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Board of Directors - 2019-20

Mr. Pramod Goyal

President & Board Chair

Pramod Goyal is a dynamic entrepreneur, business strategist and a highly experienced management consultant with over 30 years of experience in founding, managing, and advising growth companies, including strategy consulting, corporate finance, audit and governance; private equity transactions and strategic business relationships. He is currently the President and CEO of Canadawide Financial Corporation Limited, a multidisciplinary business advisory and management consulting firm. In the past, he has held senior roles at Investco, RBC Royal Bank, Scotiabank and Acer Telecom. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Science, and Post-Graduate Diploma in Internal Audit from University of Delhi, and a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern and York Universities. He is an Associate of the Institute of Canadian Bankers and a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. Serving the wider community in several ways, Pramod has served on a number of professional, private and non-profit boards and committees. Pramod is a prominent and active member of the South Asian business and professional community, recognized for his entrepreneurial spirit, integrity, generosity and dedication to business, community and his family. He is a "Paul Harris Fellow" of the Rotary International Foundation. 


Mr. Sheikh Tauseef

Corporate Secretary

Tauseef Sheikh is a seasoned, top-performing banking professional with experience in Global Banking, Retail Banking and Wealth Management. Prior to joining HSBC Bank in Canada, he was with HSBC India and part of the start-up team of the NRI (Non-Resident Indian) office in Canada. He was responsible for building a North American platform for providing onshore and offshore banking products with particular focus on cross- border Private Banking services. He is also the Ambassador for Diversity and Inclusion with HSBC in Canada. He believes in giving back to the community. 

Ms. Devika Penekelapati


Devika Penekelapati is a founder and Managing Partner of Borders Law Firm, a boutique immigration law firm in Toronto. She has extensive experience of Canadian immigration law and specializes in assisting multinational corporations with all of their cross-border matters. Her clients include leading companies in the technology, finance, mining, and pharmaceutical industries. She is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Citizenship & Immigration Law.

Mr. Sanjay Kulkarni

Director, Finance 

With years of experience in financial services, Sanjay Kulkarni is a problem-solving leader with the ability to effect change by improving processes, setting robust goals/corporate objectives and identifying/resolving critical issues. An expert in negotiations, Sanjay is a strong business leader who has had a distinguished career in building and governing corporate finance, accounting, and treasury functions for various companies. A strategic outside-the-box thinker, he advises on operational and financial challenges. Sanjay is also adept in initiating debt and restructure plans for companies facing potential bankruptcy proceedings and taxation issues.

Mr. Surinder Sharma                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Director, Membership Engagement & Public Affairs

Surinder Sharma is a veteran technocrat who has served as Senior Professional with Multi-National Companies in India, Bahrain, UAE and Canada in the areas of project management, engineering, marketing and strategic planning. As a social entrepreneur, he is deeply engaged in energy conservation and demand management programs aimed to protect the environment. In 2001, Surinder founded Power Saving Systems Inc. that assists Canadian Industry (manufacturing, commercial, hospitality and small business) to reduce their carbon footprint by reducing the electricity usage by conducting energy audits and retrofit programs.

Mr. Vijay Thomas                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Director, International Trade & Information Technology

 Vijay Thomas is founder and CEO of Tangentia, which has evolved to become a leading global Robotic Process Automation, Artificial Intelligence and B2B solutions company with a multi-national footprint with offices in USA, Canada and India. Tangentia has 100+ customers in 30+ countries and 150+ employees worldwide. Vijay is a seasoned speaker on e-commerce, B2B, Automation and Artificial Intelligence. He is also active in the Indian startup scene and has been an angel investor in many start-ups including Ixigo which is India’s largest meta search engine. Vijay has a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Karnatak University and a MBA from Goa Institute of Management. 

Mr. Arvind Bhardwaj
Director, Program &Events
Arvind Bhardwaj is a seasoned management professional with over 24 years of experience with predominance in Media Marketing and Retail Operations. He is head of Marketing – Canada for World’s largest Punjabi TV Network. He has been instrumental in growth of the channel in Canada. Arvind has traveled and worked extensively across India and Canada. His exposure to complex market situations and the challenges of understanding consumer behavior and research have helped him hone his skills. Arvind is actively involved in Indo Canadian community and working closely with many organisations.  

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