In the past, when other sponsors of the RIS convention made the headlines for negative reasons, it was generally for their support of jihad and terrorism.
Omar Kalair, the president and CEO of UM Financial, is wanted by the RCMP in relation with a sharia banking fraud investigation. Videos of previous RIS conventions available on YouTube show that UM Financial sponsored the Toronto Islamist convention in 2005 and 2006. A profile of Omar Kalair posted on a Wilfrid Laurier University alumni’s website indicates that, during his years as student in Economics, “Kalair founded the Muslim Students’ Association [MSA] and remained its President for four years.” The MSA was the first organization established by the Muslim Brotherhood in the sixties when its supporters started to settle in North America. A 2007 NYPD report described the MSA as an “incubator for radicalism” (p. 68 – Archives PdeB).
Tu Thanh Ha (The Globe and Mail – February 19, 2014)
RCMP charge missing Toronto financier with $4.3-million mortgage fraud
Point de Bascule (December 6, 2012): Justin Trudeau keynote speaker for Islamic Relief in Toronto (Islamic Relief was a sponsor of RIS 2012)
Point de Bascule (December 12, 2012): Hamas’ fund collector, IRFAN Canada, is added to the list of sponsors for the Islamist convention in Toronto
Point de Bascule (December 12, 2013): Reviving the Islamic Spirit – In 2003, the launch of the RIS conventions in Toronto was sponsored by an organization tied to Al-Qaida