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CIF bids farewell to India's High Commissioner Nirmal Verma

Toronto, Nov 16, 2014

An informal reception was held over tea, yesterday at the residence of Laj Prasher, to bid farewell the High Commissioner of India in Canada, Admiral (Retd) Nirmal Verma, who has completed his term and will be departing Canada in a couple of days. 

Special thanks are due to Laj Prasher, National Convenor, for organizing the get together and also hosting it. Many thanks to other CIF Members Lucky Lakshmanan (Chair), Rakesh Gupta and Rajinder Minhas as well as several community members who were present at the event. Patrick Brown, MP, was a special guest. The High Commissioner spoke warmly of his days in Canada and especially his interactions with Canada India Foundation. His informal suggestion to both Canada and to CIF was that we should engage more with key states in India, beyond just Gujarat and Punjab, that offer great opportunities and have strong leaders. He has offered to stay in touch and offer support where possible.

The High Commissioner was presented with a special Toronto Maple Leafs Jersey, with his name in the back, and a book by Canadian author and military journalist, Gwynne Dyer, titled "Canada in the Great Power Game". The hockey jersey was to highlight the Canadian sponsored Ice-Hockey tournament held annually in Leh, Ladakh (in which Patrick Brown participates regularly), and the book would be of interest to the High Commissioner, who is a military man himself.

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CIF Members and friends remember Vasu Chanchlani

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Mississauga, Canada, October 10, 2014: The start of the Thanksgiving Weekend was truly an appropriate occasion as Members of Canada India Foundation (CIF) and other friends gathered together to share their memories and cherish the legacy of Vasu Chanchlani, entrepreneur, philanthropist and founding member of CIF.

Mr. Chanchlani’s popularity was underscored by the eagerness with which many dignitaries and friends made time from their already packed schedules and the family-focused Thanksgiving weekend to attend and express their thoughts about him, including their sadness at his completely sudden and unexpected demise a month ago. Ed Fast, Canada’s Minister for International Trade, Akhilesh Mishra, Consul General of India in Toronto, Senator Asha Seth, Harinder Takhar, former Minister in the Government of Ontario and former Senator Con Di Nino were joined by representatives from organizations and individuals, including CNIB, McMaster University, Sheridan College, Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce, IIT Alumni Canada, The Indus Entrepreneurs, Lata Pada of Sampradaya and Jake Dheer of Rogers TV in expressing not only their appreciation for Mr. Chanchlani’s contributions but also the spirit in which he made them. Two of Vasu’s good friends in the parliament, Minister Jason Kenney and MP Patrick Brown, sent in their regrets at not being able to be present at the event.

Among the CIF members and colleagues who were present, many spoke of their personal memories of Vasu, including his warm and outgoing personality, the spontaneity of his acts, the consistency of his interactions with people of diverse profiles and economic or social status and his strong beliefs and deep knowledge of Indian scriptures. CIF speakers “Lucky” Lakshmanan, Laj Prasher, Ramesh Chotai, Terry Papneja, Atul Tolia, Ravi Subramanian, Anita Dalakoti and Pankaj Dave were joined by other members Deepak Ruparell, Rahul Shastri, Sudhir Handa, Anant Seshan as well as Aditya Jha and Mahendra Naik. The evening had earlier began with Pankaj Dave singing a song which was very dear to Vasu, a composition of Pandit Ravi Shankar and Beatle George Harrison,

Mr. Chanchlani was of course, integrally linked to CIF, having been one of its founding members as well as the named sponsor of the prestigious CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award. The first recipient of the Award, Sam Pitroda, who received the award at CIF’s first and defining Gala in 2008, recalled his interactions with Vasu and expressed his condolences to the family, in an email which was read out during the event.

Attendees at the event also wrote their personal messages on the back of a collage of pictures of Mr. Chanchlani taken at various CIF and other organizations’ events, making up a collective memory of a man whose presence enhanced the lives of people he interacted with.

Canada India Foundation (CIF) is a national, non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental organization established in 2007 to foster support for stronger bi-lateral relations between Canada and India; to educate Canadians on India; and to increase the participation by Indo-Canadians in political process in Canada. CIF's members include industrialists, senior Canadian business executives and top tier professionals.

For more information:

Kalyan Sundaram
(416) 779-5237
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CIF and Indian Consulate honor ISRO Chairman Dr Radhakrishnan on Mangalyaan success

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Toronto, Canada, October 1, 2014: A standing-room only group of more than 200 Indo-Canadians enthusiastically applauded the leaders and scientists behind India’s successful Mars mission (“Mangalyaan”), at a reception hosted jointly by Canada India Foundation (CIF) and The Consulate General of India in honour of Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, Chairman, Indian Space research Organization (ISRO) and his team. The event was held at the Community Centre of Sringeri Vidya Bharati Foundation in Toronto. The distinguished audience included the High Commissioner of India, His Excellency Nirmal Verma, as well as India’s Consul General in Toronto, Mr. Akhilesh Mishra and the Executives of CIF.

 

Welcoming Dr. Radhakrishnan and the ISRO team, Dr. Lakshmanan said that, it was not just the citizens and residents of India, but also the entire Indian diaspora, who felt very proud of India’s success in sending an orbiter around the planet, Mars, that too in its very first attempt,. Representing the Government of India, High Commissioner India, Admiral Verma said that Dr. Radhakrishnan, who was in Toronto to participate in the International Astronautical Congress (IAC), was really the rock star at the Congress and a recipient of one of the most prestigious awards at the Congress. In May, 2014, well before the success of the Mars Mission, Dr. Radhakrishnan had been chosen by the International Astronautical Federation to receive the Allan D. Emil Memorial Award. The Allan D. Emil Memorial Award is one of the most prestigious IAF awards, and since 1977 has been presented annually for an outstanding contribution to space science, space technology, space medicine or space law. The successful insertion of the Mars Orbiter into the orbit of Mars just a few days before the IAC, provided a timely reinforcement of Dr. Radhakrishnan’s accomplishments. Consul General Mishra, while formally introducing Dr. Radhakrishnan to the eager audience, said that the nation and the people of India were grateful to the ISRO scientists for bringing India to the forefront in space science and technology. He referred to their common educational heritage, the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology, several of whose alumni (IITAC) were present among the audience.

 

Dr. Radhakrishnan, who received a standing ovation from the audience, described the journey of India’s space research program, starting at Thumba in 1962 and reaching its greatest achievement in 2014 with the Mars Orbiter. He said that the success of the Mars mission was due to the entire ISRO team of engineers, scientists and technicians, and paid special tribute to the members of the delegation who had accompanied him in Toronto. The cost of the mission was $70 million dollars, just over one-tenth of what it cost the USA to send its own orbiter to Mars around the same time. Dr. Radhakrishnan said that they achieved their low cost implementation through use of indigenous resources, both manpower and manufacturing, and also through clever and frugal engineering. He underscored the ISRO team’s tremendous achievement, by highlighting the fact the spacecraft had travelled more than 650 million kilometers, from Earth around the Sun to Mars, to reach its destination less than 500 kms from the target. 

 

Dr. Radhakrishnan’s enlightening presentation was followed by a question and answer session with the audience, ranging in age from 8 to 80. Several members of the audience were disappointed when time ran out for the Q&A session. However, Dr. Radhakrishnan stayed back to meet the eager audience who wanted to shake his hands and congratulate him on doing India and Indians everywhere proud. All members of the delegation received a bouquet and a copy of the book, “Prosperity and Peace for the 21st Century” written by Dr. Kalam and published by Canada India Foundation. Giving the Vote of Thanks, Mr. Laj Prasher, National Convenor, CIF, thanked Dr. Radhakrishnan and the ISRO team as well the High Commissioner, the Consul General, CIF executives (Mr. Ramesh Chotai, Dr. Atul Tolia, Dr. Terry Papneja, Dr. Ananth Seshan, Mr. Ravi Subramanian and Mr. Pankaj Dave, along with the Chair and National Convenor), members of the IIT Alumni Canada, and representatives from numerous other Indo-Canadian organizations and community groups. Some of the key members of the ISRO team who accompanied Dr. Radhakrishnan were: Dr. M.S.Y. Prasad, Mr. V. Koteswara Rao, Mr. Badri Narayana Murthy, Dr. V. Narayanan and Shri V. Arunan (Project Director of the Mars Orbiter Spacecraft).

 

Earlier in the evening, the multi-talented Dr. Radhakrishnan demonstrated his vocal skills as he rendered a number of compositions in Carnatic Music at the SVBF Temple. He also said his prayers to the presiding deity there, Goddess Sharada, as well as Radha and Krishna, the deities after whom he is named.

Canada India Foundation (CIF) is a national, non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental organization (NGO) established in 2007 to foster support for stronger bi-lateral relations between Canada and India; to educate Canadians on India; and to increase the participation by Indo-Canadians in political process in Canada. CIF's founding members include industrialists, senior Canadian business executives and top tier professionals.

For more information:

Kalyan Sundaram
(416) 779-5237
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CIF Hosts Dinner Reception for Ontario MPPs

CIF hosted an informal and interactive dinner/reception for invited Members of Ontario's newly elected Provincial Parliament. Present were:

Hon. Dipika Damerla, MPP, Associate Minister of Healthcare and Long-Term Care

Hon. Harinder Takhar, MPP

Mrs. Amrit mangat, MPP

Mrs. Indira Naidoo-Harris, MPP

Ms. Gila Martow, MPP

CIF Executives present at the event were: Lucky Lakshmanan - Chair, Laj Prasher - National Convenor. Dr. Atul Tolia - Secretary, Ramesh Chotai - Past-Chair, Ravi Subramanian - Charter Member and Rajinder Minhas - Charter Member, and Kalyan Sundaram - Executive Director. They were joined by about 40 guests from the community.

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Canada India Infrastructure Forum praised by participants

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Canada India Foundation's 4th Canada India Forum, the Canada India Infrastructure Forum, concluded in Toronto, after 3 days of deliberations and keynote addresses in Ottawa and Toronto, on opportunities in the lucrative Infrastructure Sector between Canada and India.

 

More than 60 speakers, including India's High Commissioner to Canada, Nirmal Verma, Federal Minister for Multiculturalism, Tim Uppal, Ontario Minister for economic development and Trade, Eric Hoskins, Ontario's MInister for Infrastructure, Glen Murray, Ontario's MInister for Community Services, Yasir Naqvi, Britich Columbia's Minister of International Trade, Teresa Wat, Co-Chair of Canada India Interparliamentary Friendship Group, Patrick Brown MP, Senator Asha Seth, Ontario's MPP Dipika Damerla and MPP Amrit Mangat and India's Consul General in Toronto, Akhilesh Mishra, as well Chairman of Aecon, John Beck, CEO of Metrolinx, Bruce McCuaig, VP of Bombardier, Pierre Pyun, Chairman of GMR Foundation, V. Raghunathan, President of Carleton University, Roseann Runte, VP of Eureka Forbes, Raman Venkatesh, Bundeep Rangar, Chair, Indusview, VP of LiUNA, Joseph Mancinelli, Canada's Chief Free Trade Negotiator with India, Don Stephenson, Prof. at Schulich School, James McKellar and many other prominent experts, were joined by an equal number of participants and CIF Charter members, in an energetic discussion on what can be done to enhance infrastructure opprtunities in Canada and India.

 

As with CIF's previous Forums, this Forum also came in for high praise from all participants, including High Commissioner Nirmal Verma, who participated in the entire program, more than making up for the inability of representatives in India from Indian government to attend, due to the ongoing election. Many of the delegates, including those who came from India, found the Forum to be of great value and offered to host similar events in collaboration with CIF in India.

 

A special thanks is due to the Government of Ontario for extending its support to the program.

 

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Narayana Murthy is CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award Recipient

IMG 3628Infosys Executive Chairman, N.R. Narayana Murthy receives CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award

 

The vast Metropolitan Ballroom of the Westin Harbour Castle was the venue for the Canada India Foundation’s Award Gala, which took place on April 26, 2014, to honour Infosys Executive Chairman, Narayana Murthy, as the 2014 recipient of the CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award. The opulence of the venue was enhanced by the political heavyweights who were present in unprecedented numbers at an event of this kind. Gracing the occasion, along with Mr. Narayana Murthy, were Canada’s Finance Minister, Honourable Joe Oliver, as Chief Guest. High Commissioner of India in Canada His Excellency Admiral (Retd) Nirmal Verma, as Guest of Honour, Federal Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Honourable Chris Alexander, Minister of State (Sport), Honourable Bal Gosal, Member of Parliament Patrick Brown, Senator Dr. Asha Seth, Ontario’s Members of Provincial Parliament, Dipika Damerla and Amrit Mangat. The distinguished list of attendees also included former Federal minister, Honourable jean Augustine, former Speaker of the Ontario Legislative Assembly, Alvin Curling, and renowned hotelier, Steve Gupta. Canada’s Governor General also made an appearance via a video taped message to the audience.

