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MAX was established with the founding charter to recognize the excellent professional, educational and charitable achievements of Muslims in Canada.

We aim to recognize, reward, celebrate & motivate high achievement, along with positive and productive contributions to society by Muslims in Canada.

Celebrating Excellence Among Canadian Muslims

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11 Awards: Endless Gratitude

MAX uses a robust nomination and application process to select its award recipients.
The deadline to nominate is April 15, 2018. Winners will be announced on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the 3rd Annual MAX Gala.
Nominate anyone for the following awards. If you have any questions please contact us at awards@maxgala.com.

The objective of the six MAX Awards is to recognize Muslims who have demonstrated significant achievement, leadership, and commitment to serving their community.

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Publicly Nominated Awards

Artist of the Year

Presented by: TBA

Artist of the Year

Recognizes an individual who has demonstrated significant achievement within the creative arts.

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Charity of the Year

Presented by: IRC

Charity of the Year

Recognize a Muslim run charity or not-for-profit organization that has demonstrated excellence in program design, service delivery and impact to their community.

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Community Excellence Award

Presented by: TBA

Community Excellence Award

Recognize an individual that has demonstrated significant service to the Muslim Community and to Canada.

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Entrepreneur of Year

Presented by: Abrahams LLP

Entrepreneur of Year

Recognize an inspirational Muslim Entrepreneur who has had a significant and positive impact on the community through their business leadership.

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Friends of the Community

Presented by: TBA

Friends of the Community

Recognizes non-Muslim individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the Canadian Muslim community.

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Woman of the Year Award

Presented by: TBA

Woman of the Year Award

Recognize a woman who has demonstrated significant achievement, leadership, and commitment to serving her community.

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Short Video of the Year Award

Presented by: TBA

Short Video of the Year Award

Create a short video with the theme of Social Change for a chance to win!

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MAX Advisory Board Nominated Awards

Business Leader of the Year

Presented by: KPMG

Business Leader of the Year

Recognizes an inspirational Muslim business leader who has had a significant and positive impact in business and community initiatives.

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Lifetime Achievement Award

Presented by: TBA

Lifetime Achievement Award

Recognizes an individual every year with a MAX Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding professional achievement, service and dedication to the Muslim community and Canada.

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Platinum Excellence Award

Presented by: TBA

Platinum Excellence Award

Recognizes a Muslim who has demonstrated significant achievement, leadership, and made a positive impact in their community.

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Professional Excellence Award

Presented by: TBA

Professional Excellence Award

Recognizes an inspirational Muslim who has demonstrated significant achievement in a professional domain along with consistent contribution to their community. Eligible candidates can include professional athletes and people of creative arts.

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Meet the Award Judges

MAX Scholarships

The objective of the MAX Scholarships is to recognize and reward high school and college or university students who have excelled in academics and combined this achievement with outstanding contributions to their school and or community.

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High School Students

Ike Ahmed University Entrance Scholarship

$10,000 - Application Open For 2018!

To recognize and reward an outstanding student who follows Dr. Ahmed’s tradition of excelling in academics, and combines this achievement with exceptional contributions to their school and/or community.

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HudHud Scholarship for Somali-Canadian Youth

$2,500 (2 Scholarships) - Application Open For 2018!

This scholarship will be awarded to an individual in high school who displays an outstanding role in academics, character, community, and is of Somali-descent.

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Deep Roots Leadership Scholarship

$2,500 (2 Scholarships) - Application Open For 2018!

Andalucian Routes will award a Deep Routes Leadership scholarship to a student aged 14 – 19 (as of Sept. 2018) who has demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, business, religion, or ethics.

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Mohamed Foundation Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement

$2,500 (2 Scholarships) - Application Open For 2018!

To recognize  students pursuing a post secondary education in engineering, and have excelled in academics and outstanding contributions to their school and/or community.

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Mohamad and Hanan Fakih All Star Scholarship

$2,500 (3 Scholarships) - Application Open For 2018!

