ROLE PLAYERS 2019 - Aleem Kanji

Aleem Kanji

Vice-President Government Relations
Sutherland Corporation

Aleem Kanji is a strategic leader in government relations, public policy and communications disciplines.

Prior to joining Sutherland, Aleem was Manager of Government Affairs and Stakeholder Relations with Toronto Pearson International Airport. He led high profile, complex and politically sensitive regulatory, legislative and policy files while effectively managing relationships with numerous individual stakeholders and groups.

Aleem has worked in government for the Province of Ontario and City of Kitchener as well as the private sector for Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP. He has also led policy and public affairs for the Toronto Region Board of Trade, Canada’s largest local Chamber of Commerce.

Aleem serves as a founding member, appointed by Toronto City Council, on the Board of Directors for Invest Toronto Inc., Toronto’s economic development agency. He also lectures at York University and the University of Waterloo on Economic Development.

He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo (Bachelors in Urban & Regional Planning, Masters in Local Economic Development) and is a regular media political commentator.