Speakers and Panelists

Mohamad 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 that now employs over 1,500 workers and professionals at 50 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

Haseeb Awan | Blockchain Entrepreneur & Angel Investor

Haseeb is involved in blockchain industry for last 5 years and co-founded a Bitcoin ATM company that now operates in 15 countries with over 6,000 retail locations. He holds a Masters degree in Engineering, PMP designation, Financial Markets from Yale University & Business & Financial Modeling from Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania and a Y-Combinator graduate. He is also angel investor & have invested in over 2 dozen companies. His profile can be seen at https://www.linkedin.com/in/haseebawan & followed at @haseeb. Last year he won Ottawa Immigrant Entrepreneur of the year.

Hasan Naqvi | President, CM Inc.

Hasan Naqvi has over thirty years of experience in the business consulting and Information Technology and Communications (ITC) field. He is currently President of CM Inc. In his over twenty five years of forming and growing the company, CM Inc. is now one of the leading ITC organizations which provides dynamic, state of the art, innovative, socially beneficial, and internationally competitive products and services.

As a member of the Premier's Council for an Ontario Information Infrastructure (COII), Hasan Naqvi provided advice to the Government on direction and priorities for strategic initiatives and on the use of Information Technology and telecommunications in general. As a member of the Board of Governors of the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC), Hasan plays a key role in setting the IT directions of technology firms in Ontario and the rest of Canada.

Javed S. Khan | Founder: EMpression: A Marketing Services Company & Highly Rated Speaker

An accomplished professional speaker, Javed S. Khan has been a featured keynote at hundreds of conferences, meetings and seminars having spoken to more than 8,000 organizations.

Best known as the Small Business Chief Marketing Officer, Javed shares the latest in marketing trends and best practises in a style that is inspiring, engaging and entertaining.

Possessing a wealth of knowledge and experience in building relationships, marketing, brand development and communications, Javed tailors and delivers keynote messages that really resonate with audiences.

Each keynote is set to empower the audience with critical strategies guaranteed to positively transform the way they market their business.

Javed is consistently ranked 'presenter of the day' and often asked back by organizers.

His company, EMpression: A Marketing Services Company works with highly motivated entrepreneurs and organizations - ready to breathe innovative ideas and long-term vision into their business marketing plans.

Zulfiqar Ahmad | Entrepreneur, Environmentalist, Dreamer

After heading a large group of companies in Dubai, with interests in hospitality and construction sector, Zulfiqar decided to quit at his peak to follow a dream and founded Global Lumber in 2006. Zulfiqar is a risk-seeker, a relentless worker and a believer in the magic of human ambition.

Global Lumber was named among Canada’s Top 50 Growth Firms in 2011 by Profit Magazine and Zulfiqar was profiled as “Export Guru’’ in the magazine’s October 2011 edition as his company produced highest export sales among those Top 50 Firms.

Zulfiqar feels strongly about the social enterprise and environment. He worked as a consultant, with the Bangladesh Government and Katalyst-Swisscontact to do sector development in the furniture industry.

His company is member of the US Green Building Council and he is often seen speaking at the LEED and Green Building Seminars in the Middle East market. He has helped form the local sustainable building standards and worked with town planners/architects and municipalities for designing buildings with minimal environmental impact.

Zulfiqar holds a CA-CPA designation and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants -Ontario.

Satish Verma | President, Think & Grow Rich Institute

Satish Verma is a successful Canadian entrepreneur. He is president and CEO of Think and Grow Rich Institute and also the world’s foremost expert on Think and Grow Rich. He made his mark as a businessman after founding one of the largest supplemental education enterprises in Canada.

Satish discovered the Think and Grow Rich program during most difficult times in his life. Due to a failed business venture, he has lost his home, his savings, and was facing bankruptcy. The teachings of Think and Grow Rich strongly resonated with him, and by using its principles, he started from scratch to build a multi-million-dollar business.

Satish has been inducted as a chancellor of Success University by Junior Achievement and also being featured in soon to be released Hollywood Movie called, THINK—THE LEGACY OF THINKS AND GROW RICH.

Satish has been practicing Think and Grow Rich for over two decades. He will share his personal stories, business acumen, and insights from his years of experience in applying its philosophy of Think and Grow Rich

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.

Zehra Abbas | Founder of Aasra.co, Founder/President of the YTGA & Studio.89

Zehra is the Founder of Aasra.co, a social enterprise financially empowering girls and women living with disabilities in the slums of Rawalpindi, Pakistan and Syrian Refugee women living in Istanbul. Zehra is also the Founder/President of the youth-led non-profit YTGA (Youth Troopers for Global Awareness) and its social enterprise, Studio.89, a fair trade cafe and community hub located in Mississauga, Ontario.

Zahid Shahab | Founder of Aunty's Kitchen

Zahid Shahab is the founder of Aunty’s Kitchen – a fast casual Pakistani restaurant. He started his restaurant six years ago with only one goal in mind – to promote and showcase the Pakistani brand. After six years of constant refinement of his restaurant with a focus on operations, Aunty’s Kitchen is now expanding into the GTA. His only message to young entrepreneurs – don’t be afraid to fail.

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