Babar (Bob) Saroya emigrated to Canada from India in 1975 at the age of 22. He arrived in Markham with $7 and landed a job at a local factory. Saroya worked his way up from minimum wage jobs and became a successful businessman. He now owns several Pizza Pizza restaurants, eventually becoming a sales director for the company. He now works with new immigrants in his community offering them advice on career choice and investments.
Originally a Liberal Party supporter, Saroya first ran for office in 2008 as a Conservative in Etobicoke North. He has said he was drawn to the Conservative Party because he felt closely associated with the values of hard work, economic freedom and strong families. He came close to upsetting Liberal MP John McCallum in 2011. In 2015 the riding was split, McCallum ran and won in Markham–Thornhill which opened the door for Saroya in Markham–Unionville. He is currently a member of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration.
Saroya is deeply involved in the community. He is a fundraiser for 360° Kids, Markham-Stouffville Hospital and several local amateur sports teams.
He is married with three children.