The Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi in collaboration with the Embassy of Canada in the UAE organized “A Conversation with UAE Space Agency (UAESA) Director General, H.E. Dr Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi, and Canadian Space Agency (CSA) President, Mr. Sylvain Laporte” on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 at St. Regis Saadiyat Island. The event gathered delegates of the UAESA, CSA and Global Space Congress and members of CBC Abu Dhabi.
H.E. Masud Husain, Ambassador of Canada to the UAE
H.E. Masud Husain, Ambassador of Canada to the UAE gave a welcome remarks and spoke of the growing relationship between Canada and the UAE and their collaborative efforts in space exploration.
Gregory Zoughbi, Chairman of the Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi
Gregory Zoughbi, Chairman of CBC Abu Dhabi welcomed and introduced the honored speakers, noting on CBC’s role in promoting business relations, commerce and investment between Canada and the UAE through its Communities of Interest (COI) initiative.
From left to right: H.E. Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi, Director General of UAE Space Agency, Sylvain Laporte, President of Canadian Space Agency, and Mustafa Alrawi, Assistant Editor-in-Chief of The National
Mustafa Alrawi, Assistant Editor-In-Chief of The National opened the discussion by how the investment in space will benefit different sectors such as energy, construction, education, media and others; and what opportunities it may have to offer to society.
It was a historic moment for the UAE when it launched its first Emirati-made satellite in 2018. H.E. Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi, Director General of the UAE Space Agency spoke of how this vision came into reality because of the country’s dedicated leadership who foresaw the future of this nation as well as the region. The UAE’s space program has various initiatives such as hosting the Global Space Congress and teaming up with different countries, such as Canada, with the same passion for space exploration.
Canada has been exploring the space for decades. Sylvain Laporte, President of Canadian Space Agency spoke of the many lessons learned throughout this program. One of these is, a country cannot do space exploration without the international collaboration. Mr. Laporte expressed how the UAE, with its space agency’s short time of existence, is able to achieve great milestones.
The topic on Canada’s commitment to the Lunar Gateway by providing smart robotic system was also discussed wherein Mr. Laporte explained how this system will work and how Canada has taken advantage of the technologies from the two Canadarms. There are many sectors and investment funding involved keeping this project ongoing.
Mr. Alrawi concluded the informative discussion stating that UAE and Canada have driven inspiration for the youth to get involved in space initiatives. UAE and Canada encourage innovation, commercialization and diversity in space.
From left to right: Gregory Zoughbi, Chairman of the Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi, Sylvain Laporte, President of Canadian Space Agency, H.E. Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi, Director General of UAE Space Agency, and Mustafa Alrawi, Assistant Editor-in-Chief of The National
About the Canadian Business Council Abu Dhabi
The Canadian Business Council Abu Dhabi (CBC) promotes business relations, commerce and investment between Canada and the UAE with a particular focus on the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. We provide opportunities for Canadian business executives in the UAE to meet on a regular basis and to exchange information about business opportunities. As a link with organizations in Canada, CBC Abu Dhabi is dedicated to the development of trade and corporate investment between Canada and the UAE and assist Canadian companies and business people who are establishing or contemplating to establish a trading base in this country. www.cbcabudhabi.com
About the Canadian Space Agency
The Canadian Space Agency, established in 1989, is responsible for coordinating all government-funded space activities in Canada. Some of the CSA's more high-profile projects include its robotics, most famously the Canadarm and Canadarm2. http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/Default.asp
About the UAE Space Agency
The UAE Space Agency is a federal agency that was created under Federal Law by Decree No. 1 of 2014. The space sector includes all projects, activities and programs related to outer space. The Agency is focused on the development of policies, strategies and plans related to the space sector that are approved by the Council of Ministers. https://www.space.gov.ae/Home/Index
About the Global Space Congress
The Global Space Congress, hosted by the UAE Space Agency, is a strategic gathering of global space industry leaders. Promoting the worldwide industry of space, the Congress brings together over 600 key space agencies, commercial space, academia and end users of space services to evaluate the biggest opportunities in the space sector and to get exposure to the world’s most vibrant and energetic new space programmes. Focused on partnerships, the Congress enables these leaders to focus on collaborative development and the implementation of core space and satellite technology strategies, bringing global and regional economic benefits. https://www.globalspacecongress.com/
The Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi held its annual Thanksgiving Brunch that Canadians and non-Canadians enjoyed with their families and friends. This year, over 200 participants, gathered in the ballroom of Hilton Corniche Abu Dhabi to mark this special occasion and reflect on the many blessings they are thankful for. The Thanksgiving Brunch program was filled with activities and entertainment for adults and kids!
