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Mehrdad Ariannejad

Holding a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto and a full time employee of IBM Canada from 1998 to 2016, Mehrdad has been actively involved in preserving and reviving Iranian culture, a subject that is close to his heart. Over the course of years of volunteer work, he has served as chair and board member for many organizations devoted to promotion of Iranian culture and intellectual heritage within academia, Iranian community and Canadian society.

Highlights of his roles include: Founding member of the Iranian Canadian Congress, co-founder of the organizing committee of Cheharshanbeh Suri (Iranian Fire Festival), board member and chair of the art committee at the Parya Trillium Foundation, co-founder of the first Iranian Book Club in Toronto, chair and board member for the Iranian Association at the University of Toronto, chief organizer of Bam Earthquake Relief Concert, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tirgan cultural festival, the largest of its kind, held in Toronto since 2006. Mehrdad has been one of the authors of Charter 91, a document that seeks to unite Iranians around a potential charter of rights.

Mehrdad is the recipient of many awards for humanitarian and community service and promoting culture and social justice, including the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada award and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal.