Asma’a Al-wahsh, Founder
Asma'a moved to Canada from Jordan in 2012. She brings solid experience in volunteer management, activism, working with refugees, newcomers and women empowerment groups, program planning and community development for over a decade in Jordan and Canada. Asma has a BA, majoring in German and English Literature from the University of Jordan.
In Canada, Asma’a obtained a certificate in Volunteer Management and Senior Leadership in Non-Profit organization. Asma is still working on her Master of Interdisciplinary Studies - Community Studies focused.
Asma is a recipient of the Canada 150 Medal by the Canadian Parliament in 2017 for her community involvement in Waterloo Region and the Women’s Leadership Award from MP Tim Louis in 2020 and other awards in Jordan and Canada.
Asma’a founded the Canadian Arab Women’s Association in 2016 to connect, support, empower and inspire Arab women in Waterloo Region and Guelph.
Meet Our Board of Directors
Nadia Hashem has over ten years of work experience in real estate investment, sales and relationship management /automotive, scheduling and process optimization, and IT consulting. She moved to Canada in 2004 and has a degree in Math and Business Administration. She is interested in human development and psychology, art, and painting.
Omar is a computer scientist by training but he soon discovered that he is more of a people’s person than machines. He ventured into the entrepreneurial space by launching a social enterprise in STEM education that provided affordable STEM programs for different communities including the underserved communities in the Middle East. Among his efforts, he organized the first robotics competition for refugee youth in the world. He moved to Canada at the end of 2019. He recently joined Magnet, as a Project Manager for strategic initiatives, where he is supporting nationwide projects that are impacting thousands of Canadians. Omar is impact-driven and a natural connector of people, ideas ,and efforts. He used to be a competitive rower through which he learned to value perseverance and teamwork. When he is not working, he spends his time volunteering for causes that are dear to his heart or exploring the Canadian wilderness.
Salha has been in Waterloo Region with her family since 2016. She brings with her more than ten years of experience as a corporate communications professional. She holds a master's degree from the University of Waterloo in Business, Entrepreneurship, and Technology with other certifications, including consultancy and project management. Salha has been actively volunteering with community organizations including CMW, SWR, YMCA, Museum of Waterloo Region, The Food Bank, and currently, she is a volunteer Mentor with JA (Junior Achievement) Waterloo Region to facilitate a learning experience in which Canadian youth collaborate in creating an entrepreneurial venture from inspiration to reality.
Salha believes in continuous learning and development. She is passionate about empowering youth and women to build a compelling and consistent personal and professional brand. She is working at the University of Waterloo as an adjunct faculty, teaching data analytics to first-year Finance and Accounting students.
Entesar joined the Canadian Arab Women Association in February 2019. She has over nine years of experience in accounting, business strategy, finance, operations and management in corporate banking and humanitarian aid/social development sector. For the past six years, she served as the manager, and then director of finance and administration at the International Medical Corps in Yemen, Central Africa, Chad, Libya, Tunisia, and Ukraine, where she designed and implemented financial and administrative controls and systems to improve efficiencies. Entesar has a diploma in accounting, a bachelor’s degree in Financial and Banking Studies from Yemen, and a master of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Technology (MBET) from the University of Waterloo, Canada.
Samim Al-Qadhi is interested in identifying needs for targeted population for civic engagement, participation and identify way of civic integration. Samim is the co-founder and executive director of the 4Cs – Canadian Civic Cultural Club. He severed in the executive of London District Academy of Medicine, a member of Community Early Years Health Care Provider Champion Committee, London- Iraqi House.
Samim received the Canada 150 Medal by the Canadian Parliament in 2017 for his community service. He is practicing Consultant pediatrician in London, He has medical specialized in Pediatrics form University of Western Ontario, and sub specialization in Pediatric Emergency medicine, pediatric Trauma and Transport Medicine from University of Toronto, he also obtained master’s in education, Educational Leadership and Policy Program of OISE, University of Toronto.
Soha Masri is an Ontario licensed lawyer and has a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA). Her practice is focused primarily on corporate and commercial transactions; family matters and estate planning. Currently, Soha is in-house legal counsel with MindBeacon Software Inc. handling corporate commercial contracts and transactions, in addition to starting her own law office in Waterloo. Her goal is to inspire young women to challenge the perceived barrier to success and see that anything is possible. She is an entrepreneur passionate about inclusion and gender equality, straight-talking and continuous learning
Tova leads the sustainable waterloo region, by developing strategic direction, supporting team members, and is responsible for building key relationships throughout the Waterloo region. She brings her experience in public relations and communications to creatively approach sustainability opportunities. Paired with her business background she is primed to collaborate with top organizations in Waterloo Region to drive change locally and provincially.
Having been selected by The Guelph Mercury for Top 40 Under 40, and the recipient of the Mayor’s Award of Excellence, Tova leads by example while inspiring others to do the same