Toronto (October 5th, 2019): On Saturday, MAX ( proudly hosted its’ 4th Annual Muslim Awards for Excellence Gala. Ten awards were presented to nine outstanding professionals and one charitable organization, in recognition of their exceptional professional achievements and contributions made to their respective communities.

The event also recognized 32 high achieving students who were awarded scholarships worth $125,000. To date MAX has awarded $375,000 worth in scholarships in the fields of Medicine, Science and Engineering, Media, Humanities, along with a few scholarships specifically for women, minorities and students with learning disabilities.

In keeping with the theme ‘Words Matter’, speakers and winners reflected on the power of words to inspire dreams, ignite passions, impact and empower communities, and change the course of history.

Attended by luminaries in Canadian politics, medicine, law, business, development, academia and the arts, this years distinguished guests included The Honorable Bill Morneau- Canada’s Minister of Finance, Walied Soliman (Global Chair, Norton Rose & UN Canada 2019 Global Citizen), Richard Rooney (President and CIO, Burgundy Asset Management), Sean Munro (Regional Vice President, Commercial Financial Services, RBC), Armughan Ahmed (President & Managing Partner, KPMG Digital Technology), Dr. Khizer Khaderi (President, Vizzario, Professor, Stanford Institute for Human-Centred Artificial Intelligence), Salma Salman (CFO, TD Wealth) and Dr. Akira Tokuhiro (Dean and Professor, Faculty of Energy Systems UOIT).

Quotes from the MAX Gala 2019:

“Treat others as you want to be treated. The best form of worship is work. How are we telling our community, the spaces we occupy and our country…how are we telling our country that we are showing up every day?…that we are a community that is worthy. How are we contributing to this country and how is this country contributing to us.” – Dr. Alaa Murabit, MAX Woman of the Year

Dr. Alaa Murabit, UN Commissioner, is one of Canada’s 25 most influential women. Recognized for her efficacy in security, health policy & sustainable development, she was also named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2017.


‘We can see through the roles of the people in the room who are going to be celebrated tonight, you are not only acting as symbols of success for all young Muslim Canadians but symbols of success for all Canadians’- The Hon. Bill Morneau, Canada’s Minister of Finance 

‘The people that are being honoured tonight exemplify the story of Canada and who we are as Canadians. Their journeys highlight the importance of role models and how we can inspire each other’- Sean Munro, Regional Vice President, Commercial Financial Services speaking on behalf of RBC, MAX Gala’s presenting sponsor.


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Notes to editors:

List of 2019 MAX Gala Award winners:

Lifetime Achievement AwardDr. Abdalla Idris Ali
Community Excellence AwardAmbaro Guled
Business Leader of the YearMohammad Al Zaibak
Woman of the YearAlaa Murabit
Artist of the YearMustafa Ahmed
Professional Excellence AwardZainab Walji
Charity of the YearSyrian Kids Foundation
Entrepreneur of the YearSaima Khan
Friend of the CommunityBernie Farber
Mentor of the YearUmar Shaikh

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