Mohammad Fakih CEO and Founder Paramount Fine Foods
Mohamad Abdallah Fakih is a Lebanese-Canadian entrepreneur. He moved to Canada in 1999. In 2006, Fakih founded Paramount Fine Foods thatnow employs over 1,000workers and professionals at 36 locations across Canada. In 2015, Fakih partnered with Ryerson University for the lifeline Syrian challenge to settle Syrian refugees. He has hired over 50 Syrian refugees in Paramount Fine Foods locations.
Award of Excellence in Community Engagements.
Top Choice Award.
Pioneers for Change Award
Listed Toronto Life Magazine's 50 Most Influential
Sohail Rana Acclaimed Music Composer
Sohail Rana is an award-winning Pakistani music composer. Mr. Rana composed many popular and memorable songs for films, children programs on Pakistan Television andclassics for recording companies. He also composed countless national songs that gained popularity in and outside Pakistan.
Mr. Rana received the prestigious Presidential Award Pride of Performance in 1981, Gold Discs from EMI in 1974 for the vinyl album, Khyber Mail. Pakistan Television (PTV) awarded him with national awards in 1982 and 1989 and a LifeTime Achievement award in 2007. He was also given the United Nations Peace Messenger Award, conferred on him, at the United Nations headquarters in New York in 1987. In 2012, he received Sitara-i-Imtiaz from the Government of Pakistan, the highest civilian award in the country. Mr. Rana lives in Toronto and is an honorary Charter member of OPEN Toronto
Majid Kazmi Author, Social Entrepreneur, Founder, Valu Ventures Inc.
Majid Kazmi is an author (www.thefirstdancer.com), social entrepreneur and banking professional based in Toronto. He is the Founder & CEO of Valu Ventures Inc., a unique social enterprise that helps immigrants start and grow their businesses in Canada. Majid serves on the boards of Toronto Workforce Innovation Group and H2O 4 ALL. He also co-chairs the CIBC International Professionals Network (IPN) and is an ambassador for United Way of Toronto & York Region (UWTY). Majid has featured on mainstream television and radio as an immigrant success story and an accomplished mentor. He is regarded as a leading authority on diversity and inclusion, and immigrant entrepreneurship in Canada. His blogs cover a wide range of topics from business and innovation to personal growth and career success. Majid holds an MBA from IBA Karachi.
Samina National Senior Director of Community Health, Canadian Red Cross.
Samina received a BA in Psychology and Education and a MSc. in Psychology in Pakistan, following which she worked in the acute and community health sectors across Pakistan.
After immigrating to Canada in 1998, Samina worked and volunteered in community and social sectors and earned several academic achievements including a Masters of Health Sciences in Health Administration from the University of Toronto and 2 post Masters Programs from Rotman and Schulich Schools of Business Management.
Samina established Aurat Health Services – a volunteer organization dedicated to empowering South Asian women through health and social resources and services. Samina is currently National Senior Director of Community Health at the Canadian Red Cross.