Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Policy and Public Affairs, Toronto Region Board of Trade
Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Policy and Public Affairs, Toronto Region Board of Trade.
CEO, Malala Fund where she brokered multi-million, multi year partnerships with Apple, Citibank, Starbucks, Air BnB, negotiated with the Government of Pakistan for Malala’s first visit to Pakistan post Taliban attack, presented before G7 Leaders (Trudeau, Macron, Abe, May, Trump, Merkel, Conte) to help secure $2B toward girls’ education.
Founder and past CEO, G(irls)20, a global organization that provides advice on female labor force participation to the G20 and Business20 while investing in the entrepreneurial passion and leadership skills of girls in 20+ countries. To increase the voice of young women across Canada, Farah created Girls on Boards and secured funding from corporate Canada and the Government of Canada.
Inaugural President of The Belinda Stronach Foundation (TBSF). Under Farah’s leadership, TBSF created and launched the Foundation’s flagship program including One Laptop Per Child for Aboriginal Youth. She also oversaw the Foundation’s work in Liberia with President Johnson Sirleaf and a $1M humanitarian relief effort in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.
Just prior to creating TBSF, Farah served as Vice President, Public Affairs and Community Engagement for VON Canada. At VON, she was successful in building government and private sector partnerships, as well as strengthening the brand of Canada’s largest, national, non-profit, charitable home and community-care organization
For 10 years, Farah worked closely with some of Canada’s most senior politicians. Farah began her political career in 1995 with The Honourable Paddy Torsney who served as Chair of the House of Commons Justice Committee and then Junior Cabinet Minister on the Environment. From 1999 to 2004, Farah served as the Director of Communications for The Honourable Anne McLellan in her role as Minister of Justice, Minister of Health and Deputy Prime Minister of Canada.
International Volunteer Endeavours: Past: Co-anchor, The Clinton Global Initiative’s Network on Investing in Girls & Women, Advisor, Virgin Unite Canada (Richard Branson’s foundation), International Election Observer, National Democratic Institute (2012 Egyptian & 2013 Jordanian elections).
Domestic Volunteer Endeavours: Current: Member of the Board, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, Music Canada and G(irls)20; Past: Harbour Front Centre, Hope Live, Canadian Club of Toronto, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Science Centre.
Speaking Engagements: Breaking the Rules, (Necker Island), Leadership at the International Level (IPU at the UN, New York), Economic Freedom (Melbourne Writers Festival, Australia) Maximizing Philanthropy (Sydney, Australia), The Impact of Empowering Girls & Women in an Emerging Democracy (Sudan), Creating Safe Spaces for Girls (G8/G20 Meeting of Parliamentarians in France), the Empowerment of Girls (Scotland), Financial Inclusion and Education (Russia), Scalable Ideas – Pitching for Partnerships (China, Future of Jobs Summit (Washington, DC), Hindustan Times Leadership Summit (India).
Education: Honorary Doctors of Laws (Western University), Master of Arts (Western University), Bachelor of Arts (Queens University). Bellagio Fellow, Rockefeller Foundation (Bellagio, Italy).
The Beginning: Of Indian heritage, Farah was born and raised in Uganda until 1972 when Idi Amin ordered the expulsion of Indian Ugandans, giving them 90 days to leave Uganda. Her father, mother and sister sought refuge in Canada.