10 Awards: Endless Gratitude

MAX uses a robust nomination and application process to select its award recipients.
The deadline for voting is August 15th, 2019. Winners will be announced on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the 4th Annual MAX Gala.
If you have any questions please contact us at awards@maxgala.com.

The objective of the six publicly nominated MAX Awards is to recognize Muslims who have demonstrated significant achievement, leadership, and commitment to serving their community.

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Publicly Nominated Awards

Judging Process

All qualified candidates will be judged based on a combination of merit and public voting. Independent judges are selected based on their work experience, level of education, and contributions to the Canadian community. Their evaluation will carry a weight of 75% while the remaining 25% weight will be assigned to public voting. Judge scores and public voting scores are consolidated to select a winner.

Artist Of The Year

The Artist of the Year award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated significant achievement within the creative arts.

A nominee must:

  1. Self-identify as Muslim
  2. Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  3. Demonstrates significant achievement within the creative arts (e.g., art, music, dance, theatre, design and/or architecture)
  4. Have had a significant and positive impact on his/her industry and the larger Muslim  community
  5. Actively strive to elevate the Muslim brand by promoting a positive image of Muslims and the Muslim community in Canada

2019 Award Finalists

Yusuf Zine is an actor, writer, director and producer at Innerspeak Media, a creative producing company that focuses on storytelling in film, theatre, and digital experiences. In 2013, he created and starred in a comedy web-series about racial stereotypes in the entertainment industry called ‘Fame & Fidelity’, which was an official selection at the 2014 Los Angeles Web Festival. After completing his MA in 2018, he directed his first feature documentary film entitled “I Am Rohingya: A Genocide in Four Acts.” Based on his award-winning play, the film follows fourteen Rohingya refugee youth who re-enact their harrowing experiences of the genocide in a live theatre production. Featured by The Guardian, Al-Jazeera, and CBC, the film debuted in international film festivals such as the UNHCR Refugee Film Festival and the Global Migration Film Festival – and continues to be screened around the world. Yusuf is now at work on his next feature documentary slated to be announced in 2020. He continues to pursue his acting career while still writing, directing, and producing various projects with Innerspeak Media.

Mustafa Ahmed, also known as Mustafa the Poet, is a 22 year old Grammy award winning songwriter & activist from Regent Park, Toronto. He’s created social projects for his city with Drake & has co-written songs with The Weeknd, Camila Cabello, Usher, James Blake & more. A song he co-wrote, Sucker by the Jonas Brothers, debuted at #1 on the billboard 100. He collaborated with the power fashion house Maison Valentino on their (FW 19/20) women’s collection, his work was embroidered on over 40 pieces in the collection. He sat as the Ontario representative on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s youth council. He was the Poet Laureate for the 2015 Pan American games & is a TD scholar. He’s currently completing his debut music project.

Alia Youssef is a portrait photographer who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography with Distinction from Ryerson University and is now pursuing her Masters of Fine Arts in Documentary Media at the same institution.  Her personal work advocates for the positive representation of Muslim women and women of colour in mass media. Her long-term award winning series, The Sisters Project, combats negative stereotypes of Muslim women by showcasing the diverse stories of over 160 inspirational women from 12 cities across Canada. This work has been published by Elle Magazine, The Globe and Mail, CBC, VICE, Refinery29 and many more online and print media. Alia aims to bring that same mission to her commercial work, having worked on two major Getty Images collaborations in order to change how Muslim women are represented in media and advertising industries. The latest Getty collaboration she worked on was with Dove, which had her photographs shown in New York’s Times Square, in London’s Piccadilly Circus, in Oprah Magazine, in transit systems across the globe including the TTC, and more.

Jamaal Jackson Rogers is an award winning poet, arts educator, creative entrepreneur, and performance artist. As a poet, he was selected to be Ottawa’s first English Poet Laureate after 27 years in which the position had gone unfilled, while his career in arts education has earned him 2016’s Ontario Arts Educator Award. He has brought his practice to audiences locally and internationally and his defining moments are when he makes intimate connections with his participants during workshop exchanges and performance sets.

His topics range from emotional and spiritual maturity to social justice, from parenting to the human condition, and has been highlighted in festivals, documentaries and educational institutions across the world. He resides in Ottawa, Canada, with his wife and six children, using the national capital region and his performance studio, THE ORIGIN ARTS & COMMUNITY CENTRE, as his launch pad to teach, mentor and advocate for the arts.

