Shakiba and her family immigrated to Canada from Iran and settled in Guelph. She became an engaged community citizen early through her involvement in community events and local volunteer opportunities. Shakiba later acquired a keen interest in global politics.
She graduated from the University of Guelph in 2010 with an Honours BA in Criminal Justice and Public Policy followed by a post-graduate certificate in International Development from Humber College in Toronto. During her studies Shakiba worked with international development agencies and spent time delivering federal social service programs at Service Canada.
Inspired by her international and national opportunities, Shakiba spent time matching Northern Canadian high school students with mentors who work in their aspired “dream careers” with a Canadian non-profit called Dream Catcher Mentoring. She then returned home to Guelph to work at United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin as Director of Community Investment. For 7 years Shakiba successfully monitored and met pressing needs to build community capacity.
In September of 2019 Shakiba was named President & CEO of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce where she advocates, connects and convenes on behalf of the business community. As a true champion of the Chamber’s members, Shakiba works diligently with many local stakeholders to contribute to inclusive economic prosperity. Informed by our diverse business and community voices, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce creates value for members by advocating, connecting and convening with the aim to grow Guelph-Wellington’s economic prosperity. Activities include networking events, educational sessions, policy roundtables, provide cost-saving opportunities and more.