeman


Brock is the Head of Communications at the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I-SPARC), where he currently leads communication efforts after dedicating two years volunteering on one of their regional committees. I-SPARC is committed to fostering thriving communities through sport-based programs, breaking barriers for Indigenous athletes across British Columbia.

With a rich background in marketing, brand development, and communications, specializing in branded consumer goods and biotech industries, including collaborations with multinational groups such as Beam-Suntory, Asahi Beverages, and Tetley Tea.

Brock holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with a focus on Marketing Management from the Australian Institute of Business (AIB).

Beyond his professional endeavors, Brock's enduring passion for sports, especially lacrosse, has remained a constant in his life, and contributes by coaching youth lacrosse in Vancouver.



The CACC has various roles that we are recruiting for the Western Canada Committee. If you are seeking to volunteer and are based in BC or Alberta please submit your expression of interest to

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