Tareq Hadhad, the celebrated Syrian-Canadian founder and CEO of Peace by Chocolate, has been confirmed as the closing keynote speaker at the 2019 Canadian Food Summit. The annual national conference of CIFST takes place May 22 to 24 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

After spending three years in a Syrian refugee camp, Mr. Hadhad and his family arrived on Canada’s East Coast in December 2015. The following year, Peace by Chocolate was born in Antigonish, NS. Since that time,  the family-run business has realized tremendous growth with over 400 vendors selling its chocolate across the country. Peace by Chocolate is currently shipping hundreds of thousands of chocolate products each and every month.

Mr. Hadhad was the recipient of Start Up Canada’s National Newcomer Entrepreneur Award, named one of the Top 25 Immigrants in the Maritimes, and selected by Google as the National Hero Case for 2018. Passionate about peace and entrepreneurship, Mr. Hadhad has spoken at Amnesty International’s Human Rights Conference and TEDx events and has made keynote presentations in Jamaica and London, UK.

Mr. Hadhad is scheduled to appear at the 2019 Canadian Food Summit on Friday, May 24 during the closing lunch.