2020 Canada Arab Business Forum

24-25 November 2020

9am — 12pm EST

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CANADA ARAB BUSINESS FORUM

Canada and the Arab Countries: Economic Recovery, Resilience & Business Opportunities

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24-25 November, 2020

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 November 24th & 25th, 2020. 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.


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.


Program

Day One: 24 November

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9:00Opening Plenary Session
Scott Jolliffe, Chair, Canada Arab Business Council;
Partner, Gowling WLG (Canada)
9:05The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
9:10His Excellency Jamal Al-Sallal, Dean of the Council of Arab League Ambassadors, Ambassador of the Republic of Yemen
9:15Supporting Trade and Investment in the Arab World
Moderator:
Carmen Sylvain, Member, Canada Arab Business Council
Speaker:
Mairead Lavery, CEO & President, Export Development Canada
9:45Profiling Canada to the World at Expo 2020
Introduction:
Kerry Adler, President and Chief Executive Officer, SkyPower Global
Moderator:
Her Excellency Marcy Grossman, Canadian Ambassador to the UAE
Speakers:
- His Excellency Fahad Saeed Al Raqbani, UAE Ambassador to Canada
- André Frenette, Director General and Interim Commissioner General for Canada
10:15The Impact of COVID 19 on Globalization
Introduction:
Mark Ledwell, Gowling WLG Managing Partner, Toronto
Speaker:
Marc-André Blanchard, Executive Vice-President and Head of CDPQ Global (formerly Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations from 2016-20)
10:45Reconstruction Efforts and Opportunities in Lebanon and Iraq
Moderator:
Robert Peck, Member, Canada Arab Business Council
Speakers:
- Lebanon: His Excellency Fadi Ziadeh, Lebanese Ambassador to Canada
- Iraq: His Excellency Wadee Batti Hanna Albatti, Iraqi Ambassador to Canada
11:30Opportunities for Trade Diversification within the Arab World
Moderator:
Pierre Pyun, Vice President Government Affairs, Bombardier
Speakers:
- The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade
- Sara Wilshaw, Chief Trade Commissioner and Assistant Deputy Minister, International Business Development, Investment and Innovation, Trade Commissioner Service
- Ambassador Dr Kamal Hassan Ali, Secretary General for Economic Affairs for the League of Arab States
11:45Close of Day 1 and Outline of Tomorrow’s Program
Scott Jolliffe, Chair, Canada Arab Business Council;
Partner, Gowling WLG (Canada)

Program

Day Two: 25 November

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9:00Welcome Remarks and Introductions
Scott Jolliffe, Chair, Canada Arab Business Council;
Partner, Gowling WLG (Canada)
9:05Canada/Arab Relations - The Next Five Years
Introduction:
Karl Tabbakh, Regional Managing Partner for Quebec, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Speaker:
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada
9:30Sustainable Agriculture & Agtech
Presenter & Moderator:
Nicole Rogers, CEO, Agriprocity
Speakers:
- Dr Ismahane Elouafi, Chief Scientist, Food Agriculture Organization (FAO)
- Sébastien Leblond, Co-Founder and Global COO, RainMKRS Capital
- Dave Smardon, President & CEO, Bioenterprise Corporation
10:15Digital Economy & AI
Presenter & Moderator:
Armughan Ahmad, President & Managing Partner Digital, KPMG Canada
Speakers:
- His Excellency Ahmad Hanandeh, Jordanian Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship
- Dr Golestan Radwan, Advisor for Artificial Intelligence to the Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Government of Egypt
- Mr Beligh Ben Soltane, Chairman of the Tunisia Investment Authority
11:00Virtual HealthCare and Education
Moderator:
Emmanuel Kamarianakis, Director General, Investment, Innovation, and Education
Speakers:
- Dr Kevin Smith, President and CEO, University Health Network
- John Bethel, National Healthcare Leader, EY Canada
- Leslee Thompson, CEO, Accreditation Canada
- Dr Andrew Padmos, President / CEO, Royal College International
11:45Closing Remarks and Next Steps
Scott Jolliffe, Chair, Canada Arab Business Council;
Partner, Gowling WLG (Canada)

