Welcome To MAX – Muslim Awards for Excellence

In September 2015 a group of professionals came together with a vision:

‘To elevate the brand of Muslims in Canada by recognizing and motivating high achievement.’

In order to achieve this vision, MAX’s Mission is to:

‘Recognize, reward, celebrate & motivate high achievement, positive and productive contributions to society by Muslims in Canada.’

There are four main components to MAX: Scholarships, that recognize academic excellence, Awards, that recognize professional and community excellence, Mentorships, that pair an established professional with an early career professional to accelerate career growth and MAX Gala, an incredible night of celebration that weaves together the incredible journeys of a people that are committed to excellence, service and charity, many overcoming major challenges to achieve their dreams

What is MAX?

A sophisticated annual high-end gala attended by the community, guests, and media, where the announcement of award and scholarship winners takes place.

9 Professional Awards recognizing selected significant achievements and contributions to Canadian society by professionals for exemplary achievement in a professional domain or community initiative

2 MAX Lifetime Achievement Awards recognizing significant life time contributions made to the Muslim community in Canada

40 scholarships and bursaries awarded to high-achieving university and high school students

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.

“Inspired by my late father, who cared deeply about Muslims and believed that we should positively contribute to society by being leaders in the sciences, technology, business, law, social sciences, and ethics.”

Aazar Zafar, MAX Co-Founder

Our Advisory Board

Our Volunteers

Our Sponsors

Our Community Partners

Aga Khan Museum

Anatolia Islamic Centre

Al-Falah Islamic Center

Bosnian Islamic Association

Carleton University MSA

DAR Foundation (Masjid Al Ihsan)

Halton Islamic Association (Halton Mosque)

Islamic Community Centre of Milton (ICCM)

Islamic Information and Dawah Centre

Islamic Centre of Canada (ISNA)

Islamic Propagation Center (Jami Masjid) a.k.a. Coopers

Jaffari Community Centre

As-Sadiq Islamic School

Islamic Society of Peel – Brampton Makki Masjid

Islamic Forum of Canada

Islamic Foundation of Toronto

Islamic Institute of Toronto (IIT)

Jame Abu Bakr Siddique Masjid

Khalid Bin Al-Waleed Mosque

Masjid Al-Farooq Islamic Centre

Milton Masjid – Muslim Association of Milton

Muslim Welfare Centre

Masjid Toronto @ Adelaide

Masjid Toronto @ Dundas

McMaster University MSA

Olive Grove School

Queen’s University MSA

Ryerson University MSA

Sayeda Khadija Centre (SKC)

TARIC Islamic Centre

University of Toronto MSA

University of Waterloo MSA

University of Western Ontario MSA

University of Windsor MSA

Financial Statements

At MAX we strive for “Excellence”, also known as “Ihsaan”. As part of this, we operate as a team in a collaborative and transparent manner. We are happy to share with you our financial statements. MAX is a registered Not-for-Profit organization. We are here as a community to show the excellence being achieved by our community.

MAX Financial Statements – December 31 2019
MAX Financial Statements – December 31 2018
MAX Financial Statements – December 31 2017
MAX Financial Statements – December 31 2016

Mandate of Inclusion and Equity

Todays Canadian Muslim Community is rich and multifaceted, boasting a large population of individuals belonging to diverse groups. MAX as an organization, is committed to the principles of respect, value and inclusion of all individuals regardless of their ethnic origin, gender, age, physical ability and education.

MAX’s commitment to diversity is applied across our four main areas of operation- Awards, Scholarships, Mentorship, MAX Gala; and incorporated into all our internal and external relationships.

For MAX Awards and Scholarships, this translates to ensuring outreach efforts to promote the awards nominations and scholarship applications are aimed at individuals representing a diverse mix. Furthermore, to create a diverse and representative panel of judges for each award and scholarship. For MAX Mentors, this means encouraging mentor and mentee applications from a cross section of the Canadian Muslim diaspora representing a variety of industries. And finally for MAX Gala, the night that brings together all the different areas of MAX, to strive to have an audience that imbibes the organization’s values of inclusion and diversity.

MAX (Muslim Awards for Excellence) is committed to diversity and recognises the multivalence of identities that make up the Muslim community and its allies including race, gender and the differently abled. Throughout the organization, including all volunteer recruitment efforts, we strive to create a climate of respect, fairness and cooperation between all individuals.