Complete Delegate Listing:
- Mayor Frank Scarpitti, City of Markham
- Regional Councillor Joe Li, City of Markham
- Ward 7 Councillor Logan Kanapathi, City of Markham
- Naval Bajaj, Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce
- Stephen Chait, City of Markham
- Christina Kakaflikas, City of Markham
- David Agnew, Seneca College
- Dr. George Arnold, Markham Stouffville Hospital
- Munira Budhdeo, Argyle Flooring
- Mahesh Chokshi, SourceOne Medical Supply Ltd.
- Rabiz N Foda, ePrism Solutions
- Dilip Ghose, Build Tech Controls
- Paul Gilbert, Quanser Inc.
- Vinod Munshi, Indian Institute of Technology Alumni Canada (IITAC)
- Nani Pradeepan, New Dawn Energy Solutions
- Raj Rajasri, Dr. Business CA
- Carolina Ramirez, Independent Consultant
- Sunny Ray, Quanser Inc.
- Baljit Sierra, Novo Plastics
- Raju Goteti, Citizen Center
- Sam Wadera, Second Cup
City of Markham
Mayor, City of Markham
Mayor Frank Scarpitti was first elected Mayor of the City of Markham in 2006 for a four year term and in October of 2010 was re-elected for a subsequent four year term. He serves on York Region Council. He was first elected as Regional Councillor in 1985, and was re-elected seven times. At the Region, Mayor Scarpitti serves as Chair of the Police Services Board. He served as Chair of the Planning and Economic Development Committee and is currently a member of the Finance and Administration Committee, the York Region Rapid Transit Corporation and the Yonge Subway Advisory Task Force.
Mayor Scarpitti is Chair of PowerStream, serves on the Markham Stouffville Hospital Board and is a former member of the Markham Theatre Board and the Rouge Park Alliance. Mayor Scarpitti was Chair of Markham's Olympic Torch Relay celebration, Honourary Chair of Markham Miracle: Helping Build Haiti’s Future and Honourary Chair of the Markham Rising Sun Campaign: Standing with Japan. He is the Co-Chair of the Capital Campaign for the Markham Stouffville Hospital Expansion.
Mayor Scarpitti lives in Markham with his wife Nancy and their three children. He has been a Markham resident for 47 years.
City of Markham
Regional Councillor, City of Markham
Regional Councillor Joe Li was elected to Markham Council in 2010. He is the first Hakka Chinese from India elected to hold public office in Canada and the first Council member with Indian background in Markham and the Region of York.
Born and raised in Calcutta, Mr. Li has a keen interest in strengthening relationships between India and Markham, especially in his current capacity as Regional Councillor. This is his second trade mission to India as an elected official. He has also participated in Pravasi Bharatiya Divas events in the past.
Before beginning his political career in 2010, Mr. Li served as the Vice-President of the Board of South Asians in Ontario and the President of the Yin Hua (Chinese from India) Association of Ontario.
Mr. Li is a Chartered Financial Consultant and a Chartered Life Underwriter by profession. He has been in the financial planning industry for over 23 years. After graduating from high school in India, he has spent 9 years in Sweden before immigrating to Canada in 1984.
In addition to Hindi/Urdu, Mr. Li is also conversant in English, Swedish and various Chinese dialects including Hakka, Cantonese and Mandarin.
City of Markham
Councillor, Ward 7
Councillor Logan Kanapathi made headlines in November 2006 when he was the first Canadian Tamil to be elected to political office. As quoted by the Toronto Star, he was “a new face for a new era.” Re-elected in 2010 and serving his second term as Councillor for Ward 7, Councillor Kanapathi continues to champion for greater diversity. He has represented Council on Markham's Race Relations Committee for two consecutive terms and is Markham's official appointed UNESCO-CMARD (Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination) Council representative. His passion for diversity is also actively witnessed as he continues to play a leading role in York Region’s Police Uniform Recruiting Committee.
His strong leadership in South Asian affairs has been demonstrated by initiating and getting Council proclamations for several South Asian Festivals in the City of Markham. Under his leadership Markham was the first government in North America to recognize Tamil Heritage Days and Thai Pongal, Diwali Celebrations. Councillor Kanapathi is the Founding Chair of the annual Markham South Asian Festival.
As Vice Chair of the Budget Committee, Councillor Kanapathi is a staunch advocate for fiscal responsibility and maintaining Markhams low tax rates.
Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce
(905) 626-8534, (416) 845-5306
Mr. Naval Bajaj was elected the 25th President of the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) in June 2012. Naval was also part of the Prime Minister’s delegation for state visit to India in November, 2012.
He is the Chair of Greater Toronto Business Alliance (GTBA), and a member of the Advisory Committee of Canada’s Chief Negotiator on Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with India.
Naval is a dynamic entrepreneur and a Certif ed Business Consultant at 7-Eleven Canada. He holds a Master of Engineering, Master of Business Administration and Bachelors of Law degrees.
Naval is a f rm believer of globalization and global market integration, and has continued to engage in his Indian operations in metals, textiles and construction.
Naval has been honored with South Asian Professional of the Year award, RANA President’s Award and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Naval was awarded Servant Leader award for 2010 by 7-Eleven, World Class Performance for 2009 by 7-Eleven, Best Performance Award for 2008 by 7-Eleven.