Panel Session Recordings – Day One

Opening Plenary Session

Supporting Trade and Investment in the Arab World

Profiling Canada to the World at the Expo 2020

Impact of COVID 19 to Globalization

Reconstruction Efforts and Opportunities in Lebanon and Iraq

Opportunities for Trade Diversification within the Arab World

Panel Session Recordings – Day 2

Sustainable Agriculture & Agtech

Digital Economy and AI

Virtual Healthcare and Education

Canada-Arab Relations in the next 5 years

PRESENTERS

Day One: 24 November

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister of Canada

See speaker bio
The Honourable Mary Ng

The Honourable Mary Ng

Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade

See speaker bio
Scott Jolliffe

Scott Jolliffe

Chair, Canada Arab Business Council Partner, Gowling WLG (Canada)

See speaker bio
His Excellency Jamal Abdullah Al-Sallal

His Excellency Jamal Abdullah Al-Sallal

Dean of the Council of Arab League Ambassadors, Ambassador of the Republic of Yemen

See speaker bio
Carmen Sylvain

Carmen Sylvain

Member, Canada Arab Business Council

See speaker bio
Mairead Lavery

Mairead Lavery

CEO & President, Export Development Corporation

See speaker bio
Kerry Adler

Kerry Adler

Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, SkyPower Group of Companies

See speaker bio
Her Excellency Marcy Grossman

Her Excellency Marcy Grossman

Ambassador of Canada to United Arab Emirates

See speaker bio
His Excellency Fahad Saeed Al Raqbani

His Excellency Fahad Saeed Al Raqbani

Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Canada

See speaker bio
André Frenette

André Frenette

Director General and Interim Commissioner General for Canada at the 2020 World Exposition in Dubai

See speaker bio
Mark Ledwell

Mark Ledwell

Managing Partner, Gowling WLG (Canada)

See speaker bio
Marc-André Blanchard

Marc-André Blanchard

Executive Vice-President and Head of CDPQ Global

See speaker bio
Robert W. Peck

Robert W. Peck

Member, Canada Arab Business Council

See speaker bio
His Excellency Fadi Ziadeh

His Excellency Fadi Ziadeh

Ambassador of Lebanon to Canada

See speaker bio
His Excellancy Dr. Wadee Al-Batti

His Excellancy Dr. Wadee Al-Batti

Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to Canada

See speaker bio
Pierre Seïn Pyun

Pierre Seïn Pyun

Vice President, Government Affairs, Bombardier Inc.

See speaker bio
Sara Wilshaw

Sara Wilshaw

Chief Trade Commissioner of Canada and Assistant Deputy Minister, International Business Development

See speaker bio
His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Kamal Hassan Ali

His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Kamal Hassan Ali

Assistant Secretary General for Economic Affairs, League of Arab States

See speaker bio

PRESENTERS

Day Two: 25 November

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada

See speaker bio
Karl Tabbakh

Karl Tabbakh

Regional Managing Partner for Quebec, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

See speaker bio
Nicole Rogers

Nicole Rogers

Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Agriprocity

See speaker bio
Dr. Ismahane Elouafi

Dr. Ismahane Elouafi

Chief Scientist, Food Agriculture Organization (FAO)

See speaker bio
Sebastien Leblond, LL.B

Sebastien Leblond, LL.B

Co-Founder and Global COO,RainMKRS Capital

See speaker bio
Dave Smardon

Dave Smardon

President & CEO, Bioenterprise Corporation

See speaker bio
Armughan Ahmad

Armughan Ahmad

President & Managing Partner Digital, KPMG Canada

See speaker bio
His Excellency Ahmed Hanandeh

His Excellency Ahmed Hanandeh

Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship, Government of Jordan

See speaker bio
Dr Golestan Radwan

Dr Golestan Radwan

Advisor to the Egyptian Minister for Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT)

See speaker bio
Beligh Ben Soltane

Beligh Ben Soltane

Chairman President of the Tunisia Investment Authority

See speaker bio
Emmanuel Kamarianakis

Emmanuel Kamarianakis

Director General: Investment, Innovation & Education

See speaker bio
Dr. Kevin Smith

Dr. Kevin Smith

President and CEO, University Health Network

See speaker bio
John Bethel

John Bethel

National Healthcare Leader, EY Canada

See speaker bio
Leslee Thompson

Leslee Thompson

CEO, Accreditation Canada

See speaker bio
Dr. Andrew Padmos

Dr. Andrew Padmos

President/CEO Royal College International

See speaker bio

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