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Canada-Arab Business Council’s Annual Business Forum

7:15-8:14am check-in, continental breakfast; 8:15am sharp to 3:45pm sessions; 3:45-4:30pm B2B meetings

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Panel Discussion | Research Discussions | Conference

Date: Tuesday April 16, 2019 | 08:15 AM - 03:45 PM
Speaker(s): H.E. Ahmed Mahmoud A. Abu Zeid, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Canada
Kerry Adler, CEO, SkyPower
Fadel Agoumi, General Director, Delegate of CGEM
Jaafar Rasool Jaafar Al Hamadani, President, Baghdad Chamber of Commerce
Yasser Al Mimar, President, Iraqi Canadian Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Mohammad Al Zaibak, Chair, Canada-Arab Business Council
Omar Alghabra, MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade Diversification, Government of Canada, Led By Ruba El-Sayegh, Partner, Gowling WLG
Dr. Cynthia Baker, Executive Director, Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN), Institute of Technology (NAIT)
Robert Barnes, Vice President, Energy & Digital Services, EllisDon
Jody Becker, Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President, Emerging Markets, EllisDon
His Worship Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton
Tim Casben, Partner, Gowling WLG (UK) LLP
Craig Ceppetelli, Royal College International
Karen Dalkie, Vice President, Development and Partnerships, Canadian Bureau for International Education
H.E. Jess Dutton, Ambassador of Canada to the Arab Republic of Egypt
H.E. Louis-Pierre Emond, Ambassador of Canada to the State of Kuwait
Joel Finlayson, Partner, iGan
Sonia Gokhale, Partner, VentureSouq
Marcy Grossman, Consul General, Canadian Consulate General Dubai
Lutfi Haj-Assaad, Executive Director, SickKids International
Dr. Walid Hejazi, Associate Professor, Business Economics, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Danièle Henkel, President, Danièle Henkel Enterprises Inc.
Sean Kennedy, Vice-President, International, Niagara College
Charles Khoury, Engagement Leader, Director, Corporate Performance, Shift Health
Daryl Letto, Vice President - Solutions Engineering, SHIFT Energy
William MacGowan, Director, Digital Buildings, Industry Transformation Division, Cisco
Dr. Khalid Mahdi, Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development, Kuwait
H.E. Hocine Meghar, Ambassador of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria and Dean of the Council of Arab League Ambassadors
The Hon. Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, Government of Caanda
Joanna Osawe, Chair & Co-Founder, Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE)
Mustapha Ouyed, President, Canada Algeria Development Council (CDCA)
Dr. Andrew Padmos, CEO, Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada
Robert Peck, Board Member, Canada-Arab Business Council
Alain Roy, VP, International Partnerships, Colleges & Institutes Canada
Jose Santoyo, Director Trade & Investment Services, World Trade Centre Toronto
Brittney Sault, Project Manager, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
Senior UAE Official (TBC)
Lisa Selvey, Associate Dean-Industry Engagement, School of Health and Life Sciences, Northern Alberta
Veronica Silva, Director General, Expo 2020 Dubai
The Hon. Todd Smith, Ontario Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Government of Ontario
Carmen Sylvain, former ADM for Middle East and North Africa Region, Global Affairs Canada; served 8 years as President, BIE Executive; Advisor, Dubai Expo 2020
Dan Themig, Co-Founder and Director, Packers Plus
Leslee Thompson, CEO, Accreditation Canada and Health Standards Organization (HSO)
Tunisian Representative (TBC)
Adil Zaidi, President, 13th Region MeM (Marocains Entrepreneurs du Monde) of The General Confederation of Enterprises of Morocco (CGEM)
Topic: “Looking Forward to the Next 50 Years of Canadian Business with the Arab World”
Venue: Desautels Hall (Second Floor, South Building) | map
Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto,
105 St George Street
Location: Toronto
Cost: $250 plus GST/HST per person: $200 plus GST/HST per person for Canada-Arab Business Council Members
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Synopsis: As Canada continues to diversify its trade and investment channels around the world, the Arab world represents some of our greatest successes, as well as a tremendous untapped business potential in many different fields, including infrastructure, energy, transportation, aviation, telecommunications and hi-tech, education and medicine. It also holds many more opportunities for our international businesses, SMEs and institutions going forward. With Expo 2020 in Dubai just around the corner, this annual business forum will showcase Canada's business, educational and cultural strengths in a global market place. Our annual business forum will be attended by senior Canadian business, educational and medical institution leaders, Arab countries' Ambassadors in Canada, senior representatives from their governments and businesses, senior representatives from our federal, provincial and municipal trade and investment branches and our local boards of trade and business chambers.

