By Laura Steiner
Diversity Reporter Staff
Oakville recently saw the passing of Max Khan, a city councillor and community leader. He lived in Oakville for over 27 years, and served on Oakville Town Council since 2006, representing Ward 6 with Tom Adams. Khan, 46‐years‐old, died March 28, 2015 in Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH) after being admitted with pneumonia.
After spending some time working on a Ford assembly line Khan studied economics at the University of Western Ontario before getting a law degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax. He worked as a civil trial lawyer at Feige‐Narwoki LLP. In a recent interview he told a student‐journalist his career choice helped him to hone his people skills.
“You learn how to read people very, very quickly,” he said. His work as a lawyer included pro‐bono cases and serving as a legal advisor to the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton. Khan’s skill in reading people translated to a love of canvassing when his political life began in 2006. He sat on council ever since, and in 2014 he garnered 85 per cent of the vote. In an election questionnaire for Inside Halton he described himself as “Passionate about being a public servant and advocating causes on behalf of my constituents.”
He became the Liberal candidate for the 2015 federal election for the Oakville‐North Burlington riding. Political colleagues remember him as an advocate for Oakville’s interests. “His tireless spirit was matched only by his passion to create a better society, and improve the lives of the people of Oakville & Halton,” Halton MPP Indira Naidoo‐Harris said in a members’ statement regarding Khan’s death. Khan helped her out on campaigns. Federal Liberal leader Justin Truedeau also tweeted condolences to Khan’s family. Khan fought Leukemia three times, including twice during his 20’s. He was a fundraiser for the Terry Fox Run, with his own team led by Ward 2 councillor Pam Damoff. Damoff remembered his smile the most.
“His big smile, and infectious energy lit up a room,” she said in a Twitter posting. The team raised thousands for cancer research. Ward 5 Councillor Jeff Knoll was grateful for his relationship; “Oakville is a better place for his service, and I am a better person for his friendship.”
Max Khan’s hobbies included horse‐back riding, chess and boxing. He leaves behind his partner Elsie, and a young son.