Waqas’ passion for community service and and strategic leadership has seen him successfully serve multiple terms on national Canadian Boards, including as a two-term Director of the World University Service of Canada and the two-term Chair of Governance and Government Relations Committee of the Canadian Art Therapy Association. He is also the Committee Chair of Finance and Administration of St. Stephen’s College’s Board of Governors. He has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors’ NFP Governance Program and holds an MA in Public and International Affairs, an Honours Bachelors in Sustainable Economic Development, and a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from Royal Roads University.
Professionally, Waqas has professional experience working internationally and with all three orders of Canadian government. Currently, he is an Economist with the federal department responsible for western Canada's economic diversification. Previous to joining the national service, Waqas was a manager with the Province of Alberta's department of advanced education. In addition to being in strategic policy roles with Ontario and Alberta governments, he has also supported senior Canadian decision makers internationally in Syria, Austria, Qatar, Ghana, and Mongolia. Waqas is an avid traveller and has visited over 80 countries including being a participant in academic policy exchanges in United States, Sweden, and Israel.