Tuesday, April 11, 2017

07:15 – 08:00

Continental Breakfast

08:00 – 08:05

Opening Remarks

Peter Sutherland, President & CEO, Canada Arab Business Council

08:05 – 08:15

Welcome Remarks

Mohammad Al Zaibak, Chair, Canada Arab Business Council

Mohammad Al Zaibak
08:15 – 08:40

Building Strong Partnerships in a Changing Global Economy

David Dodge, Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones LLP;
Governor, Bank of Canada (2001-2008)

David Dodge
08:45 – 09:30

Panel 1: Energy Challenges and Opportunities in Arab Countries

  • Moderator: Dan Seekings, VP Natural Resources & Environment, Global
    Public Affairs
  • Shaun McIver, CFO, Equity Capital Markets, TMX Group Inc.
  • Claude Courtemanche, President Council for Development Canada-Algeria, President MTC Canada
  • Mohamad Elkadi, Engineering Manager, SNC-Lavalin
09:30 – 10:15

Panel 2: Major Infrastructure Projects in Times of Austerity. Is PPP a

  • Moderator: Mark Romoff, President & CEO, Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships
  • Tim Sunar, Partner – Bahrain / Al-Khobar, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
  • Jody Becker, Chief Strategy Officer and Senior VP Emerging Markets, EllisDon
  • Marc Brazeau, Associate Partner, Capital and Infrastructure Advisory Ernst & Young LLP
10:15 – 10:30

Health Break

10:30 – 11:15

Panel 3: Training and Skills Development to Build the Future

  • Moderator: Dr. Andrew Padmos, CEO, Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons Canada
  • Damien Dunne, Manager, International Partnerships and Programs, Algonquin College
  • Darrin Caron, Manager Asia & Middle East, Colleges & Institutes Canada
  • Dr. Charles Khoury, Director Corporate Performance, Shift Health
11:15 – 12:00

Panel 4: Advanced Technologies, Booming Sectors?

  • Moderator: Pierre Pyun, VP Government Affairs, Bombardier
  • Gurvinder Chohan, Business Development Director, MDA Corporation
  • Ömür Sezerman, President and CEO, OZ Optics Ltd
  • Aziz Bootwala, Senior Principal, VP Business Development, Kasian Architecture
  • Tom Tessier, President, Solara
12:00 – 13:00


13:00 – 13:30

Luncheon Address

  • Yassine Bouhara, Chairman of Tell Group Algeria, former CEO Global Emerging Markets UBS
13:30 – 14:15

Panel 5: Unlocking Potential Between Canada and Arab Countries

  • Moderator: Peter Sutherland, President & CEO Canada Arab Business Council
  • Ziad Anabtawi, CEO, Anabtawi Group, co-chair Federation of Palestinian Business Associations
  • Joseph Georgie, Director Financial Institutions, BMO, former General Manager, BMO office Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Dr. I. Chikhoune, President US-Algeria Business Council
  • Sébastien Carrière, Director, Trade Relations with the Middle East, North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, Global Affairs Canada
14:15 – 15:00


18:30 – 19:15

Reception hosted by the Council of Arab League Ambassadors Speakers:

  • MC: Tom Clark, Chair Public Affairs & Communications, Global Public Affairs
  • Ambassador Riadh Essid, Ambassador, Republic of Tunisia and Vice Dean Council of Arab League Ambassadors
  • Mohammad Al Zaibak, Chair, Canada Arab Business Council
19:15 – 21:30

Gala Dinner

Introduction of Keynote Speaker

Benoit Daignault, CEO, Export Development Canada

Benoit Daignault

Keynote Speaker

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade
Address by Minister Champagne at the Canada-Arab Business Council Gala Dinner

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade


Ali Haddad, President, Algerian Forum of Business Leaders
Allocution du Président du FCE

Ali Haddad

Concluding Remarks

Mohammad Al Zaibak, Chair, Canada Arab Business Council