Our first session focused on Seneca College, located in Toronto, Canada and featured David Agnew (President), Keith Monrose (Executive Director, Seneca International) and Prashant Srivastava (Director, Regional Business Development, South Asia). As a top destination for international students they discussed what makes Canada, and Seneca in particular, an attractive overseas destination. Our speakers also addressed how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Seneca and what actions they have taken to ensure international students will be able to begin their studies soon.
From November 7 – 8, 2019 in Delhi, India. WEBA’s Member Agents include more than 2,000 of the highest quality Agents from around the world.
A unique opportunity to meet qualified undergraduate candidates and decision making family members throughout the most vibrant markets.
From disinformation to memes to political advertising, digital media are being used to generate and share information in new ways. In this talk we review the various kinds of actors and tools found in a digital ecosystem and use the case of the October 21st Federal Election in Canada to explore that ecosystem. We will discuss the use of political bots and automation, political memes, and political advertising in particular.
Dr. Elizabeth Dubois (PhD, University of Oxford) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and member of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society at the University of Ottawa. She is also a Fellow at the Public Policy Forum of Canada and member of Assembly based at Harvard’s Berkman-Klein Center. Her work examines political uses of digital media including media manipulation, citizen engagement, and artificial intelligence.
With over 900 million eligible voters, the world is about witness the largest democratic exercise in history.
Dr. Constantino Xavier will present his research on how India is responding to China’s massive inroads into South Asia and the Indian Ocean region.
Treasures of a Desert Kingdom features masterpieces drawn from the collection of the former royal family, most of which are on display outside their palace setting for the very first time.
A four-week academic program offered by various Faculties at the University of British Columbia, in Canada, for students from cooperating universities.
The McGill Summer Institute features internationally known faculty, a focus on highly applicable new knowledge, and an opportunity to network with fellow global health professionals from around the world.
Since 2002 WEBA has run annual Agents Workshops in India and welcome the top 50 Agents from the country.
Enjoy an evening with an Indian buffet dinner and dance.
Bringing together leaders from business, government, academia, non-profit and the multilateral sectors to come together to discuss, debate and explore the intersection of technology, entrepreneurship, urban governance, economic growth, regional collaboration and higher education and their role in building a 21st century knowledge economy.
June 3 – 8, 2017
The third annual IC-IMPACTS Summer Institute will be a week long program. This year, the program will be held in Vancouver and Cranbrook in the southeastern region of British Columbia.
Our Canada West Chapter’s signature event takes place on Sept. 30 in Vancouver, BC at the Fairmont Waterfront hotel.
Our 10th annual Canada-India: A Synergy in Education conference will take place on September 23 from 1 – 5pm at the Ontario Investment & Trade Centre.
* Be part of an exclusive & unique celebration
* Network with Dignitaries, Provincial & Federal Ministers, education stakeholders, VIP’s/guests, College/University decision makers & thought leaders from both countries
* Enjoy a sumptuous dinner & breathtaking skylines
CIEC invites you to be a part of our highly-anticipated & ambitious ‘ScholarSHIP 2016’ Networking Dinner which takes place simultaneously in Toronto, ON & Vancouver, BC
‘ScholarSHIP 2016’ will take place onboard scenic harbor cruise ships in Toronto & Vancouver where attendees will network with dignitaries, Ministers & policy makers, academic champions and key stakeholders from the Academic, Government & corporate sectors besides enjoying on-board Bollywood entertainment and a sumptuous dinner.
‘ScholarSHIP 2016’ will serve as a great way to highlight emerging issues and areas of possible co-operation between Canada & India, as well as governments’ programs and policies in the education sector. With reasonably priced members tickets at only $150, this is one event you don’t want to miss!
‘ScholarSHIP 2016’ Sponsorship Benefits
Have a questions? Contact [email protected]
We look forward to seeing you at ‘ScholarSHIP 2016’!
The Canada-India Centre for Excellence will be hosting the Canada-India Innovation Conference on September 23, 2016 at Carleton University.
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.
Registration is now open for the largest International Education conference in Western Canada! We invite you to join us this year as we return to Victoria, BC. Register before April 5, 2016 to receive the early bird rate.
From March 18-19, the University of the Fraser Valley will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Chandigarh campus. UFV has strengthened ties across Canada & India and can be held as an example for other institutions looking to operate in this burgeoning education corridor.
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.
