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ICCC Newsletter - March 2020

18 Mar 2020 9:45 AM | Anonymous

President's Message:

Pramod Goyal


We are in the middle of a full-blown health crises of global proportions. The exponential rise in the number of human beings suffering from COVID-19 is alarming because it is unprecedented. In three months between December and March, hundreds of thousands of people across the world have been detected with the symptoms of the infection, and over 6,000 people have fallen prey to the disease. The number of fatalities may increase.

ICCC Committees

I am delighted to inform our members, stakeholders and sponsors that after a protracted exercise, the board of directors of the chamber have reconstituted the committees. For the first time in recent history of our organisation, we have completely overhauled the committees, after understanding their role in making the chamber more representative, democratic. The exercise in the reconstitution of the committees took cognizance of the chamber’s mandate and the future direction it needs to take. 

Read the full message, click here: President's Message

Programs & Events

In view of the COVID-19 fallout, ICCC will not hold any public events for four to six weeks

Past Events

A Budget to Propel India's Growth

Chetan Sehgal, Vandana Kumar, Arvind Vijh

Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) in collaboration with the Consulate General of India organised a seminar and a panel discussion on the Indian budget on Tuesday 26 February 2020.

Road Map to a New India: Indian Budget 2020-21 drew unprecedented enthusiastic response from the members of the ICCC and invited guests.

In her keynote address, Apoorva Srivastava, the Consul General of India in Toronto, emphasised the people-first approach of the Indian budget. “Infrastructure, social welfare and agriculture are the main focus of the budget,” she said.

The presenters included Vandana Kumar, Joint secretary, Government of India; Arvind Vijh, Director, Deloitte, Canada; Chetan Sehgal, Partner, BDO Canada.

Read more, click here: Budget for Growth

Celebrating Women's Achievements 

Minister Mary Ng, Pramod Goyal, Minister Anita Anand

Over 200 women and men participated enthusiastically in Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC)’s eighth annual International Women’s Day on 6 March 2020 at Pearson Convention Centre.

The program comprised insightful address by Hon. Mary Ng, Canada’s Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Development; Hon. Anita Anand, Canada’s Minister of Public Service and Procurement; and Alexis Black, Intellectual Property Officer, Canadian Intellectual Property Office.

In her speech, Minister Ng said, “Canada’s inclusive trade policies help women-owned businesses grow in the global marketplace and ensure that all Canadians—including women—benefit from our trade agreements.”

In her speech, Minister Anand said, “Canada’s efforts to empower women and girls are strengthened by our country’s first-ever Feminist International Assistance Policy, along with our updated National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.”

Apoorva Srivastava, Consul General of India, emphasized the support of family, peers and friends as being crucial to a woman’s success. She said institutional mechanism needs to be developed that automatically supports women empowerment.

A riveting panel discussion involving panelists Hon. Jill Dunlop, Ontario’s Associate Minister for Children and Women’s Issues; Apoorva Srivastava, Consul General of India in Toronto; Maria May; Dean of Faculty of Applied Arts and Health Sciences followed the speeches. Aruna Anand of ICCC’s Women Entrepreneur and Professional Committee introduced the panelists.

Panelists: Apoorva Srivastava, Hon. Jill Dunlop, Maria May

Read more: ICCC's IWD2020

PDAC Business Reception

Consul General Apoorva Srivastava, ICCC board members with Indian delegation head Somnath Mishra, Akhil Tyagi of Ontario Government and Saifullah Khan, Commercial Consul

Read more: PDAC reception

In the News

Meeting with Hon. Kinga Surma

Ontario's Associate Minister of Transportation

Pramod Goyal with Kinga Surma

Pramod Goyal, President, Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce met Hon. Kinga Surma, Ontario’s Associate Minister of Transportation at her office on 28 February for a discussion on the possible collaboration between the Department of Transportation and the ICCC.

Minister Surma promised to hold joint programs that would be beneficial to the Indo-Canadians operating in the transportation sector.

Once the domain of white, blue-collar big-riggers, trucking has shifted gears as South Asian Canadians fill a growing labour shortage and reroute the industry with tech-savvy and chai-vending truck stops.

Read more: In the News

Meeting with Chris Dudley

Director, Entrepreneurship, Seneca College

Prashant Srivastava, Director, South Asia, Seneca, Chris Dudley, Director, Entrepreneurship, Seneca, and Pramod Goyal

Pramod Goyal met Chris Dudley, Director, HELIX, Seneca’s entrepreneurial incubator for health and lifestyle innovation along with Prashant Srivastava, Director, South Asia, Seneca and Mayank Bhatt, Executive Director, ICCC.

They discussed the possible collaboration between Seneca’s entrepreneurial program and the ICCC to enable members of the Chamber to utilise the resources available at Seneca.

HELIX is dedicated to developing the entrepreneurial mindset. It does this by providing knowledge, mentorship, sessions, workspace, access to like-minded peer community, and experiential opportunities.

Read more: In the News

Court rejects Connexions Telecom Ltd.'s claim against Pramod Goyal

The Small Claims Court, Brampton, rejected the claim by Connexions Telecom Ltd. filed against Pramod Goyal after the Annual General Meeting of the ICCC held in September 2019. The claim was dismissed by the judge with cost.


India Mission 2020

India Mission 2020 has been postponed because of the Government of India travel precautions in view of COVID-19 

TRUCKWORLD is rescheduled to 4 - 6 June 2020

SIAL Canada is rescheduled to 5 - 7 August 2020

CAMSC is rescheduled to 22 - 23 July 2020

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