Bijan Ahmadi has been serving as the president of the Iranian Canadian Congress since June 2016.
Bijan is a young entrepreneur, a community 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. Bijan 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 served on the board of directors of the Omid Foundation Canada (a registered Canadian charity that supports abused and vulnerable young women in Iran), the Executive Board of the Federal Liberal Association in Willowdale, and on the advisory board of Parya Trillium Foundation.
Bijan initially got involved in Canadian politics as a volunteer with the Liberal Party of Canada and the Ontario Liberal Party around 10 years ago and has stayed involved as a political activist.
As part of his work in the ICC Bijan has been interviewed and referenced in major Canadian media outlets (CBC, Radio Canada, Global, CTV News, The Star, Globe and Mail, iPolitics,...). He has also testified before the Canadian Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs in Feb 2017 and presented the views of the Iranian Canadian Congress against sanctions on Iran and advocated for re-establishing relations between Canada and Iran. His main passion in the political world is advocacy for peace, diplomacy and constructive engagement. Some of his interviews and op-eds are available here: bijanahmadi.com
Bijan received his Master’s degree from the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto in 2011 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.