What is an Alliance?

(noun) A union or association formed for mutual benefit, especially between countries or organizations; a relationship based on similarity of interests, nature, or qualities. (Oxford English Dictionary)

An alliance can be either operationally or structurally established. An alliance that is operationally established is able to generated one or more benefits for its members. An alliance that is structurally established has a governance system and structure in place that makes it an independent self-functioning entity (i.e. a company, a society, a cooperative, etc.).

In an alliance, each company maintains its autonomy while gaining a new opportunity. A strategic alliance could help a company develop a more effective process, expand into a new market or develop an advantage over a competitor, among other possibilities.


What are the Benefits of Joining an Alliance?

An alliance is a dynamic launching point to encourage the exchange of ideas and broaden business prospects and practices. The purpose of an alliance is to achieve joint strategic goals and reduce risk while increasing rewards and leverage resources.

As a collaborative entity, alliances offer some tangible, measurable benefits to their members, including:
mentorship, professional development, networking, joint marketing, shared purchasing, preferred suppliers, tried and tested management practices, referrals, new technology options, and collaborating on charitable causes.


Event History

“History shows many examples of how a Community, working together, its members backing each other up and operating as a Community, can develop and influence in excess of what would normally or otherwise have been possible. I believe that partnerships and Alliances can take place at all levels: between professionals engaged in similar or complimentary areas of work, or between businesses or even between institutions…”
– Prince Amyn Aga Khan, Ismaili Economic Forum, Dubai 2008

The event was born out of the Golden Jubilee Projects’ International Economic Forum (Dubai, 2008) as an initiative that capitalizes on the Ismaili community’s diverse social, intellectual and economic strengths and builds on a history of successful collaborative work to help individuals nurture and harness the power of existing alliances and the positive contributions they make to members, to the Ismaili community and to the societies in which it resides.

Now in its sixth year, Alliance Conference Canada (ACC), how called Ignite Summit, is an annual event for Ismaili business owners, professionals and entrepreneurs  both new and tenured to come together to connect, exchange ideas and gain insight on market and business trends. The conference provides the climate for professionals and entrepreneurs to form alliances that enable them to:

  • Establish long term opportunities to gain access to broader markets
  • Identify best practices in management
  • Leverage global opportunities and resources
  • Collaborate to widen their social influence
  • Bring financial stability in turbulent times

The event offers a unique opportunity to learn from and network with industry leaders, build strategic partnerships across industries and discover opportunities for expansion.


National Alliance Team Contact Information:

Name Region Role Email
Alnoor Nanji National National Alliance Chair allianceslead@gmail.com
Amin Jivraj National National Alliance Vice-Chairman AlliancesViceChairman@gmail.com
Amin Amlani National Social Responsibility alliancesresponsibility@gmail.com
Raheem Merali  BC Alliances Lead alliancesbc@gmail.com
Imran Qassamali Prairies Alliances Lead alliancesedm@gmail.com
Sal Karmali Edmonton Alliances Lead alliancesedm@gmail.com
Karim Mamdani Ontario Alliances Lead alliancesont@gmail.com
Alnoor Shariff Quebec Alliances Lead alliancesquebec@gmail.com

Alliances Canada is an initiative under the Ismaili Business and Professional Association (IBPA). IBPA was established to bring together entrepreneurs and professionals from the Ismaili Community. It promotes economic development by offering education to its members, networking & referral opportunities, mentoring and promotes the creation and utilization of common economic leverage points for mutual benefit.

Members of IBPA receive regular updates on upcoming events, activities and programs. If you are not currently a member of IBPA, please visit www.ibpacanada.com to register as a member.