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October 30, 2015 • Hilton Garden Inn (Toronto Airport West) • 1870 Matheson Blvd • Mississauga, ON • L4W 0B3
CIEC would like to thank all Synergy 2015 Presenters and Participants for helping to make this year’s event yet another success. CIEC was proud to host Synergy 2015 which explored the academia-industry partnerships and whether they are a myth or reality in the Canada-India context. This year’s exciting agenda featured distinguished speakers, key academics and Provincial/Federal representatives such as India’s Consul General Hon. Akhilesh Mishra, President of the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) Sanjay Makkar, Chair of the Canada India Business Council Yezdi Pavri more.
We hope Synergy 2015 provided you with valuable networking opportunities and served as a platform for discussion of emerging issues and areas of possible co-operation as well as governments’ programs & policies in education that have been hailed as a priority. We are happy to share the very informative Powerpoint presentations accompanying this year’s sessions. Please click here to view our Youtube playlist of all presentations or view our photos on Google+.
Hon. Pierre S. Pettigrew offered the Opening Address which highlighted the role of the middle class in economic growth and offered insights into the present and future of Canada-India education relations. Hon. Akhilesh Mishra, India’s Consul General gave a moving presentation titled ‘Canada & India: How our paths intersect’ and Prof. Balbir Sahni, Professor Emeritus, Economics, Concordia University, offered the Inaugural Address ‘ACADEMIA-INDUSTRY LINKAGES: a Myth or Reality? – Canada-India Context’. Yezdi Pavri, Chair, Canada-India Business Council (CIBC) presented the keynote address ‘Academia & Industry: linkages and role India can play’ with Q&A, which highlighted CIBC’s as well as the the corporate role in establishing industry-academic linkages and promoting Canadian education in India.
— Akhilesh Mishra (@AkhileshIFS) October 31, 2015
Dr. Ragini Bilolikar, Academic Advisor – India, Canada India Education Council prepared a synopsis of the ‘The National Skills Development Council (NSDC). Veenaa Kumari, Research Scholar, shared tips on talent supply chain management and Dr. Peter Geller, Vice Provost & AVP, University of Fraser Valley shared insights on UFV’s successful & unique India initiative during his presentation ‘Ten Years of the University of the Fraser Valley’s Campus in Chandigarh: Moving Beyond Challenge to Success’. Vijendra “VJ” Gairola, CIEC’s Senior Strategic Advisor & Sheila Embleton, Professor of Linguistics, York University hosted a roundtable discussion with Synergy participants on the skills shortage in India as well as the current state and future trends of academic-industry linkages. Synergy Sponsor Hanson International Academy also made a very informative presentation on the role Hybrid Institutions can play in the Canada-India education corridor and offered keen advice on pursuing the right type of partnership for each institution.
— Hanson International (@HansonInt) November 5, 2015
CIEC thanks our sponsors for making Synergy 2015 possible:
Gold Sponsor: Hanson International Academy
Interested in becoming a Synergy 2015 Sponsor?
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.
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) April 16, 2015
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.
Thank you Toronto! Thank you @pmharper. Unforgettable experience at the Indian Community Programme. pic.twitter.com/JGKL5WXDrC
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 16, 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.
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.
Cost $10 (adult) or $5 (student)
November 17, 2014 • Westin Ottawa
On November 17, 2014 CIEC hosted the ‘Canada-India: Synergy in Education’ Conference 2014 in Ottawa. This year’s event took place before CBIE’s annual conference and explored the convergence of sports and entertainment in the education sector.. asking the question: Is India the next frontier? View event photos
- Discussed sports management, sports marketing, sports scholarships, talent acquisition, scouting and related topics…
- Exchanged ideas & experiences, explore opportunities, pitfalls & challenges, highlight your sports / entertainment programs, network with stakeholders active in both markets and create valuable connections…
With sessions by CBIE and DFATD, augmented by multiple workshop-style sessions led by the Hon. Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), this was a must-attend event for those active or interested in examining India as a possible frontier in this corridor. Hon. Bal Gosal outlined the $200 million set aside by the federal government for sports, including the athlete assistance program. He also discussed trade between Canada & India and projected that once the new trade agreements are in place trade between these nations will triple to $15 billion annually.
Attendees also heard ex- NHL’er Doug Smith lend his expertise and a decade of high performance playing at the elite level. He discussed sports injuries as well as athletic programming & how it can benefit academic institutiions. Doug Smith also shared stories of his fascinating life, recovery, and the impact of trauma and injury on sports performance. He also described how behavior drives culture in sports.
