Honorary Members


H.E. Masud Husain
Ambassador of Canada to UAE

H.E. Masud Husain (BA, Laval University, 1988; LLB, McGill University, 1991) joined External Affairs and International Trade Canada in 1991. He was desk officer in the Legal Advisory Division (1995 to 1997). He was deputy director of the Oceans and Environmental Law Division (1999 to 2002) and of the Criminal, Security and Treaty Law Division (2003 to 2006). He was later executive director of the Criminal, Security and Diplomatic Law Division (2013 to 2016). In his overseas positions, he was posted to Amman as the political officer responsible for Iraq (1992 to 1995). He served in Damascus as head of the Political Section (1997 to 1999). In The Hague, he served as counsellor in the Political Section (2005 to 2009). He served as minister-counsellor and political coordinator in the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations in New York (2009 to 2013). Most recently, he was director general of the Middle East and Maghreb Bureau. He is married to Laila El Fenne, and they have two children, Omar and Lalla Miriem.


Jim Metcalfe
Past Chairman

Board Member Health Standards Organization and Accreditation Canada.
Former CEO Cansult Limited and AECOM Middle East Limited,
Former Chair Canada Arab Business Council

James A. Metcalfe (Jim) serves as Chief Executive Officer and President of Cansult Limited and served as its Chairman of the Board and Director.



Muwaffaq A. Ghazi
Past Chairman

Muwaffaq joined CBC-Abu Dhabi in 2004 as a member of the Executive Committee.  At that time, the Council, not registered with ADCCI, was in a period of flux.  When the past chairman left Abu Dhabi, Muwaffaq was chosen as its chairman. He led the challenge with his committee to develop a constitution and bylaws and officially register CBC Abu Dhabi with the ADCCI in March 2005.  Muwaffaq is well-known in the insurance industry.  He established Emirates Insurance 25 years ago and was its Chairman during that time. He is now an independent insurance broker with his company, Triumph Insurance Consultants operating in Abu Dhabi. Muwaffaq and his wife Ghada have two children; Fadi, a freshman student at the University of Toronto  and Tamara, a graduate of the University of Toronto, now studying at Palmer College, San Jose, California to be a chiropractor. He has a home in Toronto Canada and his support of Canada is well known in the Abu Dhabi society and government circles.


Jack Matar
Past Chairman

Jack Matar is the co-founder and Managing Director of Toledo and its group of companies. Toledo, established in the United Arab Emirates in 1989, operates out of Abu Dhabi covering the MENA region as an EPC Contractor providing Engineering and Industrial Contracting services within the Oil & Gas, Petro-Chemical, Power Generation and Distribution, Water Desalination and District Cooling. He is a founding member of the CBC- Abu Dhabi and served on the Board as a member, Vice Chairman, Chairman and past Chairman.

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