About C-IBC The Canada-India Business Council (C-IBC) is Canada's only private sector, member driven, not-for-profit national business association dedicated to the sustained growth of trade.
Small to Medium-sized Businesses The C-IBC assists Small to Medium-sized Companies (SMEs) to do business in India. We provide market entry, mentorship and networking opportunities
Products Members receive exclusive opportunities to contribute to C-IBC publications, including major research papers and our annual CORRIDOR magazine.
UPCOMING EVENTS

India-Canada Energy Forum

Price: C$200.00

Date: July 18, 2014

Energy security is a top Indian priority. The recent, decisive victory of a pro-business government will accelerate growth and spur demand for fossil fuels. Canada has been identified as a potential investment partner and a leading source of innovative technology and services.

The Canada-India Business Council, in partnership with the University of Alberta School of Business and the Petrotech Society of India, is hosting an Energy Forum July 17 and 18, in Calgary. The Forum will bring together leaders and experts from both countries to discuss oil and gas investment, crude oil trading and refining, unconventional gas development and oil and gas sourcing from Canada.

This is an excellent opportunity for Canadian producers as well as providers of energy technology and services to learn more about India’s energy needs and how best to respond. Attendees from India include the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Directorate General of Hydrocarbons, ONGC, Indian Oil Corporation, Oil India, Gas Authority of India and Petronet LNG,E&Y (Mumbai) and H- Energy.

Reception & Dinner
Date: Thursday, July 17, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Petroleum Club
319 5 Ave SW

Forum
Date: Friday, July 18, 2014
Time: 8:45 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: McDougall Centre
455 6th Street SW

INDIVIDUAL TICKETS - FULL FORUM, RECEPTION & DINNER

C-IBC MEMBER - $175 + 5% tax

NON-MEMBER - $200 + 5% tax

RECEPTION & DINNER (JULY 17 ONLY) - $100 + 5% tax

C-IBC SPONSORSHIP OPTIONS

JULY 17 RECEPTION

GOLD SPONSOR - $2,500 + 5% tax

TABLE FOR 10 PEOPLE, SPACE FOR SIGNAGE - $900 = 5% tax

JULY 18 FORUM

LUNCH SPONSOR - $2,500 + 5% tax

GOLD SPONSOR - $5,000 + 5% tax

• 5 full day program admissions

• Corporate table with signage and preferred placement

• 1 seat at head table Speaking role

• Acknowledgement on all printed and electronic marketing materials

• VIP seating at Forum

• Private meetings

For Sponsorship opportunities and More information, please contact

Belle L Serio Vice President & Director of Operations at : T 416-214-5947 ext. 22 bserio@canada-indiabusiness.ca

455 6th Street SW
Calgary, Alberta
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Available Spaces: 55

India-Canada Energy Reception

Price: C$100.00

Date: July 17, 2014

Energy security is a top Indian priority. The recent, decisive victory of a pro-business government will accelerate growth and spur demand for fossil fuels. Canada has been identified as a potential investment partner and a leading source of innovative technology and services.

The Canada-India Business Council, in partnership with the University of Alberta School of Business and the Petrotech Society of India, is hosting an Energy Forum July 17 and 18, in Calgary. The Forum will bring together leaders and experts from both countries to discuss oil and gas investment, crude oil trading and refining, unconventional gas development and oil and gas sourcing from Canada.

This is an excellent opportunity for Canadian producers as well as providers of energy technology and services to learn more about India’s energy needs and how best to respond.

Attendees from India include the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Directorate General of Hydrocarbons, ONGC, Indian Oil Corporation, Oil India, Gas Authority of India, Petronet LNG, E&Y (Mumbai) and H- Energy

Reception & Dinner
Date: Thursday, July 17, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Petroleum Club, 3195 Ave SW

Forum
Date: Friday, July 18, 2014
Time: 8:45 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: McDougall Centre, 455 6th Street SW

319 5 Ave SW
Calgary, Alberta
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Available Spaces: 65

Election 2014: A New Direction for India

Free Event

Date: June 17, 2014

Available Spaces: Unlimited

RECENT EVENTS

Roundtable Discussion with Mr. R. Chandrasekhar

Price: C$25.00

Date: May 5, 2014

On Monday May 5th, The Canada-India Business Council will host a Roundtable Discussion with Mr. R. Chandrasekhar, President of NASSCOM and former Secretary to the Indian Department of Information and Technology

Sponsored by Baker & McKenzie LLP, the morning breakfast will provide an intimate opportunity to speak with Mr. Chandrasekhar, a key leader in the IT and Software sector. The cost of the event is free for members and $25+hst for non members. Space is limited and restricted to one person per organization. To reserve your spot, please email events@canada-indiabusiness.ca

181 Bay Street, Suite 2100 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Doing Business in India - Winnipeg

Price: C$45.00

Date: March 11, 2014

Topics

  • Why India?
  • Challenges of doing business in India.
  • Sources of support.

Speakers

  • Peter Sutherland - President & CEO, Canada-India Business Council
  • Peter MacArthur - Director General, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
  • Akhilesh Mishra - Foreign Affairs and Trade Development Canada
  • Raj Narula - President & Co-Founder, Taraspan
  • Hemant Shah - Marketing Director West Asia, Cubex ltd

Clay Oven - Downtown
1 Portage Avenue, 3rd Floor
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3B 3N3
Canada Map and Directions

Doing Business in India - Saskatoon

Price: C$45.00

Date: March 10, 2014

Topics

  • Why India?
  • Challenges of doing business in India.
  • Sources of support.

Speakers

  • Peter Sutherland - President & CEO, Canada-India Business Council
  • Peter MacArthur - Director General, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
  • Lionel LaBelle - President & CEO, STEP
  • Terry Bergan - President & CEO, International Road Dynamics
  • Raj Narula - President & Co-Founder, Taraspan

Florence Room - Raddison Hotel Saskatoon
405 20th St East
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
S7K 6X6
Canada Map and Directions

Exclusive Invitation-Only Luncheon on Mining in India

Free Event

Date: March 4, 2014

On March the 4th, 2014, the Canada-India Business Council and hosts Denton LLP, welcomed a senior delegation visiting for the annual Prospect & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference.

The event was attended by over 55 people and gave attendees an insight as to some of the opportunities within the industries

Roundtable and Luncheon with M.J. Akbar

Price: C$25.00

Date: March 3, 2014

Dear C-IBC Friend and Member,

The upcoming Indian election will be one of the most important and hotly contested in years. The outcome will have a significant bearing on how quickly the country emerges from its current slowdown and lives up to its potential to be a global power. To learn more about the lead-up to the election, the key players and what is at stake, you are cordially invited to an exclusive talk and roundtable with M.J. Akbar, one of India’s most informed and outspoken political commentators.

The event will take place March 3rd from 12:00-13:30pm at a downtown Toronto location. Tickets are $25+hst per person.

To reserve your spot or for more information please email: events@canada-indiabusiness.ca

Roundtable MJ Akbar

ENRich 2013

Free Event

Date: November 20, 2013

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It is a pleasure to invite you for the fourth edition of ENRich 2013-KPMG’s Annual Energy Conclave being held on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at Hotel Taj Mahal, New Delhi. We are please to share that for the energy conclave - 
§  Dr. Veerappa Moily , Hon’ble Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas, Govt. of India and
§  Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, Govt. of India
will be joining the event. Also, 20+ CMDs /CEOs of large Oil & Gas / Power / Mining / Energy companies as well as senior government officials will be joining as panel members for the event to discuss on key energy issues.
 
Some of the confirmed panel members include:
§  Mr. S. C. Vasudeva, CMD, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)
§  Mr. B.C. Tripathi, CMD, Gas Authority of India Ltd. (GAIL)
§  Mr. A.K. Balyan, MD & CEO, Petronet LNG
§  Mr. Suneet Maheshwari, MD, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) Infrastructure Finance
§  Mr. Sanjay Bhattacharya, CEO (Technical), Jindal India Thermal Power Ltd.
§  Mr. Sumant Sinha, CEO, Renew Power
§  Mr. Patrick Suckling, High Commissioner of Australia
§  Mr. Stewart Beck, High Commissioner of Canada
 
This would an excellent opportunity for you to:
§  Interact with number of Indian players who have plans to set up operations outside India
§  Have one-to-one meetings with participants / some of the large energy companies operating in India post the event which we can facilitate
§  Get views from industry leaders
§  Share external perspective with client participants
§  Invite clients who would be interested in ENR (Energy & Natural Resources) sector in India
 
Please find attached draft agenda for your reference. We look forward to your participation for the energy conclave.  Please let us know if you can join for the event. We would appreciate your earliest confirmation by completing the registration form in the link below so as to enable us to make necessary arrangements.
 
 
Should you require any further information/clarification, please feel free to connect with Rana Sarkar (rsarkar1@kpmg.com) or Sachin Jain (sachinjain3@kpmg.com).

 

 
 

 

Roundtable: Focus on India

Free Event

Date: November 12, 2013

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The Canada-India Business Council, in association with ICICI Bank and TaraSpan, held on November 12 in Montréal a roundtable on India, at la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. Hosted by Ivanhoé Cambridge,   ‘A Roundtable: Focus on India’ featured experts from some of the most influential businesses and organisations in Canada and India.

