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Tareq Hadhad

The entrepreneur and former refugee championed What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad.

Tareq Hadhad championed What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad on Canada Reads 2022

Tareq Hadhad is championing What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad. (CBC)

Tareq Hadhad championed What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad on Canada Reads 2022.

Canada Reads took place March 28-31, 2022 The debates were hosted by Ali Hassan and broadcast on CBC Radio OneCBC TVCBC Gem and on CBC Books

About Tareq Hadhad

Tareq Hadhad is a former Syrian refugee who is currently living his new life with his entrepreneurial family in Canada's east coast. He is the founder and CEO of Peace by Chocolate. Passionate about peace and entrepreneurship, his family relaunched the family business in Canada to recreate the chocolates they exported across the Middle East.

In the nonfiction book Peace by Chocolatejournalist Jon Tattrie shares this inspiring story — and the family's message of community and positivity. Hadhad is also a keynote speaker who talks about his family's story about the positive impact of Syrian newcomers and the spirit of entrepreneurship.

Interviews with Tareq Hadhad

Book trailer: What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad

3 months ago
Duration 1:10
Omar El Akkad's novel will be championed by Tareq Hadhad on Canada Reads 2022.

Tareq Hadhad champions What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad

3 months ago
Duration 1:29
Tareq Hadhad argues that Omar El Akkad's novel humanizes the experience of refugees in a cynical time.
Speaker and entrepreneur Tareq Hadhad joined Tom Power to talk about competing in this year's battle of the books and why he's defending Omar El Akkad's What Strange Paradise.

Tareq Hadhad champions What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad

3 months ago
Duration 1:29
Tareq Hadhad argues that Omar El Akkad's novel humanizes the experience of refugees in a cynical time.

Peace by Chocolate founder gets Canadian citizenship

2 years ago
Duration 1:50
Tareq Hadhad came to Canada as a Syrian refugee and founded the socially conscious Peace by Chocolate earned his citizenship with a perfect score.
Speaker and entrepreneur Tareq Hadhad joined Tom Power to talk about competing in this year's battle of the books and why he's defending Omar El Akkad's What Strange Paradise.
Tareq Hadhad talks to Shelagh Rogers about the book, Peace By Chocolate the book: The Hadhad family's Remarkable Journey from Syria to Canada.

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