Adnan Sami to get Canadian honour

Source: Times of India

Singer-composer Adnan Sami will be honoured with an Award of Recognition in Canada for his contribution in the field of arts, culture and music. He feels “blessed”. He will receive the award March 21 by the speaker at the Legislature at Queen’s Park, the Ontario Parliament, Canada.

A special reception for him will also be organised by Shafiq Qaadri, member of Provincial Parliament, Etobicoke North, and he will be given a guided tour on the floors of the Parliament.

“I bow my head in humility for receiving this honour from such an esteemed house,” Adnan said in a statement.

The ability to make people smile through his music, is what makes Adnan happiest.

“God has blessed me with the in-born talent for which I pour my heart out in the form of music. I can never stop thanking god because my music influences people in their respective lives. If my life and music brings a smile or makes a difference in any individual’s life, then there is nothing beyond for me as a god’s gift,” he added.

Adnan, who recently launched his new album ‘Press Play’, will also take to the stage at the Roy Thomson Hall at Toronto, Canada, for a performance March 22.

As a classical pianist, he has rendered solo performances before heads of state. He also carved a niche for himself as a successful Indi-pop artist with songs like Tera chehra and Lift kara de.

Peter Sutherland, Canada’s Former High Commissioner to India Announced as Incoming President & Chief Executive Officer of the Canada-India Business Council

Source: PRWeb

Mr. Sutherland’s senior government and private sector experience an asset as free trade negotiations between Canada & India (CEPA) near completion.

The Canada-India Business Council (C-IBC) is pleased to announce that as of April 1, 2013, Peter Sutherland, the current Vice-Chairman of C-IBC and former High Commissioner to India will become the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council.

Mr. Sutherland is taking over from Rana Sarkar, the outgoing President and CEO. Mr. Sarkar held this role for four years and is joining KPMG in a strategic advisory capacity. He will continue to serve on C-IBC’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Sutherland has a long history with the Council, having spent five years as its Vice-Chairman. He comes to this role following a distinguished diplomatic career that included service as Canada’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, High Commissioner to India and as a senior executive dealing with international business and investment in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

Most recently, Mr. Sutherland has been a Senior Advisor at Aird & Berlis LLP where he counseled Canadian companies on doing business in India, the Middle East and other parts of Asia.

“I applaud Peter’s broad and extensive knowledge of India and I know he will do a first class job as the incoming Chief Executive of the C-IBC”, said Don Stewart, Chair of the Council, “I thank Rana for his many contributions to C-IBC and look forward to having his continuing contribution to the Board.”

“Under the leadership of Roy MacLaren and Rana Sarkar the C-IBC has grown in size, stature and leadership since my days as High Commissioner in New Delhi. With the support of the Council’s many stakeholders, I look forward to strengthening its position as the pre-eminent voice of business in Canada-India relations,” said C-IBC’s incoming President and CEO, Peter Sutherland.

Contact & Interviews:
To arrange to speak with Peter Sutherland about his leadership vision for the Canada-India Business Council, the state of Canada-India relations and/or the opportunities ahead, please contact:

The Canada-India Business Council
Emily Hamilton, Communications & Research Coordinator
T: 416-214-5947 x26
E: ehamilton(at)canada-indiabusiness(dot)ca

About the Canada-India Business Council:
The Canada-India Business Council (C-IBC) was founded in 1982 by the Bank of Nova Scotia, Bombardier and the late Thomas Bata. For almost 30 years, C-IBC has been the leading, bi-national member driven association dedicated to the sustained growth of trade, investment and services between Canada and India. C-IBC works to assist Canadian organizations by offering knowledge, experience and insight on bilateral trade and investment opportunities. With over 100 members, the C-IBC represents the leading companies in the Canada-India business corridor.

The C-IBC is governed nationally by a Board of Directors which is comprised of senior executives from Canada’s leading organizations as well as leaders from both small and medium-sized enterprises. C-IBC is headquartered in Toronto with operations in Delhi, Vancouver and Montreal.

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‘India is compelling example for Commonwealth’

Source: The Economic Times

LONDON: India is a compelling example for the Commonwealth nations on issues of human rights and democracy, Canada’s special envoy for the 54-member grouping has said.

Describing India as a “powerful, significant and important player in the Commonwealth,” Senator Hugh Segal, Canada’s special envoy for Commonwealth renewal, said, “We believe that both on issues of human rights and democracy India is a compelling example for the rest of the Commonwealth.”

He said “India’s presence is fundamental. India’s influence around the world is increasing because of the power of its economy, remarkable exports in terms of trade and technology and skills sets. It is one of the fundamental pyramids of the Commonwealth and fundamental to its survival and success.”

