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Jeff (Jaafer) Gareau,
B.A., I.R.Econ.

Financial Advisor/Dealing Representative,
NO INTEREST Investments
Global Maxfin Investments Inc.

 
 
 
   
   

Abbreviated Biography

In addition to over 20 years in Investment Advisory/Management as a Financial Advisor/Dealing Representative (registered in multiple provinces from Nova Scotia to B.C. with hundreds of accounts), Jeff (Jaafer) Gareau is or has been very active with many Corporations, Registered Charities, and non-profit organizations in Executive/Officer positions. He graduated from the University of Toronto having studied Economics, Industrial Relations (Organizational
Mgt.), and Sociology. He has been interviewed in the media on Islamic Investment and Finance including ROBTV (BNN), Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, various magazines, and has lectured at many universities including the Rotman MBA Program at the U. of T., Ryerson Business School, Trent University and over one hundred educational seminars across the country in more than 5 provinces.

A testament of his accomplishments is that Jeff has been nominated for the Town of Oakville's prestigious Community Spirit Awards for Individual Volunteer of the Year in three consecutive years (Recipient in 2005). Here are some of the positions he holds or has held in the past:

  • Dealing Representative for -> NO INTEREST Investments and Global Maxfin Investments Inc.;
  • #1 Advisor* in Canada's largest publicly distributed Islamic Mutual Fund, the Global Iman Fund since inception in 2009;
  • #1 Advisor* in Dynamic SAMI Fund (2000-2006) as well as the FrontierAlt Oasis Funds (2006-2009), and
  • Casvin Industries (Casvin Fluid Systems), Brampton/Mississauga/ Etobicoke. Director - Corporate decision making relating to North American operations in Sales, Consulting, and Engineering divisions (March 2001 to March 2005 for two 2-year terms);
Executive or Committee positions
  • Current Chair.  In 2004, was Founding Treasurer (12 years of service in this Executive Position) of the Muslim Children's Aid and Support Services, a registered charitable Toronto-based Social Services organization (since 2004). Has served as Acting CHAIR and was responsible for the initial incorporation of the not-for-profit organization;
  • MYSL -> Past Executive Vice-President (retired April 2015) & Head Coach U14B (2012/2013). Previous duties since 2005 include: League Head Coach, Executive Member, Head Coach and Convener of multiple divisions in House League and All-Star -> U6 co-ed through to Boys U14; Boys Head Coach OSC 2007-2008 (U8 and U9 RED), Assistant Coach U9 (2016);
  • Former Director of MADD Halton/Peel Region (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) -> Served as President from 2003-2005;
  • Founding member of Al-Falah Centre and Al-Falah Private School in various key fundraising (annually since 1998) and other Advisory positions;
  • Active member of ICNA CANADA since 1994 in various past executive roles in the Halton/Peel Region Office: Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Director of Communications and Public Relations, Conference Marketing Manager, Community Outreach Co-ordinator for high schools, ICNA Relief, etc.;
  • Director, Oakville Chamber of Commerce, served a 3-year term -> Advocacy Committee member and lead Director for the OCC Charity Dragon Boat (3 years) raising money each year for the Halton's Children's Aid and Halton Big Brothers & Sisters;
  • Appointed member - Halton Region Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park Community Liaison Committee (3 years);
  • Past President and Director of ISSRA. The Islamic Social Services and Resource Association was founded by Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick 15 years ago and is a registered charity based in Toronto with affiliations with the City of Toronto and the United Way;
  • Former member of the Mayor's Special Committee Against Drunk Driving (Town of Oakville) - Member of Annual Essay Contest Panel;
  • Town of Oakville's Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee; Served as Chair for a one-year term and two terms as Vice-Chair. Member of the Parks and Trails sub-committee (Also a casual volunteer planting trees with Evergreen and Groundbreakers in different areas of Oakville);
  • Appointed member - Halton Region Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park Community Liaison Committee (3 years);
  • Member of the Oakville Unit Council of the Canadian Cancer Society, one of the highest fundraising units per capita in Canada since 2007;
  • Former Chair of the Halton Easter Seals District Council as well as a former member of the Mississauga Safe Driving Committee and one of the founding members of the Brampton Safe City Committee;
  • Chair, Media Relations and Community Development -> Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion (Oakville) for 4 consecutive terms until 2009 & many years of volunteering and supporting the Ontario March of Dimes;
  • Served two years on a Federal Immigration and Citizenship Committee for the Halton Riding M.P.;
  • Founding Executive Member of a political Riding Association and served as the V.P. Treasurer and V.P. Membership at the Federal level;
  • Director, Provincial Riding Association, which assisted its candidate in becoming elected as M.P.P. and maintaining the seat over two elections including a Cabinet position; Past Director for Oakville Minor Baseball Association as well as Sport Oakville (Former Oakville Sports Council)
  • Participated on many multicultural/inter-faith & diversity boards and focus groups, including Community Development Halton's Diversity Breakfast Series, churches, temples, and mosques; Special Services Certificate Award Winner for 100+ volunteer hours helping the blind & disabled (U. of T.)
  • Co-Producer of an inter-faith TV Series pilot program that was accepted by CTS (Christian Television Network);

* Based on total assets under administration in the Fund(s).