To recognize and reward students who have excelled in academics and combined this achievement with outstanding contributions to their school and/or community.

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Walied and Deena Soliman All Star Scholarship

$2,500 (2 Scholarships) - Application Open For 2018!

To recognize and reward students who have excelled in academics and combined this achievement with outstanding contributions to their school and/or community.

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Walied and Deena Soliman All Star for Learning Disabilities

$2,500 - Application Open For 2018!

To recognize and reward students who have demonstrated perseverance in the face of a learning disability enabling them to do well in their academics while contributing to their school and/or community.

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Musharaf Anwar RBC Wealth Management

$2,500 - Application Open for 2018!

To recognize students who have shown significant improvement in academics and combined this achievement with contributions to their school and/or community, while working to overcome a significant life event or financial hardship.

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Zaidi Family High School All Star Achievement

$2,500 - Application Open For 2018!

To recognize and reward students who have excelled in academics and combined this achievement with outstanding contributions to their school and/or community, while working to overcome a significant life event or financial hardship.

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Undergraduate and Graduate Students

M. Humayun Zafar Scholarship for Sciences & Engineering

$10,000 - Application Open For 2018!

To recognize students that have demonstrated achievement in the sciences or engineering. Examples include publications in academic journals, relevant business start-ups, meaningful patents filed, and/or high marks.

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Dr. Jawad and Husna Khan Medical Scholarship

$10,000 - Application Open For 2018!

Awarded based on the areas he and/or his parents emphasized from a young age. You should only have to worry about becoming a good doctor and this scholarship is meant to help a future doctor focus on doing exactly that.

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Dr. Yasser & Farah Khan Humanitarian Scholarship

$5,000 - Application Open For 2018!

This scholarship will be awarded to an individual who displays an outstanding humanitarian role in the community. This individual actively participates in human welfare and has a passion for improving the lives of others.

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Shiraz and Ayesha Suleman Scholarship for Women

$5,000 (2 Scholarships) - Application Open for 2018!

To recognize and reward students who have excelled in academics and combined this achievement with outstanding contributions to their school and/or community.

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Ajaz Ahmed and Anees Fatima All Star Scholarship

$3,500 - Application Open for 2018!

Recognizes a student who not only has excelled in academics but has done so while overcoming a financial hardship or a personal struggle.

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Hana Scholarship for Artificial Intelligence

$3,500 - Application Open for 2018!

To recognize and reward students who have excelled in the field of artificial intelligence and combined this achievement with outstanding contributions to their school and/or community.

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Salma & Jeelani Wani Scholarship for Film and TV

$2,500 - Application Open for 2018!

To recognize university, college, or postgraduate students that have demonstrated significant achievement in film or television, and combined this achievement with outstanding contributions to their school and/or community.

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HudHud Scholarship for Somali-Canadian Youth

$2,500 (2 scholarships) - Application Open for 2018!

This scholarship will be awarded to an individual in an undergraduate or graduate program who displays an outstanding role in academics, character, community, and is of Somali-descent.

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Eshal & Amani Scholarship For Special Needs

$2,500 - Application Open for 2018!

To recognize and reward students who have demonstrated perseverance in the face of a disability enabling them to do well in their academics while contributing to their school and/or community.

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Khadija Halder Legacy Scholarship

$2,5000 - Application Open for 2018!

To recognize and reward students who have excelled in academics and combined this achievement with outstanding contributions to their school and/or community.

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Sajda Khatoon Memorial All Star Scholarship

$5,000 - Application Open For 2018!

To recognize and reward students who have excelled in academics and combined this achievement with outstanding contributions to their school and/or community.

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Naseem Altaf Malik Humanitarian Scholarship

$2,500 - Application Open For 2018!

This scholarship will be awarded to an individual who displays an outstanding humanitarian role in the community. This individual actively participates in human welfare and has a passion for improving the lives of others.

