Export Market Roundtable
Finding Success In GCC Markets
February 19, 2015

Join Blacksheep Projects and Export Nova Scotia for a half-day session to learn how to provide your products and services to Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

During this session, participants will:

01 Learn about the market, growth sectors and supply gaps, and discover procurement opportunities for World Expo 2020 in Dubai.

02 Hear from business leaders in NS and the Middle East about their successful endeavours in the GCC market.

03 Meet various government representatives and learn about funding and support services for international business endeavours.

This export roundtable will by hosted at Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), 1800 Argyle Street, on February 19th, 2015, from 9:00am to 12:30pm. The panel discussion format will allow participants to have open dialogue with market experts, government representatives and business peers.

Interested organizations may register by clicking on the button below. Space is limited and seats will be assigned based on the order of registration. Registeration may be limited to one participant per company.

In lieu of a registration fee, participants are kindly encouraged to make a direct donation to any of the worthy initiatives listed in the "Donate" section.

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Event Schedule

The following event schedule was updated on February 12, 2015. The speaker list will be updated as new panelists are confirmed. Registrants will receive email notifications when any updates to event information are made.

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  • Khalid AlKhudairFounder and CEO, Glowork.netSaudi Arabia

    Khalid AlKhudair
    Founder and CEO, Glowork.net
    Saudi Arabia

    AlKhudair is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Glowork.net. He is KPMG's former Chief Operating Officer of Markets for Saudi, Kuwait and Jordan. In 2013, Arabian Business Magazine named Alkhudair one of the top 500 most powerful Arabs. He has led Glowork to several global innovation awards from the United Nations, International Labour Organization and the World Bank.
    Alkhudair is a Nova Scotian and a proud Alumni of Saint Mary's University.

  • Boris RitterGeneral Manager, Sesam Business ConsultantsUnited Arab Emirates

    Boris Ritter
    General Manager, Sesam Business Consultants
    United Arab Emirates

    Sesam Business Consultants is a leading German-Emirati business consultancy active in the Gulf region since 1999 with offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The company focuses on trade development in the areas of architecture and Green Building, infrastructure, manufacturing, investments and technology transfer as well as healthcare.
    Prior to establishing Sesam, Boris worked in marketing and customer service in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, among others for the German Chamber of Commerce in Riyadh. He is a graduate of Applied World Business Studies and Arabic from the University of Applied Sciences in Bremen/Germany.

  • Joe SeagramHeadmaster, King's-Edgehill SchoolNova Scotia, Canada

    Joe Seagram
    Headmaster, King's-Edgehill School
    Nova Scotia, Canada

    In 2014, Joe Seagram led the school to an agreement with a group of UAE investors that will establish the school's first branch campus in more than 225 years in Abu Dhabi. The deal, estimated at US 30 million, will see construction starting late 2015 with an opening date of September 2017.
    Although born in Nairobi, Kenya to Canadian parents working overseas Joe has spent most of his life in Canada. He is an outdoor enthusiast and has led four successful climbs of Mount Kilimanjaro with his students. A rugby, hockey, and tennis player, Joe lives in Windsor, Nova Scotia, with his wife Belinda and four children.

  • Jim FittCEO, VelsoftNova Scotia, Canada

    Jim Fitt
    CEO, Velsoft
    Nova Scotia, Canada

    As a former IT instructor with the Nova Scotia School of Fisheries and Nova Scotia Community College system, Fitt has combined his educational background with his natural entrepreneurial abilities to create a corporation that is on the leading edge of the 200-billion dollar annual workplace learning and performance (WLP) industry.
    Fitt and his team have grown the company by building new solutions internally, making strategic acquisitions and establishing relationships with key technology partners. With products being used in over 160 countries worldwide, Jim will speak about Velsoft's experience in the GCC market and the successes they've had.

  • Ashwin KuttyPresident and CEO, WeUsThem Inc.Nova Scotia, Canada

    Ashwin Kutty
    President and CEO, WeUsThem Inc.
    Nova Scotia, Canada

    Ashwin has been recognized nationally for a variety of awards. Most recently, he was named as Business Person of the Year by The Halifax Chamber of Commerce and Canada’s Executive Leader by The Peter Brojde Foundation and CATAAlliance. His company, WeUsThem, is a strategic marketing and communications agency and management consultancy firm that has worked with clients like ESPN, ABC, The Kempinski Group, Dalhousie University, the IWK Health Centre, Equifax, Xerox and Wilson’s Fuel Co., as well as the Governments of Canada, Egypt, Guyana and Saudi Arabia.

  • Wendell LonerganHead of Broadcast Sales, NautelNova Scotia, Canada

    Wendell Lonergan
    Head of Broadcast Sales, Nautel
    Nova Scotia, Canada

    If you're driving down a highway in Saudi Arabia and happen to turn on your radio, chances are you're listening to digital radio supported by Nautel's equipment. As head of Middle East and North Africa sales for 7 years, Wendell is the person who helped make it happen, and he will be sharing some of his road-warrior stories with others who wish to achieve similar successes in the Gulf region.

  • Mike McMurrayManaging Director of Trade Development, NSBINova Scotia, Canada

    Mike McMurray
    Managing Director of Trade Development, NSBI
    Nova Scotia, Canada

    Mike and his team work closely with Nova Scotia companies in foundation industries such as manufacturing and building products, as well as knowledge-based sectors including aerospace and defence, ICT, ocean technology and life sciences to forge and strengthen trade relations for Nova Scotian products and services. In addition to his 11 years with NSBI in Investment Attraction and Trade Development, Mike brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from previous leadership roles in market strategy and research, product development, sales, and marketing communications for well-known international companies such as Nortel, Motorola, Blue Cross, and Manulife Financial.

  • Glen McPherson Consul and Senior Trade CommissionerEmbassy of Canada, UAE

    Glen McPherson
    Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner
    Embassy of Canada, UAE

    Mr. McPherson has served with the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development for over 12 years. Prior to his posting in Canada's Consulate General in Dubai, he managed the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Unit in Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. In this role, he oversaw the coordination of the implementation of Canada's CSR Strategy for the Canadian International Extractive Sector, providing policy advice and support for responsible business practices. He has been posted to Canada's diplomatic missions in Panama and Argentina, and worked in the private sector before joining the public service.

  • John RodneyCounsellor (Commercial) and Senior Trade CommissionerEmbassy of Canada, Qatar

    John Rodney
    Counsellor (Commercial) and Senior Trade Commissioner
    Embassy of Canada, Qatar

    Mr. Rodney has deep expertise of Middle Eastern commercial affairs, having served in several Canadian government and diplomatic posts. Prior to his posting to Qatar, Mr. Rodney's assignments included Canada's embassy in Tehran, Iran, and Abu Dhabi, UAE. From 2009 to 2013 he served as DFAIT's Deputy Director for Eastern and Southern Africa Commercial Relations, Deputy Director for Sub-Saharan Africa Commercial Relations, and Deputy Director of Canadian Direct Investment Abroad. Mr. Rodney holds an LLB degree and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Cambridge University, and an MBA from the University of Victoria.

  • Don RobertsonSenior Account manager, Export Development CanadaNova Scotia, Canada

    Don Robertson
    Senior Account manager, Export Development Canada
    Nova Scotia, Canada

    Bio coming soon.

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