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).
Then, we branched out into the bilateral sphere and invited Minister Mary Ng, Canada's Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade to interact with Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, India's Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Commerce and Industry and Housing and Urban Affairs to discuss bilateral trade. Later, Ontario's Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and International Trade, Vic Fedeli interacted with Uttar Pradesh's Minister of MSME, Khadi & Village Industries Sidharth Nath Singh at the Ontario-Uttar Pradesh Trade and Investment Collaboration Initiative.
Our sectoral webinars continue apace. Keep watching this space for regular updates.
Here are the videos of the webinar series.
|State of the Economy |
| Real Estate Investment Opportunities in India|
Small Business Week 2020 - from small acorns grow mighty oaks(26 October)
| Covid19's Impact on Canadian Immigration|
|ON-UP Trade & Investment Collaboration Initiative |
| Leaders Talk: Hon. Mary Ng & Hon. Hardeep Singh Puri |
|Thursday Talks - 14: Transfer Pricing |
|Thursday Talks -13: India's New Direction in Education Sector |
| Let's Travel - Ride the Winds of Change
|ICCC Leaders Talk: Mayors Bonnie Crombie & Patrick Brown
|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)|