• 25 October 2017 11:11 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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, close to one hundred fifty (150) participants, including kids, gathered in the ballroom of Beach Rotana Hotel 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 welcome 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. Jennifer Lang. 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 Hussain, Ambassador of Canada to the UAE

    Once again, the Abu Dhabi Grammar School (AGS) student dance troupe entertained everyone. This year they delighted guests with an intricate Russian dance.  Their costumes were eye catching in red, black and white, and they danced in perfect synchronization. Later on during the event, AGS dance troupe showcased their diverse repertoire as they performed the traditional Meet Hala dance, to the joy of those present.

    The Abu Dhabi Grammar School (AGS) student dance troupe performing the traditional Meet Hala dance.

    Rev. Andy Thompson 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, and a slide show of beautiful Canadian scenery, a Certificate of Appreciation was presented to AGS, as the event sponsor, represented by Mrs. Fatima Assad, AGS Director. Certificates were also given to CBC ambassadors who were present, Jennifer Hasenknopf, Lydia Chinery-Hesse, and Nathalie Abou Chaaya. Rev. Thompson then took the stage and engaged the attendees with his magical tricks and a special “Canadian Raccoon’.

    Mrs. Fatima Assad, Director of Abu Dhabi Grammar School and Mr. Gregory Zoughbi, CBC Chairman


    The raffle followed.  Thanks to our many event donors, it included vouchers for hotels, restaurants, gold coins, dhow cruise, golf packages, photograph, and car rental packages.

    Meanwhile, the kids were having their share of fun in a separate room, with entertainers, face painting, organized games, and a bouncy castle.

    Mr. Hans Fraikin, CBC Board Member and Event’s Master of Ceremonies (MC)

    The event was sponsored by Abu Dhabi Grammar School (Canada), which also generously donated gifts and performances. Other gifts were donated by Beach Rotana Hotel, Europcar, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Hilton Corniche, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Tasweeri Photography, The Club and Yas Links.

    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.

    Student volunteers from the Abu Dhabi Grammar School (AGS) and New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD)


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  • 19 October 2017 16:33 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Back to Business annual event was held this year at the Embassy of Canada on 09 October 2017, where members and non-members gathered for an opportunity to network. CBC Vice Chair, Mrs. Carol Milne welcomed the members and guests and then introduced Mr. Gregory Zoughbi, CBC Chairman. Mr. Zoughbi welcomed the new CBC Board of Directors and recognized the presence of current CBC Platinum and Gold members. He stated the current initiatives of CBC such as the communities of interest (COI), namely; Aerospace, Defense and Security, Arts and Culture, Social Responsibility, and, Youth and Education, wherein members and guests can participate. CBC, currently, has five ambassadors who dedicate their time and effort in helping CBC. He also mentioned the upcoming events; Thanksgiving (14 October 2017), ADIPEC Networking Reception (14 November 2017) and 15thBusiness Groups Forum (21 November 2017). Mr. Zoughbi then introduced H.E. Mr. Masud Husain, Ambassador of Canada to the UAE.

    Mr. Gregory Zoughbi, CBC Chairman addresses the CBC members and guests.

    Ambassador Husain talked about opportunities on how Canadians can work together in the region. He also mentioned His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s last year’s visit to Canada and how this led to bi-lateral key initiatives on the economic, cultural and educational levels.


    H.E. Masud Husain, Ambassador of Canada to the UAE

    Mrs. Milne thanked the Back to Business event contributors, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr and Hilton Corniche, as she raffled the prizes they generously donated amidst the excitement and winning anticipation. Photos were taken with H.E. Ambassador Husain and networking continued in a relaxed and cheerful ambiance.

