MAX Gala 2017 Award Finalists 2017-08-15T23:50:11+00:00

MAX Gala 2017 Finalists

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MAX Friends of the Community Award – Presented by Sargent Farms, KSM Law, Innovative Realty Inc.

The MAX Friends of the Community Award recognizes non-Muslim individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the Canadian Muslim community. The MAX Friends of the Community will have assisted in the achievement of certain strategic goals in key areas of importance to the community.

MAX is recognizing all Friend of the Community nominees below.

Michelle Shephard
Michelle Shephard
Michelle Shephard is a journalist, author and filmmaker who has been covering issues of terrorism and civil rights since the September 11, 2001 attacks, reporting from Canada and around the world. In 2011, she wrote about her journeys in, “Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism’s Grey Zone.” Her Emmy-nominated documentary “Guantanamo’s Child,” told the controversial story of Omar Khadr and was based on her 2008 book about his case.
Peel District School Board
Peel District School Board
The Peel board is proud to serve approximately 154,000 students in kindergarten to grade 12. With 253 schools in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga, the Peel board is committed to inspiring success, confidence and hope in each student. Guided by our mission, vision and values, the Peel board is focused on collectively making a positive difference in the lives of our staff, students, families and communities.
Jim Estill
Jim Estill
Jim Estill, CEO of Danby Appliances is a technology entrepreneur, executive, and philanthropist. Jim’s philanthropic work most recently involved sponsoring 58 Syrian Refugee families. This June Jim received the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour.
Bonnie Crombie
Bonnie Crombie
Bonnie Crombie is currently Mayor of Mississauga. Prior to her election, Mayor Crombie served as the Ward 5 City Councillor, and previous to that, as Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville. Before entering public service, she enjoyed a twenty-year career in business. Outside of her work in the public and private sector, Mayor Crombie has an extensive record of community leadership and volunteer service.

MAX Woman of the Year – Presented by Abrahams LLP

The MAX Woman of the Year Award recognizes a Muslimah / Woman who has demonstrated significant achievement, leadership, and commitment to serving her community.

Sara Attia
Sara Attia
Sarah Attia is an educator, community activist, and human rights defender.In July 2013, Sarah’s husband, Khaled Al-Qazzaz, was unjustly detained in Egypt. Sarah spearheaded an international grassroots campaign calling for her husband’s freedom. Khaled was finally released and returned to Canada in August 2016. Together, Sarah and Khaled have formed the QED foundation that serves disadvantaged and refugee communities in Canada.
Julie Mahfouz Rezvani
Julie Mahfouz Rezvani
Julie Mahfouz Rezvani is the Executive Director and co-founder of Mes Amis Canada, an award winning not-for-profit that has assisted Syrian Refugees settle into Canada. Julie directed the Ahlan Ramadan Campaign which provided food baskets for newcomers and meals for homeless Torontonians. Julie is the Director of The Orion Group and a Director with COSTI Immigrant Services. She is the recipient of the Governor General’s Sovereign Medal.
Rabia Khedr
Rabia Khedr
Commissioner with the Ontario Human Rights Commission, Rabia Khedr is also blind. Sheworks to combat ableism, racism and Islamophobia. She is a consultant under diversityworX. Rabia isa founder of CAM-D and DEEN Support Services, Executive Director of the Muslim Council of Peel and board member of the Federation of Muslim Women. Rabia is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal
Dr. Aliya Khan
Dr. Aliya Khan
Dr. Aliya Khan is an internationally recognized Medical Professor at McMaster University with over 200 publications, 400 international lectures and numerous awards for excellence in research, teaching and patient care. She built the Rahma House—an orphanage/school for over 200 refugee children in Turkey. She is an interfaith leader and regularly speaks at Churches, Synagogues and Mosques promoting friendship and understanding.
Fatema Dada
Fatema Dada
Fatema Dada is a Director at SMILE Canada, a not-for-profit dedicated to serving Muslim children with disabilities. Fatema has managed therapy services and recreational activities for kids, and has led campaigns to raise awareness about accessibility issues in the Muslim community. Fatema serves as the Director of two legal organizations serving Canadian Muslims. Fatema is Crown Counsel at the Ministry of the Attorney General.

