The Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on 14 June 2017 at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Abu Dhabi where Mr. Jack Matar, Chairman of the CBC Abu Dhabi, welcomed the CBC members and guests. After introducing the CBC Board of Directors and executive team, Mr. Matar presented the improvements made to the new CBC website as well as reporting on the increased number of visitors on our social media portals. Mr. Maher Ezzeddine, Vice Chairman, took the stage to present the CBC Corporate Strategy (Vision 2030) with its four pillars of excellence creating the strategic purpose of the council. Mr. Gregory Zoughbi, member of the Board, reported on the membership, sponsorship and events. Mr. Zoughbi stated that even though we have witnessed a drop in the individual and corporate memberships, the CBC Abu Dhabi was able to display great adaptability by maintaining the same level of annual sponsors, restructuring the sponsorship agreements with hotels, focusing on event sponsorship and increasing the number of guests to its events. Therefore, CBC quickly changed its approach to best suit the existing market conditions and concentrating on events that were more valuable. Mr. Brij Bali, member of the Board, then reported on the increase in revenue resulted from these events, and how the council was able to reduce its expenses due to an efficient cost-cutting strategy. The AGM then concluded with the CBC moving to approve the audited financial report FY 2016/2017 and the honorary auditor, Deloitte.

During the meeting, the Election Committee initiated the election of three Board of Directors vacant positions. As results of nominations, discussions and voting, three members of the Board were elected, namely: Mrs. Christine Belanger, Mrs. Rana Kabbara and Mr. James Wilson. Following the 2017 AGM, the Board of Directors went straight to business to form a strong team with an objective to plan and deliver a strong 2017/2018 business year.

The new CBC Abu Dhabi Board of Directors for the business year 2017/2018 is comprised of:

CBC Board of Directors
  Gregory Zoughbi


Senior Business Development Manager

Harris International

  Carol Milne

Vice Chairwoman

Business Development Consultant

Total Solutions

  Brij Bali


Program Operations and Development Manager

Emirates Foundation

  Essam Azar

Head of Events Committee

  James Wilson

Head of Membership Committee


General Dynamics Mission Systems Canada

  Christine Belanger

Head of Communications Committee

Vice-President, Performance Management

Mubadala Investment Company

  Rana Kabbara

Head of Administration Committee


BOLD Solutions Provider

  Hans Fraikin

Board Member


Libra Project Asset Management

  Ronan Caillo

Embassy Representative

Counsellor (Commercial)

Embassy of Canada

Jack Matar

Past Chairman

Managing Director

Toledo Mechanical and Electrical Co.

Congratulations to the new Board of Directors! The Canadian Business Council Abu Dhabi looks forward to continued collaboration throughout the coming year.