MAX Mentors 2018-03-06T23:56:28+00:00

The Muslim Awards for Excellence (MAX) seeks to catalyze excellence amongst Canadian Muslims through it’s early career mentorship program, MAX Mentors. The aim of this initiative is to help a new generation of Canadian-Muslims break the glass ceiling and build a culture of excellence in our community.

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Mid-career professionals from any industry

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Near-career or early career (first 5 years) professionals from any industry

MAX Mentee Guidelines
Apply to be a Mentee (Deadline March 31st, 2018)

For further queries, you can email us at mentors@maxgala.com

Successful Applicants Will Demonstrate


How will this be organized? 2017-10-16T22:32:39+00:00

The program will match select near-career students and early career professionals with mid-career professionals. Early career professionals may also mentor the near-career students, when deemed appropriate.

Mentees will be able to find a mentor who can answer questions and offer specific insight into their career path or opportunities for further networking. Opportunities for training and further research will be discussed.

Our mentorship program encompasses a breadth of fields – medicine, law, politics, media, start-ups and so forth. We will work with community organizations who are already organizing mentorship programs and capacity-building initiatives. To this end we will work with the Muslim Medical Association of Canada, Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association, National Council of Canadian Muslims and so forth.

Our quarterly meetings will discuss issues relevant to early career professionals. To date we have had sessions on wellness & resiliency.

Why should MAX be running it? 2017-10-16T22:43:39+00:00

MAX was founded with a specific focus on highlighting the achievements of the Muslim community. The MAX Mentorship initiative is well aligned with MAX’s fundamental goal of changing the narrative about Muslims in the Canadian context. Moreover, MAX is uniquely situated in the community due to its great success in networking with community organizations, businesses, professionals and students, both within and outside of the Muslim community.

Why the need for this mentorship program? 2017-10-16T22:44:04+00:00

Numerous studies on the advancement of minorities into executive positions have pointed to the role of strong mentors. This program will allow us to support early career Muslims, who often need some guidance and structure in how to break into their industry of interest.

We are positioning the mentorship program as not only a mentorship program but also a community-building exercise to create a group of mentees who will motivate each other to pursue excellence.

Why should I become involved? 2017-10-16T22:44:32+00:00

It takes a village. We’ve made it this far because at many points someone told us they believed in us and gave us access to opportunities we otherwise would not have found.

It takes a community. We come from all corners of the world and represent all strata of society. What unites us is our humanity, our faith and our nation.

Since the time of the Prophet (PBUH), Islam has promoted a rich culture of communal assistance and mentorship. It will take all of us to build excellence amongst Canadian Muslims. For our mentors, this will be a refreshing and purposeful means of sharing invaluable wisdom. For our mentees, it will be an opportunity to kickstart, or invigorate, their careers.

Where is this taking place? 2017-10-16T22:45:09+00:00

Our program will be limited to the Golden Horseshoe / GTHA for the duration of the pilot in 2017/2018. We have plans for a limited expansion to select sites in Ontario thereafter.

When is this happening? 2018-03-06T23:42:07+00:00

We are now accepting applications for the June 2018 Intake. This will be our third intake and will run until May 2019. Mentorship matching for this intake will occur from April to May 2018