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ICCC Celebrates its Annual Awards & Gala Night 2019

09 Jun 2019 7:00 PM | Anonymous

ICCC Celebrates its Annual Awards & Gala Night 2019


 Rising India: Time to Act


 ICCC leadership with 2019 Award winners and Chief guest


ICCC President Pramod Goyal 




  Hon. Ahmed Hussen


Hon. Andrew Scheer




 Amb. Dinesh Bhatia


Minister Todd Smith

ICCC’s 27th Annual Awards & Gala Night was celebrated successfully with the participation of all the levels of the Government – Federal, Provincial and the Municipal. 

On Sunday June 17, 2018, the exquisite Paramount Eventspace in Woodbridge was the venue of the annual program; it was abuzz with the who’s who of Indo-Canadian community leaders, diplomats, corporate leaders, academics, small and medium entrepreneurs, bankers, and lawyers, and the representatives of the media.

Among the political dignitaries who participated in the program included Hon. Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship; Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of the Official Opposition and Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada; Hon. Todd Smith, Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development and Job Creation.

Ambassador Dinesh Bhatia, the Consul General of India in Toronto, represented the Government of India at the program. Visiting Industries Minister of the Indian Province of Chhattisgarh, Mr. Kawasi Lakhma was also graced the occasion.

Mayors Patrick Brown (Brampton); Frank Scarpitti (Markham); and Bonnie Crombie (Mississauga); besides several Members of Parliament, the Provincial Parliament and Municipal Councils were among the other political heavyweights who participated in ICCC’s marquee event.

The theme of the evening was the Rising India: Time to Act set the tone for the evening as every speaker emphasized the importance of the rising India in all the sectors especially its economic growth.

Hon. Minister Hussen as representative of the Government of Canada in his remarks, mentioned the contribution of the Indo Canadian community in the Canadian society. Hon. Andrew Scheer, Chief Guest of the evening applauded the role of Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce in the promotion of Canada India relations. He said that he is confident that the bilateral relations between the two nations will grow manifold. Amb. Dinesh Bhatia in his remarks briefed about the development done by India in the last two decades.

In his keynote address, Hon. Minister Todd Smith referred his recent visit to India. In his remarks he said that Ontario is open for trade and business and applauded the Indo Canadian community for taking risks in starting new businesses in Ontario. He assured that Ontario government is business friendly and creating jobs by promoting the entrepreneurs in all the sectors. Ontario is very positive in developing its relations with India as several Indian students are studying in the province and Indian entrepreneurs are coming forward to invest in Ontario.

Pramod Goyal, President of ICCC, said the theme – Rising India: Time to take action – reflects the confidence Indians have in their own future and the future of their country. We, the Indians in the diaspora, have a terrific opportunity to take part in this glorious nation-building movement. “The Chamber’s leadership is cognizant of this vast and expanding economic horizon that India will continue to offer. Earlier this year, we launched our India operations by opening an office in New Delhi. We are now the only organisation working in the Canada – India corridor to have a presence in both the countries. We will leverage our presence in both these markets by creating opportunities for our members to explore the markets and build relationships,” he said.

The highlight of the evening was, of course, the award ceremony when 11 Indo-Canadians were honored for their achievements.

The 2019 ICCC Annual Award Winners are:

 Corporate Executive


Female Entrepreneur 

Ajai Bambawale
Group Head and CRO, TD Bank Group


Sukhdeep Kang
CEO, Armour Insurance Brokers Ltd

 Male Entrepreneur


Female Professional

Ambrish Thakkar
President & CEO - Thakkar Group


Ena Chadha
Barrister & Solicitor

 Male Professional


 Technology Achivement

Sudhir Anand
Founder & CEO, Voice Media Group


Vijay Thomas

Founder & CEO, Tangentia



 Lifetime Achievement

Surinder Sharma
President, Power Saving Systems Inc


Dr. V. I. Lakshmanan
Vice Chairman & CEO, Process Research Ortech Inc

 Young Achiever


President's Award 


Ananya Chadha

Student, AI, ML Developer



Hon. Deepak Obhrai

Member of Parliament

 Member of the Year



Dharma P. Jain
President & CEO, D P Jain Professional Corporation


ICCC Board Felicitates Consul General Dinesh Bhatia




ICCC members, stakeholders, sponsors, members of the Advisory Board, the Board of Directors, the Past Presidents and other supporters of the Chamber participated in the ICCC Gala with enthusiasm.

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