Marie-Josée Primeau... A Visionary

  Born in Montreal, Canada, selected and granted scholarship to complete her University studies in Los Angeles. Now resident of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates since 2007, she lives on the famous palm-shaped island The Palm Jumeirah. She left her comfort zone, left Montreal. She decided to follow the cranes… in fact 40% of the cranes worldwide are gathered there! Her playground has consequently extended in this ever developing sand box. Stimulated by Dubai, front door of the Middle East, a city in full emergence and also inspired by the leadership of its rulers.
 
 
Chairman of the Canadian Business Council of Dubai and Northern Emirates (2008-2010)
The CBC is a non-profit organization, it has the mission of facilitating integration and support exchanges between local and Canadian companies. More than 400 members, of which Bombardier, SNC-Lavalin, CAE and Cansult; 27 000 Canadians live in the United Arab Emirates.

Trade missions in adjoining Emirates, events with local guest speakers and influential Emirate leaders.

Constant relations with the Canadian Embassy, the Canadian Consulate General , their trade commissioners, Export Development Canada, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce, Young Arab leaders Group, UAE ministers, crown princes and rulers.

Member of the organizing committee of the « Canada Week » in Dubai, simultaneously raising funds for the Montreal Children Hospital Foundation and the UAE Terry Fox Foundation, greeted the legendary Yvan Cournoyer and many international hockey players.
 
Professional Artist Painter
Inspired by her numerous travels and voluntary help more specifically in Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Senegal and Vietnam.

Previous collections : « Eyes of The Asian World » and « Eyes of The African World ».

Unveiling of her « Eyes of The Arab World » collection in Dubai, in the presence of the Canadian Ambassador and other public key figures.

Selected among international artists, the 32nd floor of the Burj Dubai, the highest tower in the world, is dedicated to her paintings.

Mandated to paint in Arabic calligraphy a poem written by HH Sheikh Zayed. The painting is the inside front cover of a governmental book promoting Abu Dhabi.

Her clients : the Abu Dhabi Government, the Culture Ministry, the Royal Palace of His Excellency the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. The Emirates royal families. DIFC, Dubai International Financial Center. The Capital Club, first private business club in Dubai, of which she is a member. Yas Hotel, VVIP Majilis, Yas Island, Formula 1 circuit, Abu Dhabi.
 
The Athlete & her voluntary implication

Organized and successfully climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro three times, 2005-2006-2007, with Stéphanie Lapointe (singer), Dany Turcotte (TV host) and The Honorable John P. Manley (former Minister of Finance-Canada). Organized fundraising events during her mandate as voluntary Vice-Chairman of the consulting Board of Care Canada.

In 2009, participated to various marathons worldwide : Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, Paris, Athens and the Great Wall of China.

Considers herself very privileged to be a witness of the creation and rapid evolution of those Emirates, a unique phenomenon in the world.

“This time, my mountain is on the ground… on Arab soil.”


Author, her book « JUMP ! In the United Arab Emirates »

Great motivator speaker, she wishes to share her passion and acquired experience in the Middle East by means of interviews, articles and lectures.

At the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro 2006
  Dany Turcotte, TV host & Marie-Josée

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad
Al Sharqi, The Crown Prince
of Fujairah Emirate
H.E. Abdulla Hamad Bin Sugat,
Chief Executive Officer DIFC
 
Mt. Kilimanjaro 2006
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