Farah Mohamed, President of The Belinda Stronach Foundation
Philanthropy - Doing it Differently
Thursday December 8th, 1:00-3:00 pm
Farah will lead a candid conversation about some of the challenges facing the not for profit sector and how partnerships are essential to success. Farah will also speak about the genesis of The Belinda Stronach Foundation and what lies ahead including finding new ways to champion girls and women at home and abroad, working with Aboriginal youth in Canada and eradicating Malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa. Farah will also share some anecdotes about celebrity philanthropists.
Farah Mohamed is the President of The Belinda Stronach Foundation (TBSF) which provides opportunities for girls and young women, aboriginal youth in Canada and youth in developing nations. The mission of the Foundation is to advance human potential and achievement through individual empowerment and social change.
Under Farah’s leadership, TBSF has created and launched the Foundation’s flagship programs; The G(irls)20 Summit and One Laptop Per Child Canada. She has also overseen the Foundation’s work in Liberia with President Johnson Sirleaf and a humanitarian relief effort in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.
Prior to creating TBSF, Farah was the Vice President of 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.
Farah has been featured on the front page of The Globe and Mail for her views on the rights of women in Afghanistan and has been called to speak on many occasions including International Women’s Day (Canada), The Impact of Empowering Girls & Women in an Emerging Democracy (Sudan), Creating Safe Spaces for Girls (G8/G20 Meeting of Parliamentarians in France) and co-leads the 2011 Action Network on Investing in Girls and Women at home and abroad for the Clinton Global Initiative (New York).
Rising rapidly through positions of increasing visibility and responsibility in the political sector, in 1999, Farah became the Press Secretary for the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of Canada. Within a year, Farah was promoted to the position of Director of Communications. She served in this role for the Honourable Anne McLellan when she was the Minister of Justice, Minister of Health and Deputy Prime Minister of Canada.
Farah serves on the Board of the Canadian Club of Canada. She was a member of the Ontario Trillium Foundation for a 3 year term and a member of the Executive Committee for the Brazilian Ball 2010 and Maharaja Ball 2010. She has served as a member of the Board of the Fred Victor Centre and as a mentor to new Canadians.