About

Mission, Vision & Values

MISSION

We are dedicated to empowering the Canadian Muslim diaspora by identifying community stakeholder needs and providing a platform to advocate for an equitable society.

VISION 

To be regarded as the preferred Canadian Muslim advisory organization in all markets and product lines in which we do business. 

VALUES

Lifelong Learning

We see learning as more than professional development, but as a mindset and philosophy to help us constantly adapt, change and excel.

Authenticity

We celebrate character and genuineness. We expect, respect and welcome different opinions, modes of expression and diversity.

Shared Achievement

We believe success is a team sport. We care about results, but more importantly, we care how those results are achieved.

Freedom & Responsibility

We trust our team. We embrace the freedom of members to work non-traditional hours if needed, to work from home and exercise creativity in career goals and development.

Professionalism

Individually and as a team, we hold ourselves to the highest professional standards.

We demand the best of ourselves every day and in everything we do.

Meet our Team:

Tabassum Wyne

Executive Director

Tabassum Wyne is an advocate for Canadian Muslims, a mother of two and a community mobilizer. She helps individuals and organizations gain a cohesive understanding of Canadian Muslims, so they can work consistently and confidently towards achieving diversity in their business and profit goals. Tabassum is a highly sought after speaker and has presented policy recommendations to every level of government in Canada. In 2021,  her leadership and the work of the Muslim Advisory Council of Canada was recognized in the House of Commons.

She serves as the Co-Chair of the Halton District School Board Human Rights & Equity Advisory Committee (HREAC) with a mandate to provide direction and guidance on the strategic actions related to Indigenous rights, human rights and equity throughout the HDSB. In this role, she works collaboratively with the Board administration and trustees.

Tabassum also she serves on the McMaster Children’s Hospital Family Advisory Council, where she advises on improvements to patient care, healthcare inequities for marginalized communities and Islamophobia in healthcare. Working collaboratively with the Paediatric Anti-Racism Coalition team and executive leadership of the hospital, Tabassum ensures that the concerns of the diverse Muslim communities are heard.

Additionally, Tabassum serves on the Halton Coalition for the Prevention of Hate Crime advocating about the impacts of Islamophobia on Muslims in Canada. 

Tabassum loves to cook and in 2020, she competed on Wall of Chefs on Food Network Canada, representing Milton, Ontario and the Muslim diaspora in Canada.

Azim Ahmed

Communications Manager

Azim is a communications professional, currently working with Metrolinx, Ontario’s transit agency. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, he resides in Milton with his wife and daughter. Azim is a big sports fan and has a passion for writing.

 

Board of Directors

Amilah Baksh

Board of Director

Amilah Baksh completed her Masters of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2011 and has since worked in the field of child welfare, clinical counselling and as anti-racist educator and group facilitator. She is currently an Instructor and PhD student at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Faculty of Social Work. She joined the Muslim Advisory Council of Canada’s Board of Directors in 2021. As a Canadian Muslim woman who is deeply invested in social justice and equity work, she felt that it was important to strengthen the voice of Muslims while acknowledging the diversity that exists within our community. 

Nabeel Rahman

Board of Director

Nabeel Rahman is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers with a Master’s in Immigration and Settlement focusing on development of community resources for visible minority and marginalized communities. Nabeel has over 12 years of experience working in the field of social work, community development, government and mental health. His career as a Counsellor, Anger Management Facilitator, Youth Worker, and Community Development Specialist equips him to provide non-judgmental and empathy driven approach to advocacy.

Advisory Board

Saud Juman

In his more than 20-year career as a business owner and entrepreneur, Saud Juman has worked   through every possible business challenge in a variety of industries — from designing unique products, developing new markets, creating corporate culture plans, recruiting and building a world class team, navigating through significant growth, change, and executing a highly successful exit.  

Saud himself has grown, run and sold a multi-national business called PolicyMedical Inc. that developed numerous hospital data management systems trusted by over 3000 hospitals and healthcare organizations world-wide. As a result, Saud knows and understands what leaders, founders and CEOs face on a daily basis. 

Saud is now sharing his story to be of service to others. Whether you are exiting from a life that is out of alignment to a life in the tech world or exiting your life in the tech world to a chapter that is still unknown, Saud shows you how to tap into your “Creative Well” and “Own your Exit”.

Shireen Salti

Shireen Salti is a fluently bilingual, first-generation Palestinian-Canadian woman, and the former Executive Director of the Canadian Arab Institute (CAI), where her strategic leadership amplified the voices and policy priorities of Arab-Canadian youth from coast to coast to coast.

Shireen’s own lived experience is complimented by a Masters in Public Policy, Administration and Law and a Graduate Diploma in Judicial Administration from York University. These academic pursuits have fueled her passion for meaningful reform of the systems and policies meant to support the “Arab” experience in Canada—including newcomer resettlement, social capital, education, and labour market access. Some past successes include: managing Ontario Public Service programs that reduced systematic barriers to education for marginalized students in the Inclusive Education Branch; leading advocacy strategies on Indigenous, mental health, cannabis, and accessibility policies for the Council of Ontario Universities; and working across party lines to write private members’ bills and learn about governance at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

In partnership with Brock University, Shireen led a first-of-its-kind, race-based national study on COVID-19. She also consults with NGOs on refugee integration, tracking how government-assisted refugees build social capital during the pandemic and resettlement period. 

 




Ibrahim Hussain

Ibrahim has served as an Imam, (Muslim Minister of Religion), & Interfaith Leader in the Greater Toronto area and across Canada since 2011. He holds a Masters Equivalent degree in Islamic Theology from the United Kingdom, and graduated from the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford in Leadership Studies.

He currently resides in the GTA where he continues to serve as a Faith Leader and Interfaith Leader and continues to take part in global interfaith conferences and global peacemaking initiatives with leaders from other faiths to spread more peace, tolerance and cooperation in the world.

Ibrahim’s interfaith and peacemaking efforts have been recognized in the global media. Ibrahim is a Faculty Member of the Canadian Collaborative for Engagement and Conflict Management, where he delivers specialist conflict management training for Faith Leaders. He is passionate about empowering and training Faith Leaders across the world in Alternative Dispute Resolution.

 

 

Ryan Smith

Sergeant Ryan Smith has been employed with the Halton Regional Police Service since 2010. Sergeant Smith grew up and still lives in the Region of Halton and is very proud to serve his community. During his time employed as a Police Officer, Sergeant Smith has undertaken various roles within a uniform and investigative capacity.

He currently oversees the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Office where he is responsible for several initiatives aimed at enhancing collaboration between the Police Service and the diverse community living and working in the Region of Halton.

Sergeant Smith understands the value that a community-oriented approach brings to a Police Service and how external partnerships can assist in addressing the complexities and challenges within policing and other public safety professions.




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