As one of RBC ’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrants, Wali Shah is a poet and motivational speaker. He’s delivered TED talks, narrated voice overs for commercials, and spoken at hundreds of schools and colleges across North America. Wali’s journey as an artist began in his hometown, as he was named the City of Mississauga’s official poet. Since then, Wali has toured Canada coast to coast as a WE Day performer, worked with Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, and made mama proud by graduating from the University of Toronto. From being featured on TV with Selena Gomez, to inspiring thousands to follow him on social media: Wali uses his platform for positive change. He’s performed for President Barack Obama, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Seth Rogen, and he’s even freestyled with hip hop artist, Kendrick Lamar.