  

The invited dignitaries and the nearly 500 attendees were formally welcomed by the Chair of Canada India Foundation, Dr. V.I. “Lucky” Lakshmanan, National Convenor, Laj Prasher, Gala Chair Dr. Terry Papneja, CIF Co-Chair Jay Minhas and the Board of Governors of CIF, from Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa. Lucky Lakshmanan spoke of the policy objectives of Canada India Foundation, and the highly successful Canada India Forums that CIF had organized (Energy-2009, Mining-2010, Agriculture and Food Processing-2012 and Infrastructure-2014). Laj Prasher talked about the strength of the organization, as evidenced by the credentials of its members, and strong network that the CIF had built to promote Canada India relations. He made a special reference to the Canada India Interparliamentary Friendship Group, who was represented at the Gala by MP Patrick Brown.

  

In his address as Chief Guest, Finance Minister Joe Oliver, stressed the importance of Canada India relations and his own strong interest in strengthening ties between the two countries. Guest of Honour, High Commissioner Verma, lauded Canada India Foundation for its four day extravaganza, made up of the 3-day Canada India Infrastructure Forum, followed by the Gala. High Commissioner Verma had participated in all four days of the CIF events and had nothing but praise for the organizers, Canada India Foundation.

  

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the fifth CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award to Mr. Narayana Murthy. Joining Mr. Murthy, Chief Guest Minister Oliver and Guest of Honour High Commissioner Verma, on the stage were the Award Endowment sponsor Vasu Chanchlani, and this year’s Award sponsors, Bhim Asdhir, Surjit Babra, Ramesh Chotai, Deepak Ruparell, Lucky Lakshmanan, Ravi Subramanian, Rakesh Gupta, Ranvir Dogra, and Kashif Khan.  The eye-catching trophy and the cash award of $50,000 (Cdn), were presented to Mr. Murthy to thunderous applause. A special citation was read and presented to Mr. Murthy by Mrs. Jaya Chanchlani.

  

In his Award Acceptance speech, titled “Compassionate Capitalism”, Mr. Murthy demonstrated the personality that has made him one of the most admired Indians, and most respected business leaders anywhere in the world. Expressing his gratefulness to CIF for having been selected to be in the company of previous Award recipients, Sam Pitroda, Tulsi Tanti, Ratan Tata and Deepak Chopra, he made a strong case both for Capitalism, as the necessary recipe for global prosperity and compassion, without which the benefits of capitalism meant nothing. “It is very easy to observe that we have not made significant progress in enhancing social capital in the world – trust, concern for the less fortunate, honesty and fairness”, he said. “The good that a corporation must do is defined in its philosophy of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), encompassing the ideas of corporate governance, sustainable wealth creation, corporate philanthropy and advocacy for the goals of the community”, he added.

  

The Award Gala and the Canada India Infrastructure Forum demonstrated the important role that Canada India Foundation continues to play in enhancing Canada India relations.

   

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CIF Announces Global Indian Award Recipient, Infrastructure Forum

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Narayana Murthy named as recipient of

CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award,

CIF announces Canada India Infrastructure Forum 2014

TORONTO, CANADA – February 24, 2014:  Canada India Foundation (CIF) made two major announcements at a press conference held on February 24 at the Ontario Investment and Trade Centre in Toronto. CIF named Infosys Executive Chairman, Mr. Narayana Murthy as the 5th recipient of the CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award. CIF also announced its 4th theme forum, the Canada India Infrastructure Forum, which will take place in Ottawa and Toronto on April 23 and April 24-25 respectively.

Senator Asha Seth was among prominent dignitaries who participated in the announcement event. A former member of CIF, she congratulated CIF for highlighting accomplishments of prominent people of Indian origin and also bringing a policy perspective to strengthening of relations between Canada and India. Ontario MPP, Todd Smith was joined by fellow MPPs Doug Holyday and Gila Martow, in recognizing CIF’s contributions to relations between Canada and India and its upcoming initiatives.

Mr. Narayana Murthy has been described by Time Magazine as the Father of Indian IT sector, and as one of the 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time by Fortune magazine. He founded Infosys in 1981 and served as its CEO from 1981 to 2002 and as chairman from 2002 to 2011, guiding the company to become a multinational corporation and leader of India’s software revolution. Murthy is the recipient of Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award by the Government of India, and has also been honoured by the governments of France and United Kingdom.

As the fifth recipient of the Award, Narayana Murthy joins a select company of the Award recipients including Deepak Chopra, renowned thinker, writer and speaker on human empowerment, Sam Pitroda, pioneer of India’s telecom revolution, Tulsi Tanti, trailblazer in the deployment of wind power and Ratan Tata, India’s most respected industrialist and philanthropist.

Mr. Murthy will receive the Award at the CIF Award Gala, to be held on April 26 at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto. “The Award will be presented at one of the most anticipated events of the year, the CIF Award Gala. “The Gala has been graced in previous years by prominent leaders including The Right Honourable Prime Minister Stephen Harper and India’s former President Dr. Abdul Kalam.”  said Laj Prasher, National Convenor, CIF. The Gala will be co-chaired by Dr. Terry Papneja and Anil Shah.

“Canada India Infrastructure Forum 2014 is the fourth forum that CIF has organized to shine the light on business opportunities in the Canada-India corridor, after Energy (2009), Mining& Metals (2010) and Agriculture and Food Processing (2012)”, said Dr. V.I. “Lucky” Lakshmanan, Chair of CIF. “More than 150 speakers, including ministers from Canadian federal government and provinces, India’s Planning Commission members and central cabinet secretaries and CEO’s from Canadian and Indian private sector have addressed CIF’s previous Canada India Forums and the high caliber participation will continue at the Infrastructure Forum as well”, added Marc Kealey, Co-Chair of the Forum.

Canada India Infrastructure Forum is being organized in cooperation with Carleton University, Ottawa, ON. “Carleton University’s Canada India Centre for Excellence is proud to be partnering with CIF in hosting the Infrastructure Forum”, said Dr. Roseann Runte, President of Carleton University in a communication. “CIF is to be commended for showing leadership in conceiving and organizing the series of Canada India forums, paving the foundation for a policy framework that would facilitate increased bilateral trade between Canada and India” she added.

The ambitious program is expected to attract about 200 of the most prominent stakeholders and players in the Canadian and Indian infrastructure sectors to identify opportunities for cooperation and address challenges. Forum sub-topics include transportation (surface, air, waterways), construction (roads, bridges, ports, terminals), water management, power, public private partnership, societal considerations, policy and policy recommendations for the two countries to follow up. The event will be held over 3 days, at Ottawa’s Carleton University on April 23 and at Shangri-La Hotel in Toronto on April 24-25.

About Canada India Foundation (www.canadaindia.org)

Canada India Foundation is a national, non-profit, non-partisan non-governmental organization established in 2007 to foster support for stronger relations betweenCanada and India; to educate Canadians on the changing face of India and to increase the participation of Indo-Canadians in the public policy process in Canada. CIF's founding members include entrepreneurs, senior Canadian business executives and top tier professionals.    CIF plays a key role in Canada India relations through regular dialogues with representatives of both countries, organization of theme based policy forums and contributing, directly and through its members, to India-focused initiatives at several academic institutions.

The CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award

The CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award was created by CIF to recognize an individual who demonstrates global leadership, vision and professional excellence.  The Award was made possible through the generous contribution of Vasu Chanchlani, who committed one million dollars as endowment towards the Award fund, and additional monetary commitments from several CIF Charter Members.   The award recipient will receive a custom designed trophy along with a cheque for $50,000, payable to a charitable institution of his/her choice.

For details contact:

Kalyan Sundaram, Executive Director – Canada India Foundation Tel: 416-779-5237

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CIF Announces Global Indian Award Recipient, Infrastructure Forum

PRESS RELEASE

Narayana Murthy named as recipient of

CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award,

CIF announces Canada India Infrastructure Forum 2014

TORONTO, CANADA – February 24, 2014:  Canada India Foundation (CIF) made two major announcements at a press conference held on February 24 at the Ontario Investment and Trade Centre in Toronto. CIF named Infosys Executive Chairman, Mr. Narayana Murthy as the 5th recipient of the CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award. CIF also announced its 4th theme forum, the Canada India Infrastructure Forum, which will take place in Ottawa and Toronto on April 23 and April 24-25 respectively.

Senator Asha Seth was among prominent dignitaries who participated in the announcement event. A former member of CIF, she congratulated CIF for highlighting accomplishments of prominent people of Indian origin and also bringing a policy perspective to strengthening of relations between Canada and India. Ontario MPP, Todd Smith was joined by fellow MPPs Doug Holyday and Gila Martow, in recognizing CIF’s contributions to relations between Canada and India and its upcoming initiatives.

Mr. Narayana Murthy has been described by Time Magazine as the Father of Indian IT sector, and as one of the 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time by Fortune magazine. He founded Infosys in 1981 and served as its CEO from 1981 to 2002 and as chairman from 2002 to 2011, guiding the company to become a multinational corporation and leader of India’s software revolution. Murthy is the recipient of Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award by the Government of India, and has also been honoured by the governments of France and United Kingdom.

As the fifth recipient of the Award, Narayana Murthy joins a select company of the Award recipients including Deepak Chopra, renowned thinker, writer and speaker on human empowerment, Sam Pitroda, pioneer of India’s telecom revolution, Tulsi Tanti, trailblazer in the deployment of wind power and Ratan Tata, India’s most respected industrialist and philanthropist.

Mr. Murthy will receive the Award at the CIF Award Gala, to be held on April 26 at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto. “The Award will be presented at one of the most anticipated events of the year, the CIF Award Gala. “The Gala has been graced in previous years by prominent leaders including The Right Honourable Prime Minister Stephen Harper and India’s former President Dr. Abdul Kalam.”  said Laj Prasher, National Convenor, CIF. The Gala will be co-chaired by Dr. Terry Papneja and Anil Shah.

“Canada India Infrastructure Forum 2014 is the fourth forum that CIF has organized to shine the light on business opportunities in the Canada-India corridor, after Energy (2009), Mining& Metals (2010) and Agriculture and Food Processing (2012)”, said Dr. V.I. “Lucky” Lakshmanan, Chair of CIF. “More than 150 speakers, including ministers from Canadian federal government and provinces, India’s Planning Commission members and central cabinet secretaries and CEO’s from Canadian and Indian private sector have addressed CIF’s previous Canada India Forums and the high caliber participation will continue at the Infrastructure Forum as well”, added Marc Kealey, Co-Chair of the Forum.

Canada India Infrastructure Forum is being organized in cooperation with Carleton University, Ottawa, ON. “Carleton University’s Canada India Centre for Excellence is proud to be partnering with CIF in hosting the Infrastructure Forum”, said Dr. Roseann Runte, President of Carleton University in a communication. “CIF is to be commended for showing leadership in conceiving and organizing the series of Canada India forums, paving the foundation for a policy framework that would facilitate increased bilateral trade between Canada and India” she added.

The ambitious program is expected to attract about 200 of the most prominent stakeholders and players in the Canadian and Indian infrastructure sectors to identify opportunities for cooperation and address challenges. Forum sub-topics include transportation (surface, air, waterways), construction (roads, bridges, ports, terminals), water management, power, public private partnership, societal considerations, policy and policy recommendations for the two countries to follow up. The event will be held over 3 days, at Ottawa’s Carleton University on April 23 and at Shangri-La Hotel in Toronto on April 24-25.

About Canada India Foundation (www.canadaindia.org)

Canada India Foundation is a national, non-profit, non-partisan non-governmental organization established in 2007 to foster support for stronger relations betweenCanada and India; to educate Canadians on the changing face of India and to increase the participation of Indo-Canadians in the public policy process in Canada. CIF's founding members include entrepreneurs, senior Canadian business executives and top tier professionals.    CIF plays a key role in Canada India relations through regular dialogues with representatives of both countries, organization of theme based policy forums and contributing, directly and through its members, to India-focused initiatives at several academic institutions.

The CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award

The CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award was created by CIF to recognize an individual who demonstrates global leadership, vision and professional excellence.  The Award was made possible through the generous contribution of Vasu Chanchlani, who committed one million dollars as endowment towards the Award fund, and additional monetary commitments from several CIF Charter Members.   The award recipient will receive a custom designed trophy along with a cheque for $50,000, payable to a charitable institution of his/her choice.

For details contact:

Kalyan Sundaram, Executive Director – Canada India Foundation Tel: 416-779-5237

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CIF Announces Canada India Infrastructure Forum 2014

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Canada India Foundation announces 4th Canada India Forum,

Canada India Infrastructure Forum 2014,

Ottawa and Toronto, April 23-25, 2014

TORONTO, CANADA – February 24, 2014:  Canada India Foundation (CIF) is pleased to announce the Canada India Infrastructure Forum 2014 in Ottawa and Toronto as follows:

April 23, 2014:          Carleton University, Ottawa, ON

April 24-25, 2014:    Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto, ON

“The emergence of India in the past decade into an economic superpower has put the spotlight on infrastructure as a major area of opportunity that Canada can help India to address,” says V.I. “Lucky” Lakshmanan, Chair, CIF. “Canada India Infrastructure Forum 2014 is the fourth forum that CIF has organized to shine the light on business opportunities in the Canada-India corridor, after Energy (2009), Mining & Metals (2010) and Agriculture and Food Processing (2012)” he added.

