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On-demand Webinar Video – Emerging Opportunities: Doing Business in Qatar

By | News

In collaboration with the Embassy of the State of Qatar to Canada, the Embassy of Canada to the State of Qatar, the Canada Arab Business Council (CABC) and the Canadian Business Council Qatar (CBCQ), Qatar Financial Centre is hosting its first outreach series in Canada to increase awareness of business opportunities in Qatar amongst Canadian companies. Join H.E Saoud bin Abdullah Zaid Al-Mahmoud, H.E. Stefanie McCollum, Ambassador of Canada to the State of Qatar, Sheikha Alanoud bint Hamad Al-Thani, Managing Director of Business Development, QFC and Scott Jolliffe, Chair of the Canadian Arab Business Council and other leading business experts as they discuss the strength of the Qatari market and why potential investors can continue to invest in Qatar with a sense of security and confidence.

To see the On-demand video (recorded webinar), please visit this link HERE




  • Introduction and Welcome Remarks
    By Scott Jolliffe
  • Canada – Qatar bilateral relations
    H.E Saoud bin Abdullah Zaid Al-Mahmoud
    H.E Stefanie McCollum
  • ‘Doing Business in Qatar’
    By Sheikha Alanoud bint Hamad Al-Thani
  • Panel Session: Moderated by Scott Jolliffe
    With Ahmed Hafez, Dr. Ryan Wiley and Jacob Burke
  • Q+As Session & Closing Remarks
    By Scott Jolliffe



H.E. Saoud bin Abdullah Zaid Al- Mahmoud

Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Canada

H.E. Stefanie McCollum

Ambassador of Canada to the State of Qatar Embassy of Canada, Qatar

Sheikha Alanoud bint Hamad Al-Thani

Managing Director of Business Development Qatar Financial Centre

Scott Jolliffe

Chairperson, Canada Arab Business Council

Ahmed Hafez

Business Director, Refinitiv, MEA

Dr Ryan

President, Shift Health

Jacob Burke

President, The Look Company

Qatar and Canada in talks to set up business forum in Toronto

By | News

Qatar and Canada are in talks regarding the establishment of a business forum, which is proposed to be based in Toronto, as part of efforts to enhance bilateral trade and investment relations between the two countries.

Acknowledging that Doha has given a go-ahead for the proposed business forum, Saoud bin Abdullah Zaid al-Mahmoud, Qatar’s ambassador to Canada, told a webinar organised by the Qatar Financial Centre yesterday, “we are working towards that.” Finding that a great potential exists between two countries in enhancing bilateral investments; the envoy said he has already sent a proposal to the Qatar government on the need for establishing a Canada Qatar business forum.

“We are looking to host it in Toronto,” he said, adding the work towards establishing the business forum was going in full steam, but the Covid-19 pandemic has slowed down the pace. The 2022 FIFA World Cup and the Qatar National Vision 2030 are the two main themes that offer great promising opportunities for the Canadian companies in Doha, he said.

In 2019, bilateral merchandise trade between Canada and Qatar was valued at $331.7mn. Qatar is Canada’s third-largest commercial partner among Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. Canada’s top merchandise exports to Qatar in 2019, valued at $266mn, included mineral ores, aircraft and parts, machinery, cereals, and scientific instruments. Canada’s 2019 merchandise imports from Qatar, valued at $65.7mn, included mineral fuels and oils, aluminium, fertilisers, chemical products, and mineral ores.

Stefanie McCollum, Canadian envoy to Qatar, said Canada has been very active across variety of sectors in the Gulf country. “We see considerable opportunities for Canadian firms in agriculture, hydrotec, defence and security, fintech, ICT (information communication and technology, life sciences and oil and gas,” she said, adding Canada has significant expertise in these sectors, which it views as “strategic” to Qatar.

QFC Managing Director (Business Development) Sheikha Alanoud bint Hamad al-Thani said Qatar should be Canada’s preferred destination. Highlighting that Qatar is gateway to business opportunity worth multi-billion dollars, spanning across the Middle East and Central Asia, she said the country is “an economic hub strategically located at the centre of the business world providing an access point to developed and emerging markets.

