2022 Canada Arab Business Forum

Update on Doing Business in the Arab World

March 17 2022   |   Conrad Hotel   |   8:30 to 16:00

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CANADA ARAB BUSINESS FORUM

Update on Doing Business in the Arab World

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March 17, 2022

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 it’s 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.


DID YOU KNOW?

Canada’s merchandise trade with the MENA region was up 18.7% in 2021 from 2020. Canada’s top five merchandise trading partners in the MENA in 2021 were the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Algeria.


Program

8:30 to 14:00

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8:30Light Breakfast served
9:00Introduction
Scott Jolliffe, Chairperson and Cathy Seguin, President, CABC
9:05Welcome Remarks
Minister introduced by Kerry Adler, CEO SkyPower
  • Minister Al Marri, UAE Minister of the Economy
9:15Welcome Remarks
Minister introduced by Perrin Beatty, President & CEO Canada Chamber of Commerce
  • Minister Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development
9:20Short Dialogue Between Ministers
Moderated by Perrin Beatty
  • Minister Mary Ng
  • Minister Al Marri
9:30A Conversation with Minister Ng
Perrin Beatty and Minister Mary Ng
9:40Expanding the Canada-UAE Relationship
Moderator: Ruba El-Sayegh, Gowling WLG
  • Ambassador Marcy Grossman
  • His Excellency Fahad Saeed Al Raqbani
10:10Comfort Break
10:30Welcome Remarks
H.E. Humaid Ben Salem, Secretary General, UAE Chambers and Chairman, International Chamber of Commerce
10:40Taking Investment to the Next Level
Moderator: Emmanuel Kamarianakis, Director General, Investment, Innovation & Education, Global Affairs Canada
  • Musabbeh Al Kaabi, Chief Executive Officer of Mubadala’s UAE Investments
  • Jad Ellawn, Managing Director & Head of Dubai Office, Brookfield Asset Management
  • Jamal Saif al Jarwan, Secretary General, UAE International Investors, UAE Ministry of Economy
  • Karl Tabbach, Regional Managing Partner, McCarthy Tetrault and Chairman of Canadian Chamber of Commerce
11:20Taking Trade to the Next Level
Moderator: Lindsay Margenau, Senior Trade Commissioner, Global Affairs Canada
  • Kerry Adler, CEO SkyPower
  • Kamel Srour, Bombardier
  • Chafic Mourad, Sr. Regional Manager, Middle East, Export Development Canada
  • Raed Kadri, Ontario Centre for Innovation, Head, Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN)
11:55Role of Canadian Business Councils in Assisting Business Cooperation
Moderator: Jeffery Steiner, Chair Canada Saudi Business Council
  • Nour Kechacha, CUBC
  • Colin Beaton, CBC Dubai
  • Dhia Hussain, CBC Abu Dhabi
12:30Networking Reception & Luncheon

Healthcare & Education Panel

“New strategies influencing healthcare post COVID”

Grand Ballroom C, Level 2 from 14:00 to 15:45

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AbstractHealthtech/healthcare development has been a huge opportunity for the past few years and it continues to grow. Guests from Canada and the MENA region will discuss their approach to navigating the impact of HealthTech in their respective countries, their institution’s vision in a post-pandemic world and their approach to creating partnerships with the vast number of stakeholders in the HealthTech ecosystem.

How has investing in the HealthTech broadly speaking driven real economic value for the country? Has it placed the country on the HealthTech top-country map? Besides capital injections, what else has supported growth in HealthTech? This session will cover macro trends in building additional HealthTech capabilities with a look towards the near future and beyond for major HealthTech categories and sub-segments alike.
14:00Welcome Remarks and Introduction
Cathy Seguin, President & Executive Director, Canada Arab Business Council
14:10Presentation
Juan M. Acuña, MD, MSc, FACOG, Assistant Dean for Research, Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Director, Research and Development, SEHA, Abu Dhabi Corporate Office.
14:20Presentation
Dr. Fabrice Brunet, President & CEO, University of Montreal Health Centre (CHUM)
14:30Presentation
Katerina Tarasova, Executive Director, International Accreditation, Accreditation Canada
14:40Presentation
Dr. Taleb Almansoori, Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs, College of Medicine, UAEU University. Academic Advisor for VPS Healthcare
14:50Presentation
Dr. Marc Nantel, VP Research & External Relations, Niagara College
15:00Panel discussion
New strategies influencing healthcare post COVID
Moderated by Cathy Seguin, President & CEO, CABC
Panelists:
  • Dr. Fabrice Brunet
  • Katerina Tarasova
  • Dr. Taleb Almansoori
  • Dr. Marc Nantel
15:30Q&A
Moderated by Cathy Seguin, President & Executive Director, CABC
15:45Close

