Welcome to the Canada Arab Business Council


Supported by corporate membership, the CABC is the only Canadian non-profit association focusing exclusively on promoting trade and economic relations between Canada and the Arab countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region.


cabc announces new board of directors chair and executive officers 

Mohammad Al Zaibak - Chair

Sandra LeBlanc- Vice Chair

Peter Sutherland- President & CEO

Maymar Naman- Treasurer

Dan Fournier- Secretary


The CABC would like to welcome its new Patrons and Corporate Members 2016! 


Air Canada                                                                     
Aird & Berlis
Canadian Development & Marketing Corporation
Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada
SNC Lavalin


Atelier Chaloub Architects
BM & H Oilfield Solutions Inc.
Canada Middle East Connections Inc.
Canadian Leaders in International Consulting
Crystal Fountains
DSI Advisors
Envision Group Ltd.
IBE Partnership WLL
Kasian Architecture Interior Design & Planning Ltd.
Lematic SAL
Madar Coil Coating
Niagara College Canada
Searidge Technologies


CABC Annual Forum and Dinner 2016

The CABC hosted its annual Business Forum and Dinner April 12, at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa. The two events attracted over 300 business executives, Arab ambassadors, Members of Parliament, senior officials and others interested in the Arab world. Business delegates from Iraq, Jordan and Saudi Arabia participated in the Forum alongside speakers from Canadian companies with extensive experience in the region. A highlight of the Dinner was the presentation to Hugh O’Donnell of an award recognizing his outstanding contribution to Canada Arab business as a successful businessman, senior official and Chair of the Canada Arab Business Council for the past 8 years.


prime minister's letter


speakers' biographies


Omar Alghabra

Mohammad Al Zaibak

Andre Downs- GAC Chief Economist

Hammad Al-Balawi- Senior Investors Relation Specialist, Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority

Basel Al-Ashi-Vice-President of International Partnerships, Canadian Bureau for International Education

Sean Kennedy- VP International Affairs, Niagara College

Katerina Tarasova- Director Healthcare Assessment Systems, Accreditation Canada International

Ross Mitchell- VP, Commercial Operations, Marketing,Bombardier Commercial Aircrafts

Jose Suarez- President Mining & Metallurgy, SNC Lavalin

Jon Grant- Research Manager, WaterTap Ontario


Former Chairman J. Hugh O'Donnell has been honoured as the inaugural recipient of the J. Hugh O'Donnell award for outstanding contribution to Canada-Arab economic relations during the CABC Gala Dinner on April 12th, 2016.



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