The event started with welcoming remarks from the event’s Master of Ceremonies (MC), Mr. Hans Fraikin, CBC Board Member. This was followed by the singing of the Canadian National Anthem that was led by Ms. Tayana Badwan, a student from the Abu Dhabi Grammar School (AGS). Mr. Fraikin then invited the Ambassador of Canada to the UAE, H. E. Masud Husain, and, CBC Chairman, Mr. Gregory Zoughbi to the stage to say a few words. They highlighted the importance of Thanksgiving and extended their own thanks, including appreciation to the CBC sponsors and members.
Mr. Gregory Zoughbi, CBC Chairman of the Board
Once again, the AGS student dance troupe entertained everyone. This year they delighted guests with an intricate Spanish dance. Their costumes were eye-catching in red and black, and they danced in perfect synchronization. Later on during the event, AGS dance troupe showcased their diverse repertoire as they performed the traditional Arabic Panorama dance, to the joy of those present.
Mr. Jim McPherson, Assistant Principal of AGS led the prayer of thanksgiving before everyone was invited to the buffet, where a wonderful turkey dinner was served. The traditional carving of turkey with cranberry sauce and potatoes, pasta dishes, salads and a rich dessert buffet were enjoyed by all. As the guests were chatting and relaxing to the music of Canadian singers, the Certificates of Appreciation were presented to Air Canada (AC), AGS, and Concorde Corodex Group (CCG) as the event sponsors, represented by Mr. Deepu Cyriac, AC Country Manager, Mrs. Fatima Assad, AGS Director and Mr. Mahmoud Awad, CCG Managing Director.
From Left to Right: Carol Milne, CBC Member of the Board and Head of Events Committee, Mahmoud Awad, Managing Director of Concorde Corodex Group, Fatima Assad, Director of Abu Dhabi Grammar School and Deepu Cyriac, Country Manager of Air Canada.
The clowns then took the stage and engaged the attendees with their magical tricks. Additionally, kids were having their share of fun in a separate room, with clown entertainers, face painting, and organized games.
The raffle followed. Thanks to our many event donors; it included vouchers for hotels, restaurants, gold coins, sunset cruise, golf package and the much awaited Air Canada two tickets. The companies that donated prizes are Air Canada, Abu Dhabi Grammar School, Arabian Nights Village, Bab Al Qasr Hotel, Beach Rotana, Captain Tony's, Careem, Coya Restaurant, Danat Al Ain, Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Fitness First, Float UAE, Hilton Corniche, Labelle Chocolates and Flowers, Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi, Shangri-la Abu Dhabi, Tamba, The Cove Rotana - Ras Al Khaimah, Tilal Liwa Hotel, Yas Movies in the Park, Yas Links, Zaya Nurai Island and gifts for the kids by Masaya Gifts.
From left to right: James Wilson, CBC Vice Chairman, Carol Milne, CBC Board Member and Head of Events Committee, Deepu Cyriac, Air Canada Country Manager, Mrs. Fatima Assad, AGS Director, Mr. Hans Fraikin, CBC Board Member, Mr. Gregory Zoughbi, CBC Chairman, and Mr. Sameer Khoury, CBC Treasurer to the Board.
