The voice of business between
Canada & the Arab world

Welcome To The Canada Arab Business Council

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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A Message from the President

As we enter springtime in Canada, there is a renewed feeling of optimism as the world finds itself in a much more positive position, with the worst waves of covid hopefully behind us. Restrictions are being lifted, international travel is becoming easier, and people are anxious to get back on the road to recovery.

Our thoughts are with the people in Ukraine. We are keeping the country close to our heart and hope the unwarranted invasion will come to a peaceful end very soon.

These have been a busy few months for the Canada Arab Business Council (CABC). We have accomplished many significant milestones including:

  • Led a high level Trade & Investment Mission to Dubai March 16-19 and hosted a sold out, one day Business Forum with 250 guests in attendance. Opening the Forum was The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development and Minister Al Marri, UAE Minister of the Economy. This was CABC’s first time hosting a Forum in the MENA region.
  • Met with dignitaries at country pavilions at Expo 2020
  • Enjoyed the celebrations of Canada Day at Expo where Her Right Honourable, Mary Simon, Canada’s Governor General opened the event.
  • Signed an MOU with the Clean Energy Business Council (MENA) region accomplishing new initiatives and expanding the clean energy agenda.
  • Signed an MOU with the Canada Egypt Business Council to further build relations bilaterally between Canada and Egypt.

Over the coming weeks and months, CABC will be hosting country and sector webinars, and various other events virtually and in person. Inbound and outbound missions are planned which will further enhance and deepen relations between Canada and the Arab world.

CABC is working on expanding our membership and bringing added value, connecting Canadian companies and expertise with the abundant opportunities in the MENA region. As always, your suggestions and input are welcomed to help assist in our organizational growth.

To our Muslim friends and partners, good wishes as you prepare to enter the Ramadan season in April.

With the hope of continuing to strengthen and build relations between Canada and the Arab World, CABC will reflect on its past while simultaneously appreciating is present and preparing for the future.

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CABC was pleased to have Minister Mary Ng open the Inaugural Business Forum, held on March 17th in Dubai, UAE.

“Strengthening Canada’s trade relations with key partners is crucial to driving a strong, inclusive, and sustainable economic recovery. This trip has opened the door to further for trade and investment opportunities that will benefit Canadian businesses and exporters, while promoting Canadian values. Our government will continue to support Canadian businesses to start up, scale up, and expand into new markets around the world, creating economic growth and jobs in the process.””

The Honourable Mary Ng

Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development