Dr. Zijad Delic was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he received his formal training as an Imam (Muslim spiritual leader). He received his BA (Hons) in Islamic Studies and Arabic Language from the International Islamic University of Islamabad, Pakistan. He holds a Masters degree from the University of Oregon, Faculty of Education, Eugene OR, the United States of America and a Doctorate from Simon Fraser University, Faculty of Education, Vancouver BC, Canada.
Imam Dr. Delic is frequently invited to lecture on themes about Islam, Muslims, leadership and educational issues at Canadian, American, Australian and European universities and colleges. He has also presented lectures, seminars and workshops for various governmental agencies; written articles for major Canadian and ethnic newspapers; and been a regular guest on Canadian TV and radio shows.
In 2008 Dr. Delic was honored for a decade of continuous volunteer service by the Province of Ontario and in both 2009 and 2010 he was included in the prestigious publication, “The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World,” edited by John Esposito and Ibrahim Kalin, Islamic Studies scholars at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He currently works with South Nepean Muslim Community and serves as their resident Imam. He resides in Ottawa ON with beloved wife Senada and daughters Lejla and Emina.