Please join us for a virtual discussion focusing on the critical economic impact of the Toronto Island airport to the successful restart of Ontario’s urban visitor economy.
The event will feature Neil Pakey, CEO of Nieuport Aviation, owner and operator of the passenger terminal at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport; John Thomas, CEO of Connect Airlines, a planned new airline entrant to Canada via the Toronto City Airport; and Scott Beck, President and CEO of Destination Toronto. Farah Mohamed, long time community resident, business leader, and social profit entrepreneur will be the moderator.
The panel will explore the critical role of this airport in the urban visitor economy, its unique role in connecting Canada’s financial sector with our largest global trading partner, the United States, and discuss how strategic infrastructure investments are necessary for it to continue to evolve as a key urban gateway and tourism hub. They will also explore why U.S. carrier Connect Airlines has its eyes on Toronto City Airport as a new hub offering travelers more choice to key American cities.
Farah Mohamed, Social Entrepreneur and Former CEO, Malala Fund
A social profit entrepreneur, Farah Mohamed knows how to grab hold of a challenging current issue and ensure action and momentum for results towards a better world. She most recently served as the CEO of the Malala Fund, inspired by Malala Yousafzai, who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban for going to school and became the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. She’s also founder of Girls20, which galvanizes the world’s greatest resource, girls and women, and cultivates a new generation of leaders through education, entrepreneurship and global experiences.
Farah is a compelling storyteller and presenter who shares powerful stories of humanity and change from around the world. She has a relaxed presentation style which puts audiences instantly at ease with her down to earth pragmatism and relatable storytelling style. Through compelling personal experience and lessons learned, Farah inspires audiences to cultivate a better future by showing passionate leadership, empowering young people, and seeing the value of a social profit entrepreneurship mindset. Her well researched presentations frame data in a way that brings numbers to life as she connects the dots in a convincing manner and get your audience excited for the possibilities of change.
In her role as Malala Fund CEO, inspired by Malala Yousafzai, who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban for going to school and became the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, she’s involved in advocating for resources and policy change needed to give all girls a secondary education, investing in developing country educators and activists, and amplifying the voices of girls fighting for change. Her fund invests in the future of girls and women with more than $8.6 million towards girls’ education programmes.
Previously, as Founder of Girls20, Farah Mohamed designed the organization G20 style; a cool take on the G20, which puts girls and women at the very heart of the issues. This internationally active organization brings together one delegate girl from each G20 country concluding in a global Summit that generates ideas that are presented to the G20 Leaders, global mentorships and the creation of delegate led initiatives. Girls20 is a globally active social enterprise that cultivates a new generation of female leaders through education, entrepreneurship and global experiences and provides advice to G20 Leaders on how to increase female labour force participation as it is key to economic growth. The program involves skills building, entrepreneurship, business planning, communications, technology navigation, leadership, and more. Girls20 also provides advice to G20 Leaders on how to economically engage girls and women to reach growth targets.