From Left to Right: Mr. Erik Koeman, CBC Dubai Chairman and Mr. Hans Fraikin, CBC Board Member and Events Master of Ceremony
In addition to the tremendous support from AGS volunteers, we thank the group of volunteers from New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) who supported the event from start to finish.
Thanks to our Event Sponsors and Donors
"First of all I would like to express my hearty congratulation for hosting an excellent event. This could have happen only with lots of sincere efforts and hats off to the CBC executive committee. Many Thanks for proving Air Canada a great exposure."
Deepu Cyriac, Country Manager, Air Canada
"I would like to send you a massive thank you from BBG for the kind invitation to celebrate your Maple Leaf Ball. Nathan and I had such a fabulous evening and met some really lovely people, as well as being able to catch up with old faces too. Your Canadian hospitality was extremely warm and we were made to feel very welcome. The whole evening was lovely – well organised, entertaining and incredibly humorous – we particularly enjoyed your MC! It was an honour to be part of your celebration."
Jenny Hunt, Deputy Chair, British Business Group (BBG) Abu Dhabi
"Greg, I am writing to thank you for the invitation to the ball and congratulations on hosting such a great event. Al (Hinton) and I both had a great time, we met some wonderful people and were impressed with the organization, venue, music, good and the VIP guest of honour. You also made a very good speech, well done. Hans (Fraikin) was wonderful as MC, kept it light and entertaining. A great job by everyone! Thanks again for everything and hope to see you again soon."
Colin Beaton, Chairman, Canadian Business Council (CBC) Dubai and the Northern Emirates
Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi held its annual Maple Leaf Ball (MLB) 2018 under the patronage of H. E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Cabinet Member and Minister of Tolerance. The event gathered prominent members of Emirati and Canadian government and business community, including H. E. Masud Hussain, Ambassador of Canada to the UAE, H. E. Emmanuel Kamarianakis, Consul General of Canada to the UAE, Mr. Musabbeh Al Kaabi, Co-Chair of Canada UAE Business Council (CUBC) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Mubadala Petroleum and Petrochemicals, and Mr. Gregory Zoughbi, Chairman of CBC Abu Dhabi.
H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Cabinet Member and Minister of Tolerance
H. E. Sheikh Nahayan spoke of the importance of tolerance and his role as the Minister of Tolerance. He said “In the UAE, tolerance is not simply enduring the existence of opinions, ideas, behaviors or practices that do not concur with your own. It is about recognizing, respecting and embracing diversity. It is about being secure in your own culture and beliefs, so that you respond to what is different with curiosity and compassion rather than with fear and intolerance. To be tolerant we need to be genuinely concerned for the welfare of our fellow human beings, and to take action based on those concerns.”
H. E. Sheikh Nahayan also emphasized that “as a country, Canada is a shining example of tolerance”. He added that Canadians “share the respect for diversity expressed by the His Highness the President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahayan, who has said: ‘… cultural and human diversity [is] a key engine for sustainable development and a means for deepening the culture of openness, dialogue, communication and coexistence, and the denunciation of intolerance, extremism, and intellectual isolation.’”
He went on emphasize the contributions that Canadians made to the UAE. He said: “Canadians were among the first group of talented and experienced experts welcomed from abroad by our nation’s founder, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. As we celebrate the centennial of his birth in this Year of Zayed, we reflect on his achievements and realize that Canadians and people like you were critical to our development.”
Ambassador of Canada to the UAE, His Excellency Masud Husain, extended his thanks to the host nation UAE. He also thanked Sheikh Nahayan and called him a great friend of Canada. Ambassador Husain spoke of the big achievements in growing the Canada-UAE relationship over the past several years, and he recognized the contributions of his colleague, H. E. Emmanuel Kamarianakis, towards this regard. He also thanked the Emirati and Canadian communities, including CBC board members and staff. Ambassador Husain concluded by emphasizing that “2018 is the Year of Zayed. It is also the year where the UAE-Canada relationship will reach a new high level.”
