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Canada & the Arab world

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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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CABC Activities in 2016-present


Partnership agreements with Canadian Business Councils (Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Algeria)


Five major conferences in Canada including the first Canada Arab Investment Conference in Toronto

Annual Business Forum in Ottawa in April, 2018 with a sold out audience and a panel of speakers that included Minister of International Trade François-Philippe Champagne; Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains; Minister of International Development and La Francophonie Marie-Claude Bibeau; Jean Charest, former Premier of Québec and Co-Chair of the Canada UAE Business Council; Arab Ambassadors in Canada and business leaders from across Canada and the Arab World.

Seven seminars/roundtable events in Canada that highlighted commercial opportunities in Arab states


Three missions to Arab states focused on SMEs, oil & gas, healthcare

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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

Results of Canada Arab Business Survey


In 2016, the CABC surveyed members and other companies doing business between Canada and Arab countries to identify opportunities and challenges they face in the region and in Canada. The Council is using the results from the survey to frame recommendations for governments to facilitate two-way trade and investment and to strengthen services to CABC members. The survey was conducted by Daniela Stratulativ, CABC’s Policy & Business Strategy Advisor. The Council thanks Etihad Airways for their support for the survey.