    From left to right: Jack Matar, Past Chairman of CBC Abu Dhabi, Essam Azar, CBC Board Member, Ronan Caillo, Counselor (Commercial) /Embassy of Canada Representative, Ziad Awad, Senior Vice President of SNC Lavalin, Carol Milne, CBC Vice Chair/Head of Events Committee, H.E. Masud Husain, Ambassador of Canada to the UAE, James Wilson, CBC Board Member/Head of Membership Committee, Gregory Zoughbi, CBC Chairman, Rana Kabbara, CBC Board Member/Head of Administration Committee, and Brij Bali, CBC Board Member/Treasurer.

  • 04 October 2017 15:36 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In line of the declaration of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, that 2017 is the Year of Giving, the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) visited the Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi and presented them with hundreds of publications.

    Mr. Ali Al Mazroui, Head of Public Relations Department of ECSSR, passed the greetings of His Excellency Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, Director General of ECSSR. He also thanked CBC Abu Dhabi for accepting the publications and offering to distribute them.

    Mr. Gregory Zoughbi, Chairman of CBC Abu Dhabi stated, “it is an honor and pleasure to host ECSSR today. CBC Abu Dhabi prides itself with its sense of community, and it will support ECSSR’s initiative by distributing the publications to interested members and relevant organizations”.

    From left to right: Mr. Gregory Zoughbi, Chairman of the Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi and Mr. Ali Al Mazroui, Head of Public Relations Department of The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR)


    About The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR)

    In a rapidly changing world, with new horizons and challenges expanding the scope of human activity at every turn, the wise leadership of the United Arab Emirates envisioned the creation of an advanced and independent research institution that would not only keep abreast with new developments at the political, economic and social spheres of human endeavor, but would also formulate the most suitable responses and strategies for keeping the UAE society ahead in the race of modernity. It was with this vision that the UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, established the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), a premier institution of its kind in the Middle East, which has ever since set new benchmarks of excellence and expertise in the field of strategic studies and research.

    At the heart of the Center’s mission is its adoption of a strategic and rational approach in addressing today’s and tomorrow’s pivotal and pressing issues. It also places a premium on rigorous discipline in the triumph of academic and scientific enterprise. In addition, the ECSSR’s core research group involves a cadre of well-educated nationals that derive a qualitative benefit from a specially designed program. The dedication and a sense of duty that characterize these young professionals is remarkable. In their development, they have cultivated a sense of initiative and courage that will undoubtedly light the path to an even greater future.

    Contact Numbers: 009712-4044444

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    About the Canadian Business Council Abu Dhabi

    Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi is a membership-based organization that represents businesspeople and companies in Canada and in the United Arab Emirates. CBC provides 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 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 both countries.

    To reach the Canadian Business Council or for more information about CBC’s membership and sponsorship benefits, please communicate via the contact page at or by email at

  • 02 September 2017 14:37 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ADDCI) hosted the Canadian Business Council (CBC) Abu Dhabi and other Abu Dhabi Business Councils at the Chamber’s office on 11 September 2017 to discuss the 15thBusiness Groups Forum, which will be held in 21 November 2017.

    The event co-hosts, the CBC Abu Dhabi and the Palestinian Business Council (PBC), laid out the plans and direction of the most-awaited event of the year. CBC Abu Dhabi Chairman, Mr. Gregory Zoughbi, and PBC Chairman, Mr. Jamal Abu Baker, expressed their enthusiasm on how the business councils are collectively supporting each other to make this event a success. They also expressed their appreciation to ADCCI for their continuous support to all the business councils and this event in particular.


    About the 15th Business Groups Forum

    The Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Canadian Business Council Abu Dhabi, and the Palestinian Business Council, are organizing the Business Councils Forum 2017 in Abu Dhabi by the end of November with the participation of more than 500 companies from more than 23 business councils operating in the emirate. These councils encompass thousands of companies from different sectors operating in Abu Dhabi.

    The forum aims at enhancing communication between business councils in Abu Dhabi, companies operating in the emirate and international ones in order to increase the role these councils and companies play in the sustainable and comprehensive economic development process in Abu Dhabi.  The Forum also aims to support the sectors that the economic plan focuses on to diversify income resources and to concentrate on a knowledge-based economy.

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