Professor, Lawyer, Writer, Human Rights

Activist and Public Speaker


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HCI Annual Dinner Friday, September 25th, 2016

Keynote Speaker: Faisal Kutty.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Nadia Abu-Zahra   More Guests and surprises in the Program.

Performances: Baraa Arar, spoken word poetry Imran Khan, traditional Indian songs and ghazals.

MC for the Evening: Anchor of CBOT’s CBC News: Adrian Harewood

Date: Friday, September 25th, 2016

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Location: St. Elias Banquet Hall

750 Ridgewood Ave.

Ottawa, ON

Faisal Kutty

Faisal Kutty is a Muslim lawyer, law professor, writer and public speaker. A proper and nuanced understanding of Islam and Muslims is vital in today’s world. Faisal’s unique background, experience, and education provide a fresh approach in understanding the basics of Islam and its relevance to the world around you, be it your school, workplace, or society in general.

 Faisal was born in India and grew up in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. He attended French Catholic grade schools, public middle and high school, and studied at three different institutions of higher learning. He practiced law in Toronto servicing the unique needs of the growing Muslim population, and he currently teaches law at Valparaiso University Law School in Indiana (a Lutheran affiliated institution) and at Canada’s largest law school, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University.




In 2017, he was awarded the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award by Valparaiso University for exemplifying Dr. King’s vision through words and deeds on campus and the broader community


For the past seven consecutive years Faisal has been included in The Muslim 500: The World’s Most Influential Muslims, an annual compilation published by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Institute which is affiliated with the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought headquartered in Amman, Jordan.


In 2015, he was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award by the Valparaiso University Alumni Association.


In 2016, he was presented with an Award of Excellence for his work in promoting human rights and justice by the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA).


In 2012, he was awarded the iCair Civil Rights Award from the Cleveland chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) for his work in advancing human rights globally.


In 2007, he was awarded the Maher Arar and Monia Award in Civil and Human Rights from Maher Arar/Monia Mazigh and the Canadian Muslim Network for his work in advancing civil and human rights in Canada.


In 2004, he was awarded the Professional Excellence Award by the American Federation of Muslims from India.


In 2003, he was awarded the Community Service Award from the Toronto Community Resources Consultants for his work in advancing human rights in Toronto.






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