Charity Of The Year – Presented by: Islamic Relief Canada

The Charity of the Year Award will recognize a Muslim run charity or not-for-profit organization that has demonstrated excellence in program design, service delivery and impact to their community.

A nominee must:

  1. Be a Muslim majority run
  2. Be incorporated as a not-for-profit or a registered charity
  3. Have been operating in Canada for at least one year
  4. Clearly defined and publicly available mission statement
  5. Annual audited/reviewed financial statements, available publicly or upon request, for the last 3 years or since incorporation, whichever is shorter
  6. Deliver clear and measurable benefit to disadvantaged or marginalized members of the community. Eligible charities may seek to alleviate pain, spread joy or both
  7. Strive to elevate the Muslim brand by promoting a positive image of Muslims and the Muslim community in Canada

2019 Award Finalists

Muslim Food Bank and Community Services Society is a charitable organization that has been serving the needs of low-income, marginalized and refugee population in the Lower Mainland since 2010 (irrespective of faith affiliation or background), through its food assistance and community support programming. Today, MFBCS serves over 500 clients, mostly families, has over 200 active volunteers, operating almost 20 programs. The organization’s core values are Respect, Collaboration, Confidentiality, Integrity and Humility and aims to be a sustainable organization that promotes education, empathy, and dignity through holistic interventions. With the aim of being holistic in its approach to serving the community, in addition to providing food hampers, clothing and other items to its clients they also advocate for self-reliance in their clients by hosting a number of capacity-building programs, providing case management for employment, education, skills development and other challenges, emotional support and youth development through the ASPIRE Community Services division.

The Citizens Foundation (TCF) is a non-profit organization that was set up in 1995 by a group of citizens who envisaged positive social change through education. TCF is now Pakistan’s leading organization in the field of education for the less privileged children. With 1567 schools built in urban slums/rural communities and 252,000 students enrolled, TCF aims to remove barriers of class and privilege through the power of quality education by enabling moral, spiritual and intellectual enlightenment. Furthermore, with an all-female faculty in the schools, TCF steers towards women empowerment by employing local community women to motivate and educate the younger generation in a comfortable and confident environment. Along with the emphasis on education, TCF also focuses on community engagement, volunteer and alumni programmes that provide an in-depth holistic development of its students.

The Syrian Kids Foundation (SKF) is a Montreal based charity that provides free education to Syrian refugee children in the city of Reyhanli, Turkey. Located 5 kilometers from the border with Syria, the region has seen a large influx of Syrian refugees since 2011, where asylum-seeking families soon discovered they had no access to education for their children. In 2012, the SKF created the Al Salam school,  providing employment to over 100 Syrian refugees, where approximately 2000 Syrian children are in attendance. The school provides a safe and nurturing environment where children have dignity and peace after so much hardship. The SKF also cares for its students even after graduation from Al Salam, partnering with Concordia University in Montreal to provide scholarships to 5 recent Al Salam graduates who are currently in pursuit of bachelor’s degrees in science and engineering.

Entrepreneur Of The Year – Presented by: Abrahams LLP

The Entrepreneur of the Year Award will recognize an inspirational Muslim Entrepreneur who has had a significant and positive impact on the community through their business leadership.

A nominee must:

  1. The candidate must self-identify as Muslim.
  2. Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident.
  3. Be an owner or have some sort of ownership in the social or business venture.
  4. Demonstrate strong Entrepreneurial mindset:
    • Innovation
    • Strategic vision
    • Willingness to take risks
    • Faces adversity with enthusiasm
    • Leads others to new achievements
  5. Actively demonstrate Islamic values in their work and personal.
  6. Have had a positive impact on the community, industry, and its employees.
  7. Actively contribute to elevate the Muslim brand.
  8. Have contributed by giving back to the community with time, product, donations, and/or support.

2019 Award Finalists

Mohammad is the co-founder and CEO of North America’s first meal delivery startup targeting the Halal niche. HalalMeals was launched about 2 years ago providing ready made meals for busy families, students, seniors and Muslims with disabilities. He has been able to grow this exciting new concept from ground-up which now reaches Ontario-wide with the vision to expand across Canada and the USA. In addition, Mohammad brings his expertise in IT, Digital Transformation, and Management to his startup from his 14-year career with the Government of Ontario. His support of local causes that have direct and immediate impact on those who are in need is recognized and appreciated in the community.