Featured speakers included Mr. Don Stephenson, CEPA Chief Negotiator for Canada, Mr. Arup Ganguly, VP and Head of Corporate and Commercial Banking, ICICI Bank, Mr. Jocelyn Néron, Advisor, Export Québec, Mr. Raj Narula, President and Co-Founder, TaraSpan and Mr. Peter Sutherland, President and CEO, Canada-India Business Council.

The program of the event offered the latest intelligence on proven strategies and best practices on how to do business in India for small and medium, as well as large Québec companies and firms.

Fore more enquires in regards to this event please e-mail us at: fsommer@canada-indiabusiness.ca

 

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Round Table with Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman,Planning Commission Government of India

Free Event

Date: October 29, 2013

Mr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia held an exclusive round table discussion at McCarthy Tetrault LLP to discuss the current economic and political situation in India, and prospects for the Canada-India corridor in the energy sector. In Canada for the first annual Ministerial Energy Dialogue announced by both Prime Ministers in November 2012, Mr. Ahluwalia’s trip to Canada precipitated the first memorandum of understanding between Alberta Petroleum Marketing Corporation and Indian Oil Corporation. This is widely seen as the first concrete step towards Canada supplying a part of its energy surplus to India.

In Toronto, the conversation with Dr. Ahluwalia went beyond the energy sector and delved into the international and domestic issues that precipitated the current economic slowdown. Apart from capital outflows as a result of investor fears of reduced quantitative easing in the US, Mr. Ahluwalia was candid in admitting that domestic policy reforms were necessary to engender structural changes needed to return to higher levels of growth. On these reforms, he remains optimistic and confidently expects India to return to 8% growth post-elections, or by mid 2014-2015

 

 

10th Annual Diwali Gala

Free Event

Date: October 10, 2013

10th Annual Diwali Gala

October 10, 2013

Arcadian Court, Toronto

On October 10th the Canada-India Business Council hosted its marquee event, the Diwali Gala. This year the event was attended by 400 guests from industry, finance, government and media. This event provided its attendees with an intimate platform to discuss the bilateral trade and investment relationship between the two countries.

“Relationships are the foundation of the Council’s work and for senior government and corporate leaders engaged in the Canada-India corridor, our Annual Diwali Gala gives them a regular forum to meet and re-connect,” said Peter Sutherland, President & CEO of the Council.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER MR. TOM JENKINS

This year’s keynote speaker was Tom Jenkins, Chairman at OpenText, which is a worldwide leader in enterprise information management. He was co-chair of the India- Canada CEO Forum and accompanied Prime Minister Stephen Harper to India in November 2012. Mr. Jenkins discussed the importance of utilizing trade relations as a means to increase opportunities between India and Canada, emphasizing that now is the time for trade between the two countries.

RECOGNITION OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The C-IBC Recognition of Achievement Award was presented to Allison McCain for the company’s exemplary success in the Indian market and the lifelong commitment and contribution to a positive bilateral relationship between Canada and India.

Allison McCain's Acceptance Speech 

 

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Reception in Honour of Shri Salman Khurshid, Minister of External Affairs of the Republic of India

Free Event

Date: September 22, 2013

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Date: Sunday September 22, 2013

Time: 1:30pm

Location: Park Hyatt Hotel Yorkville, Toronto
 
On September 22nd  75 prominent business professionals, academics and government officials joined Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister, John Baird, C-IBC President and CEO, Peter Sutherland and the National Convenor of the Canada-India Foundation at a reception to honour Minister of External Affairs of the Republic of India, Shri Salman Khurshid during his visit to Toronto.
 
The event gave C–IBC board members and patrons a unique opportunity to meet this senior Indian policy -maker as well as the Canadian Foreign Minister and their senior officials.
 
In his remarks, Minister Baird focused on Canada’s continued commitment to building strong ties and an ongoing relationship with India. 
 
Minister Khurshid discussed the unique opportunities that Canada and India provide to each other. Specifically, Minister Khurshid discussed Canada’s bountiful natural resources and the opportunities for Canadian colleges and universities to provide young Indians with transferable skills for the modern day workforce.
 

“It was a great opportunity to meet both Foreign Ministers and hear their positive views on the state of the relationship and its future evolution. We were able to tell ministers and the many guests how the C-IBC is assisting businesses in both countries to achieve the Prime Ministers’ target of trebling trade by 2015. The Council was happy to co-host the event with its partners the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development and the Canada-India Foundation,” said, C-IBC President and CEO, Peter Sutherland.

 
Interested in C-IBC upcoming events and exclusive access to round tables and discussion? Please click here to visit our events calendar or become a C-IBC member today and gain unprecedented access.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Focus on SME Roundtable

Free Event

Date: September 20, 2013

Canada – India Business Council ( C-IBC) Focus on SMEs

As we look forward in the Canada-India commercial corridor, it is imperative that we see more Canadian SMEs tackle and succeed in the Indian market. While this may seem a daunting task in light of the inherent challenges in the market and current economic environment, the C-IBC  recognizes the critical importance of achieving this goal. In partnership with a number of collaborators,  the Council has initiated various steps to both increase awareness of the opportunities in India and facilitate entry for Canadian SMEs.

 

One of the important thrusts, is a series of SME roundtables in various cities across Canada to inform of opportunities and hear directly from executives as to their challenges in doing business in the multi-faceted and ever evolving Indian market.

 

The first in the series of SME roundtables this fall was held in Ottawa on Sept 20th and was instrumental in shedding some light on key issues and how the C-IBC can most effectively support Canadian SMEs as they move forward in India. The event involved a roundtable of 25 exporters and key facilitators and was coordinated by C-IBC’s SME committee in collaboration with the Telfer School of Management as event sponsor.

 

The roundtable featured a presentation by Don Stephenson, Chief Trade Negotiator for Canada related to the Canada India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement ( CEPA), an analysis of SME challenges in India presented from a recent research study by Michel Rod, Professor of Marketing at Carleton and a SME success story report from Anand  Srinivasan, VP Technology and Product Management of Eion Wireless.

 

The roundtable discussion produced a list of issues faced by SMEs that included  a) maintaining a positive perception of the Indian market in light of the challenges, b) making and maintaining a demonstrable commitment to the market c) bridging the business culture issues, d) adapting one’s marketing approach to the Indian market e) effectively communicating the value proposition in India      f) managing the intellectual property and corruption issues g) dealing with scale and volume and where to focus in India given the diversity and h) making the right entry mode and partner selection.

 

Peter Sutherland, President and CEO of the Council assured the participants that the C-IBC will be focusing on these and other issues and how it can support SMEs in addressing and overcoming these challenges. The Council also recognizes the pivotal importance of drawing on those Canadian SMEs who have enjoyed some success in India to transfer their enthusiasm, insight and tactics to make things happen.  Stay tuned for upcoming information on further C-IBC initiatives including the development of a SME portal on its website to help guide SME executives to find the right market intelligence and contacts who can help.

 

Marvin Hough

Executive in Residence

Telfer School of Management

C-IBC Director and SME Committee Chair

 

 

 

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Available Spaces: Unlimited

CEPA Trade Policy Discussion

Free Event

Date: July 23, 2013

Date: July 23, 2013
Time: 8:30 - 10:00am
Location: Downtown Toronto

On June 24th - 25th, the 8th Round of Negotiations took place on the
Canada-India Comprehensive Economic Agreement and are scheduled to be
concluded end of this year.

In view of the importance of the CEPA negotiation for Canadian and
Indian business, the Canada-India Business Council will be hosting its
third roundtable discussion on the CEPA negotiations and the next
steps.

The discussion will be led by Jason Langrish who, as Executive Director
of the Canada-Europe Roundtable for Business, has played a leading
role in the Canada-Europe Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement
negotiations.

Limited spaces remaining, please contact
events@canada-indiabusiness.ca by end of day Friday, July 19th to
reserve your place. Please note, spaces will be given on a first-come
first-serve basis.

Roundtable & Reception with Confederation of Indian Industry CEO Delegation

Free Event

Date: July 15, 2013

On Monday July 15th, Location Scotia Plaza

Leaders of Canadian industry welcomed a prestigious group of Indian CEOs led by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) at an event hosted by the Canada-India Business Council at the Toronto headquarters of Scotiabank. Introduced by Mr. Peter Sutherland, CEO of the Canada-India Business Council, Mr. Warren Jestin brought to the table a wealth of experience in economic forecasting as the Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Scotiabank.

 

Mr. Jestin began by providing the visiting delegation with a brief overview of the Canadian economy: highlighting exports of oil and natural gas; the markedly strong growth of the agriculture and mining sectors over the past three years; and the prospects for Canada to become a hub for international talent in the agriculture and natural resource spaces. Encouraging the delegation’s interest in partnering with Canadian industry, the economist concluded by stating that Canada has been “looking for better places for growth” and increasingly so in recent years.

