August 2016


CAI Communication Emails




It’s been said that it takes a village to raise a child.  What then to build a leader?
CAI Academy was started earlier this year to develop the next generation of Canadian Arab leaders – by building skills, opportunity, citizenship, volunteerism and engagement among our youth.  The Academy will see a number of exciting initiatives unfold in the coming weeks:

1) The launch of Irshad, a structured mentorship program that will offer 36 career advancement opportunities per year, nationally, to young and newcomer Canadian Arabs

2) The expansion of the CAI Campus Ambassador Program (CAP), which recruits, guides and develops young leaders with the aim of reaching 15 campuses and 50 ambassadors in the 2016/17 academic year

3) The launch of PCAN – the Professional Canadian Arab Network, which promises to empower Canadian Arabs professionals through development, networking and philanthropy

A democracy like ours expects communities to be engaged in the country’s civic life and its democratic institutions.  This is how we all get better heard and served.  Our civic leadership can only grow by growing our youth leadership. 

Walking or running for a cause is a long-standing Canadian tradition. Marathons promote community engagement, raise funds for worthy causes, encourage physical fitness, and allow individuals to show their commitment to a value they believe in.

Help us nurture and enable Canadian Arab youth to lead and succeed. 

Help us promote opportunity and engagement. 

Help us carry our voices forward. 

Become a CAI Youth Champion by raising funds for CAI Academy.

Run, walk or stroll in the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon on October 16, 2016!

Best wishes,
Raja Khouri
CAI President



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PCAN’s Sold-out Soft Launch a Big Hit

As CAI President, Raja Khouri, put it: “It’s a good night to be a Canadian Arab professional”.
On Thursday, August 11, over 75 of Canadian Arab professionals gathered in Page One Cafe & Bar for Happy Hour, the sold-out soft launch of the Professional Canadian Arab Network. The recently-opened venue, owned and lovingly run by Firas Arafat, served as the perfect setting for this inaugural event. With glasses clinking, food overflowing, music and laughter jangling in the background, the energy was absolutely electric...[Read ON]



Hiring CAI Campus Ambassadors!

CAI is looking for university students to act as representatives of their campuses at the Canadian Arab Institute’s CAI Academy. Help young Canadian Arabs across Canada develop and succeed while developing your own leadership skills – and resume.  Applying now guarantees you a spot at the Ambassador Summit in October! Learn More and SIGN UP


Have You Met CAI's Newest Staff Members?

We are thrilled to introduce CAI's two newest staff, part of CAI's continued growth and expansion. May Tartoussy (pictured left), our Project Coordinator, and Zainab Alhayani, our Administrative Assistant, have already demonstrated their dedication to the community and their admirable work ethic. We look forward to their future accomplishments. To get to know May and Zainab, click here. 



CAI is looking forward to seeing all of your faces at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon this October 16th! Haven't signed up yet? Learn more about CAI's support of the marathon and sign up today!



The Canadian Arab Institute and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment have partnered together and are providing 1500 free tickets and subsidized transportation to Syrian newcomers and their sponsors. The game will take place this September 28th, 2016 at the BMO Field in Toronto. Join us as we watch Toronto and Orlando City Football Clubs battle it off! To sign up a sponsored family, please fill out THIS FORM. If you are a settlement agency or community group and would like to reserve seats for Syrian newcomers, please email




September 28th, 2016: Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment along with CAI are giving away free tickets and subsidized transportation for Syrian refugees interested in attending.Registration for the event has now begun. If you are representing a sponsor group and would like to send your sponsor family, please complete the application form to secure tickets for your newcomer family HERE. If you are part of a settlement agency, community group, or if you have any further questions or concerns please contact Rania Younes at

October 16th, 2016: CAI supporters will be able to participate in the 2016 Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon under the CAI banner.  The effort will help raise funds for the CAI Academy.