Dr. Brian Mcpherson, with 30 years experience in leading government relations, sport marketing and innovative initiatives, described Commonwealth Games Canada and its 3 programs
View Synergy 2014 photos.
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Conferences, such as this one, are crucial to Canada-India relations, because they allow for growth and promoting knowledge between the two countries….’
– Hon. Deepak Obhrai, P.C., M.P., Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and for International Human RightsEvents such as this remind us that when many come together for a single cause, much can be accomplished. Prime Minister Harper said: “There is s tremendous amount of potential in our relationship with India. We share a history of cooperation in the Commonwealth and the United Nations, as well as a shared commitment to pluralism, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Our goal is to build a stronger, more dynamic partnership based on shared commercial, political and regional interests.” As Minister for Multiculturalism, I would like to thank the members of the Canada India Education Council for your ongoing work in support of cooperation between Canada and India in the field of education. – Hon. Jason Kenney, PC, MP Minister of Employment and Social Development & Minister for Multiculturalism
Friday, June 6, 2014, Vancouver, BC | Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
CIEC’s Canada West Chapter’s must-attend, landmark event featured a “who’s who” of education including illustrious speakers such as Hon. Minister Amrik Virk, BC Minister of Advanced Education, Hon. Minister Peter Fassbender, BC Minister of Education, Hon. Deepak Obhrai, MP & Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, 5 University Presidents…and over 200 participants.
To view photos of the event, please visit Event Photos.
To view testimonials of Hon. Jason Kenney, PC, MP Minister of Employment and Social Development & Minister for Multiculturalism as well as Christy Clark, Premier, British Columbia, please visit Testimonials.
- Exchanged ideas via a focused networking event
- Learned about BC’s new Education Quality Assurance (EQA) standards
- Explored opportunities and build a collaborative approach. Share experiences and avoid potential pitfalls
- Highlighted your initiatives to peers and receive effective marketing tips and benefit from existing synergies
- Examined the confluence of ‘business’ with education. How do we measure our ‘ROI’ ? (Scroll down for Event Agenda)
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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
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 [email protected] or call 604-430-5111.
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.
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.
The detailed itinerary and a list of accompanying delegates will be published at a later date.
Marie-Ève Létourneau Rideau Hall Press Office 613-998-0287 [email protected]
The University of Montreal will be hosting a Conference titled “Access to rights and resources : challenges of contemporary India” to be held at the Symposium Research Center, Carrefour des Arts and Sciences University of Montreal February 7, 2014 .
The conference will be organized around three round tables whose themes are 1) access to the justice system , the recognition of rights and gender; 2 ) Sustainable development, environment , socio-economic inequalities ; 3) open discussion on the upcoming elections in India.
On Thursday, February 6 in the evening, there will also be a keynote address delivered by Mrs. Mira Kamdar World Policy Institute entitled “India 21ie Century.” Ms. Kamdar is associate expert at the Asia Society in New York and professor specializing on India at Science Po Paris .
You can find more information on our website at www.cerium.ca/prias
Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI) and Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) with support of Dr. Asha Seth, Senator, are organizing a Dinner Roundtable Discussion
on “Canada-India Economic Relations: CEPA and Beyond” which would take place in Parliament Hill (Room 237- C Centre Block), Ottawa on Tuesday November 19, 2013 from 6.30 PM to 8.30 P.M.
a) Education, skill development and vocational training
b) Innovation, science and technology, and sustainable development
In addition, there will be an exchange of views on:
- The need for a cohesive and coordinated approach at the national level involving representatives from government, industry/private sector, and academia;
- The increasingly important role of Canadian provinces and Indian states as emerging players for strengthening Canada-India partnership;
- The critical role of synergistic actions by Indo-Canadians, other bridge-builders and stakeholders for building comprehensive economic partnerships
Please contact [email protected] for more information.
- Time: 6:30pm onwards
- Date: Friday, November 29, 2013
- Venue: Pearson Convention Centre
- Address: 2638 Steeles Ave E Brampton, ON L6S 6J9
The Winter Gala – popularly known as the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC)’s Annual Holiday Dinner & Dance is one of the Chamber’s
marquee event is one of the most popular Indo-Canadian community event in the Greater Toronto Area. Over 600 guests attended the event in 2012. They include Chamber’s esteemed members, sponsors, friends of the community, professionals, entrepreneurs, senior representative of corporations, government officials, political leaders, and opinion makers. The program comprises a blend of theme-based entertainment,
spectacular song and dance sequences and sumptuous culinary delights.
