Bangladesh Canada Friendship Society

Annual General Meeting 2021

Annual General Meeting

Election Nomination 2021


Ahsan Rizvi Chowdhury


A Professional Engineer, I have been living in Halifax since 2010 and I am a life member of the Bangladesh Canada Friendship Society- BCFS.

I am running for a director position because I love my community people and want to serve them better.

I have an exclusive plan to deliver:

  • Branding BCFS as the #1 Community Organization in the local, regional, and national level
  • Promote equity- diversity- inclusion – I will ensure gender equity at all levels of BCFS activities and include newcomers to the decision-making process
  • Mentoring emerging leaders and a new generation to take ownership and lead BCFS in future
  • Collaboration with other community organizations ( Indian, Lebanese, Chinese, Greek, and many others) to work on common grounds and interests 
  • Collaboration with HRM, Province and Federal Government to support and implement appropriate projects and initiatives 
  • Create Honorarium Fund for volunteers and directors
  • Improve and implement “Project Safe Landing”- a helpline for new immigrants.”
  • Develop short and long term strategic plans based on consultation with BCFS and community members

“Mr. Ashraf Al Zaman has been serving the Bangladeshi community in Halifax since 2004 as a core member of the organization who will raise our bar for success to a higher level. He is the Co-Chair and Associate Professor of the Department of Finance, Information System and Management Services, Saint Mary’s University.”

Ashraf Al Zaman


Jyoty Dev Nath


Jyoty Dev Nath (Kallol) came to Canada in 2016 as a student to pursue his MBA from Saint Mary’s University. Immediately upon his arrival, he found his second home in Halifax thanks to his sister, brother, and the whole closely-knit Bangladeshi Community. He has been an active member of BCFS since initiation and tried to contribute to the community in any way possible. Kallol belongs to a middle class family in North Bengal, Bangladesh. He finished his BBA from IBA, DU and MBA from Saint Mary’s University. He is working as a financial analyst at Heritage Gas and living in NS with his loving wife, Puza, who recently migrated to Canada. He is looking forward to growing with this strong community and wants to contribute to its advancement in a meaningful way with all your support!

“Mr. Jasim came to Halifax in 2008 and since then he has been playing a significant role in the Bangladeshi Community. He has significant respect to our senior community members and is always committed to social bondings and mutual respect. Jasim and his big family have successfully arranged many community events and contributed to our community growth.”

Md. Jasim


Rasel, Md Shoriful Islam


Hello Everyone I am  Rasel, Md Shoriful Islam an active member of BCFS who is voluntarily working for the community since I have reached Halifax in 2018. I have got a chance to serve this community whenever they need me, with my leadership skills and event management experience. I had the honor and privilege to serve as an executive team member of many successful events arranged by BCFS. I am also an active member of the Safe Landing Project, Gopon Band, Halifax Lion.

I believe our community is extending tremendously and there are lots of opportunities to improve and increase services for our society. If I am elected, I will make my best effort to reach more people and keep them connected, and continue to work and serve more efficiently.

“My name is Mostafa Zahid Sharif (Lavlu). I am currently living in Lower Sackville, NS. We moved to NS in October 2020.

I am professionally a biotechnologist, completed BSc in Biotechnology from Khulna University in 2000. Later I secured MSc from the Technical University Denmark, and PhD from the United Kingdom. I am currently working as a Senior Process Scientist, Technical Operations, BioVectra Inc., a renowned pharmaceutical contract manufacturer in Canada.
My wife is Sanjeeda Shahid and my daughter’s name is Zoharin Zahid (7 years old).”

Mostafa Zahid Sharif


Mrittika Shamsuddin


I am Mrittika Shamsuddin, Ph.D. I am an instructor in Economics at Dalhousie University. I came to Halifax in 2018 and was fortunate enough to receive much love and affection. I now want to contribute to the force that makes Halifax such a welcoming and inclusive home for not only Bangladeshis but for all

“Hello everyone! I am Mukti Mutsuddi. It is such a pleasure to know that a vibrant community of Bangladeshi people live here in Halifax. We came to Canada earlier this year with my husband Prazzal Kumar Talukdar and two sons, Mrinmoy and Tonmoy, with an aim to make Halifax our new home. I am keen to contribute to the betterment of the community to the best of my ability and willingness irrespective of whether I become an elected member of BCFS or not. The non-communal values and progressive-minded attitude of the members of BCFS really attracted me and I would love to become a part of this family.
Best wishes to everyone”

Mukti Mutsuddi


Neelgiri Chatterjee


My name is Neelgiri Chatterjee. I moved to Halifax from Dhaka, 10 years ago to pursue my Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) undergraduate degree from Saint Mary’s University. After completing my BComm, I worked for two major Canadian banks – TD and Scotiabank that helped me gain a more in-depth insight into the Canadian financial industry. I am currently employed as a Business Advisor at CUA where I work with the most innovative business and commercial banking solutions available in the marketplace today.

Apart from my education and experience, I also actively participated in many local volunteer organizations including United Way and JDRF to help my HRM community for the last 7 years. On a more personal level, I am extremely organized, highly proactive, and have an enthusiastic ‘can do’ attitude.

I hope to serve BCFS to the best of my ability using my personal and professional experience. Thank you, for considering me as a potential candidate in the upcoming BCFS election

“Sharmin Sultana serves as a consultant at Barrington Consulting Group. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Telecommunication Management from Devry University, USA, Master’s degree in Telecommunication Engineering and is currently pursuing her second Master’s in technology entrepreneurship and innovation at Saint Mary’s University. She was working as a deputy director (Enforcement & Inspection) at the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory
Commission for 12 years. She was also a member of the Rotary Club of Dhaka Stars, where she organized and participated in several humanitarian projects.

She has two sons, Shamman and Aaryan. Along with her family Sharmin relocated to Halifax in december, 2020. Despite her career, Sharmin is deeply rooted in her culture and community. She is a writer who enjoys putting her thoughts into words. She is a people person who is open-minded and willing to make a difference.

In the Halifax Bangladeshi community, we are blessed with talents. Sharmin believes the future of every community lies in capturing the passions, imagination, and resources of its people. BCFS introduces her to those great feelings of togetherness. It will be a great opportunity for her to be a part of this community and feel honored to have this nomination. Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.

May Allah bless us all.”

Sharmin Sultana