Agenda:

7:15 - Check-in, Continental Breakfast

8:15 sharp - “Opening Plenary Session”
Welcome by Robert Peck, Board Member, Canada-Arab Business Council

8:20 - Mohammad Al Zaibak, Chair, Canada-Arab Business Council

8:30 - H.E. Hocine Meghar, Ambassador of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria and Dean of the Council of Arab League Ambassadors

8:45 - “Fireside Chat” with Omar Alghabra, MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade Diversification, Government of Canada, Led By Ruba El-Sayegh, Partner, Gowling WLG

9:15 - “Expo 2020 Dubai Presentation”
Introductory Remarks: Carmen Sylvain, former ADM for Middle East and North Africa Region, Global Affairs Canada; served 8 years as President, BIE Executive; Advisor, Dubai Expo 202

Panelists:

  • Veronica Silva, Director General, Expo 2020 Dubai
  • Marcy Grossman, Consul General, Canadian Consulate General Dubai
  • Senior UAE Official (TBC)

9:40 - “Innovation and Entrepreneurship”
Danièle Henkel, President, Danièle Henkel Enterprises Inc.

9:55 - “Women and Business Opportunities in the Arab Region”

Panelists:

  • Sonia Gokhale, Partner, VentureSouq
  • Leslee Thompson, CEO, Accreditation Canada and Health Standards Organization (HSO)
  • Joanna Osawe, Chair & Co-Founder, Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE)
  • Moderator: Marcy Grossman, Consul General, Canadian Consulate General Dubai

10:20 - “SME Perspectives of Doing Business in the MENA Region”

Panelists:

  • The Hon. Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, Government of Canada
  • Charles Khoury, Engagement Leader, Director, Corporate Performance, Shift Health
  • Brittney Sault, Project Manager, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
  • Moderator: Danièle Henkel, President, Danièle Henkel Enterprises Inc.

10:45 - Coffee Break

11:05 - “Energy: Prospects in the Region”

Panelists:

  • Dan Themig, Co-Founder and Director, Packers Plus
  • Tim Casben, Partner, Gowling WLG (UK) LLP
  • Moderator: Kerry Adler, CEO, SkyPower

11:30 - ”Infrastructure: Being Smart and Green in the Region”

Panelists:

  • Senior UAE Official (TBC)
  • Robert Barnes, Vice President, Energy & Digital Services, EllisDon
  • William MacGowan, Director, Digital Buildings, Industry Transformation Division, Cisco
  • Daryl Letto, Vice President - Solutions Engineering, SHIFT Energy
  • Moderator: Jody Becker, Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President, Emerging Markets, EllisDon

11:55 - “Health & Life Sciences: Providing Canadian Turnkey Solutions”

Panelists:

  • 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
  • Moderator: Craig Ceppetelli, Royal College International

12:20 - “Education: Providing a Skilled Workforce for Industry”

Panelists:

  • 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
  • Moderator: Dr. Walid Hejazi, Associate Professor, Business Economics, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

12:45 - Break

12:50 - Buffet Lunch

13:05 sharp - “Keynote Address”
The Hon. Todd Smith
, Ontario Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Government of Ontario

14:00 - “Commercial Opportunities in the GTA”

  • Jose Santoyo, Director Trade & Investment Services, World Trade Centre Toronto
  • His Worship Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton

14:15 - “Commercial Opportunities in Arab States”

Business Potential in Maghreb
Mustapha Ouyed, President, Canada Algeria Development Council (CDCA)
Tunisian Representative (TBC); Adil Zaidi, President, 13th Region MeM (Marocains Entrepreneurs du Monde) of The General Confederation of Enterprises of Morocco (CGEM)
Fadel Agoumi, General Director, Delegate of CGEM

Business Potential in Levant
Iraq
Jaafar Rasool Jaafar Al Hamadani, President, Baghdad Chamber of Commerce
Yasser Al Mimar, President, Iraqi Canadian Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Egypt
H.E. Jess Dutton, Ambassador of Canada to the Arab Republic of Egypt
H.E. Ahmed Mahmoud A. Abu Zeid, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Canada

Business Potential in GCC
Kuwait
H.E. Louis-Pierre Emond, Ambassador of Canada to the State of Kuwait
Dr. Khalid Mahdi, Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development, Kuwait 

UAE
Marcy Grossman, Consul General, Canadian Consulate General Dubai

15:45 - “Country-Specific B2B Meeting Opportunities” (in Fleck Atrium)

16:30 - Closing Remarks

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