CANADA AND THE ARAB WORLD

Connecting Businesses, Building the Future

c-abc-icon-1

22-23 September, 2021

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 September 22nd & 23rd, 2021. 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: 22 September

c-abc-icon-1
9:00Introduction to Program and invitation to visit the Exhibition Hall
Scott Jolliffe, Chair, Canada Arab Business Council
9:05Introduction to Diamond Sponsor SkyPower Global
Kerry Adler, CEO of SkyPower Global
9:08Welcome remarks
Sandra McCardell, Canada’s Assistant Deputy Minister for Europe, Artic, Middle East and Maghreb

His Excellency Jamal Abdullah Al-Sallal, Republic of Yemen Ambassador to Canada and Dean of the Council of Arab League of Ambassadors to Canada
9:20Welcome to Expo 2020 Dubai
His Excellency Fahad Al Raqbani, UAE Ambassador to Canada

Introduced by Karl Tabbakh, Regional Managing Partner for Quebec, McCarthy Tétrault
9:30Canada at Expo 2020 Dubai
Commissioner General Marie-Geneviève Mounier,
Canada’s Commissioner General to Expo 2020, takes us on a virtual tour of Canada’s presence at Expo 2020

Introduced by Carmen Sylvain, Former Canadian Ambassador and Assistant Deputy Minister for Europe, Africa and the Middle East
9:45Canadian Business Opportunities in the Arab World
John Hannaford, Deputy Minister of International Trade moderates a discussion with senior dignitaries and top business officials from the Arab world:
  • Her Excellency Suha Dawood Elias Najjar, Chairwoman of the National Investment Commission of Iraq
  • Egypt - Eng. Yehia Zaki, Chairman of Suez Canal Economic Zone
  • Kuwait – Her Excellency Reem Alkhaled, Kuwait Ambassador to Canada
  • UAE - His Excellency Humaid Ben Salem, Secretary General, Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce & Industry
  • Morocco- M. Hassan Sentissi, President of the Moroccan Association of Exporters
  • Tunisia - Abdelbasset Ghanmi, General Manager of Invest in Tunisia Agency - FIPA
10:45Provincial Engagement in the Arab World
The Honourable Jean Charest, former Premier of Québec and Deputy Prime Minister, introduces and moderates a discussion with Canadian Premiers and senior officials about international trade and investment opportunities with the Arab world:
  • The Hon. Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario
  • The Hon. Scott Moe, Premier of Saskatchewan
  • The Hon. Doug Schweitzer, Alberta Minister for Jobs, Economy and Innovation
  • Mairead Lavery, President and Chief Executive Officer of Export Development Canada speaks about “Building Strong Partnerships for a Sustainable Future”
11:20Canadian Business Success Stories with the Arab World
Mark Ledwell, Managing Partner, Gowling WLG, moderates a discussion with senior business and institution leaders about their successful ventures with the Arab world:
  • Dr. Mohamed Lachemi, President, Ryerson University
  • Rana Ghorayeb DP World/CDPQ, CEO of Otéra Capital
  • Jody Becker, CSO and Executive Vice President, EllisDon
  • Luis Sierra, President & CEO, NOVA Chemicals
12:20 Day 1 Closing Remarks
Scott Jolliffe, Chair, Canada Arab Business Council

Program

Day Two: 23 September

c-abc-icon-1
9:00Introduction to Day 2 of the Program and Invitation to visit the Exhibition Hall
Cathy Seguin, Executive Director and President, Canada Arab Business Council
9:05A Conversation about the Future of Canada Arab Economic Relations
The Honourable John R. Baird P.C., Former Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs and Ontario Minister of Energy

Moderated by Jean François Seguin, Partner, Fasken
9:30Agriculture / Agri-Tech
Robert Saik, Founder & CEO of AGvisorPRO, moderates a panel discussion with senior business leaders in Canada and the Arab world about “Agriculture – A Cornerstone of Canada-Arab Trade & Investment the Future”
  • Bill Greuel, CEO of Protein Industry Canada
  • Tim Close, President and CEO, AGI
  • His Excellency Majed Alqatarneh, Jordan Ambassador to Canada
  • Hind Al Youha, Director of the Investment and Talent Attraction, UAE Ministry of Economy
Invest in Canada (video “Farm-to-Form: Canada’s Strengths in Plant Proteins and Agri-Food)
10:15AI in Healthcare
Dr. Kevin Smith, President & CEO, University Health Network moderates a discussion with senior business leaders in Canada and the Arab world about “The Use of AI in Healthcare in Canada and the Arab World”
  • Dr Michael Brudno, Professor, Vector Institute of Artificial Intelligence
  • Sam Ifergan, President & CEO, iGan Partners
  • Hanif Khalak, Director of Technology, G42 Healthcare
  • Saurabh Mukhi, CTO, Think Research
11:00Aerospace
Pierre Pyun, VP Bombardier Aerospace, moderates a discussion with senior business leaders in Canada and the Arab world about “Developments in Aerospace in Canada in collaboration with the Arab World”
  • Amer J Siddiqui, Director, UAE Clusters, Head of Asset Management, Mubadala
  • Rahul Gangal, Partner, Roland Berger
  • Kamel Srour, Director Sales Bombardier
Invest-in-Canada (video “Why Manufacturing Companies are Investing in Canada”)
11:45Energy / CleanTech
The Hon. David Piccini, Ontario’s Minister of the Environment, moderates a discussion with senior business leaders in Canada and the Arab world about “Energy and CleanTech in Canada and the Arab World”
  • Jacob Irving, President Energy Council of Canada
  • Ahmed Elbermbali, Managing Director Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC MENA)
  • Alanna Hnatiw, Chair Edmonton Regional Hydrogen Hub
  • Costantino Lanza, Co-Founder and Chief Growth and Revenue Officer, mCLoud
Invest-in-Canada (video “Canada: Where Cleantech Companies Expand and Grow”)
12:30Forum Closing
Scott Jolliffe, Chair Canada Arab Business Council

