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How COVID-19 is transforming lives: Talent, education, and the economy in a post-pandemic world

September 18, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

COVID-19 has been a disruptive force in Canada and around the world. In this one-hour session, keynote John Stackhouse will talk about how individuals and businesses need to pivot to survive the post-COVID-19 world. Khalil Z. Shariff will share examples from Aga Khan Foundation’s response to COVID-19 in some of the most marginalized communities in Africa and Asia. Leila Keshavjee will draw on her experience as a business owner and entrepreneur navigating the pandemic in Canada. 

Register here to attend this virtual event.  

Please note that this event will be offered in English only. 

We will send a recording of the event to all registrants and attendees post-event. 

Please contact [email protected] for more information.  

Speaker Biographies:  

Khalil Z. Shariff, Chief Executive Officer, Aga Khan Foundation Canada: 

Khalil joined Aga Khan Foundation Canada as Chief Executive Officer in August 2005. He was previously with the Toronto office of McKinsey & Company, an international management consultancy, where he advised governments, financial institutions, and health care providers on strategy, organization, and operational improvement. 

Khalil served on AKFC’s National Committee for five years, and has cultivated his interest in international development and conflict resolution issues through a variety of activities including: Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Harvard Negotiation Law Review; Policy Co-ordinator and Research Associate, Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research; Legal Intern, Chambers of the Vice-President, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania; Intern, Office of Under-Secretary-General, UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations. He was the youngest member ever elected as a School Trustee in 1993 for the Board of School Trustees in Richmond, B.C. 

Khalil holds a B.A. in International Relations and Economics from the University of British Columbia and a J.D. magna cum laude from the Harvard Law School. 


John Stackhouse, Senior Vice President, Office of the CEO, RBC 

As Senior Vice-President in the Office of the CEO at RBC, John is responsible for the organization’s thought leadership and public advocacy related to macro-economics, sustainable development, and large-scale technology disruptions. Previously, John spent 25 years at The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper, including terms as Editor-in-Chief (2009-14), editor of Report on Business (2004-09), and from 1992-1999, a foreign correspondent based in New Delhi, India. He has authored three books, Out of Poverty, Timbit Nation, and Mass Disruption: Thirty Years on the Front Lines of a Media Revolution. His next book, Planet Canada, is due to be published in October 2020 by Penguin Randomhouse. John is a Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and C.D. ‎Howe Institute, and sits on the boards of Queen’s University and Aga Khan Foundation Canada. 


Leila Keshavjee, entrepreneur and founder of Happy Pops 

Leila started Happy Pops in 2016 after graduating with a degree in kinesiology from the University of Toronto. Through her educ


ation, she learned that there are many names for sugar and it is often difficult to find products with ingredients one can recognize. As an athlete and coach, Leila wanted to create a unique line of ice pops suitable for breakfast on the go, post-workout, a refreshing afternoon snack or a great addition to any event. 

Leila drew on her South Asian heritage and travels, as well as her family’s experience in the food industry to come up with a flavour line-up that cannot be found anywhere else. From Passion Fruit and Guava to Mango and Strawberry, Happy Pops is a treat that appeals to Canada’s diverse tastes. The ice pops are handcrafted in small batches without artificial ingredients and are sold at retail stores, farmers markets, and festivals across the country. One can also purchase online for home delivery.  

In partnership:  

With support from:  


Aga Khan Foundation Canada