The Canada-UAE Business Council was a joint vision in 2013 by the foreign
ministers of Canada and the UAE. It was established as a key organisation
responsible for advancing the prosperity pillar of bilateral relationship. The
CUBC stems from earlier moves to improve the overall bilateral relationship
in the areas of prosperity, and security, development. The Memorandum of
Understanding on Economic Cooperation, Trade and Investment signed be-
tween Canada and the UAE in 2009 is a key foundational agreement guiding
the relationship for the past decade.
Recently, high-level government meetings have increased in frequency and
initiatives to spur trade and investment are again priorities. In September
2016, Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, UAE Minister of Economy, and Chrystia
Freeland, who was then Canadian Minister of International Trade, chaired
the preparatory meeting of the first joint economic committee of the UAE and
Canada in Ottawa, Canada. Learn more.
In March 2017, Canada’s former Minis-
ter of International Trade Francois Champagne and H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin
Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
for the UAE, and co-founder of the CUBC, met to discuss ways of enhancing
bilateral trade and investment relations. Learn more.
In May 2018, the UAE Embassy in Ottawa hosted a delegation of five UAE Ministers (H.H. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; H.E.. Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy; H.E. Dr. Ahmad Bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al Falsai, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills; H.E. Shamma Bin Suhail Faris Al Mazrui, Minister of Youth; H.E. OMar Bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence). The group met with several companies and with 7 Canadian federal ministers during their visit. Several important joint announcements regarding visas, flights, space cooperation, foreign investment promotion and protections, and renewable energy were made. Learn more.
The CUBC hosts its board meeting in Calgary and organizes a large multi-sector delegation including its distinguished members and dignitaries (H.E. Suhail Al Mazrouei, UAE Energy Minister; H.E. Fahad Al Raqbani, UAE Ambassador to Canada; and H.E. Emmanuel Kamarianakis, former Canadian General Consul to Dubai and the Northern Emirates) to attend the Stampede Investment Forum and high-level roundtables; the first CUBC executive symposium, “Building upon Success” is held
The Honourable Jean Charest, Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP and Musabbeh Al Kaabi, CEO, Petroleum and Petrochemicals, Mubadala Investment Company are named co-chairs of the CUBC
CUBC board meeting in Abu Dhabi and CUBC board members participate in the Mubadala Business Forum; the new CUBC president and executive director, Mustafa Sahin, is appointed; the CUBC’s permanent office is established in Toronto’s Financial District at 161 Bay Street
The CUBC’s semi-annual board meeting in Toronto to coincide with a visit to
Canada by H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign
Affairs and International Cooperation
MOU signing in Abu Dhabi
First meeting of the CUBC board in Montreal
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