The Canada Arab Business Council is Canada’s only not-for-profit association focused exclusively on promoting trade and investment between Canada and the Arab world.
Since 1983, the Council has been the principal advocate for and the driving force behind Canada’s growing economic relations with Arab countries in the Middle East and North Africa. We also work with Arab governments to enable economic relations with Canada.
Who we are
CABC was founded by a small group of farsighted businessmen who, as early as 1983, saw the enormous potential for business between Canada and the Arab world. One of the founding companies, Cansult, actually served as Canada’s unofficial embassy in Saudi Arabia for a time before the first official embassy opened. The former President & CEO of Cansult, Jim Metcalfe, served as Chairman of CABC and is still an active member of the Board. Other Board members include leading lawyers and business people who have lived and worked in the region for many years, as well as several Arab Canadians who maintain strong business ties in both markets. Two former Canadian ambassadors to Saudi Arabia and representatives from the federal and provincial governments bring their expertise to Board deliberations.
Today our corporate members come from Canada’s major manufacturing and service sectors and include some of the country’s largest companies and institutions, as well as growing number of small and mid-sized firms. In 2016, we opened membership to offshore Arab companies in line with our aim to bring the Canadian and Arab business communities closer together and enrich the dialogue. We intend to increase this side of the membership.
CABC is pan-Arab in reach because most of our members are interested in more than one Arab market and a broader geographic base allows us to speak with more authority on regional trade and investment issues. For specific events we partner with local organizations such as the Canadian business councils in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and other groups with whom we have cooperation agreements.