Khaled Al Sabawi is the wonderfully accomplished and impactful leader who was the keynote at CAI's Professional Development Conference for Canadian Arab Youth. He is a Canadian-Palestinian engineer and founder and president of MENA Geothermal and TABO Palestine.
Professional Development Conference for Canadian Arab Youth
The conference for Canadian Arab Youth held on Sept. 21, 2013 at the University of Toronto was a great success with over 200 people in attendance and many connections made.
Civil Society & Civic Participation Plenary
Suhail Abualsameed talks about his inspiring work as a human rights activist as Audrey Jamal, Areej Hasso and Jehad Aliweiwi look on
John Monahan addresses the crowd
John Monahan, executive director of the Mosaic Institute, moderated a panel discussion on civil society and civic participation.
Canadian Arab comedian Dave Merheje
Dave joked about his personal life
Enjoying the comedian
Dave Merheje had the crowd in stitches talking about his Arab-Canadian family life
From left discussing the best way to get into journalism (and what life looks like on the other side): Brady Wood, Kamal Al-Solaylee, Dr. Bessma Momani, Lama Aggad, and Pacinthe Mattar
One of the most popular panels of the day was the entrepreneurship, where the crowd heard inspiring and varied stories and advice from Omar Kamal, Hasan Makansi, Noura Sakkijha and Mohamad Fakih, with Suhail Abualsameed moderating
Rapt audience for Media Panel
Jehad Aliweiwi and attendees listen to what the panelists have to say
Taking it in
CAI's first professional development conference saw over 200 people attending.
CAI's first-ever Professional Development Conference for Canadian Arab Youth was a great success. Over 200 people of all ages were in attendance and the feedback has been wonderful.
“we felt proud being Arab today!”
“Congratulations on a very successful conference. you have done very well today for all of us in the Canadian Arab community. Mabrouk”
"... you had managed to capture the imaginations and interest of your target audience. What great speakers, volunteers and attendees. I was privileged to participate."
"Extremely inspiring, educational, and a great place to network for the youth and people of all ages. I think it should be expanded to be inclusive of all and not just youth!"
CAI provided a forum for discussion of challenges facing Canadian Arab youth in the professional marketplace and the development of professional skills of Canadian Arab youth through mentoring by successful Canadian Arabs. Over 50 Canadian Arab professionals from 10 different fields spoke.
Details can be still found on our Facebook event page.
Media Sponsor: Lama Aggad (Lama TV)