Asmaa Hussein is an author, entrepreneur, and single mother of a 6-year-old daughter. She is most well known for her book A Temporary Gift: Reflections on Love, Loss, and Healing, a memoir of her experiences wrestling with faith and patience after the death of her husband in 2013. In 2015 Asmaa founded Ruqaya’s Bookshelf, a publishing company focused on producing children’s books featuring strong Muslim characters. Since then, she has since written and published numerous children’s books including family favourites like Bismillah Soup (2015), Mr. Gamal’s Gratitude Glasses (2018), and Who Will Help Me Make Iftar? (2019). She currently lives in Toronto with her daughter, Ruqaya.

Fatima Babakura is the creative director and founder of Timabee, a premium accessory brand for women. Fatima immigrated to Canada at the age of 13 in pursuit of better quality education and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) degree from Mcmaster university. While being a full time in 2nd year student at university, Fatima started her business 3 years ago and Timabee has since won various awards both at home and abroad. Fatima has also been listed among 22 women redefining luxury in Africa by the Lionesses of Africa group. Fatima is passionate about women empowerment as well as mentorship opportunities for young Muslim women interested in Entrepreneurship. Fatima is currently working on a project that aims to mentor young Muslim women in Canada. In 2017, Fatima received the “Iconic Woman of the Year ” award at the annual Women’s Economic Forum (WEF) conference in New Delhi, India.

SAIMASCORNER is a brand created by Saima Khan; a social media influencer known for her fashion blog and hijab tutorials. She graduated from University of Toronto majoring in sociology and minoring in anthropology and psychology. From an early age, fashion was her passion. Growing up as a hijabi woman in a western country, Saima felt restricted with her options and styles when it came to fashion. This is why she wanted to create her own brand revolving around modesty.

Saima’s goal is to inspire others to feel and look confident in modest clothing. Her mission is to offer great quality clothing in a variety of styles and colours to accommodate for various personal styles. She strives to provide women all around the world with hijabs, accessories and modest clothing. As a result she hopes to empower women by making them feel and look confident while dressing modestly.

Iqra Mehrin Azhar is a creative journalist turned digital marketer. At age 17, she created the first national literary subscription based print magazine for Muslim youth which quickly folded. Over the next 10 years, Iqra worked in the world of publishing  before she realized it was business she needed to learn and that she was an entrepreneur at heart. In 2016, when print journalism was dying and Iqra became a mom, she decided to switch to digital marketing after her poorly done YouTube video reached 10k viewers because of great SEO.  Slay Collective is one of 3 companies that Iqra runs and the part-agency, part-Collective formed in 2016. Slay Collective helps Muslim brands with online marketing, specifically Muslim women entrepreneurs and influencers. The Collective, which offers courses, workshops, retreats and networking events, has an audience of over 5000 Muslim women business owners and the agency retains several well known clients through out the year.

Friend Of The Community – Presented by: Sargent Farms

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

A nominee must:

  1. Identify as non-Muslim
  2. Be Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  3. Have helped to elevate the Muslim brand by promoting a positive image of Muslims and the Muslim community in Canada
  4. Have promoted engagement between the Muslim community and broader Canadian society, thereby counteracting Islamophobia

2019 Award Finalists

Daniel Lanthier is the co-founder and director administration of Family Educational Services Foundation (FESF), a non-profit educational foundation operating in Pakistan for over 3 decades.  He has worked in the field of Social Development for the past 44 years, managing non-profits in Canada, France, Switzerland, India and finally Pakistan.

Daniel has been a driving force in FESF’s Deaf Reach Program, a unique academic and skills training program for deaf children and youth that utilizes innovative technology-based resources for education and skills training. The Deaf Reach Schools, Colleges, and Training Centers provide free of cost education to 1,400 deaf students in seven schools across Pakistan.

Deaf Reach has improved the quality of life of deaf children and youth in Pakistan, where thousands of children have had the opportunity to become literate, learn sign language, receive an education, master marketable skills and obtain employment.

