Bibi Saleema Hakim is a first-generation Canadian, born and raised in Toronto, her passion for politics, philanthropy and public service came at a young age. Bibi currently attends the University of Ottawa where she is completing her degree in the Joint Honours Political Science and Public Administrations program and was Vice President of Philanthropy and Activism for the International Political Policy Studies Student Association.
As Vice President, Bibi mandated into the student constitution that all executives must complete their first aid and mental health training as well as creating the first-ever position for ethics and diversity. Bibi actively campaigns and advocates for mental health on campus where she inspired the creation of a mental health scholarship and pressured the university to rethink their mental health policies
Bibi was a Daughters of the Vote delegate in 2019, was awarded the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold award in the presence of the Duke of Sussex and spoke on the Women Deliver Stage in Vancouver. She has since worked on Parliament Hill on the Standing Committee of international trade, the United Nations Association in Canada and the United Nations Population Fund in the Asian Pacific region with Thailand where she focused on gender equality and women’s rights
Bibi was also the recipient of the Rosemary Speirs grant. She is standing election for this board to represent her province as well as to use her voice and platform to help shape events and decisions made by Equal Voice to support women in politics.