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Ibrahim Haj-Ibrahim is a Syrian refugee, entrepreneur and pharmacist.  Between 2001 and 2013, he operated his own pharmacy. From 2009 to 2011, he worked as specialist manager for Memorial and Acibadem Hospitals. For three years, he worked as an international trade manager for YNM Ltd, a global medicine distributor. Between

Ibrahim, his wife, his mother and his three daughters came to Victoria as refugees in February 2016. They spent three years waiting in Turkey before their refugee’ application approved. His youngest daughter was born in Victoria in December, 2016.

In summer of 2017, Ibrahim and his wife Ranim Khochkar started a business making and selling several types of traditional Syrian ethnic foods. With the help of his sponsors and members of the community, he managed to sell his products to different retailers in the region.

He tried to get his pharmacy qualification recognized. He managed to get his qualification recognized by the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC). He has five years to write his Evaluation Examination before receiving the approval to practice in Canada.

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