Kate Johnson is a Quaker chaplain who believes strongly that there is a divine spark in every human being. It is because of this central belief that she has always preferred to minister in interfaith environments. Kate has been involved in interfaith dialogue for over 20 years and has worked formally as an interfaith chaplain in a variety of contexts for 15 of those. Her own spiritual walk has been greatly enriched by witnessing the beauty of other traditions. On prison, hospital and university campuses, Kate has been convinced of the importance of spiritual identity for sustaining human beings throughout their lives. She works to support people to access and celebrate the religious and spiritual identity authentic to them. She aspires to follow the instructions of Quakerism’s founder George Fox: “Walk cheerfully over the world and greet that of God in everyone

Acknowledged as one of Canada’s most accomplished NGO CEOs, Bernie Farber’s career spans more than a quarter century focused on human rights, pluralism and inter-ethnic/faith/race relations. Recognized and called upon by the courts, media and law enforcement as an expert in human and civil rights he is one of the few in the field to be accepted by Canadian Courts as an expert in hate crime, white supremacy and anti-racism. His efforts have been documented in numerous Canadian Human Rights publications, books, newspapers, film documentaries and magazines. Mr. Farber has successfully run large NGO’s and Foundations such as Canadian Jewish Congress, the Paloma Foundation and the Mosaic Institute all focused on social justice and human rights. He has worked closely with the Canadian Muslim community in countering all forms of Islamophobia. He is a skilled consultant on matters of social justice, and he writes for various newspapers in Canada and the USA. He is Chair of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network and sits as an advisory board member of Human Rights Watch Canada. He chairs the Rights and Ethics Committee for Community Living Toronto and is a former co-Chair of the Ontario Anti-Racism Directorate.

A former print journalist, Lisa Grogan-Green became a full-time volunteer in 1999 when the TDSB ripped out school play equipment for safety reasons. Chairing the Bedford Park Public School Playground Revitalization Committee, Grogan-Green developed a passion for school yard naturalizations and environmental stewardship. A decade later, with former Bedford Park Principal Nick Stefanoff, (then Principal of Valley Park Middle School, Canada’s largest middle school serving families in Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park) Grogan-Green found herself embarking on a similar project centred around a community cricket field. The $2.3 million project, operating as the not-for-profit Go Green Youth Centre, functions as a picnic ground and large-scale storm water management facility with rainwater draining to a bioswale, wetland, urban forest and butterfly meadow. After installing LED sports lights in 2017, it became Canada’s first illuminated cricket field. As GGYC co-chair, Grogan-Green is proud to support what is now a youth-led and youth-driven organization, offering free year-round sports, arts and girls’ only programs to hundreds of South Asian immigrant children each year. This is accomplished thanks to private and public grants and donations and the enthusiasm, energy and acumen of the capable young leaders who proudly give back to their community.

Meri Marja-terttu MacLeod – Human Rights, Equity & Inclusive Education Advisor – Limestone  District School Board (Kingston) for 26 years retired 2019. Meri developed Board-wide human rights, equity and inclusive education policies with active expert input from diverse communities and Board employees. She organized Board-wide student and educator programs to ensure all schools were inclusive and respectful of human rights and diversity. She consistently included diverse resource experts from various ethno-cultural backgrounds, faiths, experiences, diversity in thought, living, believing and being. Interaction with such a wealth of human diversity was a powerful, memorable, transformative experience for all involved. Meri’s modus of operandi regarding reported any acts of ‘social cruelty’, harassment, hate or discrimination was immediate proactive action based on restorative justice to support the person harmed, educate the school, and to ensure meaningful educational consequences for the person who caused the harm. The Muslim community in Kingston is grateful to Meri for being there for our children and youth and working to provide a safe place to learn and thrive.

Professional Excellence Award – Presented by: Cadillac Fairview

The Professional Excellence Award recognizes a Muslim who has demonstrated significant achievement, leadership, and made a positive impact in their community.

A nominee must:

  1. The nominee must be a self-identified Muslim, and Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  2. Has demonstrated significant achievement and leadership in a professional domain and community initiatives.
  3. Strives to elevate the Muslim brand by promoting a positive image of Muslims and the Muslim Community in Canada.
  4. Has demonstrated commitment to serving his/her community through volunteerism, charitable giving, or other activities.
  5. Recognizes an individual who apply their expertise to the objectives of their organization and the people they lead.

2019 Award Finalists

Zainab is a Deals Partner & Inclusion Champion at PwC Canada and a CPA, CGA. Her professional excellence led her to be one of the youngest to be admitted into PwC Canada’s Partnership. An advocate for women, Zainab co-sponsors PwC’s Women in Leadership Program, mentors young professionals and speaks on panels about the importance of gender equity in the workplace. As an Inclusion Champion, Zainab leads by example to foster an inclusive culture and empower employees to bring their whole selves to work. During her partner admission process, she made the decision to wear her hijab and has spoken openly about this very personal decision, inspiring many to live authentically. Zainab has two daughters who inspire her to make the world a better place for future generations. Zainab is an active member in her community, involved at her children’s school, her mosque and with various charities. She is often volunteering with her family, and in 2017, travelled to Iraq with them to deliver donations to Dar-al-Zahra Orphanage.

