Keynotes, Panels, Workshops and Concurrent Sessions



Keynote Speaker

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish

Keynote Speaker for the Opening Ceremony

Five-time Nobel Peace Prize Nominee & Bestselling Author

Dr. Abuelaish will be receiving the ICON Award at the PDCI Conference.

Dr. Ahmed Ali

Keynote Speaker for the Closing Ceremony

Founder of Success Actualization Coaching, International Speaker

Parallel Panels (11:30 am to 1:00 pm)

Business and Entrepreneurship

Mohamad Fakih (Founder of Paramount Fine foods)

Kundan Joshi (Creator of Applabb, RBC entrepreneur of the year)

Susur Lee (Celebrity Chef, Media Personality)

Dr. Shahab Anari (Co-founder of PDCI, Personal Branding Expert)

Moderator: Shishir Lakhani (Veteran entrepreneur, recipient of Sovereign’s Medal from the Governor General of Canada)

Engineering and IT

Tom Murad (Country Lead of Engineering & Academics at Siemens Canada)

Ana Badila (Director of Electrical Design and Pre-Construction at EllisDon)

Mo Elbestawi (Director of W Booth School of Engineering, McMaster Uni)

Ellis Mendez (Senior Portfolio Manager for Strategic Initiatives, Scotiabank)

Farzad Rayegani (Senior Dean of Applied Technology at Humber College)

Moderator: Peter Paul (Manager of Immigrant Programs and Services at Humber College)

Healthcare and Medical Sciences

Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan (Program Manager of Internationally Trained Medical Doctors at Ryerson Uni)

Dr. Sherif Guorgui (CEO of United Pharma Group)

Cameron Moser (Director of Programs and Services at ACCES Employment)

Suchitra Devarajan (Project Leader at Apotex)

Moderator: Dr. Pejman Maralani (Neuroradiologist, 
Assistant professor at University of Toronto)

Culture and Community

Mina Mawani (President and CEO of Crohn's and Colitis Canada)

Dalal Al-Waheidi (Executive Director at We Charity)

Sara Asalya (Founder of Newcomer Students' Association at Ryerson Uni)

Sukhjit Singh (Change Agent, Career Coach to Newcomers)

Moderator: Sathish Bala (Serial entrepreneur, founder of DesiFest)


Parallel Sessions (2:00 pm to 3:30 pm)

Successful Communication for Immigrants

Speaker: Ron Tsang

Communication Expert, Amazon #1 Bestselling Author of "From Presentation to Standing Ovation"

Networking and Personal Branding for Immigrants

Speaker: Bobby Umar

5-time TEDx Speaker, Leadership Expert and Professional Speaker, Social Media Influencer

How to Get Hired Fast as an Immigrant

 Speakers: John Ribeiro and Conner Valentine

Founders of Zero to Hired


Book Signing: Canadian Success

At PDCI, we feature accomplished immigrants who have achieved great success in their new home country. This time we are hosting the book launch of "Canadian Success: A collection of Success Stories by Successful Persian Immigrants".

Book Signing: I Just Didn't Want to Say Goodbye

We're proudly hosting the book launch of Hedieh Samimi's new book. This book is about grief recovery and how to heal after losing a loved one.

This is a WIN-WIN-WIN

A win for new immigrants who learn and network. A win for the successful immigrants and sponsors who give back to their community. A win for the country that benefits as a whole.


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