Nour Kechacha is the President of the Canada-UAE Business Council (CUBC), an initiative spearheaded by the federal governments of Canada and the United Arab Emirates to advance bilateral trade relations and foster investments between the two countries.
A Canadian based in Abu Dhabi, Nour most recently served as an Advisor to two Canadian Ministers of Foreign Affairs and served for three years as a senior aide in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Office. In these roles, and among other important projects, she oversaw during the pandemic Canada’s largest peacetime repatriation effort and managed strategic partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors around critical government initiatives.
Nour’s previous experiences also include positions at the House of Commons of Canada and at the National Council on Canada-Arab Relations, where she led the activities of the organization dedicated to promoting cooperation between Canada and the Arab World.
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.
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.
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.
CUBC Secretary / Partner, Gowling WLG
A partner in Gowling WLG’s Hamilton office, Tim Ross helps clients navigate domestic and international corporate, finance, restructuring and regulatory matters.
His practice is focused on domestic and cross-border M&A, financing and restructuring transactions, as well as the establishment and operation of private investment funds.
Before returning to Canada in 2014, Tim spent five years in London and nine years in Dubai. During that time, he served in progressive leadership roles for a UK Magic Circle firm, a leading US-based global firm, and as Dubai Managing Partner of an international firm.
Tim has also served as the general editor of Financial Services Regulation in the Middle East published by Oxford University Press.
CUBC Finance Chair / CEO, Trimark Capital Group