Specifically, the objectives of the Infrastructure Forum will be to:

  • Provide a platform for infrastructure sector specific dialogue among Indian and Canadian stakeholders

  • Present current developments in the infrastructure sector in India

  • Promote mutual business opportunities for Canadian and Indian infrastructure companies

  • Publish a policy paper on infrastructure cooperation between Canada and India

“More than 150 speakers, including ministers from Canadian federal government and provinces, India’s Planning Commission members and central cabinet secretaries and CEO’s from Canadian and Indian private sector have addressed CIF’s previous Canada India Forums and the high caliber participation will continue at the Infrastructure Forum as well”, said Marc Kealey, Co-Chair of the Forum.

Past speakers include Dr. Abdul Kalam, former President of India, Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, federal cabinet ministers Hon. Lisa Raitt, Hon. Lynne Yelich, Hon. Sandra Pupatello and Hon. George Smitherman from Ontario, Premier Christy Clark, Hon. Norm deJong, Hon. Norm Letnick and Hon. Moira Stillwell from British Columbia and Hon. Manmeet Bhullar from Alberta.

The ambitious program is expected to attract about 200 of the most prominent stakeholders and players in the Canadian and Indian infrastructure sectors to identify opportunities for cooperation and address challenges. They will hear and interact with Plenary and Keynote speakers and panelists on infrastructure sub-topics such as transportation (surface, air, waterways), construction (roads, bridges, ports, terminals), water management, power, public private partnership, societal considerations, policy and policy recommendations for the two countries to follow up. Attendees will include legislators and policy makers, regulatory agencies, institutional investors, financial institutions and service providers from Canada and India.

“Carleton University’s Canada India Centre for Excellence is proud to be partnering with CIF in hosting the Infrastructure Forum”, said Dr. Roseann Runte, President of Carleton University. “CIF is to be commended for showing leadership in conceiving and organizing the series of Canada India forums, paving the foundation for a policy framework that would facilitate increased bilateral trade between Canada and India” she added.

About Canada India Foundation (www.canadaindia.org)

Canada India Foundation is a national, non-profit, non-partisan non-governmental organization established in 2007 to foster support for stronger relations betweenCanada and India; to educate Canadians on the changing face of India and to increase the participation of Indo-Canadians in the public policy process in Canada. CIF's founding members include entrepreneurs, senior Canadian business executives and top tier professionals.    CIF plays a key role in Canada India relations through regular dialogues with representatives of both countries, organization of theme based policy forums and contributing, directly and through its members, to India-focused initiatives at several academic institutions.

 

For details, contact:

 

Kalyan Sundaram, Executive Director – Canada India Foundation Tel: 416-779-5237

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CIF Announces Narayana Murthy as 2014 CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award Recipient

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Narayana Murthy, Chairman, Infosys, to Receive the

 

CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award

 

at CIF Award Gala on April 26, 2014 being held at the

 

Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto

 

TORONTO, CANADA – February 24, 2014:  Canada India Foundation (CIF) is pleased to announce the CIF Award Gala, which will take place on April 26, 2014 at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto. The highlight of theevent will be the presentation of the CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award to N.R. Narayana Murthy, Founder and Executive Chairman of India’s IT powerhouse Infosys.

 

Murthy has been described by Time Magazine as the Father of Indian IT sector, and as one of the 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time by Fortune magazine. He founded Infosys in 1981 and served as its CEO from 1981 to 2002 and as chairman from 2002 to 2011, guiding the company to become a multinational corporation and leader of India’s software revolution. Murthy is the recipient of Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award by the Government of India, and has also been honoured by the governments of France and United Kingdom.

 

As the fifth recipient of the Award, Narayana Murthy joins a select company of the Award recipients including Deepak Chopra, renowned thinker, writer and speaker on human empowerment and a strong proponent of alternative medicine; Sam Pitroda, pioneer of India’s telecom revolution, Tulsi Tanti, trailblazer in the deployment of wind power and Ratan Tata, India’s most respected industrialist and philanthropist.

 

 

 

“By his words & deeds Mr. Narayana Murthy exemplifies the qualities of a Global Indian. He has been an inspiration to millions of Indians, both in India and abroad, to become entrepreneurs”, says V.I. “Lucky” Lakshmanan, Chair of CIF.

 

In addition to a specially commissioned trophy, the Award includes a sum of $50,000 which is given to a charity of the Award recipient’s choice.

 

“The Award will be presented at one of the most anticipated events of the year, the CIF Award Gala. The Gala has been graced in previous years by prominent leaders including The Right Honourable Prime Minister Stephen Harper and India’s former President Dr. Abdul Kalam.”  says Laj Prasher, President, CIF. 

 

Around 600 high profile guests are expected to attend this year’s Gala.

 

The CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award

 

The CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award was created by CIF to recognize an individual who demonstrates global leadership, vision and professional excellence.  The Award was made possible through the generous contribution of Vasu Chanchlani, who committed one million dollars as endowment towards the Award fund, and additional monetary commitments from several CIF Charter Members.   The award recipient will receive a custom designed trophy along with a cheque for $50,000, payable to a charitable institution of his/her choice.

 

About Canada India Foundation

 

Canada India Foundation is a national, non-profit, non-partisan organization established in 2007 to foster support for stronger relations betweenCanada and India; to educate Canadians on the changing face of India and to increase the participation of Indo-Canadians in the public policy process in Canada. CIF's founding members include entrepreneurs, senior Canadian business executives and top tier professionals.    CIF plays a key role in Canada India relations through regular dialogues with representatives of both countries, organization of theme based policy forums and contributing, directly and through its members, to India-focused initiatives at several academic institutions.

 

 

For details, contact:

Kalyan Sundaram, Executive Director – Canada India Foundation Tel: 416-779-5237

 

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Web: www.canadaindia.org

 

 

 

CIF invites media for major announcements on Feb 24

            

 
                                                              
 

MEDIA INVITE 

 

CIF Announces Canada India Infrastructure Forum 2014

CIF Announces Recipient of the Fifth CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award

 

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Toronto, February 10, 2014: Canada India Foundation (CIF) is organizing a Press Conference at the Ontario Investment and Trade Centre in downtown Toronto on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 2:00 PM to:

 

-          Announce the recipient of the Fifth CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award.

 

(The Award includes a sum of $50,000 payable to a charity of the Award recipient’s choice)

 

-          Announce Canada India Infrastructure Forum 2014 in Ottawa and Toronto

   

What:                       CIF Press Conference

 

Where:                     Ontario Investment and Trade Centre, 250 Yonge Street, 35th Floor,Toronto, ON

 

When:                      Monday, February 24, 2014 at 2:15 PM               

 

2:15 PM – 4:30 PM:   Meet and Mingle / Refreshments

 

                                  Announcement of Canada India Infrastructure Forum 2014

 

                                   Announcement of Fifth CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award Recipient

 

                                   Q&A and Interviews                    

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   

The CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award

 

The CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award was created by CIF to recognize an individual who demonstrates global leadership, vision and professional excellence. The Award was made possible through the generous contribution of Vasu Chanchlani, who committed one million dollars as endowment towards the Award fund, and additional monetary commitments from several CIF Charter Members.   The award recipient will receive a custom designed trophy along with a cheque for $50,000, payable to a charitable institution of his/her choice.

  

Canada India Infrastructure Forum 2014

 

Canada India Infrastructure Forum 2014 is the fourth high-profile thematic public policy forum organized by CIF to shine the light on opportunities for greater trade between Canada and India, and make policy recommendations to capitalize on the opportunities. Previous forums by CIF have focused on Energy (2009), Mining and Metals (2010) and Agriculture & Food Processing (2012). Speakers at past forums have included former President of India, Federal and Provincial Ministers from Canada and CEOs from private sector in both countries

  

About Canada India Foundation

 

Canada India Foundation is a national, non-profit, non-partisan organization established in 2007 to foster support for stronger relations between Canada and India; to educate Canadians on the changing face of India and to increase the participation of Indo-Canadians in the public policy process in Canada. CIF's founding members include entrepreneurs, senior Canadian business executives and top tier professionals.       CIF plays a key role in Canada India relations through regular dialogues with representatives of both countries, organization of theme based policy forums and contributing, directly and through its members, to India-focused initiatives at several academic institutions.

  

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Media Contact:

 

Rachelle Cruz, Media Coordinator – Canada India Foundation

 

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Save the Date, CIF Media Announcement Feb 24

                   

SAVE THE DATE

 

Monday, February 24, 2014 

 

Canada India Foundation (CIF) is organizing a Press Conference at the Ontario Investment and Trade Centre in downtown Toronto on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 2:15 PM to:

-          Announce the recipient of the Fifth Annual CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award Recipient 

-          Announce the CIF Award Gala

-          Announce the Canada India Infrastructure Forum 2014

 
 
 

Press Conference


 
 

Time: 2:15pm - 4:30pm 

 
 

 Date: Monday, February 24, 2014

 
 

 Venue: Ontario Investment and Trade Centre 

 
 

Address:   250 Yonge Street, 35th Floor, Toronto, ON

 

The CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award

The CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award was created by CIF to recognize an individual who demonstrates global leadership, vision and professional excellence.  The Award was made possible through the generous contribution of Vasu Chanchlani, who committed one million dollars as endowment towards the Award fund, and additional monetary commitments from several CIF Charter Members.   The award recipient will receive a custom designed trophy along with a cheque for $50,000, payable to a charitable institution of his/her choice.

Canada India Infrastructure Forum 2014

Canada India Infrastructure Forum 2014 is the fourth high-profile thematic public policy forum organized by CIF to shine the light on opportunities for greater trade between Canada and India, and make policy recommendations to capitalize on the opportunities.  Previous forums by CIF have focused on Energy (2009), Mining and Metals (2010) and Agriculture & Food Processing (2012).  Speakers at past forums have included former President of India, Federal and Provincial Ministers from Canada and CEOs from private sector in both countries.

About Canada India Foundation

Canada India Foundation is a national, non-profit, non-partisan organization established in 2007 to foster support for stronger relations between Canada and India; to educate Canadians on the changing face of India and to increase the participation of Indo-Canadians in the public policy process in Canada. CIF's founding members include entrepreneurs, senior Canadian business executives and top tier professionals.    CIF plays a key role in Canada India relations through regular dialogues with representatives of both countries, organization of theme based policy forums and contributing, directly and through its members, to India-focused initiatives at several academic institutions.

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Media Contact:

Rachelle Cruz

Media Coordinator  – Canada India Foundation

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CIF Executive Vasu Chanchlani receives Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award

Transmitted At: 2014-01-13 10:55  http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/January2014/13/c8245.html

Canada India Foundation congratulates Vasu Chanchlani on being the recipient of the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award from the Government of India


TORONTO, Jan. 13, 2014 /CNW/ - Canada India Foundation (CIF), a non-profit organization formed to foster support for stronger bi-lateral relations between Canada and India, congratulated noted Indo-Canadian entrepreneur, philanthropist and CIF Executive, Mr. Vasu Chanchlani, on becoming the recipient of the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award from the Government of India. Mr. Chanchlani was one of the 13 members of the global Indian diaspora, who received the award from the President of India at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2014 event, held in New Delhi on January 9.

Speaking on behalf of the organization, CIF Chair, Dr. V.I. "Lucky" Lakshmanan, said "The award is a testimonial not only to Mr. Chanchlani's pursuit of entrepreneurial excellence, but also to his passion for philanthropy expressed through his generous contributions to numerous worthy causes". "At CIF, we are very proud of our association with Mr. Chanchlani, which has resulted in initiatives such as the CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award, the CIF Chanchlani Foundation and the Chanchlani India Policy Centre at University of Waterloo", he added.

The Consul General of India in Toronto, Mr. Akhilesh Mishra, said "For the Indian community in Greater Toronto Area, Vasu Chanchlani's name is synonymous with philanthropy. Through his consistent and generous support for numerous charitable causes and cultural initiatives, Vasuji has brought glory to himself, his family and the Indo-Canadian community. I am privileged to know him".

Patrick Brown, Member of Parliament and Co-Chair, Canada India Interparliamentary Friendship Group, also conveyed his congratulations. "Vasu is one of the most respected humanitarians in both Canada and India. It is not surprising that he would be honored with the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award", he said.

Acknowledging the congratulations, Mr. Chanchlani said, "I am very happy to have been chosen by the Government of India for the award. I see it not just as a recognition of my humble contributions, but as a recognition of the people of Indian origin in Canada, who have brought credit to both their mother country, India, and their adopted country, Canada."  Beneficiaries of Mr. Chanchlani's philanthropic contributions have included Universities of McMaster, Waterloo and Toronto and Canadian National Institute for the Blind.

SOURCE: Canada India Foundation

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CIF meets with Canada India parliamentary group in Ottawa

October 29, 2013

CIF had a very productive lunch meeting in Ottawa, at the Parliamentary Dining Room, with the Canada India Interparliamentary Friendship Group, on Tuesday, October 29.

