August 2013

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In this issue:
  • Julie Nesrallah to perform at CAI's Inaugural Gala
  • Gala sponsorship package complete
  • Save the date: Youth Conference
  • CAI appoints new Advisory Board member
  • ROM's Mesopotamia Exhibit continues to get rave reviews

Julie Nesrallah to perform at CAI's Inaugural Gala

Powerhouse mezzo-soprano and CBC radio host Julie Nesrallah will be performing at our Inaugural Gala on Oct. 30, leading attendees in the National Anthem and performing an Aria. Nesrallah, of Lebanese extraction, is regularly cast in principal roles by leading opera companies across North America and abroad. Carmen is her signature role.

CAI's Inaugural Gala welcoming sponsors

CAI will hold a gala on October 30 celebrating its official launch.  The event will take place at the Royal Ontario Museum and will offer a delectable dinner, performances by the riveting Julie Nesrallah, and guided 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 within Canadian society.
Tickets are $250 and will go on sale shortly.
The following sponsorship opportunities are available:
 Event Sponsor: $25,000
 Reception Sponsor: $15,000
 Gold Sponsor: $10,000
 Silver Sponsor: $7,500
 Bronze Sponsor: $5,000
To obtain a sponsorship package for the CAI Inaugural Gala, visit our website or contact Raja Khouri at or 1-888-983-4775.

Professional Development Conference for
Canadian Arab Youth, Sept. 21

Where: University of Toronto, Victoria College, Northrop Frye Building
When: Sept. 21, 2013
Who: University students, recent graduates & secondary  students 
Why: To bring Canadian Arab youth from across the country to discuss professional development with the help of leading Canadian Arab professionals.

  • Navigating employment and getting ahead
  • Networking and mentorship
  • Challenges and opportunities facing Canadian Arab youth
  • Breakout sessions: Arts, Academia, Medicine, Business, Law, Media, Finance and Politics, Civil Society
Spread the word and get the latest updates on the event by joining our Facebook event page.

CAI Appoints New Advisory Board Member

We are happy to announce the addition of Dr. Tayseer Aboulnasr -- an Order of Canada recipient -- to our Advisory Board. Dr. Aboulnasr was Canada's second female Dean of Engineering (fellow Advisory Board member Hoda ElMaraghy being the first), first at the University of Ottawa, then at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Aboulnasr has received the Ottawa-Carleton YWCA Women of Distinction Award (Education). She was named one of the 100 most influential people in Ottawa in 2001. Read more about her here.

Dr. Aboulnasr will join a distinguished group of experts, including Mamdouh Shoukri, James Zogby, John Monahan, Errol Mendes, Bill Graham, Hoda ElMaraghy, Ferry de Kerckhove, and Jamelie Hassan.

ROM's Mesopotamia Exhibit getting rave reviews

CAI is a proud community partner helping to promote the Royal Ontario Museum's Mesopotamia: Inventing Our World exhibit, on now until January 5, 2014. Our Facebook event page is helping to spread the word about this fascinating exhibit.

But don't take our word for it. Here's what some of the reviews are saying about it:
"One of the best exhibits that the ROM has put on in years." - Maclean's

"A most refreshing show" - Globe and Mail

"This is the king of a great city vanquishing the king of the wild. This is order over chaos. This is the story of civilization." - Globe and Mail

A modern approach to the cradle of civilization." - The Torontoist

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

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