Taleeb Noormohamed is a proud Canadian who believes passionately in the potential of our country and our fellow citizens. He has a strong background in public policy, he is a successful entrepreneur, and he devotes much of his time to making our communities stronger - and making sure no Canadian gets left behind. He believes that we must dare to dream of the Canada we want, and act decisively to ensure we do what it takes now to build a strong future.
Early Years and Education
Taleeb was born in Ottawa, Ontario, and grew up in Vancouver. After attending elementary school in North Vancouver, Taleeb attended St. George's High School and in 1994, received a scholarship to attend Princeton University where he studied International Relations. While at University, Taleeb led a number of student organizations, including a mentoring program for inner-city high school students.
After graduating from Princeton, Taleeb attended Oxford University on a Commonwealth Scholarship where he began his doctoral work in Geography.
Taleeb first began his professional career by founding a technology consulting practice for one of Canada's largest consultancies. In 2003, Taleeb chose to pursue his passion, public policy, and began work in the public sector. Taleeb joined the Privy Council Office where he worked under two Liberal Prime Ministers (Chrétien and Martin), and worked on a series of issues, including governance and Canada's place in the world.
In 2006, Taleeb was named Director of the Air India Review Secretariat and Senior Advisor to the Hon. Bob Rae. In this capacity Taleeb was responsible for examining all related international and domestic proceedings, as well as working closely with Canada's National Security Agencies, the RCMP and the CSIS. Under Taleeb's leadership, permanent memorials to the victims of the bombing of Air India flight 182 were built, one in Vancouver's Stanley Park, the other in Toronto's Humber Bay East Park.
After his work on the Air India file, Taleeb was asked to take on the role of Director of Citizen Engagement for the federal government's Department of Public Safety. Taleeb was responsible for establishing the community engagement policies for the Department, as well as for the RCMP and the CSIS.
In 2007, Taleeb came back to Vancouver to join the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC), becoming Vice President of Strategy and Partnerships. Taleeb was responsible for managing, among other things, Partnership Revenue, Government and International Relations as well as National and International Client Services. Taleeb was a key contributor to VANOC's "Canada's Games" initiative, which sought to include all Canadians in the celebration, and was the lead negotiator behind the agreements that brought North Vancouver City and District into the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games family.
Taleeb also understands what it means to run a small business. Following the Olympic Games, he led the turnaround and restructuring of a struggling online learning technology company as its President and Chief Executive Officer. 2 years later, that business is now part of a thriving Pan-Canadian e-learning company with over 150 employees in offices from Coast to Coast.
Taleeb is now creating new jobs as the Founder and CEO of a soon to be launched technology startup. From raising capital, to making payroll each month, to helping cut costs and save money while planning for growth, Taleeb knows what it takes to build a successful business.
In 2012, Taleeb was named one of Business in Vancouver's Top 40 under Forty.
Taleeb is a strong believer in the importance of service to the local community. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Covenant House Vancouver and The Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and a Founding Director of the West Vancouver Community Centre. In 2009, Taleeb was appointed as British Columbia's representative to the Board of Trustees of the Fathers of Confederation Lands Trust and the Confederation Centre of the Arts by Prince Edward Island Premier Robert Ghiz, and was reappointed to this board in 2012.
In recognition of his various contributions to the community, Taleeb was awarded the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award by the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean in 2007.
Having previously volunteered on every Federal Liberal Campaign since 1993, Taleeb was encouraged to run and, in March 2011, was nominated as the Liberal Candidate in North Vancouver for the 41st Canadian Federal Election. He was Co-Chair of the 2012 Liberal Party of Canada Biennial Convention in Ottawa, and continues to be actively engaged in rebuilding the Liberal Party.
Taleeb is fluent in both of Canada's official languages and also speaks Farsi, Gujarati, Urdu and Hindi. He also has an excellent knowledge of Arabic and Latin.