CABC Event of the Year, Make sure to reserve a table or seats at our Annual Business Forum and Gala Dinner

CABC Annual Business Forum and Gala Dinner

Date: April 15 and 16, 2019 – Toronto

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The Canada Arab Business Council is delighted to announce that its Annual Gala Dinner and Business Forum will be held in Toronto in 2019.

Confirmed Speakers/Panelists

The Honorable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance
The Honorable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion
Omar Alghabra, MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade Diversification
The Honorable Todd Smith, Ontario Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade; Government House Leader
His Worship John Tory, Mayor of the City of Toronto
His Worship Patrick Brown, Mayor of the City of Brampton
The Honorable Jean Charest, Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
H.E. Hocine Meghar, Ambassador of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria and Dean of the Council of Arab League Ambassadors
H.E. Louis-Pierre Emond, Ambassador of Canada to the State of Kuwait
Marcy Grossman, Consul General, Canadian Consulate General – Dubai
Carmen Sylvain, former ADM for the Middle East and North Africa region, Global Affairs Canada; former President of the BIE Executive, current Advisor to the Dubai Expo 2020 Project
Janet De Silva, CEO, Toronto Region Board of Trade
Leslee Thompson, CEO, Accreditation Canada and Health Standards Organization (HSO)
Joanna Osawe, Chair & Co-Founder, Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE)
Danièle Henkel, President, Danièle Henkel Enterprises Inc.
Charles Khoury, Engagement Leader, Director, Corporate Performance, Shift Health
Brittney Sault, Project Manager, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
Dan Themig, Co-Founder & Director, Packers Plus
Tim Casben, Partner, Gowling WLG
Jody Becker, Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President, Emerging Markets, EllisDon
Robert Barnes, VP Energy & Digital Services, EllisDon
Bill MacGowan, Director Smart Connected Real Estate, Cisco
Daryl Letto, VP Solutions Engineering, Shift Energy
Craig Ceppetelli, Director International Affairs, Royal College International
Dr. Andrew Padmos, CEO, Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada
Lutfi Haj-Assaad, Executive Director, SickKids International
Dr. Cynthia Baker, Executive Director, Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN)
Lisa Selvey, Associate Dean-Industry Engagement, School of Health and Life Sciences, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)
Joel Finlayson, Partner, iGan Partners
Dr. Walid Hejazi, Associate Professor, Business Economics, Rotman School of Management
Alain Roy, VP, International Partnerships, Colleges & Institutes Canada
Sean Kennedy, Vice-President, International, Niagara College
Karen Dalkie, Vice President, Development and Partnerships, Canadian Bureau for International Education
Dr. Khalid Mahdi, Secretary General, the Supreme Council for Planning & Development, Kuwait
Jaafar Rasool Jaafar Al Hamadani, President, Baghdad Chamber of Commerce
Adil Zaidi President of the 13th Region MeM (Marocains Entrepreneurs du Monde) by CGEM
Fadel Agoumi, General Director Delegate of CGEM

Gala Dinner

Date:   April 15, 2019
Venue: The Four Seasons Toronto, Aria Ballroom
60 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M4W 0A4

Business Forum

Date:   April 16, 2019
Venue: Rotman School of Management, Desautels Hall Auditorium
University of Toronto
105 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 3E6

The theme for the April 15 Gala Dinner is: Celebrating 50 Years of Canadian Business with the Arab World

The theme for the April 16 Business Forum is: Looking Forward to the Next 50 Years

Click here for the Program.

Click here for Sponsorship packages.

As in previous years, the dinner and business forum will provide excellent networking opportunities with senior-level government and private sector representative from both Canada and Arab states in the MENA region.


CABC has partnered up with the major quality business hotels. Please book your rooms before March 15 to benefit for the following preferred hotel ratings in Canadian dollars (Exclusive of applicable fees and state and local taxes). Please note that rates are strictly based on availability.

Kimpton Saint George Hotel 

Rates applicable from April 11th – April 19th, bookable up until 30 days prior to groups arrival and available based on availability.

$270, single
$290, double

Reservations Procedure

Please use the booking URL to book your stay Booking URL.
Please plug in your dates and the CABC group rates will appear.

You can also call (800) 5467866 and reference “Canada Arab Business Council” to make your reservations.

The Anndore House Toronto

$269.00 Loft King
$269.00 Loft Two Queen rooms 

Please use the URL booking link for reservations. As an alternative for reservations, please call 1-833-745-8370 or e-mail at and ask for: Canadian Arab Business Council.


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