May 2013

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In this issue
  • CAI Partners With ROM's Mesopotamia Exhibit
  • CAI Appoints Two New Advisory Board Members
  • Policy Brief: Economic Relations With the Middle East
  • Welcome CAI Summer Interns!
  • Save the Date: CAI Launch Gala
  • We're on Twitter!

CAI Partners With ROM's Mesopotamia Exhibit

Saturday, June 22, 2013 - Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Canadian Arab Institute is proud to partner with the Royal Ontario Museum in promoting its Mesopotamia Exhibit. The touring exhibition from the British Museum makes its North American debut at the ROM on June 22.

Interactive and immersive, Mesopotamia brings adults and children eye to eye with one of the world’s most advanced ancient civilizations.

ROM Mesopotamia“We’re incredibly excited to work alongside the ROM to share Mesopotamia’s remarkable achievements and history with Canadians,” said CAI President Raja Khouri.

This unique exhibit combines interactive elements to enable visitors to look back in time to the land where urban civilization originated. It is a one-of-a-kind educational exhibition that has entranced and enlightened visitors around the world.

Exploring over 3,000 years of accomplishments of this ancient civilization to reveal the significance many still have on our lives today, the exhibit will feature over 170 artifacts that were excavated in the 19th and 20th centuries from modern-day Syria, Iraq and Turkey. From dramatic stone structures and imposing statues to delicate jewellery and tomb relics, the exhibit showcases artifacts from over 3,000 years of Mesopotamian history.

For more information and to book advance tickets, click here.



CAI Appoints Two New Advisory Board Members

The CAI is pleased to welcome Dr. Hoda ElMaraghy and the Honourable Bill Graham to our Advisory Board.

Hoda ElMaraghyDr. Hoda ElMaraghy is an engineering professor at the University of Windsor, where she became Canada’s first female dean of engineering. She has published more than 380 papers in scientific and professional journals and conferences, edited 3 books and contributed to over a dozen others. She acts as a consultant to many government and corporate organizations in countries all over the world.


Bill Graham

Bill Graham is a former Canadian politician who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of National Defence and Leader of the Opposition and interim Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. Prior to entering politics, he was a professor of international law at the University of Toronto, where he later received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for his exemplary career in academia and public leadership.

Last month, the CAI announced the creation of its new Advisory Board, made up of a distinguished group of experts who expand the talents and capabilities of the institution. Dr. ElMaraghy and Bill Graham will join Mamdouh Shoukri, James Zogby, John Monahan, Errol Mendes and Ferry de Kerckhove in providing invaluable perspective on relevant issues and helping lead CAI's projects to fruition.



Policy Brief: Canada Must Strengthen Economic Relations With the Middle East

The Canadian Arab Institute released a policy brief titled Canada's Economic Interests in the Middle East, which sets out opportunities for stronger Canada-Middle East trade ties.  The brief was released during a panel on Canada’s Role in the Middle East organized by the Carleton University Initiative for Parliamentary and Diplomatic Engagement held on April 23, 2013.

The Middle East has become an increasingly more important trading partner for the Canadian economy, yet there are many untapped areas for potential growth.  Along with an overview of Canada's trade with the Middle East, the brief provides a series of pertinent policy recommendations to help deepen Canada- Middle East economic relations.

Key findings:
  • While Canada has experienced significant trade growth with the region in recent years, it is pertinent that a stronger effort must be made to strengthen and deepen Canada-Middle East economic relations. This is increasingly true for the six states that make up the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), one of the fastest growing regions in the world over the past decade.
  • The GCC, beyond offering substantial opportunity for economic activity itself, can also be seen as the crucial hub for trade in the MENA region.
  • If Canada is to capitalize on the potential of this growing market, it must make engagement with the GCC a policy priority. Recent progress in Kuwait, Jordan and Morocco on FIPAs and FTAs are a good start, but lack the scope and market potential that would be opened up through a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement with the GCC.

Click here to read the entire brief.



Welcome CAI Summer Interns!

Please join us in welcoming Richard DeLisle and Shahd Orfali to the CAI team.

Richard DeLisleRichard DeLisle joins us as a fundraising intern for a period of 10 weeks. He is a graduate of the Fundraising and Volunteer Management post-graduate certificate program at Humber College and is looking forward to a career in professional fundraising. Originally from Windsor, ON, Richard lived in Egypt and Jordan for half a year on a professional internship in 2011 and experienced the onset of the Arab Spring in Egypt. While in the Middle East, he fell in love with Arab culture and hopes to eventually return to the region in a professional capacity. Richard has been involved in several LGBT organizations and is an advocate for international LGBT human rights.



Shahd OrfaliShahd Orfali joins us as a research intern for a period of 12 weeks. She studied Engineering at Dalhousie University in Halifax for two years before her passion for Middle Eastern culture led her to study Near & Middle Eastern Civilization and Fine Arts at the University of Toronto, where she is set to graduate this spring. She has previously worked for the United Nations in Amman, Jordan, where she spent part of her childhood.





Save the Date: CAI Official Launch

The CAI will hold a gala celebrating its official launch on October 30, 2013.  The gala will take place at the Royal Ontario Museum and will offer, as part of its proceedings, a tour of the museum's Mesopotamia Exhibit. The evening will reflect on Canadian Arab achievements and the community's potential, while highlighting the importance of improved understanding and relations between Canadian society and Arabic speaking peoples. More details to come.



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