Synergy 2009

Synergy 2009

Following the spectacular success of previous “Canada-India: A synergy in Education” events held in 2007 & 2008 respectively, the much anticipated sequel in 2009 will feature another education giant, CHINA.

While Synergy I brought hundreds of Canadian institutions together to discuss common India objectives, challenges and opportunities, Synergy II conducted in partnership with ACCC & FICCI brought specialists from India who discussed specific vocational areas and presented joint partnership opportunities.

Conceived by ICE Inc., a leading Canadian education event organization, this event will once again take place at the Pearson Convention Center near Toronto on September 17, 2009. Synergy ’09 not only highlights educational activities and opportunities in both countries, it presents unrivaled networking opportunities and is a must attend for Canadian Institutions and organizations interested in operating in either or both countries. This all day event will feature sessions by CBIE, ACCC, Blakes, AUCC, Academica Group, Shastri & CECN besides other distinguished speakers and will be co-hosted by two premiere business organizations, the Canada-India & Canada-China Business Council.

The design of the event is to:

  • Encourage exchange of ideas
  • Foster networking opportunities among the Canadian Universities & Colleges with interest in India and China and also Indian & Chinese organizations with experience in the 2 countries
  • Further the interests of those currently involved in or contemplating involvement in the education sector in India and/or China
  • Continue to explore the sharing of opportunities in this burgeoning sector and to create an active awareness & highlight each other’s experiences & opportunities as well as pitfalls to avoid
  • Provide a platform for institutions to showcase their programs & accomplishments in India and China
  • Exhibit the latest developments in the Indian and Chinese educational sector
  • Continue to keep the momentum in the burgeoning Canada-India education sector while engaging the growing Canada-China education corridor

Attendees will include:

  • Canadian High Schools and their boards, NGO’s, Canadian Colleges and Universities
  • The who’s who of Canadas internationalization efforts
  • Canadian stake holders in the education domain such as ACCC, AUCC, CECN, CBIE, C-IBC, CCBC, DFAIT, Shastri and more
  • The Governments of Canada, India and China
  • Canada-China Business Council members
  • Canada-India Business Council members
  • Canadian organizations planning educational ventures to India or China or both

Words from distinguished guests:

Stockwell Day | John Milloy | Lan Lijun | Joseph Caron | Deepak Obhrai

Synergy 2008

Synergy 2008

There were plenty of power packed sessions that focused on institutions currently operating in India, their experiences and the Q&A which followed had questions posed by institutions considering doing so. The Panel discussion was stimulating with key questions addressed by VP’s from reputed Colleges and Universities.

Date: Monday June 2, 2008 from 8:30am to 4:30pm

Another informative session featured the CECN (Canadian Education Center Network) and SICI (Shastri Indo Canadian Institute) who talked about their work in India followed by a session that discussed work done by ‘Edu-Canada’, a new initiative undertaken by the Federal Govt. to promote Canadian education around the world, particularly India.

Another equally rewarding session for the participants was the ‘Speed Dating’ session where participants had the opportunity to ask questions directly to representatives from Indian institutions about partnerships, collaboration and how the two countries can work together. Tremendous work needs to be done collectively to address the somewhat confusing policies at the Government level to forge an understanding within the ‘Canada-India education corridor’ to promote Canadian education globally in an effort to attract and retain the right talent that consider Canada an education destination. Although much has been done, we still seem to be far behind countries such as England, Australia & USA. Suspicious paperwork and sometime inconsistent procedures at different missions attribute to the delay or refusal of student visa applications.

The C-IBC Education Committee headed by Husain Neemuchwala of ICE Inc. expressed a commitment to conduct such events in the future that promote healthy dialogues by inviting who’s who in Canadian International education. Some of the notable attendees at this event were representatives from:

  • CECN
  • (SICI) Shastri Indo Canadian Institute
  • Hon. Roy Mclaren, PC
  • Dr. Philip Steenkamp, Dy Minister Ontario
  • ACCC represented by James Knight & Katrina Murray
  • FICCI and our guests from Indian Universities, Colleges and other NGO bodies
  • Round table participants including several Colleges and Universities
  • Ontario MEDT
  • Indian High Commissioner H.E. R L Narayan

The chief guest was the Indian High Commissioner, His Excellency R L Narayan who dazzled the participants with his introductory and informative comments about the Indian educational system and challenged us to do more and offered the services of his office in that pursuit.

The agenda of the event was to foster 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. An exploration and sharing of opportunities in this burgeoning sector and to create an awareness & highlight each other’s experience about opportunities as well as pitfalls to avoid. It also presented an opportunity for institutions to showcase their programs & accomplishments in India.

C-IBC and ICE are in the planning stages of an India delegation in late Fall 2008 and are in touch with their Indian counterparts such as FICCI for exact dates around FICCI’s annual Higher Education Summit. More information will be posted on the C-IBC and ICE website in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for exciting times ahead in the dynamic and burgeoning Canada-India education corridor and although we have come a long way, we still have plenty of ground to cover.

A word of thanks also goes out to DFAIT, whose support was critical in making this event as successful as it was.

This ground breaking event once again brought together the ‘who’s who’ of Canadian education and established a benchmark for future events. Kam & Husain acknowledged the support of Dr. Balbir Sahni who was instrumental in helping put the event together.

Fall Asia Middle East 2007

Dates: September 14 – October 28

Cities: Shanghai, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Singapore, Penang, Bangkok, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Goa, Delhi, Kathmandu, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Muscat

This grueling event took a lot out of the delegates who rolled with the punches and although components of the tour were optional, there were some die hard recruiters that traveled with us for the entire tour and were they tired by the end, or what.