Sheikha Alanoud said Canadian companies would have potential to target business opportunities across the Middle Eastern countries — Oman, Kuwait, Iran, Turkey and Central Asian countries. There is “a potential to serve a population of 0.5bn and a combined value of $2trn in gross domestic product and $15bn in digital opportunity,” she said.

Highlighting that Qatar has emerged as a strong economy and an influential state in the Middle East region with robust brand recognition; she said the country is one of the most attractive foreign direct investment destination in the Gulf Cooperation Council, attracting $31bn till 2019.

Qatar-Canada trade volume jumps 42% to QR671m in 2018

By | News

Stefanie McCollum, Canada’s Ambassador to Qatar (L) and Jacob Burke, Chairman of CBCQ.


Bilateral economic relations between Qatar and Canada have witnessed exponential growth over the past few years as a result of friendly relations between the two countries. That growth momentum continued in 2018 as the recently released statistics show a sharp jump of nearly 42 percent in the two-way trade exchange.

The bilateral trade volume between Qatar and Canada rose to C$247m (QR671.42m) in 2018 registering a double-digit growth compared to C$174m (QR473m) for the corresponding period in 2017.

“In terms of Qatar-Canada bilateral trade in 2018, statistics were recently confirmed. We are pleased to announce that we saw an increase in bilateral trade between our two countries. And I hope that 2019 and the coming years witness further growth,” Stefanie McCollum, Canada’s Ambassador to Qatar, told The Peninsula.

McCollum added: “I see big opportunities for Canadians and Canadian companies to continue to contribute to the Qatari economy and also for Qatari investment as they are looking for diversification. So I see the great scope of growth in bilateral cooperation as both sides enjoy a very strong relationship, and we will continue to build on that.”

On the possibility of high-level visits and bilateral engagement in boosting cooperation, the Canadian envoy said that discussions going on in this regard but no dates have been finalized.

“We are expecting to have visits from both ways like Canadian delegations coming to Qatar and Qatari delegates visiting Canada. We going to send some invitations very soon to Qatari side so that they can visit Canada on the margins of some interesting events after the Eid Al Fitr,” she said.

On the expanding areas of cooperation, Ambassador McCollum said that the priority for the embassy this year would be some promising sectors such as oil & gas and infrastructure. But the Canadian side is also interested to strengthen cooperation in the field of agro-food, medical and healthcare services as a lot of Canadians are already working in Qatar in this sector.

She also noted that there is also a huge growth potential to enhance the level of cooperation in the field of pharmaceuticals, medical instrumentation and policy standardization among others, which are some of the more emerging sectors to complement the traditional areas of bilateral cooperation.

For his part, Jacob Burke, Chairman of Canadian Business Council of Qatar (CBCQ), added: “We, at the CBCQ, are working to facilitate and enhance the bilateral cooperation between the two countries, and providing the needful support to the Canadian businesses and other potential investors to have meeting with like-minded people. We are also trying to attract new business here in the local market as well as the Canadian businesses that are looking to come to Qatar.”

Burke also echoed that the size of the Canadian companies and community in Qatar is growing fast and steady both in the private sector as well as in the public sector.

He said that the CBCQ is routinely organizing networking events on regular intervals so that can leverage more and more growth.

Asked about the Canadian and Qatari companies, especially the ones that have huge expertise in the field of oil and gas can do more, he said: “Definitely, we have a lot of interests, partnerships and JVs (joint ventures) created here in Qatar with Canadian companies.

There is a lot of interest from Canadians who are looking forward to coming to Qatar and find strategic minded Qatari companies that can help grow their business outside of our geographical areas including North America. And we are here to support all those businesses to help them understand about the business environment in Qatar and how they can be more successful quickly.”



Administrative Assistant (Part-Time)

By | Careers

The Canadian Business Council-Qatar is a non-profit organization established to provide a forum for members to network and exchange information and experiences to promote commercial, economic, technical, sport and cultural relationship as well as enhance bi-lateral trade and investment between Canada and the State of Qatar.

We have an exciting job opportunity available for an Administrative Assistant (Part-Time) 8-10 hours per week with the added bonus of working from home.