Panel Session Recordings – Day One

First Segment

Welcome and Expo 2020 Dubai

Second Segment

Canada Business Opportunities in the Arab World

Third Segment

Provincial Engagement in the Arab World

Fourth Segment

Canadian Business Success Stories with the Arab World

Panel Session Recordings – Day 2

Fifth Segment

Introduction and A Conversation about the future of Canada Arab Economic Relations

Sixth Segment

Agriculture-Agri-Tech

Seventh Segment

AI in Healthcare

Eight Segment

Aerospace

Nineth Segment

Energy-CleanTech and Closing

SPEAKERS LINE UP

l
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

SCOTT JOLLIFFE

Chair, Canada Arab Business Council

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

CATHY SÉGUIN

Executive Director and President, Canada Arab Business Council

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

HONOURABLE JEAN CHAREST

Former Premier of Québec and Deputy Prime Minister

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

HONOURABLE DOUG FORD

Premier of Ontario

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

HONOURABLE SCOTT MOE

Premier of Saskatchewan

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

HONOURABLE DOUG SCHWEITZER

Alberta Minister for Jobs,Economy and Innovation

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

HONOURABLE DAVID PICCINI

Ontario Minister ofEnvironment,Conservation,and Parks

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

HONOURABLE JOHN BAIRD

Former Federal Ministerof Foreign Affairs and Ontario Minister of Energy

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

JOHN HANNAFORD

Deputy Minister of International Trade

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

SANDRA MCCARDELL

Assistant Deputy Minister for Europe, Arctic, Middle East and Maghreb

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

HIS EXCELLENCY JAMAL AL-SALLAL

Republic of Yemen Ambassador to Canadaand Dean of the Councilof Arab League ofAmbassadors to Canada

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

HIS EXCELLENCY FAHAD AL RAQBANI

UAE Ambassador toCanada

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

HER EXCELLENCY REEM AL KHALED

UAE Ambassador to Canada

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

HIS EXCELLENCY MAJED ALQATARNEH

Jordan Ambassador to Canada

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

MARIE-GENEVIÈVEMOUNIER

Commissioner General for Canada

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

MAIREAD LAVERY

President and Chief Executive Officer of Export Development Canada

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

CARMEN SYLVAIN

Member, Canada Arab Business Council

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

KERRY ADLER

President & CEO SkyPower Global

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

ENG. YEHIA ZAKI

Chairman of Suez Canal Economic Zone

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

H.E. HUMAID MOHAMED BEN SALEM

Secretary General of the Federation of UAE Chamber of Commerce & Industry

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

HER EXCELLENCY SUHA DAWOOD ELIAS NAJJAR

Chairwoman of the National Investment Commission of Iraq

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

M. HASSAN SENTISSI

President of the Moroccan Association of Exporters

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

ABDELBASSET GHANMI

General Manager of Invest in Tunisia Agency - FIPA

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

DR. MOHAMED LACHEMI

President and Vice Chancellor of Ryerson University

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

RANA GHORAYEB

DP World/CDPQ,CEO of Otéra Capital

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

JODY BECKER

CSO and Executive Vice President EllisDon

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

LUIS SIERRA

President, Chief Executive Officer Nova Chemicals

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

MARK LEDWELL

Managing Partner Gowling WLG

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

KARL TABBAKH

Regional Managing Partner for Quebec, McCarthy Tétrault

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

JEAN-FRANCOIS SÉGUIN

Partner, Fasken

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

MR. ROB SAIK

Founder and CEO AGvisorPRO

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

BILL GREUEL

CEO, Protein Industry Canada

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

HIND AL YOUHA

Director of the Investment and Talent Attraction, UAE Ministry of Economy

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

TIM CLOSE

President and Chief Executive Officer AGI

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

KEVIN SMITH

President and CEO UHN

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

SAM IFERGAN

President & CEO iGan Partners

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

HANIF KHALAK

Director Technology G42 Healthcare

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

DR. MICHAEL BRUDNO

Professor Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

PIERRE PYUN

VP Bombardier

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

AMER SIDDIQUI

Director, UAE Clusters

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

RAHUL GANGAL

Partner, Roland Berger

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

KAMEL SROUR

Director Sales Bombardier

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

ALANNA HNATIW

Chair, Edmonton Region Hydrogen, HUB

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

JACOB IRVING

President, Energy Council of Canada

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

AHMED ELBERMBALI

Managing Director, Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC MENA)

See speaker bio
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

COSTANTINO LANZA

Co-Founder and Chief Growth and Revenue Officer, mCLoud

See speaker bio

Diamond Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors