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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.

What People Are Saying

“MAX gala was an inspiring experience to attend full of incredible energy. It showcased some of the most outstanding members of our community, with a pleasantly surprising diversity in skills, talents and unique contributions on local, national and global scales. The organization has defined itself as one that respects its vision and mission – one that aims to elevate the brand of Muslims who excel in their educational, professional and socially conscious domains, all inevitably rendering a positive impact to society at large. Overall, a truly unique and uplifting experience to be a part of.”

Dr. Abdu Sharkawy, University Health Network

“Whilst the media continues to paint Muslims in the same dark shade of grey, events like MAX are the bright spots on the canvas.”

Sayed Alaali, CPP Investment Board

“The Gala last year was incredibly well run, particularly for a first year organization. We saw the disparate parts of our community come together and unite – a mosaic within the Canadian mosaic. It inspired me to continue to work with MAX. The shared purpose, and the desire to contribute to Canada and it’s unique experiment, is evident in every meeting. There are no organizational politics, no petty grievances. We are all working together for each other.

Dr. Saad Ahmed, St. Michael's Hospital

I have distinct recollection, as I grew up, of every dinner party ending in the auntie’s and uncles lamenting the current status of Muslims and giving into nostalgia for our past glory. A new conversation is needed and has been needed for a long time. MAX fulfills that need by not only encouraging excellence in the Canadian Muslim community but also by creating the sort of community we need to look and move forward as an ummah.

Dr. Saad Ahmed, St. Michael's Hospital

“My experience with the Muslim Awards for Excellence has been life changing, not only because it opened my eyes to the depth and strength of my community, but because it has allowed me to connect with other passionate and hardworking individuals who have inspired to push myself further in the pursuit of excellence in my career and my religion. Being a scholarship winner has greatly benefited me as it lifted some of the financial burden of post-secondary off my shoulders, but being in a room with inspiring and esteemed individuals is the biggest honour of all. Although MAX is an infant organization, it put on a seamless event last year and I can’t wait to see what this year’s event will look like.”

Yara Amr

“As a Canadian Muslim that works hard to contribute to the community, I have very much enjoyed the ability to have a relationship with the MAX team. The MAX team has been able to offer an experience that is a completely new concept in the Muslim community. The response has been extremely well received. I am also proud of the support that MAX has provided to the younger generation – the steps they have taken to engage the youth (largely through scholarships) is truly outstanding.

The MAX Gala itself, marked a truly remarkable evening. On behalf of the Muslim Welfare Centre it was so inspiring to both sponsor and receive an award. We really do look forward to attending MAX events in the future!”

Muneeza Sheikh, Levitt LLP

“MAX Gala is a visionary event that the Canadian Muslim community needs to profile its extraordinary leaders and achievers. DawaNet is a proud supporter of MAX Gala as its vision and objectives empower and inspire Canadian Muslims to excel as citizens and leaders. We truly appreciate the thought, planning, and professionalism that went into last year’s gala and look forward to attending and supporting this event with pride in years to come.”

Arif Zia, DawaNet

Celebrating Excellence Among Canadian Muslims

Learn More About MAX

6 Award Types, 11 Winners: Endless Gratitude

MAX uses a robust nomination and application process to select its award recipients.
The deadline to nominate is April 15, 2017. Winners will be announced on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the 2nd Annual MAX Gala.
Nominate anyone for the following awards. If you have any questions please contact us at awards@maxgala.com.

MAX Awards Selection Process

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

View MAX Awards Conflict of Interest Policy

Platinum Award for Excellence

3 Awards Presented by OneView, Scotiabank, KPMG

Platinum Award for Excellence

Recognize Muslims who have demonstrated significant achievement, leadership, and commitment to serving their community.

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Charity of the Year

1 Award Presented by Islamic Relief

Charity of the Year

Recognizes Muslim run charities and not-for-profit organizations that have demonstrated excellence in program design, service delivery and impact.

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Woman of the Year Award

One Award Presented by Abrahams LLP

Woman of the Year Award

Recognizes a Muslimah/Woman who has demonstrated significant achievement, leadership, and commitment to serving her community.

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Friends of the Community

3 Awards Presented by KSM Law, Sargent Farms, Century 21

Friends of the Community

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

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Business Leader of the Year

Presented by Paramount Fine Foods

Business Leader of the Year

Recognizes an inspirational Muslim leader who has had a significant and positive impact on their community through their business leadership.

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MAX Lifetime Achievement Award

MAX Lifetime Achievement Award

The MAX Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence recognizes outstanding contributions to the success of Muslims in Canada.

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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.

