More than a dozen Canadian business executives have volunteered for the Membership and Sponsorship Committee since the first call for volunteers went out on Tuesday, 14 June 2016. The members have been discussing various items of relevance to sponsors and members, covering the complete sponsorship and membership cycles through the delivery of benefits to sponsors and members.

In its most recent meeting, selected members of the Membership and Sponsorship Committee met to discuss raising cash and gift sponsors for the Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi Thanksgiving Brunch, which will be held at noon on Friday, 28 October 2016 at Beach Rotana Hotel Abu Dhabi. The CBC Thanksgiving Brunch is one of CBC’s signature events of the year; several hundred individuals that represent CBC sponsors, members, their business associates and families attend this annual event to give thanks for all the good things in life and to help those in need.

Picture Caption: Selected members of CBC’s membership and sponsorship committee met to discuss the sponsorship strategy for the Canadian Thanksgiving Brunch at noon on 28 October 2016 at Beach Rotana Hotel Abu Dhabi. From left to right: Jean-Paul (JP) Sirois, Senior Advisor at Business Instincts Group; James Wilson, Manager at General Dynamics (GD) Mission Systems, Gregory (Greg) Zoughbi, Board Member and Head of Sponsorship and Membership Committee at Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi; Hans Fraikin, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of RoHan Media and Former Managing Director and Film Commissioner for the Quebec Film and Television Council. Other committee members not pictured include Zaheer Jiwani, Etihad Guest Marketing Manager at Etihad Airways.

“Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has consistently ranked Canada within the top four countries worldwide in its annual World Giving Index rankings, which are based on the criteria of volunteering time, donating money and helping strangers. I am unsurprisingly pleased to see this giving spirit across CBC Abu Dhabi members in the UAE, which is also one of the most giving countries in the world,” said Mr. Gregory Zoughbi, CBC Abu Dhabi Board Member and Head of the Membership and Sponsorship Committee.

Mr. Zoughbi added that “through the help of CBC’s community, we are now able to offer better services to our members and sponsors. We welcome any person who is passionate about CBC’s mission and wishes to volunteer in any area of mutual interest. This volunteer committee has so far prioritized strategic initiatives, and we look forward to increasing our emphasis on executing the initiatives, managing relationships, and performing supporting financial analysis in order to best serve the business interests of CBC’s members and sponsors.”

Anyone interested in volunteering as part of the Membership and Sponsorship Committee, or in sponsoring the CBC Thanksgiving Brunch, is encouraged to express their interest by contacting CBC via