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2023 Annual Gala Dinner & Business Forum

2023 Annual Gala Dinner & Business Forum


May 29–30, 2023

The Canada Arab Business Council is pleased to invite you to our Business Forum, bringing together business leaders, policymakers, and senior government officials from Canada and the Arab world.

Over the past decade and a half, Canada has greatly increased its trade presence in the Arab region, leveraging on its Free Trade Agreements and Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements with countries in the region (Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, and Lebanon).

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

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6:00 pm – 9:30 pmGala reception & dinner

(Ballroom, Delta Hotel, Toronto)
6:00 - 7:00 pmReception
7:00 - 10:00 pmDinner
7:15 - 7:40 pmWelcome remarks
7:15 - 7:20 pmIntroduced by Scott Jolliffe, Past Chair of CABC, Partner at Gowling WLG)
7:20 - 7:25 pmH.E. Excellency Fahad Saeed Al Raqbani, UAE Ambassador (Dinner Sponsor)
7:25 - 7:40 pmThe Honourable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport
7:40 - 7:55 pmThe Honourable Victor Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
7:55 - 8:00 pmCABC Awards Recognizing Prominent Arab Canadians
7:55 - 8:00 pmIntroduced by Dr. Mohammad Al Zaibak, Past Chair of CABC, CEO of CDMC
8:00 - 8:10 pmDr. Mohamed Lachemi, President and Vice-Chancellor of TMU/Ryerson
8:10 - 8:20 pmDr. Reem Bahdi, Dean of Windsor Law School
8:20 - 8:30 pmJad Shimaly, Chair and CEO of EY, Canada
8:30 - 9:10 pm40th Anniversary and History of CABC
8:30 - 8:55 pmScott Jolliffe, Past Chair, Partner at Gowling WLG
8:55 - 9:10 pmSandra McCardell, Assistant Deputy Minister, Europe, Arctic, Middle East, Global Affairs Canada
9:30 pmEvening ends

8:00 am - 4:00 pmBusiness forum

(Ballroom, Delta Hotel, Toronto)
8:00 - 8:45 amLight breakfast
8:45 - 9:30 amForum opening
Introduction by Mohamad Sawwaf, Chair of CABC
  • H.E. Jamal Al-Sallal, Dean of Council of Arab League Ambassadors
  • H.E. Dr. Khalid bin Rashid Al-Mansouri, Qatar Ambassador
  • The Honourable Scott Moe, Premier of the Province of Saskatchewan (Video)
  • His Excellency, Jean-Philippe Linteau, Consul General of Canada in the United Arab Emirates
9:30 - 10:15 amTrade panel
Introduction by Cathy Seguin, President of CABC
  • Pierre Pyun, Vice President, Government Affairs at Bombardier (Moderator)
  • Ali Malek, President and CEO Petro Techna International Ltd.
  • Sean Kennedy, President of Niagara College
  • George Monize, Vice-President, Global Business Development at EDC
10:15 - 10:30 amCoffee break
10:30 - 11:15 amInvestment panel
Introduction by Scott Jolliffe, Past Chair of CABC, Partner at Gowling WLG
  • Karl Tabbakh, Partner at McCarthy Tétrault and Chair of Invest in Canada, (Moderator)
  • Marc-André Blanchard, Executive Vice-President and Head of CDPQ Global and Global Head of Sustainability
  • Jonathan Tétrault, Managing Partner Sagard Holdings
  • Nasser Al-Taweel, Deputy CEO at Qatar Financial Centre
11:15 am - 12:00 pmSustainability panel
Introduction by Cathy Seguin, President of Canadian Arab Business Council
  • Jody Becker, Chief Strategy Officer, Executive Vice President Infrastructure Services & Technology, EllisDon (Moderator)
  • Patricia Alleyn, Vice-President, ESG and Integrity, SNC Lavalin
  • Bill Macgowan P.Eng. CEM, Director of Smart Connected Real Estate, Cisco
  • Wade Reda, Solutions Director, Siemens
12:00 - 1:15 pmLunch
1:15 - 2:00 PM“Strengthening canada-arab business relationships”
Interview with Sara Wilshaw, Chief Trade Commissioner and Assistant Deputy Minister at Global Affairs Canada
Moderated by Ruba El-Sayegh, Vice-Chair of CABC,Partner at Gowling WLG
2:15 - 4:00 pmBreakout meetings
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2:15 - 4:00 pmArab country meetings
Meet one-on-one with the Ambassadors, participate in a discussion about the opportunities that exist in their countries, have your questions answered, and meet with other companies that will be attending. Countries participating will include Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen
2:15 - 4:00 pmMeeting of CABC alumni
The current and former members of the CABC will gather together to share some memories, discuss the history of the CABC and its direction going forward. We are hoping to have many of our esteemed alumni present.

