Board of Directors Executive Committee



President and Chairman

Scholarship Committee

Canadian Academic Students Aid International (CASAl)

Graduated from Friends Boys School – Bireh – Honors American University of Beirut and Indiana State University Sciences and Business Administration – Honors

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Planning, organizing, problem solving, project management, cost stewardship. Research studies international markets.
  • Knowledge of both cultures Canadian and Middle East, N. Africa (MENA)

Personal Characteristics
Believe in Education, aiding disadvantaged international students from under
developed countries to continue their education as per CASAl mission, vision, and objectives. Behave ethically, communicate effectively, administer creatively, lead, make decisions. Plan, determine strategies, set goals.

Business Experience
Consultation, Research, Marketing and Sales. Appointed Exclusive Representatives for Canadian and U.S. Energy Groups and Service Companies to establish the MENA markets according to action plan and marketing strategy.

1989 – Present
Uni-Can International Inc. Edmonton – Alberta – Canada
Managing Director – International Business Consultant.

Research Studies for the Canadian Provincial Government. Prepared a Middle East Investment and Tourism study. Organized business missions from Alberta to MENA countries. The participants were from Academic Institutions, the energy industries, environment, service companies and training institutes.

1985 -1994
As international marketing and sales consultants represented Canadian and U.S. industries as exclusive agents for the MENA countries to market their products and services according to an action plan and market strategy.

1978 – 1984
Industry Canada -Canadian Trade Commissioners Service Stationed in Kuwait. The responsibilities included research, market studies, supervising trade shows, preparing marketing plan and strategy to introduce and market Canadian products, services including educational and training institutes. Also, identify investors and investment companies for specific projects which involved the transfer of Canadian Technology.



Vice President – Executive Director

Scholarship Committee


Vice President, Aecon Transportation West/ Major Projects

Born and raised in Kuwait until high school. Left home at age 17 to seek higher education in the United States in 1979. Graduated from University of Toledo, Ohio – USA with B.Sc. In Civil Engineering. Moved to Springfield, Massachusetts and obtain an M.B.A. degree.

As a person who experienced the real cost of higher education, I was fortunate that my father had enough savings for me to continue my higher education however, many other students who want to seek higher education are prevented from doing so due to the financial limitations.

By joining CASAI and being and active member, I believe I will be able to contribute positively thru my contacts and help raise funds for those unfortunate students who are trying to seek higher education and make them fulfill their dreams and return back to their communities to rebuild a better future for the new generation.


Yasin Qasem

Executive Director – Events –

Social Media -Fund Raising

Sound Engineering graduate from Recording Arts Canada in 2012.
Born and Raised in Bourj Al Barajneh camp, west Beirut/Lebanon.
Music Producer and Founder of Palestinian rap crew I-Voice, Invincible Voice.

Yasin started his journey into rap music in 2004, where he formed I-voice in 2006 with his second partner TNT. I-voice played in Egypt and many European countries; they were also involved in many activities and workshops in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon as well as different concerts within Lebanon.
In 2007 I-voice decided to build a recording studio in Bourj Al Barajneh refugee camp where it was considered the headquarters for learning and teaching music productions. The studio made it easier for I-voice to learn new techniques that helped them improve themselves; it also helped them teach music to young adults that are interested from Bourj Al Barajneh and other refugee camps in Lebanon.

Yasin’s experience involves a lot of music/audio productions as well as sound engineering and project coordinations. He worked as Sound Trainer at Arab Digital Expression Foundation in Egypt and contributed as Project Coordinator with Studio Camps produced number of experimental films. Throughout moments of struggle and joy, Yaseen wrote about the soul of the camps and his life within him, he worked on numerous songs and released “Greetings/Ta7iyati” Mixtape in 2009.

In 2010, Yaseen moved to Canada in order to continue his education in Audio Engineering & Recording Arts, Yasin has released his solo mixtape in 2011 under the name of “Stateless”.



Exective Director – Secretary – Treasurer

Scholarship Committee

Graduated: University of Guelph, Class of 2010
Major: Finance – Honors Bachelors of Business Administration
Field: Accounting/Finance Sector
Years of Knowledge: 5 + years
Previous Employers:

  • AECON Group Ltd. – Toronto, ON
  • Canadian Back Institute Ltd. (CBI) – Toronto, ON
  • Site Energy Services Ltd. – Sherwood Park, Alberta

Current Company: Project Accountant – Company Business by Numbers Ltd. private accounting firm
Current Title: Senior Accountant
“CASAI is a great organization with an even greater purpose; to help our community and those who seek financial assistance when it comes to pursuing a higher education. I believe in CASAI because I support its purpose and overall mission, which is aimed at providing a means for individuals to reach their educational and life career goals.”

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Prof Dr Khaled Emara

International Board Director

Prof. of Orthopaedic Surgery, Ain Shams Univ.
Cairo, Egypt

Professor of Orthopaedics and traumatology
Subspeciality :
1- Orthopaedics, Subspeciality: pediatric orthopaedics, & Orthopaedic Trauma and management of deformities and limb lengthening & reconstruction
That is beside General orthopaedic practice
2- Elected director of the scientific committee & medico legal committee at the Egyptian Medical Syndicate

Education and Academics:

Currently a Professor of Orthopedic surgery, Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University Hospitals. (Clinical, educational & research duties)
Consultant of Orthopedics surgery
Subspecialty is pediatric orthopaedics, & Orthopaedic Trauma and management of deformities and limb lengthening & reconstruction with and without ring external fixation systems (Ilizarov techniques).

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Dr. Hatem Musa Khammash

International Board Director

Head Division and Director of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Newborn Services at Makassed Islamic Charitable Hospital/ Jerusalem.
Associate Professor, School of Medicine, Al-Quds University – Palestine.
Head of Pediatrics School of Medicine, Al-Quds University – Palestine
Consultant Pediatrician & Neonatologist at the Pediatric Department/ Makassed Islamic Charitable Hospital/ Jerusalem since May 1999. (Makassed Hospital is the main referral hospital for Jerusalem area and whole Palestine).
Consultant Pediatrician at Doctor’s House Medical Center Beit Hanina – Jerusalem
(Ilizarov techniques).