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2021 Canada Arab Business Forum new

CANADA AND THE ARAB WORLD

Connecting Businesses, Building the Future

22-23 September, 2021

For the first time, the Canada Arab Business Council (CABC) hosted a 2-Day Business Forum that was held on an interactive virtual event platform on September 22nd & 23rd, 2021. The theme of the business conference was centered on “Canada and the Arab Countries: Economic Recovery, Resilience, and Business Opportunities”.

This unique event not only highlighted some of the Trade and Investment opportunities in Canada and the Arab world but examined the Impact of Covid-19 on Globalization, Reconstruction and Economic Development, and the Role of Digitization in Agriculture, Healthcare and Education, and Business Transformation.

Business opportunities in the region are growing year-on-year and demand for Canadian products and services are increasing across all sectors.


DID YOU KNOW?

The MENA region is Canada’s eighth-largest trading partner, with $15.17 billion in two-way trade last year. These connections offer significant opportunities for our businesses, workers, and people – from healthcare to education, agriculture to technology.

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Program
Day One : 22 September

9:00Introduction to Program and invitation to visit the Exhibition Hall
Scott Jolliffe, Chair, Canada Arab Business Council
9:05Introduction to Diamond Sponsor SkyPower Global
Kerry Adler, CEO of SkyPower Global
9:08Welcome remarks
Sandra McCardell, Canada’s Assistant Deputy Minister for Europe, Artic, Middle East and Maghreb

His Excellency Jamal Abdullah Al-Sallal, Republic of Yemen Ambassador to Canada and Dean of the Council of Arab League of Ambassadors to Canada
9:20Welcome to Expo 2020 Dubai
His Excellency Fahad Al Raqbani, UAE Ambassador to Canada

Introduced by Karl Tabbakh, Regional Managing Partner for Quebec, McCarthy Tétrault
9:30Canada at Expo 2020 Dubai
Commissioner General Marie-Geneviève Mounier,
Canada’s Commissioner General to Expo 2020, takes us on a virtual tour of Canada’s presence at Expo 2020

Introduced by Carmen Sylvain, Former Canadian Ambassador and Assistant Deputy Minister for Europe, Africa and the Middle East
9:45Canadian Business Opportunities in the Arab World
John Hannaford, Deputy Minister of International Trade moderates a discussion with senior dignitaries and top business officials from the Arab world:
  • Her Excellency Suha Dawood Elias Najjar, Chairwoman of the National Investment Commission of Iraq
  • Egypt - Eng. Yehia Zaki, Chairman of Suez Canal Economic Zone
  • Kuwait – Her Excellency Reem Alkhaled, Kuwait Ambassador to Canada
  • UAE - His Excellency Humaid Ben Salem, Secretary General, Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce & Industry
  • Morocco- M. Hassan Sentissi, President of the Moroccan Association of Exporters
  • Tunisia - Abdelbasset Ghanmi, General Manager of Invest in Tunisia Agency - FIPA
10:45Provincial Engagement in the Arab World
The Honourable Jean Charest, former Premier of Québec and Deputy Prime Minister, introduces and moderates a discussion with Canadian Premiers and senior officials about international trade and investment opportunities with the Arab world:
  • The Hon. Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario
  • The Hon. Scott Moe, Premier of Saskatchewan
  • The Hon. Doug Schweitzer, Alberta Minister for Jobs, Economy and Innovation
  • Mairead Lavery, President and Chief Executive Officer of Export Development Canada speaks about “Building Strong Partnerships for a Sustainable Future”
11:20Canadian Business Success Stories with the Arab World
Mark Ledwell, Managing Partner, Gowling WLG, moderates a discussion with senior business and institution leaders about their successful ventures with the Arab world:
  • Dr. Mohamed Lachemi, President, Ryerson University
  • Rana Ghorayeb DP World/CDPQ, CEO of Otéra Capital
  • Jody Becker, CSO and Executive Vice President, EllisDon
  • Luis Sierra, President & CEO, NOVA Chemicals
12:20 Day 1 Closing Remarks
Scott Jolliffe, Chair, Canada Arab Business Council

PROGRAM
Day Two: 23 September

9:00Introduction to Day 2 of the Program and Invitation to visit the Exhibition Hall
Cathy Seguin, Executive Director and President, Canada Arab Business Council
9:05A Conversation about the Future of Canada Arab Economic Relations
The Honourable John R. Baird P.C., Former Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs and Ontario Minister of Energy

