With a background in International Development Studies and Economics, Tala Mahmoud’s interests vary from environmental sustainability and event fundraising, to improving the access to resources in communities. Now pursuing a Master’s in Political Science, Tala moved to the Nation’s Capital in order to find organizations to channel her innovative spirit into finding solutions to issues people face within their communities. She hopes to one day become a practitioner in the development field, work in Canadian organizations that aid in the delivery of funds and opportunities, and improve others’ quality of life. 

The Maple Leaf Network is Tala’s social enterprise, created with the aim of helping new immigrants to Canada transition into their new lives. The interconnected choices between business decisions and societal development are the reasons why she began to work on this enterprise, as The Maple Leaf Network will address the needs necessary in order for newcomers to become self-sufficient in their new communities.