Taj Mitha

Taj Mitha

Taj is a Barrister-at-law from the Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in London, England, has a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario, and has been a Barrister and Solicitor and a member of the Law Society of British Columbia. Taj has also completed an Executive Development Programme at the Harvard University in Boston, USA and a Diplomatic Training Programme at the University of Birmingham organized by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the Government of the United Kingdom.

During his career, Taj has lived and worked extensively in Eastern Africa, Europe, South Asia as well as Central Asia. He has practiced law in Uganda, United Kingdom and British Columbia; has been the Vice-Chair of the National Committee of Aga Khan Foundation Canada, Chairman of the Executive Committee and Executive Vice-President of Aga Khan Foundation USA; Secretary of the Aga Khan Development Network and a senior executive at the Secretariat of His Highness the Age Khan in France for over 20 years; has been the Diplomatic Head of Mission in Afghanistan for the International Development Law Organization, headquartered in Italy.

In the recent past, Taj has acted as Special Legal Adviser to the President of Aga Khan University and as Special Legal Adviser to the Director General of the University of Central Asia. 

Taj was a member of the Board of Governors of British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) for a period of six years (July 2008 - July2014). During this period, he was the Chair of the Governance Committee (between July 2010 and June 2013) and was elected the Chairperson of the Board of Governors (between July 2013 to July 2014). 

Taj has served as a director on several other Boards throughout his career, including the Boards of Focus Humanitarian Assistance in Canada, Focus Humanitarian Assistance Europe and Focus Humanitarian Assistance USA; and the Board of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center in Toronto.

He is currently a Member and an occasional Panel Chair of the Employment and Assistance Appeals Tribunal of British Columbia, a Member of the British Columbia Council of Administrative Tribunals, and has just been re-appointed as a Municipal Bylaw Adjudicator until 30th November 2019 by the Deputy Minister of Justice of British Columbia. Taj also serves on the Governing Council of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEG-BC).