 

In a reassuring tone, the next speaker Ms. Patricia Koval, confirmed that “despite contradictory indications, Canada is open for business”. The Partner at Torys LLP acknowledged the uncertainty engendered by recent policy announcements in businesses interested in Canada across the world, and remarked that Indian companies may rest assured that Canada welcomes their business.

 

After formally introducing the Indian delegation, the Director General of CII, Mr. Chandrajit Banerjee, explored the growth prospects for India’s burgeoning middle class and delved into the challenges that face the country in its effort to raise the economic growth rate. Better infrastructure, skills training and job creation are priorities shared by both the government and business.

 

Up next, Kris Gopalakrishnan, Co-Founder and Executive Vice Chairman of Infosys, cited the historically high levels of investment in India by Japan and Korea, and highlighted the opportunity for Canadian businesses and enterprises to follow their example. He also elaborated on the significant reforms that have taken place, some of which now allow foreign companies to take ownership positions across industries that were previously closed off to controlling foreign equity stakes.

 

Mr. Ajay Shriram, Managing Director of DCM Shriram Consolidated, then presented a comprehensive overview of India’s agrifood  sector noting that Canada has a wealth of expertise, technological know-how and experience that is relevant to India as it strives to increase agricultural productivity and achieve food security. He commented that “more than half of India’s population depends on agriculture, but the experience of other countries suggests that this number will have to shrink if per capita incomes in are to go up substantially”.

 

In closing, Mr. Ravi Uppal, Managing Director and CEO of Jindal Steel and Power, described the opportunities and challenges presented by India’s power sector and looked ahead to the prospects of doing business in and with Canada. By way of example, he cited the initiative shown by the Ministry of Power to boost hydro power and it’s interest in technologically advanced countries such as Canada who have expertise in the field.

 

The roundtable was followed by a reception which allowed the Indian and Canadian guests to pursue their discussions in an informal setting.

The Attending Delegation -

  • S Gopalakrishnan, President, CII & Co-Founder & Executive Co-Chairman, Infosys Limited

       Infosys is an Indian multinational provider of business consulting, information technology, software engineering and outsourcing services.

  • Ajay Shriram, President-designate, CII & Chairman and Sr. Managing Director of DCM Shriram Consolidated Limited

       DSCL is an Agri-Rural business dealing in fertilizers, rural retail chain and crop chemicals. It’s business portfolio also comprises of Chlor-Vinyl products such as Caustic Soda, Cement and other compounds.

  • Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry

Thfe CII is a non-government, industry-led and industry-managed organization, seeking to play a proactive role in India’s development process.

  • Vikram Kirloskar, Chairman, CII Innovation Council & Vice Chairman, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Ltd

        Toyota Kirloskar Motor Ltd. Is a subsidiary of Toyota motor Corp for the manufacture and sales of Toyota cars in India.

  • Ravi Uppal, CEO & Managing Director, Jindal Steel

       Jindal Steel is the third largest steel producer in India and is part of the Jindal Group which is based in India.

  • Sunil Wadhwa, CEO, Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services

        IL&FS is an Indian infrastructure development and finance company. Their projects span over diverse sectors of Transportation, Area Development, e-Governance, Health Initiatives, Power, Ports, Waste Water, Environment, Education and Tourism.

  •  Srikant Suryanarayanan, Chairman, Young Indians

        Young Indians is a subsidiary of CII. YI creates a platform for young entrepreneurs, professionals and achievers from various sectors of India to play a proactive role in India’s development process.

 

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Shri Jyotiraditya Scindia, Minister of State, Ministry of Power

Free Event

Date: July 5, 2013

 
Roundtable & Breakfast with Shri Jyotiraditya Scindia, Minister of State, Ministry of Power of India
July 5, 2013  Toronto
 
Leaders of Ontario’s business community and government were pleased to welcome Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia at a breakfast roundtable co-hosted by the Canada-India Business Council and the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Trade, Employment, Research & Innovation. In introducing Mr. Scindia, Ontario’s own Minister of Research & Innovation, Dr. Reza Moridi, stressed the significance of the research, university and cultural exchanges between Ontario and India, as well as the $2B in two-way annual trade. In recent years, there have been six Ontario premier or ministerial visits to India, and more business missions are planned for the next 6-12 months.
 
Minister Scindia gave a masterful overview of the strengths of the Indian economy – consistent, consumption-led growth; demographic dividend; entrepreneurial spirit; frugal innovation – as well as the challenges it faces- infrastructure, bureaucracy, transparency. The second half of Minister Scindia’s talk focused on the four pillars of the power ministry: 1) generation (a greater percentage for renewable energy); 2) transmission; 3) access & distribution and 4) energy efficiency.  The audience of senior executives from the financial, engineering, technology and energy sectors were impressed by his mastery of the file and used the Q&A session to discuss opportunities for matching Canadian capabilities in the four pillars of the power sector with Indian needs.
 
 

Roundtable & Breakfast with High Commissioner Stewart Beck

Free Event

Date: June 25, 2013

 
Roundtable & Breakfast with High Commissioner Stewart Beck
June 25, 2013,  Toronto  (Torkin & Manes)
 
Canada’s High Commissioner to India, Mr. Stewart Beck, spoke to an audience of 40 guests about the current trade, political and economic issues important to the Canada-India corridor as well as about prospects and opportunities in light of the crucial pre-election period in India. Overall, the Canada-India bilateral relationship has progressed extremely well in recent years.  With a steady stream of ministerial visits and high-level dialogues on key sectors of cooperation, there is strong momentum toward the conclusion of the CEPA (free trade) negotiations this year. 
 
As Mr. Beck described, the four pillars (infrastructure, education, agriculture/food security & energy) in the Canada-India bilateral trade relationship represent opportunities more than ever.
 
In the infrastructure sector, more committed executive action by the Indian government is clearing obstacles for breaking the ground on needed projects.On the education front, Canadian colleges and universities are maintaining close contact with Indian partners and with their breadth of expertise would be in a great position to supply the types of training necessary for India to develop a skilled workforce in a number of its emerging sectors.
 
The Canada-India Business Council has done much work already in moving the energy/resources file forward, having hosted the Canada-India Oil & Gas Forum last month in Calgary and including the next round of high-level energy discussions in its November 2013 Canada-India Business Forum.
 
Agriculture, cleantech and infrastructure will also be on the agenda of this year’s Forum in Mumbai (November 28-29, 2013).As always, it is of paramount importance to keep a close watch on India, for even if recent growth markers have been more modest, Indian investment opportunities become more attractive with a lower rupee and the country’s politicians and business leaders will continue to support economic development strategies in this important period before India’s 2014 elections.

Canada-India High Commissioners Meet

Free Event

Date: June 5, 2013

High Commissioners Vancouver

From L to R: Sukesh Kumar, President TiE Vancouver; Ravi Shankar Aisola, Consul General of India in Vancouver; H.E. Stewart Beck, High Commissioner of Canada to India; Admiral (retd.) H.E. Nirmal Kumar Verma, High Commissioner of India to Canada; Vivek A. Savkur, President (BC), Canada-India Business Council; R.Chandramouli, Consul (Commercial & Cultural), Consulate General of India, Vancouver

 

On June 5th at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver, the Canada-India Business Council's BC Board of Advisors, hosted a unique event jointly organized with TiE Vancouver, for the two High Commissioners of Canada and India, H.E. Stewart Beck and H.E Admiral (retd.) Nirmal Kumar Verma, for the first time.
The event provided the 175 guests with an unparalleled opportunity to hear the two senior diplomats share their thoughts on the "happenings in the Canada-India / BC-India Business Corridor” and the future of Canada-India bilateral trade.
 
Also present was Mr.Anant Kumar Singh, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India who provided a well timed look into immigration and visa related issues.
 
The Canada-India Business Council and TiE Vancouver would like to thank the evening sponsors Kalala Organic Estate Winery and Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (Vancouver office), as well as all those that attended.

Canada-India Oil & Gas Forum

Free Event

Date: May 8, 2013

On May 8th - 9th, 2013, the Canada-India Business Council hosted the inaugural Canada/India Oil & Gas Forum

 

About the Conference

The first of its kind, the Canada/India Oil & Gas Forum helped shed light on India’s growing demand for energy and Canada’s ability to meet that demand. Through a series of short presentations and expert panels the Forum clarified what India needs in the way of product, technology and services and what Canada offers in terms of investment and partnership opportunities. There was candid discussion among Indian and Canadian participants about removing obstacles to bilateral collaboration and the steps needed to accelerate deal-making. 
 
 
Hon. Teresa Woo-Paw, Associate Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations, Government of Alberta said,
“Alberta is very serious about its international initiatives, about reaching out and leading our citizens and businesses into global ventures and world-wide ambitions."
 
Hon. Cal Dallas, Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations, Government of Alberta said,
" Alberta strongly believes in the future of global markets and growth to the extent that we will expand our international presence and focus on markets of opportunity which clearly includes India."

