Welcome to the Canada Arab Business Council

The CABC is Canada’s only not-for-profit association focussed exclusively on bringing the Canadian and Arab business communities together. We advise governments in Canada and Arab countries on policies to facilitate and expand two-way trade and investment. We further support our members by organising missions to the Arab region, receiving incoming delegations, and hosting conferences to provide information about the latest business opportunities and insights into relevant political-economic developments in Arab countries.

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April 24, 2018
National Arts Centre, Ottawa

The Canada-Arab Business Council (CABC) invites you to join our Annual Forum and Gala Dinner to be held at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on April 24, 2018. The underlying theme of the event is innovation and sustainability and, as always, our objective is to promote two-way trade and investment between Canada and Arab states. This year, there will be a focus on nurturing commercial links for small and medium Canadian enterprises, along with women-owned, youth-owned and native-owned businesses. The Gala Dinner is an excellent venue to network with business executives, Government leaders and diplomatic representatives.

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Program Overview – Tuesday, April 24, 2018

09:30 Continental Breakfast and Registration
10:00 Opening Remarks
10:10 Chair, Council of Arab League Ambassadors
10:20 Investment opportunities
11:20 Partnerships for Innovation and Sustainability
12:00 Health Care Trends
12:30 Lunch
12:50 A perspective on the MENA-Canada investment landscape
13:15 Sustainable Energy Solutions
13:45 Education and Training beyond borders
14:15 Infrastructure – Net Zero equals Net Gain
14:45 Achieving Climate Friendly Agriculture
15:15 Growing business opportunities for women
15:45 Networking break
16:00 Connecting SME’s internationally
16:30 Inclusive Trade-A win-win
17:00 World Expo 2020 Dubai – A better World Together
17:20 Concluding remarks
17:30 Networking reception hosted by Council of Arab League Ambassadors
18:30 Gala Dinner

Click HERE for the full version.
Survey of participants


Confirmed Speakers

Biographies for confirmed speakers, including those listed below, may be accessed HERE. They include:

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne
Minister of International Trade

The Honourable Navdeep Singh Bains
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

The Honourable Jean Charest
Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Premier of Québec (2003-2012)
Member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada

Audrey Mascarenhas
President and CEO, Questor Technology,
Fellow, Energy Futures Lab

Kerry Adler
President & Chief Executive Officer

Danièle Henkel
President, Danièle Henkel Enterprises Inc.
Judge, “Dans l’oeil du dragon” (2012-2016)


Sponsorship Options

Diamond Sponsor $10,000
  • Corporation is entitled to exclusive promotion rights for this event within your industry. The corporation’s name will appear on all promotional materials and event Invitations.
  • You will have an opportunity to speak at the event and will be given special recognition
  • One corporate table in the VIP seating area
  • Sponsor’s name mentioned on printed material and advertising associated with the event
  • One (1) corporate banner on display at the event (to be provided by Sponsor)
  • Personal introductions to VIPs from the Arab world and Canada.
  • Advertisement in the event programs
Gold Sponsor $7,000
  • Your corporation’s name will appear on all promotional materials, event invitations, printed material and advertising associated with the event
  • One corporate table in the VIP seating area
  • One corporate banner on display at the event (to be provided by Sponsor)
  • Personal introductions to VIPs from the Arab world and Canada.
Silver Sponsor $5,000
  • Six (6) tickets in the VIP seating area, with the option to convert to a full table at the cost each individual seat
  • Company logo to be displayed on the banner and screen saver
  • Preferred access to one-to-one introductions.
  • Recognition in the event program and during the event


Registration Fees

CABC members: $275 + 13% HST
Non-CABC members: $350 + 13% HST



CABC has partnered up with four major quality hotels located in close proximity to the newly renovated National Arts Centre. Please book your rooms before March 23 to benefit for the following preferred hotel rates in Canadian dollars (Exclusive of applicable fees and state and local taxes).




Lord Elgin

National Art Centre hotel partner
A personalized webpage is created for online booking:
Guests may call toll-free at 1-800-267-4298 or directly to the hotel at 613-235-3333 or by email at and reference Canada Arab Business Council when making their reservations.

Rooms                        Single rate     Double rate

Classic Queen               $199               $199
Classic King                  $199               $199
Classic 2 Queen beds  $199               $199
Park view King             $199*             $199*
Park view 2 Queen      $199*             $199*
Park view Queen         $199*             $199*

*Park view rate represents complimentary upgrade subject to availability.


For reservations:
A personalized Webpage for Canada Arab Business Council is created
Guests can call 1-800-WESTIN1 and ask for the Canada Arab Business Council Room Block.

Traditional (Single/Double): $239.00
Deluxe Parliament View (Single/Double): $299.00
Suites (Single/Double): $389.00 and up
Additional Person: $40.00
Complimentary in room high speed Internet for all guests reserved within the groups room block.

Château Laurier

Call Global Reservation Centre at 1 800 441 1414 and ask for the:
CABC Annual Business Forum and Gala Dinner Special group rate.
The file reference is: CABCAPRIL18
Reservations will be accepted as long as our room type availability permits.

Fairmont Regular Room                                          $ 199.00 ++
Fairmont with View                                                  $ 229.00 ++
Fairmont Deluxe                                                       $ 244.00 ++
Fairmont Gold *Executive Floor                            $ 319.00 ++
Junior Suite                                                                $ 264.00 ++
Corner Suite                                                               $ 649.00 ++
Executive Suite                                                          $ 1199.00 ++
Presidential Suite                                                      $ 3500.00 ++

Alt Hotel

Guest can reserve their room by calling the hotel at 1-844-258-6882 with Group ID Canada-Arab Business Council or by following the link below:
Group Direct Booking Link

Classic room rate $184 + taxes

2018 Sponsor











The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne,
Minister of International Trade

“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.”
Click here for the full speech. 


“Le Canada est fier des nombreux liens qu’il entretient avec ses partenaires arabes. Il ne fait aucun doute que le Conseil de commerce canado-arabe compte pour beaucoup dans le renforcement et la consolidation de ces liens et des relations avec les collectivités dans tout le Canada.”
Cliquez ici pour le discours complet. 

Results of Canada Arab Business Survey

In 2016, the CABC surveyed members and other companies doing business between Canada and Arab countries to identify the opportunities and challenges they face in the region and in Canada. The Council will use 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.

Click here to see the Survey results.

Patron Members


Canadian Business Council of Dubai

Canadian Business Council of Abu Dhabi

Council for Development Canada-Algeria