Fostering Closer Canada India Parliamentary Relations

Fostering Closer Canada India Parliamentary Relations

The India Canada Friendship Circle is hosting an event on September 25 at Rockcliffe Park Community Centre Hall in Ottawa featuring MP Chandra Arya. He will discuss the role of MPs in strengthening CanadaIndia Parliamentary Relations. Admission is $12 & guests are welcome.

Emerging Business Opportunities with India

March 15, 2016 – India is emerging. Set to be the most populous country by 2025, India presents a generational businesses opportunity. From R&D, to infrastructure development, and IT, the world’s largest democracy is growing at a rapid pace.

Edu-Canada Canadian MBA Showcase Tour 2015

Source: Indo-Canadian Business Chamber via High Commission of Canada

Following on the success of the inaugural Edu-Canada Canadian MBA Showcase Tour in September 2014, the High Commission of Canada in India is pleased to announce the 2015 Edu-Canada Canadian MBA Showcase Tour. Once again co-organized with the Indo-Canadian Business Chamber (ICBC), this second iteration will visit Bengaluru, Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, and Chandigarh. Canadian universities offering MBA programs to international students will be highlighting their course offerings, scholarships, student experience, accessibility, affordability, and career paths in an all-Canada context.

CIEC Facilitates PM Modi Visit in Toronto

India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi made a much anticipated stop in Toronto, Canada for a Community Reception during his three-nation tour. This marked the first time an Indian PM visited Canada in 42 years. The PM was eager to meet his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper as well as address the Indo-Canadian community during his visit to Canada.

Canada India Education Council has joined the National Alliance of Indo-Canadians (NAIC) as a Welcoming Partner for this historic event which will be attended by several CIEC members and guests.

From: National Post

The thousands in attendance were full of excitement as they chanted “Modi! Modi!” However in the midst of the celebrations business was still attended to. Various agreements were signed and ties between the nations were further strengthened.

Modi was quoted as saying “Canada is a major Asia-Pacific power and should play a more active role, including in regional institutions.” Harper said about the relationship between Canada and India, “It’s not where we want it to be, but it’s growing.”

From: Metro News

At the event, Harper welcomed Modi as an individual “with humble roots and a devout spirit”. Modi then came to the stage, thanking the Indo-Canadian community for all they have done in terms of “enhancing the glory of India” abroad.

Smart Cities Forum 2015

The Canada India Centre at Carleton University is pleased to announce a conference on “Smart & Sustainable Cities – Opportunities for Canada-India Partnership” to discuss the development and implementation of Smart Cities in India and the opportunities it will create for Canadian companies.

The objectives of the Forum will be to:

  • Provide a platform for knowledge exchange and networking among Indian and Canadian stakeholders involved in Smart Cities;
  • Present current developments in the Smart Cities sector in Canada and lessons for India;
  • Promote mutual partnership opportunities for Canadian and Indian companies involved in Smart energy generation and management, transportation and mobility, ICT, infrastructure, buildings and utilities sectors;
  • Showcase existing projects in India in the areas of Smart Mobility and environmental solutions.

Attendees will include Policymakers and Regulatory Agencies, Infrastructure Developers, Construction Companies and Contractors, Architects, Designers, and Engineers, Technology Providers, Financial Institutions and Investors, and Economic Development Agencies.

Further information on this conference & registration are available on the Canada-India Centre website.

BCCIE Summer Seminar 2015

Join the British Columbia Council for International Education from June 21 – 24, 2015 in beautiful Whistler, BC. Summer Seminar provides an essential platform for the growth of BC’s International Education sector. BCCIE’s annual conference brings together over 300 participants from our province, across Canada and beyond our borders.

Save $100 when you register for Summer Seminar by April 10. The Early Bird Full Registration allows access to conference activities from June 21–24, including the Opening Reception on Sunday, June 21 and Final Awards Banquet on Tuesday, June 23.

Click here for more details about the event or to register now.

Habitat for Humanity Canada – Providing a Hand Up

The India Canada Friendship Circle would like to invite you to join them for a panel discussion and networking over tea and Indian snacks at an event this coming weekend (Sunday, March 29, 2015) in Ottawa, Canada.

 

Habitat for Humanity Canada – Providing a Hand Up
SPEAKERS: Jayshree Thakar,  Bryan McDonald,  Alexis Ashworth
WHEN: Sunday, March 29th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. (Registration at 2:45 p.m.)
WHERE: Palki Cuisine of India, 1060 Ogilvie Road, Gloucester
  (East of St. Laurent Blvd and just east of Cyrville Road)
You are welcome to bring family and friends to this event.
Cost $10 (adult) or $5 (student)
Members: Complimentary
For additional details about this event, please visit: http://www.icfc.ws
Future Scope 2014 Education Fair

Future Scope 2014 Education Fair

Future Scope Education Fair 2014 is a quest to provide every student the solution and guidance towards choosing the right career. Consisting of seminars, a counsellors forum & career advisors, the fair aspires to guide students to choose the right institution and course in line with their future aspirations.

More information can be found at: http://futurescope.co.in

The Future of Environmentalism

The Future of Environmentalism

Do not miss Peter Robinson’s lecture on “The Future of Environmentalism” at Acsenda School of Management on April 24th (Thursday), 3:00 – 4:00 pm!

As a major report by UN warns us of  the “severe, pervasive and irreversible” impact of global warming, Peter’s lecture becomes even more important and more relevant. 

Seating capacity is limited so please RSVP Henny at hennym@acsenda.com or call 604-430-5111.

Canada India Infrastructure Forum 2014

The Canada India Foundation (CIF) in partnership with the Canada India Centre at Carleton University are pleased to announce a one-day Infrastructure Forum.

The objectives of the Infrastructure Forum will be to:

  • Provide a platform for infrastructure sector specific dialogue among Indian & Canadian stakeholders
  • Present current developments in the infrastructure sector in India
  • Promote mutual business opportunities for Canadian & Indian infrastructure companies

Hear and interact with leading stakeholders and companies in the Canada/India infrastructure sectors to financial sectors to identify opportunities for cooperation and address challenges. Attendees will include legislators and policy makers, regulatory agencies, institutional investors, financial institutions and service providers from Canada and India.

More information can be found at canadaindia.org.

Governor General to Undertake State Visit to the Republic of India

Source: Consulate General of Canada News Release | February 19, 2014

OTTAWA—At the request of the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will conduct a State visit to the Republic of India, from February 22 to March 2, 2014.