Attached speeches & presentations from our Guest Speakers -

 
Click here for a complete list of Canadian speakers
Click here for a complete list of Indian speakers

 

Gold Sponsor:

    ERNST & YOUNG

 

Opening Reception Sponsor:

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Partners:

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Attending Companies:

Directorate General of Hydrocarbons, ONGC Videsh Limited, Oil India Ltd, GAIL India Ltd, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd, Bharat PetroResources Limited, Petronet LNG, SBI Capital Markets Ltd, Videocon, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, Indian Oil, Cairn India, Essar, Great Eastern Energy Corporation Ltd., FICCI, SREI Infrastructure Finance Limited, BMO Capital Markets, TORYS LLP, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, RBC, Ernst & Young, Sunshine Oilsands.


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Exclusive Reception & Dinner: Ambassador Sudhir Vyas, Secretary (West), Ministry of External Affairs

Free Event

Date: April 30, 2013

Date: April 30

Location: McCarthy Tetrault LLP, Downtown Toronto

The Canada India Business Council (C-IBC) was pleased to host Ambassador Sudir Vyas, Secretary (West) from the Indian Ministry of External Affairs for an exclusive reception and dinner.

The event was held in partnership with the India Institute of Technology Alumni in Canada and with the sponsorship support of McCarthy Tetrault LLP.

Introduced by the Honorable Jean Charest, Secretary Vyas pinpointed three pillars for Canada and India to build on:

  • Energy: India currently imports 65-70% of its hydrocarbons from the Gulf region and is looking to diversify its sources.  Canada`s oil and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) sector as well as Canadian expertise in fuel cells, smart energy grids and energy efficiency technologies respond to India’s needs.
  • Food Security: Large Canadian exports of lentils and pulses are important to India. But India also needs Canadian expertise in diverse food processing and the infrastructure chain that supports high quality agricultural production.
  • Trade & Economic Co-operation: The Comprehensive and Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) and the Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) are progressing and will provide the architecture to support the growing Canada-India business relationship.

The event was attended by almost a hundred senior business and government officials.

Secretary's Biography:
Ambassador Sudhir Vyas is currently the Secretary (West), (equivalent to Deputy Minister in Canada),  in the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. In this capacity he is responsible for foreign relations with Canada, the Americas and Europe.  Ambassador Vyas obtained his BTech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1975, and joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1977. He has also served as a member of India’s delegation to the UN Security Council in 1991-92 and as India’s ambassador to Germany.

 

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For more information and sponsorship opportunities please contact: events@canada-indiabusiness.ca

Downtown
Toronto
Canada Map and Directions

Perspective & Forecast “BC-India Business Corridor”

Free Event

Date: April 25, 2013

The C-IBC is pleased to host a roundtable on the BC-India Business Corridor.

Keynote Speaker: Honourable Stockwell Day PC.

Guest Speakers:
Mr. Ravi Shankar Aisola, Consul General for India.
Mr. Dave Byng.Deputy Minister, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism, Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour.
Mr. Alan Minz, Regional Director & Senior Trade Commissioner, Department of Foreign Affairs & International Trade (DFAIT).

Date: Thursday April 25th, 2013
Time: 5.00 to 6.00 pm Round Table
6.00 to 7.30 pm Cocktails
Venue: Segal Graduate School of Business, 500 Granville Street, Ground Floor, Vancouver
RSVP: savkur.vivek@gmail.com (604 728 0971) / dnaz@ancan.net (604 728 6283)


Segal Graduate School of Business
Vancouver , Canada Map and Directions

Canada's Place in India's Future: Breakfast With India's Finance Minister P. Chidambaram

Price: C$600.00

Date: April 15, 2013

Date: April 15

Time: 8:00 - 10:00 am

Location: Arcadian Court, Toronto

C-IBC Exclusive Host To India's Finance Minister 

The C-IBC was pleased to host the Hon. P. Chidambaram, India’s Minister of Finance on Monday April 15th in downtown Toronto.

The event was attended by over 175 senior business and government officials and marked the only public appearance by the Minister and his official delegation.

India's Economic Growth Remains Strong  

Minister Chidambaram speech emphasized the continued strength of India's economy as well as the government initiatives being undertaken to further support growth.

Among his key points were that:

  •  India's economy will grow over 6% in 2013 (which is faster than four of the five other BRIC nations)and that by 2020 India will be one of the top five global economies.
  •  India’s growth is driven by increased public and private investment and will be further supported by a planned reduction in the fiscal deficit (targeted to 3 percent of GDP by 2016/17).
  • India strongly welcomes foreign direct and portfolio investments and that the government is committed to increasingly the ease with which foreign companies can do business.

Minister Chidambaram closed his remarks with the observation that  Indian direct investment in Canada significantly exceeds Canadian investment in India - a trend he hopes to will change, particularly given the current opportunities in the infrastructure sector.

Finance Minister's Keynote Speech

Peter Sutherland, the President & CEO of the Canada-India Business Council added,

“The Indian Finance Minister's visit to Canada comes at a critical juncture in Canada-India relations. The two governments have set a goal of trebling trade to $15 billion by 2015 and with two years to go, there is much ground to cover. However, opportunities such as this allow business and government leaders from both countries to engage personally will form the foundation for tangible long term benefits for both nations .”

MINISTER’S INCOMING DELEGATION INCLUDED:

Dr. Arvind Mayaram, Secretary,  Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance
Mr. Raghuram G. Rajan, Chief Economic Adviser, Ministry of Finance
Ms. Shamila Chavaly, Joint Secretary (Infrastructure), Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance
Mr. N. Aggarwal, Director (Capital Markets), Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance
Mr.. M.A. Siddique, Private Secretary/OSD, Finance Minister
Dr. Urjit Patel, Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India
Mr. S Raman, Member, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)

REFERENCE MATERIALS:

Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance- Fact Book
RBI - Infrastructure Debt Funds information
Securities and Exchange Board of India Regulations
Indian Infrastructure Debt Funds information

MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

C-IBC Press Release
National Post
Business Standard
The Hindu
OMNI TV
Deccan Herald

SPONSORS:

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Industry Partner:

Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada

401 Bay St
Toronto
M5H 2Y4
Canada Map and Directions

Aquatech India Expo, Greater Noida

Free Event

Date: April 8, 2013

BC-India Global Business Forum

Free Event

Date: March 12, 2013

Business leaders from India and British Columbia will meet to discuss 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.

Vivek Savkur, president, BC, Canada India Business Council -

"The Canada-India Business Council is doing its part to ensure that B.C. companies learn the opportunities in India and have the wherewithal to pursue them. Interest in the Indian market is growing rapidly among local companies, and the B.C. government has also been a strong supporter of B.C.-India trade. While it is clear that all levels of government have to play a role in fostering ties between Canada and India, it is the business community that should step into the huge and attractive Indian market and cement this relationship through trade and investment."

"B.C.-India business will grow rapidly and gain momentum as soon as the Free Trade Agreement is signed next year. The Canada-India Business Council will participate and support fully the Business Forum planned for March 2013."

For more information on this event, please click here.

To register please contact:
Mr. Vivek Savkur at savkur.vivek@gmail.com
or
Mr. Douglas Nazareth at dnaz@ancan.net

Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada Map and Directions

Private Breakfast in Honour of Jaideep Prabhu

Free Event

Date: March 7, 2013

The Canada-India Business Council, in partnership with TiE Toronto, hosted Professor Jaideep Prabhu, co-author of Jugaad Innovation, for a talk on the growing role of emerging markets in the global innovation industry. Recent trends have shown the reversal of a industrialized state dominance of the innovation and R&D process. Increasingly, countries like India are not only the markets in which innovative technologies are sold, but have also begun to take on the more upstream functions of R&D. Professor Prabhu cites economic growth, economic performance, intellectual property and access to scientific capability as the key factors determining the location of innovation. It is the latter that is most influential, and helps explain the growing reallocation of innovation investment to emerging markets. Prabhu also describes the unique culture of innovation known as “jugaad” in India that arises out of circumstances of frugality, flexibility and usability (inclusiveness). The discussion raised two key questions: first, how can the Indian context, having inspired remarkable products of immense practical value in both the Indian and developed markets, be best recreated and imitated in Canada and the west? And lastly, what does India need to do in order further develop its innovation industry?

This breakfast was held in collaboration with the Consulate General of India (Toronto). We also acknowledge the support provided by Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP in providing us the venue for the event.

Biography:

Dr. Jaideep Prabhu is Jawaharlal Nehru Professor of Indian Business and Enterprise and director of the Centre for India & Global Business at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He has held positions at Imperial College London, Tilburg University (the Netherlands), and UCLA. Jaideep has a bachelor of technology degree from IIT Delhi and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.
Jaideep's research interests are in marketing, innovation, strategy, and international business. His current research is on the globalization of innovation, and the role of emerging economies in this process. He is particularly interested in how multinationals and domestic firms are using emerging markets as a lab to do affordable and sustainable innovation for global application.

Jaideep has published in and is on the editorial board of leading academic journals such as the Journal of Marketing and the International Journal of Research in Marketing. He has taught and consulted with executives from ABN Amro, Bertelsmann, BP, BT, GE, IBM, ING Bank, KPMG, Nokia, Philips, Roche, Shell, Vodafone, and Xerox, among others. Jaideep has appeared on BBC News24 and Bloomberg Businessweek, and his work has been profiled in Bloomberg Businessweek, the Economist, the Financial Times, Le Monde, MIT Sloan Management Review, the New York Times, and the Times.