 
The following CIF Members went to Ottawa for the meeting: Lucky Lakshmanan (Chair, Laj Prasher (National Convenor), Atul Tolia (Secretary to the Board), recently joined members Ananth Seshan and Rajinder Minhas-Bal, and Kalyan Sundaram (Executive Director). Co-Chairs of the Parliamentary Group, Patrick Brown and Devinder Shory were joined by Parliamentarians who attended were Peter MacKay (Minister of Justice and Attorney General), Chris Alexander (Minister for Citizenship and Immigration), Tim Uppal (Minister of State, Multiculturalism), Bal Gosal (Minister of State, Sport), Deepak Obhrai (Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and Members of Parliament Brian Storseth, John Carmichael, Brad Butt, Kyle Seeback, Ed Holder, Kirsty Duncan. CIF-invited guests Pradeep Merchant and Nishith Goel were also present at the meeting. Topics covered during the meeting included : Update on the CEPA/FIPA negotiations with India, follow-up to civil nuclear agreement between Canada and India, Start-up Visa for entrepreneurs with proven innovation and CIF's upcoming Canada India Infrastructure Forum.

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CIF hosts lecture by Anna Hazare in Vancouver

Canada India Foundation had the pleasure of meeting and hosting a public lecture in Vancouver by India's most well-known crusader against corruption, Shri Anna Hazare. Mr. Hazare was in Vancouver as one of the finalists for the prestigious Allard Prize, instituted by University of British Columbia. CIF members in Vancouver, Barj S. Dhahan, Jay Minhas (Co-Chair), Anita Dalakoti were joined by CIF National Convenor, Laj Prasher who flew in from Vancouver to meet Mr. Hazare.

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CIF Welcomes India's External Affair Minister, Shri Salman Khurshid

PRESS RELEASE

Toronto, Canada, September 25: Canada India Foundation joined hands with Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and the Canada-India Business Council to hold a welcome reception for India’s Minister of External Affairs, Shri Salman Khurshid, on September 22 at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Toronto.

The reception followed discussions on Canada-India bilateral relations between Minister Khurshid and Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. John Baird. Joining Minister Baird in welcoming Minister Khurshid at the reception were Hon. Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment, Social Development and Multiculturalism and a host of political, business and community leaders including Hon. Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), Mr. Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senator Dr. Asha Seth, Members of Parliament Mr.  Parm Gill, Ms. Jinny Sims, Mr. Brad Butt and Mr. Joe Daniel, CIF Executives and many others, underscoring the importance of the visit by Minister Khurshid to Canada. Also present to welcome Minister Khurshid were India’s High Commissioner to Canada, Shri Nirmal Verma and India’s Consul General in Toronto, Shri Akhilesh Mishra.

In his welcome speech, Minister Baird emphasized the strong ties between Canada and India, exemplified by two current initiatives, the civil nuclear agreement and the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement. He praised the co-hosts, CIF and C-IBC, on their leadership in advancing Canada-India relations.

In a warmly received speech, Minister Khurshid spoke of the shared values of democracy, pluralism and respect for human rights, between Canada and India, and of areas of cooperation between the two countries, including trade and investment, skills development, food security, energy security, infrastructure and innovation.

Speaking on behalf of CIF, Mr. Laj Prasher referred to CIF’s commitment to a public policy focused interaction between the two countries, through Canada India Forums on Energy, Mining, Agriculture and the upcoming forum on Infrastructure, to be organized by CIF in Ottawa and Toronto in April 2014.  

Mr. Peter Sutherland, CEO of C-IBC, spoke about his organization’s upcoming programs, making reference to the CEO Business Forum being organized in Mumbai later this year.

CIF Chair, Dr. V.I. Lakshmanan presented Minister Khurshid with a book, published by CIF, containing talks given by former President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, during his many visits to Canada.

Earlier Dr. Lakshmanan and Mr. Prasher met with Minister Khurshid at a breakfast event organized by Consul General Mishra.

Canada India Foundation (CIF) is a national, non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental organization (NGO) established in 2007 to foster support for stronger bi-lateral relations between Canada and India; to educate Canadians on India; and to increase the participation by Indo-Canadians in political process in Canada. CIF's founding members include industrialists, senior Canadian business executives and top tier professionals.

For more information:

Kalyan Sundaram
(416) 779-5237
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CIF urges Quebec to abandon proposed Charter of Values

 

Transmitted At: 2013-09-17 08:00  http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/September2013/17/c7668.html

Canada India Foundation urges abandonment of Quebec's proposed Charter of Values


TORONTO, Sept. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - Canada India Foundation (CIF) expresses deep concern about the Quebec Government's proposed "Values Charter", and urges its immediate revocation.  "Canada has welcomed people from around the world, with a promise of inclusiveness, equal opportunity, and freedom of religion" said Dr. V.I. Lakshmanan, Chair of CIF, "The proposed Quebec Charter is against these Canadian values and will severely erode the protection of visible minorities in Quebec, setting the province back both socially and economically", he said. 

Mr. Surjit Babra, former Chair of CIF and himself a member of the Sikh faith, said, "Members of the Sikh faith have migrated to all parts of the world and become highly contributing citizens, without compromising on symbols of their faith". "Quebec can ill afford the economic loss and social fallout that would undoubtedly result from the message it is sending, that it is closed for business to people of faith, be they Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, Hindus, Christians or of other faiths", he added.

CIF does recognize that there are circumstances, such as the nation's safety and security and an individual's right to a fair trial, in which the right to display a religious symbol or article of clothing may be questioned, but this must be addressed in a rational and context specific manner rather than through an overarching ban on such symbols.

Canada India Foundation calls on the Quebec Government to abandon this legislation immediately.

Canada India Foundation (CIF) is a national, non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental organization (NGO) established in 2007 to foster support for stronger bi-lateral relations between Canada and India; to educate Canadians on India; and to increase the participation by Indo-Canadians in political process in Canada. CIF's founding members include industrialists, senior Canadian business executives and top tier professionals.

SOURCE: Canada India Foundation

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Kalyan Sundaram
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CIF holds Dinner Reception to welcome Consul General Akhilesh Mishra

September 10, 2013: Canada India Foundation held a dinner reception for the new Consul General of India in Toronto, Mr. Akhilesh Mishra, at the Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre hotel in Toronto.

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Former CEC of India, Mr. T.S. Krishnamurthy at Economic Club of Canada

Canada India Foundation co-sponsors talk by Former Chief Election Commissioner of India, Mr. T.S. Krishnamurthy, at the Economic Club of Canada

TORONTO, CANADA, September 5, 2013: The former Chief Election Commissioner of India, Mr. T.S. Krishnamurthy, who presided over elections in the largest democracy in the world, India, shared his experiences during a talk at the Economic Club of Canada, co-sponsored by Canada India Foundation (CIF). The event was attended by prominent dignitaries including former Prime Minister of Canada, The Right Honourable John Turner and the new Consul General of India in Canada, Mr. Akhilesh Mishra, as well as executives from CIF, Economic Club of Canada, Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce, Canada India Business Council and Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

When he first joined the Election Commission in year 2000, Mr. Krishnamurthy broke the tradition of Election Commissioners in India being appointed only from India’s elite Indian Administrative Service (IAS), by becoming the first officer to be appointed from the equally important but less high-profiled Indian Revenue Service (IRS), a testament to his personal reputation and integrity. Speaking of the unique features of India’s electoral process, he said “No court can interfere in the election process in India from the date of announcement of elections to the announcement of the results of the election”, adding “Such a provision exists in no other country in the world”. Another feature unique to India, according to him, was the existence in the national constitution of a special chapter devoted to the Election Commission. While not being autocratic, India’s Election Commission had both the responsibility and the authority to take any course of action to address an election issue as determined by it, Mr. Krishnamurthy said.

As the Chief Election Commissioner who oversaw the first use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) in India, Mr. Krishnamurthy defended the EVM’s against charges of potential for tampering. He pointed out that the devices, which were invented and built in India, had 10 security safeguards built-in, had been certified by India’s leading institute of technology and although often challenged, tampering of EVM’s had never been successfully demonstrated in court. The key benefits of EVM’s in India, according to him, were ease of use by populace with a high level of illiteracy, savings of paper and fast tabulation and announcement of results.  

Speaking of some of the challenges faced by Indian democracy, Mr. Krishnamurthy said that the political party system and party dynamics presented the weakest link in the democratic process in India and emphasized the need for electoral reform in this area. To address this, he said, the Election Commission established a model code of conduct for the parties, thereby creating a level playing field for both the ruling party and the others, and strictly implemented it, imposing fines and penalties for violation even against the ruling party when warranted, and transferring public election officials who had a conflict of interest. Among potential reforms he suggested was the inclusion of the negative voting option, which would enable voters to vote against a specific candidate, and a different option than the “first-past-the-post” method of choosing the winner of an election contest. He cited former Prime Minister John Turner’s statement that “elections do not guarantee democracy, people do”.       

Earlier, Dr. V.I. Lakshmanan, Chair of CIF, welcomed the audience and introduced Mr. Akhilesh Mishra, the new Consul General of India in Toronto. Speaking at his first public meeting since taking on his new role, Mr. Akhilesh Mishra complimented Canada India Foundation for its leadership in advancing Canada India relations and said that he looked forward to working closely with CIF. He also thanked members of the local Indo-Canadian community and the people of Toronto for their warmth in welcoming him in his new role. Ms. Rhiannon Trail, CEO of Economic Club of Canada, thanked Mr. Krishnamurthy, Canada India Foundation and all the attendees for making the event a success.

Canada India Foundation (CIF) is a national, non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental organization formed to foster support for stronger bi-lateral relations between Canada and India; to educate Canadians on the changing face of India; and to increase the participation of Indo-Canadians in the public policy process in Canada.  

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CIF holds farewell dinner in honour of India's Consul General Preeti Saran

Canada India Foundation holds farewell dinner dialogue event in honour of India’s Consul General Preeti Saran

Toronto, July 30, 2013: Canada India Foundation (CIF) held a special dinner event on July 30, 2013 at the Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Airport, Mississauga, in honour of Mrs. Preeti  Saran, India’s Consul General  in Toronto, on the eve of her leaving her current position to take up the position of India’s Ambassador to Vietnam. CIF Charter Members attending the event included Lucky Lakshmanan, Laj Prasher, Vasu Chanchlani, Atul Tolia, Deepak Ruparell, Pankaj Dave, Ramesh Chotai, Surjit Babra, Ajit Someshwar, Sudhir Handa and Terry Papneja.

In a departure from the traditional format for such events, CIF Charter members, spouses and special guests from the community joined Mrs. Saran in a round-table format facilitating candid and informal dialogue. Speaking first, Dr. “Lucky” Lakshmanan, the new Chair of Canada India Foundation, emphasized CIF’s mandate of public policy advocacy and recounted some of its major initiatives in this context including funding, both organizationally and through its members, India focused studies and research in major Canadian universities, and the active engagement with India’s former President, Dr. Abdul Kalam, culminating in his three visits to Canada. He acknowledged and expressed appreciation for Mrs. Saran’s support for those initiatives. He spoke of Mrs. Saran’s willingness to participate in as many community events as possible, despite her long working hours necessitated by the time difference between Canada and India. In praising her commitment to punctuality, a trait not usually associated with the community, he recalled a specific book release event co-organized earlier in the month by CIF at Rotman School of Management, on the day when Greater Toronto experienced its heaviest rainfall in history. Mrs. Saran was one of the first to arrive, on time driving from her home in North Toronto when, due to the weather, some of the other invitees either arrived quite late or were not able to come at all.

The forum offered all guests the opportunityto offer their personal compliments to the Consul General and also ask her questions about her tenure, her interaction with CIF and other Indo-Canadian organizations and her thoughts on how CIF can move forward in fulfillment of its mandate. Mrs. Saran applauded CIF’s initiatives, particularly the organization of the Energy Forum and the Mining Forum in Toronto, its support of events such as Panorama and Pravasi Bharatiya Divas and also its public advocacy initiatives, especially in countering anti-India positions taken by fringe Indo-Canadian elements and supported by some MPs. She gave three pointers for CIF as well as other Indo-Canadian organizations to be more effective, without losing their unique identities:

$1-          Collaboration, working with each other for greater efficiencies and public impact

$1-          Coordination, having a consistent and continued dialogue with both Canadian and Indian governments on shared values and matters of importance

$1-          Organization, planning and timeliness-focused management of events    

Asked about her own rating of her performance during her tenure, Mrs. Saran gave herself modest grades but the audience was of the unanimous view that through her leadership, public visibility and participation, her performance would rate a 11 out of 10. 

Mrs. Saran was presented with a polar bear sculpture made a Native Canadian Inuit artist, and a book of photographs that shaped Canada’s history, as momentos of her stay in Canada. Giving the vote of thanks, CIF’s new National Convenor Laj Prasher extended an invitation to Mrs. Saran to return to Toronto to be CIF’s honoured guest at its Gala next April.  IMG 9010 red 

 

Parliamentarians meet with CIF to congratulate new Executive

Canada India Foundation held its first informal member get together at the house of its National Convenor Laj Prasher on July 27, 2013. In addition to CIF Charter Members and their guests, Federal Minister of State (Sport), Honourable Bal Gosal, MP Patrick Brown and MP Devinder Shory, Co-Chairs of Canada India Interparliamentary Friendship Group and Senator Asha Seth, also a former Charter Member of CIF, attended the get together to extend their congratulations and best wishes to the newly elected Executive Committee of CIF. CIF Executives present were Dr. V.I. Lakshmanan (Chair), Laj Prasher (National Convenor), Dr. Atul Tolia (Secretary), Vasu Chanchlani (Director), Deepak Ruparell (Director) and Ramesh Chotai (Director), along with Executive Director Kalyan Sundaram.