Diamond Sponsors

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Supporting Sponsors

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Gala reception & dinnerPresenters

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Past Chair of CABC, Partner at Gowling WLGScott Joliffe
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Minister of TransportThe Honourable Omar Alghabra
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Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and TradeThe Honourable Victor Fedeli
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Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to CanadaH.E. Excellency Fahad Saeed Al Raqbani
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Minister of Housing and Diversity and InclusionThe Honourable Ahmed Hussen
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Past Chair of CABC, CEO of CDMCDr. Mohammad Al Zaibak
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President and Vice-Chancellor of TMU/RyersonDr. Mohamed Lachemi

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Dean of Windsor Law SchoolDr. Reem Bahdi
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Assistant Deputy Minister, Europe, Arctic, Middle East, Global Affairs CanadaSandra McCardell
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Chair and CEO of E&YJad Shimaly
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Chair of CABC, CEO of ManzilDr. Mohamad Sawwaf

Business forumPresenters

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Dean of Council of Arab League AmbassadorsH.E. Jamal Al-Sallal
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Premier of the Province of SaskatchewanThe Honourable Scott Moe
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Consul General of Canada in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, United Arab EmiratesJean-Philippe Linteau
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Chief Trade Commissioner and Assistant Deputy Minister at Global Affairs CanadaSara Wilshaw
Moderator
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Vice President, Government Affairs at BombardierPierre Pyun
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President and CEO Petro Techna International Ltd.Ali Malek
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President of Niagara CollegeSean Kennedy

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Vice-President, Global Business Development at EDCGeorge Monize
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Chair Invest in CanadaKarl Tabbakh
Moderator
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Executive Vice-President and Head of CDPQ Global and Global Head of SustainabilityMarc-André Blanchard
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Ambassador of Qatar to CanadaH.E. Dr. Khalid bin Rashid Al-Mansouri

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Deputy CEO, Chief Legal Officer and Board Secretary, Qatar Financial Centre Nasser Al-Taweel

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Chief Strategy Officer, Executive Vice President Infrastructure Services & Technology, EllisDonJody Becker
Moderator
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Vice-President, ESG and Integrity, SNC Lavalin.Patricia Alleyn
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P.Eng. CEM, Director of Smart Connected Real Estate, Cisco.Bill MacGowan

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Solutions Director, Smart Infrastructure, Siemens.Wade Reda
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President and Executive Director, Canada Arab Business CouncilCathy Séguin
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Vice-Chair of CABC,Partner at Gowling WLGRuba El-Sayegh
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Managing Partner, Sagard HoldingsJonathan Tétrault

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Minister of Foreign Affairs (TBC)The Honourable Mélanie Joly
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Senior Manager of Investor Relations on Investment Promotion Committee at IPA Qatar (TBC)Fahad Ali Al-Kuwari
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Managing Director Brookfield UAE (TBC)Jad Ellawn

Breakout MeetingsAmbassadors

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Jeffery Steiner, Chair Canada-Saudi Business Council
Majid Alharbi, KSA Minister Plenipotentiary
Martin Charron, Senior Trade Commissioner, Riyadh
United Arab Emirates
H.E. Ambassador Al Raqbani
Nour Kechacha, President of the Canada-UAE Business Council
State of Qatar
H.E. Ambassador Dr. Khalid bin Rashid Al Mansouri
Nasser Al-Taweel , Deputy CEO, Chief Legal Officer and Board Secretary at Qatar Financial Centre
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
H.E. Ambassador Majid Alqatarneh
State of Kuwait
H.E. Ambassador Reem Alkhaled
People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria
H.E. Dr. Noureddine Bardad-Daïdj
Republic of Lebanon
H.E. Ambassador Fadi Ziadeh
Arab Republic of Egypt
Mohamed Helmy, Commercial Counsellor and Head of the Commercial Office
Republic of Iraq
H.E. Ambassador Haidar Radi Nasir
Wisam Al-Qaisi, Counsellor and Head of the Political Department
Kingdom of Morocco
H.E. Ambassador Souriya Otmani
The General Delegation of Palestine
H.E. Ambassador Mona Abuamara
(one-on-one meetings if called for)Republic of Yemen
H.E. Ambassador Jamal Abdullah Al-Sallal
Arab Country Breakout GroupsFormat for Discussion
  • Meeting begins at 2:15
  • Each roundtable located in a separate area in the Ballroom will have a sign at the table indicating the country
  • The format is informal, with the Ambassador seated at the head of the table

Agenda:

  1. Ambassador introduces him/her self
  2. Attendees invited to introduce themselves, their business and their interest in the country
  3. Ambassador gives a brief introduction about doing business in the country and his/her country’s involvement in doing business in Canada
  4. Ambassador talks about what he sees as the opportunities for Canadian companies in doing business in the country going forward
  5. Attendees are invited to share their experiences in doing business in the country
  6. Ambassador invites attendees to ask any questions that they may have.

Meeting ends at 3:30 or 4:00 pm