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Hyder Family Scholarship for the Humanities

$2,500 - Application Open For 2018!

To recognize a 1st year university or college student studying the humanities, who have excelled in academics and with outstanding contributions to their school and/or community.

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Maimoona Wasi Ahmed Memorial All Star

$2,500 - Application Open For 2018!

To recognize and reward students who have excelled in academics and combined this achievement with outstanding contributions to their school and/or community.

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Shamoon Ahsan Memorial All Star Scholarship

$2,500 - Application Open For 2018!

To recognize and reward students who have excelled in academics and combined this achievement with outstanding contributions to their school and/or community.

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Deep Roots Leadership Scholarship

$2,500 (2 Scholarships) - Application Open For 2018!

Andalucian Routes will award a Deep Routes Leadership scholarship to a student aged 14 – 19 (as of Sept. 2018) who has demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, business, religion, or ethics.

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Anonymous All Star Scholarship

$2,500 - Application Open for 2018!

To recognize and reward students who have excelled in academics and combined this achievement with outstanding contributions to their school and/or community.

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Jabir Ibn Hayyan for Women in Graduate Chemistry Programs

$2,500 - Application Open for 2018!

Open to all graduate students, who are enrolled in a Masters or PhD Chemistry program as of September 2017. Recipients of this award will have demonstrated significant achievement in Chemistry.

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Meet the Scholarship Judges

The Annual MAX Gala – A Night to Remember

Our initiative to recognize Muslims’ positive contributions to Canadian society culminates with the annual Muslim Awards for Excellence (MAX) Gala. The inaugural MAX Gala, held in 2016, was truly a night to remember.

Attended by luminaries in Canadian politics, medicine, law, business, development, academia and the arts, the Gala honoured the achievements and contributions of Canadian Muslims.

It was our great privilege to have Prime Minister Justin Trudeau open the MAX Gala with video greetings to the audience.

Attending in person were:

Federal Minister of International Trade, Chrystia Freeland
Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne
Ontario Minister of Finance, Charles Sousa
Mayor of Toronto, John Tory

Sponsorship Packages

Our operations are primarily funded through donations. All donations will be used towards the production costs of the Annual MAX Gala.

Event Level

$45,000
  • Recognition as exclusive Title Partner of event
  • Recognition as exclusive Title Partner on pre-event promotion on social media channels
  • Opportunity to give remarks at event (2–3 min)
  • Video Exposure (30 sec)
  • Podium Recognition
  • Exclusive invitation & exposure to VIP Reception attended by Advisory Board & MAX
  • Full Page Program booklet exposure
  • Website exposure – name/logo with link to company website
  • Recongition on all social media channels (Facebook. Instagram, Twitter)
  • Email communications recognition (MailChimp)
  • Brand Recognition on event day marketing material including backdrops/banners
  • 16 Complimentary tickets
  • Special Segments for Partnership: MAX Mentor’s keynote address | MAX Mentor’s Café Sponsor

Platinum

$15,000
  • Video Exposure (30 sec)
  • Podium Recognition
  • Exclusive invitation & exposure to VIP Reception attended by Advisory Board & MAX
  • Half Page Logo
  • Award Naming/Sponsorship (verbal & name/logo recognition on screen during award presentation) ***
  • Website exposure – name/logo with link to company website
  • Recongition on all social media channels (Facebook. Instagram, Twitter)
  • Minimum 3 Times
  • Brand Recognition on event day marketing material including backdrops/banners
  • 10 Complimentary tickets
  • Special Segments for Partnership: MAX Mentor’s keynote address | MAX Mentor’s Café Sponsor

Gold

$10,000
  • Exclusive invitation & exposure to VIP Reception attended by Advisory Board & MAX
  • 1/4 Page Logo
  • Award Naming/Sponsorship (verbal & name/logo recognition on screen during award presentation) ***
  • Website exposure – name/logo with link to company website
  • Recongition on all social media channels (Facebook. Instagram, Twitter)
  • Minimum 2 Times
  • Brand Recognition on event day marketing material including backdrops/banners
  • 8 Complimentary tickets
  • Additional $2,500 for Special Segments for Partnership: MAX Mentor’s keynote address | MAX Mentor’s Café Sponsor