“Sharon and I are looking forward to our State visit to India, which will be centred on the themes of innovation, entrepreneurship and education, with a special focus on the contributions of women and girls,” His Excellency said. “This visit is a reflection of the importance Canada attaches to its relationship with India. Both of our countries are committed to strengthening our partnership and co-operation. The Canada-India economic relationship is strong and holds tremendous potential for broader and expanded collaboration. During our time spent in New Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai, we will meet with government officials, representatives from the business and education sectors, and those from non-governmental organizations with the aim of advancing our economic, academic and cultural ties with our Indian counterparts.”

His Excellency will be joined by parliamentarians and an accompanying delegation of Canadians who will enhance business, academic, cultural and people-to-people ties with their Indian counterparts. These exchanges will further develop the wide-ranging and multi-faceted relationship with India, a major economic player and priority market for Canada, and will provide greater impetus to bilateral initiatives in various sectors, particularly in strategies promoting innovation, entrepreneurship and education.

State Visit to India: New Delhi (February 22 to 25)

In the capital city of New Delhi, Their Excellencies will be officially welcomed by the President and Prime Minister of India during a welcoming ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan, the Presidential Palace. To underscore the important friendship and co-operation between both countries, and on behalf of the people of Canada, Their Excellencies will present an inuksuk to the people of India.

During this visit, His Excellency will meet with Canadian and Indian business leaders to discuss our nations’ economic relationship at a business meeting with the Chambers of Commerce hosted by the Government of India, and at the Canada-India CEO Forum. The Governor General will also discuss the role of innovation in addressing global health challenges during the Grand Challenges Global Health Innovation Roundtable, organized by Grand Challenges Canada.

Her Excellency will discuss the opportunities and challenges faced by women researchers supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and also by women entrepreneurs. She will also visit non-governmental organizations (NGOs) providing education to underprivileged children, and free services to children diagnosed with cancer.

State Visit to India – Bangalore (February 26 and 27)

In Bangalore, Their Excellencies will meet with the Governor of Karnataka. They will visit the All India Coordinated Small Millets Improvement Project—created by IDRC and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) at the University of Agricultural Sciences, in Bangalore—as well as inaugurate the new consulate general, which will oversee Canada’s expanded presence in South India.

His Excellency will discuss the importance of skills development in further building connections between Canadian and Indian institutions during a panel discussion, and participate in a Canada-India discussion on innovation hosted by the Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada and the National Innovation Council of India.

Her Excellency will visit NGOs dedicated to helping children with HIV and to supporting Indian women entrepreneurs.

State Visit to India – Mumbai (February 27 to March 2)

While in Mumbai, Their Excellencies will meet with the Governor of Maharashtra, and pay their respects at a memorial to the 32 victims of the November 2008 terrorist attack on the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. During a visit to Dharavi, one of the largest slums in Asia, Their Excellencies will see, first-hand, examples of India’s deep-seated entrepreneurship and various micro-businesses. They will also discuss the future of audiovisual co-production between Canada and India at Film City, one of the largest shooting locations in India.

In addition, His Excellency will have the opportunity to open the stock market at the Bombay Stock Exchange, and witness the inauguration of BIL-Ryerson DMZ India Ltd., an incubation centre for entrepreneurs supported in partnership with the Bombay Stock Exchange Institute, Ryerson University and Simon Fraser University. He will also address innovators and entrepreneurs at the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay; business leaders at the Indo-Canadian Business Chamber Annual Convention; and the heads of various educational institutions to exchange views on skills development and the future of education in India.

Her Excellency will meet with women leaders from the private and public sectors, civil society and academia on the status of women in India, and visit a strategic philanthropy NGO co-founded and co-managed by an Indo-Canadian. She will also meet with social workers and volunteers who prevent second-generation trafficking among the children of sex workers in Asia’s largest and oldest red-light district.

Visits abroad by a governor general play an important role in Canada’s relations with other countries. They are highly valuable as they help broaden bilateral relations and exchanges among peoples.

Members of the public can follow the Governor General’s State visit to the Republic of India online at www.gg.ca, where speeches, photos and videos will be posted.

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The detailed itinerary and a list of accompanying delegates will be published at a later date.

Media information:

Marie-Ève Létourneau                                               Rideau Hall Press Office 613-998-0287 marie-eve.letourneau@gg.ca

Synergy 2012

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Post-Event Report

November 1 & 2, 2012
Hilton Garden Inn (Toronto Airport W.) • 1870 Matheson Blvd • Mississauga, ON • L4W 0B3

The 7th Annual Synergy Conference held on November 1 & 2 at the Hilton Garden Inn near Toronto which focused on Canada-India educational initiatives was yet another stunning success. With over 100 delegates in attendance including representatives from dozens of Colleges and Universities across Canada and some from India, this annual event has become a ‘must attend’ fixture for institutions and academics working the ‘Canada India education corridor’. For a full event recap, testimonials and excerpts from the CIEC social media live-stream click here.

Event participants:

  • Exchanged ideas via a focused networking event to further the interests of those already involved in or contemplating involvement in this dynamic education corridor
  • Explored opportunities in this burgeoning sector and worked to build an awareness & collaborative approach in sharing each other’s experiences and pitfalls to avoid. Highlight their programs to peers and received effective marketing tips, networked with stakeholders active in both markets and benefited from existing synergies
  • Received VISA information & links (CIC)

