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Advisory Board - 2018-2019

Ramesh Chotai

Ramesh Chotai was born in Northern Uganda and pursued his education in Britain completed his training as pharmacist in U.K. and Switzerland. He returned to Uganda and joined ICI Pharmaceuticals (U.K.) as CEO. Ramesh came to Canada in 1972 and started as a pharmacist/manager at an Oshawa pharmacy. He started Bromed Pharmaceuticals in 1976, Bromed is committed to providing high quality, innovative & cost-effective healthcare products. He served as President – Hindu Temple and Cultural Centre, Mississauga, Vice President – Canadian Museum of Hindu Civilization, Chairperson Canada India Foundation and Co-Chair Trillium Hospital Foundation where he raised $600,000.00. Mr. Chotai is recipient of Ontario Govt’s voluntary service award and ICCC’s President’s Award in 2004 and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award.

Venki Raman

A banker by profession, Venki Raman is a motivational speaker who mentors newcomers to Canada. He is passionate about the upliftment of the youth, and constantly contributes his time and energy for the betterment of the underprivileged and hospitals. Over the past 17 years Venki has led several large teams successfully delivering high customer satisfaction, coupled with strong business results. Venki's motivational leadership style of his current team of over 250 people, is reflected in the enthusiasm and passion with which his team members help clients achieve "what matters" to them. Venki's personal mission is to "kindle the human spirit" in every person he encounters - personally, in business and in the community. Venki's motivational leadership style travels beyond his team, to newcomers whom he motivates and guides in career planning. Most recently, Venki participated in mentoring sessions through the United Way guiding newcomers to look beyond their obstacles and focus on their strengths, to make themselves highly marketable.

Kuldeep Sharma

Mr. Kuldeep Sharma is President & CEO of Crown Group of Hotels Inc., has demonstrated true excellence in managing over 12,000 employees in a Human Resource company, at a time with over 34 years of business experience, in India. He is an entrepreneur who has transitioned from service industry in New Delhi to hospitality in Canada. His maiden venture in Canadian hospitality of 2013 was a resounding success. With the vision to grow in the hospitality industry, he utilizes his ability to visualize and delegate long term goals, mentor and guide team. Crown Group of Hotels owns and operates five hotels across Ontario, employing over 300 people, and works with brands such as: Marriott, Hilton, Best Western & Choice. He is the recipient of the “RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants 2017” Award.

Akhil Tyagi

Akhil Tyagi is Area Director for Asia & AustralAsia – Infrastructure, at the International Trade Programs Division, Ontario Ministry of International Trade. Working with the Ministry, Akhil has contributed to increase the export capabilities of several Ontario companies and led key trade missions to India that generated business opportunities for Ontario manufacturers and service providers. Akhil specializes in growth strategies with focus on globalization and in raising capital from domestic and international markets. Akhil held several senior management and business development positions with leading engineering companies in India, among which are: Regional Manager, NEG Micon, and Zonal Manager, Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd., an Indian market leader in its sector. Akhil is a Mechanical Engineer from Birla Institute of Technology and holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.

Surjit Babra

Mr. Surjit Babra serves as Chief Executive Officer of Skylink Express at Skylink Group of Companies Inc. Mr. Babra serves as President of Skylink Travel, Inc., a subsidiary of Skylink Group Of Companies. He is affiliated with Sunbeam Travel, New York, NY and Skylink Travel, Toronto, Canada since 1981. Previously, Mr. Babra was affiliated with Sunbeam Travel, London, England from 1972 to 1981. He received a BA Degree from Arya College, Ludhiana, India in 1972. Mr. Babra is a recepient of many awards, including Mother Teresa Humanitarian of the Year Award, B'nai Birth Canada's "Award of Merit", Gulland Excellence Award, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Transformation Enterprise Award, "World Travel Mart" Award in the UK, and many more. Mr. Babra is well known for his philanthropic activities and helps children through his "Skylink Children's Charity".

Reetu Gupta

Ms. Reetu Gupta is President and CEO of the Easton’s Group of Hotels, Canada’s largest private hotel development firm and The Gupta Group, as well as the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Rogue Insight Capital Ltd. Born and raised into the world of Real Estate and Hospitality, Reetu has a fiery passion for both industries. After graduating with an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, Reetu’s career quickly progressed from Executive Director to being named C.O.O. in 2015. In 2012 Reetu Gupta created and launched The Gupta Group- the residential real estate arm of the company consisting of High-Rise Condo multi use developments. She is also the Chief Strategy Officer of Rogue Insight Capital Ltd., a division of the Gupta Group that launched in Fall of 2017 that focuses on angel investing. In June 2017, Reetu was honoured with the distinction of Canada's Top 40 Under 40®. Reetu also sits on several boards and also chairs many committees. Reetu is also the Founder and President of The Shakti Society.

Joseph Selvaraj Savier

Mr. Joseph Selvaraj Savier, President & CEO, SBI Canada Bank has a master’s in management and a diploma in International Banking and Finance. He has over 30 years of banking experience, in India, Panama, USA. His experience covers retail banking, international banking, treasury, training, risk management and corporate governance. Earlier, he was Dy. General Manager (Treasury Marketing Group), Global Markets at State Bank of India, Corporate Centre, Mumbai wherein he handled SBI’s treasury relationship with corporate clients, financial institutions, Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPI) and Foreign Direct Investors (FDI) ably assisted by a team of over 70 Relationship Managers. As CFO & Secretary, State Bank of India (California), Los Angeles, he managed a team of professionals from US and India engaged in the areas of Accounting, ALM, Treasury, Financial Reporting, Strategic Planning, Budgeting, Performance Management and Risk Management. He was also the Corporate Secretary to the Board. In SBI, he was involved in the design and execution of two of the landmark HR initiatives called ‘Parivartan’ and 'Aarohan' that impacted more than 200,000 employees of SBI.


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