Why CABC ?
The CABC was founded by a small group of farsighted people who, as early as 1983, saw the enormous business potential between Canada and the Arab world. Today, the CABC board and executive consists of senior level business professionals representing a range of sectors and expertise in Canada and in Arab states. It also includes top rate lawyers and business people who have lived and worked in the region for many years as well as Canadians of Arab descent who have extensive business in both Canadian and Arab markets.
Select former Canadian Ambassadors to the region as well as representatives of provincial and federal governments also bring their expertise to board deliberations.
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MESSAGE FROM THE CABC PRESIDENT
During these times of increasing uncertainty, the CABC continues to press ahead with its belief in the potential for further cooperation between Canada and the MENA region. In pursuit of these goals, our organization has acted as a bridge between Canada and the Arab world by continuously remaining active in bringing together Canadian government officials, Arab ambassadors in Canada, and private sector individuals from both regions.
In the past 16 months, the CABC has successfully organized and executed nearly 30 business events with topics ranging from artificial intelligence to food & agriculture. The following are some of these CABC events which have helped in pushing the bounds of Arab-Canadian cooperation:
– A 2018 Annual Business Forum in Ottawa and its 2019 iteration in Toronto
– A ‘Global Market, Oil and Opportunities in a Post-COVID era’ event in June 2020
– An ‘Unlocking Trade and Investment Opportunities in Jordan’ event in October 2020
– A ‘New Tunisia, New Opportunities’ virtual event in May 2021
– A ‘Future of Agri-tech in Canada and the UAE’ virtual forum in June 2021
– Three missions to Arab states focused on SMEs, oil & gas, and healthcare
Moreover, the CABC is particularly proud of its resilience throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Having successfully navigated the intricacies of online work to host a virtual version of our Annual Business Forum in 2020, our organisation has capitalised on the uncertainties of the current situation to adapt and evolve our operations. Along with the creation of an International Business Development Strategy, the CABC has relied on its virtual operations to explore new sectors of interest such as artificial Intelligence and clean-tech as well as to diversify its audience to 50% Canadian, 45% MENA-based, and 5% global.
With the hope of strengthening business relations between Canada and the Arab world, the CABC will continue to reflect on its past while simultaneously appreciating its present and preparing for its future.
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“ Canada is proud of the many ties we share with our Arab partners. And certainly the Canada Arab Business Council has played a very big role in strengthening and solidifying those ties, as well as with communities across Canada.”
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne
Minister of International Trade