 


Toronto
Canada Map and Directions

India Mining

Free Event

Date: March 4, 2013

The Canada-India Business Council hosted an exclusive luncheon sponsored by Torys LLP, in Toronto on March 4th. The event provided an opportune occasion for C-IBC patrons and members to meet with the visiting Indian Delegation in Toronto for the 2013 PDAC Convention (Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada). This delegation of Indian mining companies and government agencies was led by Ministry of Mines Secretary Rajen Habib Khwaja, who updated the attendees on Indian mining sector developments and the aims of their Canadian outreach and engagment as well as answering investment related questions.  Mr. Durga Shanker Mishra, Joint Secretary from the Ministry of Mines was also on hand to bring in relevant points to the discussion.  The C-IBC sees the business relationships in the Canada-India mining corridor deepening each year, and at the same time it was great to welcome new guests to the dialogue.
India Day at PDAC 2013 - all presentations now on-line:
The pro-active approach of the delegation was also evident in their presentations at the PDAC Conference on March 5th.   All slide presentations given by Indian Delegation Members are now available on-line at the Indian Government's MINISTRY OF MINES website.  We again thank Secretary Khwaja and Joint Secretary Mishra for this informative initiative.
 


Toronto, Ontario
Canada Map and Directions

Doing Business with India

Free Event

Date: March 1, 2013

Time: 7:30-4:30 pm

The Canada-India Business Council in Partnership with Shastri-Indo Canadian Institute is organizing a conference on “Doing Business with India” on March 01, 2013 hosted at HEC Montreal. C-IBC President & CEO, Rana Sarkar, will be one of the Conference panelists. This day-long event , includes breakfast, lunch, tea and networking opportunities and keynote speakers and eminent panelists from across the globe will present the main themes of:

- Knowing the Indian Market,
- India & Quebec Partnerships,
- Role of Women in Indian Business, and
- Development in India from the NGO/Not-for-Profit Perspective

 

For more information and registration see the event website or contact :
Prof. Rajesh Kumar Tyagi (HEC Montréal)
or
Clint Martin (Canada-India Business Council)

 

About HEC Montréal:
(École des Hautes Études commerciales de Montréal) is the independent affiliated business school of the Université de Montréal and the oldest management school in Canada.

HEC Montreal
Montreal, Quebec
Canada Map and Directions

“Adapting your Business to India”

Free Event

Date: February 21, 2013

The Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa and the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University in collaboration with Sponsoring Organizations presents the 2013 National Capital India Forum on February 21, 2013.

This half day event involving senior business and government leaders from Canada and India is designed to help prepare Canadian companies to engage in this dynamic and globally strategic market.

Topics of the Conference will include:

  • The current economic and political situation in India and the implications for Canadian companies.
  • The state of Indo-Canadian commercial relations and the significance of the proposed Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA).
  • The need for adapting your Business Plan and approach to India from the perspective of the 4 P’s -product, price, promotion and place.
  • Who can help Canadian firms succeed in the Indian market.

Date:
Thursday, February 21, 2013
12:00 noon to 6:30 p.m.

Location:
Telfer School of Management
University of Ottawa
Desmarais Building
55 Laurier Avenue East, Ottawa ON

Price:
$100 Regular price

For more information contact:
(613) 562-5800 ext 2396
nationalcapitalindiaforum@telfer.uOttawa.ca

Register early. Seats are limited. Registration deadline: February 18, 2013

Telfer School of Management
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada Map and Directions

Trade Policy Dialogue

Free Event

Date: February 13, 2013

On February 13, 2013, the Canada-India Business Council hosted the inaugural session of the Canada-India Trade Policy Committee Dialogue. The timing was right to initiate this dialogue, with an in-depth look at the Canada-India Comprehensive Economic Agreement (CEPA) negotiations. Jason Langrish, who is heading the Canada-India Business Council Trade Policy Committee, provided a thorough presentation on key issues of the CEPA negotiations from both the Canadian and Indian perspectives as well as a comparative précis on how the CEPA fits into both side's overall trade agendas, over the upcoming decades. As it is hoped that the CEPA will be concluded by the end of 2013, there are crucial points coming up where the suggestions and concerns of Canada's private sector will be invaluable to Canada's negotiating team. It is the aim of the Canada-India Business Council Trade Policy Committee to develop and input these strategic suggestions in consultations with Canada's trade negotiators and to reach out to key sector and government stakeholders for a thorough understanding on what is needed to achieve a high-quality CEPA. The robust exchange of information and ideas already evident at the session shows us that this process will be very useful and enriching for Canada-India Business Council Patrons and Members.

Drawing examples of trade agreements between North America, EU, Australia and the Middle East, Jason Langrish also illustrated certain (often overlooked) bureaucratic hurdles and a need to make the agreement inclusive of burgeoning sectors between India and Canada. He noted that a favourable political scenario in India has helped expedite the negotiations and brought to light some realities of how the agreement may figure into India's next election cycle.

A variety of pertinent topics were brought up and discussed by participants, including: temporary entry for skilled workers, agriculture, financial/insurance services, non-tariff barriers to trade, the "business culture" of negotiating the CEPA and how it relates to overall WTO and global trade trends.

Stay tuned for information on further Canada-India Trade Policy Committee Dialogues -- be a part of shaping this most crucial benchmark agreement in the Canada-India bilateral trade relationship.

Sponsor:

For more information, please contact:
Belle L Serio
Director of Operations
bserio@canada-indiabusiness.ca


Toronto, Ontario
Canada Map and Directions

Rotman School of Management Strategy Experts Speaker Series in India (Feb. 11,12,14)

Free Event

Date: February 11, 2013

The C-IBC encourages members to attend the following Rotman School of Management events, presented by the authors of "Playing To Win", A. G. Lafley, the former CEO of Procter & Gamble and one of the most successful business leaders of the last century, and Roger Martin, Dean of the Rotman School of Management. The event will consist of a series of discussions and receptions in New Delhi and Mumbai, where guests will learn key points and strategies to implement into corporate decision making.

Please see registration weblinks for details on event agendas.

February 11, 19:00-21:00, Taj Mahal Hotel, 1 Mansingh Rd. New Delhi
To Register: www.rotman.utoronto.ca/feb11

February 12, 19:00-21:00, Canada House, 4 Auganzeb Rd., New Delhi
To Register: www.rotman.utoronto.ca/feb12

February 14, 19:00-21:00, Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Apollo Bunder, Mumbai
To Register: www.rotman.utoronto.ca/mumbai-feb14/

Presenter: Prof. Roger Martin, Dean, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto; Co-Author (with A.G. Lafley), "Playing To Win: How Strategy Really Works" (HBR Press, 2013); Corporate Director, Research in Motion and Thomson Reuters


New Delhi
India Map and Directions

Luncheon and Roundtable with His Excellency Admiral (Retd) Nirmal Verma

Free Event

Date: January 28, 2013

On the 28th of January 2013, the C-IBC hosted a roundtable luncheon to welcome India’s newly appointed High Commissioner to Canada, His Excellency Admiral (Retd) Nirmal Verma to Toronto’s business community. In the presence of key Canada-India stakeholders, he highlighted India’s resilient economy amidst the global recession and appealed to them for stronger bilateral trade with Canada to reach the benchmark of $15 billion.

To achieve the said benchmark, the High Commissioner presented the top five priorities for the Canada-India trade file: the sectors of Energy (and energy efficiency), Agriculture, Agro-processing, Education, and Infrastructure (including supply chain/cold storage). He noted that the recent progress on activating the Nuclear Cooperation Agreement is a very symbolic turning point for the enablement and potential of the Canada-India trade & investment space and that concentration on the well-matched priorities really makes sense for both sides. He also stressed on the importance of “temporary movement of skilled workers/professionals” between the two countries as a necessary step to stronger ties.

The High Commissioner briefed the roundtable on the progress of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) and certain economic and legislative initiatives that the India Prime Minister would move forward. Some of those initiatives are infrastructure debt financing schemes through sovereign funds and foreign pension funds and the promotion of strategic energy dialogues for Indian investment in Canada’s oil, gas and fertilizer sectors.

As the first event of 2013, the success of the roundtable sets the stage for a very engaging and enriching year for topical Canada-India discussions and events.

Sponsor:


Toronto
Canada Map and Directions

C-IBC Encourages Canadian companies to attend Vibrant Gujarat (3-day)

Free Event

Date: January 11, 2013

Over the past decade, the biannual Vibrant Gujarat Summit has become one of the world’s leading investment forums and an example of the visionary approach taken by the State of Gujarat to investment promotion and advancement of economic and social development. With 14 pavilions, 25+ business sectors, 25,000+ products on display and investors from over 100 countries, the event provides an opportunity for Gujarat to display its strengths, progressive stand, initiatives, investor friendly climate and business-friendly culture.

For 2013, Canada has been selected as an official partner country and will have a very strong profile at the event. Having hosted the Vibrant Gujarat roadshow in Toronto back in July, the Canada-India Business Council (C-IBC) is working with the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service to facilitate the involvement of Canadian delegates in the event. On December 10th, they will be giving a short webinar on the program and why Canadian companies should participate.