Agenda

November 1

9:30 - 10:00 AMREGISTRATION & NETWORKING (COFFEE/COOKIES)
10:00 AM - 10:10 AM Welcome address by Husain F. Neemuchwala, CEO & Executive Director (CIEC)
10:10 AM - 10:25 AMOpening remarks by Hon. Pierre S. Pettigrew, PC, Chair, CIEC
10:25 AM - 10:35 AMSynergy 2012 overview by Husain F. Neemuchwala, CEO & Executive Director, CIEC
10:35 AM - 11:15 AMInaugural Address: "Reflections on The Status and Directions Towards Maturing of Canada-India Educational Partnership" by Prof. Balbir Sahni, Professor Emeritus-Economics, Concordia University
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM NETWORKING BREAK I
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM SESSION II: 'Round table dialogue' with input from Canadian stakeholders, academic institutions & partners discussing academic relations between Canada & India. Co-chairs Dr. Ryan Touhey, Director, U of Waterloo’s Chanchlani India Policy Centre & Margaret Walton-Roberts, Director-International Migration Research Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM WORKING ‘INDIAN BUFFET’ LUNCH. Remarks by Hon. Preeti Saran, Consul General of India-Toronto
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM SESSION III: Update on iCARE (Indian Canadian Academic Advisors Representing Excellence)-CIEC’s agent ‘membership’ category. Announcing CIEC's webinar series & proposed dates for India 'Mission 2013' & 'Partnership Dinner|Gala 2013'.
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM SESSION IV: Reflections on Canada's 'Internationalization' panel report, update on the education consortium and CBIE's go-forward activities by Janine Knight-Grofe, Research Manager, Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)
2:45 PM - 3:30 PM SESSION V: Updates on Canada India Higher Education cooperation & promotion of Canada as a study destination by Miriam Rabkin, Policy Advisor, International Education & Youth Division, Foreign Affairs & Int’l Trade (DFAIT)
3:30 PM - 3:50 PM SPEED DATING: 1 minute self introductions of Institutions & organization & what they would like to achieve (recruiting, joint programming, partnerships...). Responses from the audience or those who simply would like to connect.
3:50 PM - 4:20 PMDESSERT & NETWORKING BREAK
4:20 PM - 5:00 PM SESSION VI: Update from Dr. Lalu Mansinha University of Western Ontario on the Ontario-Maharashtra-Goa (OMG) program & cross directional push for higher levels of collaboration in Research & Higher Education.
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM COCKTAILS and RECEPTION (1 drink included + cash bar)

November 2

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM NETWORKING: (COFFEE/COOKIES)
10:00 AM - 10:05 AM Welcome back remarks by Kam Rathee, Vice-Chair, CIEC
10:05 AM - 10:50 AMWord from the street. Carleton University President Prof. Roseann O'Reilly Runte discusses Carleton’s groundbreaking work on their India engagement plans, what worked and what was learnt.
10:50 AM - 11:30 AM SESSION VII: "Research insights to enhanced student recruitment from India & ISPS survey results" by Bruce Thompson & Rod Skinkle- - Academica Group
11:30 AM - 12:10 PM SESSION VIII: Update on the ‘Student Partners Program’ (SPP) in India by Rudy Sabas, International Partnerships-Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC)
12:10 PM - 1:00 PM SESSION IX: Update on India's 'Internationalization' strategy, Bill 57 & the way forward by Nikhil Bhatia, Sr Director, Price WaterHouse Coopers (PwC-India)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM NETWORKING 'INDIAN BUFFET' LUNCH
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM SESSION X: How strategic partnerships between Canada & India are shaping up and Ottawa’s role by Goldy Hyder, Sr. Vice President, Hill & Knowlton Strategies-Canada
2:45 PM - 3:00 PMVOTE of THANKS by Hon. Pierre S. Pettigrew, PC, Chair, CIEC
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM CLOSING REMARKS by Hon. Deepak Obhrai M.P., P.C., Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Co-operation
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CIEC has negotiated a special rate for delegates staying at the Hilton Garden Inn hotel, which will also provide complimentary airport transfers. To take advantage of the discounted hotel rate, reserve your room by clicking here. For delegates arriving from India, CIEC is pleased to provide a 1 night FREE stay at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Please refer to the following information and useful links regarding entering Canada & obtaining a VISA – Courtesy of Citizenship and Immigration Canada:

Participants will need a valid passport or an appropriate travel document to enter Canada.

Citizens of the United States

US citizens should visit the Department of Homeland Security website for a list of acceptable documents to re-enter the US.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp

Information on visiting Canada:

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/index.asp

Do you need a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) to visit Canada (see for list of countries):

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp

Visiting Canada – Important information for visa exempt travellers (including US Citizens):

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visa-exempt.asp

Where to send your application for a (TRV):

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/offices/apply-where.asp

Video Tutorial on completing the Temporary Resident Visa Application Form (IMM 5257)

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/multimedia/video/imm5257/imm5257.asp

Visa Offices outside of Canada:

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/offices/missions.asp

Visa application processing times:

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/times/temp/visitors.asp

* In order to avoid disappointments, applicants should submit their application as soon as possible.

BIG Mission 2011

BIG Mission 2011

FICCI’s Higher Education Summit in New Delhi will feature keynotes by India’s Union Minister for Human Resource Development & Communication, Hon. Kapil Sibal and University of Toronto’s Prof. David Naylor.

featuring
Business-Business; Institution-Institution & Government-Government Interaction
MUMBAI • AHMEDABAD • NEW DELHI
(OPTIONAL COCHIN & HYDERABAD)
November 6-16, 2011

MUMBAI (formerly BOMBAY): Capital of the state of Maharashtra and with an estimated population of about 13 M, it is the largest metros in India and one of the world’s most populous cities. With a population of 19 M, Mumbai Metropolitan area is also the world’s 5th most populated. Located on the west, the city has a deep natural harbor and handles over 1/2 of India’s passenger traffic and significant amounts of cargo. It is the commercial & entertainment capital of India and houses key institutions such as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), the National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) and corporate headquarters of many Indian companies. Mumbai attracts migrants from all over India because of the immense employment opportunities and the relatively high standard of living, but many end up living in shanties. The city is home to India’s Hindi film & TV industry, known as Bollywood. Mumbai also has a national park within its city limits.

 

AHMEDABAD: Largest city in Gujarat, it is the 8th largest metro in India with a population of over 5.41 M is also the fastest growing city of India. The city is the administrative centre of the state and was the capital of Gujarat from 1960-70 when the capital was shifted to Gandhinagar. Ahmedabad was founded in 1411 by Sultan Ahmed Shah to serve as the capital of the Gujarat Sultanate, and was named after him. Under the British, a military cantonment was established & the city infrastructure was modernized and expanded. Though incorporated into the Bombay Presidency during British rule, Ahmedabad remained a key city in the Gujarat region. The city established itself as the home of a booming textile industry, earning it the nickname “Manchester of the East.” With the creation of Gujarat in 1960, Ahmedabad gained prominence as commercial capital of the state and is witnessing a major construction & population boom. A rising centre in education, IT and scientific industries, Ahmedabad remains the cultural & commercial heart of Gujarat and much of western India.

 

NEW DELHI: is the capital city of the Republic of India. Situated within the metropolis of Delhi, New Delhi was planned by Edwin Lutyens, a leading 20th century British architect. It is the seat of the Government of India and the Government of the NCR (National Capital Region) of Delhi. Connaught Place, one of northern India’s largest commercial and financial centers, is located in the heart of New Delhi. With an estimated net State Domestic Product (SDP) of 83,085 crores (INR 830.85 billion), Delhi is an important commercial center in South Asia. Delhi has a per capita income of 53,976 INR.

Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI): Higher Education Summit
New Delhi, Nov. 11 & 12

A non-government, not-for-profit organisation, FICCI is the voice of India’s business and industry. FICCI has direct membership from the private as well as public sectors, including SME’s and MNC’s, and an indirect membership of over 83,000 companies from regional chambers of commerce. FICCI works closely with the government on policy issues, enhancing efficiency, competitiveness and expanding business opportunities for industry through a range of specialised services and global linkages. It also provides a platform for sector specific consensus building and networking. The Summit’s main objective is to bring stakeholders from education together on one platform and deliberate policies pertaining to this sector.

 

Confederation of Indian Industries (CII): Higher Education Conference
New Delhi, November 14 & 15

India’s apex chamber represents several Industry associations and thousands of India’s largest companies. CII is the rallying point for free enterprise in India and has empowered businesses to shore up their competitiveness and enhance their global reach in changing times. CII maintains the lead as a proactive business solution provider through research, interactions at the highest political level and global networking. CII works across a range of sectors and has an active Committee on Higher Education. Conducted with support from the UGC (University Grants Commission) of the Indian Government & the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD), CII’s Education Conference has become the premier event in the country promoting education, attracting local as well as International providers.

 

Canada as the knowledge partner!

This year’s twin Conferences in New Delhi have a special meaning, reflecting the maturity of academic activities between our two countries. Attend plenary sessions discussing global trends & India’s pattern of growth. Hear from academic leaders, discuss new forms of delivery, attend sessions in maintaining standards, Financing | Management, International mobility of students and interact with experts in the burgeoning Canada-India education corridor.

  1. Visibility & Knowledge transfer: Make exclusive presentations & get exposure to global best practices.
  2. Network: Meet national & international education experts, corporations & government.
  3. Collaborate: Conduct 1-on-1 meetings with Higher education providers, corporations and government.
  4. Showcase: Display your programs and training courses to corporations and “feeder institutions”.

 

  • Explore opportunities in the burgeoning Canada-India education corridor & meet key stakeholders.
  • Network with potential partners, affiliates and delivery providers. Strategic & focused site visits per city.
  • Establish linkages for Joint Ventures, articulation arrangements and faculty | student exchanges & recruiting.
  • Build relationships with local High Schools that typically send thousands of students overseas.
  • Introduction meetings set up with local NGO’s, State and Central Government bodies.
  • Hear about developments in the Indian Governments new ‘liberalized’ education policy & establish your presence.
  • Visit Trade Offices & attend Receptions hosted by Canadian Missions in Mumbai & Delhi.

Nov. 6MUMBAI-Arrivals (AM); Welcome Reception/Briefing (PM)
Nov. 7MUMBAI- High School visits, Recruiting meetings & Agent introductions followed by Reception in the PM
Nov. 8 MUMBAI High level Meetings (AM) | Reception (PM)
Nov. 9AHMEDABAD-Institution meetings in the AM followed by Reception in the PM
Nov. 10AHMEDABAD-High School visits, Recruiting meetings & Agent introductions followed by Reception in the PM

Option 1

Nov. 11 & 12NEW DELHI-FICCI Conference All day (Canada-Key country)
Nov. 13(Plan your own meetings OR TAJ MAHAL visit to Agra OR ‘as you please’)
Nov. 14 & 15NEW DELHI- CII Conference (Canada-Key country)

Option 2

Nov. 11 & 12COCHIN- High School visits, Recruiting meetings & Agent introductions followed by Reception in the PM
Nov. 13(Plan your own meetings OR local sight-seeing OR ‘as you please’)
Nov. 14 & 15HYDERABAD- High School visits, Recruiting meetings & Agent introductions followed by Reception in the PM

All Inclusive Delegate Fee ($12,500 incl. all taxes*):

  • Local flights & ALL ground transportation in India incl. airport transfers.
  • Luxury hotel accommodations in all cities including Breakfast.
  • Site visits to select High Schools, Colleges & stakeholder organizations in each city.
  • ‘Personalized’ itinerary based on your stated interests prior to departure.
  • Registration fees for all local events incl. FICCI & CII Conferences.
  • Country | city briefings accompanied by Networking dinners, Receptions and luncheons in each city.
  • Opportunity to set up own meetings.
  • Institution name & logo w/link displayed on CIEC’s website for 1 year post BIG Mission 2011.
  • Seminar presentations at select Institutions during information sessions (upon request & availability).

*Note:
Non-CIEC Members add $500
International air to/from India NOT included in fee


Please refer to the following information and useful links regarding entering Canada & obtaining a VISA – Courtesy of Citizenship and Immigration Canada:

Participants will need a valid passport or an appropriate travel document to enter Canada.

Citizens of the United States

US citizens should visit the Department of Homeland Security website for a list of acceptable documents to re-enter the US.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp

Information on visiting Canada:

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/index.asp

Do you need a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) to visit Canada (see for list of countries):

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp

Visiting Canada – Important information for visa exempt travellers (including US Citizens):

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visa-exempt.asp

Where to send your application for a (TRV):

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/offices/apply-where.asp

Video Tutorial on completing the Temporary Resident Visa Application Form (IMM 5257)

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/multimedia/video/imm5257/imm5257.asp

Visa Offices outside of Canada:

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/offices/missions.asp

Visa application processing times:

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/times/temp/visitors.asp

* In order to avoid disappointments, applicants should submit their application as soon as possible.

