Nadir Mohamed, former chief executive officer of Rogers Communications, was appointed to the Order of Canada in December 2019 for his leadership in the telecommunications industry and for fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in Canada.
Since leaving Rogers in 2013, after 25 years at the company, Mohamed joined Ryerson University as CEO in Residence. Through this position, he co-founded ScaleUp Ventures, a venture capital group that provides capital, strategic guidance and mentorship to high-potential companies.
“My focus has been on helping create an environment where Canadian startups have a chance to scale up through access to talent, capital and, most importantly, the first customer,” Mohamed said in an email.
The Order of Canada recognizes Canadians who have enriched the lives of others and made a major contribution to Canada. The Order’s Latin motto is desiderantes meliorem patriam, meaning “they desire a better country.”
Ismailis who have previously received the Order of Canada include: Dr. Shaf Keshavjee, 2014; Zaheer M. Lakhani, 2006; Sultan Jessa, 2005; MG Vassanji, 2005; Nazmudin Rayani, 2005; Bahadur Madhani, 2000; and Nurjehan Mawani, 1993.
This article originally appeared in the Summer 2020 issue of The Ismaili Canada.