Fareed Khan has spent a distinguished 30+ year career as an advocacy, strategic communications, and stakeholder engagement professional, where he has used his experience and insight to advance public policy initiatives at all levels of government. He has advised cabinet ministers, senators, mayors, and business / community leaders on public policy issues affecting the lives of Canadians, focusing on many issues affecting vulnerable and disadvantaged communities across Canada. Fareed is passionate about issues which impact human rights and civil liberties, combat racism, and support broader issues of social justice. He considers public activism on these issues to be key to the creation of a just and civil society. He has also held leadership positions on the boards of national and community-based charitable, civic and business organizations in Canada and the US, where his leadership and efforts have led to more than $375,000 being raised for education, health, child welfare, international aid and development charities.

Dany Assaf is co-chair of Torys’ Competition and Foreign Investment Review Practice. Dany advises international and domestic clients on all aspects of competition law and foreign investment matters, including national security reviews. He has been involved in many of Canada’s highest-profile transactions, investigations and reviews, including the DuPont/Dow merger, the Supreme Court of Canada Tervita efficiencies case, the Interac case (Canadian bank payments system), GE/Honeywell and Rio Tinto/Alcan. Dany is recognized as a leading expert in competition and foreign investment law by Chambers & Partners, Global Competition Review and numerous other publications. Dany has written extensively on competition and foreign investment issues, and is the co-author of Competition and Antitrust Law: Canada and The United States (4th edition). Dany is past president and board member of the Canadian Club of Toronto, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and is involved in numerous social, cultural and charitable initiatives.

Woman Of The Year – Presented by: CIBC

The Woman of the Year Award will recognize a woman who has demonstrated significant achievement, leadership, and commitment to serving her community.

A nominee must:

  1. The candidate must self-identify as a Muslim Woman.
  2. Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident.
  3. Have demonstrated significant achievement and leadership for significant or distinguished achievement in a professional domain or community initiative
  4. Strive to elevate the Muslim brand by promoting a positive image of Muslim women and the Muslim community in Canada
  5. Have demonstrated a commitment to serving her community through volunteerism, charitable giving, or other activity

2019 Award Finalists

Alaa Murabit is a medical doctor, Canadian Meritorious Service Cross recipient, one of 17 Global Sustainable Development Goal Advocates appointed by the UN Secretary General, and a UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment & Economic Growth. In 2016 she founded a global Mentorship Programme for emerging  leaders and co-founded The Omnis Institute and previously founded The Voice of Libyan Women at the age of 21. Her efficacy in security, health policy & sustainable development was  most recently recognized as one of Canada’s 25 Most Influential Women. She also received the 2018 Nelson Mandela International Award from The Mandela Family.  In 2017 she was named a Forbes 30 Under 30, Aspen Institute Spotlight Scholar, and Bay St. Bull Canada’s 30×30. Her leadership in global policy and in elevating the role of women, particularly young, minority women, on global platforms was recognized by Harvard Law who named her the youngest 2017 Woman Inspiring Change.

Sabreena Ghaffar-Siddiqui is an award-winning public speaker, media pundit, researcher, and human rights advocate and is currently teaching ‘Social Problems, Social Policy and the Law’ at McMaster University. She engages in academic, public, and political forums worldwide and is regularly interviewed by major news outlets, including the New York Times, CBC News, CTV News and others. After the sudden tragic death of her brother, Sabreena dedicated her PhD to shedding light on the challenges of “Being Muslim in The West”. She focused on racism, Islamophobia, hate crimes, radicalization, political and media discourse, and specifically the role of faith-based community organizations in supporting “spiritually marginalized” Muslims, a term she coined. Sabreena has served on the boards of The Pluralist Foundation and The Canadian Council of Muslim Women Toronto and is the co-founder of Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom Canada – an interfaith social justice organization. As a highly driven, multilingual and exceptionally articulate Muslim woman who is not afraid to talk about controversial inter/intra community issues, Sabreena constantly shatters myths of representation and disrupts the status quo, whilst also being a mother to four children.”