MAX Business Leader of the Year – Presented by Paramount Fine Foods

The MAX Business Leader of the Year Award recognizes inspirational Muslim business leaders who have had a significant and positive impact on the community through their business leadership. Eligible candidates can include entrepreneurs and leaders of for-profit corporations and not-for-profit enterprises.

Hamza Khan
Hamza Khan
Hamza Khan is a multi-award winning marketer, entrepreneur, and author. He’s the co-founder of both Splash Effect, a boutique marketing & creative agency, as well as SkillsCamp, a soft skills training company. As a keynote speaker, Hamza has spoken at more than 50 events (including 2 TEDx events) across 10 cities and 4 countries, to more than 10,000 people.
Jahan Ali
Jahan Ali
Jahan Ali immigrated to Canada as a student and founded mobileLIVE which has a specialization in Digital Transformation and Robotic Automation. Within 6 years, he has grown mobileLIVE to over 250 employees. MobileLIVE was recognized as one of Canada’s best managed, fastest growing companies, and was featured in McLean’s Canada. Jahan actively contributes to charities and scholarships, and volunteers to settle new immigrants in Canada.
Ali Kizilbash
Ali Kizilbash
Ali Kizilbash started TWI Foods Inc. in 1997 with one oven and a vision to produce quality baked goods. In less than 20 years TWI has grown to operate out of 2 state-of-the-art facilities with 11 manufacturing lines producing baked goods that are sold globally. Under Ali’s leadership TWI has been consistently recognized as the one of Canada’s Fastest Growing and Best Managed Companies.
Bilal Khan
Bilal Khan
Bilal Khan is the Founding Managing Director of OneEleven, a scale-up innovation hub focused on helping Canada’s most promising start-ups commercialize their technologies and scale their operations. A Fellow at UofT’s Munk School of Global Affairs and at the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Ryerson. Bilal is a Board member of Toronto Global, TVO and recently named Canada’s Top40Under40.
Riaz Ahmed
Riaz Ahmed
As Group Head and CFO of TD Bank, Riaz Ahmed has played a key role in steering TD’s strategy and growing it into the 6th largest bank in North America. He chairs TD’s Inclusion and Diversity Leadership Council, fostering TD’s unique employee culture. Proud to give back to his community, Riaz serves on the Aga Khan Museum’s Board and is incoming Chairman of the Aga Khan Foundation, National Committee.

MAX Platinum Award for Excellence – Presented by OneView, Scotiabank and KPMG

The MAX Platinum Awards for Excellence recognize Muslims who have demonstrated significant achievement, leadership, and commitment to serving their community.

