Board and Executive Team

Our Board


Gregory Zoughbi
Chairman of the Board

Senior Business Development Manager
Head of Business Development
Harris Corporation
Gregory Zoughbi is a Canadian business executive based in Abu Dhabi, UAE since 2008. He held various leadership positions in business development, business and technology consulting, project management and engineering. He currently leads business development for Harris International Inc., and his previous appointments included Director of ICT Consulting and Deputy for President of Center of Excellence (CoE) at Knowledge Point (KP). He also held various positions with General Dynamics Mission Systems Canada in Ottawa, Canada, CAE Inc. in Montreal, Canada, and BMW Financial Services in Munich, Germany.

Carol Milne
Vice Chair & Head of Events Committee

Business Development Consultant
Total Solutions

Mrs. Milne was the founder, owner and president of a successful Canadian accounting and income tax company in 1988. The company was sold in 1998, when she moved to the UAE. Prior to this, Carol worked in the banking industry for many years. Carol has over 25 years’ experience in organizing events, including receptions with up to 5,000 guests, and in planning, organizing and managing company presence at trade exhibitions. Carol has organized & executed several receptions in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, hosted by the Government of Ontario. In April 2014, Carol and her husband Malcolm were honoured by the Canadian Business Council’s Annual Gala in Abu Dhabi and were the recipients of the Maple Leaf Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Canadian Business Community.


Hans Fraikin
Board Secretary & Inter-Council Liasion

Hans Fraikin was born in Montreal, Canada, but he is a citizen of the world, having lived and worked in 10 countries around the globe (Canada, USA, France, England, Switzerland, Sweden, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, and the UAE). As a result, he speaks four languages and is renown as a “cultural decoder”. He has experience in the private sector (Twentieth Century Fox; ViaCarla technologies), in the public sector (Telefilm Canada), and in the non-for-profit sector with the Quebec Film and Television Council, where he was the CEO and commissioner for the last decade. Mr. Fraikin has served on many Boards, including the AFCI (Association of Film Commissioners International) in Los Angeles, the OCCQ (l’Observatoire de la culture et des communications du Quebec) and the CBC (Canadian Business Council) Abu Dhabi.


Brij Bali

Program Operations and Development Manager
Emirates Foundation

Brij Bali has been in the UAE since 2005 and has been actively engaged in leading national youth development programs and initiatives, including a short period as Interim Trade Commissioner (Education) at the Embassy of Canada, Abu Dhabi. In Canada, Brij has held positions in academia as Registrar and Vice President of Student Services, including President of a leading information technology college in Toronto. Brij holds an MBA degree from IMD (Switzerland) and is a Doctoral (DBA) candidate at the University of Bath, U.K. and sits on various Boards and national committees.


James Wilson
Head of Membership Committee

Program Manager
General Dynamics Mission Systems

James Wilson has worked at General Dynamics Mission Systems Canada for over 23 years in a variety of roles and responsibilities such as System Engineering, Project Management, and Business Development. In addition to many years working on Canadian Programs, James has worked internationally in the United States, United Kingdom, and currently is residing in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Over the last 5 years James has been working in Business Development on behalf of GDMS International. James has worked with GDMS-C and Local Partners to form a UAE Joint Venture – General Dynamics Mission Systems – Middle East in support of new business for GDMS Canada and International business units. 


Aiham Alkhatib
Head of Communications & Marketing Committee

Regional Marketing Manager
PAL Aerospace

Aiham Alkhatib is a Canadian business executive who grew up in the UAE and lived 10+ years in Canada. He has been working in the Aerospace and Defence industry internationally for almost a decade. Mr. Alkhatib has worked with PAL Aerospace (Canada) and Local Partners to establish and grow a UAE Joint Venture – PAL Aerospace Services Aircraft Maintenance LLC and is currently in the position of Business Development & Marketing Manager. In his role, he is responsible of various functions some of which are pursuing new business regionally, building proposals, leading international tradeshows and exhibitions, managing Offsets program for the UAE entity with Tawazun Economic Council (TEC) in the UAE.

Mr. Alkhatib has been an Ambassador as well as board member in various non-for-profit organizations. These include, the Halifax International Student Society, Canadian Syrian Association of the Atlantic Region, Halifax Refuge Clinic and the Canadian Business Council Abu Dhabi.


Rana Kabara
Head of Administration Committee

Managing Director
Bold Solutions Provider

Rana Kabbara is the founder of BOLD Solutions Provider focusing on Business Organization and Leadership Development.  Rana brings over 20 years of practical experience including leadership development, human capital advisory, management consultancy, coaching, training and lecturing in Canada and the Middle East. She is the author of the book “Leading with Elegance, Leading Self to Leading Others, Aisha and Hamad in the workplace” written and published in Arabic language helping local talent on their career journey. Rana has consulted for global powerhouses including PricewaterhouseCoopers, IBM Business Consulting Services, Grant Thornton and was an HR Advisor for a Governmental Entity in Abu Dhabi before establishing BOLD Solutions Provider. Her areas of expertise include: leadership development, human capital management, organizational development, and process improvement.


Essam Azar
Board Member

Vice President, Government Relations & Business Development
Canada-UAE Business Council (C-UBC)

Essam Azar is one of the founding members of the Canadian Business Council of Abu Dhabi and has been working in the UAE since 1997. During his almost 20 years in Abu Dhabi, he has held senior positions in both the Public & Private Sectors. He was Head of International Relations with Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry where he spent almost 10 years working with statemen, dignitaries and top-level government officials. Before joining AABAR Investments, as Corporate Affairs Advisor in the Chairman’s Office, Mr. Azar spent 6 years as a General Manager of a private logistics & general trading business and was, at the same time, a free-lance business development consultant assisting local as well as international companies in setting up their businesses in the UAE. 


Ronan Caillo
Ex-officio, Embassy Representative

Counsellor (Commercial) and Trade Program Manager
Embassy of Canada

Ronan Caillo interest for international relations and his experience in consulting and investment promotion led him to join the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development in March 2009, as a trade commissioner. His assignments in Ottawa included Liaison Officer within the Minister of International Trade’s Office, Sr Policy Advisor for the Assistant Deputy Minister for Strategic Policy and Planning and Chief Strategist of the department, as well as a short stint in the Strategic Policy Bureau. He was posted to the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles as Trade Commissioner in February 2011, and cross posted to Abu Dhabi in August 2015.From 2005 to 2009 he held the position of Director - Europe at Montreal International, the investment promotion agency of the Greater Montreal. Through his many experiences, he has extensive knowledge of the needs of businesses and strong skills to assess trends and processes of international business affairs.


Jack Matar
Ex-officio, Past Chairman

Managing Director
Toledo Mechanical and Electrical Works

Jack Matar is the co-founder and Managing Director of Toledo and its group of companies. Toledo, established in the United Arab Emirates in 1989, operates out of Abu Dhabi covering the MENA region as an EPC Contractor providing Engineering and Industrial Contracting services within the Oil & Gas, Petro-Chemical, Power Generation and Distribution, Water Desalination and District Cooling. Married to Lina and having 3 children, one residing in Montreal and the other 2 holding executive roles within Toledo, Jack, is a founding member of the CBC- Abu Dhabi and served on the Board as a member, Vice Chairman, Chairman and past Chairman.

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Sheena Viado
Operations Coordinator

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