Agriculture Panel

“Technological Solutions to Bolster Food Security”

Ballroom section A, Level 4 from 14:00 to 15:45

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AbstractFor some of the Arab world, finding solutions to food security is at the top of the national agenda. Plant-based food investing is a relatively new sector that is growing rapidly worldwide. Guests from Canada and the MENA region will discuss their approach to development of plant based proteins as well as other AgTech solutions related to food security, human and animal welfare, sustainability and climate change. How is investment in this sector providing economic returns and what is its social and environmental impact? Besides capital, what else is necessary to see this sector flourish beyond 2022? What are key opportunities ahead?
14:00Welcome Remarks and Introduction
Jean-Francois Seguin, Board Member, Canada Arab Business Council
14:05Presentation - Slides
Dr. Lina Yousef, Professor, Khalifa University, Founder ReYous, UAE
14:15Presentation - Slides
Trevor Kloeck, Senior Manager, Agriculture, Edmonton Global
14:25Presentation
Bina Khan, Advisor, DANA, UAE
14:35Presentation - Slides
Enrico Cremonese, Senior Director of Product, IVADO LABS
14:45Video Loop
Global Institute for Food Security, University of Saskatchewan
14:50Panel discussion
Technological Solutions to Bolster Food Security
Moderated by Julian Ovens, VP, Crestview Strategy
Presenters:
  • Dr. Lina Yousef
  • Trevor Kloeck
  • Bina Khan
  • Enrico Cremonese
15:15Q&A
Moderated by Julian Ovens, VP, Crestview Strategy
15:45Close

Clean Tech Panel

“Advancing Clean Energy for Tomorrow’s Future”

Ballroom section B, Level 4 (Cabaret Style) from 14:00 to 15:45

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AbstractCleantech development has been on the horizon for the past few years with growing interest. Guests from Canada and the MENA region will discuss their approach to navigating the impact of CleanTech in their respective countries, their institution’s vision in a post-pandemic world and their approach to creating partnerships with CleanTech stakeholders, broadly speaking.

How has investing in the CleanTech ecosystem driven real economic value for the country? Has it placed the country on the CleanTech top-country map?
14:00Welcome Remarks and Introduction
Scott Jolliffe, Board Chair Canada Arab Business Council
14:05Presentation
Ahmed Elbermbali, Clean Energy Business Council (MENA)
14:20Presentation
Mustafa Sahin, Vice President, Edmonton Global
14:35Presentation
Jean-Dennis Carrier, Global Director, HATCH, UAE
14:50Presentation
Raed Kadri, Ontario Centre for Innovation, Head, Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN)
15:05Panel discussion
Advancing Clean Energy for Tomorrow’s Future
Moderated by Scott Jolliffe, Board Chair CABC
Presenters:
  • Ahmed Elbermbali
  • Mustafa Sahin
  • Jean-Dennis Carrier
  • Raed Kadri
15:30Q&A
Moderated by Scott Jolliffe, Board Chair CABC
15:45Close

Artificial Intelligence Panel

“Making AI Work by Ecosystem Building”

Grand Ballroom D, Level 2 from 14:00 to 15:45

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14:00Welcome Remarks
Jane Shanthi, Project Manager, Canada Arab Business Council
14:05Panel Introductions
Moderated by Joseph Wehbe, CEO Daimlas
14:15Panel discussion
Making AI Work by Ecosystem Building
“Aligning and operationalizing Government, Research, and Academia to achieve inclusive stakeholder goals in AI.”
Panelists:
  • Luc Sirois, Chief Quebec Innovator, Conseil de L’innovation du Québec
  • Enrico Cremonese, Senior Director of Product - IvadoLabs
  • Prof. Abdulmotaleb Elsaddik, Acting Department Chair of Computer Vision, Mohammed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence
  • David Laliberte, Executive Director, Digital 14
15:15Q&A
Moderated by Joseph Wehbe, CEO Daimlas
15:45Wrap up and Close
Jane Shanthi, Project Manager, Canada Arab Business Council