View MAX Scholarships Conflict of Interest Policy

High School Students

Ike Ahmed University Entrance Scholarship

$10,000 - Application Open For 2018!

Ike Ahmed University Entrance Scholarship

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HudHud Scholarship for Somali-Canadian Youth

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

HudHud Scholarship for Somali-Canadian Youth

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Mohamad and Hanan Fakih All Star Scholarship

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

Mohamad and Hanan Fakih All Star Scholarship

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Walied and Deena Soliman All Star Scholarship

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

Walied and Deena Soliman All Star Scholarship

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Walied and Deena Soliman All Star for Learning Disabilities

$2,500 - Application Open For 2018!

Walied and Deena Soliman All Star for Learning Disabilities

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Musharaf Anwar RBC Wealth Management

$2,500 - Application Open for 2018!

Musharaf Anwar RBC Wealth Management

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Zaidi Family High School All Star Achievement

$2,500 - Application Open For 2018!

Zaidi Family High School All Star Achievement

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Huda Family High School Scholarship

$2,500 - Application Closed

Huda Family High School Scholarship

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Undergraduate and Graduate Students

M. Humayun Zafar Scholarship for Sciences & Engineering

$10,000 - Application Open For 2018!

M. Humayun Zafar Scholarship for Sciences & Engineering

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Dr. Jawad and Husna Khan Medical Scholarship

$10,000 - Application Open For 2018!

Dr. Jawad and Husna Khan Medical Scholarship

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Farah & Dr. Yasser Khan Humanitarian Scholarship

$10,000 - Application Open For 2018!

Farah & Dr. Yasser Khan Humanitarian Scholarship

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Shiraz and Ayesha Suleman Scholarship for Women

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

Shiraz and Ayesha Suleman Scholarship for Women

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Salma & Jeelani Wani Scholarship for Film and TV

$2,500 - Application Open for 2018!

Salma & Jeelani Wani Scholarship for Film and TV

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HudHud Scholarship for Somali-Canadian Youth – Undergraduate and Graduate

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

HudHud Scholarship for Somali-Canadian Youth – Undergraduate and Graduate

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Sajda Khatoon Memorial All Star Scholarship

$5,000 - Application Open For 2018!

Sajda Khatoon Memorial All Star Scholarship

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Maimoona Wasi Ahmed Memorial All Star

$2,500 - Application Open For 2018!

Maimoona Wasi Ahmed Memorial All Star

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Shamoon Ahsan Memorial All Star Scholarship

$2,500 - Application Open For 2018!

Shamoon Ahsan Memorial All Star Scholarship

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The Spain Heritage Tour Scholarship

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

The Spain Heritage TourScholarship

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Anonymous All Star Scholarship

$2,500 - Application Open for 2018!

Anonymous All Star Scholarship

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Jabir Ibn Hayyan for Women in Graduate Chemistry Programs

$2,500 - Application Open for 2018!

Jabir Ibn Hayyan for Women in Graduate Chemistry Programs

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The Canadian Muslim Vote Scholarship

$2,500 - Application Closed

The Canadian Muslim Vote Scholarship

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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

$25,000
  • Company Logo alongside MAX Logo
  • Address Gala Attendees
  • Company Video Presentation
  • Sponsor Themed Serviettes
  • Sponsor Inspired Drink*
  • Opportunity to name and present an award
  • Pre-awards VIP Reception Invitation
  • Logo on MAX Website
  • 16 Reserved seats
  • Advertised Seating*
  • Premium Seat
  • Full Page Ad in Program

Platinum

$10,000
  • Company Video Presentation
  • Sponsor Themed Serviettes
  • Sponsor Inspired Drink*
  • Opportunity to name and present an award
  • Pre-awards VIP Reception Invitation
  • Logo on MAX Website
  • 10 Reserved seats
  • Advertised Seating*
  • Premium Seat
  • Half Page Ad in Program

Gold

$5,000
  • Opportunity to name and present an award
  • Pre-awards VIP Reception Invitation
  • Logo on MAX Website
  • 8 Reserved seats
  • Advertised Seating*
  • Standard Seat
  • Basic Listing in Program

Silver

$3,000
  • Pre-awards VIP Reception Invitation
  • Logo on MAX Website
  • 6 Reserved seats
  • Sponsor Seat
  • Standard Seat
  • Basic Listing in Program

Bronze

$1,000
  • Pre-awards VIP Reception Invitation
  • Logo on MAX Website
  • 2 Reserved seats
  • Sponsor Seat
  • Standard Seat
  • Basic Listing in Program

*Subject to venue guidelines

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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