“Canada has always viewed India as an important bilateral ally and we see them as partners in efforts to modernize the Commonwealth and make it as effective in people’s lives as humanly possible.

“India has been a partner of growing significance. It has invested in the Commonwealth. It has been very active on issues like Commonwealth scholarships and technical assistance.”

He said aid from India to other Commonwealth countries has been a great value and importance and “we believe that the interest India has taken for championing human rights and other issues as it relates to Sri Lanka is a very constructive force.”

“A constructive force of engagement and we respect Indian participation and contribution. We also feel India can do even more.”

Anaroop Kerketta Wins Indo-Canada Student Innovation Award 2013

By Sparsh Sharma

Mr. Anaroop Kerketta from the Industrial Design Centre (IDC) IIT Bombay won the third Indo-Canada Student Innovation Award for 2013.  The short animation Inside My Mind was selected by the jury and the public from 15 finalists.  The Consul General for Canada in Mumbai, Mr. Richard Bale presented award to Mr. Anaroop Kerketta during the Best Animation Film (BAF) Awards Ceremony at the FICCI Frames Conference 2013 in Mumbai.  The winning short film can be viewed online.

The Government of Canada and Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology (Seneca) in Toronto, Canada in association with Mumbai’s Frameboxx Animation & Visual Effects are excited to have sponsored this award for the third edition of the Indo-Canada Student Innovation Award 2013 (ICSIA 2013). Seneca and Frameboxx will provide Mr. Kerketta with a one-week training session in animation and visual effects at Seneca, a return economy class ticket from Mumbai to Toronto, as well as accommodation and living expenses for the week. Each year this competition provides an opportunity to Indian students to showcase their artistic creativity, animation technique and innovation.

On presenting the award, Richard Bale said “Canada is home to leading animation firms and technology and has a lot to offer through its innovative training institutions. Anaroop Kerketta will now have the exciting opportunity to work with leading technology and an exceptional talent pool in Canada.”

The jury consisted of Mark Jones from Toronto’s Seneca College, Steve Kahwati from Toronto’s 728 Digital Pictures, Munjal Shroff from Mumbai’s Graphiti Multimedia, Kireet Khurana from Mumbai’s Climb Media, and Richard Bale Consul General for Canada in Mumbai. The winner was selected based on a combination of technical marks from the jury and votes from the general public at the online poll portal.

Canada supports Safe Drinking Water Project in India

Source: Connect – Canada in India

The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and Québec non-governmental organisation (NGO) SOPAR are working with Indian NGO Bala Vikasa on a unique project to provide safe drinking water, in a cost-effective manner, in many villages in Andhra Pradesh, India. With the first plant installed two decades ago in Gangadevipally, Canada has supported Bala Vikasa in setting-up over 250 such water systems. A noteworthy recent development on the project has been the use of Any Time Water machines, which dispense 20 litres of water by swiping a card at the machine, similar to the principle of an automated teller machine (ATM).

Richard Bale named as new Consul General for Canada in Mumbai

Source: Connect – Canada in India

Taking over as the new Consul General for Canada in Mumbai on March 5, Richard Bale said, “Canada has great potential for collaboration in the Indian market in the areas of education, energy, agriculture and infrastructure. I look forward to working with Canadian and Indian organizations and people to increase the linkages between our two countries.” As Head of Canada’s mission in Mumbai, Consul General Richard Bale leads the charge in promoting relations between Canada and Western India, including the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and Madhya Pradesh.

Welcoming the new appointment, Stewart Beck, High Commissioner for Canada to India, said, “Canada and India are working together towards achieving the ambitious goal of increasing bilateral trade to $15 billion by 2015. We are happy to welcome Richard to India and are confident that he will play a significant role in helping us not only to meet our objectives but to surpass them.”

Canada-India research centre builds healthier communities

Source: Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada via Indian Economic Business News

Communities in Canada and India will be the first to try out new technologies related to water quality, infrastructure and public health, owing to the new India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS). The centre was announced in November as the winner of the Canada-India Research Centre of Excellence competition, an NCE initiative introduced in the 2011 federal budget. “Canada needs to be connected to an international supply of ideas, research, talent and technologies in order to prosper in an increasingly competitive global environment,” said Prime Minister Stephen Harper in announcing the competition results. “This new Canada-India Research Centre of Excellence will build stronger bilateral research ties and create valuable learning opportunities while generating positive economic and social benefits for both countries.” Major Canadian and Indian universities, as well as various private and public sector partners in Canada and India, will pool their expertise in IC- IMPACTS’ efforts to develop and implement better ways of providing safe drinking water, building sustainable and affordable infrastructure, and preventing and treating diseases in the two countries.