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Canada India Agriculture and Food Processing Forum 2013


Canada-India Foundation successfully hosts its first Agriculture and Food Processing Forum in Vancouver, British Columbia and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Forum aimed at policy-driven growth in two-way trade and investment between Canada and India.


Vancouver, BC September 17th, 2012 – During September 10- September 13, 2012, Canada-India Foundation hosted the first Canada India Agriculture and Food Processing Forum in Vancouver, British Columbia and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. This public policy forum, aimed to develop policy and strategy framework to enhance two-way trade investments and relations between Canada and India in the agriculture sector, was the third such policy forum organized by Canada India Foundation, after Energy (2009) and Mining and Metals (2010). The theme for this year’s forum was selected in light of the global concern on food security, the challenges faced by India to ensure food production and distribution to meet the demands of its billion plus citizens, and potential of Canada to work with India in overcoming these challenges.


Dignitaries among the 250 attendees at the forum in the two cities included Hon. Lynne Yelich, Minister of State, Western Economic Diversification, Government of Canada, Dr. Saumitra Chaudhuri, Member, Planning Commission, Government of India, Mr. Don Stephenson, Canada’s chief negotiator in the free trade (CEPA) discussions with India, Hon. Norm Letnick, Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Moira Stillwell, Minister for Social Development, and Hon. Michael de Jong, Minister of Finance, Government of British Columbia, Senator Asha Seth, Senate of Canada, Mr. Ravi Shankar Aisola, Consul General of India in Vancouver, Hon. Rob Norris, MLA, Government of Saskatchewan, Hon. Bob Trost, Member of Parliament, Canada, Hon. Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver, Hon. Donald Atchison, Mayor of Saskatoon and other prominent delegates from India and Canada. For 4 days, attendees and local delegates gathered and discussed various topics such as food security, attracting trade/investment agriculture, business opportunities in food processing, grain storage/handling, supply chain logistics, cash crops and value added-products, land resource management, plants and animals and technology enablers. The high quality of discussion was complemented by the on-the-field perspectives from two farmers from India, Mr. Ramesh Chandra and Mr. Eswarappa Chakote. The forum addressed the opportunities and challenges in the agriculture and food processing sector and concluded with a special panel to discuss policy recommendations, which would be presented by CIF to the national and provincial governments of Canada and India.


Barj Dhahan, Chair for Canada India Foundation thanked all the partners whose support made the forum possible, particularly the Presenting Partners, Government of British Columbia and Government of Saskatchewan, as well as RBC Royal Bank of Canada, University of British Columbia, University of Saskatchewan and others. Dr. V.I. Lakshmanan, co-chair of the forum added, “the high caliber of the participants the discussions should result in policies conducive to greater trade in the agriculture and food processing sector, contributing to the projected $15 billion overall bi-lateral trade between Canada and India.”

 

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Canada India Foundation is a national, non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental organization formed in 2007 to foster support for stronger bi-lateral relations between Canada and India; to educate Canadians on the changing face of India; and to increase the participation of Indo-Canadians in the public policy process in Canada. 



New Executive Team for CIF Announced

New Executive Team for CIF Announced

Canada India Foundation is pleased to announce, effective immediately, its Executive Team for the 2013-2015 term.

The Executive team, the fourth in CIF history, will be led by Dr. V.I. “Lucky” Lakshmanan as Chair, with Mr. Jay Minhas as Co-Chair and Mr. Laj Prasher as National Convenor. Dr. Atul Tolia has been appointed as Secretary and Mr. Kalyan Sundaram will continue as the Executive Director.

Following are the members of the Executive Team:

Chair Dr. V.I. (“Lucky”) Lakshmanan
Co-Chair Mr. Jay Minhas
National Convenor Mr. Laj Prasher
Central Convenor Dr. Terry Papneja
Eastern Convenor Mr. Sachin Mahajan
Director Mr. Vasu Chanchlani
Director Mr. Ramesh Chotai
Director Ms. Anita Dalakoti
Director Mr. Pankaj Dave
Director Mr. Deepak Ruparell
Secretary Dr. Atul Tolia
Executive Director Mr. Kalyan Sundaram
Past Chair Mr. Barj S. Dhahan

The Executive Team will continue the stellar efforts of its predecessors in fulfilling the objectives and mandate of Canada India Foundation, namely:

- foster support for stronger bi-lateral relations between Canada and India
- educate Canadians on the changing face of India, and
- increase participation of Indo-Canadians in public policy process in Canada.

A series of special initiatives by the new Executive Team towards the above objectives will be announced shortly.

CIF Presents AgriForum Report to Canada India Interparliamentary Friendship Group

Canada India Foundation presented the final report of the Canada India Agriculture and Food Processing Forum, held in Vancouver and Saskatoon in September 2012, to the the executives of Canada India Interparliamentary Friendship Group. The report contained a set of recommendations for increasing the trade between Canada and India in this important sector. Receiving the report from Forum Co-Chair V.I. Lakshmanan, CIF Chair Barj Dhahan, Co-Chair Deepak Ruparell, National Convenor Rahul Shastri and Executive Director Kalyan Sundaram were the Co-Chairs of Canada Indian Interparliamentary Friendship Group MP Patrick Brown, MP Devinder Shory and Senator Larry Smith. 

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CIF Presents AgriForum Report in Ottawa to India's High Commissioner Nirmal Verma

Canada India Foundation presented the final report of the Canada India Agriculture and Food Processing Forum, held in Vancouver and Saskatoon in September 2012, to the new High Commissioner of India in Canada, His Excellency Nirmal Verma. The report contained a set of recommendations for increasing the trade between Canada and India in this important sector.

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CIF Members Meet India's High Commissioner in Ottawa

The Executives and Charter Members of Canada India Foundation travelled to Ottawa on March 7, to hold a private meeting with the new High Commissioner of India in Canada, His Excellency Nirmal Verma. At the meeting, also attended by Deputy High Commissioner Mrs. Narinder Chauhan, CIF Members had the opportunity to talk to the High Commissioner about the public policy objectives of CIF as well as the initiatives it had undertaken to strengthen relations between Canada and India. The High Commissioner was very receptive to the comments from the CIF members and also emphasized his resolve to set targets for Canada-India trade and exceed them. CIF Members who attended were Barj Dhahan, Deepak Ruparell, Rahul Shastri, Atul Tolia, V.I. Lakshmanan, Vasu Chanchlani, Ramesh Chotai, Aditya Jha, Ajit Someshwar, Pankaj Dave, Laj Prasher and Mukund Purohit.

 

Following the private meeting, CIF organized a reception to honour the High Commissioner. Special attendees at the reception were Canada's Parliamentarians, specifically Executives of the Canada India Interparliamentarty Friendship Group, Minister Bal Gosal, Minister Tim Uppal and Leader of the Green Party Elizabeth May. Other parliamentarians present were MP's Deepak Obhrai, Patrick Brown, Devinder Shory, Kyle Seeback, Kirsty Duncan, Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe and Senators Larry Smith and Asha Seth. Dignitaries from Ottawa included recent Order of Canada recipient Venkatesh Mannar, Pradeep Merchant and Nishith Goel.

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British Columbia to host BC-India Global Business Forum, March 12

B.C. to host business forum focused on trade and investment with India

VANCOUVER - Business leaders from India and British Columbia will meet to discuss trade and investment opportunities at the BC-India Global Business Forum on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre.

The opening and expansion of markets for British Columbia's goods and services, particularly in Asia, and the attraction of investment to grow B.C.'s priority sectors is a key pillar of the BC Jobs Plan. India is identified in the BC Jobs Plan as a priority market.

The B.C. government has been spearheading India market outreach efforts to seek new export and investment opportunities for B.C. businesses, and to create greater awareness of B.C.'s advantages as a trading partner.

The BC-India Global Business Forum is a key part of B.C.'s longer-term economic and trade strategy with India. It will profile key sectors that are of mutual priority for both the B.C. and Indian markets. The forum will include sector-specific discussions and presentations, as well as networking sessions to facilitate business opportunities and business matching.

Trade and investment representatives in newly opened offices in Mumbai and Chandigarh, along with the existing trade office in Bangalore, will identify specific partnership opportunities for Indian and British Columbian business leaders to discuss at the forum. Finance Minister Michael de Jong opened these two new B.C. trade and investment offices last month.

After the forum concludes, there will be followup events around trade shows, trade missions and bilateral meetings to continue the momentum created by the event.

For more information on B.C.'s trade and investment with India, call 1 888 880-ASIA (2742), or contact the ministry through the website at: www.britishcolumbia.ca


Quotes:

Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour -

"India is a rapidly expanding market, and we face tough competition from around the world to gain a foothold for trade and investment as their economy grows. The BC-India Global Business Forum will help us to grow key relationships Premier Clark initiated during her Jobs and Trade Mission last year, and will also give us media exposure so we can tell India what B.C. is about and what we have to offer."

Michael de Jong, Minister of Finance -

"With the largest middle class in the world, India is full of opportunity and our government is working to ensure B.C. is a part of their enormous economic growth. In the weeks, months and years ahead, we're going to redouble our efforts to increase trade and investment with India so we can create jobs here in B.C."

Barj Dhahan, Chair, Canada India Foundation -

"India offers huge export and investment opportunities for B.C. businesses. Likewise, Indian businesses are looking to invest in B.C. The upcoming BC-India Global Business Forum in March 2013 in Vancouver is an exciting and timely gathering which will help to build relationships between B.C. and Indian business leaders."

"While B.C.'s exports to India have dramatically grown in the past two years, I believe we can grow our exports to $ 1 billion per annum within the next few years. I wish to commend Premier Clark and the B.C. government for the opening of the B.C. trade offices in Chandigarh and Mumbai as these offices will be of strategic value in expanding bilateral trade and investment between our province and India."


Quick facts:

* As of October 2012, year-to-date B.C. exports of goods to India were up significantly, by 212 per cent, compared to the same period in 2011.
* As of September 2012, year-to-date overnight customs entries from India to B.C. had increased 9.4 per cent over the same period in 2011.


A backgrounder follows.


Contact:
Media Relations
Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour
250 356-8177
Connect with the Province of B.C. at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect

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Canada India Foundation releases Dr. Kalam's book of his speeches in Canada

Canada India Foundation releases book by former Indian President Abdul Kalam at Sringeri Community Centre  

Toronto, November 29, 2012: Canada India Foundation (CIF) chose the reinauguration of the Sringeri Community Centre, renovated with a $240,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, as the occasion for its release of the book “Prosperity and Peace for the 21st Century” by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

The occasion marked the launch of Canada India Foundation as a publisher. The book, whose publication had been planned in collaboration with Dr. Kalam for the past year, is a compilation of the speeches Dr. Kalam made and discussions that he had with political leaders, academics, youth and community members during his visits to Canada in 2008 and 2010.

Formally receiving its first copy of the book from Dr. V.I. Lakshmanan, the book’s co-author and member of the CIF Board of Governors, Guest of Honour Mrs. Preeti Saran, Consul General of India in Toronto, spoke about Dr. Kalam and his foresight in developing the futuristic vision for India, elaborated in his Vision 2020 document.  Copies of the book were presented by Mrs. Saran to the dignitaries present, including Chief Guest Honourable Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Government of Ontario, MPP Dipika Damerla, former Senator Vim Kochhar, Chair of Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Grant review Committee Dr. Dev Sainani and CIF Charter members (Mr. Rahul Shastri, Mr. Deepak Ruparell, Mr. Vasu Chanchlani, Mr. Ramesh Chotai, Dr. Atul Tolia, Mr. Pankaj Dave, Dr. Terry Papneja and Mr. Laj Prasher). Dr. Lakshmanan provided a compelling account of Dr. Kalam’s visits, the range of his interactions, from Prime Minister Harper to young Indo-Canadian children, highlighting his infectious energy and passion for both India and Canada-India relations.  .

Earlier, Minister Chan was joined by Mrs. Saran and other dignitaries, including MP Patrick Brown in cutting the ribbon to formally open the Sringeri Community Centre, with enhanced stage, lighting, sound and seating, made possible by the grant from Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). Minister Chan spoke to the audience about his own experiences as a non-English speaking first generation immigrant, tracing his journey to his present role as a Minister in the government of Ontario. Dr. Sainani presented a congratulatory OTF plaque to the Trustees of the Sringeri Vidya Bharati Foundation, Dr. Lakshmanan and Mr. Ravi Subramanian. Thanking the audience of nearly 250 people, who received complimentary copies of Dr. Kalam’s book, Mr. Ravi Subramanian welcomed community organizations, cultural groups and others to take advantage of the Centre’s enhanced facilities.

