MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Dr. Mohamad Fakih, CEO and president of Paramount Fine Foods, was named the 2019 Business Person of the Year by the Mississauga Board of Trade and was awarded a Key to the City by Mississauga, Ont. Mayor Bonnie Crombie.
“I am honoured to receive this prestigious award and a key to the great city of Mississauga,” says Fakih. “As an immigrant to Canada, I have always strived to give back to the community that welcomed me as a young man and I am so pleased that I am able to provide support to others in their time of need.”
Fakih moved to Canada from Lebanon in 1999 when he was 23 years old. In 2006, he purchased a nearly bankrupt restaurant and transformed it into what is now known as the fastest-growing Middle Eastern Halal restaurant chain in North America — Paramount Fine Foods.
Other recipients honoured at the ceremony include former mayor Hazel McCallion; Yoshinori Takenaka, Mayor of Kariya, Japan, Mississauga’s sister city; and homegrown tennis star Bianca Andreescu.