Upcoming Events

EVENT | Negotiations Workshop

Saturday, November 28th, 2020 | 12:30 PM

The Elements of Negotiations is an engaging workshop for professionals who want to sharpen their negotiation skills and build on negotiation styles. This event will provide an understanding of the negotiations process, how to plan and prepare for negotiations, and insights to heighten awareness of strengths and weaknesses as a negotiator. Join us for an afternoon of learning and networking with industry leaders who look forward to sharing their knowledge, experiences, and expertise.

We are offering a limited number of spots for mid-senior career professionals looking to refine and develop their negotiations skills.

Please be sure to secure your seat by completing the following 2 steps:

1) General Admission Ticket from Eventbrite

2) Submit an informational form at bit.ly/maxnegotiationsform

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Manal Meer at manal.meer@maxgala.com.

Guest Speakers:

We have a fantastic roster of guest speakers who will share key approaches of effective negotiators including:

  • Fuad Abdi, Enterprise Relationship Manager at LinkedIn

Competition | MAX TANK

MAX TANK is an annual application-based program that invites selected young Muslim Entrepreneurs to pitch their innovative business plans to our panel of reputable advisors in a “Shark Tank” style competition. Our goal is to be a catalyst for Muslim entrepreneurship by cultivating an environment of ongoing mentorship, network support and resources.

Who can be a MAX TANK participant?

  • An aspiring Muslim entrepreneur (or group with a Muslim member[s]), with a current business or business idea
  • Require either funding or non-monetary assistance (mentorship or business consulting)

The Competition

The competition will follow a similar format to Dragon’s Den or Shark Tank. In the competition, selected applicants will be selected to present in front of a panel of judges following completion and review of a business plan. Similar to Dragon’s Den, it is at the judge’s discretion on what support they would like to offer. Support could include monetary considerations or potential mentorship or expertise offers. If applicants are interested, they will accept the offer and both parties are responsible to make the necessary arrangements thereafter. 


November 1, 2020 – January 31, 2021: The application period is open, interested can submit their business plans as per the instructions below:

All interested parties, please use the following Business Plan Pitch Deck Template. as a guide to complete your application. Please limit your Pitch Decks to 12 pages, and submit your document in a PDF format to Business@maxgala.com following the subject line “MAX TANK Submission [Your Business Name]”.

Winter 2021: Review period for all Applications submitted by MAX’s network of Advisors. 

Spring 2021: Pitch competition – Date TBC

How do participants benefit?

  1. The opportunity to fulfill a particular need or requirement to grow or initiate your business.
  2. The opportunity to present and potentially obtain the services of judges such as Robleh Jama (Product Director, Shopify), Asma Shahsamand (Head of Canada Ventures, Accenture), Qasim Mohammad (Director, Wittington Ventures), Huda Idrees (CEO, DotHealth), Saud Juman (Founder, PolicyMedical Inc.) and Haroon F. Mirza (Co-founder & CEO of DemandHub).
  3. Join the MAX network and participate in future MAX Business Events that focus on entrepreneurship.
  4. The opportunity to give back to the Muslim entrepreneurship community and be part of future MAX Tank competitions.


Robleh Jama is a Product Director at Shopify, working on the Shop app. Previously, Robleh founded an award-winning mobile product studio called Tiny Hearts that was acquired in 2016 by Shopify. At Tiny Hearts, Robleh launched several highly regarded apps including Quick Fit (featured in an Apple commercial, #1 Health), Wake Alarm (#1 Utilities), and Pocket Zoo (#1 Education). These apps have been downloaded by millions of people and have appeared in the New York Times and Wired Magazine.

Huda Idrees is the Founder and CEO of Dot Health, a real-time personal health data platform. With a background in engineering from the University of Toronto and a prolific career at some of Toronto’s best-known startups including Wattpad, Wave, and Wealthsimple. She has won numerous awards including Excellence Canada’s Board of Governors’ Special Recognition of Achievement Award in 2019 and YWCA Toronto’s Young Woman of Distinction in 2019, amongst others. She also serves on the Board of Directors for TechGirls Canada, Ontario MD, and the Sinai Health System.

Saud Juman is the Founder of The CEO’s Secret Weapon and Founder of PolicyMedical Inc. Saud has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and business owner. Most recently he has grown, run, and sold a multi-national business called PolicyMedical Inc. that developed numerous hospital data management systems trusted by over 3000 hospitals. He is now launching new tech and social equality ventures, functioning as a founder, mentor, and secret weapon in the background for CEOs and executives.

Qasim Mohammad is Director at Wittington Ventures and Founder and Author of Fire Ant. Qasim is a technology entrepreneur and investor with a focus on the digital commerce sector. He invests in startups through Wittington Ventures and writes a commerce-focused publication called Fire Ant. Previously he was building products in the enterprise software vertical, and investing at OMERS Ventures. He is also a contributing writer for the Globe & Mail.