Among the Vibrant Gujarat activities supported by the C-IBC that week is the Mining, Minerals & Products Expo 2013, running January 8-13th. In addition to demonstrating new mining technologies and opportunities for partnerships, the last two days of the event features discussions under the theme: “Towards a Vibrant Mining Industry: the Way Forward”. Canada’s history of successful domestic mining development makes it well-placed to contribute to this conversation.

For more information on the 2013 Vibrant Gujarat summit and how you can get involved, please contact Clint Martin at cmartin@canada-indiabusiness.ca.

 

 


Gandhinagar
India Map and Directions

Workshop: Preparing your business for the Indian export market

Free Event

Date: January 11, 2013

Time: Coffee/Tea & Continental Breakfast 7:30 AM
Program: 8:00-10:00 AM
Venue: 2nd Floor Boardroom, HSBC Building, 885 West Georgia St, Vancouver, BC

The Canada-India Business Council cordially invites you to an exclusive workshop on preparing your business for export, with a focus on emerging markets, and India in particular. Co-hosted by HSBC, and featuring expert advice from TradeStart by Small Business BC, this seminar will be an excellent opportunity for BC companies to learn about India-related opportunities and how to best strategize and plan market entry.

Who will be there: Companies planning to grow their business in emerging markets (and particularly India).
Benefits: Through presentations and Q&A with leading trade experts, participants will learn about various tools available to grow their business in emerging markets and to manage the associated business risks.

Key topics:
- Export preparedness for small and medium sized companies
- Tools for financing and managing international businesses
- Various export and import financing products

Registration: Please contact Jonathan Hayes, Regional Coordinator-BC, to register at jhayes@canada-indiabusiness.ca , (778) 712-1110 or Rita Naidu, HSBC, at rita.r.naidu@hsbc.ca, (778) 879 2210.

THIS INVITATION IS NOT TRANSFERABLE. SPACE IS LIMITED SO PLEASE REGISTER EARLY SHOULD YOU WISH TO ATTEND.


Vancouver
Canada Map and Directions

Mining, Minerals & Products (MMP EXPO 2013) 6-day

Free Event

Date: January 8, 2013

The Canada-India Business Council is a proud industry sponsor of the 2013 Mining, Minerals & Products Expo.

The Mining, Minerals & Products Expo 2013 is a large scale trade show and conference that will highlight the Indian states that have mining sector capacities ready to be integrated more fully into the global market. Coal, iron ore, steel, copper, aluminum, zinc and titanium will have particular focus. The Expo's conference theme is "Towards a Vibrant Indian Mining Industry: The Way Forward" which speaks to the emphasis on developing international partnerships. The Mining, Minerals & Products Expo 2013 is an integral part of the Vibrant Gujarat 6th Global Summit.

Quick Links:

Event brochure

Event website

For more information on this event, please contact Cam Vidler at cvidler@canada-indiabusiness.ca.


Gandhinagar
India Map and Directions

Webinar: Learn about the Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2013

Free Event

Date: December 10, 2012

The C-IBC encourages you to take part in an informational webinar on the Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2013 , organized by International Trade Canada on December 10th at 10 am. For the second time, Canada will be a partner country for the Summit, which takes place January 11-13, 2013. The webinar ­will introduce companies to the business opportunities in Gujarat and explain the logistics and the activities to take place at the event.

Why should you participate?

  • You will receive an overview of Gujarat and the state’s development plans and opportunities.
  • You will learn why you should attend Vibrant Gujarat 2013 Trade Show and Summit.
  • You will learn the program of activities organised by the Trade Commissioner Service for the Canadian delegates attending Vibrant Gujarat 2013.

Speakers

Nicolas Lepage - Senior Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada, Mumbai
Mukesh Kumar - Managing Director, Industrial Extension Bureau, Government of Gujarat, India
Saket Mehta - Senior Consultant, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

For more information and how you can get involved, please contact Clint Martin at cmartin@canada-indiabusiness.ca

 

 

Conference on Canada-India Economic Relations: Investment, Trade and People

Free Event

Date: December 6, 2012

The C.D. Howe Institute will host a one-day policy conference on the future of the Canada-India economic relationship following the significant developments in 2012, including Prime Minister Harper’s visit to India. Join us as we convene business leaders, policymakers, and leading academics for these important off-the-record discussions.

Key speakers include:
• Prem Watsa, Chairman and CEO, Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited
• Don Stephenson, Chief Trade Negotiator, Canada-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement
• Rana Sarkar, President and CEO, Canada-India Business Council
• A Senior Government of India Representative

Sessions include:
• Canada-India Economic and Political Relations
• Canadian Trade and Investment with India: Lessons from Business Case Studies
• Update on Canada-India Initiatives
• Enhancing Education and Research Linkages between Canada and India
• The Perspective from the Provinces

Thursday, December 6
Conference 9 am – 4 pm at the C.D. Howe Institute offices, Dinner 6 – 9 pm at the Bennett Jones LLP offices
Guests $599
C-IBC Members will receive a discounted rate $399

For more information, registration details, and conference schedule click here.


Toronto
Canada Map and Directions

Thirtieth Anniversary Diwali Gala

Free Event

Date: November 22, 2012

The Canada-India Business Council celebrated its 30th anniversary at the annual Diwali Gala on November 22nd at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto. Attracting over 500 guests from industry, finance, government and media, the Gala has emerged as the premier occasion to celebrate the Canada-India business relationship. Thank you to our sponsors, our patrons and table hosts for making it our most momentous Diwali Celebration ever!


Mark Wiseman, President & CEO of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, was the evening’s keynote speaker and delivered an insightful presentation on Canada’s role in a burgeoning Indian market. He stressed India’s need for foreign investment to fuel its GDP growth and the role of Canada’s leading institutional investors in providing long-term capital to key sectors such as infrastructure. Click here for a copy of his speech.


The C-IBC also presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Richard E. Waugh, President & CEO of Scotiabank, for his exceptional contribution to enriching the Canada India business relationship. Lastly, the C-IBC acknowledged the commitment and service of outgoing Chairman Hon. Roy MacLaren through a commemorative video and welcomed the incoming Chairman Don Stewart, former CEO of Sun Life Financial.

 

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For more information please contact Belle L. Serio

PH 416-214-5947 EXT 21

FAX 416-214-9081

EMAIL bserio@canada-indiabusiness.ca

Fairmont Royal York
Toronto
Canada Map and Directions

Exploring opportunities with India

Free Event

Date: November 19, 2012

Date:November 19 2012
Location: Toronto & Ottawa, Canada

The Canada-India Business Council and Grant Thornton LLP are pleased to jointly offer two complimentary half-day growth seminars that will help you capitalize on the business opportunities in India.

The demographic, market size and growth rate in India is attracting dynamic, growth oriented companies to make this emerging economy part of their globalization strategy.

In this multi-location seminar roadshow, we will cover what to expect, the existing environment, the regulatory structure, due diligence steps, Intellectual Property protection and other challenges when locating value-added parts of your business in India.

Speakers at a glance
• Grant Thornton Canada and India professionals
• Officials representing foreign affairs
• Representatives from the Canada-India Business Council
• Canadians with deep experience in India

Locations

Toronto
Date: Monday, November 19, 2012
Location: Crowne Plaza (33 Carlson Court, Toronto, M9W 6H5)
Time: 8:00am – 1:00pm (light breakfast and lunch will be served)

Ottawa
Date Thursday, November 22, 2012
Location: Hampton Conference Centre (200 Coventry Road, Ottawa, K1K 4S3)
Time 8:00am – 1:00pm (light breakfast and lunch will be served)

For more information on this event, click here.

Crowne Plaza (33 Carlson Court)
Toronto
M9W 6H5
Canada Map and Directions

C-IBC partners with Grant Thornton on India workshop

Free Event

Date: November 19, 2012

On November 19th, the C-IBC collaborated with accounting firm Grant Thornton to host “India – Reach Beyond Borders”, a learning workshop focused on doing business in India. The event, held in Mississauga, was attended by over 50 small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) who heard from expert speakers—including C-IBC Vice-Chair and former High Commissioner to India, Peter Sutherland—on the market opportunities, business culture, tax and regulatory climate and the different ways to mitigate risk and overcome other key challenges.

The event is part of a wider series of workshops that the C-IBC and its partners hold across Canada to help smaller companies develop the capabilities and expertise to go to India. For more information on future workshops and events, please contact Clint Martin at cmartin@canada-indiabusiness.ca.


Mississauga
Canada Map and Directions

India Infrastructure Investment Forum: Canadian funds preparing to enter

Free Event

Date: November 9, 2012

November 9 2012 - New Delhi, India

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On November 9th, the Canada-India Business Council (C-IBC) participated in a conference organized by Hastings Fund Management and India Ratings & Research to discuss key issues in Indian infrastructure development and investment.