ABOUT 

The Sringeri Community Centre, part of the Sringeri Vidya Bharati Foundation (SVBF), Canada, located at 80 Brydon Drive, caters to the social, cultural and spiritual needs of the large and diverse Indo-Canadian and other communities of Greater Toronto and beyond, providing a venue for music and dance performances, yoga classes, youth camps, senior events and social gathering events.

A leading grantmaker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities.

Canada India Foundation (CIF) is a national, non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental organization (NGO) to foster support for stronger bi-lateral relations between Canada and India; to educate Canadians on the changing face of India; and to increase the participation of Indo-Canadians in the public policy process in Canada.

  • For more information about Canada India Foundation, visit www.canadaindia.org 
  • For more information about the Ontario Trillium Foundation, visit www.otf.ca 
  • For more information about Sringeri Community Centre, visit www.svbfcanada.com  

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Canada India Foundation well represented in Prime Minister Harper's delegation to India

Canada India Foundation well represented in the delegation accompanying Prime Minister Stephen Harper to India


Toronto, ON, November 5, 2012 – Seven Charter Members of Canada India Foundation (CIF) will be part of the strong delegation of parliamentarians and representatives of business and Indo-Canadian community, accompanying Prime Minister Stephen Harper on his 6 day visit to India, starting November 5, 2012.

Barj S. Dhahan, Chair, Canada India Foundation, who will be part of the delegation, said, “the Prime Minister’s visit to India, following his previous visit in 2009 and the visit by India’s Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh in 2010, is a major milestone in Canada-India relations, coming ahead of the anticipated conclusion of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement in 2013”. “We expect that the visit will result in significant progress in cooperation in the areas of energy, mining, agriculture, education and science & technology, specifically in civil nuclear cooperation, which CIF has promoted since the Canada India Energy Forum it organized in 2009”, he added.

 

Other CIF Members in the delegation, which will visit New Delhi, Chandigarh and Bengaluru , are CIF Co-Chair Deepak Ruparell, Vasu Chanchlani, Aditya Jha, Vikram Khurana, Laj Prasher and Ramesh Chotai.

Canada India Foundation wishes Prime Minister Harper success in his objectives for the visit and urges both Canada and India to take advantage of this visit to implement appropriate measures to encourage mutual direct investment and generate greater bilateral flow of goods and services, while enhancing the public profile of each country in the other.

About Canada India Foundation:

Canada India Foundation is a national not-for-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to fostering support for stronger bi-lateral relations between Canada and India.  Leveraging the individual and collective capabilities of Canadians of Indian Origin and other friends of the Canada India corridor, CIF serves the interests of Canada by advocating deeper engagement with India. Among its many initiatives has been the organization of public forums on sectors such as Energy, Mining, Agriculture and Food Processing. To learn more about Canada India Foundation, please visit www.canadaindia.org

For more information, contact:

Kalyan Sundaram, Executive Director, Canada India Foundation at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (416) 779-5237.

Canada India Agriculture and Food Processing Forum 2012

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Canada-India Foundation successfully hosts its first Agriculture and Food Processing Forum in Vancouver, British Columbia and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Forum aimed at policy-driven growth in two-way trade and investment between Canada and India.

Vancouver, BC  September 17th, 2012 – During September 10- September 13, 2012, Canada-India Foundation hosted the first Canada India Agriculture and Food Processing Forum in Vancouver, British Columbia and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  This public policy forum, aimed to develop policy and strategy framework to enhance two-way trade investments and relations between Canada and India in the agriculture sector, was the third such policy forum organized by Canada India Foundation, after Energy (2009) and Mining and Metals (2010). The theme for this year’s forum was  selected in light of the global concern on food security, the challenges faced by India to ensure food production and distribution to meet the demands of its billion plus citizens, and potential of Canada to work with India in overcoming these challenges.

Dignitaries among the 250 attendees at the forum in the two cities included  Hon. Lynne Yelich, Minister of State, Western Economic Diversification, Government of Canada, Dr. Saumitra Chaudhuri, Member, Planning Commission, Government of India, Mr. Don Stephenson, Canada’s chief negotiator in the free trade (CEPA) discussions with India, Hon. Norm Letnick, Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Moira Stillwell, Minister for Social Development, and Hon. Michael de Jong, Minister of Finance, Government of British Columbia, Senator  Asha Seth, Senate of Canada, Mr. Ravi Shankar Aisola, Consul General of India in Vancouver, Hon. Rob Norris, MLA, Government of Saskatchewan, Hon. Bob Trost, Member of Parliament, Canada, Hon. Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver, Hon. Donald Atchison, Mayor of Saskatoon and other prominent delegates from India and Canada. For 4 days, attendees and local delegates gathered and discussed various topics such as food security, attracting trade/investment agriculture, business opportunities in food processing, grain storage/handling, supply chain logistics, cash crops and value added-products,  land resource management, plants and animals and technology enablers. The forum addressed the opportunities and challenges in the agriculture and food processing sector and concluded with a special panel to discuss policy recommendations, which would be presented by CIF to the national and provincial governments of Canada and India.

Barj Dhahan, Chair for Canada India Foundation thanked all the partners whose support made the forum possible, particularly the Presenting Partners, Government of British Columbia and Government of Saskatchewan, as well as RBC Royal Bank of Canada, University of British Columbia, University of Saskatchewan and others.   Dr. V.I. Lakshmanan, co-chair of the forum added, “the high caliber of the participants the discussions should result in policies conducive to greater trade in the agriculture and food processing sector, contributing to the projected $15 billion overall bi-lateral trade between Canada and India.”

For more information about the Canada India Foundation Agriculture & Food Processing Forum, please visit www.canadaindia.org or contact Kalyan Sundaram or 289-291-0277.

About CANADA INDIA FOUNDATION

Canada India Foundation is a national, non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental organization formed in 2007 to foster support for stronger bi-lateral relations between Canada and India; to educate Canadians on the changing face of India; and to increase the participation of Indo-Canadians in the public policy process in Canada.

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Deepak Chopra is Fourth Recipient of CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award

Deepak Chopra is Fourth Recipient of CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award

Toronto, April 21, 2012: Renowned author and speaker on human empowerment, Deepak Chopra, became the fourth recipient of Canada India Foundation (CIF)’s prestigious CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award, at a glittering Gala held at the Allstream Centre in Toronto. Among the more than 500 people in attendance were the Premier of Ontario, the Honourable Dalton McGuinty, Federal Minister of State (Sport), Honourable Bal Gosal and India’s Consul General in Toronto, Mrs. Preeti Saran.

Deepak Chopra joins a select company of previous winners: Sam Pitroda - pioneer of India’s telecom revolution, Tulsi Tanti – champion of green energy and leader in deployment of wind power and Ratan Tata - India’s most respected industrialist and philanthropist. "We honour Deepak Chopra for his tremendous contributions to human empowerment and mind and body wellness. He embodies all that is positive in the Indian Diaspora and is a deserving recipient of the CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award", said Ajit Someshwar, Chair of the Gala.

Delivering the Keynote Address, Premier McGuinty thanked members of Canada India Foundation and the prosperous Indo-Canadian community for making the investment and creating jobs, thereby lending shape to a strong economy and a caring society. Making a connection with India’s first Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, he said, “When we see the life of service and joy, it is only natural that we think of Dr. Deepak Chopra”. The Premier, who earlier had a private meeting with Deepak Chopra, quoted from Chopra’s own sayings in his speech and congratulated him on receiving the award.

Representing the Government of India, Consul General Preeti Saran spoke of the event-filled Year of India in Canada the past year and thanked Premier McGuinty for spearheading the celebrations. Recalling the partnership of the Consulate with CIF on the Energy Forum in 2009 and Mining Forum in 2010, she added “I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the CIF on their annual gala and look forward to working with them closely in building stronger India-Canada ties”.

Minister Bal Gosal conveyed greetings from Prime Minister Right Honourable Stephen Harper and Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Culture, Honourable Jason Kenney, congratulating Deepak Chopra and lauding CIF for its contributions. Earlier, the evening had begun with a video message of greetings from His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.

After being presented with the CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award, Deepak Chopra held the audience captive as he blended his personal experience growing up in India, the spiritual tradition originating from India’s great sages and the great contribution of India’s own ayurveda system of medicine to the well-being of people around the world.  He announced that, as with previous recipients of the Award, the award money will go to a worthy cause, in his case, the Akshaya Patra Foundation, an organization based in India that runs a daily meal program for underprivileged children across the country.

Earlier, speaking on CIF’s mission to promote greater participation of Indo-Canadians in the public arena, Rahul Shastri, National Convenor, CIF, said "The Indo Canadian community is comprised of many public minded and qualified individuals who yearn the opportunity to serve the community, the Province and the Nation. CIF must continue to seek changes in the status quo make-up within our public institutions such that they eventually become reflective of the society in which they operate."

The evening audience also enjoyed UK based Bhangra singer H Dhami, was held spellbound by the aerial dance performance of A2D2, and applauded the presentation of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by Senator Asha Seth to two respected CIF Members Ramesh Chotai and Dr. V.I. Lakshmanan.

Other prominent political dignitaries present included Ontario’s Minister of Government Services, Honourable Harinder Takhar, Co-Chairs of the Canada India Interparliamentary Friendship Group, MPs Patrick Brown and Devinder Shory, and Senator Con Di Nino. The strong presence of several of Ontario’s major universities, each with its own India initiative, was highlighted when its senior representatives were invited on stage to present the award trophy to Deepak Chopra.

CIF is a national, non-profit, non-partisan organization established in 2007 to foster support for stronger bi-lateral relations between Canada and India; to educate Canadians on the changing face of India and to increase the participation of Indo-Canadians in the public policy process in Canada. CIF's founding members include entrepreneurs, senior Canadian business executives and top tier professionals.

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Press Conference held to announce April 21 CIF Award Gala

Canada India Foundation announces Award Gala on April 21, to honour Deepak Chopra with the CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award

Toronto, Canada. February 22, 2012: The spacious and public rotunda of the Toronto Metro Centre formed the setting, as Canada India Foundation triggered off planning activities for its Annual Award Gala with a Press Conference to announce Allstream Centre as the venue of the Gala and renowned author and speaker, Deepak Chopra, as the recipient of the CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award.

Welcoming the attendees, CIF’s National Convenor, Rahul Shastri, spoke of the origin and objectives of CIF as public policy focused organization, committed to stronger Canada-India relations. As the conceiver of the CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award, Ajit Someshwar, past National Convenor and Chair of this year’s Gala, recollected the origins of the Award and the conversation between him and the Award’s primary donor, Vasu Chanchlani, who committed an endowment of $1 million for the fund, complemented by monetary commitments from several CIF Charter Members. “Apart from the obvious individual accomplishments, the main criteria for the Award recipient would be that he/she makes the global Indian diaspora proud”, he said.

Honourable Harinder Takhar, Ontario’s Minister for Government Services and Mrs. Preeti Saran, Consul General of India in Toronto headed the list of distinguished guests who attended the Press Conference. The event was moderated by CTV National News Anchor, Omar Sachedina and CP24 Anchor, Farah Nasser, who will also be the emcees for the Award Gala, scheduled to take place on April 21, 2012. Both Minister Takhar and Mrs. Saran spoke highly of CIF’s role in highlighting public policy aspects of Canada India relations through its numerous initiatives. Mr. Takhar hailed the 500,000 strong Indo-Canadian community in Ontario as the most successful Indian diaspora anywhere. Mrs. Saran reiterated her government’s commitment to the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) negotiations now taking place between the two countries, leading to an anticipated growth in bi-lateral trade from $5 billion to $15 billion.

Deepak Chopra will be the fourth recipient of the CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award, after Sam Pitroda, Tulsi Tanti and Ratan Tata. A strong proponent of alternative medicine, he is one of the world’s most respected speakers and writers on human empowerment and has been recognized as one of the 100 Heroes and Icons of the century. As with previous Award recipients, Mr. Chopra will receive a trophy, on display at the Press Conference and custom designed for CIF, along with a cheque for $50,000, payable to a charitable institution of his choice. “The selection of the Award recipient is made by an Award selection committee nominated by CIF Members, who must make a tough choice among a number of eligible people of Indian origin around the world”, said Rahul Shastri.

The Press Conference also provided the opportunity for the advance announcement of the latest in CIF’s theme-focused public policy forums, the Canada India Agriculture and Food Processing Forum, scheduled to take place in Vancouver and Saskatoon on September 10-13, 2012. Manoj Pundit, who had co-chaired the previous two forums, Canada India Energy Forum 2009 and Canada India Mining and Metals Forum 2010, emphasized the need for forums such as these to bring forth public policy priorities for Canada and India into focus. He thanked Mrs. Saran and the Government of India for ensuring a high caliber delegation to both forums and said that he looked forward to an equally powerful delegation to the Agriculture Forum.

In addition to CIF Charter members, some of the other prominent attendees included Satish Thakkar, President of Indo-Canada Camber of Commerce, Douglas Goold, Director, Asia Pacific Foundation Canada and Vinod Munshi, President of the IIT Alumni Association. The event was covered by CP24 and Omni Television as well as a number of Indo-Canadian print media.

