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Up-close & personal interaction with Dr. Mohamad Fakih.

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn what it truly takes to be a RESILIENT ENTREPRENEUR in the Canada Business Talks series with Dr. Mohamad Fakih.

Canada Business Talks will be hosting Canadian business leaders to discuss the most important topics for small business success.

  1. Small Business Finance
  2. Digital Transformation
  3. Cloud & Technology For SMEs
  4. Women Entrepreneurship
  5. Global Business Mindset
  6. Small Business Leadership

Take your business to the next level by connecting with Canadian Business Leaders through the Canada Business Talks series, in association with RBC.

Canada Business Talks is for the people who keep the vision to alter the business world, and individuals handling small business firms have an impetus. We are talking about business apprentices, small business owners, entrepreneurs, and people looking for proficient guidance and recommendations for running an efficient syndicate.


An exclusive event for small business owners.

In this session, you will learn how to adapt to the new normal, making your business successful, business leadership tips, and much more.


Moderator: Shiraz Siddique, consulting editor and founder of Leverage consulting.

While simultaneously delivering record-setting sales results in various Sales Leadership roles, Shiraz Siddique has been actively training, consulting and delivering keynotes for more than 20 years in both the Academic and Corporate world. His passionate and innovative delivery style allows him to navigate past the traditional process of learning that people will enjoy. Through easy to apply techniques and strategies, Shiraz helps companies to generate the type of results they felt they were always capable of.


*Please note: This event is strictly for small business owners only

*After registration, we will send you an email with a link to join the event before the 10th of March, 2021.

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In 2006, Dr. Mohamad Fakih, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, purchased a nearly bankrupt restaurant and transformed it into what is now known as the fastest growing Middle Eastern Halal restaurant chain in North America – Paramount Fine Foods. Mohamad’s determination to change perceptions surrounding Middle Eastern food has driven Paramount’s brand success across Canada and Internationally as well as advancing the global Middle Eastern food trend.

A community leader, Dr. Fakih regularly participates in fundraisers and community events, supporting multiple causes and organizations including the Canadian Cancer Society, Islamic Relief worldwide, Sick Kids Hospital, the Make a Wish Foundation in Toronto and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency in Canada. Both Paramount and Mohamad have donated generously to these charities and other non-profit organizations. Across his restaurants Mohamad offers discounts to all Emergency Service Workers in uniform to show appreciation for their service in our communities.

In past years, after the Canadian government decided to welcome 25,000 Syrian Refugees, Dr. Fakih made headlines in Canadian news when he travelled to Lebanon to visit the Islamic Relief Camps for Syrian Refugees to gain a deeper understanding of current relief efforts. Hoping to lead by example, Mohamad partnered with Ryerson University, Toronto for the Lifeline Syrian Challenge – allowing Paramount Fine Foods to fund employment support counsel to help recruit new Syrian Canadians during their job search.

Mohamad opened the doors of Paramount restaurants to the skills and drive many refugees bring to Canada by providing up to 150 jobs for the newcomers in his restaurants in 2017.

Dr. Fakih’s determination to uphold with values of giving back to communities where Paramount restaurants are located has resulted in a workplace culture of giving to others and to supporting one another. He has made philanthropy and giving back a key part of Paramount’s culture and identity, setting it apart from other restaurants and businesses globally.

Dr. Fakih has been featured in several leading media outlets across Canada including CBC and CP24 Television, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Newstalk 1010, National Post and many more.

In February 2017, Dr. Fakih was acknowledged before the Canadian Parliament by the Prime Minister of Canada – Justin Trudeau - as an Exemplary Canadian Citizen and Businessman who successfully operated a Middle Eastern restaurant chain, and was applauded for his charitable work in January 2017 when he covered the funeral costs of six victims of a mass shooting at a Quebec City mosque. In his business affairs and community work, Dr. Fakih is viewed as a Canadian of Lebanese birth who brings together people of all origins in a global workplace, advancing our communities and helping each other to contribute to our societies. The Prime Minister of Canada, as well as the Premier of Ontario, and several Mayors have all visited Paramount Restaurants in Ontario.

Along with being named a finalist in the 2014 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Dr. Fakih made the cover of Canadian Immigrant Magazine for both his business success and inspiring life story. In addition, The Globe and Mail titled Dr. Fakih one of Toronto’s “16 to watch in 2016”. The list, released in January included other notable Canadians such as John Tory, Mayor of Toronto and Alessia Cara (International Artist). Toronto Life Magazine named Dr. Fakih as one of the Top 50 Most Influential People in 2017 and 2019, including him in a list of successful politicians, international businessmen, media and tech titans who are changing the world as we know it.

In 2018 Dr. Fakih received an honorary Doctor of Law Degree, from Ryerson University in Toronto. Dr. Fakih most recently received the prestigious 2018 Employer Award for Newcomer Employment from IRCC- Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

In May 2018, the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, launched a new partnership with Dr. Fakih, to support the Agency’s work for refugees globally and in Canada.