The packed schedule covered 17 cities in 7 different countries over 6 weeks, but it was rewarding for the recruiters who picked up tens of applications along the way and I’m sure many of the students have already commenced their studies at various colleges and Universities across North America by now.

Synergy 2007

Synergy 2007

If anybody needed proof that the Canada-India education corridor is heating up, it was present at the Pearson Convention Center when over 100 representatives from High school boards, Colleges and Universities assembled on July 19, 2007 at the C-IBC organized and ICE supported event called “Canada-India: A synergy in education”.

There were 4 power packed sessions such as “Destination India” which focused on institutions currently operating in India, their experiences and the Q&A which followed had questions posed by institutions considering doing so. The Panel discussion was stimulating with key questions addressed by VP’s from York University, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, Universite de Montreal, University of Waterloo and Wilfred Laurier University.

Another exciting session featured the CECN (Canadian Education Center Network) who talked about their work in India followed by a session that introduced ‘Edu-Canada’, a new initiative undertaken by the Federal Govt. to promote Canadian education around the world, particularly India.

The last session was equally rewarding for the participants who had the opportunity to ask questions directly to Immigration representatives who had to defend the low visa approval rates from India. Tremendous work needs to be done collectively to address the somewhat contradictory policies at the Federal level that are mandated to promote Canadian education globally to attract and retain the right talent to consider Canada as an education destination, yet we seem to be far behind countries such as England, Australia & USA. Suspicious paperwork and sometime inconsistent procedures at different missions attribute to the delay or refusal of student visa applications.

The C-IBC Education Committee headed by Husain Neemuchwala of ICE Inc. expressed a commitment to conduct such events in the future that promote healthy dialogues by inviting who’s who in Canadian International education. Some of the notable attendees at this event were representatives from:

  • The Asia Pacific Foundation
  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  • The CECN
  • Shastri Indo Canadian Institute
  • The Indo-Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Deptartment of Foreign Affairs
  • The Focus India EWG (Ottawa)
  • Ontario Ministry of Economic Development
  • Industry Trade Canada

The chief guest was the Indian High Commissioner, His Excellency R L Narayan who dazzled the participants with his introductory and informative comments about the Indian educational system and challenged us to do more and offered the services of his office in that pursuit.

The agenda of the event was to foster 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. An exploration and sharing of opportunities in this burgeoning sector and to create an awareness & highlight each other’s experience about opportunities as well as pitfalls to avoid. It also presented an opportunity for institutions to showcase their programs & accomplishments in India.

When ICE started conducting education fairs back in 2003, they were happy bringing institutions together and connecting them with students and they still continue to do so. However, now that ICE is starting to bring countries together, the feeling and satisfaction is quite different and ICE is excited to be a part of the process.

ICE and C-IBC are also in the planning stages of an India delegation in late Spring 2008 and are in touch with their Indian counterparts for exact dates. More information will be posted on the C-IBC and ICE website in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for exciting times ahead in the dynamic and burgeoning Canada-India education corridor and although we have come a long way, we still have plenty of ground to cover. This unprecedented event brought together the ‘who’s who’ of Canadian education and established a high benchmark for future such events and the Committee acknowledged the support of Dr. Balbir Sahni who helped put the event together.

Fall Asia Middle East 2006

Dates: October 3 – 22

Cities: Bombay, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Pune, New Delhi, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Muscat

Attended by thousands of students over 3 weeks in India and UAE, this was a feisty event conducted against the backdrop of political uncertainty as well as US and Canadian Universities facing a decline in enrollment figures, particularly from the Middle East. However, the recruiters were rather effective and stayed the course and emerged with several worthy applicants, many of whom have already commence their studies in North America.

Spring Asia Middle East 2006

Dates: February 12 – March 14

Cities: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Muscat, Bombay, Bangalore, Pune, Delhi, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Singapore, Penang, Bangkok, Vietnam

Our ‘smallest delegation’ to date, we experimented with strategic High School visits rather than highly publicized (and expensive) fairs and the returns were rather encouraging. We met students in familiar environment, at their HS’s or Colleges who were quite forthcoming about their North American educational plans. We had follow up sessions with their parents in less formal surroundings (at hotel lobby’s and at town hall styled) information gathering sessions and were able to actively engage interested students. We received very positive feedback from students, parents and this was equally well received by recruiters alike.

Fall Asia Middle East 2005

Dates: October 4 – 15

Cities: Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Pune, New Delhi, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Muscat

Our ‘largest delegation’ to date traveled several Indian education centers and some brave ones also took on the Middle East. We had a very diverse group of seasoned recruiters and by the end of the tour, we were one big happy family. We saw over 3000 students in India in addition to almost 1000 in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and for the complex logistical arrangements involved, the larger the group, the easier it became to manage, as absurd as that sounds.

India Spring Expo 2005

Dates: February 8 – 14

Cities: Mumbai (Bombay), Ahmedabad, Pune

With the Rotary club that assisted in logistical coordination, this event was smooth and seamless in precision from an event management perspective as well as from an Institutions perspective.

We had several top Institutions traveling with us and the results were not only encouraging, but also gratifying that interest in studying in renowned North American Universities is still strong.

India Spring Expo 2004

Dates: April 27 – May 3

Cities: Mumbai (Bombay)

For hundreds of Indian students this spring, attending the India Spring Expo 2004 was a career guide toward studying in the US and Canada. Organized by the International Center For Education Inc., India Spring Expo 2004 was held on the 1st and 2nd of May at hotel Holiday Inn, Juhu. University representatives from the US and Canada gathered for this two-day extravaganza. The event hosted a stunning array of seminars in addition to various interactive discussions. Prospective students were invited to come and get a first hand look at the opportunities available to them in the world of higher education abroad.