Gregory Zoughbi, Chairman of Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi
Mr. Gregory Zoughbi, Chairman of CBC Abu Dhabi, welcomed Sheikh Nahayan and thanked him for his continued patronage of CBC’s annual MLB event. He quoted the UAE’s founding father and visionary, Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan, who said “… those who come to us are welcome”, therefore setting the vision for the UAE to become the symbol of “tolerance, multiculturism, diversity and inclusion” that it is today. Mr. Zoughbi added that “such shared values provide the foundation for our countries’ successes and joint prosperity. UAE’s founding father and Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John MacDonald, both envisioned the UAE and Canada becoming two of the greatest countries in the world. Today, their visions are a reality. At the Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi, we are proud to continue serving as a catalyst for our joint prosperity.”
From left to right: H.E. Masud Husain, Ambassador of Canada to the UAE, H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Cabinet Member and Minister of Tolerance, Gregory Zoughbi, Chairman of Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi
The event’s Master of Ceremony (MC) was Hans Fraikin, Board Member and Secretary of the Board who initiated the event by announcing the program for the evening and silent auction items prizes, courtesy of the sponsors and donors. The event sponsors were Platinum sponsor PAL Aerospace, Silver sponsor Air Canada, and Bronze sponsors Abu Dhabi Grammar School (ADGS) and Careem. National anthems of the UAE and Canada were played by the student orchestra of the Canadian International School (CIS). Students at Abu Dhabi Grammar School (ADGS), Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, and New York University (NYU) Abu Dhabi also volunteered for the event. Corporate attendees included CBC Platinum member, Bank of Montreal (BMO).
From left to right: Ronan Caillo, Counselor(Commercial) of Embassy of Canada to the UAE, Aiham Alkhatib, Board Member and Head of Marketing and Communications Committee, James Wilson, Board Member and Head of Membership, Brij Bali, Board Member and Treasurer, Carol Milne, Vice Chair and Head of Events Committee, H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Cabinet Member and Minister of Tolerance, Laila Elfenne, H.E. Masud Husain, Ambassador of Canada to the UAE, Gregory Zoughbi, Chairman of CBC Abu Dhabi, Rana Kabbara, Board Member and Head of Administration Committee, Hans Fraikin, Board Member and Secretary / Inter-council Liason, and Dareen Zoughbi
Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi is a membership-based organization that represents Canadian business people and companies in Canada and in the United Arab Emirates. CBC hosts many business events and supports its members to create business opportunities in the United Arab Emirates and Canada through a wide network of relationships and contacts in both countries. CBC members includes businesspeople that work in UAE-based companies and Canadian companies and represent them in the UAE. CBC members share common interests in creating excellent business relations and to strengthen trade relations between the UAE and Canada.
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The Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi participated in the Networking Evening with H.E. Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations on Thursday, 22 February 2018 at the Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi.
Over 150 members and guests from various Abu Dhabi business groups have attended the event and enjoyed the two-hour program.
H.E. Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh addressed the attendees in her remarks detailing five key areas of UAE's strategic global priorities at the United Nations, namely;
1. Women's empowerment & gender equality
2. Creating opportunities for youth
3. Governing the digital space
4. Post-oil economy & leading the energy revolution
5. Region-specific issues
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Right after her remarks, the attendees had the opportunity to ask questions wherein H.E. Ambassador Nusseibeh gladly welcomed.
The event ended with a presentation of Plaque of Recognition to H.E. Ambassador Nusseibeh and a group photo opportunity with Ambassadors and chairpersons of the participating business groups.
Wayne Bewick, representing Trowbridge Professional based in Toronto, in collaboration with the Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi hosted a seminar on “Canadian Tax Considerations for Expatriates in the UAE". The event took place on 6 February 2018 at the Hilton Abu Dhabi, a CBC Gold member.
