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