About the Canadian-Turkish Business Council

The CTBC is a Canadian chartered, not-for-profit organization formed in 2001 in recognition of the importance of Turkey as a strategic trade and investment partner for Canada.

We are dedicated to providing a variety of activities that enhance business and trade relations between Canada and Turkey. CTBC membership provides preferred access to our events, ensures members are kept aware of and can influence developments, and allows numerous opportunities to raise corporate profiles both in Canada and in Turkey. Specific offerings include: trade missions, conferences and networking events; market intelligence and briefings; and support for market access and policy issues.

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Mission Statement

The CTBC is a bilateral trade and investment facilitator, catalyst and advocate for Canada/Turkey commercial activity. As such, we provide insight into Canada-Turkey trade and investment issues and develop connections through missions, meetings and seminars aimed to ensure business success for our members.

The Council is the voice of the Canadian business community on issues affecting trade and investment in Turkey. We emphasize Turkey as an attractive commercial destination through targeted marketing and advocacy efforts and by highlighting member experiences. We actively promote networking and communication between established, new and potential Canadian exporters and investors, facilitating the exchange of information and the formation of business alliances.

At the same time, the Council actively promotes Turkish trade and investment in Canada.

A key objective is to provide support to our members in their dealings with Canadian and Turkish governmental and regulatory bodies on key business issues.

Board of Directors

  • The Honorable Gar Knutson, Chair
  • Ă–mer Al-Katib, President, CTBC
  • Badar Shamim, CIM, CFP, Vice President, Portfolio Manager, Trapeze Asset Management Inc; Past Chair, Brampton Board of Trade; CTBC Treasurer
  • Ben Morris, Vice President, Business Development, Wesley Clover International Corp
  • Dennis Kwong, Vice President, Business Development & Exploration, Centerra Gold
  • Cem Sayer, Chairman of the Board and President, Aladdin Middle East Limited
  • Zahide Sezerman, Vice President, Human Resources, OZ Optics Limited
  • Eren Sari, Business Development Consultant, Green and Spiegel LLP
  • Vitaly Paroshyn, International Market Consultant, Eastern Europe and Middle East, Ontario Ministry of International Trade
  • Robert Baines, President, NATO Association of Canada (NAOC)
  • Steve Williams, President, CEO and Founder, Pasinex Resources Limited
  • Ali Akman, President, Akman Holding AS, Turkey; President, SAMM Holding Inc., Canada
  • Robert Champagne, Director, Business Development & Intermodal, Vision Transportation
  • Julie Lindhout, Past President, NAOC
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