Individual and group tickets for the CIF Award Gala can be purchased online at the CIF website www.canadaindia.org. For event sponsorship and corporate table details, please contact Kalyan Sundaram at (289) 291-0277 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

CIF is a national, non-profit, non-partisan organization established in 2007 to foster support for stronger bi-lateral relations between Canada and India; to educate Canadians on the changing face of India and to increase the participation of Indo-Canadians in the public policy process in Canada. CIF's founding members include entrepreneurs, senior Canadian business executives and top tier professionals.

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Deepak Chopra to receive CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award

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Deepak Chopra To Receive

“CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award”

TORONTO, CANADA - January 19, 2012 Canada India Foundation (“CIF”) is pleased to announce that the recipient of the CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award will be Deepak Chopra. He is one of the world’s leading thinkers on human empowerment and has been heralded as one of the Top 100 Heroes & Icons of the Century by Time Magazine. “The award will be presented to Mr. Chopra at the Annual Award Gala, in Toronto, on April 21, 2012” said Barj Dhahan, Chair of CIF.

CIF created the CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award to recognize an individual who demonstrates global leadership, vision and professional excellence, which has made people of Indian origin around the globe proud of their heritage. In addition to a specially commissioned trophy, the Award includes a sum of $50,000 which is given to a charity of the recipient’s choice. As the fourth recipient of the Award, Deepak Chopra joins a select company of previous winners: Sam Pitroda ~ pioneer of India’s telecom revolution, Tulsi Tanti ~ trailblazer in the deployment of wind power & Ratan Tata ~ India’s most respected industrialist and philanthropist. “By his words & deeds Mr. Chopra exemplifies those qualities of the Global Indian Award recipient”, said Rahul Shastri, National Convenor of CIF.


“The Award will be presented at one of the most anticipated events of the year, the CIF Annual Gala. The annual gala has been graced in previous years by prominent leaders including The Right Honourable Prime Minister Stephen Harper, India’s former President Dr. Abdul Kalam, Federal Ministers Jim Flaherty and Jason Kenney, the official Leader of the Opposition Michael Ignatieff and well-known author Shashi Tharoor”, said Ajit Someshwar, Chair of this year’s Gala.


CIF is a national, non-profit, non-partisan organization established in 2007 to foster support for stronger bi-lateral relations between Canada and India; to educate Canadians on the changing face of India and to increase the participation of Indo-Canadians in the public policy process in Canada. CIF's founding members include entrepreneurs, senior Canadian business executives and top tier professionals.

Contact: Kalyan Sundaram

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CIF Charter Member, Dr. Asha Seth named to Canada's Senate

PM announces the appointment of seven new Senators

6 January 2012
Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the appointments of JoAnne Buth, Norman Doyle, Ghislain Maltais, Dr. Asha Seth, Betty Unger and Vernon White to the Senate. This marks the first time a female elected Senator – Betty Unger – has been appointed to the Senate, as well as the first time two elected Senators will be sitting at once – Mrs. Unger and Bert Brown. The Prime Minister also announced the intention to appoint Jean-Guy Dagenais.

“I am pleased to announce the addition of seven remarkable Canadians to the Senate of Canada,” said Prime Minister Harper. “All appointees have distinguished themselves in their fields of endeavour and in their service to fellow citizens.”

JoAnne Buth fills a vacancy in Manitoba, Norman Doyle a vacancy in Newfoundland and Labrador, Ghislain Maltais a vacancy in Quebec, Dr. Asha Seth a vacancy in Ontario, Betty Unger a vacancy in Alberta, and Vernon White a vacancy in Ontario. Jean-Guy Dagenais will fill a vacancy in Quebec.

All new appointees have pledged to support the Government in its efforts to make the Senate more democratic and accountable, including legislation to limit the term lengths of senators and encouraging the provinces and territories to hold elections for Senate nominees. The new appointees also look forward to working towards a strong economic recovery and safer communities across the country.

“I look forward to working with these talented individuals in Parliament,” added the Prime Minister.  “Their skills and experience will be of great value as our Government works on making this country as prosperous, safe and strong as it can be.”

Biography - Dr. Asha Seth

6 January 2012
Ottawa, Ontario


Asha Seth

Dr. Asha Seth is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in Family Practice, Toronto, Ontario. 
Recognized as a pioneer and patient advocate in the medical field, Dr. Seth received the prestigious Council Award from the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2010.

An active philanthropist, Dr. Seth is involved in a number of charities serving local and international communities. She founded the NIMDAC Foundation, which raised funds for organizations such as the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Foundation for the Physically Disabled Persons, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. She is also National Board Director of CNIB.  Dr. Seth was also actively involved with St. Joseph's Health Centre Foundation, assisting with initiatives to help raise funds for the Health Centre's new patient care wing.

Dr. Seth completed her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at The King Georges Medical College in India and completed her resident training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in the U.K. Upon moving to Canada, she continued her training at St. Joseph’s Health Centre and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Dr. Asha Seth resides in Toronto, Ontario with her husband Dr. Arun Seth.  She has two loving daughters, Dr. Anila Seth Sharma, an Endocrinologist and Angie Seth, an award winning Journalist and News Anchor, OMNI Television, and four loving grandchildren.

Dr. Seth’s Senate appointment is effective immediately.

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CIF Announces Canada India Agriculture and Food Processing Forum 2012

PRESS RELEASE – Canada India Foundation announces Canada India Agriculture and Food Processing Forum 2012, to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia in September 2012

VancouverNovember 23, 2011 – Canada India Foundation (“CIF”) is pleased to announce the Canada India Agriculture and Food Processing Forum 2012 (“Forum”), a 2-day event scheduled to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in September 2012,  with support from the Government of British Columbia, bringing together leading representatives from Canadian and Indian national and regional governments, private sector leaders and industry analysts, for a policy oriented discussion on opportunities for enhancing trade in the Agriculture and Food Processing sector between the two countries.

Announcing the Forum in Chandigarh, India, Barj Dhahan, CIF’s Chair said “CIF has successfully organized two previous Forums, Canada India Energy Forum 2009 and Canada India Mining and Metals Forum 2010, which highlighted the potential for growth in trade in the respective sectors and need for a policy framework to facilitate it”. He added, “We are very happy to have the committed support of the Government of British Columbia, enabling us to announce and initiate planning for the event. We have also begun consultation with Canadian and Indian governments, as well as provincial governments of Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba in Canada and state governments in India”.

At a reception party hosted in her honour by Scot Slessor, the Consul General of Canada in Chandigarh, the Premier of British Columbia, Christy Clark, extended invitations to the Chief Ministers of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh to attend Forum. She said, "I have met the Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and will be meeting the other two Chief Ministers Parkash Singh Badal of Punjab and Prem Kumar Dhumal of Himachal Pradesh. I will invite them to come to Vancouver to participate in the Forum. India and Canada can benefit mutually from the Forum. India has crop losses and BC can help in that as it has expertise in agriculture produce and also with modern techniques of storage and transportation besides on site processing". "Other potential areas of interaction with the Indian states would include mining techniques, clean energy and life sciences, human resources and eco-tourism” she added.

The two-day Forum will be organized along the lines of the previous two Forums, with a Plenary Session followed by specific topical sessions concluding with a Going Forward roundtable, recommending policies for implementation by the stakeholders. Some of the topics covered will be: Food Security, Food Transportation and Storage, Water Management and Treatment, Environmental Considerations, Regulatory Considerations, Agro-forestry, Biotechnology, The Pacific Gateway and Agro-Financing among others.

About CANADA INDIA FOUNDATION

Canada India Foundation is a national, non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental organization formed in 2007 to foster support for stronger bi-lateral relations between Canada and India; to educate Canadians on the changing face of India; and to increase the participation of Indo-Canadians in the public policy process in Canada.

For advance sponsorship and other inquiries, please contact Kalyan Sundaram, Executive Director, CIF at (416) 779-5237 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  

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Barbecue with BC Premier, Christy Clark

Vancouver, July 23, 2011: The Premier of British Columbia, Honourable Christy Clark was the Chief Guest at a special barbecue get together organized at the house of Sarup Mann, Regional Convenor, Canada India Foundation (CIF). The event was co-hosted by CIF Chair, Barj Dhahan. CIF Charter Members Amrik Sangha and Anita Dalakoti were also present and were joined by MLA Dr. Moira Stilwell, Lorne Mayencourt, Dr. John Hepburn, Dr. Mario Pinto, Hon. Herb Dhaliwal, Const. Amrik Virk among several prominent members of the Greater Vancouver community.

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CIF applauds India on peaceful dialogue re. National Ombudsman (Lokpal) Bill

Toronto, Canada, September 1, 2011: Canada India Foundation (CIF) applauded the Government of India and representatives of India’s civil society for achieving an amicable resolution to the introduction of the Ombudsman (Lokpal) Bill in the Indian parliament.

“The peaceful, democratic and transparent manner in which both parliament and the followers of Gandhian activist Anna Hazare, dubbed Team Anna, dialogued the merits of their versions captivated not just the people living in India, but people around the world, who followed the events through print, visual and social media” said Barj Dhahan, Chair, CIF. “The complete lack of any violence from either side during the entire 12 days that Mr. Hazare fasted to get Parliament to consider his version (Jan Lokpal Bill) is a testimony to the people of India and to the spirit of the “Father of the Nation”, Mahatma Gandhi”, added the Co-Chair of CIF, Deepak Ruparell.

Rahul Shastri, National Convenor, CIF congratulated the Indian Parliamentarians for their leadership in bringing about a peaceful conclusion to this matter and commitment to bring about the necessary legislative changes to tackle corruption, enabling the Indian people and economy to progress. “This was a shining example of how public policy can be debated and implemented.” he said.

Canada India Foundation (CIF) is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental organization formed to foster support for stronger bi-lateral relations between Canada and India; to educate Canadians on the changing face of India; and to increase the participation of Indo-Canadians in the public policy process in Canada. 

CIF and Canada India Interparliamentary Friendship Group condemn Mumbai blasts

Canada India Interparliamentary Friendship Group joins hands with Canada India Foundation to condemn Mumbai blasts

July 14, 2011, Toronto: The Canada India Interparliamentary Friendship Group (CIIFG) joined hands with Canada India Foundation (CIF) to condemn the bomb blasts that occurred in Mumbai, India on Wednesday.

Conveying his condolences to the families of the victims of the blasts, Patrick Brown, Co-Chair, CIIFG, echoed the statement issued by Prime Minister Stephen Harper statingCanada remains united with the Government and people of India in their fight against terror”. A frequent visitor to India, including most recently last January, Mr. Brown also expressed hope that the perpetrators of the crime will be identified quickly and brought to justice.

Speaking on behalf of members of Canada India Foundation, Barj Dhahan, Chair, offered his strong support to the Indian people, who he said, have shown remarkable resilience in refusing to let acts of terror divide them. He added that the need of the hour is for all countries to denounce these and similar acts unequivocally and for individuals not to let extremism dictate their actions.

Canada India Foundation is a national non-profit, non-partisan public policy organization dedicated to stronger ties between Canada and India and to increase the participation of Indo-Canadians in the public policy process in Canada. www.canadaindia.org

Canada India Interparliamentary Friendship Group is made up of Members of Parliament in the House of Commons as well as Senators, who share a common passion for India and its people and are working as parliamentarians to develop close ties with their counterparts in India.

Prime Minister Harper’s statement on the Mumbai blasts can be found in the link below:

http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/media.asp?category=3&featureId=6&pageId=49&id=4201

For more information, please contact Kalyan Sundaram, Executive Director, CIF, at (416) 779-5237. 

Minister of International Trade, Ed Fast, meets with Indo-Canadian business leaders


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Minister Fast Updates Indo-Canadian Business Community in Vancouver on Latest Round of Trade Talks

 

Trade agreement with India has potential to boost Canadian economy by at least $6 billion 

(No. 199 - July 11, 2011 - 6:50 p.m. ET) The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, today met with Indo-Canadian business leaders in Vancouver, British Columbia, to discuss the Harper government’s progress in enhancing economic cooperation between Canada and India. It was the Minister’s second round table with Indo-Canadian businesspeople in the space of a week. Minister Fast also met with key representatives in Mississauga, Ontario, on Thursday, July 7.

“Last week in Ottawa, Canadian and Indian officials held a successful round of trade talks, where they made progress toward a comprehensive economic partnership agreement,” said Minister Fast. “We are pursuing markets abroad to protect and strengthen the financial security of hardworking Canadians. We see opportunity in India and want to seize it.”

“The Indo-Canadian business community fully supports the government as it moves ahead with this historic opportunity to deepen trade and investment relations with India,” said Robin Dhir, President and CEO, Twin Brook Developments. “We will be working very closely with Minister Fast as the negotiations progress.”

A Canada-India joint study in 2010 concluded that free trade could expand Canada’s economy by at least $6 billion and increase bilateral trade with India by 50 percent.

An agreement with India could deliver significant commercial benefits to companies across many sectors of the Canadian economy, including forestry, mining, manufacturing, fishing and seafood products, and agriculture. The recent throne speech underscored the government’s commitment to completing negotiations in 2013.

