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Dear CBC Members,

As the newly elected Chairman of the Canadian Business Council of Dubai and the Northern Emirates, I am very pleased to introduce the new Board for 2021-2022 and outline some of our goals and objectives for this year. The team contains some familiar names and a number of new ones, all of them bring a remarkable skill set and passion for the CBC and Dubai’s Canadian community.

We have two ex-officio members of the Executive Committee:  Ruda Borkotoky, former CBC Chairman, and Lindsay Margenau the recently appointed Senior Trade Commission and representative for the Canadian Consulate. Lindsay brings a wealth of international experience to the role and we are all very excited to work with her in the months ahead.


We are also grateful to be supported by the most capable office team of any business council in the UAE, led by Executive Director, Diana Szyszka Pompei, Operations Manager, Sangita Bhatia, and Liaison Intern, Angela Raj.


It should not be a surprise to learn that 2020 was a very challenging year. However, we focused on the fundamentals, carefully managed our finances, innovated new programs, moved events to digital, and laid the foundation for a recovery/growth program during the better times ahead. A big THANK YOU! to Ruda and last year’s Board for all their hard work last year managing that process. We have big plans for this year with a full schedule of events and will be spending the summer organizing and preparing for a very busy fall and winter.


Of course, this year is like no other with EXPO 2020 ready to begin and we have already begun collaborating with the Consulate, CABC, CUBC, and CBC Abu Dhabi on an ambitious list of activities during EXPO; many of which are planned to take place at the Canadian EXPO pavilion. Stay tuned for updates and announcements coming soon!

Please feel free to share your thoughts on how the CBC can support you and your business better by reaching out to me or any of the members of my team at our emails above.

I hope you have a fantastic summer and a great year ahead, and I look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events or the Canadian EXPO pavilion.   If you are not already following us on social media, then I highly recommend that you do by clicking here: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn & YouTube

Colin Beaton