Faisal Kutty
Faisal Kutty
Faisal Kutty is a co-founder of KSM Law and teaches law in Canada and the US. He helped found a number of groups including CAIR-CAN (now NCCM), for which he served terms as Vice Chair and Legal Counsel. He has served on numerous other boards including HCI. His work appears in The Toronto Star and other media. For the past seven years, he has been included in The World’s Most Influential Muslims.
Ziyaad Mia
Ziyaad Mia
Ziyaad Mia is a lawyer, social-justice activist, adjunct professor and writer. After 9/11, he established the Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association’s advocacy arm and grew it into a respected leading voice on human rights, civil liberties and national security. He founded and runs Give 30 – a Ramadan-inspired initiative that has raised more than $700,000 for food banks across Canada and internationally.
Dr. Hamid Slimi
Dr. Hamid Slimi
Dr. Hamid Slimi is a professor at the State University Sharif Hidayatullah, the current chairman and professor at the Canadian Centre for Deen Studies, Imam and founder of the Sayeda Khadija Centre and the founder and president of Faith of Life Network. Dr. Slimi has been featured by Georgetown University as one of the 500 Most influential Muslims in the World.
Dr. Tayyab Rashid
Dr. Tayyab Rashid
For past 15 years, Dr. Tayyab Rashid has researched and practiced ways to build resilience, well-being, and meaning among the psychologically distressed. He has worked with survivors of 9/11 attacks, the Asian Tsunami and refugees. Currently, he is implementing Strengths-Based Resilience, and award-winning initiative, with vulnerable young adults.
Zeib Jeeva
Zeib Jeeva
Zeib Jeeva is a champion of social justice this includes helping to dismantle apartheid in South Africa. He is a nurturer of the following Muslim communities: Noor-ul-Islam Barrie, Talim-Ul-Islam, Islamic Foundation, Islamic Society of York Region, Madinah Masjid and Bosnian Masjid. He sits of on the board of: many hospitals, YMCA, United Way; Chair of IDRF. Zeib was honoured with the Order of Ontario.
Alia Hogben
Alia Hogben
Alia Hogben is the Executive Director of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women. She is a social worker who has worked in social services for children, for women and for those with handicaps. Alia has taught at a community college and currently writes a regular newspaper column on Islam, Muslims and interfaith relationships. She has been recognized for her advocacy for Canadian Muslim women.
Dr. Fuad Sahin
Dr. Fuad Sahin
Dr. Fuad Sahin is the founding member of IDRF. He is a doctor of medicine and an Islamic scholar. Dr. Sahin helped launch organizations such as the Council of Muslim Communities of Canada and the Islamic Foundation of Toronto. He has been the Imam of the Islamic Society of Niagara Peninsula since 1966. Dr. Sahin has also been active in interfaith dialogues.
Nazem Kadri
Nazem Kadri
Nazem Kadri is a professional ice hockey player and currently plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Nazem played in the Ontario Hockey League with the Kitchener Rangers and the London Knights and represented Canada at the Ice Hockey World Junior Championships in 2010. Through the Nazem Kadri Foundation and in partnership with Islamic Relief Canada, Nazem has helped to raise nearly $1.5 million for charitable causes.
Riaz Ahmed
Riaz Ahmed
As Group Head and CFO of TD Bank, Riaz Ahmed has played a key role in steering TD’s strategy and growing it into the 6th largest bank in North America. He chairs TD’s Inclusion and Diversity Leadership Council, fostering TD’s unique employee culture. Proud to give back to his community, Riaz serves on the Aga Khan Museum’s Board and is incoming Chairman of the Aga Khan Foundation, National Committee.

MAX Charity of the Year – Presented by Islamic Relief Canada

The MAX Charity of the Year Award recognizes Muslim run charities and not-for-profit organizations that have demonstrated excellence in program design, service delivery and impact to their community.

IDRF
IDRF
IDRF is a proudly Canadian charity that follows the Islamic Principles of Human Dignity, Self-Reliance and Social Justice. For over 33 years, we have provided humanitarian aid and sustainable development projects worldwide. As an organization that was selected by the Financial Post as one of the Top 25 charities in Canada for our financial accountability, we are pleased to provide Canadians with access to their philanthropic goals.
Naseeha Muslim Youth Helpline
Naseeha Muslim Youth Helpline
Launched in 2006, Naseeha Muslim Youth Helpline is a non-profit organization providing young Muslims immediate, anonymous, and confidential support over the phone. It is one of a few North American helplines focused specifically on Muslim youth and the unique struggles they face. Naseeha receives calls from all over North America, of every faith, race and culture – and no one is ever turned away.
SMILE
SMILE
SMILE Canada supports Muslim children with disabilities, their families, and communities. SMILE’s network of over 150 volunteers and donors help provide assessments, financial assistance, therapy, children and youth events, and educational workshops. SMILE’s mandate is inclusion and accessibility for all. To that end, SMILE works with mosques and Islamic schools to make their spaces more accessible for all children!
National Council of Canadian Muslims
National Council of Canadian Muslims
The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the human rights & civil liberties of Canadian Muslims (and by extension of all Canadians), promoting their public interests, building mutual understanding and challenging Islamophobia and other forms of xenophobia. As a long standing Canadian organization, the NCCM has an exemplary record of defending rights and liberties, promoting active citizenship and upholding Canadian pluralism.
TCF Canada
TCF Canada
Since 2005, TCF Canada has raised funds to educate underprivileged children in over 1400 purpose-built schools in Pakistan, run by its intermediary organization, The Citizens Foundation. Through its transparent and audited donation process, TCF Canada has proven its commitment to the mission of removing barriers of class, privilege and gender to make Pakistani citizens agents of positive change.

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