UNHCR recognized Dr. Fakih’s vision and commitment to building a Canada that is strengthened by diversity and leads globally on refugee issues, based on his contribution in promoting the economic and social integration of refugees into our communities. He is the voice and the face of UNHCR Canada.

Dr. Fakih is committed to revamping the traditional image of the Middle Eastern Restaurant industry by changing the way the cuisine is viewed and enjoyed. He believes that his hands-on approach to all aspects of his business ensures the Paramount model will sustain its growth and continue to provide jobs for Canadians including new immigrants, and globally as Paramount expands.

Paramount currently employs over 2000 people across its 71 restaurants and gourmet butcher shops globally with 42 in Canada and 12 International locations, plus food factories and its Toronto international corporate head office. Paramount continues to be proud to bring Halal Foods to the world after being the first halal restaurant to open at Terminals 1 and 3 at Toronto Pearson International Airport.

Dr. Fakih is a strategic and successful business leader who employs his skills, expertise and experience into expanding Paramount’s brand to pioneer the halal market globally. He believes this can only be achieved by sharing his vision, knowledge and expertise with his management teams and franchisees in every country where he opens locations. Dr. Fakih aims to continue the swift growth of Paramount globally while continuing to promote excellent standards of food quality and service in Middle Eastern restaurants and to share the cuisine with diverse audiences.

In 2019, after a long battle of legal actions against hate crime, hate speech and Islamophobia, the Ontario Supreme Court awarded Dr. Fakih $2.5 million dollars in damages for defamation against Kevin J. Johnston. Dr. Fakih continues to support communities who face hate crime and hate speech. He donated all the collected money to an anti-hate fund. This legal battle not only creates precedent, it is also the largest defamation award in Canada.

In the last 5 years, Dr. Fakih has received numerous awards for his business excellence and for his charitable works including a few mentioned below:

Entrepreneur of the Year – Food and Beverage Finalist 2013 to 2014 - Ernst & Young, Ontario, Canada

Readers’ Choice Community Gold Award 2013 and 2014 - Hamilton, Ontario newspapers

Top Meat Shop 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 - Top Choice Media Awards in Toronto, Ontario

Best Middle Eastern Restaurant and Top Butcher Shop in Mississauga, Ontario -

Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 – MAX Gala – Muslim Awards for Business

Excellence in Ontario, Canada

Business Person of the Year 2016 - Business Excellence Award - Toronto Board of Trade

Regional Company of the Year 2016 - Pinnacle Awards - Kostuch Restaurant and Food Industry Media Canada

Excellence in Community Engagement 2016 - Pioneers of Change Awards/ Skills for Change - Toronto

Best Middle Eastern Restaurant in Ontario, Canada 2016 - Toronto Life Magazine

United Way Recognition of Support Award 2016 - Peel Regional Police in Ontario, Canada

Top Choice Award for Paramount Restaurants and Butcher Shop in Ontario, Canada-2017 – Top Choice Media

Consumers Choice Award - Best Mediterranean Restaurant in the Greater Toronto Area - 2017

Business Person of the Year 2017 – Brampton, Ontario – Board of Trade

Sawa Business Excellence Award – Year 2017 - Sawa International Group Gala - Quebec, Canada for International Relief Organization Awards

Restaurants Canada - Leadership Award 2017 - Organization for Excellence in Canadian Restaurants.

Royal Bank of Canada - Top 25 Immigrant Award 2017

Toronto Life Magazine - Top 50 Most Influential People Awards - 2016, 2017 and 2019

Doctor of Law, Honorary Doctorate Degree - Ryerson University, Toronto, 2018 2018 Employer Award for Newcomer Employment – from IRCC: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

UNHCR - the UN Refugee Agency in Canada – 2018 - New partnership with Dr. Fakih, President and CEO of Paramount Fine Foods and Founder of the Fakih Foundation

Recipient of the Senate 150 Medal 2018 – Given to individuals across Canada who has been nominated by senators to mark the 150th anniversary of the first sitting of the Senate

University of West Indies, Raymond Chang Award 2019 – Given to individuals who exemplify leadership and philanthropy in commitment to betterment of communities in Canada.

VOSCARS, Hazel McCallion Power of Giving Award, 2019 – Given to individuals with generosity and determination who has made a variety of contributions to the community.

Ontario Supreme Court – Dr. Fakih awarded $2.5 million dollars against Kevin J. Johnston in defamation court case

Business Person of the Year Award, 2019 – Won the prestigious Business Award of Excellence 2019, by the Mississauga Board of Trade.

Key to the City of Mississauga, 2019 - Awarded the key to the city of Mississauga by Mayor Bonnie Crombie, bestowed upon esteemed community members, former residents and visitors whom the Mayor wishes to honour.

Canada’s Most Admired CEO 2019, Mid market category – Recognized as a national winner for fostering high performance corporate cultures that help sustain a competitive advantage.

Member of National Speakers Bureau

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