Fahad Mughal originally arrived in Edmonton in 2008 in the midst of a recession and before completing his MBA overseas at Greenwich University. He went back briefly to where his wife was still awaiting her own emigration from Pakistan to Canada, before returning via Toronto to Edmonton in 2011. He took odd jobs, including those in the security industry, because of barriers to international professionals that still exist today. Not one to complain, and determined to create a future for his family in the city, he continued to work 60 hours a week, while attending school part-time, before attaining his re-certification at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.
Fahad was hired by the City of Edmonton as a Business Analyst where he worked for 4+ years. He helped generate more than $500,000 of additional revenue in one year alone, by improving a building permit calculation method.
During that time, he witnessed the inefficiencies of the current administration and chose to run for Mayor. Fahad truly believes that nothing gets achieved from your comfort zone, and made the decision to leave his job to take a stand for making City Council accountable, transparent and fair—the primary issues that have been expressed by Edmontonians this term.
Among his accomplishments, Fahad has mentored internationally trained professionals through Edmonton Region Immigrant Employment Council (ERIEC) to help them with job search strategies and understanding Canadian work place culture. He has also served as facilities director for Blue Quill Community League, and is a member of the Inter-Racial Alliance team of Edmonton (formerly, Racism Free Edmonton).
He is a former Board Director of IIBA (Edmonton chapter) and Shop Steward for Civic Service Union 52, and holds a B.Sc. degree from Karachi Institute of Economics and Technology.
Fahad is a writer for Diversity Magazine and has written on the challenges faced by skilled classed immigrants in the Canadian job market, project-based learning, and the impact of automation on the workforce.
Fahad’s focus is to optimize the value of tax payer money and to create healthy communities by empowering citizens.