In 2010, bilateral merchandise trade between Canada and India totalled $4.2 billion, an increase of 73 percent since 2004.

In 2006, Canada launched an ambitious trade agenda, opening doors for Canadian business by concluding new free trade agreements with eight countries: Colombia, Jordan, Panama, Peru and the European Free Trade Association member states of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

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CIF Meets Anup Wadhawan, India's Chief negotiator for Free Trade with Canada

Canada India Foundation held a very productive discussion with the representatives of the Government of India at the negotiations for the Comprehensive Economic Partnership (CEPA) Agreement with Canada, at a dinner meeting held on July 2 at the Boulevard Club in Toronto. The meeting with Mr. Anup Wadhawan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and chief negotiator for the Indian government and Ms. Shubha Sarma, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, was organized courtsey of the Indian Consulate in Toronto, CIF was represented by Aditya Jha, Vasu Chanchlani, Atul Tolia and Kalyan Sundaram. Also participating in the meeting discussions were R. Venkatesan, Vice-Consul (Commercial), Indian Consulate, Akhil Tyagi, Area Director, South Asia, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Government of Ontario, and Prashant Pathak, Managing Partner, ReichmannHauer Capital Partners.

 

At the meeting, CIF reiterated its support for expediting the CEPA negotiations and offered its services in any advisory capacity that might be required for the benefit of both countries.

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Canada India Foundation Elects new Board of Directors

 

July 1, 2011


   

Canada India Foundation is pleased to announce its new Board of Directors for the upcoming term, 2011-2012, effective July 1, 2011.


   

The new Board consists of:


   

Chair                                                       Barj Dhahan (President,  Sandhurst  Holdings)  

Co-Chair                                                 Deepak Ruparell (President, Silver Hotel Group)  

National Convenor                                 Rahul Shastri (Senior Partner, Kagan Shastri LLP)  

Regional Convenor (East)                    Vikram Khurana (CEO, Prudential Consulting)  

Regional Convenor (Central)                Dr.  Asha Seth  (Gynaecologist/Obstetrician)  

Regional Convenor (West)                   Sarup Mann (President, Ansatel Communications)  

Member of the Board                            Sandeep Lal (President, Metro Label)  

Member of the Board                            Sachin Mahajan (Director, M&A, Canaccord Genuity)  

Member of the Board                             Laj Prasher (CEO, Tortel Communications)  

Member of the Board                             Pankaj Dave (CEO, Manas Metals Inc.)  

Member of the Board                             Anita Dalakoti (Senior Advisor, Sun Life Financial)  

Immediate Past-Chair                            Ramesh Chotai (President, Bromed Pharmaceuticals)  

Immediate Past-National Convenor      Aditya Jha (Chairman, POA Foundation)    

   

Secretary to the Board                           Dr. Atul Tolia (Diagnostic Radiologist)

 

Please join me in welcoming the new Board of Directors and in recognizing the great work done by the outgoing Board in highlighting the importance of stronger Canada-India relations and working to promote public policies and develop policy initiatives towards that objective.

 

Kalyan Sundaram

Executive Director

Canada India Foundation

2939 Portland Drive

OakvilleON L6H 5S4

Tel: (289) 291- 0277

Cell: (416) 779-5237

 

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CIF meets with Scot Slessor, Canada's Consul General, Chandigarh, India

Charter Members of Canada India Foundation and business leaders from the Greater Vancouver Area held a very productive meeting with Mr. Scot Slessor,Canada's Consul General  in Chandigarh, India, on June 24, 2011, to discuss business opportunities in North India for Canadian investors. About 30 people attended the meeting, organized by CIF, including CIF Charter Members Barj Dhahan, Sarup Mann and Amrik Sangha and other prominent businesspersons and government representatives including Ron Parmar, Ajit Thandi, Lorne Mayencourt, Susan Dahinten, Verne Dusenbery, Indra Guha and Todd Shewfelt.

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CIF visits Parliament Hill to meet with Canada India Interparliamentary Friendship Group

The Executive of Canada India Foundation had a fruitful visit to Parliament Hill in Ottawa on June 15, 2011 to meet with members of the Canada India Interparliamentary Friendship Group.

The 1st  session of Canada’s 41st Parliament opened on June 2, 2011, following elections held on May 2, which saw changes in the federal political landscape of the country, with the Conservative Party securing an majority of electoral seats, after two consecutive minority governments and the New Democratic Party surprising all political observers by becoming the official Opposition Party, overtaking the Liberal Party.

It was a clear sign of the importance that all political parties attached to relations with India that, within 2 weeks of the opening of the parliament, 20 members of the all-party Canada India Interparliamentary Friendship Group met with executives of Canada India Foundation over lunch in the Parliamentary Dining Room on June 16, to reconnect and identify priority areas for the two groups to work together in furthering Canada-India relations. Credit for facilitating the meeting and securing the participation of the parliamentarians  in such a short time goes to MP Patrick Brown, Member of Parliament for Barrie and Chair of the GTA Caucus. In addition to Minister  John Baird, Minister for Foreign Affairs who came in to commend the two groups for their initiative, and Minister Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board, who  also came by to observe the discussions, other participants included Ministers Tim Uppal and Bal Gosal, the first Conservative  Party ministers in the federal government from the Indo-Canadian community, Senator Con DiNino, Senator David Smith, Senator Vim Kochhar, Parliamentary Assistant to Minister of Foreign Affairs, Deepak Obhrai, other Indo-Canadian MP’s Devinder Shory, Parm Gill and Jinny Sims, GTA MP’s Eve Adams, Bob Dechert , NDP MP from Sudbury Glenn Thibeault and other MP’s representing regions across Canada. Canada India Foundation was represented by its Chair Ramesh Chotai, National Convenor Aditya Jha, Regional Convenor Deepak Ruparell and Members of the Board of Governors Vasu Chanchlani, Dr. V.I. Lakshmanan, Vikram Khurana, Bhim Asdhir, Laj Prasher and Dr. Atul Tolia, and Executive Director Kalyan Sundaram.

Welcoming the Ministers, MP’s, Senators and CIF Members, MP Patrick Brown reiterated the important role Canada India Foundation has played since its inception to advance the India file. He said that the Friendship Group continues to grow in membership and he was looking forward to concrete results to be achieved by the group in the current Parliament. He acknowledged the need for the Friendship Group to be upgraded to Committee status and pointed out that a similar committee exists for China. However, he cautioned that the process to get Committee status for the group might take time and should not deter the group from pushing for progress in important Canada India initiatives. Welcoming the new Members of Parliament to the Friendship Group, along with continuing members of the group, CIF’s Ramesh Chotai and  Aditya Jha tabled some of the priority Canada-India initiatives, including the Free Trade Agreement, Civil Nuclear opportunities, growth in Investor Class immigration, creation of a mirror group in India made up of Indian parliamentarians  and growing Canada’s brand identity in India and promised full support of CIF towards these objectives. V.I. Lakshmanan said that CIF would continue its highly successful theme based forums on business opportunities (Energy – 2009, Mining – 2010) with Infrastructure and Agriculture as likely topics for future forums.

Some of the CIF members accepted an invitation to observe the Question Period before concluding a very productive visit to Ottawa, which is likely to be the first of several periodic meetings between Canada India Foundation and Canada India Interparliamentary friendship Group, charting Canada-India ties.

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Meet and Greet with Mrs. Preneet Kaur, Minister of State for External Affairs, Government of India

Toronto, Ontario, June 11, 2011:

Canada India Foundation meets with India’s Minister of State for External Affairs, Mrs. Preneet Kaur

Canada India Foundation organized a meeting of Greater Toronto’s Indo-Canadian community leaders at the Hilton Garden Inn Airport, on June 11, with the Minister of State for External Affairs, Mrs. Preneet Kaur, who was visiting Toronto as the leader of the Indian delegation to the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBDCanada2011) held on June 9 and 10. The meeting was facilitated through the offices of the Consul General of India in Toronto, Mrs. Preeti Saran, who also graced the occasion.

CIF Executives Ramesh Chotai, Aditya Jha, Vasu Chanchlani, Deepak Ruparell, Surjit Babra, Dr. Atul Tolia, Vikram Khurana, Laj Prasher and Barj Dhahan were joined by community leaders and representatives of Indo-Canadian organizations such as Pradeep Sood, Rana Sarkar, Suresh Madan, Vinay Nagpal, Satish Thakkar, Kam Rathee, Ajit Khanna, Pankaj Mehra, Srinivasan Venkatesh, Balraj Deol, Gurdev Mann and several members of Toronto’s Punjabi community in welcoming Mrs. Kaur on behalf of their respective organizations and the GTA community as a whole.

Addressing the attendees, Mrs. Kaur spoke highly of her interaction with the Indo-Canadian community during her stay in Toronto and exhorted members of the community to maintain and strengthen ties to India. Stating that she was an Indian, Punjabi and Sikh in that order, and proud of all those associations, she sent a message to members of the Indian diaspora to see themselves as people of Indian origin ahead of their linguistic and religious identities. Following her address, Mrs. Kaur joined the participants for lunch and spent considerable time and in interacting on a person-to-person basis with every participant.

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Chanchlani India Policy Centre, University of Waterloo, is officially launched

Toronto, June 8, 2011:

The Chanchlani India Policy Centre, a joint initiative of Canada India Foundation, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and The University of Waterloo, was formally launched on June 8, 2011 at a special ceremony and reception hosted at the Boulevard Club in Toronto, Canada, with a special address from the High Commissioner of India to Canada, His Excellency Shashishekhar Gavai.

The concept for The Chanchlani India Policy Centre (“Centre”) had its genesis when Mr. Vasu Chanchlani, Indo-Canadian philanthropist and Charter Member of Canada India Foundation, a non-profit public policy organization, expressed his intent to contribute to an endowment whose objective would be to acquire the necessary intellectual rigour for public policy development in the Canada-India corridor. “While there have been several academic and other initiatives to understand and enhance various aspects of Canada-India relations, a public policy research and development focused initiative had been an unfulfilled requirement”, Mr. Chanchlani said.

Canada India Foundation and Mr. Chanchlani quickly identified University of Waterloo as the most suitable partner for this initiative and, in September 2010, signed an agreement to establish the Chanchlani India Policy Centre in the Faculty of Arts at University of Waterloo, in one of the last acts of His Excellency David Johnston as President of University of Waterloo, before he took over as Canada’s current Governor General. As part of the agreement, Mr. Chanchlani committed to a contribution of $1 million and Canada India Foundation committed an additional $ 1 million, towards a target endowment of $10 million for the Centre.

Keeping the endowment target in mind, Ken Coates, Dean, Faculty of Arts at Waterloo found another reputable partner for the Center in Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, a non-profit think tank created by an Act of parliament to strengthen Canada’s relations with Asia, which committed to match the contributions by Vasu Chanchlani and Canada India Foundation. "India, as one of the major economic powers of the 21st century, has to be one of the cornerstones of Canada’s Asia policy and we are very happy to be part of an initiative that will enable Canada to develop and implement a comprehensive policy vis-a-vis India” said Yuen Pau Woo, President and CEO, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

The invited audience for the event, hosted by the three partnering organizations, also included India’s Consul General in Toronto, Mrs. Preeti Saran and leaders such as Mr. Sabi Marwah, Vice Chairman and COO of Scotiabank, former High Commissioners of Canada to India, Mr. Peter Sutherland and Ms. Lucie Edwards, Area Director of South Asia, Government of Ontario, Mr. Akhil Tyagi and many others. Addressing the audience, High Commissioner Gavai complimented the three organizations for coming together to further the public policy discourse in Canada. In a special surprise announcement, Mr. Chanchlani informed the audience that he has committed another $ 1 million towards setting up a similar center in India for Canada-India public policy and was actively working with a prestigious Indian institution towards that commitment.

The official launch of the Centre was preceded by a working session the same day, titled “Mapping Canada-India Research Agenda", to establish priority areas for the Centre to address. The nearly 40 experts on India, including former Canadian High Commissioners to India, a former Indian ambassador, representatives from Universities of Waterloo, York, Carleton, Ottawa, Wilfrid Laurier and Toronto, entrepreneurs from relevant industry sectors such as mining and environment,  and corporate as well community leaders,  who shared their valuable perspective in 3 parallel sessions. The session also set the tone for the broad consultative mode of operation of the Chanchlani India Policy Centre, something both noticed and appreciated by the participants. “We hope that the subsequent and ongoing policy work done at the Centre will provide valuable input to both Canadian and Indian Governments to bind the two nations together, not only on trade matters, but also on a variety of areas of mutual interest” said Aditya Jha, National Convener of Canada India Foundation.

The Centre will fund India Chairs at Waterloo, Visiting Chairs for India scholars, Research Fellows, public lectures and conferences. "The Centre lays the groundwork for a new era for Canada-India initiative with active participation of the civil society through Canada India Foundation and Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada," said newly appointed Director of the Centre, Dr. Ryan Toohey, "Waterloo is truly honoured to be part of the comprehensive effort to improve Canada's connections to India."

 

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