About – Leadership 2021-05-23T11:00:33+00:00

Beth Hirshfeld

CUBC President

Beth Hirshfeld is the President of the Canada-UAE Business Council (CUBC), a business advocacy organization committed to advancing stronger trade and investment between Canada and the United Arab Emirates.
A Canadian based in Dubai since 2014, Beth previously served as the Executive Director of the Canadian Business Council of Dubai and the Northern Emirates (CBC) for 3.5 years and later as a member of its Executive Committee. In this role, she supported businesses to develop commercial and governmental networks and strategic alliances, to understand local practices and regulations, and to grow their businesses successfully in the UAE.
Prior to living in Dubai, Beth practiced as a lawyer at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Toronto, Canada, and was a Senior Policy Advisor and Chief of Staff to the Ministers of Finance and Citizenship & Immigration with the Ontario Government. In these roles, she was responsible for implementing and managing stakeholder relations around several critical government and business initiatives, including managing the services transformation process to ensure the sustainability of public services during the 2008 global financial crisis and beyond.

Musabbeh Al Kaabi
CUBC Co-Chair / CEO, UAE Investments, Mubadala Investment Company

Musabbeh is the Chief Executive Officer of Mubadala’s UAE Investments platform. The platform contributes to the acceleration of the UAE’s economic transformation, and investing in national world class champions, fostering vibrant industrial and commercial clusters, and partnering with world-class global entities. He is also a member of Mubadala’s Investment Committee, playing a strategic role advising on all major investment decisions related to the full range of the Company’s sectors and businesses.
Prior to his current role, Musabbeh was responsible for the company’s substantial international energy portfolio as CEO of the Petroleum & Petrochemicals platform from 2017 to 2020. As CEO, Musabbeh oversaw an integrated energy portfolio of investments valued in excess of $40 billion USD with over 10 asset companies operating along the value chain. He also served the Group as CEO of Mubadala Petroleum, Mubadala’s wholly owned exploration and Production Company, from 2014 to 2017. During his tenure, he successfully led the company through a challenging period of declining commodity prices, locking in significant cost efficiencies and operational improvements whilst high grading the portfolio to focus on value-adding assets and maintaining an exemplary health and safety record. He joined Mubadala Petroleum in 2013 as Chief Growth Officer, responsible for new business development, mergers & acquisitions and exploration.
Musabbeh began his career at the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) where he spent 16 years during which he held a series of increasingly senior technical and managerial roles, rising to lead ADNOC’s Exploration Division. In 2005, he had a cross posting with Shell in the Netherlands where he joined as a Geophysicist for a year.

Jean Charest

CUBC Co-Chair / Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

With a public service career spanning almost 30 years, Jean Charest is one of Canada’s best known political figures. He has served both federally and provincially as Deputy Prime Minister of Canada and Premier of Québec.
Mr. Charest was first elected to the House of Commons in 1984 and, at age 28, became Canada’s youngest cabinet minister as Minister of State for Youth. In 1991, he was named Minister of the Environment and Minister of Industry and Deputy Prime Minister of Canada in 1993.  The following year, he was chosen Leader of the federal Progressive Conservative Party.
Mr. Charest became the Leader of the Quebec Liberal Party in 1998. He then broke a 50-year provincial record by winning three consecutive election campaigns in 2003, 2007, and 2008.  Furthermore, the Charest government initiated an unprecedented labour mobility agreement between France and Québec and was best known for a major initiative for the sustainable development of Northern Québec called “Plan Nord”.  Jean Charest is notably the initiator of the negotiation for the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA).
He is today a Partner at Canadian law firm McCarthy Tétrault, where he provides invaluable expertise to the firm’s clients with his in-depth knowledge and experience with public policy, corporate Canada, and international matters.
In 2019, Jean Charest was named Special envoy for the Canadian Prime Minister in the race to win a seat on the United Nations Security Council. More recently, he has joined the Wilson Center border task force which studies the issue of US-Canadian cross border travel restrictions.

