LamaTV First Gala Dinner & Networking event
An exciting new community experience

Lama Aggad is hosting her 1st Gala dinner & networking event, a very special evening introducing the only Arabic show that broadcasts on Omni and Omni 2 television channels in Canada.
Sunday, June 8 2014 at 6:00PM
Park Inn, Grand Victorian Convention Centre
175 Derry Rd. E. Mississauga ON


Dress Code: Formal                  Guests: Political Figures, Arab Professionals & Businessmen
Ticket pricing: $100 / Ticket    Media/Journalism Students: $65 (Maximum: 50 tickets)

A donation cheque will be given to SickKids foundation during the Gala Dinner
Click here to view support letter from SickKids Foundation

Event MC
Jake Dheer
Jake Dheer is Station Manager for Rogers TV, serving the Dufferin-Peel region. He served as Chairman of Mississauga Board Of Trade in 2008, Mayor Hazel McCallion’s Gala for the Arts, Culture and Heritage in 2010 and Chairman for Sheridan College’s Big Picture Gala in 2010 and 2012. Jake remains a strong community activist on boards of several organizations like City of Mississauga’s Economic Development Advisory Board, Mississauga Chinese Business Association, Trillium Health Partners Foundation, Heritage Mississauga, Mississauga Tourism West Toronto Advisory Board, Mississauga Sports Council, Legends Row Founding Member, Community Living Mississauga Tribute Dinner Committee and Volunteer MBC to name a few. He is also the Honourary Chairman for the Alzheimer Society of Peel and The Liberty Silver Foundation for the Arts. He is also Host and Producer of the popular South Asian radio program, Sitaron Ki Mehfil.

Jake has been honoured with numerous awards and recognition in the broadcast industry and for his volunteer community work including being named Mississauga's 2005 Citizen Of The Year, 2009 Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary International, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, Ted Rogers Innovation Award in 2011, Mississauga Board of Trade’s Employer Of The Year 2012 and, was recently named Mississauga’s Top 30 Most Influential people by Mississauga News.

Jake’s enthusiastic stage presence has led him to emcee several high profile occasions in the GTA and has often been asked to be the Keynote Speaker at numerous events around the region. Jake is married to Geeta and they have two children, Sonia and Arjun. He is a stout vegetarian.


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Lama TV Host
Ahmed Najdat
Ahmed Najdat is an Iraqi journalist and filmmaker, studied media production at the University of Windsor. He gained his journalism experience while training with MBC and CNN. Besides being a reporter for Lama TV; he is a masters of journalism student at the University of British Columbia.

Platinum Sponsors

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List of Distinguished Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Madeline Ziniak
National Vice President, OMNI Television

Madeline Ziniak has been involved in ethnic media for over 30 years and is currently the National Vice President of Rogers OMNI Television. Madeline is also Chair of the Canadian Ethnic Media Association (CEMA) which is comprised of professionals engaged in print, broadcast, web journalism and writing, reflecting Canada’s diversity. For her dedication throughout her career, Madeline has received the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals, as well as numerous community, government, and industry related honours. In addition, Madeline is the current Chair (Ontario Region) of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, and the Vice Chair of Women in Film and Television – Toronto. Madeline is a founding member of the Strategic Alliance of Broadcasters for Aboriginal Reflection (SABAR), Co-Chair of the International Press Freedom Awards (Canadian Journalists for Free Expression) and a board member of the Canadian Journalism Foundation. She is former Co‑Chair of the Task Force For Cultural Diversity on Television, and Chair of the Jury of the Awards of Excellence, Canadian Race Relations Foundation.

Guest Speaker: H.E. Smail Benamara
Ambassador of Algeria and Dean of Arab Ambassadors Group

H.E. Smail Benamara is Ambassador of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, and Dean of Arab Ambassadors.

Distinguished Speaker: Mohamad Fakih
CEO / President of Paramount Fine Foods - (Platinum Sponsor)

Mohamad Fakih came to Canada 15 years ago, trying to find a better life for his family. After working his way up from his first job at Tim Hortons, he purchased a struggling Lebanese restaurant and turned it into an overwhelming success story in less than six years. Paramount Fine Foods has grown from one flagship store in Mississauga to five restaurants in southern Ontario, along with a busy halal butcher shop, which he opened for his wife, Hanan, after she complained about the state of halal meat counters.

With more than 450 employees, Paramount Fine Foods has garnered international attention, with requests for expansion from the royal family of Qatar. But it has been more than strong business sense that separates Fakih from the pack. He uses motivational tools and company excursions to create a team environment in his restaurants. Every few months, an activity is scheduled that encourages employees to have some fun as a group.