November 2015


CAI Communication Emails



In this post-election glow, we are giving tribute to members of the Canadian Arab community, who have been truly inspirational in their dedicated engagement with, and exercising of their civic rights. This tribute is inspired by the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet who recently won the Nobel Peace prize for their instrumental role in Tunisia’s successful transition into democracy..[READ ON..]



CAI’s first Awards Gala will recognize the outstanding achievements of community leaders who embody the genius of Canadian multiculturalism.  

For more information about the event please


                            UPCOMING EVENTS                             

Nov 7, 2015 Arab Jazz Series - Monsoon-Music at the Aga Khan Museum, 8pm. Learn about more performances in this series HERE

Nov 10, 2015 - Lecture - Art and Culture in the Gulf - 10th Annual Eva Holtby on Contemporary Culture, featuring SHEIKHA HOOR AL QASIMI on Art and Culture in the Gulf. 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Royal Ontario Museum, Samuel Hall Currelly Gallery. More details HERE

Nov 20, 2015 -  CAI Fall Mixer - Join us for a professional networking and social gathering fall event. Mix, mingle, chat, and network over Middle Eastern fusion canapés and folkloric music in the heart of Toronto's Yorkville! Get your tickets HERE

Nov 25: Lecture - Iran after the nuclear deal: An analysis of its foreign policy and regional standing, with Thomas Juneau. Ignatieff Theatre, 7 pm.  More details about the lecture and registration link HERE

Nov 28, 2015 -  Arab Jazz Series - Kinan Azmeh City Band at the Aga Khan Museum, 8 pm.  Learn about more performances in this series HERE



Business Opportunities in the Middle East Speaker Series @Rotman School of Management 

The Canadian Arab Institute and Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto) present a conference on Canadian business opportunities in the Middle East (33% special CAI discount)

Event Details

Date: Thursday November 26, 2015 | 08:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Speaker(s): Dany Assaf, Partner at Torys LLP 
Lyla Gharib, Engineer, Ontario Power Generation
Walid Hejazi, Associate Professor, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Emmanuel Kamarianakis, Consul General of Canada in Dubai
Jim Metcalf, Board Member, Canadian Arab Business Council; Chairman Advisory Board Crystal Fountains Inc and Board Member Accreditation Canada International
Bessma Momani, Associate Professor, Political Science – Balsillie School of International Affairs (Canada), University of Waterloo and Author 
Nicolas Ress, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
Cathy Seguin, Vice-President, International Affairs, The Hospital for Sick Children
Topic: Business Opportunities in the Middle East
Venue: Desautels Hall (2nd floor, South Building) | map
Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto, 
105 St George Street
Location: Toronto
Cost $60 non-alumni; $40 Rotman/UofT Alumni and Members of the Canadian Arab Institute*(includes refreshments and one copy of An Arab Dawn: Arab Youth and the Demographic Dividend They Can Bring (UT Press Oct. 2015)

*Receiving this email from CAI qualifies you for the discounted rate. When asked for affiliation at the registration link, click the option 'Member, Canadian Arab Institute' and the form will apply the discounted rate.


Home Ground
Only weeks remaining for this exceptional exhibit of Arab art
An exclusive review for CAI by Shatha Al-Husseini

In Home Ground’s curatorial statement, Suheyla Takesh reveals that the exhibition’s concept was inspired by the ancient Greek myth of Sisyphus. In this notorious legend, Sisyphus is damned until eternity to push a boulder up a mountain, only for it to be struck down, forcing him to repeat the painful struggle all over again...[READ ON..]


tuesday.jpgMark the beginning of the giving season YOUR WAY
Every year, Canada celebrates charities and volunteers on December 1st through a campaign named Giving Tuesday. It is the “opening day of the giving season, a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others.”
Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to bring awareness to existing campaigns like CAI Academy which will empower Canadian Arab youth by building and developing their leadership capacities. We have partnered with this great initiative and, since Giving Tuesday is around the corner, encourage you to become part of this movement by donating to this most important initiative – and marking the beginning of the giving season in your own way!
'Tis the season to give and pay it forward. Happy Giving Tuesday Canada!

                            UPCOMING EVENTS                             

Nov 28, 2015 -  Arab Jazz Series - Kinan Azmeh City Band at the Aga Khan Museum, 8 pm.  Learn about more performances in this series HERE

Nov 29, 2015 -  Supper With Syria - Join your neighbours and friends for an evening of Syrian food, music and culture to support the cause! Learn more about the event HERE

Dec 2, 2015 - Syrian Refugee Crisis: Policy Options & Implications for Canada - 7 pm - 9 pm Hart House, Debates Room. More info and registration details HERE

Dec 3, 2015 - The Silent Promise of Arab Youth- Literary Review of Canada will be hosting Dr. Bessma Momani for her talk 'The Silent Promise of Arab Youth' where she will describe the hidden potential of the Middle East’s youth. More info and registration details HERE