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.
H.E. Masud Husain, Ambassador of Canada to the UAE
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.
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
In partnership with the Embassy of Canada to the UAE, CBC organized the Annual EduCanada University Fair with the presence of fifteen (15) Canadian universities and colleges on 30 November 2016 at Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi. The event was also sponsored and supported by The Councils of Ministers of Education of Canada (CMEC) and Futures Abroad.
H.E. Masud Husain, Ambassador of Canada to the UAE, opened the event with a ribbon cutting ceremony. He went on to make the welcome remarks and highlighted the commitment of Canada and the UAE to work together on enhancing the opportunities for more Emirati students to enroll in Canadian Universities. He went on to praise the quality of the education system in Canada. The Ambassador is a graduate of McGill University and his wife is a graduate of the Universite de Montreal, both of which are examples of world class Canadian Universities.
Representatives from participating Universities and Colleges had information booths and met with students and parents to provide them with more information about education opportunities in Canada.
The participating Universities were: MacEwan University, University of Ottawa, University of Manitoba, York University, University of Windsor, University of Waterloo, Thompson Rivers University, College of New Caledonia, Wilfred Laurier University, University of Alberta, Huron University College, Columbia College, Sheridan College, Seneca College, and Humber College
CBC held its annual Thanksgiving Brunch that Canadian and non-Canadians enjoyed with their families and friends. This year, almost two hundred (200) participants gathered in the Ballroom of Beach Rotana Hotel to mark this special occasion and reflect on the many blessings they ought to be thankful for. The Thanksgiving Brunch program was filled with activities and entertainment for adults and kids!
The event started with welcome remarks from the Ambassador of Canada to the UAE H. E. Masud Husain, CBC Chairman Mr. Jack Matar, and Mr. Gregory Zoughbi, CBC Board Member and Head of Membership and Sponsorship. They spoke about the importance of Thanksgiving and extended their own thanks including to CBC Sponsors and Members.
Mr. Matar took the opportunity to acknowledge the presence of Canada’s Ambassador to the UAE and invited him to speak. The Ambassador expressed his joy for being in the UAE and briefly spoke about his role in promoting business and strengthening ties between Canada and the UAE. The Canadian National Anthem was then sung by Ms. Tiyana Badwan, a student at The Abu Dhabi Grammar School (AGS) Canada. This was followed by an Irish dance performed by the AGS students all in black and in perfect synchronization. Later on during the event, AGS volunteers also danced the traditional Arabic Dabke to the joy of those present.
The event’s Master of Ceremony (MC) was CBC Board Member Ms. Christine Belanger. She kicked off the entertainment program by announcing and giving out door prizes, vouchers for hotels, restaurants, spa and boat cruises, courtesy of the sponsors. Then everybody was invited to the Buffet where succulent food 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, and a slide show of beautiful Canadian scenery, other raffles were held! Prizes were even hidden under seats as guests turned their chairs upside-down with laughter looking for Canadian flag stickers that signaled awards! A silent auction was simultaneously taking place for a Golf game offered by Yas links, which was won by the Ambassador! A pair of Etihad Airways tickets were also won by Mr. Gary Reid, who thanked CBC and indicated that he will be using them for his honeymoon.
Meanwhile, the kids were meanwhile having their share of fun in a separate room, with entertainers painting faces, braiding hair, organizing games, and introducing their favorite mascots. They were then taught how to play drums and towards the end of the event, the whole Africa Tam Tam band walked toward the Ballroom with the kids holding their mini drums; they sat on the dance floor in a circle and started playing with the band. The kids were handed gift bags as they were leaving with their parents. Appreciation for the event was very generously expressed to the event organizers with a promise to the next CBC event!
The event was sponsored by Abu Dhabi Grammar School (Canada), which also donated precious gifts and performances. Other gifts were donated by Beach Rotana Hotel, Belevari Marine, Etihad Airways, Europcar, Hilton Corniche, Masaya Gifts, Pascal Tepper, Mrs. Simone Jucker, Spinneys, Tilal Liwa Hotel and Yas Links.
In addition to the tremendous support from AGS volunteers, a group of volunteers from New York University (NYU) supported the event from start to finish.
The Back to Business annual event was held this year at the Canadian Embassy, where members and non-members gathered for an opportunity to network and to meet the new Ambassador of Canada to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), H.E. Masud Husain. CBC Chairman, Mr. Jack Matar, welcomed the new Board members Mrs. Carol Milne, Mr. Brij Bali and Mr. Essam Azar and he announced the resignation of Mrs. Tanya Habib, the Board’s legal secretary, due to other commitments. He also recognized the presence of current CBC Platinum Sponsors: Bank of Montreal represented by Mr. Firas Mallah and Ideanco represented by Mr. Maher Ezzeddine. Mr. Matar also recognized the presence of CBC’s newest Gold Sponsors: Awazen Medical Center represented by Mr. Shamis Bin Ali Al Dhaheri, and Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi Hotel represented by Ms. Salwa Hussein and Mr. Hisham Obaidat. Mr. Matar then introduced H.E. Ambassador Masud Husain.
Ambassador Husain talked about his role in Abu Dhabi as a catalyst of UAE-Canada relationships, which continues to grow, and he highlighted in this context Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s recent visit to Canada and his meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Ambassador also mentioned that these initiatives are made on several levels: economic, cultural and educational. He also highlighted the emphasis on encouraging enrollment of Emirati students in Canadian Universities. He then acknowledged the presence of Mr. Omar Alhashimi, Co-Chairman of Canada-UAE Business Council (CUBC), and invited him to speak.
Mr. Alhashimi highlighted the importance of CUBC as a platform for cooperation between the two countries. He also highlighted the recent successful meetings that took place to strengthen the business ties between Canada and the UAE.
Mr. Gregory Zoughbi, CBC Board Member and Head of Membership and Sponsorship committee, then recognized CBC’s Platinum and Gold sponsors and thanked them for their support. Mr. Zoughbi went on to explain the benefits that CBC brings to sponsors and members, and invited non-members present at the event to have a conversation with CBC staff about the benefits that would be available to them. Mr. Zoughbi then called on Mr. Essam Azar, CBC Board Member and Head of the Events Committee, to announce the agenda of future CBC events. Mr. Azar thanked the Business to Business event sponsors: Cell Information Technology, Pascal Tepper Catering, Hyatt Capital Gate Hotel and Holiday Inn hotel as he raffled the prizes they generously donated amidst the excitement and winning anticipation. Mr. Roger Smibert from HISS Emirates won a laptop offered by Cell Information Technology.
Photos were taken with Ambassador Husain and networking continued in a relaxed and cheerful ambiance.
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