Synergy 2011

Synergy 2011

October 6 – 7, 2011
Hilton Garden Inn (Toronto Airport West) • 1870 Matheson Blvd • Mississauga, ON • L4W 0B3
(map)
  1. Exchange ideas via a focused networking event to further the interests of those already involved in or contemplating involvement in this dynamic education corridor
  2. Explore opportunities in this burgeoning sector and build an awareness & collaborative approach in sharing each other’s experiences and pitfalls to avoid. An opportunity to highlight your programs to peers and receive effective marketing tips, network with stakeholders active in both markets and benefit from existing synergies

Agenda

October 6

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. REGISTRATION & NETWORKING (COFFEE/COOKIES)
9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Opening remarks by Dr. Sheila Embleton, President-Canada India Education Council (CIEC)
9:15 - 9:25 a.m. Synergy 2011 overview by Husain F. Neemuchwala, Chief Operations Officer & Executive Director, CIEC
9:25 - 10:05 a.m. Inaugural Address: Knowledge Mobilization? : The Canada India context by Prof. Balbir Sahni, Professor Emeritus, Concordia University & Co-Chair, Education Working Group-Focus India
10:05 - 10:20 a.m. NETWORKING BREAK I
10:20 - 11:40 a.m. SESSION I: ‘Good practices’ in building & managing relationships: Led by Directors of 3 University Int’l offices, the panel will discuss the caveats, successes & challenges of partnerships with Indian Universities and reflect on the evolution of their partnerships over the past year. Moderator-Rachel Lindsey, Sr. Policy Analyst-AUCC
11:40 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. SESSION II: Updates on Canada India Higher Education cooperation & promotion of Canada as a study destination by Claude Bibeau & Lee-Anne Hermann, Deputy Director, Intl Education & Youth, Foreign Affairs & International Trade
12:20 - 1:20 p.m. WORKING LUNCH. Remarks by Hon. Preeti Saran, Consul General of India-Toronto accompanied by Hon. Pierre S. Pettigrew, PC, Chair, Canada India Education Council (CIEC)
1:20 - 1:40 p.m. SESSION III: Launch of iCARE (Indian Canadian Advisors Representing Excellence) addressing the need for ‘agent accreditation’ & more transparency from ‘consultants’ and a quick overview on CIEC’s upcoming Fall Mission to India.
1:40 - 2:45 p.m. SESSION IV: Update on the ‘Student Partners Program’ (SPP) in India by Dominique Van de Maele, Senior Project Officer, International Partnerships-ACCC
2:45 - 3:00 p.m. SPEED DATING: 1 minute self introductions of Institutions & what they would like to achieve in either country (recruiting, joint programming...). Responses | suggestions from the audience or those who simply wish to connect.
3:00 - 3:30 p.m. DESSERT & NETWORKING BREAK II
3:30 - 4:15 p.m. SESSION V: International Education & Provinces | Territories of Canada by Dr. Andrew Parkin, Director Gen-CMEC
4:15 - 5:00 p.m. SESSION VI: Update from ‘Canadian Consortium for International Education Marketing’ by Jennifer Humphries-CBIE
5:00 - 5:20 p.m. SESSION VII: Provincial dialogue | updates on ‘India focused initiatives’. Moderated by Dr. Sheila Embleton, Provinces & Territories (invited) have an opportunity to discuss their ongoing efforts and initiatives in India.
5:20 - 6:30 p.m. COCKTAILS and RECEPTION (1 drink included + cash bar)

October 7

9:00 - 9:15 a.m. NETWORKING: (COFFEE/COOKIES)
9:15 - 9:25 a.m. Welcome remarks by Kam Rathee, Vice-Chair, CIEC
9:25 - 10:25 a.m. SESSION VIII: Canada-India academic cooperation: "Opportunities and Challenges for a major University" by Prof. Deep Saini, Vice-President, U of Toronto & Principal, Univ. of Toronto (Mississauga) and Dr. Mario Pinto, VP Research-Simon Fraser University, BC
10:25 - 11:00 a.m. SESSION IX: How a mid-sized Canadian College is working the ‘India market’ by Dr. Faith Ratchford (Fleming College)
11:00 - 11:20 a.m. NETWORKING BREAK I
11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. SESSION X: "Research insights to enhanced student recruitment from India & ISPS survey results" by Bruce Thompson & Ken Steele-Academica Group Inc.
12:20 - 1:00 p.m. Valedictory address: Dimensions of Canada-India education collaboration and Co-operation: Looking Beyond Education Summit 20011 by Dr. Braj Sinha, President, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. WORKING LUNCH. Update from Dr. Lalu Mansinha on the Ontario-Maharashtra-Goa (OMG) program & a cross directional push for higher levels of collaboration in Research & Higher Education.
2:00 - 2:15 p.m. VOTE of THANKS by Hon. Pierre S. Pettigrew, PC, Chair, CIEC
2:15 - 3:00 p.m. CLOSING REMARKS by Hon. Deepak Obhrai M.P., P.C., Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation
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Besides negotiating a special rate of $159 per night, the Hilton Garden Inn hotel will provide complimentary airport transfers for all delegates flying in | out. The last date to Register for Synergy 2011 is Sept 16 and to take advantage of the discounted hotel rate, you must reserve by September 26 by clicking here. For registered delegates arriving from India for Synergy 2011, CIEC is pleased to provide 1 night FREE stay at the Hilton Garden Inn.

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Visiting Delegation From India

Date: October 28,2010
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Location: 5140 Yonge St, 16th floor, Toronto, ON M2N 6L7 (North York Subway)

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Agenda

4:00 - 4:03 p.m.Welcome address by Kam Rathee, CEO, CIEC
4:03 - 4:06 p.m.Inaugural remarks by Husain F Neemuchwala, COO, CIEC
4:06 - 4:10 p.m.Vote of thanks by Anil Chawla, Deloitte. of India, Toronto
4:10 - 4:27 p.m.Delegate introductions by Dr. G Mewani, Education Secretary, MEDC
4:27 - 4:30 p.m.Ontario’s India initiatives by John Shalagan, Sr. Policy Advisor, MTCU, Province of Ontario
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.Networking reception

17 member delegation from the Government of Maharashtra led by:
Mr. Tope, Hon. Minister of Higher and Technical Education
Ms. Gaikwad, Hon. Minister of State for Higher and Technical Education
Mr. Pathak, IAS, Secretary, Higher and Technical Education

Kindly RSVP by October 25, 2010 by emailing info@CanadaIndiaEducation.com.