Job Details:

The Administrative Assistant will be responsible for providing a variety of administrative and clerical tasks in support of the Canadian Business Council Board of Directors and members.


  • Coordinate Board Meetings – preparing agendas and recording minutes.
  • Manage member database and all correspondence with members re: membership, invoices, applications
  • Assist in the coordination of monthly CBCQ member events – guest lists, invitations and RSVP’s
  • Attend CBCQ events to assist with set up and registration
  • Assist with the administration of social media and updating of CBCQ website.
  • Other related duties


  • Canadian citizen preferred.
  • Previous experience (3-5 years) in an administrative support role.
  • Competent in using MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
  • Experience preparing correspondence and documentation.
  • Excellent keyboarding, proofreading, and data entry skills with emphasis on accuracy.
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently

Interested applicants can email their resume to (Subject line: Administrative Assistant) before Thursday, December 27, 2018.

Qatar emerges stronger despite blockade: Canada’s Ambassador

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Qatar and Canada bilateral trade volume is expected to witness sharp growth in 2018 and beyond as both sides are working very actively to deepen and expand bilateral cooperation in almost all fields, including economics, trade, investment and diplomacy, noted a top Canadian diplomat in Qatar at an event.

Although the bilateral trade volume between Qatar and Canada is modest at C$174m (about QR480m) but there is a huge untapped potential to enhance economic and commercial ties in a variety of sectors. In addition, both sides are also working for exchange of delegations, including high-level political visits between Qatar and Canada.

“There is a renewed interest and enthusiasm on both sides to strengthen economic, commercial and diplomatic ties between Canada and Qatar. We are also working to have exchange of high-level political visits which will help pave the way for expanding cooperation,” said Stefanie McCollum, Canada’s Ambassador to Qatar.

McCollum, addressing the members of the Canadian Business Council Qatar (CBCQ), added: “One of the key priorities of our embassy is to grow commercial ties between the two countries. We aim to do this by supporting our Canadian companies and creating the conditions to allow them to succeed and for others to join this market.”

She defined the Qatar-Canada relationship “very strong” which have enjoyed uninterrupted diplomatic ties since 1974. “We have a robust relationship across the commercial, economic, political and cultural spheres,” the envoy added hailing Qatar’s remarkable achievements despite the economic siege imposed by the Arab quartet.

“Faced with a diplomatic and economic blockade imposed by its neighbours, Qatar has emerged stronger. It has diversified trade routes, established new trading partners, build domestic capabilities in strategic sectors, such as agriculture, and have overcome unimaginable obstacles, while maintaining peace, security, and stability for its citizens and residents — a commendable feat by any measures.” Canadian companies have been active for many years in Qatar, and have contributed to Qatar’s phenomenal development.

Currently the size of the Canadian community in the country is over 9,000 people, who are working in a wide range of sectors, including oil and gas, infrastructure, health and education. A lot of Canadian companies are also involved in implementing projects related to 2022 Fifa World Cup, Qatar National Vision 2030.

The bilateral trade volume between Qatar and Canada is likely to grow significantly in the coming years with the commercial ties between the two countries expanding rapidly.

For instance, just over a week ago, Qatar Airways announced to introduce an additional weekly flight (its fourth weekly service to Canada) to its Doha-Montreal route from December 17, 2018, providing even more flexibility for both business and leisure passengers.

Reiterating about the fast growing relations, the envoy said that there are regular visits of Canadian companies, athletes, academics to Qatar. Recently, representatives from about 25 Canadian universities visited Doha.

And also there are regular flow of Qatari officials, business people, tourists and students back to Canada. “I hope that flow will increase in the coming days as Canada recently offered Qatar Airways an additional flight to Canada, which will further accelerate the pace of bilateral cooperation. And we are very excited about it,” said McCollum.

The welcome reception, organised by the CBCQ for Ambassador McCollum, was attended by a large number of business executives, including Ahmed Hafez, Vice-Chairman and Founding Member, and Jeffery Asselstine, Treasurer and Founding Member of CBCQ, and senior diplomats.