Ottawa Panel Discussion: Wednesday Feb. 22nd, 2012

In early 2012, NCCAR brought together three diverse expert panelists to dissect what what was currently happening in Syria. Dr. Bessma Momani, Mr. Omar Alghabra, and Dr. Nour El-Kadri each provided a distinct analysis of the long term policy implications for the Syrian situation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and shared their recommendations for Canadian policies.

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Dr. Bessma Momani, Associate Professor of Political Science , University of Waterloo
Mr. Omar Alghabra, former MP

Dr. Nour El-Kadri, Vice-President of the Canadian Arab Federation (CAF)


Speakers’ Bios Mr. Omar AlghabraOmar Alghabra was the Liberal Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Erindale from 2006 to 2008 and during that time served as critic for Citizenship & Immigration and Natural Resources. During his term he championed several causes and tabled 2 private member bills.

He also served as the President of Canadian Arab Federation between 2004-2005.
A professional engineer by trade, Omar earned an MBA from York University.

Omar writes and comments frequently on current and international affairs. He’s currently the President of AT Labs Canada, an IT company specializing in cloud computing equipment.

Dr. Bessma Momani

Dr. Bessma Momani is Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance and Innovation in Waterloo, a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, and Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo and the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

She is the author and editor of six books including Canada and the Middle East by WLU Press and Targeted Transnationals: Arab Canadian Immigration and Integration forthcoming by UBC Press. Dr. Momani is also the author of over 25 scholarly journal articles and book chapters on the intersection of global politics and international finance.

Dr. Nour El-Kadri

Nour El-Kadri is a professor of Electronic Business Strategies, Corporate Governance and Ethics at the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa. He carries out courses and workshops for MBA classes and has held various elected positions with the university including Vice President for strategic planning of the Union of Professors and negotiator of the bargaining committee representing 1200 professors.

Nour is a member of the Laurier Club and was the Director of National Outreach of the Liberal Party of Canada. Currently, he is the Vice President of the Canadian Arab Federation, a national umbrella organization, representing more than forty Arab-Canadian clubs and associations from all across Canada.

Disclaimer: The views expressed by the speakers are their own and do not necessarily reflect NCCAR’s views.

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