Upcoming Events

    • 03 February 2021
    • 18:00 - 19:00 (UTC+04:00)
    • Webinar

    Join the Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi in collaboration with John Stackhouse - author of Planet Canada: How Our Expats Are Shaping the Future.

    John will be presenting the following topics:

      • Brief summary of his new book: Planet Canada
      • Why this book and its arguments are important now and for Canada’s future
      • Specific learnings/applications for UAE/Middle East
      • Lessons to be learned from other countries’ approaches/relationships with their expats and models that could apply here
      • Are there models or organizations established in other countries – either by Canadians or other countries – that Canadian embassies, business councils, companies, educational institutions, organizations and expats in UAE/Middle East should work towards establishing? If so, who must spearhead this and how? What are first key steps?
      • Participants’ Main Calls to Action (for Government officials in Canada, Canada’s representation offices abroad, Canadian expat diaspora) 

      This webinar discussion will be participated by H.E. Marcy Grossman, Ambassador of Canada to the UAE and will be moderated by Tim Penketh, Director of the Board and Head of Digital Media of the Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi.

      This event is participated by:

      • Canadian Business Council Dubai and Northern Emirates
      • Canada-UAE Business Council
      • Canada Arab Business Council


      H.E. Jean-Philippe Linteau, Consul General of Canada in Dubai and Northern Emirates. Jean-Philippe Linteau (BSc [Agriculture], McGill University, 1994; MSc [Geography], University of Toronto, 1996) joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1997. At headquarters, he was director of the Clean Technology, Infrastructure and Life Sciences Division from 2016 to 2019. Abroad, he served as trade commissioner in Seoul from 1998 to 2001 and in Kuala Lumpur from 2001 to 2004, in Colombo from 2005 to 2007 as political officer, in Washington from 2007 to 2011 as international business development program manager and in New York City from 2011 to 2016 as investment counsellor and then senior trade commissioner.


        John Stackhouse, Senior Vice-President, Office of the CEO, Royal Bank of Canada. John advises the executive leadership on emerging trends in Canada’s economy, providing insights grounded in his travels across the country and around the world. His work focuses on technological change and innovation, examining how to successfully navigate the new economy so more people can thrive in the age of disruption. Prior to joining RBC, John spent nearly 25 years at the Globe and Mail, where he served as editor-in-chief, editor of Report on Business, and a foreign correspondent in New Delhi, India. Having interviewed a range of prominent world leaders and figures, including Vladimir Putin, Kofi Annan, and Benazir Bhutto, he possesses a deep understanding of national and international affairs. In the community, John serves as a Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs, the C.D. ‎Howe Institute and on the boards of Queen's University and the Aga Khan Foundation of Canada. John is the author of four books: Out of Poverty, Timbit Nation, and Mass Disruption: Thirty Years on the Front Lines of a Media Revolution. and Planet Canada: How Our Expats Are Shaping The Future.

        H.E. Marcy Grossman, Ambassador of Canada to the UAE

        Marcy Grossman was appointed Ambassador of Canada to the United Arab Emirates in October 2019 with a three-year mandate to 2022. Prior to her arrival in Abu Dhabi, she was Canada’s Consul General for Dubai and the Northern Emirates (2018-2019). With a public service career spanning 28 years, Marcy joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 2001. Prior to assuming her roles in the United Arab Emirates, she served in the United States as Consul General in both Miami (2005-2009) and Denver (2012-2016) and as the Senior Trade Commissioner in both Dallas (2002-2005) and Los Angeles (2009-2012). During her tenure in the U.S. she was responsible for representing a wide range of Canada’s business, political, academic, consular, immigration and public safety interests. Before joining Canada’s Foreign Service, Marcy held management positions in numerous Federal government departments, including Industry Canada (2001); Canada’s School of Public Service (1999-2001); and the Treasury Board (1998 to 1999). With a Masters Degree in Criminal Psychology (Carleton University), she launched her career in the criminal justice system, and between 1990 and 1998, served in various capacities within Correctional Services Canada.


        Tim Penketh, Board Director and Head of Digital Media and Founder and CEO of TheFutureEconomy.ca

        Tim Penketh is the Founder and CEO of TheFutureEconomy.ca, a digital media that interviews top Canadian leaders to define a strong vision for Canada’s future economy. This is the second successful media he has founded after spending the last 16 years living and working around the world: East and Central Asia, North and Sub-Saharan Africa, East and Western Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, North America and the Middle East. It is during this decade and a half on the road that he gained invaluable journalism experience covering countries and industries on all four corners of the globe for highly respected international business titles. Tim holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and speaks English, French, Spanish, Japanese and Italian.


