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Salimah Kassam


Salimah is an empathetic, resourceful and driven leader who is determined to make meaningful impacts on the people and systems in Calgary. Driven to envision and execute strategy, galvanize resources, track results, and make lasting shifts in society, Salimah is a trusted collaborator and innovation co-conspirator within Calgary’s social impact and economic development networks. She is a subject matter expert in policy development, asset-building, poverty reduction, community economic development, and behavioural economics. Salimah is a key player in launching, building, and executing Calgary’s poverty reduction plan and Canada’s national financial empowerment movement. 

Salimah is currently the Executive Director of Sunrise Community Resource Centre, supporting an amazing team of compassionate people serving citizens living on low incomes in South East Calgary. Salimah is the President of the Board at Downstage Theatre, a board member with Cornerstone Youth Centres and volunteers with the Ismaili Muslim community. Salimah has served as an Arts Commons Board member since 2019.