Mr. Bewick presented the latest Canadian tax changes, Canadian residency for tax purposes, Canadian filing/reporting requirements, the tax issues of owning a Canadian property and other investments and Canadian tax planning around moving back/to Canada. He stated that there is a general increase in targeting non-compliant individuals with foreign assets. The Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) announced that in 2016, they were spending $450M over 5 years to target tax evaders, starting with the Isle of Man and moving to other jurisdictions. Some of the worth-noting are the foreign buyers tax in Vancouver & Toronto has increased to 15%, changes to the principal residence exemption and voluntary disclosure program; family tax splitting, art, fitness, education & textbook credits are gone. Mr. Bewick shared the comparison of a Canadian resident tax person versus a non-resident in Canada per year as
$10,000 as a resident
$0 as a Non-Resident
$27,000 as a resident
$73,000 as a resident
Mr. Bewick briefly introduced Trowbridge Professional and the services they offer. They provide pre and post - departure counselling, prepare the Canadian arrival, departure and non-resident tax returns, prepare non-resident rental returns while abroad, and prepare Canadians for their arrival back to Canada in the future and the arrival tax returns.
The one hour presentation concluded with a question and answer from the attendees and a raffle draw of one hour free consultation generously provided by Trowbridge Professional.
About Trowbridge Professional Corporation
Trowbridge Professional Corporation is a Canadian accounting firm that specializes in international tax services. We provide a wide range of corporate and expatriate tax services to Canadian and foreign-based individuals and corporations in a variety of industries. All of our professionals have in-depth tax experience and stay informed on current developments in tax legislation and the potential impact on our clients. Our corporate accounting, bookkeeping and payroll services team has many years of industry experience, helping global companies expand into new markets in Canada and helping companies in Canada grow with financial confidence. We offer a complete solution to help you meet your international tax and corporate accounting objectives. Our goal is to simplify the financial complexities of global business and living abroad, and make taxes less taxing.
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About Canadian Business Council of Abu Dhabi
Canadian Business Council (CBC) is a membership-based organization that represents Canadian business people and companies in Canada and in the United Arab Emirates. CBC hosts many business events and supports its members to create business opportunities in the United Arab Emirates through a wide network of relationships and contacts in the two countries. CBC membership includes businesspeople that work in the UAE-based companies and Canadian companies and represent them in the UAE. CBC members share common interests in creating excellent business relations and to strengthen trade relations between the UAE and Canada.
To reach the Canadian Business Council or for more information about CBC’s membership and sponsorship benefits, please visit the CBC website: http://www.cbcabudhabi.com or email, email@example.com
CBC Abu Dhabi organized a reception in honor of its Platinum and Gold sponsors. It was hosted by His Excellency Masud Husain, Ambassador of Canada to the UAE, and his wife Mrs. Leila Elfenne, at the Official Residence.
Mr. Gregory Zoughbi, CBC Board Member and Head of Membership and Sponsorship, thanked the Ambassador and his wife for their hospitality in hosting this event and for their continued commitment and support to CBC.
Mr. Matar handed certificates of appreciation to every CBC sponsor. Mr. Matar handed the certificates and paused for pictures with each company representative.
CBC Abu Dhabi organized a reception in honor of its Platinum, Gold and events sponsors. It was hosted by HE Masud Husain, Ambassador of Canada to the UAE and his wife Mrs. Leila Husain, at the Official Residence in Anantara, Eastern Mangroves.
The list of guests who attended the reception included: H.E. Rashed Al-Baloushi (ADX), Deline Pereira (Air Canada), Shamis Al-Dhaheri (Ali & Sons), Firas Mallah (Bank of Montreal), Peter Lawton (CAE), Omar Al Hashmi (Canada-UAE Business Council), Mike Cessford (CCC), Mahmoud Awad (Concorde Corodex), Desmond Hatton (Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi), Mohamed Wakeb (Fairmont Bab Al Bahr), Andre Sayegh (First Gulf Bank), Maher Ezzeddine(Ideanco), H.E. Juma Al-Kait (Ministry of Economy), Aiham Al Khatib (PAL), Ziad Awad (SNC-Lavalin Interational), Jack Matar (Toledo Engineering and Mechanical Works) . The list of guests who were not be able to attend include delegates from: Apparel Group, Awazen Medical Centre, Bombardier Specialized Aircraft, Etihad Airways, General Dynamics Mission Systems.
