Bijan is a young entrepreneur, a community/political activist and a non-profit leader. While pursuing his dream to build his successful real estate development venture, he has been active in his community for the past 10 years.
He started his community work in 2007 during his undergraduate years at UofT where he led the executive board of the Iranian Students' Union as the Treasurer and President for two years. In recent years he has launched and managed multiple fundraising campaigns for supporting underprivileged young women and children in Canada and Iran.The success of these campaigns were possible through collaborations with The Children's Wish Foundation in Canada, Paradise Charity Group, and the Omid Foundation.
Bijan is currently the president of the Iranian Canadian Congress, a non-profit advocacy organization focusing on advancing the interests of the Iranian Canadian community.
Bijan has also served on the board of several other organizations including the board of Omid Foundation Canada, the advisory board of Parya Trillium Foundation and the executive board of the Willowdale Federal Liberal Association.
Bijan started his political activism as an active volunteer in the Liberal Party of Canada and the Ontario Liberal Party in 2007. In his local community of Willowdale he served as one of the Vice Presidents of the Federal Liberal Association.
In recent years as part of his role in the Iranian Canadian Congress Bijan has focused his efforts on advocacy for the priority issues and problems Iranian Canadians encounter in their daily lives here in Canada. In this role he has regularly participated in media interviews, conducted a press conference in the parliament, has written op-eds and testified before the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee.
Bijan received his Masters of Applied Science from University of Toronto in 2011 (Civil Engineering) with specialization in Project Management. His collaborative research work with the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario was recognized during the 2011 Canadian Society for Civil Engineer’s Annual Conference.
Here is an article in The Globe and Mail which references several people including myself. The article talks about the impact of Ottawa's sanctions on many ordinary Canadian citizens of Iranian descent and the feeling of relief in the community after recent announcements by PM Trudeau and Minister Dion.Read more
Canada’s new immigration and citizenship law, Bill C-24, has started a conversation among Canadians about whether Canadian citizenship is a right or privilege. While the distinction between these categories may not make much difference in an average citizen’s daily lives, this important subject will likely have long-term effects for our immigration and citizenship policies. This area of policy and law is a sensitive matter especially for those citizens born outside Canada or those who become naturalized citizens.Read more
The voter participation in the Ontario general elections has been consistently dropping during the last decade, based on the data available from Elections Ontario. If you look at the more detailed data for the past federal elections, available from Elections Canada, you will see that voter participation is especially low among younger Canadians. In the 2011 federal elections, less than 40% of 18-24 year old Canadians participated and the same downward trend is also evident in the previous elections.
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