Annual Business Meeting

Join us on April 22, 2021 as the T&T Chamber of Industry and Commerce presents its 1st Signature Event for 2021; The Annual Business Meeting.¬† Register today for this highly anticipated event which will focus on¬†‚ÄúChange that Matters: Defining Trends for 2021 and Beyond‚ĶAchieving your Company‚Äôs Greatest Potential‚ÄĚ.

The Keynote speakers are Justin Sanders and Keith Martin, Partners at McKinsey & Company, co-authors of ‚ÄúThis way-out: How leading companies chart a full-potential COVID-Exit‚ÄĚ (Read article here.) – which discussed how organizations can balance performance and portfolio moves to pivot and thrive out of the pandemic.

 McKinsey & Company helps organizations across the private, public, and social sectors create the Change that Matters most to them.

From the C-suite to the front line, they partner with their clients to transform their organizations, embed technology into everything they do, and build enduring capabilities.

Justin and Keith will lead the discussion on mega trends currently defining the way we do business in 2021, including:

  • Organisational speed and agility – Most agile responders seeing benefit from shifts in their portfolios and operational performance
  • Prolonged Shift to remote work – Progress driving productivity through remote work
  • e-commerce transformation – Massive shift in value from traditional to e-commerce
  • Digitisation of business activities – Signs that automation of routine tasks will follow the Covid-19 pandemic as it has with other global crises
  • Intensified reskilling of workforce – Re-training required to align labour with new skill needs
  • Sustainability and resilience – Heightened sensitivity to global sustainability


Justin Sanders
Partner, McKinsey & Company
Keynote speaker

Justin Sanders is a Partner in McKinsey’s New York office and a leader of McKinsey’s Corporate Finance & Strategy practice in the Americas. Justin supports clients on portfolio strategy and performance transformations.  He has significant experience in value creation strategy and M&A transactions in the industrial sector.

Justin also is a leader of McKinsey’s Activist Investor Defense practice, helping corporate clients prepare and respond to activist investors.
Justin received his BA from Brown University and MBA from Harvard Business School.

Keith Martin
Partner, McKinsey & Company
Keynote speaker

Keith Martin is a Partner in McKinsey’s Transformation practice in Canada. Keith advises clients across the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia and he has deep experience in leading transformations across multiple industries, including manufacturing, oil & gas, and high tech.

Before joining McKinsey, Keith worked in Irish and European politics and led the IT function for a large international NGO.

Keith received his BSc from Waterford Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of British Columbia.


10:00 – 10:05 Welcome Remarks –
Mr. Reyaz Ahamad -Outgoing President T&T Chamber
10:05 – 10:15 Inaugural Address
Mr. Charles Pashley‚ÄĒPresident
T&T Chamber
10:15 – 10:35 Keynote
Mr. Justin Sanders & Mr. Keith Martin ‚Äď Partners
McKinsey & Co
10:35 – 11:45 Panel Discussion & Q&A
11:45 – 11:50 Vote of Thanks
Ms. Kiran Maharaj‚ÄĒ
Vice President, T&T Chamber

Charles Pashley
Incoming President, T&T Chamber

Perspective on the local business environment & investment opportunities

Charles has over 25 years management experience which includes food retail, restaurant management, manufacturing, distribution, supply chain and has worked with a major international accounting and auditing firm.
He is currently the Chief Strategy Officer at ANSA McAl and has held positions as the CEO and Director at Prestige Holdings Limited and Smith Robertson and Company Limited.
He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of the United Kingdom (FCCA) and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Trinidad and Tobago (CA) and is PROSCI Certified. He is currently also the Senior Vice President of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

Maria Daniel
Strategy & Transactions Partner, EY

Digital trends in the financial services sector and the creation of a new entrepreneurial space within traditional sectors

Maria is a Partner in the Strategy and Transactions practice based in the Trinidad office. Along with the EY Trinidad team, she has been revolutionizing what the ‚Äėbusiness model‚Äô looks like, given EY‚Äôs internal transformation in the technology space, which began over a decade ago.
Maria leverages EY’s reinvented internal methodologies for client engagement delivery, as well as its re-engineered service offerings including Business Transformation, Digital Strategy and Technology Architecture.
She has led several high-profile engagements and has provided clients with advice on raising both debt and equity capital as well as strategic options analysis towards maximizing shareholder value. She specializes in business valuations, transaction support services on both the buy-side and sell-side of the transaction, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, independent business review, receiverships, restructuring, strategic advisory services including digital transformation, and turnaround advisory.
Maria has worked in several different sectors across the Caribbean not limited to Fintech Solutions, Strategic Advisory Services, Valuation Services, IFRS 9 Implementation, Receiverships and also Assurance support. She also works with Entrepreneurs to develop business plans and models for new and expansion projects.
Her presentations focuses on how digitization and digitalization create opportunities for value creation for customers to shareholders.

John De Silva
Managing Director, LASCO Distributors Limited

Restructuring and Managing for Productivity and Competitiveness

John is an internationally experienced Consumer Goods Executive within the Food, Beverage, Nutrition, Health, Home and Personal Care industries. He was appointed Managing Director of Lasco Distributors Limited in March 2021, and previously held the positions of Nestlé Country Manager and Unilever Managing Director in the Anglo-Dutch Caribbean Markets.

At Unilever he executed a 3-year program of strategic transformation and restructuring to return the company to profitable growth. Prior to that, he spent 20 years with Nestlé, holding senior executive positions including Nestlé Professional’s Head of Supply Chain and Operations for Latin America and Country Manager of Nestlé Caribbean Inc.

He believes that we have an opportunity, and a responsibility, to contribute to a brighter future by connecting business and social interests through education, employment, entrepreneurship, nutrition, hygiene and health.

Shaun Rampersad
Chief Operating Officer, Ramps Logistics Ltd

International Growth and Expansion in the Services Sector

Shaun in three words: passionate, visionary, innovative.
As the C.E.O. of Ramps Logistics Ltd., Shaun intends to create companies where the best, brightest and most talented minds in the world can find a home and belong to an organization they can be proud of. Under his leadership, the company has established a clear focus on research and development, process efficiency and cross-department collaboration.
Shaun focuses on building the leaders of tomorrow, by motivating and connecting with millennials. He is a huge advocate for the advancement of the regional economy, and believes in building strong and profitable businesses to fortify the Caribbean’s position in global markets. Through collaboration, Shaun believes that the regional business sector can compete on the world stage.
Creating strong ties within the Caribbean community is a cause Shaun continues to champion. Shaun believes in utilizing resources and incorporating technology to stay ahead of current trends.

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