In a short speech, Mr. Gregory Zoughbi, CBC Board Member and Head of Memberships and Sponsorships thanked the CBC sponsors for their support and stated that the reception was organized to thank and honor them for their contribution to CBC whether in cash or in kind. Gregory also introduced HE Ambassador Husain and invited him to make a speech.
HE welcomed the guests, emphasized the importance of CBC role in the UAE Business community as a catalyst; he also updated the invitees on the latest Canadian government news, namely the re-shuffling of Cabinet and naming of Chrystia Freeland as foreign minister to replace Mr. Stephane Dion. Ms. Freeland was replaced by Francois-Philippe Champagne . Furthermore, The Ambassador mentioned the appointment of Somali-born Ahmed Hussen as immigration minister, replacing John McCallum. HE elaborated on how Mr. Hussen immigrated to Canada when he was 16 years old as a refugee from Somalia and is now serving as a Minister in the Canadian government. He said:”This is Canada, this is who we are”!
Mr. Zoughbi then introduced Mr. Jack Matar, CBC Board Chairman and Platinum sponsor to make his remarks. Mr. Matar welcomed the thanked HE Masud Husain and his wife Leila for their hospitality in hosting the event and addressed the guests, highlighting the importance of sponsorships in the survival of CBC; he also encouraged the sponsors to spread the word to their acquaintances, friends and contacts to join CBC and support the efforts the Council approach in bringing together Canadian and local business communities. Mr. Zoughbi then stated that Mr. Matar will be handing certificates of appreciation to every sponsoring organization . Mr. Matar handed the certificates and paused for pictures with each company representative. More group pictures were taken. The reception resumed in a warm ambiance until 8:30pm.
The Embassy of Canada to the United Arab Emirates, and the Canadian Business Council of Abu Dhabi (CBC), organized the annual ADIPEC networking event on Tuesday, 8 November 2016, at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr. The event included more than 200 business executives from the Canadian and UAE business community, including CBC members and delegations from Canadian companies that participated at ADIPEC.
H. E. Masud Husain, Ambassador of Canada to the UAE, made the welcoming remarks and boasted the efforts of H. E. Dr. Sultan Al Jaber and his commitment to make for new partnerships. His goal is to enhance opportunities for business relationships based on capacity, experience and expertise in the Oil and Gas sector, therefore creating opportunities. The Ambassador also discussed the optimism in the UAE that goes beyond the price of oil, which translates into more initiatives and activity on all economic fronts.
Mr. Jack Matar, CBC Chairman discussed the role of CBC in strengthening the business relationships between Canada and the UAE. He recognized the importance of ADIPEC in offering opportunities for visiting Canadian companies to close business deals. He concluded by thanking CBC annual sponsors, SNC-Lavalin as the networking event’s sponsor, and the Ambassador. He introduced Dr. Ziad Awad, SNC-Lavalin’s Senior Vice President (SVP) and Head of Region, Middle East, India and Africa.
Dr. Awad introduced ADIPEC and presence, being the region’s largest Canadian company with 12,000 employees working across several disciplines including mining, metallurgical infrastructure and power. SNC-Lavalin is active in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, India and Iraq. He discussed SNC-Lavalin’s continued relationship with Saudi Aramco by providing general engineering services for their oil and gas facilities. Dr. Awad highlighted that SNC-Lavalin can offer any support and can help customers reach their goals by working together to efficiently achieve the desired results. They are working continuously toward strengthening relationships to generate positive interaction in the field.
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