Immigrant restaurateur in Toronto promised to hire 100 Syrian refugees: almost at goal

Canadian Immigrant - With the arrival of 25,000 Syrian refugees last year, one immigrant entrepreneur wanted to do his part by promising to hire 100 in 365 days. That was Paramount Fine Foods president and CEO Mohamad Fakih who made an ambitious promise. We’re at the half waypoint, and the numbers are in.

Paramount partnered with Magnet and Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge (RULSC) to help connect newly arrived Syrian Canadians to appropriate jobs. The partnership with the organizations, included Paramount Fine Foods funding employment support counsellor to work at the RULSC; their job includes searching for job opportunities for new Syrian Canadians.

Finding a job for Syrian refugees

“Finding a job, after finding a home, is a priority,” says Fakih. “I am proud of how far we’ve come, and I have no doubt we will exceed our goal. There is a lot that needs to be done here and I will continue to encourage other fellow entrepreneurs to get involved.”

“I feel like I owe Canada a lot,” says Fakih, “you’re never big enough in business to forget about the community.”