Sudduf Wyne is a the owner of Salam Shop Lifestyle Boutique for Muslims. Prior to starting her business, Sudduf worked as an Engineer for government and in tech/ start up companies in management level positions. Sudduf has an Materials Engineering degree from McMaster University and an MBA from Richard Ivey School of Business.
Vajid Khan is the current chairperson of the Muslim Medical Association of Canada. Vajid is a radiologist and assistant professor at St. Joseph’s Health Care at Western University. He grew up in Ottawa and has trained in every major city in Ontario. This has allowed him the pleasure of meeting many talented and diverse Muslims over his training. He is very passionate about building the Muslim community and envisions MMAC playing a critical role in helping our Ummah come together with the help of the people he has met just like yourselves.
Zehra Abbas is the Founder and President of YTGA (Youth Troopers for Global Awareness), a youth-led non-profit organization mobilizing and empowering young people for domestic and international social justice through campaigns, workshops and the arts. Zehra and the YTGA team launched a social enterprise in Mississauga called Studio.89, comprised of a fair-trade cafe, artademic resource centre, and community space. The cafe encourages ethical and healthy consumerism while hosting numerous community events and initiatives. The artademic centre offers arts, academic and lifestyle workshops as well as free resources and entrepreneurial opportunities. Zehra and her team have combined their multi-faceted talents to create the unique and dynamic Studio.89 model which facilitates both local and global action.
Haris Khan is an award winning (CBC Future 40) comedian, he has quickly become one of Saskatchewan’s most popular comedians. Within five short years he has become known for two things: his ethnically diverse humour, and for his charitable works.
Azeezah Kanji is Director of Programming at Noor Cultural Centre. She has a Bachelor of Health Sciences from McMaster University, a JD from University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, and an LLM (Master’s of Law, Islamic Law specialization) from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
This is a profile of the late Daanish Memon. He was a successful business man, husband and father, and friend. He was also a seeker. a learner and a teacher, evolving on his path with the courage to ask the hard questions and through his acceptance of past mistakes, striving towards perfection of character. The last period of his life was occupied with refining himself and assisting others on the path. Please enjoy this brief chronicle of a life well spent. Introduction by Alex Texiera.
Founder ofDeservia Realty, Inc. and Deservia Financial Corporation, Farhana Kabir started her Real Estate career in 2003 and by applying her expertise and marketing knowledge to real estate, she rose to become one of the top salesperson in her company by 2006. An entrepreneur at heart who has owned and operated several businesses from a payday-loan company to two successful real estate franchises, Farhana continues to build an extremely successful career with her relationship-oriented approach to her clients.
Adil Dhalla is the Director of Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) – a rapidly growing hub for more than 1000 social entrepreneurs and organizations. As one of the first coworking spaces in the world, CSI has been a pioneer in its work around re-envisioning the future of work, which includes the creation of the Director of Culture role (one of the first of its kind globally). Along with his team, Adil has been learning, playing and experimenting with stewarding CSI’s culture through its stories, events, policies, products, systems and people management – all with an eye towards fostering belonging, happiness and greater impact. In addition to his work at CSI, Adil has been a serial social entrepreneur, Co-Founded the mobile video pioneer My City Lives, volunteered for the Obama campaign and has created several successful community interventions, including Project Ukulele Gangsterism, Part E-Day and the Regent Park Community Potluck. He is currently the Chair of the Board for the Stop Gap Foundation, an inspiring organization creating accessible cities and a Co-Founder of Camp Reset, the acclaimed summer camp for adults.
In the wake of the tragic shootings in Orlando, Florida in 2016, Farheen Khan, the originator of Muslims Actually, interviewed El-Farouk Khaki, a refugee and immigration lawyer based in Toronto who identifies as Muslim and is also a member of the LGBTQ community. He was involved in organizing the community iftar (meal to break fast during Ramadan) held in June 2016 in Toronto in the wake of the Orlando Shooting, which brought together members of the LGBTQ community, members of the Muslim community, and people who identify themselves as both Muslim and LGBTQ. This event was covered in The Toronto Star.