Omar Al Hashmi

CUBC Vice Chair / Executive Director of Transmission and Distribution, TAQA Global

Omar Al Hashmi serves as the Executive Director of TAQA’s Transmission & Distribution business, a position he has held since July 2020. In this role, he oversees the company’s diverse portfolio of transmission and distribution assets.
Prior to his role at TAQA, Omar Al Hashmi was Executive Director – Asset Management at Abu Dhabi Power Corporation (ADPower), where he supported the development of the company’s transformation plan, structure and governance. He previously held leadership positions in Etihad Airways and Mubadala Investment Company (Mubadala).
Al Hashmi holds a Master of Business Administration from the London Business School and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the George Washington University.

Jody Becker

CUBC Vice Chair / Chief Strategy Officer, Executive Vice President Infrastructure Services & Technology, EllisDon

As Chief Strategy Officer, Jody oversees strategic planning for EllisDon. She works in collaboration with EllisDon’s senior management and Board of Directors to forecast areas of growth and to develop execution plans. Working directly with the CEO, Jody guides the development of EllisDon’s annual strategic planning report and works with all operational divisions to monitor progress with respect to short and long term objectives.
As Executive Vice President of Infrastructure Services & Technology, Jody is responsible for all of EllisDon’s Services divisions including Facilities Services, Energy & Digital Services, Project Management, Furniture Equipment & Design and Sustainable Building Solutions. Jody’s teams are responsible for delivering EllisDon’s “Cradle to Grave” strategy, providing solutions to EllisDon’s clients at all stages of a project’s lifecycle and complementing our core construction business.
Jody is also responsible for overseeing EllisDon’s Energy & Digital Services (EDS) division which is focused on creating smart and connected infrastructure. Comprised of network architects and systems integrators, the EDS team has quickly become a leader in Smart City technology. With the intent of making EllisDon Canada’s most technologically advanced builder, the EDS team works collaboratively with owners, developers, builders and operators to design, build, integrate and maintain intelligent infrastructure.

Cyrus Reporter

CUBC Secretary / Partner, Gowling WLG

Cyrus is a Partner with the international law firm Gowling WLG.
Cyrus is one of Canada’s leading public policy practitioners, with more than twenty-five years of high-ranking experience in both the public and private sectors. Cyrus assists clients in solving public policy, regulatory and business challenges. He is active in the firm’s initiatives in the United Arab Emirates and is co-lead for the firm’s India initiative. Cyrus also advises clients on a range of compliance issues relating to lobbying laws, conflict of interest provisions for public office holders, gifting and hospitality rules, and political advertising and donation provisions.
Prior to joining the firm in February 2017, Cyrus served as Senior Adviser to Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada. He also served as Chief of Staff to Mr. Trudeau in his capacity as Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. He served as a key advisor to Mr. Trudeau in the 2015 federal election campaign and then as a member of Mr. Trudeau’s transition team preparing to assume government. In his role as Senior Advisor, Cyrus was the lead advisor from the Office of the Prime Minister on a variety of government wide initiatives.
Cyrus co-chaired the national public policy practice of another global law firm for a decade from 2003 to 2013.
Between 1994 and 2003, Cyrus held several senior political staff positions in the Government of Canada, including Chief of Staff to the federal Ministers of Health and Industry, as well as to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.

Aziz Shariff

CUBC Finance Chair / CEO, Trimark Capital Group

Mr. Aziz Shariff is the Chairman of Trimark Capital Group which runs a Family Office out of Dubai. Trimark is actively involved in investments, particularly in Natural Resources in a number of countries around the globe. He was a former Chairman of the FOCUS Humanitarian Agency which is a part of the Aga Khan Development Network. He was the Senior Advisor to Aga Khan Museum based in Toronto. Mr. Shariff is a UK Qualified Chartered Accountant.