Moderated by Jean François Seguin, Partner, Fasken
9:30Agriculture / Agri-Tech
Robert Saik, Founder & CEO of AGvisorPRO, moderates a panel discussion with senior business leaders in Canada and the Arab world about “Agriculture – A Cornerstone of Canada-Arab Trade & Investment the Future”
  • Bill Greuel, CEO of Protein Industry Canada
  • Tim Close, President and CEO, AGI
  • His Excellency Majed Alqatarneh, Jordan Ambassador to Canada
  • Hind Al Youha, Director of the Investment and Talent Attraction, UAE Ministry of Economy
Invest in Canada (video “Farm-to-Form: Canada’s Strengths in Plant Proteins and Agri-Food)
10:15AI in Healthcare
Dr. Kevin Smith, President & CEO, University Health Network moderates a discussion with senior business leaders in Canada and the Arab world about “The Use of AI in Healthcare in Canada and the Arab World”
  • Dr Michael Brudno, Professor, Vector Institute of Artificial Intelligence
  • Sam Ifergan, President & CEO, iGan Partners
  • Hanif Khalak, Director of Technology, G42 Healthcare
  • Saurabh Mukhi, CTO, Think Research
11:00Aerospace
Pierre Pyun, VP Bombardier Aerospace, moderates a discussion with senior business leaders in Canada and the Arab world about “Developments in Aerospace in Canada in collaboration with the Arab World”
  • Amer J Siddiqui, Director, UAE Clusters, Head of Asset Management, Mubadala
  • Rahul Gangal, Partner, Roland Berger
  • Kamel Srour, Director Sales Bombardier
Invest-in-Canada (video “Why Manufacturing Companies are Investing in Canada”)
11:45Energy / CleanTech
The Hon. David Piccini, Ontario’s Minister of the Environment, moderates a discussion with senior business leaders in Canada and the Arab world about “Energy and CleanTech in Canada and the Arab World”
  • Jacob Irving, President Energy Council of Canada
  • Ahmed Elbermbali, Managing Director Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC MENA)
  • Alanna Hnatiw, Chair Edmonton Regional Hydrogen Hub
  • Costantino Lanza, Co-Founder and Chief Growth and Revenue Officer, mCLoud
Invest-in-Canada (video “Canada: Where Cleantech Companies Expand and Grow”)
12:30Forum Closing
Scott Jolliffe, Chair Canada Arab Business Council

PANEL SESSION RECORDINGS – DAY ONE

First Segment
Welcome and Expo 2020 Dubai
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Second Segment
Canada Business Opportunities in the Arab World
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Third Segment
Provincial Engagement in the Arab World
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Fourth Segment
Canadian Business Success Stories with the Arab World
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PANEL SESSION RECORDINGS – DAY TWO

Fifth Segment
Introduction and A Conversation about the future of Canada Arab Economic Relations
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Sixth Segment
Agriculture-Agri-Tech
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Seventh Segment
AI in Healthcare
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Eight Segment
Aerospace
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Nineth Segment
Energy-CleanTech and Closing
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Presenters

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Chair, Canada Arab Business CouncilSCOTT JOLLIFFE
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Executive Director and President, Canada Arab Business CouncilCATHY SÉGUIN
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Former Premier of Québec and Deputy Prime MinisterHONOURABLE JEAN CHAREST
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Premier of OntarioHONOURABLE DOUG FORD
DAVID PICCINI
Ontario Minister of Environment, Conservation, and ParksHONOURABLE DAVID PICCINI

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Former Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs and Ontario Minister of EnergyHONOURABLE JOHN BAIRD

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Deputy Minister of International TradeJOHN HANNAFORD

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Assistant Deputy Minister for Europe, Arctic, Middle East and MaghrebSANDRA MCCARDELL
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UAE Ambassador toCanadaHIS EXCELLENCY FAHAD AL RAQBANI
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Republic of Yemen Ambassador to Canada and Dean of the Council of Arab League ofAmbassadors to CanadaHIS EXCELLENCY JAMAL AL-SALLAL
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UAE Ambassador to CanadaHER EXCELLENCY REEM AL KHALED

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Jordan Ambassador to CanadaHIS EXCELLENCY MAJED ALQATARNEH

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Commissioner General for CanadaMARIE-GENEVIÈVEMOUNIER
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MAIREAD LAVERYPresident and Chief Executive Officer of Export Development Canada

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Member, Canada Arab Business CouncilCARMEN SYLVAIN

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President & CEO SkyPower GlobalKERRY ADLER

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Chairman of Suez Canal Economic ZoneENG. YEHIA ZAKI

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Secretary General of the Federation of UAE Chamber of Commerce & IndustryH.E. HUMAID MOHAMED BEN SALEM
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Chairwoman of the National Investment Commission of IraqHER EXCELLENCY SUHA DAWOOD ELIAS NAJJAR
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President of the Moroccan Association of ExportersM. HASSAN SENTISSI
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General Manager of Invest in Tunisia Agency - FIPAABDELBASSET GHANMI

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President and Vice Chancellor of Ryerson UniversityDR. MOHAMED LACHEMI
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DP World/CDPQ,CEO of Otéra CapitalRANA GHORAYEB
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CSO and Executive Vice President EllisDonJODY BECKER
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President, Chief Executive Officer Nova ChemicalsLUIS SIERRA

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Managing Partner Gowling WLGMARK LEDWELL
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Regional Managing Partner for Quebec, McCarthy TétraultKARL TABBAKH
Jean-seguin
Partner, FaskenJEAN-FRANCOIS SÉGUIN
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Founder and CEO AGvisorPROMR. ROB SAIK

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CEO, Protein Industry CanadaBILL GREUEL
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Director of the Investment and Talent Attraction, UAE Ministry of EconomyHIND AL YOUHA
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President and Chief Executive Officer AGITIM CLOSE
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President and CEO UHNKEVIN SMITH

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President & CEO iGan PartnersSAM IFERGAN
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Director Technology G42 HealthcareHANIF KHALAK
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Professor Vector Institute for Artificial IntelligenceDR. MICHAEL BRUDNO
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VP BombardierPIERRE PYUN

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Director, UAE ClustersAMER SIDDIQUI
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Partner, Roland BergerRAHUL GANGAL
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Director Sales BombardierKAMEL SROUR
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Chair, Edmonton Region Hydrogen, HUBALANNA HNATIW
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President, Energy Council of CanadaJACOB IRVING
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Managing Director, Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC MENA)AHMED ELBERMBALI
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Co-Founder and Chief Growth and Revenue Officer, mCLoudCOSTANTINO LANZA
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