Saima is an executive at TD and currently an AVP of Omni in the Digital and Omni area leading a team focused on building connected experiences for TD customers and employees. She has over 20 years of experience in Digital and Transformation, previously at Microsoft and Ernst and Young Consulting, helping companies navigate strategy, customer experience and innovation through to delivery to create value for customers and shareholders.  Saima is also a strong advocate and leads TD’s Women and Leadership pillar for Digital and Tech and TD’s partnership with #movethedial, a global organization for women in tech, as a Global Ambassador. She often speaks and participates at industry and community events advocating for Women in Tech and Diversity and Inclusion, most recently at the Canadian Club.   In addition, she is actively involved in the Muslim community currently as a board member at IDRF, a global charity focused on humanitarian support and also supporter of MAX Women.   She is also a busy mom of three children supporting their dreams and passions from tech and writing to basketball.

Hazar Mahayni is a 65-year-old Canadian pharmacist who left Canada 7 years ago to become the principal of the Al Salam school for Syrian refugees in Reyhanli, Turkey, a town near the border with Syria. She founded the Syrian Kids Foundation (SKF) in 2014 to support the Al Salam school, and she continues to carry out its mission in providing free education and essential services, such as psychological counselling, social relief, and dental care, to over 2000 Syrian children. Built upon many Islamic values such as peace and charity, Hazar and the SKF continue to be the sole provider of care and education to the Syrian community of Reyhanli. Hazar received recognition of her work by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2016, and she became the 2018 National Honouree of L’Oréal Canada’s Women of Worth. Her selfless work and dedication are an inspiration to Canadians and Muslims across the globe.

MAX Advisory Board Nominated Awards

Judging Process

The Advisory Board Awards process entails the MAX Advisory Board members filling out nomination forms for candidates they would like to put forward. The nominations are reviewed and scored by a team of qualified external judges based on a strict eligibility criteria and rubric to select a winner.

Business Leader of the Year – Presented By: KPMG

The Business Leader of the Year Award recognizes an inspirational Muslim business leader who has had a significant and positive impact in business and community initiatives. Eligible candidates can include leaders of for-profit corporations and not-for-profit enterprises.

A nominee must:

  1. The nominee must be a self-identified Muslim, and Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  2. Currently engaged in a leadership role in a business venture in a for-profit corporation or not-for-profit enterprise.
  3. Demonstrated leadership qualities that have enabled successful business outcomes. These qualities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Creativity and innovation
    • Unique or advanced technical proficiency
    • Ability to develop, communicate and build consensus for a vision
    • Willingness to take and ability to manage risks
    • Ability to drive and manage organizational change
    • Ability to empower teams to strive for excellent business outcomes
  4. Has had a significant and positive impact on their community, industry, and employees
  5. Actively strives to elevate the Muslim brand by promoting a positive image of Muslims and the Muslim community in Canada
  6. Has demonstrated commitment to serving his/her community through volunteerism, charitable giving, or other activity

Community Excellence Award – Presented by: IDRF

The Community Excellence Award will recognize an individual that has demonstrated significant service to the Muslim Community and to Canada.

A nominee must:

  1. The candidate must self-identify as Muslim.
  2. Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident.
  3. Be actively involved in their community, either through an NGO, a registered charity or other community organizations – should be active for a minimum of one year.
  4. The candidate must embody the vision and mission of MAX, i.e.:
    • Mission Statement: Recognize, reward, celebrate & motivate high achievement, positive and productive contributions to society by Muslims in Canada.
    • Vision: Elevate the brand of Muslims in Canada.

Lifetime Achievement Award – Presented by: CHARM Fertility

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual every year for outstanding professional achievement, service and dedication to the Muslim community and Canada.

A nominee must:

  1. The nominee must be a self-identified Muslim, and a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  2. The lower age limit to qualify for this award is 60.
  3. The candidate must demonstrate significant achievement, creativity and leadership in a professional domain and through lasting contributions to the Muslim and Canadian community at large.
  4. The candidate has made significant contributions to their profession and community consistently over the course of their lifetime.
  5. Posthumous awards will be considered.
  6. The candidate must embody the vision and mission of MAX, i.e.:
    • Mission Statement: Recognize, reward, celebrate & motivate high achievement, positive and productive contributions to society by Muslims in Canada.
    • Vision: Elevate the brand of Muslims in Canada.

MAX Mentorship Award

Judging Process

The recipient of this award is selected based on nominations received from MAX Mentees who nominate Mentors that are part of the MAX Mentors program. Nominations are judged based on a strict eligibility criteria and rubric to select a winner.

MAX Awards 2019 is closed!