Buy your ticket or reserve your table now, click here: Winter Gala 2013
Canada India Education Council (CIEC) was pleased to host a private reception to launch our Canada West Chapter
On Nov 18 CIEC hosted a complimentary reception to launch our Canada West Chapter at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, which was attended by education stakeholders and key thought leaders from BC & neighbouring Provinces as well as India and featured special guest Ravi Shankar Aisola, Consul General-Vancouver (Government of India).
To view photos of the event, please click here to view them on CIEC’s Google+ page.
October 3 & 4, 2013
Hilton Garden Inn (Toronto Airport West) • 1870 Matheson Blvd • Mississauga, ON • L4W 0B3
On October 3 & 4, Canada India Education Council (CIEC) was the proud host of ‘Canada-India: Synergy in Education’ Conference 2013 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Toronto. Participants exchanged ideas & experiences, explored opportunities, highlighted their programs and networked with stakeholders active in both markets, resulting in many valuable connections.
‘Conferences, such as this one, are crucial to Canada-India relations, because they allow for growth and promoting knowledge between the two countries… I wish the 7th Annual Canada-India Synergy in Education Conference much success and hope all participants will thoroughly enjoy and enlighten themselves at this event.‘
– Hon. Deepak Obhrai, P.C., M.P., Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and for International Human Rights
Key points & highlights
- Need for a strategy for promoting overlooked sectors of education within the Canadian education system to international students, which include career colleges / skilled trades & technical education
- Patterns and sources of student growth & prospects and challenges of increased activity in the Indian education sector
- Reenergized National strategy for promoting ‘Brand Canada’ overseas & opportunities for involvement
This year, CIEC introduced the ‘brainstorming’ session called ‘A Suggestion or Two’ that captured what key players such as academics, government & education agents want to see done to further optimize educational ties between Canada and India. Some of the ideas suggested include:
- Importance of keeping sight of international students’ needs both before and after they reach Canada
- The critical value the Synergy Conference brings to all stakeholders and need to reach a wider audience as the Synergy / CIEC brand grows
- NACC engaged in groundbreaking work and Career colleges must offer incentives to international students to overcome an unfavorable perception created by UK and Australian career colleges
- Academic institutions’ need for ethical education agents and iCARE’s (CIEC’s Agent Membership Category) growing & much-lauded role in meeting this demand through our unique agent peer-review screening system where agents are graded in key areas by Canadian college and University references
CIEC Chair Hon. Pierre S. Pettigrew’s opening address stressed the need for educational ties as a valuable bridge between nations, even in matters of national security, their usefulness in the promotion of ideas and national growth, as well as the effects of globalization and a shrinking middle class in a changing world. Prof. Balbir Sahni from Concordia University followed with his Inaugural Address: ‘Sustainability of India–Focused Academic Linkages: Prospects and Challenges’ – a look at the path ahead in terms of gauging the true value of and optimizing MoUs while increasing student pull. Hon. Akhilesh Mishra, Consul General of India-Toronto discussed the critical role education plays in bridging the gap between Canada and India while Prof. Margaret Walton-Roberts from Wilfrid Laurier University presented Synergy attendees with a much-lauded session on the intersection of immigration & education in the Canada-India corridor, after which Synergy attendees enjoyed an Indian buffet lunch / networking session.
Rachel Lindsey, Senior Policy Analyst Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada reflected on AUCC’s ‘India strategy’ and Husain Neemuchwala, CEO of CIEC provided an update on CIEC upcoming activities which include our India ‘Mission 2014’ and the tremendous success of our iCARE (agent membership & screening process) initiative. Paul Bailey, Deputy Director, Edu-Canada, Foreign Affairs & Trade Development (DFATD) provided an update from Edu-Canada on their efforts in the promotion of Canada as a study destination. Dr. Shanthi Johnson, President, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute followed with the session ‘The road ahead: Challenges & Opportunities in the Canada-India education corridor,’ and Synergy attendees shared a laugh during the popular, interactive ‘Speed Dating’ session that offered them a change to introduce themselves & what they would like to achieve (partnerships, joint programming…).
Synergy 2013 participants enjoyed traditional Indian dessert during a short networking break and returned to hear Dr. Nemkumar (Nemy) Banthia, Univ. of British Columbia provide an overview of the new Canada-India Research Centre of Excellence announced by Hon. PM Stephen Harper in Nov 2012 called IC-IMPACTS. Devinder Shory, MP & Co-Chair, Canada-India Parliamentary Association concluded Day 1 of the Conference by raising a toast to its continued success.