Expected to require $1 trillion in investment over the next 5 years—with 50% coming from private capital—India infrastructure boom represents a huge opportunity. But the sustainability of this growth requires key stakeholders—including Canadian funds currently evaluating the market—to work together in order to develop policy and financial tools that can adequately meet the needs of both the private and public sectors.

Sponsored by the India Infrastructure Finance Corporation (IIFCL) and Larsen & Toubro Infrastructure Finance, the meeting drew over 150 participants, and featured executive panel discussions involving high-level policymakers from Finance and Economic Affairs, as well as senior executives from India’s leading infrastructure finance companies and project developers.

The C-IBC was represented by Cam Vidler, Director of Partnerships & Programs, who outlined the needs and concerns of Canada’s world-leading pension plans and insurance funds—which are eying the impressive returns in India, but have yet to make substantial placements because of risk concerns and internal portfolio requirements. He praised the development of investment-grade infrastructure debt funds (IDF) as one potential way to overcome these barriers. Joining him on the panel were Suneet Maheshwari, MD & CEO, L&T Infrastructure Finance; S N Baheti, MD & CEO, IDBI Infrastructure Finance; and William Streeter, Head, Debt, Middle East, Emerging Markets & Asia, Hastings Funds Management.

 


New Delhi
India Map and Directions

3rd Annual Canada-India Business Forum (28-29 Nov)

Free Event

Date: November 5, 2012

SUCCESSFUL FORUM DRAWS 250 CANADA-INDIA BUSINESS LEADERS

The Forum is made possible through the generous support and efforts of C-IBC sponsors and partners. Platinum sponsors include Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and KPMG. Other sponsors include Aird & Berlis LLP and Torys LLP. Support was also provided by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce, and The Times Group.

Key documents
Speaker bios
Detailed agenda
Participant briefing kit
Final summary

 

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New Delhi, DELHI
INDIA Map and Directions

Invest North (2-day)

Free Event

Date: November 3, 2012

The C-IBC is proud to partner with the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) on “Invest North”, a mega conclave to showcase investment opportunities in the Northern states of Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and UT Chandigarh.

Platform for:

  • Understanding the investment climate in India and the northern states
  • Engaging with the state governments and central agencies
  • Forging new partnerships and exploring business and investment opportunities

If you are interested in participating, please contact Cam Vidler at cvidler@canada-indiabusiness.ca

For more information click here.

The Westin
Gurgaon, Haryana
India Map and Directions

Canada well-represented at Invest North conference

Free Event

Date: November 3, 2012

En route to hosting the annual Canada-India Business Forum in New Delhi, the Canada-India Business Council (C-IBC) led a delegation of more than a dozen executives to attend the Invest North conference in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, on November 3rd and 4th, 2012. Held by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in partnership with the C-IBC, the conference featured a number of sessions and panels on the business opportunities and policy environments across key states from India’s North—including Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and UT Chandigarh.

Rana Sarkar, President & CEO of the C-IBC, took part in an executive panel discussing the international perspective, where he emphasized the need for foreign investors to take a more nuanced approach to India and to pay close attention to differences across regional business climates within the country. Recent macroeconomic concerns have hurt perceptions of India as an investment destination, but he pointed to a number of states that continue to experience rapid growth, and encouraged firms and investors to take advantage of these overlooked—and often underpriced—opportunities. Mr. Sarkar was joined on the panel by the CEO of KPMG India and industry representatives from Bangladesh, Rwanda, Singapore and Poland.

For more information on the conference and business opportunities in India’s North, please visit http://investnorth.in/ or contact Clint Martin at cmartin@canada-indiabusiness.ca .

Noida
India Map and Directions

Opportunities & Challenges “Understanding How to Succeed in the Indian Market” Breakfast Summary

Free Event

Date: October 25, 2012

October 25 2012 - Montreal, Canada

Date: October 25th, 2012
Time: 7:45 am - noon
Location: Marriott Château Champlain, Montreal

The C-IBC partnered with the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal for a vibrant seminar on the "Opportunities & Challenges in the Indian Market" on October 25th. This all-morning event featured six speakers addressing various aspects of market engagement for Quebec SMEs looking toward India. Rana Sarkar, C-IBC's President & CEO, presented a view on the 2012 Indian business environment including an overview of the latest economic reforms passed by the Indian government and what these can mean for Canada and for the future of the market. Export Development Canada and Marvin Hough (Telfer School of Management, Ottawa) - both C-IBC members - were among the speakers who gave insightful talks that initiated very active and frank discussion with the 35 attendees. The C-IBC thanks the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal for this excellent outreach opportunity and is pleased to include it in our growing list of key "India" partners in Quebec.

 

Marriott Château Champlain, Montreal
Canada Map and Directions

Breakfast & Roundtable with Mr. Som Mittal, President of NASSCOM (India's IT Industry Trade Associa

Free Event

Date: October 18, 2012

C-IBC hosted an exclusive breakfast & roundtable with Mr. Som Mittal, President of NASSCOM, India’s premier trade body for IT-BPO (business process outsourcing). With his 20+ years of experience in India’s IT sector, Mr. Mittal easily guided the audience through the highlights of this immense emerging market for Canadian IT business and investment. According to Mr. Mittal, the IT-BPO industry generates a revenue of USD $100 billion which represents 7.5% of India’s GDP.

As enablers of prospective business opportunities, NASSCOM’s network stretches from private corporations to government bodies for the sole purpose of supporting the Indian IT and BPO industry. Mr. Mittal described India’s growing market share in the Global Sourcing Arena and provided reassuring statistics of India’s role as a lucrative market waiting to be tapped. The drivers of this domestic IT-BPO market are the promising sectors of Healthcare (tele-medicine), Banking and Finance and an increased mobile penetration, PC and broadband subscriber base. As ICT innovates all industries, the Indian “triple mantra of ACCESSIBLE, EFFECTIVE & AFFORDABLE” has become the transforming model for adaptable, profitable solutions.

Mr. Mittal’s conclusion revealed his strong knowledge of Canadian industry with his “CANADA WISHLIST” that discussed not only ICT, but also progressive immigration policy and the prospects for expanded educational/university bilateral cooperation. This left the floor open to Mr. Roger Martin, Dean of Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto), to emphasize India’s global footprint in the IT sector and what that means for Canada. He promoted India as a proven “test bed” market for innovative products before their global launches. Moreover, he talked about the role of Canadian universities assisting in upgrading Indian educational facilities to keep up with growing demand of IT professionals.

The presentation was followed by a discussion of potential issues that Canadian companies could face in terms of bureaucracy and social policy. And so the essential facilitator role that both NASSCOM and ITAC (Information Technology Association of Canada) play, was effectively highlighted by featured guest Mr. Karna Gupta (President & CEO of ITAC).

Marriott Château Champlain, Montreal
Toronto
Canada Map and Directions

7th annual Diwali Gala Dinner

Free Event

Date: October 14, 2012

October 14 2010 - The Liberty Grand, Toronto

The 7th annual Diwali Gala Dinner was held on October 14, 2010 at the Liberty Grand in Toronto. Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors Bennett Jones LLP, Bombardier, RIM and Scotiabank, our Patrons and Table Hosts for making it our most exciting Diwali Celebration ever! With over 450 guests in attendance, this Diwali Gala was definitely an evening to remember.

Ms. Chanda Kochhar, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of ICICI Bank and keynote speaker for the evening, delivered a passionate presentation on the new growth wave in India. John Stackhouse, Editor in Chief of the Globe and Mail, was a guest speaker. Dianne Buckner, host of CBC’s Fortune Hunters, Dragons' Den and Venture, was the Master of Ceremonies.

Plans are already underway for next year’s event. We look forward to seeing you there.

More details and photos of the event will be posted soon.

The Liberty Grand
Toronto, Ontario
Canada Map and Directions

CCAA 2012 Forum (2-day)

Free Event

Date: October 4, 2012

October 4 2012 - Ottawa, Canada

Date: October 4th, 2012
Time: 12:30 - 2:00 pm
Location: Delta City Centre Hotel, Ottawa

C-IBC President and CEO, Rana Sarkar, to present "The India Opportunity: What it Means for Canada", a lunch address at the Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace FORUM on October 4th.

Forum Information & Registration:

http://www.avaerocouncil.ca/index.php/en/events/2012-forum/485

 

Delta City Centre Hotel
Ottawa
Canada Map and Directions

Dr. Rajiv Kumar, head of FICCI, on “the many futures of India”

Free Event

Date: September 28, 2012

September 28 2012 - Toronto, Canada

Date: September 28th
Time: 7:15-9:00 am
Location: Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, 105 St. George Street, Toronto, ON (Event Hall, 2nd floor, south wing)

The C-IBC invites you to register free of charge to the next session of the ongoing U of T India Innovation Institute Speaker Series, hosted by the UofT India Innovation Institute at Rotman School of Management and Munk School of Global Affairs.

Registration check-in will open at 7:15. For approximately 40 minutes, Dr. Kumar will lead a discussion titled, “The Many Futures of India.” Dr. Kumar’s biography is below.

SYNOPSIS: The first decade of the new century has seen global attention turn to India and thankfully largely for positive reasons. The world seems to have recognized that 'Incredible India', the catchy byline propagated by the country's Ministry of Tourism, is not just a hyperbole but reflects the multifaceted achievements and features of this enigmatic country. The elephant it seems can dare to dance.

