Salaam B’y: A Story of a Muslim Newfoundlander
From: Land of Many Shores
Salaam B’y explore the experience of Muslims and Islam in Newfoundland, rural experiences, faith, and race and racism.
Aatif Baskanderi (he/him) was born in Sarnia, Ontario, and moved to Clarenville, Newfoundland and Labrador, at the age of five. He completed his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and Master of Technology Management degrees at Memorial University and a Master of Social Policy and Development at the London School of Economics, leading to a diverse career centred on innovation for social good. As an engineer with a keen interest in social justice, he embarked on a journey to connect the two. This led him to multiple engineering roles, including building smart-phones at BlackBerry, researching Fair Trade farmers in Palestine, working on malaria prevention in Sierra Leone, informing science policy in Canada, the UK, and Europe, leading Engineers Without Borders across Canada, and fostering innovation in large enterprises and new start-ups. He currently lives in Brampton, Ontario, with his wife, Dr. Nazia Sharfuddin.