Silver

$5,000
  • Listing
  • Website exposure – name/logo with link to company website
  • Recongition on all social media channels (Facebook. Instagram, Twitter)
  • Minimum 1 Time
  • Brand Recognition on event day marketing material including backdrops/banners
  • 4 Complimentary tickets
  • Additional $2,500 for Special Segments for Partnership: MAX Mentor’s keynote address | MAX Mentor’s Café Sponsor

Bronze

$2,500
  • Website exposure – name/logo with link to company website
  • Recongition on all social media channels (Facebook. Instagram, Twitter)
  • Minimum 1 Time
  • 2 Complimentary tickets
  • Additional $2,500 for Special Segments for Partnership: MAX Mentor’s keynote address | MAX Mentor’s Café Sponsor

***Available on a first come first served basis based on when payment is received.

Contact Us Regarding Sponsoring MAX!

Sponsor a Scholarship, Leave a Legacy

Help us continue to elevate the brand of Muslims. Please join us in motivating and supporting the bright youth of the Muslim community to become positive and successful contributors to Canadian society. Leave a legacy by offering a scholarship in your family or company name!

Platinum

$12,000
  • Scholarship Award Amount: $10,000
  • Scholarship Name of your Choice
  • Website Recognition
  • Gala Event Recognition
  • Opportunity to Present your Award at the Gala (non-speaking)
  • 6 Reserved Seats
  • Pre-awards VIP Reception Invitation
  • Custom Award Criteria
  • Address Gala Attendees
  • Joint Media Release

Gold

$7,000
  • Scholarship Award Amount: $5,000
  • Scholarship Name of your Choice
  • Website Recognition
  • Gala Event Recognition
  • Opportunity to Present your Award at the Gala (non-speaking)
  • 4 Reserved Seats
  • Pre-awards VIP Reception Invitation
  • Custom Award Criteria
  • Address Gala Attendees

Silver

$4,000
  • Scholarship Award Amount: $2,500
  • Scholarship Name of your Choice
  • Website Recognition
  • Gala Event Recognition
  • Opportunity to Present your Award at the Gala (non-speaking)
  • 2 Reserved Seats
  • Pre-awards VIP Reception Invitation
  • Custom Award Criteria

MAX in the Media

MAX – Muslim Awards for Excellence and the inaugural MAX Gala has been featured in numerous newspapers, magazines, and other forms of media. Below is a selection of published articles profiling MAX and the positive light we shed on our community.

“…Thank you for the positive contributions you make to Canadian society each and every day … ”

“I want to congratulate everyone being honoured tonight. Thank you for the positive contributions you make to Canadian society each and every day … Tonight is a testament to the fact that diversity is our greatest strength.” – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

MAX Gala 2017, 680 News

MAX Chair Aazar Zafar interviewed by 680 NEWS

Muslim Awards for Excellence 2017, Omni TV

ਬੀਤੇ ਵੀਕਐਂਡ ਟੋਰਾਂਟੋ ਦੇ Roy Thomson Hall ਵਿੱਚ ਹੋਏ ਇੱਕ ਸਮਾਗਮ ਦੌਰਾਨ ਮੁਸਲਮ ਕਮਿਊਨਿਟੀ ਨਾਲ ਸੰਬੰਧਤ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਵਿਅਕਤੀਆਂ, ਸੰਸਥਾਵਾਂ [...]

Mentorship program sees Muslim professionals mentor Muslim students, Toronto Star

The initiative links learners with established workers in fields where minorities lack representation. View Article

Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Official Wishes for MAX Gala

TORONTO, October 14, 2017 – A PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM THE PREMIER On behalf of the Government of Ontario, I [...]

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