About our LAAR 2021 Keynote Speaker:
Tareq Hadhad was a Syrian refugee and now living his new life with his entrepreneurial family on Canada’s east coast. He is the founder and CEO of Peace by Chocolate, the recipient of Start Up Canada’s National Newcomer Entrepreneur Award, named one of the Top 25 Immigrants in The Maritimes and selected by Google as the National Hero Case for 2018 and most recently was awarded RBC’s Top Immigrant Award and Entrepreneur of the Year in 2020.
Since Tareq’s arrival on Canada’s East Coast in 2015 as a Syrian – Canadian newcomer, he has been invited to speak to countless audiences across Canada and internationally. He has had the privileged to meet former President of the United States, Barack Obama, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and had conversations with many World Leaders.
His family’s journey has been detailed in a book called Peace by Chocolate, and in spring 2021, we see the release of their story released in a feature film.
In January 2020, Tareq received his official Canadian Citizenship, which garnered international attention, and can’t wait to collect stamps in his passport.