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Spotlight: Caribbean International Financial Institutions (IFIs) Opportunities

NOTE: This opportunity has expired or is an event which has already taken place.

On September 14 & 15, NEIA is proud to welcome a delegation from the Caribbean who will be discussing the needs, aims, and interests of the region with a focus on International Financial Institution (IFI) opportunities.

Registration for these events is free, but space is limited and registration is required. Please identify which speaker(s) you would like to meet with in your registration e-mail, as well as preferred time slot.

To register please e-mail Abbie Lacey at View the agenda and speaker bios below.

This initiative is a product of continued collaboration in the region between NEIA, the Department of Business, Tourism, Culture, and Rural Development, and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Port Room, Courtyard Marriott, St. John’s

9:00 – 12:00 pm
Doing Business in the Caribbean Presentations

Join representatives from the Caribbean Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank to learn more about International Financial Institution (IFI) funding in the region, as well as Trade Commissioners from Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago who will provide guidance and more general information on pursuing business in the region. Speakers include:

  • Ms. Michaeline Narcisse – Trade Commissioner, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Ms. Tammy Brathwaite – Trade Commissioner, Barbados
  • Mr. Douglas Fraser – Head of Procurement, Caribbean Development Bank
  • Dr. Idamay Denny – Portfolio Manager, Social Sector Division, Caribbean Development Bank
  • Ms. Shirley Gayle Sinclair – Inter-American Development Bank Procurement Specialist, Trinidad & Tobago

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Networking Lunch

1:00pm – 4:30pm
1-on-1 Sessions Between Firms and Caribbean Delegates
Appointments must be booked in advance.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

NEIA Boardroom, Suite 207, 90 O’Leary Avenue, St. John’s

9:00 – 12:00
1-on-1 Sessions (continued)
Appointments must be booked in advance.


Contact us to schedule a 1-on-1 meeting

Mr. Douglas Fraser
Head of Procurement, Caribbean Development Bank

Doug Fraser is the Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) Head of Procurement and manages the Procurement Policy Unit within the Bank’s Projects Department based in Barbados. Doug holds an MBA in Procurement and Strategy and is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS).

He has more than 16 years of experience as an international procurement specialist and has worked on a wide variety of procurement assignments across Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas for a range of multi-lateral and bi-lateral financing institutions, foundations, NGOs and private sector clients. Prior to joining CDB he working in long term roles based in Cambodia, Japan, the Philippines, the UK and Vietnam.

Dr. Idamay Denny
Portfolio Manager – Social Sector Division, Caribbean Development Bank

Dr. Idamay Denny is Portfolio Manager in the Social Sector Division of the Caribbean Development Bank. She is responsible for the Education portfolio. Idamay holds a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Teaching, a Certificate in Educational Management and Administration, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Instructional Leadership, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership. She is also a certified teacher. Idamay has almost 42 years’ experience in the field of education: 15 as a practicing teacher; 20 as an administrator in Barbados, and the last seven, with CDB. Prior to taking up an assignment as Education Specialist with CDB in December 2009, Idamay served as Deputy Chief Education Officer in Barbados, commencing in June 2000. She was promoted to her current position at CDB in May 2014. Idamay has represented Barbados and the region on several regional and international committees with the Organization of American States, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Commonwealth of Learning, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Caribbean Examinations’ Council. She currently represents CDB on the Canada/CARICOM Education for Employment Steering Committee, CARICOM’s Council of Ministers for Human and Social Development, CARICOM’s Working Group on Early Childhood Development, and the Transformation Task Force of the University of Guyana.

Shirley Gayle Sinclair
Procurement Specialist –Inter -American Development Bank

Shirley Gayle Sinclair is currently the IDB Procurement Specialist to Trinidad & Tobago. An experienced public policymaker and former Head of Procurement Policy for Jamaica, Shirley spearheaded Jamaica’s procurement development for several years, transforming the normative framework and distinguishing Jamaica as the most advanced procurement system in CARICOM. With over 15 years experience spanning the various aspects of public procurement, including trade negotiation she is an accomplished trainer and was responsible for the establishment of a procurement training programme for procurement staff at Jamaica’s public service training institute, The Management Institue for National Development (MIND).

She played a lead role in the CARICOM procurement integration process between 2004 and 2011 and was active in the Inter- American Government Procurement Network of Latin America and the Caribbean. As Caribbean Representative to the Executive Committee of the Network she was twice awarded for her outstanding work in procurement in the region. She has an interest in writing and has authored and presented papers on procurement to international conferences.

A certified Project Management Professional, she has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of the West Indies (Ja) and a Master of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University- USA.

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