Mohammed Alsaleh is an International Speaker and Award-Winning Advocate


Since arriving in Canada as a Syrian refugee, Mohammed has been building a new life in Vancouver as an advocate and public speaker; raising awareness, and helping other newcomers settle in British Columbia. In 2018, the former medical trainee cum refugee won the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award, joining the ranks of Canada’s top immigrants!

From Syria to Canada, his journey was featured in Go Project films documentary "Welcome to Canada".


Download full bio here (by Roberta Staley)


Mohammed Alsaleh is a two-time TEDx Speaker

The global number of forcibly displaced people is projected to rise from 65 million to 300 million by 2040. A refugee is not who you think they are. A small rise in sea level could make you a refugee. So who is a refugee? This talk will change your perception of refugees.

What do you do when you face the unthinkable? When all else is gone, what are you left with? In this moving talk, Mohammed answers these questions based on his lived first-hand experiences, from Syria to Canada, he went from being a medical student, to terrorist, to refugee.


Leaving Syria

Vancity’s Good Money Blog series

A 4-part blogpost series about how one Syrian refugee is adjusting to life in BC



One thing is for sure we need more Canadians like you Mohammed! I wish you every success in your new country!
— Theresa Sabo
Mohammed, you have such a gift of bringing the story of many, too many, people alive in how you share your personal story.
— Shaheen Nanji
I love the depth of wisdom you share and the actionable steps towards a world where we can all live freely and experience freedom and possibility.
— Karen McGregor

Thank you Mohammed for your courage, for your bravery, and for your incredibly positive outlook.
— Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Mohammed Alsaleh asks PM Justin Trudeau to help reunite separated refugee families like his.

Full Global News story here

George Takei, Hollywood Actor and Director, Author, and Activist

George Takei introducing Mohammed to over 10 million Facebook followers by featuring True Calling Canada's video: "You Are Home Now"

George Takei via his official   Facebook page

George Takei via his official Facebook page



Sharookh Daroowala, Professional speaker and World Class Speaking Coach

"The future is safe in the hands of millennials like Mohammed Alsaleh. His talks will change your perception of refugees. But it will also restore your faith in the power of every individual’s capacity to rise from the depths of despair and keep moving forward.

As his Coach, I was blessed to play a small part in Mohammed’s huge success on that TED stage. There was not one dry eye among the audience of 2,500!"


Shaheen Nanji, Exective Director, Acting, SFU International, Simon Fraser University

"Mohammed is a passionate and skilled community mobilizer and has a profound ability to address immense personal and political challenges in productive and inspiring ways. He is reliable, deeply engaged, and wise in his approach to his work. Collaborating with him is always a pleasure and an honor"