“…a magnificent night of inspiration that left me yearning to achieve more in this short life.”- Rosia Nouri, MAX Graduate volunteer
The Annual MAX Gala is an incredible night of celebration that represents the culmination of efforts over 350 volunteers on ten different teams at MAX, towards the organizations 4 main areas of operation: Awards, Scholarships, Mentors and MAX Gala. Attended by luminaries in Canadian politics, medicine, law, business, development, academia and the arts, the Gala recognizes the achievements and contributions of seasoned professional and community leaders, and students that have made exemplary academic accomplishments alongside contributions to their school and community.
MAX Gala is a rare glimpse into the skills, talents and cultural strengths of a dynamic community of patriotic Canadian Muslims, whose continued efforts help build a strong workforce, energize the economy, and expand our combined cultural horizons. Publicly showcasing achievements also helps break down prejudice and promotes diversity and respect. It promotes pride within the community and ignites the desire to achieve our best potential while helping each other along the way.
“I think in the world we live in, it’s increasingly important to show Canadian Muslims who are giving back and contributing. I think in the past, we haven’t done the greatest job of highlighting our successes and achievements as a community … I think MAX brings something to the table that was sorely lacking.” – Sabeen Saeed, MAX Mentor
This year, over $140,000 will be awarded to 40 Canadian Muslims students who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to academic and community accomplishments. 11 individuals will be honoured with Awards to recognize their impactful and consistent professional and community contributions.
The inaugural MAX Gala (2016) was held at the Ritz Carlton Toronto with over 500 in attendance in 2016, and at the Roy Thomson Hall with over 1000 guests in attendance in 2017. It was our great privilege to have Prime Minister Justin Trudeau open the MAX Gala with video greetings to the audience.
“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
Past attendees at MAX Gala 2016 and 2017 have included:
Federal Minister of International Trade, Chrystia Freeland
Ontario Minister of Finance, Charles Sousa
TD Bank CFO, Riaz Ahmed
Mayor of Toronto, John Tory
Mayor of Mississauga, Bonnie Crombie
Ryerson University President, Mohamed Lachemi
City of Toronto Film Commissioner and actor, Zaib Shaikh
Chairman of Norton Rose Fullbright Ltd., Walied Soliman
RBC Regional President, Kris Depencier
Ex-Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne
President and CEO, Hill + Knowlton, Goldy Hyder
MAX Gala 2018
The third annual MAX Gala will be held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel Toronto on October 6th, 2018.
The evening will include the presentation of awards to community leaders and scholarships for high achieving students, with a three course dinner from acclaimed Ritz-Carlton chefs. A panel of industry leaders will explore this year’s theme, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, culminating with professional networking opportunities.
This year’s gala will celebrate the way we transform, disrupt and innovate. We hope you join us as we explore the pioneers and leaders who play a critical role in the advancement of emerging technologies, inline with the Islamic tradition of significant contribution to the industrial revolutions that have defined the way we live, work, and communicate.