Mr. Shafiq Qaadri

Position: Former MPP
Categories: BOGs

Dr. Shafiq Qaadri is a Toronto-based family physician and a Continuing Medical Education (CME) lecturer. A true jack of all trades, he served as an MPP in the province of Ontario for 15 years and was the first Pakistani-Canadian to be elected to Parliament in the Province of Ontario, and served as MPP for 15 years, from 2003 to 2018. In Government, he was Parliamentary Secretary to the Chief Minister, Chairman of Justice Policy, and led the Ministry of Health Promotion for Ontario’s 13 million people. He has advised Government & Industry in many fields, including Cardiovascular Medicine, Diabetes, Lung diseases, Mood Disorders, Biotech, Biologic drugs, online Telemedicine, digital teaching—and most recently, Toronto’s COVID response. To date, Dr. Qaadri has presented 275 invitational lectures across the globe, from Montreal to Morocco, Miami to Mexico, from Austria to Australia. For media, he has presented more than 1000 TV or radio shows, and published 700 health and biotechnology articles; his books are available in Canada and the USA, with translated editions in France, Russia, and China. During his career, he won numerous awards and scholarships, including a Canadian National Debating Championship, an ES-U Prize to Oxford University, a Medical Research Council Scholarship in Clinical Neurosurgery, the MA Jinnah Prize from the Consulate General of Pakistan, a Fellowship in Global Journalism from Canada’s Munk School of Global Affairs, and a Senator Thompson Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2012, he was honored by HM Queen Elizabeth II with the Diamond Jubilee Medal for Public Service. Always an ambassador for Pakistan, he is a proud Pakistani-Canadian. Dr. Qaadri graduated with a HBA in English Literature from the University of Toronto, a Master’s Certificate in Physician Leadership from Schulich School of Business at York University and an MD from University of Toronto Medical School