The Canadian Islamic Chamber of Commerce is a federally incorporated not for profit organization. It was formally established in 2007 with the goal of forming a unified. Muslim business networking organization in Canada. The chamber consists of various regional chapters all unified by one national umbrella organization. The head office is in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The Canadian Islamic Chamber of Commerce aims to contribute to the development of a strong Canadian Muslim business community through education, networking, mentorship, cooperation and communication. Our goal is to develop a network of powerful Muslim businesses dedicated not only to business success, but also the active participation of Muslim businesses in the greater Canadian business community. As advocates for our country, Canada, and our religion, Islam, we hope to contribute to an environment where Muslim businesses can thrive and make a positive contribution to Canadian society. It is our hope that the Muslim communitywill derive direct and indirect benefit from the activities of the chamber through assistance in infrastructure development, public education and advocacy.
The idea of forming a Muslim business networking organization has been around for many years and has been discussed in informal settings since the 1990s. In 2001, the Canadian Islamic Chamber of Commerce was formed in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and was incorporated federally as a not for profit organization; but it failed to thrive. It was not the right time.
The concept was once again revived in 2007 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The first step was the recruitment of a strong leaders who would be able to lead the organization through all of the stages of growth, from infancy to the maturity of a fully functioning organization. Through a series of carefully planned steps the organization went through a transformation as it’s infrastructure was put in place. The organization was publicly launched in September, 2007, with the support of many Canadian business leaders, Muslim and non-Muslim.