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January 1, 2021

Immigration: A Personal Story and a Moral Query, by Nazeer Mitha, Q.C.

Nazeer Mitha, Q.C. has penned “Immigration: A Personal Story and a Moral Query” in The Advocate which canvasses his experiences as an Ismaili Muslim refugee whose family fled to Canada in the 1970s. The article talks about growing up in Mbale, Uganda, his faith, and evaluates Canada’s current policy on immigration.

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November 25, 2020

Senator Mobina Jaffer helps pass Bill S-1001, the Girl Guides of Canada Act to reflect the organization’s modern role

Senator Mobina Jaffer has guided a bill through the Senate on behalf of an organization close to her heart. “Girls Guides of Canada has had a tremendous impact on the woman I am today,” Senator Jaffer explained. “There’s no doubt that girls need an organization like it now more than ever.”

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June 2, 2020

This Horizons Conference Webinar Series brings you Dr. Renisa Mawani who retells this ship’s well-known story through her book: Across Oceans of Law. Drawing on "oceans as method", which is a mode of thinking and writing that repositions land and sea, Dr. Mawani examines the historical and conceptual stakes of situating histories of Indian migration within maritime worlds.

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December 3, 2019

Khaled Shariff receives Top 40 Under 40 Award

Khaled Shariff. Forty under 40 winner 2019: In-house counsel, Squamish Nation, Age 37. It’s easy for many young professionals to get stuck in a routine. Getting lost in a large corporate environment toiling as a lawyer or an accountant can sometimes lead to lack of fulfilment. However, early in his career Khaled Shariff knew that he didn’t want to simply be a cog in the corporate machine. Shariff had the opportunity to meet Gibby Jacob, chief of the Squamish Nation, who shared his vision for where he wanted his community to go – a vision that resonated with Shariff.

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November 20, 2019

Al Jina debates at the Canadian Elder Law Conference on allowing cannabis in long term care

Debaters at the 2019 Canadian Elder Law Conference tackled the resolution: Be it Resolved that Long-Term Care Residents Should be Permitted to Use Cannabis in their Homes. The interdisciplinary debating teams include two criminal lawyers, a nursing professor as well as elder law conference alumni Al Jina, CEO and Legal Counsel of Park Place Seniors Living.

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October 2, 2019

Aiyaz Alibhai and Amyn Lalji participate in “Supporting Inclusive Resource Development Project” in East Africa.

Aiyaz Alibhai and Amyn Lalji hopped continents in support of the Canadian Bar Association’s mandate to strengthen the rule of law in Canada and abroad. Through the Supporting Inclusive Resource Development East Africa Project, a 5-year international initiative funded by Global Affairs Canada, the CBA works closely with law societies in the East Africa region—Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.

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April 6, 2019

UBC Law School Dean Catherine Dauvergne presents on migration, identity and religion at the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby

The Ismaili Centre, Burnaby, hosted Professor Catherine Dauvergne for the first in a series of three Conversation Series events. Dauvergne, the eighth dean of the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia, has written several books on refugee, immigration, and citizenship law over the past quarter of a century, and was joined on stage by Dr. Sajoo, who lectures in history and global politics at Simon Fraser University.

The conversation explored the idea that populism, nation-building, and ‘ethnoburbs’ are often viewed as external worldly problems, not necessarily relevant to North America and Europe, despite public discourse in Quebec, the United States, and Western Europe that would suggest the opposite. Professors Dauvergne and Sajoo brought light to how migration is at the very core of our identity and how we identify with ourselves and others.

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November 9, 2018

Ally Bharmal awarded Lexpert Rising Star for Leading Lawyer Under 40

LEXPERT Rising Stars honours Canada’s leading Lawyers Under 40 – from law firms and in-house. Ally Bharmal, recipient of this year’s award is a corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and corporate/commercial Partner in Fasken’s Vancouver office.

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September 19, 2018

Law Enforcement Lunch and Learn held at Ismaili Centre, Burnaby

Members of Law Enforcement Agencies from the Metro Vancouver were hosted at the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby on 19 September for a presentation on the diversity and history of Islam by Rizwan Mawani. Participants shared perspectives and perceptions of Islam followed by Rizwan’s presentation. One of the RCMP members commented that “this session gave me a better understanding of the diversity within the Muslim communities and I’m so impressed with the Ismaili Centre, and how volunteer service has been at the heart of this building and your community”

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September 5, 2018

Shafik Bhalloo receives 2018 TD Canada Trust Distinguished Teaching Award

Shafik Bhalloo has been named 2018 co-winner of the TD Canada Trust Distinguished Teaching Awards, the highest teaching honour of its kind at SFU’s Beedie School of Business. Bhalloo is SFU Beedie’s Academic Director and Associate Professor of Practice in the Strategy area. Bhalloo is an experienced, practising lawyer who teaches commercial law, business ethics and employment law courses.

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May 10, 2018

Panel on Positive and Practical Approaches to Islamophobia held at the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby

On 10 May 2018, a panel of professionals spoke eloquently about the painful experiences of individuals affected by prejudice and hatred, and the need for a systematic analysis of data to combat forces that are eroding our social fabric. The panel was made up of lawyer Sarah Khan and social justice activist Itrath Syed. The panel was and moderated by lawyer Aleem Bharmal.