‘Dress code’ is business casual. Pre-registration is required to attend: please sign up online at www.rotman.utoronto.ca/sept28 by 1pm on September 27.

BIOGRAPHY OF DR. RAJIV KUMAR:

Dr. Rajiv Kumar, a well-known economist and the author of several books, joined the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) as Director General in October 2010 and subsequently as Secretary General in May 2011. Prior to FICCI, he was Director and Chief Executive of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), one of India’s leading independent economic policy think tanks. He is a member of the International Advisory Council of the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies & Research Centre (KAPSARC), Riyadh. Dr Kumar was a member of the National Security Advisory Board for 2006-2008 as well as a non- executive Director on the Central Board of the State Bank of India for three years ending September 2011.

From 1987-1989, Dr Kumar was a Professor at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade; subsequently, he worked for the Government of India from 1989 to 1995, first in the Bureau of Industrial Costs and Prices, Ministry of Industry and then as Economic Adviser in the Department of Economic Affairs Ministry of Finance. In 1995, Dr. Kumar joined the Asian Development Bank, in Manila and assumed several positions during his ten year term.

In 2004, he returned to India to join the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), New Delhi as Chief Economist.

He has a D.Phil. in Economics from Oxford University and a Ph.D from Lucknow University. His latest book, Many Futures of India, published in April 2011 is a compilation of his columns in some of India’s dailies. He is a leading columnist in business dailies and his views on matters relating to the economy are widely sought.

 

7:15 to 8:00am registration, coffee, tea, muffins; 8:00 sharp to 9:00am presentation and Q&A

Friday, September 28, 2012 – Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, 105 St. George Street, Toronto, ON (Event Hall, 2nd floor, south wing)

All current Rotman MBA, MFin and PhD students, faculty and staff are invited to register free of charge in this next session of our ongoing U of T India Innovation Institute Speaker Series.

Registration check-in will open at 7:15. We’ll have coffee and tea. At 8:00am sharp we will introduce our speaker, Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Secretary General, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). For approximately 40 minutes, Dr. Kumar will lead a discussion titled, “The Many Futures of India.” Dr. Kumar’s biography is below.

SYNOPSIS: The first decade of the new century has seen global attention turn to India and thankfully largely for positive reasons. The world seems to have recognized that 'Incredible India', the catchy byline propagated by the country's Ministry of Tourism, is not just a hyperbole but reflects the multifaceted achievements and features of this enigmatic country. The elephant it seems can dare to dance.

If time permits, Q&A will follow. The session will adjourn no later than 9:00.

SPEAKER SERIES HOST: UofT India Innovation Institute at Rotman School of Management and Munk School of Global Affairs

‘Dress code’ is business casual. Pre-registration is required to attend: please sign up online at www.rotman.utoronto.ca/sept28 by 1pm on September 27.

If you know people outside Rotman who might wish to attend, please forward this invitation to them. There is no registration fee for this session but it is mandatory that all who wish to attend register by 1:00pm on September 27.

We hope that you’ll attend

Rotman Events Team – Steve Arenburg, Jennifer Hildebrandt and Amy Fong

 

BIOGRAPHY OF DR. RAJIV KUMAR:

Dr. Rajiv Kumar, a well-known economist and the author of several books, joined the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) as Director General in October 2010 and subsequently as Secretary General in May 2011. Prior to FICCI, he was Director and Chief Executive of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), one of India’s leading independent economic policy think tanks. He is a member of the International Advisory Council of the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies & Research Centre (KAPSARC), Riyadh. Dr Kumar was a member of the National Security Advisory Board for 2006-2008 as well as a non- executive Director on the Central Board of the State Bank of India for three years ending September 2011.

From 1987-1989, Dr Kumar was a Professor at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade; subsequently, he worked for the Government of India from 1989 to 1995, first in the Bureau of Industrial Costs and Prices, Ministry of Industry and then as Economic Adviser in the Department of Economic Affairs Ministry of Finance. In 1995, Dr. Kumar joined the Asian Development Bank, in Manila and assumed several positions during his ten year term.

In 2004, he returned to India to join the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), New Delhi as Chief Economist.

He has a D.Phil. in Economics from Oxford University and a Ph.D from Lucknow University. His latest book, Many Futures of India, published in April 2011 is a compilation of his columns in some of India’s dailies. He is a leading columnist in business dailies and his views on matters relating to the economy are widely sought.

Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, 105 St. George Street
Toronto, ON
Canada Map and Directions

Luncheon & roundtable with Mohammad Haleem Khan, Secretary, Department of Disinvestment

Free Event

Date: September 20, 2012

September 20 2012 - Toronto, Canada

Date: September 20th
Time: 11:30-1:30 pm
Location: 250 Yonge St. 35th floor, Toronto

On September 20th, the C-IBC hosted a roundtable and networking luncheon in honour of Mr. Mohammad Haleem Khan, Secretary of India's Department of Disinvestment. Disinvestment (or privatization) of India's government corporations has moved into its next phase with a target of over $5 billion. These public offerings and related processes substantially complement recent economic/investment reforms of the Indian government. Mr. Khan outlined the reasons and principles behind India's progressive campaign, and in answering questions, he offered useful case studies and elucidated on what the next wave of privatization models will look like for international investors.

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250 Yonge St. 35th floor
Toronto
Canada Map and Directions

Exclusive ECSFM Roundtable & Reception

Free Event

Date: September 20, 2012

September 20 2012 - Vancouver, British Columbia

On September 20, 2012 the BC Chapter of the Canada-India Business Council co-hosted a roundtable and reception for the visiting Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers of India. The C-IBC partnered with the BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism & Skills Development and the Consulate General of India (Vancouver) for this important delegation. The topic of the roundtable was "Opportunities for Partnership in the Energy Sector" and a select group of panelists shared their perspectives on the state of power generation, energy security, future trends, and the general opportunities available to Canadian energy companies in India.

The panel was proceeded by a presentation by the BC Government, where Mr. Dave Byng, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, welcomed the delegation on behalf of Premier Christy Clark. He gave an overview of current bilateral trade between BC and India and stressed the importance the BC Government was giving to bilateral relations and the steps taken to fast track relations. The Empowered Committee was keen to learn about BC's indirect tax structure, including the challenges faced with implementing the HST, and the province's experience from holding a referendum on the subject.

For the Energy panel, Mr. Michael Nicholas, (Director, India and South East Asia for the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism, and Skills Development) greeted the audience on behalf of the BC Government. Panelists were then asked to share about the energy situation in India and how their respective governments/companies were addressing the shortfalls.

The panelists included:

Sukesh Kumar – Partner at KPMG (the panel moderator)
Honourable Sushil Kumar Modi – Deputy Chief Minister & Minister of Finance, State of Bihar and Chair of the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers of India
Dr. Ramprasad Sengupta - Distinguished Fellow at the Indian Development Foundation and former Sukhamoy Chakravarty Chair Professor of Planning and Development-Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Vivek Rastogi – Vice President (Americas) for Abellon Clean Energy
John Diack – President & CEO, Tri-M Technologies
Daljit Bawa – Market Manager-Heavy Duty at Ballard Power
Manoj Singh - Director South Asia Market & Partnership Development, Westport Innovations Inc.

The roundtable & reception was attended by over 80 Indian delegates, Canadian company representatives, as well as local dignitaries including Mr. Ravi Shankar Aisola, the Consul General of India, Mr. R. Chandramouli - Head of Chancery at the Consulate of India, and Mr. Harry Bloy, MLA for Burnaby-Lougheed.

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ECSFM
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada Map and Directions

Exclusive Talk & Luncheon with Saumitra Chaudhuri, Member of India’s Planning Commission

Free Event

Date: September 18, 2012

September 18 2012 - Toronto, Canada

Date: September 18th
Time: 11:30-1:30 pm
Location: 250 Yonge St. 35th floor, Toronto

On September 18th, the C-IBC hosted an exclusive luncheon and talk in honour of Mr. Saumitra Chaudhuri, Member of the India Planning Commission and Member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister. Mr. Chaudhuri gave an enlightening presentation on the role of energy in the Indian economy. By looking at changes in the global and domestic economies through the the 20th and early 21st centuries and then tracking and projecting activity through the crisis and rebound/recovery, Mr. Chaudhuri conveyed a clear perspective that points towards Canada playing a crucial role in the energy agenda of India.

Click here to access Mr Chaudhuri's Power Point Presentation.

Saumitra Chaudhuri

Saumitra Chaudhuri has been a Member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister since January, 2005. He was appointed Member of the Planning Commission in June, 2009. Prior to that he worked as Economic Advisor & Research Co-ordinator with ICRA Limited, a full service credit rating agency, for sixteen years (1993–2009) and was executive editor of the research publication Money & Finance. Mr. Chaudhuri has over twenty five monographs and papers spanning issues of industry, the financial sector, regional development and fiscal policy and was amongst the principal authors of India’s 12th Five Year Plan.

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250 Yonge St. 35th floor
Toronto
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