Fireside Chat at the Ismaili Centre Toronto - The Role of Policy and Politics

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Fireside Chat at the Ismaili Centre Toronto - The Role of Policy and Politics

Fireside Chat at the Ismaili Centre Toronto

The Role of Policy and Politics as Canada Turns 150

with The Honourable Yasir Naqvi, MPP (Ottawa Centre) Attorney General of Ontario

and CEO of Aga Khan Foundation Canada, Khalil Shariff

Date:  Tuesday April 25, 2017

Registration and Networking:  6:00 PM

Start Time:  7:00 PM

Location:  Ismaili Centre Toronto - 49 Wynford Dr., Toronto, ON

Join us as we launch the "Ismaili Centre Canada 150 Series" - A collection of diverse events throughout 2017 and 2018 commemorating Canada's sesquicentennial. Our Inaugural event features a "Fireside Chat with The Honourable Yasir Naqvi, MPP, Attorney General of Ontario, and Mr. Khalil Shariff, Chief Executive Officer of the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC). 

Through this interactive discussion, the panelists will explore the role of public policy and politics as Canada embarks on its 150th year anniversary as a nation while also examining the rule of law in the 21st century and pluralism in practice.

The Honourable Yasir Naqvi

The Honourable Yasir Naqvi was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2007 as the MPP for Ottawa Centre. He was re-elected in 2011 and 2014.

Naqvi currently serves as Attorney General and Government House Leader.

He has previously served as Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services. Prior to that, he was Minister of Labour, a role in which he raised the minimum wage, brought forward new protections for vulnerable workers and improved workplace safety measures. Naqvi has also been the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, the Minister of Revenue and the Minister of Education.

Prior to his election, Naqvi was the Associate Director and International Trade Counsel at the Centre for Trade Policy and Law (CTPL). Before joining CTPL, he practiced international trade law with Lang Michener LLP and Flavell Kubrick LLP.

Naqvi is recognized by his peers as a strong community leader and an involved resident of Ottawa Centre. He sat on the Board of Directors of the Centretown Community Health Centre and has been the Co-Chair of the Capital Food Bank Blitz since 2005. To date, the food blitz has raised 275,000 pounds of food for those in need.

A first-generation Canadian, Naqvi arrived with his family in Canada in 1988 after the Pakistani government imprisoned his father for leading a pro-democracy march.

Canada welcomed his family and allowed them to prosper.

Naqvi and his wife, Christine, have two children, Rafi and Elliana.


Mr. Khalil Shariff

Mr. Khalil Shariff joined Aga Khan Foundation Canada as Chief Executive Officer in August 2005. He was previously with the Toronto office of McKinsey & Company, an international management consultancy, where he advised governments, financial institutions, and health care providers on strategy, organization, and operational improvement.

Khalil served on AKFC’s National Committee for five years, and has cultivated his interest in international development and conflict resolution issues through a variety of activities including as: Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Harvard Negotiation Law Review; Policy Co-ordinator and Research Associate, Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research; Legal Intern, Chambers of the Vice-President, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania; Intern, Office of Under-Secretary-General, UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations.  He was the youngest member ever elected as a School Trustee in 1993 for the Board of School Trustees in Richmond, B.C.

Khalil holds a B.A. in International Relations and Economics from the University of British Columbia and a J.D. magna cum laude from the Harvard Law School.