Immediate Past-National Convenor, Canada India Foundation
Co-Founder, Osellus Inc.& Osellus Asia Pacific Co. Ltd
Chairman, POA Educational Foundation
Chair, UNICEF Canada India HIV/AIDS Campaign
Board Member, First Nations Financial Management Board
Board Member, Ontario Investment & Trade Advisory Council
A philanthropist & social activist at heart and an entrepreneur with passion, Aditya Jha's life journey in Canada is about building a successful career/ entrepreneurial venture and in the process help cause of Canada. Through his entrepreneurial feats of actualizing dream with high risk taking as well as his acts of generous giving to those outside his community; he has demonstrated a rare sensitivity towards the societal needs of Canada.
An entrepreneur in pursuit of excellence
Over last decade, Aditya’s entrepreneurial pursuits have included both start-up technology ventures as well as brick and mortar turn-around businesses ranging from software product development, IT services businesses, chocolate manufacturing business, fine dining and fast food restaurants and Real Estate investments with business presence in Canada, USA, Thailand, and India. He co-founded a software company, Isopia Inc., after having a successful career at Bell Canada as General Manager, eBusiness and Product Marketing. In July 2001, despite the downturn in the technology industry, Isopia was a major acquisition by Sun Microsystems Inc., USA. Nurturing entrepreneurs, supporting higher education through private foundationAditya sponsors and is running a unique initiative (sixth year) in the area of Venture Philanthropy working with the office of the Grand Chief of Nishnawbe Aski Nation to nurture entrepreneurship within aboriginal communities of Canada.
Aditya founded his private charitable foundation (POA Educational Foundation) in 2001 and has created endowments at four institutions (Ryerson University, York University, Trent University and George Brown College), and these endowments grant total of thirteen bursary awards ($42,000 annually) in perpetuity to students. He was the Chairperson for UNICEF Canada India HIV/AIDS campaign ($3 Million) and one of the Cabinet Members for Ryerson University Business School's capital campaign ($72 Million). His private foundation (www.poafoundation.org) has also supported other projects: with Ryerson University a research project on Economic Value of Indo-Canadians; Pathways Education Program for the inner-city kids of Regent Park community in Toronto; Share the Music program of Roy Thomson Hall through endowment to give Canadian aboriginal youth access to best musical performances in Toronto; Infrastructure grant for Canadian Youth Ballet Ensemble, Trillium Hospital, Mississauga; Toronto International Film Festival as Gold Patron; Canadian Museum of Human Rights; 50 student residence for kids from landless families in Bihar, India ; and Nelson Mandela Children's Fund and various other charitable causes. He also supported the yearly $15,000 Business Plan & $5,000 Career Plan Contest award for the First Nation individual participating in Project Beyshick. He has supported digital literacy project by donating laptop and desktops to 11 schools in Nepal.
Accolades and awards that reflects pursuit of excellence
Aditya is the appointee of Government of Canada to the Board of Directors of First Nations Financial Management Board, of Government of Ontario to Ontario Investment & Trade Advisory Council (OITAC) and Advisory Council Member of Dean, School of Social Services, Ryerson University. He has served as a board member of two TSX listed public companies.
Aditya was conferred Honorary Doctorate at Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management in 2009. He is the Canadian Immigrant magazine’s (Toronto Star) Top 25 Canadian Immigrants 2010 for his achievement and contributions that have positively changed the face of Canada since arrival, South Asian Philanthropist 2010, Top 30 Most Influential Indo Canadians of India Abroad magazine Power List 2009. He was awarded the 2008 Desi News Grant's Community Achievers Awards and is recipient of Community Service awards and recognitions from various organizations. The Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) awarded its 2004 "Technology Achievement Award" for his achievements in the field of Technology. He was recipient of CEO award, President's Award and selected as President's Club member at Bell Canada.
Professional achievements: the intellectual capital
He was an Adjunct Faculty at the National University of Singapore (1989-94). He has been an invited speaker at the Ted Rogers Business School, Ryerson University; Schulich Business School, York University; Rotman Business School, University of Toronto; and University of Ontario Institute of Technology and other prestigious institutions in Canada and abroad. His approach to philanthropy is featured in the Economist Intelligence Unit (Economist magazine) report entitled “The New World of Wealth-Seven key trends for investing, giving & spending among the very rich” and he also presented before the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs & International Trade on Rise of China, India and Russia and its implication on Canadian policy. Aditya was the Keynote speaker at the 16th Annual Nishnawbe Aski Nation Business Awards and has chaired and been keynote speaker at other national/ international/ community events. He has published/presented papers in several international journals/conferences, has served as Editorial Review Board member of two prestigious journals and has been invited speaker at various international conferences (USA, Paris, Holland, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, India etc.) as well as has moderated three business roundtables for increased trade linkages between India and Canada. He was one of the bloggers “My City Your City” for Toronto Star and has written editorial article in National Post daily. Aditya started his professional career after investing 4½ years as Research Scholar at School of Computer & Systems Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India and has M.Sc. in Mathematical Statistics & Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Science.
Motivated for Community Building
He is the Immediate Past- National Convenor of Canada India Foundation (CIF) which focuses on public policy advocacy in Canada India corridor and at CIF, he has led signing of $10 Million endowment for setting up Canada India Public Policy Centre at the University of Waterloo. He is passionate about community support for education and works closely with several universities. He is actively involved with the new Canadian groups of Indian, Nepalese, Sri Lankan, and Pakistani origin in Canada as well as passionately involved with the aboriginal community of Canada. He is a Charter Member of the prestigious Indus Entrepreneur Group and has also served in past on the Board of the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce. He is member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.