September 2013

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In this issue:
  • Youth Conference: tickets live; meet the keynote
  • Get your Gala tickets! + Meet our illustrious Honorary Chairs
  • CAI appoints Alexa McDonough to its Advisory Board
  • Thanking our interns
  • Check out Toronto Palestine Film Festival's upcoming events
  • ROM's Mesopotamia Exhibit

Professional Development Conference for
Canadian Arab Youth, Sept. 21

Tickets are on sale now! Head to our event page before Sept. 13 for discounted tickets of $15. And don't forget to spread the word about this first-of-a kind event, bringing together over 40 Canadian Arab professionals as panelists.  Watch for a notification about our crowdfunding video next week.

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

Meet the Keynote Speaker: Khaled Al Sabawi


Khaled Al Sabawi is a Canadian-Palestinian engineer and Founder and President of MENA Geothermal and the TABO Initiative. The son of Palestinian refugees from Gaza, he received his degree from the University of Waterloo and later became the first certified Geothermal Engineer in the Middle East. Khaled was named "One of the World's Top Energy Entrepreneurs" by Global Post in 2010; was ranked the 195th Most Influential Arab by Arabian Business Magazines in their Top 500 Most Influential Arabs ranking for 2012; and MENA Geothermal received the National Energy Globe Award twice.

In 2010, Khaled became GM of UCI, a large real-estate development company in Palestine. At UCI, he founded the TABO initiative, Arabic for "title deed," which is the first project dedicated to creating title deeds and expanding property rights in Palestine as a means of protecting Palestinian land while allowing Palestinians from all over the world the ability own an affordable plot of land in Palestine. 

Khaled was a speaker at TEDxRamallah, has lectured at McGill University, Harvard University and MIT.

Spread the word and get the latest updates on the youth conference by joining our Facebook event page.

Get Your Inaugural Gala Tickets!

We are thrilled to announce that tickets for A New Conversation: Inaugural Gala have gone live. Buy them here before they sell out ( Tickets are $250.

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 by its curator Clemens Reichel.

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.
Like us on Facebook to get all the latest updates or head to our website event page.

Sponsorship opportunities

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
  • In-Kind Sponsors 
For inquiries or to obtain a sponsorship package, visit our website or contact Raja Khouri at or 1-888-983-4775.

Honorary Gala Chairs

CAI is proud of and grateful for an illustrious, diverse and socially-concious team of supporters, including the following honorary gala chairs:
  • Najla Al Zaibak
  • Sally Armstrong, OC
  • Jean Augustine, OC
  • Sylvia Bashevkin
  • Salah Bachir
  • Sam Bouji
  • Rita Davies
  • Barbara Hall
  • Nizar Jiwan
  • Alexa McDonough, OC
  • Ratna Omidvar, OC
  • Charles Pachter, OC
  • Senator Nancy Ruth, OC

For more information on our chairs or other committees, check our website, where full bios will be posted.

CAI Appoints New Advisory Board Member

We are happy to announce the addition of Alexa McDonough to our Advisory Board. McDonough served as NDP leader from 1995-2003. As leader and as an MP, she earned a reputation as a tenacious social worker by campaigning for worker health and safety improvements and human rights protections. McDonough was also at the forefront of the fight to save Medicare, the Canada Pension Plan and Canada’s unemployment insurance system.
Read more about her here.

Ms. McDonough 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.

Thank you to our interns!

CAI's work over the summer was enriched by the hard work of a young team of interns who are now leaving for school or career opportunities. We wish them the very best.

Kareem Azm (far left) worked on research identifying community resources and helped prepare for CAI's Inaugural Gala. He goes back to school to finish his degree in philosophy and political science.

Shahd Al-Orfaly helped with multiple CAI research projects as well as with liaising efforts. She is studying to get into law school while also looking for work in the humanitarian or social-sciences research sectors.

Richard DeLisle helped CAI with fundraising planning and strategies, including work on an upcoming Youth Conference crowdfunding video. He just completed his schooling and is looking to pursue a career in fundraising.

Toronto Palestine Film Festival Gearing Up

The Toronto Palestine Film Festival 2013 Festival Program is live and tickets are on sale! This year's festival will run from September 28 – October 4, 2013. TPFF will open with the award-winning When I Saw You by Annemarie Jacir, director of this year's outdoor screening Salt of This Sea. The festival closes with the critically-acclaimed A World Not Ours by Mahdi Fleifel.
For the complete program and information on how to buy tickets visit the TPFF Program page. To buy tickets online click here.

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.

Here's what reviewers are saying:
  • "A most refreshing show" - Globe and Mail
  • "One of the best exhibits that the ROM has put on in years." - Maclean's
  • "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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