Board and Executive Team

Our Board


 

Gregory Zoughbi
Chairperson 

Director of Business Development
L3Harris Technologies
Gregory (Greg) Zoughbi is the Chairperson of the Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi and is Director of Business Development for L3Harris Technologies. Throughout his career, he held positions of increased responsibility in strategy and business development, project management, consulting, and engineering of mission-critical systems with organizations including UAE Center of Excellence, CAE Inc., General Dynamics, and BMW. A published author with multiple awards and professional certifications, he has an MBA from Alliance Manchester Business School, a master’s in electrical engineering from Carleton University, and s bachelor’s in computer engineering from McGill University.

Brij Bali
Vice Chairperson

President & CEO
International Talent Hub Inc.


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. 

   

Hans Fraikin
Secretary  |  Inter-Council Liaison

CEO
Libra Project Asset Management

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.

   

Sameer Khoury
Treasurer


Sameer Khoury is a seasoned finance and commercial executive with over 20 years of international experience in a multitude of industries: engineering and construction (EPC), oil & gas, large infrastructure and PPPs, financial services, aviation and public accounting. He began his career in a public accounting firm in Canada, joined Northwest Airlines head office and then TCF bank, both in the USA. In 2006, he moved back to Canada, joined the international EPC contractor, SNC-Lavalin head office at MontrĂ©al, Canada and assumed different roles with increased responsibilities and most recently as VP commercial & risk heading the oil & gas operations in the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa). A Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) from CPA Canada as well as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) in the United States, Sameer also a graduate of Executive Masters in Business Administration (EMBA) and a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University – John Molson School of Business in MontrĂ©al, Canada. 


Majd Abu Zant
Director

Chief Operating Officer
UE Medical Services


Majd Abu Zant has an extensive background in healthcare management, and brings a wealth of international and regional experience to UEMedical’s network of hospitals and clinics. Since joining in 2007, he has been a driving force behind the successful collaborations with leading international healthcare providers, creating strong partnerships to enhance and promote quality healthcare services in the UAE. In his role as Chief Operating Officer of UEMedical, and CEO of HealthPlus Medical Services, he oversees the planning and execution of key healthcare projects across the group. Mr. Abu Zant holds a Master’s degree in Healthcare Management from the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland (RCSI) and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Immunology from McGill University, Canada.


Antoine Chamy
Director of Membership

Group Administration and Insurance Director
Al Jaber Group

Antoine Chamy has over 35 years of experience with a worldwide knowledge and contacts in different field, including insurance, healthcare and big contracts negotiation.  His role in Al Jaber Group covers taking care of all insurance matters including claim recovery of the group, negotiating and underwriting all insurance contracts with local and international insurance companies, risk management analysis and consultancy, and evaluation, adjustment and settlement of claims.  In 1998, he was assigned the administration department and started taking care of all administrative matters such as general coordination between all departments and offices, custodian of all legal documents, as well as, transactions and business records analyzing and organizing office operations and procedures, and, placing advertising and promotions orders. He organized all Al Jaber group events as well as representing and promoting the Group in different events. He was also the Chairman consultant in many issues, and taking care of his private affairs, including aircrafts and real estate purchase. In 1992, Antoine Chamy was in the board of directors of Union Franco Arabe d'Assurance (UFA), an insurance company created in Saudi Arabia, and having its Head Office in Beirut.




Dhia Hussain
Director 

Head, Client Relations
Al Masaood Power Division

Dhia Hussain has over 35 years of experience in the areas of Technical and Project management, ship building, strategic planning and organizational excellence. He was involved in Major projects as project manager with ADNOC and other companies in the region. Passionate about energy efficiency in the marine market by promoting niche technologies. Active in organizational excellence program in Abu Dhabi & Dubai through the role of team leader in Sheik Khalifa excellence award, Dubai Health Authority and other private & governmental entities. Dhia Hussain is UK Bachler graduate in Marine Engineering and master’s in project management.


Kimberli Jeffery
Director 

Vice President Healthcare and Innovation
KB Nordic Consulting

Kimberli Jeffery is a Canadian born and raised healthcare professional that came to the region with the intention, like many, to stay for a short period. Twelve years, two kids, four management positions in hospitals, medical devices, and software industries, and quite a few moves later, she finds herself back in Abu Dhabi with a renewed sense of excitement for where healthcare is headed in the region. She currently holds the title of VP, Healthcare and Innovation at KBNordic Consulting, and focuses mainly on bringing new and innovative technologies from The Nordic and Canadian regions, helping them to establish connections, funding, distributorship, strategy, regional representation and set up, marketing and organizational support. Other interests that this new board member would be more than happy to discuss with you include biohacking, hockey (Canadians don’t feel the need to specify “ice”;), do we?), and her love of all things fitness, especially Crossfit.



Carol Milne
Director 

Business Development Consultant
Total Solutions


Carol 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 Canadian Business Council Recognition Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Canadian Business Community.



Tim Penketh
Director 

Founder and CEO
TheFutureEconomy.ca


Tim Penketh is the Founder and CEO of TheFutureEconomy.ca, a digital media that interviews top Canadian leaders to define a strong vision for Canada’s future economy. This is the second successful media he has founded after spending the last 16 years living and working around the world: East and Central Asia, North and Sub-Saharan Africa, East and Western Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, North America and the Middle East. It is during this decade and a half on the road that he gained invaluable journalism experience covering countries and industries on all four corners of the globe for highly respected international business titles. Tim holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and speaks English, French, Spanish, Japanese and Italian.
 


Alex George
Embassy Representative

Counsellor (Commercial) and Trade Program Manager
Embassy of Canada in the UAE

Alex George has been the Trade Program Manager at the Embassy of Canada in Abu Dhabi since August 2019. Prior to this assignment he was the Senior Trade Commissioner at the Consulate General of Canada in Ho Chi Minh City from 2016-2019, where he led a team dedicated to assisting Canadian companies pursue business opportunities in Vietnam. Previously, he worked in the Investment Trade Policy division at Global Affairs Canada where he negotiated investment provisions in Canada’s free trade agreements, including the original Transpacific Partnership (TPP). From 2010-2013 he was posted at the Embassy of Canada in Manila where he led the Office of Liaison with the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He has had headquarters assignments with Global Affairs Canada as a Desk Officer for Southeast Asia and also in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) unit where he worked on Canada’s first CSR policy in the extractive sector. Prior to joining the Canadian government, he worked in the private sector as a telecommunications engineer. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and an MBA specialising in International Business from McGill University. 

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