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

The Honourable Mary Ng

The Honourable Minister Mary Ng

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

See speaker bio
His Excellency Minister Al Marri

His Excellency Minister Al Marri

UAE Minister of the Economy

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 AlRaqbani

His Excellency Fahad Saeed AlRaqbani

Ambassador of UAE to Canada

See speaker bio
His Excellency Jamal Saif al Jarwan

His Excellency Jamal Saif al Jarwan

Secretary General, UAE International Investors, UAE Ministry of Economy

See speaker bio
His Excellency Humaid Ben Salem

His Excellency Humaid Ben Salem

Secretary General, UAE Chambers and Chairman, International Chamber of Commerce

See speaker bio
The Honourable Perrin Beatty

The Honourable Perrin Beatty

President and CEO, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

See speaker bio
Scott Jolliffe

Scott Jolliffe

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

See speaker bio
Cathy Seguin

Cathy Seguin

President and Executive Director, Canada Arab Business Council

See speaker bio
Emmanuel Kamarianakis

Emmanuel Kamarianakis

Director General of Investment and Innovation, Global Affairs Canada

See speaker bio
Kerry Adler

Kerry Adler

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

See speaker bio
Lindsay Margenau

Lindsay Margenau

Counsellor (Commercial) and Senior Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada to Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Jeffrey Steiner

Jeffrey Steiner

Chairman, Canada Saudi Business Council

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Ruba El-Sayegh

Ruba El-Sayegh

Partner, Gowling WLG

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Jad Ellawn

Jad Ellawn

Managing Director, Brookfield Asset Management

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Julian J. Ovens

Julian J. Ovens

International Corporate Development Leader, Natural Resources Executive, Senior Government/Political Advisor, Canadian Commercial Corporation

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Kamel Srour

Kamel Srour

Sales Director, Bombardier

See speaker bio
Chafic Mourad

Chafic Mourad

Sr. Regional Manager, Middle East, Export Development Canada

See speaker bio
Raed Kadri

Raed Kadri

Ontario Centre for Innovation, Head, Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN)

See speaker bio
Nour Kechacha

Nour Kechacha

President, Canada UAE Business Council

See speaker bio
Colin Beaton

Colin Beaton

CBC Dubai and Northern Emirates

See speaker bio
Dhia Hussain

Dhia Hussain

Chairperson – Canadian Business Council, Abu Dhabi & Vice President, Sales and Marketing, M3 Marine Technology

See speaker bio
Juan M. Acuña, MD, MSc, FACOG.

Juan M. Acuña, MD, MSc, FACOG.

Assistant Dean for Research, Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE / Director, Research and Development, SEHA, Abu Dhabi Corporate Office

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Dr. Fabrice Brunet, MD

Dr. Fabrice Brunet, MD

President and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Montreal Health Center (CHUM)

See speaker bio
Katerina Tarasova

Katerina Tarasova

Executive Director, Accreditation Canada

See speaker bio
Dr. Taleb Almansoori

Dr. Taleb Almansoori

Clinical Affairs, UAE University

See speaker bio
Dr. Marc Nantel

Dr. Marc Nantel

VP Research & External Relations, Niagara College

See speaker bio
Enrico Cremonese

Enrico Cremonese

Senior Director of Product – IVADOLab

See speaker bio
Trevor Kloeck

Trevor Kloeck

Senior Manager, Agriculture, Edmonton Global

See speaker bio
Bina Khan

Bina Khan

Advisor, DANA, UAE

See speaker bio
Dr. Lina F. Yousef

Dr. Lina F. Yousef

Co-Founder, De L’Arta

See speaker bio
Karl Tabakkh

Karl Tabakkh

Regional Managing Partner, McCarthy Tetrault

See speaker bio
Joseph Wehbe

Joseph Wehbe

Founder/CEO of DAIMLAS (Deliver AI, ML @ Scale)

See speaker bio
Luc Sirois

Luc Sirois

Deputy Minister of Innovation – Ministère de l’economie et de l’innovation

See speaker bio
Jack Klejka

Jack Klejka

Senior Director of Product Management, IVADO labs, Canada

See speaker bio
David Laliberte

David Laliberte

Executive Director, Digital 14

See speaker bio
Mustafa Sahin

Mustafa Sahin

Edmonton Global

See speaker bio
Ahmed Elbermbali

Ahmed Elbermbali

Clean Energy Business Council (MENA)

See speaker bio

PRESENTERS

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