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Al Rashid Education Foundation (AREF) was founded in 2013 to make a positive contribution to the lives of Canadian students who are either from visible minorities or recent immigrants to Canada. AREF’s mandate is to encourage and enable these students to develop their educational, leadership, artistic and athletic potentials. AREF intends to accomplish this mandate by establishing a new scholarship fund that will be awarded to student applicants wishing to pursue post-secondary education. AREF scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate a high level of academic, community and leadership achievement.


AREF is funded through the generous contributions of community leaders who place a high value on education and in producing successful and highly motivated student leaders.                                                                                                                                          These leaders will in turn contribute to the advancement of their communities within the Canadian society and around the world.




Vision & Mission

Vision Statement


     A dynamic community of high achievers and nation builders.



Mission Statement

AREF endeavors to produce a lasting legacy of world leading intellectuals and researchers in all academic disciplines. 


Goals & Objectives

  • Encourage and enable the children of Canda's visible minorities and immigrants to express and develop their potential for leadership and artistic, athletic, educational and other fields of endeavor consistent with their religious beliefs and community goals
  • Set up an endowment fund to provide financial support to Canadian students who are either from visible minorities or recent immigrants to Canada to support them in their educational and professional pursuits
  • Interact and cooperate with other similar interested organizations and the community at large for mutual benefit, support and encouragement.

Board of Trustees

President Sameeh M. Salama

Vice President

Aumer Assaf


Halal Jomha 


Nabil Mouallem


Omar Taliani


Fatima Al Sayyah 


June Kazeil 


Nour Moussa


AREF Advisory Board

YUSAF A. KARBANI, MBA (University of Alberta), FCA (Fellow of Chartered Accountants), CBV (Chartered Business Valuator)


Mr. Karbani owned and operate a medium sized accounting partnership in Edmonton, Alberta for over two decades.  He served on a number of non-profit organizations, including the Board of Directors of Edmonton Community Foundation for six years.  He worked as an Investment Advisor for high net worth clients for RBC Dominion Securities Inc. From 2011 to 2013.






Mr. Assaf is a wealth management executive with significant leadership experience in the investment industry. Focusing on client relationship management, portfolio & risk management, and business development for high net worth private clients and institutional clients of Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc., one of Canada’s pre-eminent wealth management firms.

He is a Vice-President, Risk Management & Client Service, a member of the Firm’s Asset Mix team and a registered Portfolio Manager. Mr. Assaf received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta. He has also earned his Chartered Investment Manager (CIM®) designation. Prior to joining Gluskin Sheff in 2006, Mr. Assaf was an Analyst with KBSH Capital Management Inc.





Awarding committee

The board of trustees of AREF has invited an exemplary panel of judges to review and select winners for each scholarship category.  The panel operates at arm’s length from the board of trustees and uses a stringent set of criteria and parameters to select the awards winners.  


Prof. Dr. Sherif Elbarrad




Professor Faith David,  PhD, MPH, MSc




Scott Reed, BA, MBA 



Professor Mojtaba Madhavi,  BA, MA, Ph.D. 



Rajia Fayad, B. Ed.                 













Is the endowment fund invested in a Sharia’a-compliant way?

Yes, all our investments are made according to Sharia'a compliant funds. 

How do I apply for scholarship?

Please refer to our Programs section of our website and click on "Scholarship Awards" section for a list of the awards and application procedure. 

Who can apply?

Please refer to our Programs section of our website and click on "Scholarship Awards" section for a list of the awards and application procedure. 

To how many awards can I apply to?

You can apply to as many awards as you are eligible for provided that you only apply once to each award. 

When will applications be accepted?

       Applications will be accepted between 15th July and                  September 15th of each year.

When will the winners be notified? 

       Winners will be notified by late October each year.


Do I need to attend the Awards Gala to receive my award? 

       Yes.  All Award Winners and Honorable Mention winners are required to attend the Awards Gala in order to receive their awards.  Failure to do so may disqualify you.