The Concordia Forum Celebrates 10 Years

The Concordia Forum Celebrates 10 Years


The Concordia Forum was formed in order to build trust and networking amongst leaders who may have not been able to
find other people with similar backgrounds in their own profession and combine their talents with the talents of other people to create magic. The most beautiful thing about Concordia
is that it’s like a bouquet of muslims. It’s so extraordinary to have all these people
– from conservative to liberal, who can sit under the same roof, have extraordinary
debates and extraordinary conversations and you feel like your life is that much
enriched because you met that person. It’s been really great to hear
from people here today about how Concordia’s helped to facilitate funds for
the Arts and funds for film. What I’m really impressed about with the
Concordia forum is the number of talented people here. They are talented
in their own respective fields, they’re from all around the world and what’s
great is the fact that people are sharing ideas, talking to each other, making
friends and contacts but also it’s a great space to have fun, which is really important. It provides people with leadership a
safe space, which is a rarity now, especially if you’re Muslim
who is under the spotlight like me, who’s being scrutinized all the time. Wherever you’re coming from, there is an
opening here for people to listen to you and for you to potentially benefit from
what they’re saying. It’s very heartwarming to see people
coming together and helping each other succeed and that’s the whole point
of the Concordia Forum. Behind all of this are the selfless people, who
toil behind the scenes to get us all together so I just want to recognize them and ask for us to give them a round of applause. Concordia is a safe space right?
We’ve all heard that phrase – safe space. Not this morning – there are no safe spaces. [Laughter] This is the only gig in my calendar year
where I laugh as much as the audience.

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