On Day 2 Career Colleges Canada’s informative session discussed NACC’s role in raising the bar for career colleges and filling the skilled trade shortage. As part of their new focus on international students, they discussed the work they are doing working with the Canadian government on areas of student visas, work permits, and possible immigration as well as the new ISP program and its groundbreaking inclusion of career colleges. Kam Rathee, Vice Chair, CIEC interjected with an observation that while immigration is important to students, India’s lack of quality institutions will always be the driving force behind international students’ seeking education abroad. For this reason Canada’s primary focus must remain on providing world-class education. Patrick Brown, MP & Co-Chair, Canada-India Parliamentary Association followed with a quick update on the Government’s ‘Internationalization’ plans & the ‘Education Consortium’. Brad Butt, MP for Streetsville, Mississauga stopped by to provide greetings from Ottawa as he did last year and called the Conference to a close. He thanked the work undertaken by Husain and the entire CIEC team and offered the support of his office, either locally or in Ottawa.=
CIEC thanks our esteemed presenters and all participants for making this year’s event yet another tremendous success with a special acknowledgement to Sophiya Consultants and Study Plus Consultants and Education Services, CIEC’s newest agent members, for contributing their voices to the discussion and coming from India to collect their iCARE certificates.
We look forward to seeing you at Synergy 2014!
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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.
- 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)
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.
Business-Business; Institution-Institution & Government-Government Interaction
(OPTIONAL COCHIN & HYDERABAD)
November 6-16, 2011
- Exchange ideas via a focused networking event to further the interests of those already involved in or contemplating involvement in this dynamic education corridor
- 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
Date: October 28,2010
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Location: 5140 Yonge St, 16th floor, Toronto, ON M2N 6L7 (North York Subway)
|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 [email protected].
- 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.
Based on principles of strategic and penetrated marketing, the ‘unFAIR’ concept is exactly what a typical student recruiting fair is NOT. A recruiting fair involves drawing students or ‘souvenir hunters’ to an expensive banquet room in a luxury hotel, at times creating a ‘busy’ feeling. Having organized such fairs for a number of years and after listening to our clients, we created the “unFAIR” concept which is far more penetrative & targeted in terms of providing specific recruiting solutions. The “unFAIR” reverses the traditional recruiting fair and instead empowers the recruiters to visit strategically selected high schools & junior colleges to interact and engage directly with students, meet guidance counselors and possibly parents of students in a relaxed ‘town hall style’ environment to discuss career goals & how to get there.
‘unFAIR’ is distinctly different because:
- Less glamour, more results. Rather than waiting for students to drop by your table at a fair, recruiters instead visit & meet with students in a more relaxed and less ‘pressure’ environment.
- Ideal for seasoned recruiters to strategically penetrate the Indian market and are familiar with local market conditions.
- Meet Guidance counselors and build strategic relations with key influencers. Meet local centers of influence and build a network of strategic contacts. Over time, develop less dependence on agents to ‘provide’ students.
The unFAIR is more targeted and penetrative leading to greater efficiencies than a Fair because:
- Wider ‘target’ audience: Meet ‘undecided’ students and provide information on the benefits of studying in Canada. This gives the schools access to a huge section of potential students, which would otherwise NOT have attended a recruiting fair.
- Stretch your ‘marketing budget’: Eliminate the huge costs associates with fairs such as media & advertising, banquet room rental and cost of manpower required to setup and manage the fairs. At an ‘unFAIR’, there is NO need to spend thousands of dollars on advertising in mass media, NO need to rent a banquet room and NO manpower costs associated with staging a fair.
- Scheduling made easy: Since students will definitely (most of them at least) be in class during school days, bringing the recruiters to them eliminates potential “scheduling clashes” for students who may not be able to attend a recruiting fair on a particular day.
- Targeted locations: Avoid the ‘hit & miss’ approach of typical recruiting fairs. By visiting the institutions directly, students don’t have to travel long distances to get to the venue and makes it far more convenient for potential students to meet recruiters.
- Easier distribution of collateral materials: NO crowd fluctuations since it is generally known how many students will be in classes on any given day.
Advantages of ‘unFAIR’ to students:
- Students will learn about the opportunities in a familiar classroom setting.
- Students save time and money, since they don’t have to travel to an education fair while it costs them nothing to simply be present in class.
- Interested students do NOT have to search for schools that will accept them. ‘unFAIR’ brings the schools to them.