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 (8:30 AM-6:00 PM)
Pearson Convention Centre • 2638 Steeles Avenue E • Brampton, ON • L6T 4L7
  • An exchange of ideas through a networking event to further the interests of those currently involved in or contemplating involvement in the education sector in India.
  • Explore opportunities in this burgeoning sector.
  • An awareness & collaborative approach in sharing each others’ experiences as well as pitfalls to avoid. An opportunity to highlight your programs to peers & receive effective marketing tips.
  • Meet stakeholders active in both markets and benefit from existing synergies.
Agenda
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. REGISTRATION & NETWORKING (COFFEE/COOKIES)
9:00 - 9:10 a.m. Opening remarks by Hon. Pierre S Pettigrew, PC, Chairman, Canada India Education Council (CIEC)
9:10 - 9:20 a.m. Welcome address by Kam Rathee, President, CIEC
9:20 - 9:30 a.m. Synergy 2010 overview by Husain F. Neemuchwala, Chief Operating Officer & Executive Director, CIEC
9:30 - 9:40 a.m. Keynote remarks by Senator Consiglio Di Nino, Government Whip & Deputy Chair (Standing committee on Foreign Affairs)
9:40 - 10:25 a.m. INAUGURAL ADDRESS: Canada-India: Cross-border education & Bill 57 (2010): Background & Directions by Prof. Balbir Sahni, Professor Emeritus, Concordia University & co-Chair, Education Working Group-Focus India
10:25 - 10:45 a.m. NETWORKING BREAK I
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. SESSION I: "Opportunities & challenges in strengthening the Canada-India Education Corridor" by DFAIT
Part A: Leveraging the MOU between Canada & India signed at the G20 by Claude Bibeau, Deputy Director-Planning and Scholarships, DFAIT
Part B: Efforts to recruit Indian students through India-specific efforts & in the multi-national context by Jean-Philippe Tachdjian, Deputy Director, Edu-Canada, DFAIT
Part C: Update on the proposed Foreign Education Providers Bill & Establishment of off-shore campuses in India by Faisal Beg, Trade Commissioner, Canadian High Commission (New Delhi)
12:00 - 12:15 p.m. SESSION II: The Ontario-Maharashtra-Goa (OMG) Student Exchange Program: Progress report by Dr. Lalu Mansinha, Academic Director, OMG Program, University of Western Ontario
12:15 - 1:00 p.m. NETWORKING LUNCH (stay tuned for a surprise element)
1:00 - 1:20 p.m. SESSION III Maximizing your ROI (Return on India). Presenting ‘out of the box’ recruiting solutions and stretching your marketing dollars by Husain F. Neemuchwala, C.O.O & Executive Director, CIEC
1:20 - 1:50 p.m. SESSION IV: Canadian Universities operating in India PART A: Open floor discussion conducted by Dr. Sheila Embleton, York U. & Chair, Academic Relations, CIEC PART B: Financial & Tax implications of operating a campus in India by Rajiv Mathur, Deloitte Consulting
1:50 - 2:10 p.m. SESSION V: Retrospect and Prospect: Shastri Action Plan in light of MOU on Higher Education Cooperation by President Elect Prof. Braj M Sinha & Rick Butler, Executive Director; Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute
2:10 - 2:30 p.m. SESSION VI: SPEED DATING. 1 minute self introductions of Institutions & what they would like to achieve in India (recruiting, joint programming...). Responses from those that ‘have been there, done that’
2:30 - 2:50 p.m. DESSERT NETWORKING BREAK II
2:50 - 3:10 p.m. SESSION VII: Educational Offsets in India: Solutions from HOPE Foundation India by Taras Kulish, Country Director, HOPE Worldwide of Canada
3:10 - 3:25 p.m. SESSION VIII: A view from the top...A few words from Prof. Deep Saini, Principal, Univ. of Toronto (Mississauga)
3:25 - 3:50 p.m. SESSION IX: "The Hare & the Tortoise": A look at Canada-India educational activity and a reflection on opportunities inside & outside the corridor by Dr. Alan Middleton, Schulich School of Business, York University
3:50 - 4:15 p.m. SESSION X: "Research Insights to Enhance Student Recruitment in India" by Ken Steele, VP-Academica Group Inc.
4:15 - 4:35 p.m. SESSION XI: "Private Post-Secondary Education: Addressing Global Change" by Harris Rosen & Alan Wolfish, QC, Fogler, Rubinoff LLP discussing the role & challenges of private career colleges
4:35 - 4:50 p.m. SESSION XII: Canada-India Relations: A political overview in a national & global perspective. Opportunities & pitfalls for the academic sector by Neil Desai, Frmr Mgr, Strategic Initiatives, Prime Minister's Office (Canada)
4:50 - 5:00 p.m. SESSION XIII: Canada-India Relations: A political overview in a national & global perspective. Opportunities & pitfalls for the academic sector by Neil Desai, Frmr Mgr, Strategic Initiatives, Prime Minister's Office (Canada)
5:00 - 5:05 p.m. CLOSING REMARKS by Hon. Dr. Ruby Dhalla, MP Brampton-Springdale
5:05 - 6:00 p.m. COCKTAILS and RECEPTION (1 drink included + cash bar)
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The 4th Annual Synergy Conference held on September 23rd 2010 at the Pearson Convention Center near Toronto which focused on Canada-India educational initiatives was yet another stunning success. With over 150 delegates in attendance, including representatives from dozens of Colleges and Universities across Canada and some from India, this annual event has become a ‘must attend’ fixture for institutions and academics working the ‘Canada India education corridor’.

With half a billion English-speaking youth under age 25, about 18,000 PSE institutions, and a participation rate of just 12%, India represents an immense potential market for colleges and universities worldwide. Canadian recruitment efforts in India have doubled in recent years, but plans for satellite campuses may be discouraged by the pending Bill 57 in the Indian parliament, which will prevent institutions from repatriating any of the surpluses generated by their Indian operations. Noted scholars, politicians and key academics presented interesting perspectives and directives for the future. With a focus on key academic areas of co-operation and partnerships, Synergy 2010 provided updates from India regarding the entry for foreign education providers (Bill 57) as well as the recently signed MOU in education between Canada and India at the G20 held in Toronto. Noted academic experts from both countries discussed recent developments and exciting opportunities as several illustrious speakers opined on the ongoing engagement as we move forward.

CIEC is a not for profit, bi-national, independent, event-driven, membership-based organization established to operate exclusively in the ‘Canada India education corridor’, enhance ties and create opportunities for academic institutions. Since 2007, the Synergy Conference series has successfully brought hundreds of Canadian institutions together to discuss common objectives, challenges and opportunities and by conducting partner events with institutions such as FICCI, AUCC, CBIE, SICI & ACCC, CIEC has brought specialists from specific academic areas and presented joint partnership opportunities. CIEC already counts several respected organizations and institutions from both countries as its members.

phHonPierreSPettigrew  The conference was opened by Hon. Pierre S. Pettigrew, PC who chairs the Canada India Education Council (CIEC), and he began by telling us about the unique nature of Canada, as one country comprised of several nations. He reminded us that by 2050, six of the largest economies of the world will be Asian. Our governments have to put a lot of money into health, but education is far more important for the future of our society — it is what we owe, not to those who have contributed to our society, but to those who will contribute to it in the future.

