Posted on March 30, 2018

A new business era has dawned in Qatar with the registration of the recently-established Canadian Business Council Qatar (CBCQ) with the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC).

The Council’s goal is to provide a forum for Canadian Business Executives and other invited members in Qatar to identify, discuss and pursue common interests regarding their activities. The CBCQ also aims to provide a forum for members to network and exchange information and experiences and promote commercial, economic, technical, sport and cultural relationships as well as bi-lateral trade and investment between Canada and Qatar. 

Attending the public launch of the CBCQ on Wednesday 28 March 2018, at an event held at the Intercontinental Doha the City Hotel, were Founding Members from Doha Bank, College of the North Atlantic-Qatar (CNA-Q),The Look Company, Stantec, Multiplex, and Apparel Qatar. Among those present at the event were H.E. Adrian Norfolk, Ambassador of Canada to the State of Qatar, Mr. Youssef Mohamed Al Jaidah, Chief Executive Officer of the QFC, and Dr. R. Seetharaman, Chief Executive Officer of Doha Bank. “It has taken years of hard work to get us to this point,” said CBCQ Board of Directors Secretary and CNA-Q Chair of Business Studies, Brenda Lockyer. “However, this is just the beginning. The formation of the CBCQ means visibility and prominence in the Qatar business sector.”

“The Embassy of Canada is looking forward to working with the CBCQ to raise Canada’s profile and further develop our brand here in Qatar,” said Canadian Ambassador Adrian Norfolk. “At this time, with the still ongoing adaptations to the changed economic geography that the country has faced since June 5th last year, there continue to be considerable opportunities and potential for Canadian and Qatari partnerships, and we at the Embassy and the Government of Canada remain committed to further growing our bilateral relationship – together with the CBCQ.”

There are different membership levels for Individuals, Canadian and non-Canadian companies. For more information please visit the CBCQ website: