ICCC Announces New Initiatives; To Open India Chapter

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Indian Consul-General Dinesh Bhatia, Indian High Commissioner Vikas Swarup, Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown and ICCC President Pramod Goyal (in front row)along with ICCC Board Members. - All Pictures by Bashir Nasir.

High Commissioner, Mayor Brown Applaud Chamber’s Work At New Year ‘Meet & Greet’ Event

Toronto: The Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) organised an exclusive ICCC New Year ‘Meet and Greet’ at The Vue – the Royal Woodbine Golf Course – on January 15 to announce new initiatives during 2019 in the presence of ICCC’s key stakeholders and sponsors.

Indian High Commissioner to Canada, Vikas Swarup.

The Chief Guest at the event was Vikas Swarup, High Commissioner of India to Canada. Dinesh Bhatia, Consul General of India in Toronto and Mayor Patrick Brown, City of Brampton, joined as special guests at the event.

ICCC President Pramod Goyal welcomed all the guests and acknowledged the ICCC’s sponsors. Goyal also welcomed the ICCC’s newly joined sector sponsor Raymond James Ltd.

Goyal shared his vision and announced several new initiatives that the ICCC will be taking to further augment membership and stakeholder engagement and accelerate Canada-India bilateral trade & commerce.

The ICCC President announced a new team to help the chamber in achieving its goals: Amb. Praveen Verma (Retd.), Special Advisor – Government Affairs, Surinder Sharma, Special Advisor – Partnerships & Strategic Alliances, Sanjay Chadha, Special Advisor – Fundraising & Sponsor Engagement, Ashutosh Chauhan, Special Advisor – Business Growth Initiatives, Sarbjeet S Arora, Advisor – Memberships & Special Events. Sumeet Dhanju-Dhillon, Special Advisor – Legal Affairs, Vijay Thomas, Advisor – Information Technology and Anil Arora, Advisor – Affinity Programs.

Indian Consul-General in Toronto, Dinesh Bhatia

The team will help in formulating the ICCC vision and roadmap to achieve those goals within a specified time period.

He also announced that ICCC wass working to start a chapter in New Delhi very soon. A permanent presence of ICCC in India would help in promoting its mandate in the Indian subcontinent, he pointed out.

Vikas Swarup, High Commissioner of India in Canada and the Chief Guest of the evening, applauded the ICCC’s work in the promotion of Canada-India business and commercial relations since the past 41 years.

He also expressed his happiness at the decision to open a new chapter of the chamber in New Delhi.

He said that a permanent presence of the chamber will help in sustaining its operations in India. It will also be helpful for the chamber to arrange reciprocal visits of business delegations.

Mayor of Brampton, Patrick Brown

He also suggested that the ICCC should strengthen its secretariat for the sustainability in its programs and assured all the help needed from his office.

Dinesh Bhatia, Consul General of India, said that the office of the Consulate General was working closely with the ICCC in the promotion of Canada-India bilateral relations and will be continuing to do so in the future as well.

Mayor Patrick Brown, City of Brampton, said that he was a great friend of the chamber and the City of Brampton was its corporate member. In the past, he has participated in a number of ICCC led India missions.  He said he was also planning to partner with the ICCC during his upcoming visit to India next month..

ICCC board members Devika Penekelapati, Abu Becker, Sunita Vyas, Rakesh Joshi and Chirag Shah were also present along with past presidents and board members of the chamber. ICCC sponsors’ representatives from Turkish Airlines, TD Bank, Crown Group of Hotels, SBI Canada, Peter & Paul, RBC Royal Bank, CPA Ontario, Seneca, Raymond James Ltd, Y-media and Weekly Voice were also present.