 

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  Kam Rathee, CIEC President, expressed the hope that this council, like education, could serve as a bridge between cultures and countries. He described the plan to create a mirror image organization in India to link the CIEC’s efforts across the Pacific. Husain F. Neemuchwala, CIEC’s COO, elaborated on the plan to establish three offices in Mumbai, and touched on the government of Ontario’s objective to increase international student enrollment, especially from India. CMEC is working with Ottawa to reduce barriers to Indian students.

 

 

phSenatorConsiglioDiNino  Senator Consiglio Di Nino, the former chair of the standing committee on Foreign Affairs, delivered the opening keynote remarks. He stated from the outset that the CIEC is one of the most important initiatives in Canada’s relationship with India. He sees plenty of room for improvement — “the two countries have woken up, but they still need to get out of bed.” Up until 2010, we have issued about 8,000 student visas — “shamefully” few. The Indian middle class is larger than the entire population of the EU, and the university student population will double to 30 million in several years — there are immense opportunities for Canadian education.

 

phDrBalbirSahni  Concordia professor emeritus Dr. Balbir Sahni delivered the inaugural address on cross-border education and the new Bill 57, which will pave the way for foreign universities in India. Although India has committed to spend 5% of GDP on education, only 0.37% is spent on higher education domestically, while $13 billion is spent by students going abroad. There is a significant deficiency in higher education capacity in India. Currently, India is the source of 5% of all international students worldwide (15% come from China) and most study in the US, UK, France, Germany & Australia. Canada attracts just 4% of international students. Since 2000, the flow of Indian students into Canada has increased from 1,000 to more than 6,000 students. Sahni sees great opportunity for joint grad studies, twinning of institutions, industry linkages, vocational training collaborations, and publicprivate partnerships. India will benefit from the establishment of foreign universities in India, so long as fees are affordable for Indian families, and overly generous salaries do not drain faculty from existing institutions in India.

 

phClaudeBibeauClaude Bibeau of DFAIT spoke about the MOU on Higher Education Cooperation signed between Canada and India at the G20 summit in Toronto. The MOU creates a framework for exchanges, awards, partnerships and mobility of students and scholars between institutions in the two countries. Meetings with India are swift and very businesslike, but a challenge is that Canadian education has very decentralized budgets, and it takes significant time to put millions of dollars on the table. UK and Australia have opened well-funded offices in India, and can negotiate in a coordinated and centralized way. DFAIT has a $12 million scholarship program, and has been allocating 50 scholarships to Indian grad students studying in Canada, as well as the Vanier scholarships and the new $70,000 Banting fellowship. 73,000 students from Canada and around the world participate in the International Youth Program annually.

 

phJeanPhilippeTachdjianJean-Philippe Tachdjian of Edu-Canada / DFAIT summarized recent developments in India, and the negative incidents in Australia which led to considerable bad press. The UK high commission was subsequently overwhelmed with Indian requests for study permits, so Canada has become the next destination of choice. “Our competitors have stumbled,” but now we need to be cautious that we learn from the Australian example, and attract the right students and potential migrants to Canada. The 2009 closure of CECN has led to a more direct role for DFAIT in promotion activities, but has meant the closure of 3 offices in India that were convenient and well-staffed. DFAIT hasn’t done nearly enough to promote the Edu-Canada brand, but clearly needs more resources. Nonetheless, we have seen 125% growth in enrollments from India in the past two years. DFAIT urges Canadian institutions to share their alumni lists for India with the Canadian High Commission, because alumni will be our best ambassadors.

 

phFaisalBegFaisal Beg, the Canadian Trade Commissioner in New Delhi, presented the latest on Bill 57, which is still being deliberated. There are over 18,000 PSE institutions in India, and about 400 universities, and yet the participation rate is less than 12%, which is about half the world average. There are a number of foreign providers operating in India already, but without an effective regulatory regime to maintain standards. Bill 57 will allow institutions with more than 20 years standing to apply, but they will not be permitted to offer distance education and must deliver programs in India that are consistent with the programs in their home countries. Existing foreign operators in India will have to reapply under the new regime. No repatriation of funds will be permitted: 75% of funds can be ploughed back into operations, and 25% must be deposited as “corpus” with the Indian government as a form of collateral. (In effect, under this bill there will be every financial incentive for Canadian institutions to recruit students away from India, but a financial disincentive to establish any satellite campuses in India.)

 

phDrLaluMansinhaUWO’s Dr. Lalu Mansinha gave a progress report on the Ontario-Maharashtra-Goa exchange partnership, a 2 way exchange of about 75 students each year. The Ontario Council of Academic VPs (OCAV) runs similar exchanges other countries under the auspices of Ontario Universities International (OUI). The exchange is about the reciprocal flow of knowledge — not just disciplinary expertise, but cultural understanding as well. About 50 students receive a stipend each year, but a significant benefit is that international tuition fees are waived. India has many institutions, but they are also often very large: the University of Pune, the “Oxford of the East”, has more than 400,000 students. There is now growing interest in the idea of faculty exchange and research collaboration.

phHusainNeemuchwalaHusain F. Neemuchwala returned to the podium to tell us how to “Maximize Your ROI (Return on India)” with out of the box recruitment solutions. Right now Canada invests about $1 million as a country in a sector that brings in $6.5 billion — this is inadequate. CIEC recommends pre-planned high school drop-in visits, alumni networking receptions, agents, fairs, and social networking — not just Facebook but also Orkut, Ishstyle and others. Over 100,000 Indians currently go overseas to study. About 1/3rd of 1 billion people are under age 30. CIEC has members from both countries and is poised to become the ‘GO TO’ organizations within the Canada-India landscape and currently operates the Synergy conference, Ed-Mission tours to India and “UnFairs” (HS Counselor visits) in India, and will open rep offices in 3 cities by 2011. It is also working to create a $1 million scholarship pool to attract Indian students. Having an “appearance” in India is not enough — Canadian institutions need an ongoing “presence” on the ground in India.

 

phDrAlanMiddletonYork University’s Dr. Alan Middleton urged Canadian higher education to make a lot more NOISE to gain brand awareness overseas. Despite institutional budget cuts, we need to remember that “you can’t cut your way to growth.” Increasing participation rates domestically will only hurt quality, the Canadian population is aging, government funding is dropping, and raising tuition is not sustainable. We need to stop treating education as something only for young people, and should abolish the expression “continuing education.” We should all be in the business of lifelong learning, especially in an emerging market like India. Canada is currently a tortoise moving at a snail’s pace, with a minimal market share. We can’t wait for the federal government to make the difference when education is a provincial responsibility. This isn’t just an international competition for revenue — who will be the top educational players globally in the future? We need to be oriented to the world of the future — an Asian future.

