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ICCC Webinar Series

When Covid-19 pandemic compelled governments to impose lockdowns, Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce was forced to cancel its programs. To continue engaging our stakeholders and sponsors, but primarily to meet the demand for information of our small business owner members about the pandemic, the impact of the lockdown on their businesses, and information about different government assistance programs, we launched a weekly webinar series – Thursday Talks.

The purpose of these webinars was to help small business owners understand the impact of the pandemic on different sectors. We invited sector experts as panelists and engaged them in lively discussions. The demand for the webinar series was so overwhelming that after the first two webinars, we had to open the access to the webinars on Facebook Live, where, on an average, over 2,000 people routinely participate as an active audience, asking questions, leaving comments, and more significantly, networking virtually through social media.

Creating networking opportunities is one of the goals of the Chamber, and to be able to do so even during the pandemic and the lockdown was a singular achievement.

We branched out into a web series called Knowledge on the Go, where we explored sectors that are growing quietly and acquiring a strong presence in the Canadian economy, such as cannabis, alternative energy, the ethnic media, cybersecurity and paywalls. To get firsthand information from the government, we also invited decisionmakers to discuss reopening plans and schedules, and assistance to small businesses. The Leaders Talk series has featured Hon. Prabmeet Sarkaria, Ontario’s Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction; Hon. Lisa MacLeod, Ontario’s Minister of Heritage, Sports, Tourism and Cultural Industries; Mayors Bonnie Crombie (Mississauga) and Patrick Brown (Brampton).

We are planning similar interactive sessions with Ministers from the Canadian federal government, and State and Union Governments in India.

Here are the videos of the webinar series.

 Let's Travel - Ride the Winds of Change
(28 July)
ICCC Leaders Talk: Mayors Bonnie Crombie & Patrick Brown
(27 July)
Thursday Talks -12: Reopening Ontario's Economy
Hon. Prabmeet Sarkaria (18 July)
     
Thursday Talks -11: Travel: A New Beginning (25 June) Thursday Talks -10: Covid-19 & Sports & Entertainment (18 June)  Thursday Talks -9: Covid-19 & Insurance (11 June)
     
Knowledge on the Go: Climate & Energy Conservation (02 June) Turning Setbacks into Comebacks: Shiv Khera (29 May) Thursday Talks - 8: Covid-19 & Food Sector (28 May)
     
 Knowledge on the Go: Cannabis in Canada (26 May)  Thursday Talks -7: Covid-19 & Travel, Tourism, Hospitality (23 May) Knowledge on the Go: Rise & Relevance of Canada's Ethnic Media (19 May)

Thursday Talks - 6: Covid-19 & Banking (14 May) Knowledge on the Go: Payment Gateways & Cyber security (11 May) Thursday Talks - 5: Covid-19 & Real Estate (7 May)
     

Thursday Talks - 4: Covid 19 & Legal Contracts (30 April)  Thursday Talks -3: Covid 19 & International Students (23 April) Thursday Talks - 2: Covid 19 & Small Business - Part 2 (16 April)


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