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December 25, 2017

Zool Suleman, Karima Andani honoured with Queens Counsel designation

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December 22, 2017

M. Ali Lakhani publishes “Faith and Ethics: The Vision of the Ismaili Imamat

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November 3, 2017

Al Jina debates on allowing video surveillance in long term care at Canadian Elder Law Conference

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August 23, 2017

"Remember, where there is darkness, there is also light”, a National Observer article written by Aleem Bharmal is published.

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June 12 & 13, 2017

Azool Jaffer Jeraj, Shelina Neallani, Zara Suleman, and Karim Sunderji presented at the BC Arbitration and Mediation Symposium

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March 21, 2017

Honourable Judge Shehni Dossa and other women judges talk career paths and offer advice

An Evening with Women Judges gave an exclusive opportunity to 24 female TRU law students to hear from representatives of the Canadian Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges. Four experienced judges, including key organizing figure and B.C. Provincial Court Judge Shehni Dossa, shared their job-related experiences and gave professional advice to young law school representatives.

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March 12, 2017

Zool Suleman receives 2017 City of Vancouver Award of Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion

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December 29, 2016

Noordin Nanji, former Chair of Aga Khan International Conciliation and Arbitration Board, is honoured with Queen’s Counsel designation.

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September 12, 2016

Leveraging University-Generated Intellectual Property to Benefit Canadian Industry”, by Karima Bawa.

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July 30, 2016

Integral Pluralism as the Basis for Harmony – The Approach of His Highness the Aga Khan”, by M. Ali Lakhani

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June 20, 2016

Aleem Bharmal is awarded President’s Medal by Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch

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May 19, 2016

Justice Albie Sachs, formerly of the Constitutional Court of South Africa to present the Annual Pluralism Lecture, May 19, 2016, at the Aga Khan Museum

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March 3, 2016

Former Vancouver lawyer Nurjehan Mawani presented on “Women’s role in Afghanistan” to mark International Women’s Day at Ismaili Centre, London

February 29, 2016

Zulie Sachedina, Public Sector Legal Warrior, published in Canadian Lawyer magazine.

In 2013, when heroin addicts participating in a clinical trial at St. Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver were denied access to prescription heroin by Health Canada once they left the trial, the hospital’s operator, Providence Health Care Society, joined five patients in deciding to bring a Charter of Rights and Freedoms challenge. One of the key figures in the decision to launch the legal action was Zulie Sachedina, who has been Providence’s vice president of human resources and general counsel for the past 15 years.

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February 19, 2016

Zool Suleman moderated “What does it mean to be a Muslim in Canada today?

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February 17, 2016

Zool Suleman: Benevolence, Syrian Refugees and Intentions – Canada

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December 18, 2015

Lawyers Jalal Jaffer and M. Ali Lakhani recognized with Queen’s Counsel designation.

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December 9, 2015

M. Ali Lakhani presents editorial on "Looking Beyond Islamophobia: Three Case Studies

Looking Beyond Islamophobia

May 28, 2015

Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin delivers annual pluralism lecture at the Aga Khan Museum.

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January 13, 2015

What Now? The Charlie Hebdo shooting and its aftermath”, Letter to Edmonton Journal by Shafik Bhalloo

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April 3, 2014

Shafik Bhalloo appointed to West Vancouver Police Board

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December 22, 2013

Taj Mitha leads BCIT mission to China

Chair of the BCIT Board of Governors, Taj Mitha (seated, right), signs a MOU as Dean of BCIT International Lawrence Gu (standing, right) and members of the Chinese delegation look on. As part of the Government of British Columbia’s “Jobs and Trade Mission” to China, Japan, and Korea, the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) has signed two key Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with two prominent educational and training organizations in Chongqing, a large centre of commerce in southwest China.

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October 29, 2013

Rising Star Award for Aly Kanji

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July 1, 2012

Profile: Azmina Karim-Bondy, Chief Legal Counsel, Industrial Alliance Pacific Insurance.

After studying French literature at the University of Victoria, obtaining her law degree from Osgoode Hall law school in Toronto, and practicing commercial litigation and injury law for several years, Azmina Karim-Bondy joined the legal department at Vancouver-based Seaboard Life Insurance Company in 1994. Within six years, she worked her way up to senior litigation counsel, and her rapid ascent paved the way for future success.

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July 27, 2012

For Ismailis, legal justice is non-adversarial – Former B.C. Attorney General Geoff Plant.

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November 29, 2011

UBC law grad Rahim Moloo receives outstanding alumnus award.

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September 1, 2010

UBC Law Alumni Profile: Justice Alnashir Visram, working the highest courts of Kenya

Justice Alnashir Visram (LL.B. ’78) was born and raised in Kenya, and in the mid-70s, he wanted to start a new life in Canada. Already a practicing Kenyan lawyer, Visram decided to repeat law school so he could start a new legal career in Canada. But nine years after graduating from UBC law school, Visram found himself back in Kenya. Visram is now a judge in the Kenyan Court of Appeal, the highest court in Kenya. Here he talks about his journey from Kenya to Canada, and back again.

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