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Canada India Foundation sends strong contingent as part of Ontario Business Mission to India 

TORONTO, Ontario, Canada – January 25, 2016 : Canada India Foundation (CIF) will be sending a strong contingent of its Executives as part of the upcoming Ontario Business Mission to India, led by Premier Kathleen Wynne and taking place from January 31 – February 5, 2016.

Mr. Ramesh Chotai and Dr. “Lucky” Lakshmanan,  CIF’s Past Chairs, CIF Chair of India Relations, Dr. Atul Tolia, as well as Executive Director, Mr. Kalyan Sundaram will be travelling with the delegation, while current Chair, Mr. Ajit Someshwar, as well as CIF Executives Mr. Bhupinder Khalsa, Mr. Hariharan Gautam and Ms. Rajinder Minhas will be joining them in key events in New Delhi, Chandigarh, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

“Canada India Foundation is excited about its participation in the current delegation from the Government of Ontario to India, aimed at enhancing trade between Ontario and India”, said Mr. Someshwar. “CIF has always believed in and supported Canadian government-led trade missions to India both at the federal level as well as the provincial level. CIF executives have been part of missions led by former Prime Ministers Jean Chretien and Stephen Harper, as well as those led by former Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and British Columbia Premier Christie Clark”, he said.

“The two themes chosen for the mission, Sustainable development and Urban Infrastructure, are very appropriate and reflect both India’s immediate needs and Ontario’s expertise in addressing them” said Dr. Lakshmanan, who has co-chaired CIF’s signature Canada India Forums, including one on Energy in 2009 and Infrastructure in 2014, and who is also one of Canada’s leaders in Sustainable Development. “One of the objectives of CIF’s participation is to engage in dialogues with India’s stakeholders in these and other sectors and set the stage for CIF’s next Canada India forum”, added Mr. Chotai, co-chair of CIF’s most recent summit on Healthcare.

One other focus sector which will get a lot of attention in the mission will be Education, which offers tremendous opportunities for Ontario’s educational institutions to attract students from India, as well as research collaboration with India’s universities. Mr. Someshwar, who was widely quoted in the Indian press recently emphasizing energy and education as two sectors with great bi-lateral trade opportunities, said, “Canadian colleges and Universities have a lot to offer for Indian students, who can also benefit Canada two ways, either as Canada’s goodwill ambassadors if they return home, or adding to Canada’s talent pool, if they apply to stay as permanent residents.”

Canada India Foundation (CIF) is a national, non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental organization established in 2007 to foster support for stronger bi-lateral relations between Canada and India;  and to increase the participation by Indo-Canadians in political process in Canada.


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