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 BOARD OF DIRECTORS - 2021-2022
Ripudaman Singh Dhillon 
President
 
Ripudaman established ICC Canada Immigration Solutions Inc. to help new immigrants to easily settle into a better life in Canada. His entrepreneurial zeal led him to launch Guru restaurant in 2013 in Heartland. His affinity for public service inspired him to start Radio Dhun, Ontario’s first multicultural and multilingual radio station, and in 2017 he acquired Radio 1220AM that reaches audiences from Ottawa to St. Catherines. The International Fashion Festival Toronto he launched in 2014 promotes local designers. Ripudaman is an active philanthropist and was the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario’s candidate in 2018 and a candidate of record for Brampton North.
Virender Rathi
Corporate Secretary & Vice President, Membership Engagement
 

Virender Rathi is the President of Xcent Lawyers LLP. He is a versatile lawyer who specializes in immigration and real estate. Virender graduated from Osgood Hall Law School. He is a member of the Law society of Ontario, Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association and CASAL. A strong votary of community service, he dedicates time and resources to Indo-Canadian community in Greater Toronto Area. He is strongly committed to the community and is actively involved in many NFPs including the ICCC. 

Arvind Bhardwaj
Vice President & Director, Finance, Sponsorship & Communications
 
Arvind Bhardwaj is CEO Go Brands Communications. He is a former Vice President and Director of the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce. Arvind is a sales and marketing professional with over two decades of proven track-record in media and retail sales. He has expertise in human resources, performance-oriented team building and training in media sales and retail sales and operations.
Rakesh Joshi
Vice President & Director, Government Relations & Legal Affairs
 

Rakesh Joshi is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and is a practicing lawyer in Toronto.  He is member of Canadian Bar Association and Director of Canadian Association of South Asian Lawyers. Engaged mainly in Real Estate Law and Corporate Law, Rakesh has handled a high volume of transactions successfully to the utmost satisfaction of his clients. He was decorated with the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Vikas Sharma
Vice President & Director, Small & Medium Enterprises
 

Since 2006, Vikas has been the President and Owner of a post-industrial plastics recycling company in Toronto, Canada. The firm specializes in trading a wide variety of secondary fiber, post-industrial plastics and raw material to build the efficiency and profitability of its customers recycling operations. Vikas has significant experience in international trade and over the last two decades, Vikas has exported to China, India, Vietnam, Mexico and the USA. He specialises in India and North America trade.

Vikas is the President and Founder of the Care4Cause Foundation, which offers dignity, compassion and respect to individuals suffering poverty and unfortunate circumstances. Vikas joined the Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation in 2019 as Director and worked on expanding its Christmas Miracle on Main Street toy drive charity event to Brampton. 

Murarilal Thapliyal
Director, International Trade & Global Affairs 
 

Murarilal Thapliyal is a Managing Partner of Thapliyal & Rai Law Firm, a boutique law firm in Brampton, ON. He was called to the bar in 2007. As a renowned lawyer, he prides himself in serving the needs of the people and communities in the Greater Toronto Area for over a decade. He has worked for the cause of vulnerable seniors, women, and at-risk youth.

As a sports enthusiast, Mr. Thapliyal devotes resources to promote various sports specially cricket. He is the Founder and President of UK Warriors Cricket Club Canada as well as President of Canadian School of Cricket, Canada. He is pioneer lawyer for Global T20 (GT20) in Canada. Mr. Thapliyal is at the forefront of many volunteering groups and donation campaigns by being the President of the THAPLIYAL FOUNDATION CANADA.

Sanjay Kulkarni
Director, Startups & Strategy
 

Sanjay Kulkarni is the CEO and President of Sankul Enterprises Inc., a boutique firm providing CFO services and business value advice to small and medium sized companies. He is a Vice President and Director of the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce. Sanjay is a CA(I), CS(I), CMA, CPA, CFA and Chartered Director. With years of experience as a CFO of medium-sized enterprises, Sanjay is a problem-solving leader with the ability to effect change by formulating strategy and business models, business analytics, optimizing capital structure, in-depth business valuations and by identifying/resolving critical issues.

Chirag Shah
Director, Councils
 

Chirag Shah, a young technocrat who has rapidly scaled peaks of technological achievements by constantly striving to serve clients beyond their expectations. His company, SUBHTECH SOLUTIONS INC., focuses on adopting innovative approaches to clients’ needs. Chirag is actively involved in advising high net worth individuals and businesses in Canada and India through his boutique consulting and advisory service VAYAM MANTU ADVISORS INC.  A firm believer in giving back to the Canadian society, and to the Indo-Canadian community, Chirag strives to work towards positive transformation for a number of not-for-profit organizations.

Bhavik Parikh
Director, IT
 

Bhavik Parikh is an innovative technologist, data architecture and researcher who has worked with multiple fortune 500 companies and provided B2C, B2B and B2G solutions. He serves on various non for profit boards across Canada, USA and India. He has worked in various business domains including human resource, finance, space, health, pharmaceutical and education. Bhavik has a bachelor degree in Business Community Enterprise and Information Technology from University of Liverpool and masters degree in Information Systems engineering from University of Manchester.

Sheelu Sharma
Director, Programs & Events
 

Sheelu Sharma is Senior Manager at Laksh Law Professional Corporation, a law firm dealing with Immigration, real estate, and civil litigation. Her global experience includes working at consulate general of India at Dubai and being the Director of Falcon Marketing and Management Consultancies in Dubai and Falcon trading company at Sharjah. Sheelu has pursued fashion designing, modelling, and acting, and has been involved in social event planning. Since then, she has actively contributed to various social and cultural welfare activities through non-profit organizations.

Vipin Gupta
Director

Vipin Gupta is an accomplished and result driven banking professional with over 17 years of experience in Global Trade Finance, FI, Corporate & Commercial banking, Sales & Marketing and Product & Process management. He is responsible for managing the Global Trade Finance business for ICICI Bank Canada including structuring customized solutions to service global and domestic requirements of North American, Indian and foreign companies, developing and maintaining strategic relationships and alliances with Global Corporates, SMEs, industry associations and trade agencies, promoting and developing Trade & Investment business in Canada-India corridor. Mr. Gupta has a vast experience in financial services industry handling Indian subcontinent and North American markets.

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