Advantage of the ‘unFAIR’ for the Indian Schools/Colleges
- Visiting delegations are good for the general image of the local school and is seen as a place that tends to attract bright & dedicated students.
- Demonstrates that the local school is genuinely concerned about the student’s overall career growth by presenting respectable higher education choices.
The university and college representatives will visit Mumbai, Pune & Delhi in India with Dubai optional on the return. There is NO additional cost to attend Dubai. Local institutions chosen have a tendency and history of sending volumes of students overseas, tend to be financially independent and are seeking International linkages, partnerships and affiliations.
The ‘unFAIR’ tours are designed to attract professional recruiters who are focused on results rather than glamour, are budget conscious, focused on student needs and adapting to developing trends in recruiting patterns internationally. It is geared toward bringing only a handful of select recruiters from Canadian Colleges & Universities.
unFAIR will take place from the 2nd of February (Tuesday) to the 11th of February (Thursday), 2010
From the 23rd of January (Saturday) to the 30st of January (Saturday), 2010.
Following the spectacular success of the inaugural “Ed-Mission” to India in November ’08, International Center for Education (ICE), Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) and the Indo-Canadian Business Chamber (ICBC) are teaming up to bring a high level delegation to key cities in India in January 2010.
The delegates will meet with key players within the Indian Government, Chief Ministers, Ministries of Education, Chambers of Commerce, Business associations & key education institutions to explore opportunities in the burgeoning Canada-India education corridor to ‘Internationalize’ Canadian education.
In Mumbai, Bangalore, New Delhi and Ahmedabad the delegates will visit Indian and Canadian government officials, visit premier educational institutions in the county and meet with the Presidents, VP’s and other high level decision makers at these institutions. Meetings planned with State Chief Ministers & education officials at the State & National level.
- Network with potential partners, affiliates and delivery providers. Re-establish connections and build new ones.
- Establish key linkages for Joint Ventures, ‘feeder institutions’, ‘India campus’ and faculty -student exchanges & recruiting.
- Provide introductory meetings set up with local NGO’s, State and Central Government bodies.
- Learn about developments in the Indian Governments new ‘liberalized’ education policy & establish your brand in India.
- Tour Canadian visa offices & take a look ‘behind the scenes’. Meet Visa officers & Trade Commissioners.
This Tour is designed for Presidents, VP’s, VC’s, Directors of International offices and other high level decision makers within your organization. This is NOT a recruitment tour but rather an opportunity to network with and establish key linkages with policy makers & major stakeholders in the Indian education system.
The delegation will be led by the ICCC & ICBC, and will be accompanied by former C-IBC president & current Board Member Kam Rathee and Husain F. Neemuchwala, Chair of C-IBC’s Education Committee and President of ICE.
Dr. Paul Byrne , MacEwan University College, Edmonton
“It is a very exciting time to be in India given the enormous opportunity for the future. The warmth of the people has been heartwarming and MacEwan is very pleased with our MOU with Welingkar and look forward to strengthen our ties with India.”
Dr. Murray Lindsay, University of Lethbridge
“Education is a key priority for the Indian government. Moreover with the globalization of business and the dawn of India becoming an economic superpower, it is important for business schools to cultivate significant relationships with Indian institutions. This mission (led by C-IBC and ICE) has provided the University of Lethbridge with the opportunity to make personal connections with institutions, gain valuable insight into the Indian educational landscape and determine how best to collaborate with Indian partners in mutually beneficial ways.”
Dr. Karim Bandali, Michener Institute
“India is a dynamic place with unmistakable and significant potential. In our ever-evolving global economy it is essential that we cultivate and develop educational opportunities for the international minds of the future. The 2008 Ed-Mission is a manifestation of just such a philosophy where the objective is to build the necessary relationships to unleash the burgeoning potential of Canada and India as nations of the 21st Century”.
Dr. Grant Gardner, Memorial University
“I’ve been very pleased at the high quality of institutions we’ve met and the enthusiasm to find out more about Canada and our programs. Memorial University is very pleased at the opportunities that Ed-Mission ’08 is providing to make links with Indian students & faculty so that we can investigate ways of working together on joint research and teaching initiatives. Even though we’ve only been only 1/3 through the mission, we have already made some excellent connections”.
Keith Taylor, Dalhousie University
“India is emerging as a world economic power and its universities and colleges are developing more and more excellent research and education programs. It is very much in the interest of Dalhousie University to develop substantial long term partnerships in key areas where there are natural fits of institutional strength. Ed-Mission’08 is proving to be a valuable aid in establishing and renewing strategic partnerships”.