Canada Arab Business Council - Annual Forum and Gala Dinner

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Canada Arab Business Council

Annual Forum and Gala Dinner

Paving the road to stronger partnerships

The Canada Arab Business Council (CABC) invites you to join its Annual Forum and Gala Dinner 2017 to be held in Ottawa-Gatineau, April 10-11. Similar to all CABC events, the Annual Forum will focus on business opportunities in sectors where Canadian expertise matches Arab needs. The objective is to strengthen ongoing partnerships and forge new trade, investment and economic alliances. The Gala Dinner is an excellent venue to network with business executives, Government leaders and diplomatic representatives.

Confirmed Keynote Speaker

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, PC, MP

A businessman, lawyer, and international trade specialist, François-Philippe Champagne has over 20 years' experience working for major companies worldwide. He has had a highly successful international career, and was named a "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum as well as "Personality of the Week La Presse/Radio-Canada" in 2009. More recently, he was involved in the field of green technology and the environment.

Over the years, François-Philippe has held key roles internationally, most notably as Group Vice-President and Senior Counsel at ABB Group, with over 150,000 employees. Later he served as Strategic Development Director, acting General Counsel, and Chief Ethics Officer and Member of the Group Management Committee at AMEC, a leader in the global energy sector. In addition to sitting on several boards, such as TakingITGlobal, Incheon Bridge Corporation (South Korea) and C3E (Canadian Centre of Excellence in Energy Efficiency), he was also president of a major pan-Canadian strategic think tank.

First and foremost, François-Philippe is heavily engaged in his community. He was a speaker at the Rassemblement jeunesse de la Mauricie, and honorary president of the Alliance régionale des chambres de commerce de la Mauricie, the Poppy Campaign and the Relay for Life in Shawinigan.

Invited speakers

Benoit Daignault, President & CEO, EDC

Claude Courtemanche, President of Council for Development Canada

Damien Dunne, International Marketing Director, Algonquin College

Daniela Stratulativ, Research Fellow, Canada Arab Business Council

David Dodge, Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones

David Zabinsky (UAE), Business Development Manager, RAK FTZ Authority

Dr. Ali Mohammed Al-Bishri, Saudi Cultural Attaché in Ottawa

Dr. Andrew Padmos, CEO, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Dr. Ismael Chikhoune, President, US-Algeria Business Council

Dr. Ryan Wiley, President, Shift Health

Gurvinder Chohan, Director Business Development - Satellite Systems, MDA

Kerry Adler, President & CEO, Skypower Global Group of Companies

Joseph Georgie, Vice-President, Trade Finance, BMO

Mike Lord, COO, The RedMed Group, Algeria

Mike Ward, President, Canada Turkey Business Council

Mohammad Al-Zaibak, Chair, Canada Arab Business Council

Rick Trimp, Dean, School of Health Sciences, NAIT

Shaun McIver, Chief Client Officer, TMX Group

Yassine Bouhara (Algeria), Chairman, Tell Group

Ziad Anabtawi (Palestine), CEO, Anabtawi Group

Program overview - Tuesday, April 11, 2017

07:15 - 08:00 Networking breakfast

08:00 - 08:05 Opening remarks

08:05 - 08:15 Welcome remarks

08:15 - 08:40 Inaugural address

Advanced technologies, booming sectors?

08:45 - 09:30 Panel discussion

09:30 - 10:15 Panel discussion

Major infrastructure projects in times of austerity. PPP: a solution?

10:30 - 11:15 Panel discussion

Training and skills development to build the future

11:15 - 12:00 Panel discussion

Current challenges and future opportunities for the energy mix in Arab countries

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch

13:00 - 13:30 Keynote address

13:30 - 14:15 Panel discussion

Unlocking the potential between Canada and Arab countries

14:15 End of program

14:15 - 15:00 Networking time

16:00- 18:30 Private time

18:30 - 19:30 Cocktail

19:30 – 21:30 Gala Dinner

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