 

Rajiv Mathur, of Deloitte Consulting, addressed the financial and tax implications of establishing satellite campuses in India. The PSE market in India will grow to $80 billion within a few years, and there are already half a billion Indians under age 25. Salaries and consulting fees can be paid to Canadians, within certain limits, but are subject to taxes of 10- 20%. There are apparently some ways to “unlock” the surplus generated in India for other purposes, Rajiv implied and could be reached directly at Deloitte for further elaboration.

 

phDrSheilaEmbletonYork University’s Dr. Sheila Embleton moderated an open floor discussion about Canadian institutions operating in India. Currently, virtually no-one at the conference has operations on the ground in India (except York’s Schulich School of Business), but several have plans to do so, including the Ivey School of Business, and Concordia U. Professionals educated in India will ultimately emigrate to Canada and other “aging” countries to meet their future labour market needs — so in effect, our institutions can consider going to India as educating future Canadians. Engineering accreditations need to be more flexible.

 

phProfDeepSaini Prof. Deep Saini, the principal of uToronto Mississauga, gave us “a view from the top,” which he assured us meant “the top of his head.” He was previously involved in establishing the UAE campus for uWaterloo, and is currently helping to develop a new India strategy for the UofT. UofT is interested in becoming the “backup” research university for industry in Canada and in India, and has even contemplated a UofT Delhi. India has some outstanding institutions in specific disciplines, but not world class comprehensive institutions like UofT. UofT feels a sense of global social responsibility to affect the ethos of education in India, beyond science and technology and into liberal arts. Canada and India share an immense amount of common values as countries and societies. There is plenty of local capital available to build a campus in India, but a shortage of common purpose and governance — India can be more like a country with 1.1 billion individual goals and objectives. There is an increasing power of the private sector that is gradually affecting public sector governance, and India will likely resolve its governance issues soon.

phPHCK (L-R) Hon. Pierre S Pettigrew, Chairman CIEC; Husain F. Neemuchwala, COO &Executive Director, CIEC; Canadian Senator Consiglio Di Nino &Kam Rathee, President, CIEC

 

 

 

 

 

phPCH (L-R) Hon. Pierre S Pettigrew, Chairman CIEC; Husain F. Neemuchwala, COO &Executive Director, CIEC; Kam Rathee, President, CIEC &Canadian Senator Consiglio Di Nino

 

 

 

 

 

phBrajSinhaRickButler Braj Sinha and Rick Butler of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute put forward an action plan in light of the MOU signed by Canada and India at the G20 Summit. Many of the specific initiatives articulated in the MOU are things that Shastri has been doing for decades and have recommitted to doing under the new MOU. Shastri is planning to host 8 regional workshops across Canada and India to enhance India studies in Canada and vice-versa. Shastri is also planning to launch a new web portal to engage and connect its member institutions, to include a speakers bureau, a searchable discussion forum, a broad communications channel to trumpet accomplishments, and a centralized data repository with instant reporting capacity.

 

phTarasKulish Taras Kulish, the country director for HOPE Worldwide of Canada, spoke about “educational offsets” in India. Institutions looking to educate Indians may not be addressing the question, “what are you giving back to India?” Like carbon offsets, educational offsets are a humanitarian concept to create corresponding opportunities in India for every international student coming to Canada. HOPE proposes that institutions donate $250 to an Indian institution for every fee-paying international student from India. There are currently 30 HOPE Foundation schools in India, and Canadian institutions can effectively “adopt” a HOPE Foundation school through these offsets.

 

phKenSteeleAcademica Group’s Ken Steele announced a new international student prospect research study, to launch this winter in partnership with CIEC and Maple Leaf EduConnect. The ISPR will assemble an online research panel of thousands of prospective international students in India, and hundreds of high school principals and counsellors, and will gather market intelligence much like Academica’s longrunning UCAS applicant study does in North America, where it is the largest and most comprehensive PSE consumer research study. The new ISPR will focus on India, and interested college, university, or government departments will be able to participate in the project steering committee and obtain high-level research results for a small nominal fee. Participating institutions will also gain exclusive access to in-depth data and a series of ongoing market research reports. Ken also shared interesting data drawn from Indian applicants to Canadian universities in the 2010 UCAS study.

 

phHarrisRosenAlanWolfish Harris Rosen and Alan Wolfish, from Fogler Rubinoff LLP, spoke on global change and business opportunities in private PSE. They represent private career colleges and private degree-granting institutions. Vocational training schools typically re-skill disadvantaged students and give them a new lease on life. The US Department of Labour projects the top growth sectors in the next 10 years to be IT, Healthcare, professional and business services. Canada could learn a lot from the US in the way it gathers national statistics. The Federal/Provincial division of jurisdictions affects Canada’s ability to create a national brand, and while education is a provincial jurisdiction, immigration is a federal one. They also act for a number of foreign investors interested in acquiring Canadian career colleges.

Gail Bowkett, senior policy analyst at AUCC, spoke about AUCC’s upcoming presidential mission to India. Truly global universities need to be engaged with India, and there are over 100 bilateral agreements in place. AUCC wants to build the brand of Canadian education in India, and has signed an MOU with its counterpart, the AIU. 16 university presidents will be travelling to India in November to meet with key university presidents in India, business and industry leaders.

Hon. Dr. Ruby Dhalla, MP Brampton-Springdale graced the occasion by her presence at the closing of the event during the wine reception.

(Thank you to Ken Steeles of the Academica Group for contributing to this post event report).

Please refer to the following information and useful links regarding entering Canada & obtaining a VISA – Courtesy of Citizenship and Immigration Canada:

Participants will need a valid passport or an appropriate travel document to enter Canada.

Citizens of the United States

US citizens should visit the Department of Homeland Security website for a list of acceptable documents to re-enter the US.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp

Information on visiting Canada:

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Do you need a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) to visit Canada (see for list of countries):

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Visiting Canada – Important information for visa exempt travellers (including US Citizens):

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Where to send your application for a (TRV):

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Video Tutorial on completing the Temporary Resident Visa Application Form (IMM 5257)

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/multimedia/video/imm5257/imm5257.asp

Visa Offices outside of Canada:

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