Josef Azam – Keynote Speaker

Entrepreneur Dedicated to Giving Back

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Specialist Subjects

  • Emotional Intelligence: The Driving Force for Leadership & Success
  • Recruitment and retention in the nonprofit sector: Engaging the why
  • From struggle to SUCCESS: How to become a first-generation Entrepreneur
  • Best Practices of Digital Marketing for your Organization
  • Entrepreneurship: How to create a multi-million dollar business starting from humble beginnings
  • How To Achieve Success in Your Business By Staying True To Yourself
  • The Importance of Philanthropy and Finding Meaning in Life
  • How to build your EQ skills and achieve greater success in life
  • HR Community of Practice: Recruitment and retention in the nonprofit sector: Engaging the why


  • English


Josef Azam is a 38-year-old entrepreneur born in Montreal with a unique ethnicity having been born to an Israeli-Jewish mother and an Afghan-Muslim father. His family’s humble background has encouraged him to continuously reach for his goals. His philosophy has always been one of hard work and perseverance.

He co-founded Design Shopp, a Montreal-based marketing and web agency with employees in 4 different countries. His ability to identify new business opportunities also led him to public speaking and a variety of diverse business investments such as restaurants and film production. Being an online marketing guru and enthusiast, he continuously shares his knowledge with various business network groups and company owners, offering seminars and group coaching sessions. His unique approach allowed him to break down industry barriers and generate over a billion dollars in sales for his clients.

Josef Azam is currently the President of Cloverdale Multi-Ressources, a non-profit organization located on the West Island of Montreal, whose mission is to support lower-income families that have recently immigrated to Canada. He is also a board member of Yes Montreal (Youth Entrepreneurship Services), a non-profit community-driven organization that helps Quebecers find employment
opportunities and develop their skills as entrepreneurs.

Josef has given over 50 leadership and keynote speeches to organizations across North America and Europe in the past year and a half. He has spoken to over 5000 underserved youth in communities and organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, JA centers, and school boards. He will be speaking in prisons and juvenile detention centers. Through his various businesses and positions on multiple non for profits, Josef is responsible for over 100 people. Business management and philanthropy fill most of his days.

Occasionally, Josef Azam gives entrepreneurship and leadership workshops at John Abbott College. He also dedicates a lot of his time to hosting conferences and seminars for various organizations, children, students, and entrepreneurs. He uses much of his personal experiences and struggles through school and business as a source of inspiration. Josef has been on a mission to improve and inspire the lives of people who come from similar hardships around the world.

Popular Talks by Josef Azam

Emotional Intelligence: The Driving Force for Leadership & Success

In order to empower your peers and teams, you’ll need the ability to emotionally connect with a variety of people from different ethnic, economic, and religious backgrounds. Effective leaders should have a solid understanding of how their emotions and actions affect those around them. Join Josef Azam on a journey of self-discovery into your self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills in order to truly succeed.

Recruitment and retention in the nonprofit sector: Engaging the why

Josef has strong values by which he lives his life. He is compelled to help others and motivate them on their journeys with the knowledge that he has gained. He has developed a unique approach to running a business by honouring his core values, which has led him to break industry barriers and has allowed him to generate close to a billion dollars in sales for his clients. Through his work as CEO/President of Design Shopp, a teacher at John Abbott College, and a regular guest speaker at YES Montreal, he invests in others as he invests in himself. Giving back through his work and motivating others to do the same is a cycle that fuels his inner fire to succeed and lead in the workplace.

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