The association recognized Fakih for his humanitarian efforts and business success. In 2016, he committed to hiring 100 Syrian refugees to work at his franchised restaurants. Today, he has nearly reached his goal. He also donated funds to cover the funeral costs for the six victims of the Jan. 29 mosque shooting in Quebec and is assisting in refurbishing the building.
“Mohamad’s vision is for all communities to come together to embrace being Canadian and to join together in making Canada a better place for everyone,” says Shanna Munro, CEO of Restaurants Canada. “In so doing, he continues to provide more Canadians with jobs, gives back to the community and encourages and inspires immigrants to reach for and achieve success. It is our great honour to present the 2017 Restaurants Canada Leadership Award to an inspiring leader, entrepreneur and community builder.”