Asma Shahsamand is the Accenture Ventures Lead for Canada. Asma focuses on developing partnerships and engaging key stakeholders from the start-up and venture capital ecosystem, with the aim to accelerate the transformation of her clients. Prior to her current role, Asma was the Digital Transformation Manager within the Canada Innovation Hub. Asma is a strategic driver in the creation of customer-centric incubators with a core focus on moving startups to commercialization. Over last the five years, Asma has worked with over 200 start-ups and supported promising startups to scale their business and create innovative technology that impacts human life. Through her work in strategic ideation and design thinking, she is a key activator for the start-up ecosystem.

Haroon F. Mirza is the Co-founder & CEO of DemandHub, a growth platform for local businesses. He is an angel investor and advisor to tech startups across North America. Previously, he was Co-founder & CEO of CognoVision (acquired by Intel), Director of Business Development – Anonymous Viewer Analytics at Intel, Entrepreneur in Residence at OMERS Ventures, and Managing Director & EIR at OneEleven.


We look forward to hearing from you!

If you have any questions about the competition, please contact us at Amir.Ahmad@maxgala.com with the subject line “Pitch Competition”.

Please note, to maintain fairness in our application process, we can only offer informational, technical and high-level support.

View as PDF MAX Tank PDF


In October 2019, MAX Business successfully launched our sold-out kick-off event with our venue sponsor Shopify Inc. with over 150 business professionals in attendance. We had a phenomenal representation of guest speakers from the top firms, banks, and e-commerce platforms with Muslim executives of managing directors, partners, vice-presidents, CFO, product leads and successful entrepreneurs sharing their insights! This was a great opportunity for the Muslim community to learn how to participate in MAX Business LAB with elements of Leadership, Advisory, and Board from which many events such as Executive Speaker dinners, an entrepreneurship platform, and board training will stem. We received great feedback to bring more opportunities for networking and professional development in 2020!

Whether it be launching a start-up, gaining insights on how to rise to the top of their career, connecting with other entrepreneurs to build their business or networking in exclusive settings with seasoned C-Suite Leaders, MAX Business LAB is aspiring to enable our community to rise to the path of success. The MAX Business Team is anticipating in 2020 at least one main event for each of LAB. In the past early year, MAX Business has been received well in an employment information session hosted by a financial firm to give access to the MAX talent pool. More opportunities as such will arise through efforts in developing LAB and empowering Muslims to evolve their leadership stories!

Guest Speakers


  • Saud Jauman: Healthcare Technology Entrepreneur and Investor


  • Bilal Khan: Managing Partner and Head of Deloitte Data
  • Layth Gafoor: Managing Partner, Lucentem Sports and Entertainment Law
  • Salma Salman: CFO, Wealth Management, TD Bank Group
  • Muzammil Parkhani: Director, OMERS Capital Markets
  • Farah Qasemi: Partner, Financial Services, Global Business Services at IBM
  • Robleh Jama: Senior Product Lead, Shopify


  • Sammer Haq: Senior Manager of Analytics and Implementation at RBC and Founder of the not-for-profit, BridgeTO Youth
  • Samir: Chief Financial Officer, Canada, Russell Investments
  • Saad Atieque: Product Lead, Shopify


To sponsor upcoming MAX Business LAB events and programs, please email us at Business@maxgala.com

Past Events

Board Fundamentals Training
Date: Saturday June 20, 2020
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM | Training & Networking

Industry leaders provided insight on how board works, roles and responsibilities of boards and their members, governance frameworks and financial, risk and resource management.

Goldy Hyder | President and CEO, Business Council of Canada
Salma Salman | Chief Financial Officer, TD Wealth Management
Kamran Niazi, Principal Director, Talent and Organization, Accenture

Embrace Change: Only Constant in Life is the Constant Change
Date: Saturday June 27, 2020
11:00 PM – 1:30 PM Event
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM Networking

Embrace Change, will speak to the only constant in life being the constant change, and how one can be better equipped to adapt in a new world impacted by COVID-19. As uncertainties arise, leaders seek to find the balance to lead with impact, agility, and empathy.

Join us for an afternoon of learning and networking with industry leaders who look forward to sharing their leadership experiences and expertise. Our speakers will touch on topics such as overcoming adversity and maintaining balance in faith, adapting to changing technologies, developing effective habits, and more.

EVENT | MAXimize: Scaling your career in AI

October 24 2020 | 11 AM | Zoom

MAXimize: Scaling your career in AI, provided an overview of Artificial Intelligence, its applications and how to build a career in this growing field. This event was targeted towards professionals interested in leveling up their understanding of how AI serves as a competitive differentiator. Additionally, It addressed opportunities to consider, including career options and how to best position yourself in an AI-enabled world.

Connect with us

If you are interested in getting involved with MAX Business, below are some of the ways you can contribute to our upcoming events and programming:
  • Join our speaker network
  • Join our volunteer network
  • Become a sponsor
  • Support MAX
For more information, and for general inquiry, please contact us at Business@maxgala.com