The Honourable Ahmed D. Hussen is a Canadian politician and a lawyer. He was elected in the 2015 federal election and is proud to represent the riding of York South-Weston in the Canadian parliament.
Ahmed immigrated to Canada in 1993 and settled in Toronto. After attending high school, Ahmed started working with the Hamilton-Wentworth social services department where he began his career in public service. Upon his return to Toronto in 1997 and subsequently studying at York University, he co-founded the Regent Park Community Council. As the president of this organization, Ahmed played a key role in securing the $500 million revitalization project for the Regent Park while advocating for the 15,000 residents to ensure that their interests were protected. He was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for his leadership efforts in the Regent Park Community.
Serving as National President for the Canadian Somali Congress, Ahmed worked with national and regional authorities to advocate on important issues to Canadians of Somali heritage, strengthening civic engagement and integration. His results-driven reputation led to an invitation from the Toronto City Summit Alliance to join the task force for modernizing income security for adults. As a result of his advocacy work, the Toronto Star recognized Ahmed as one of ten individuals in Toronto to have made substantial contributions to our community. Ahmed also worked as a Special Assistant for intergovernmental affairs to former Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and has sat on the Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security.
After earning a law degree from the University of Ottawa Faculty Of Law, Ahmed Hussen practiced law in the areas of criminal defence, immigration and refugee law, and human rights. He has served as a director on the board of the Global Enrichment Foundation, an organization that has enabled women in East Africa to access education in colleges and universities in the region. He has also served on the board of Journalists for Human Rights, an organization that empowers journalists in developing countries to cover human rights and governance issues objectively and effectively.
After being elected to parliament in October 2015, Ahmed sat on the Justice and Human Rights Committee and was active in the Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association. In January of 2017, he had the honour of being appointed as the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He continues to serve in this role, using his position to improve the immigration system to better serve the interests of Canadians, and is a strong voice for his constituency.
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