About the Team

Who We Are

The organizers of this event are passionate about halal food and the community and bring over 50 years if combined experience in areas of business development, event management, public relations, marketing, sales and religious expertise.


Faizal Kagdi

Faizal comes to the Halal Food Fest TO team with over thirteen years of experience in corporate sales, as a Senior Account Executive for one of the largest IT firms in Canada, where he is responsible for bringing in over ten million dollars in revenue annually. His unique expertise lies with cultivating key relationships with decision makers and C-level executives.


Khalid Patel

Chief Financial Officer
Khalid Patel is the Founder of Key Points Financial Solutions. He has been providing Accounting Services for over 10 years with his uncanny reputation to connect with clients and offer personalized financial services. He an executive member of a number of profit and non profit organizations. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge. He lives in Toronto with his wife and 2 daughters.


Salima Jivraj

Chief Marketing Officer
Salima has over ten years’ experience in marketing communications and advertising design. With years of experience working in Canadian grocery retail, she is now managing partner of Halal & Co media a full service marketing firm which helps clients market to halal conscious consumers in Canada. Salima is also founder and Editor at Halalfoodie.ca which is a website devoted to the Canadian halal food scene, along with Halal Foodie Magazine. She also contributes for Canadian Grocer Magazine.


Arshad Qureshi

Sales and Finance Director
Arshad has been working as a Business Account Manager for past 7 years. Prior to this, he worked as an IT Manager for 6 years in Los Angeles, California. Arshad attended the University of California and studied Computer Engineering. Arshad enjoys spending time with family and community.


Oroosh Sheikh

Event Director
Oroosh has a strong background in sales, marketing management and event planning. As Vice President of a boutique financial educational firm, he led his team to build North America’s largest alternative investment conference. His passion for entrepreneurship allowed him to partner in various organizations in Toronto including Onyx Media, a media company focusing on event logistics. He is currently owner and founder of Sheikh-it Entertainment, an event production business specializing in film launches as well as President of Infinity Sound & Lighting, an audio visual service provider. Oroosh lives in Mississauga with his wife and son.


Zubair Kagdi

Sales and Marketing Director
Zubair has been a Business Advisor for a Federal Government Agency for the past seven years. He is also the Owner and Founder of Uncle Iqbal and Zama Designs. Uncle Iqbal is a company that secures and promotes group buying deals to the Muslim population in Canada and the United States. Zubair is a strong community leader and has volunteered heavily for many Islamic outreach programs globally.


Asif Khan

Community Relations Director
Asif khan is a retired Civil Engineer City of Toronto . He has acquired thirty five years experience as a volunteer in community service through involvement  in various Socio – Political organizations in Canada and Toronto . Mr. Khan is recognized for for his volunteer services at all levels of government. He is Director of Community Relations.


Saima Shaikh

Community Relations and Volunteer Manager
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