Firdaus Kharas Appointed Officer of the Order Of Canada


January 4, 2024

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Indian-born Parsi Awarded High Honour By Canada

Ottawa, December 28, 2023: The Governor-General of Canada Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon announced the appointment of Indian-born Firdaus Kharas as an Officer of the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest honors. The Order of Canada is the centerpiece of the Canadian honor system.

Firdaus Kharas

The Governor-General said Mr. Kharas had been appointed “For advancing social change through human-centred media as a social entrepreneur, humanitarian and mass communications media producer”.

Mr. Kharas said, “I am deeply moved to receive this high honor, which is especially meaningful to me as an immigrant. Although a high achieving community, Parsis are a miniscule community numbering only 3,600 in Canada, so it is extremely satisfying to be noticed in this way”.

Firdaus Kharas is a renowned producer of social and behaviour change communications which has been seen by over a billion people. He founded Chocolate Moose Media in 1995, a social enterprise, to create mass communications to better the human condition. His work has been used in 198 countries, including in several languages throughout India. He is the recipient of 125 awards, including the prestigious Peabody Award and several honourary doctorates from universities.

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