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Award Summary (2008)

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DATE: APRIL 18, 2008
TIME: 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p. m. 
LOCATION: Liberty Grand, 25 British Columbia Rd., Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario (map)
GUEST OF HONOUR: Hon. DR. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
CHIEF GUEST Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper 
Surjit Babra
Ramesh Chotai Ajit Someshwar
David Singh Anil Shah
Vikram Khurana
Bhim Asdhir Bhupinder Khalsa Dr. V.I. Lakshmanan
Sudhir Handa Ravi Subramanian
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The Canada India Foundation will hold its first annual gala dinner in Toronto Canada on April 18, 2008. The dinner will honour Sam Pitroda as the recipient of the Canada India Foundation Chanchlani Global Indian Award. This award will be presented annually to an outstanding Indian who has demonstrated global leadership, vision, and personal excellence, which has made all of us of Indian origin extremely proud of our heritage.

CIF_Global_Indian_AwardHis Excellency, Dr. Abdul Kalam, (President of India from July 25 2002 to July 25 2007) will be our guest of honour. CIF is pleased to announce The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada will deliver the keynote address.

Prime Minister Harper and Dr. Kalam will join CIF in presenting the first "CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award" to Mr. Sam Pitroda, along with a prize of $50,000 to be directed to charity. Mr. Pitroda was selected as the recipient of the "Global Indian Award" for his role as Chairman of the Knowledge Commission in India, his innovations as the holder of over 100 patents, and for his immense contribution to revolutionizing India's telecommunications industry.

Canada India Foundation has also invited Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty to join over 400 leaders from the Indo-Canadian community as we celebrate excellence and acknowledge our community's success. 

The dinner will be co-chaired by Ramesh Chotai, President of Bromed Pharaceuticals, Anil Shah, President and CEO of Ni-Met Resources and David Singh, Chairman and CEO of Destiny Group of Companies.


For more information about the event or for tickets and corporate sponsorhip, please contact Ajit Someshwar, CIF Convener at 416-854-8600.

Canada India Foundation ("CIF") is a national not for profit organization established in 2007 and dedicated to promoting bi-lateral relations between Canada and India, while working to secure and promote the interests of Canada