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Imam Dr. Abdul Hai Patel

Member, Cabinet of Canadians


Imam Abdul Hai Patel is founder and past Coordinator of Canadian Council of Imams, representing the Islamic religious leadership. Currently, he is Director of Inter Faith relations. He has been serving as Imam and Community Leader for 46 years in Canada.

He served as a Commissioner of Ontario Human Rights Commission from 1999-2005. He is past member of National Board of Governors of Scouts Canada.

Imam Dr. Patel is the immediate past President of Ontario Multi Faith Council, and a member of Interfaith Advisory Committee of Federal Gov’t’s Corrections Canada. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee of Ontario Law Commission on End of Life Care.

He is a Muslim Chaplain at the University of Toronto, York Regional Police, and he has served as visiting Chaplain at CAM-H (Centre for Addiction & Mental Health) for three years.

He served as a member of Interfaith Committee and Chaplain for 2015 Pan Am & Para Pan Games in Toronto. He is a Founder, Director and Patron in Chief of Muslim Children Aid and Support Service.

Imam Dr. Patel is a founder and member of several interfaith groups and he is active in interfaith dialogues and training. He is a regular speaker in national and international conferences.

He was a recipient of the Governor General and Ontario Government’s awards for Community Service and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal. Imam Dr. Patel holds a Doctorate degree from Canadian Institute of Islamic Studies.