          • CBC members: Complimentary
          • Non-CBC members: By invitation only
          • 16 February 2021
          • (UTC+04:00)
          • 17 February 2021
          • (UTC+04:00)
          • 2 sessions
          • Virtual Edition

          The Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi, in partnership with Embassy of Canada to the UAE, the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC), and the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI), is organizing a virtual mission in the aerospace, defense and security sectors in February-March 2021. This event will help Canadian and non-Canadian regional companies establish and develop business relationships in the UAE and the region, through market and technical briefings, and a comprehensive Business-to-Business networking program. This will include pre-arranged meetings with regional decision makers at national Aerospace, Defense and Security companies, government agencies, supply chain and potential local partners.

          This virtual mission is a 2-day virtual event spread across multiple weeks, and will include topics such as aerospace, defense and security, localization and offset, space, land and sea capabilities, and others. The event will be followed by 2-3 weeks of Business-to-Business (B2B) meeting space, taking place in February to March 2021 timeframe, in the weeks preceding and after the week of International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX) 2021.

          The objectives of the virtual mission are as follows:

          • Promote your organization and its capabilities across the aerospace, defense and security sector in the Middle East and Canada.
          • Receive regional up-to-date news, information, resources and status of trade relations.
          • Listen to thought leaders and learn about regional government policies and sector trends.
          • Network with regional customers, partners, peers and policy makers.

          Confirmed Speakers and Moderators to date:


          • Alex George - Counsellor (Commercial) and Trade Program Manager of the Embassy of Canada in the UAE
          • Gregory Zoughbi, Chairperson of Canadian Business Council Abu Dhabi
          • Keith Stoodley, CEO of PAL Aerospace
          • Thibaut Trancart, Managing Director of CAE Middle East
          • Simon Deakin, Defence and Security Senior Advisor of Kearney
          • Miles Chambers, Director of Business Development, Platforms & Systems of EDGE
          • David Laliberte, Executive Director - Legal of Digital 14
          • Sally Koornneef, Trade Commissioner – Energy, Defence & Security of the Embassy of Canada in the UAE
          • Tawfiq Ghadban, Regional Business Development Manager - Middle East & Central Asia
          • Ian Walsh, Strategy and Business Development Director, CAE

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          Why partner with CBC Abu Dhabi?

          CBC Abu Dhabi is the optimal partner of choice to the Trade Commissioner Services of Canada in the UAE and other entities for multiple reasons, including:

          • Providing all-round Experience for participants that include forums, resources, and access to CBC Abu Dhabi member-only content. This optimizes the value of the virtual mission and ensures that participants maximize business outcomes.
          • Sector-specific Trade Knowledge: CBC Abu Dhabi has organized and participated in many IDEX/Defense and Aerospace sector missions, giving us an understanding of the industry.
          • Respected Entity: CBC Abu Dhabi is well regarded amongst the government, corporate sector and across all business councils. Our brand strength supports the brand strength of Canada and is the natural partner.
          • Diverse Board of Directors: A board composed of senior executives with in-depth knowledge and experience across multiple business sectors, complemented by two full-time employees who have been with the council for years.
          • Strong Connections and Networks: CBC Abu Dhabi is well connected across all business sectors in the UAE and with senior UAE government officials.
          • Market Communications: CBC Abu Dhabi have developed and have been using multiple market communication channels including email, multiple social media platforms (LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc.), and have established relationships with UAE media outlets and advertising platforms that we can utilize when needed.

          Testimonial from the Trade Commissioner Services / Embassy of Canada to the UAE

          “The Canadian Business Council (CBC) – Abu Dhabi supported the Trade Commissioner Service at the Embassy of Canada deliver a successful ADIPEC Virtual Mission for Canadian companies in November 2020. The event was fully hosted on the CBC’s platform and the team worked in full partnership with the Embassy to manage the execution of the event. Overall, it was a very successful collaboration and throughout the planning the CBC team demonstrated great agility and passion to ensure a successful mission. The CBC staff and board provided invaluable support managing the logistics of the event, including expertly moderating some of the webinar sessions, and also used their industry experience and knowledge to support the agenda. Many thanks to the team for a very steadfast and organized project delivery hitting all the Embassy’s goals and providing value to the participating companies.”

          Sally Koornneef -  BSc (Geo-Science)
          Trade Commissioner – Energy, Defence & Security
          Embassy of Canada – Abu Dhabi

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