Under his leadership, ICCC has turned into an agile force working for bilateral relations between Canada and India, and enabling Indo-Canadians to integrate into the Canadian mainstream to contribute the Canadian society.
City of Markham
Director, Economic Development
Markham is Ontario’s newest City, and one of Canada's fastest growing and most prosperous municipalities. With more than 900 high-technology companies, Markham is a centre for Information Technology, Life Sciences, Headquarters, and Screen-based Industries. The Markham Convergence Centre is the latest example of Markham's leadership in knowledge-based business and industry. Markham is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies including IBM, Oracle, Apple, American Express, AMD, and Johnson & Johnson.
Stephen Chait is Director of Markham's award-winning Economic Development Department. He is an honours graduate of McGill University, the University of Western Ontario and is a Past President of the Economic Developers Association of Canada.
City of Markham
Manager, Special Projects
(905) 477-7000 ext. 6590
Christina has been Manager, Special Projects with the City of Markham since April 2007 following eight years with the City of Toronto. During her tenure at the City of Toronto, Christina held senior roles in investment attraction, business development, policy development, and marketing.
Christina was the project manager for the Markham Convergence Centre leading to its successful launch in November 2010. Christina's current responsibilities include: promoting Markham internationally to attract foreign direct investment and encourage trade; collaborating with industry, academic and other partners including ventureLAB and York University to build the commercialization capacity of the Markham Convergence Centre; connecting the design industry with manufacturers in Markham to enhance the competitiveness of local products and services internationally; and working with industry, government and academic partners to expand our competitive strengths in the convergence of Information/Communications Technology and Life Sciences.
Christina holds a Master’s from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University.
(416) 491-5050 ext. 77001
David Agnew became President of Seneca College in 2009, bringing senior leadership experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors to one of the largest colleges in Canada.
Prior to joining Seneca, Mr. Agnew served as Principal Secretary to the Premier of Ontario and Secretary to the Cabinet. He was a Senior Resident at the University of Toronto, Executive Vice-President and Corporate Secretary for the Credit Union Central of Ontario, a Principal at the strategy consulting firm Digital 4Sight, President and CEO of UNICEF Canada and Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments.
Among the many boards and committees he serves on, Mr. Agnew is Chair of the Board of Directors of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, a member of the Canadian federal government's Science, Technology and Innovation Council and Vice Chair of Colleges Ontario.
Seneca College is an international leader in post secondary education, attracting student from more than 100 countries around the world. With campuses across the Greater Toronto Area, Seneca offers award-winning programs, university partnerships and applied learning experiences to 100,000 full- and part-time students.
Markham Stouffville Hospital
Dr. George Arnold
Dr. George M. Arnold graduated from Medical School at the University of Toronto in 1986 and is a licensed physician in the Province of Ontario. Dr. Arnold became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada with a Specialist Certificate in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1992. Dr. Arnold has been on staff at Markham Stouffville Hospital since 1992 and in 1999 was appointed Chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Since 2003, Dr. Arnold has served on various committees at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. In 2011, he was appointed to the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Toronto as a lecturer. Dr. Arnold was recently appointed Chair, Health Professional Advisory Committee for the Central Local Health Integrated Network. Dr. Arnold has been recognized as an expert in Obstetrics and Gynecology by the Superior Court of Ontario, the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.
Argyle Flooring was established three years ago with the intention to be one of Canada's leading supplier in residential and commercial floor coverings. Argyle Flooring specializes in sales, service and installation of floor coverings, also focusing on floor restorations. We strive to give the utmost customer service satisfaction to our clients to build everlasting relationships. We focus on different products and services, from hardwood and laminate flooring to carpets, tiles and commercial flooring.
SourceOne Medical Supply Ltd.
Mahesh is the President and Founding member of Source One Medical Supply, one of Canada's premier distributors of medical, laboratory & dental supplies. Mahesh is also Director at Innovationmode Inc. in Toronto , a company involved with the management and finance of customer contact centers. Mahesh helped build the company from 150 employees to 175 employees with annual sales of $4.5M.
Mahesh is also past President of Micro Mart Computers Ltd. in Toronto . Mahesh started the company during the PC revolution and expanded operations by 1990 within Ontario and into the US with annual sales of over $10M.
Mahesh is a Lifetime Trustee, Board of Director and Former President of the Sanatan Mandir Cultural Centre in the City of Markham. Mahesh also sits on the Board of Directors of the Varley- McKay Art Foundation in Markham.
Mahesh’s academic achievements include a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (1974) San Francisco , USA , and a Diploma in Electrical Engineering (1970) Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.
Rabiz N Foda, P.Eng. FEC
Strategic Advisor - India
Professional Engineer and Fellow of Engineers Canada, energy technology professional, specialized in infrastructure development and ERP/ERM for power generation, transmission, distribution. Director of Transmission Electricity of Western Region SA, with Tata Power Companies, India, Atomic Energy of Canada and Hydro One Networks, etc.
On boards of PANIIT USA, IIT-B Alumni Canada, Chapter Inc. Member, Experience Requirements Committee, Professional Engineers Ontario; PANIIT Technology Review Magazine, Maytree Foundation, Leadership Circle. Past board engagements: President - IIT Alumni Canada Inc., “India Forum”, Embassy of India, Saudi Arabia; Director, “Panorama India”. MBA guest lecturer, St. Bonaventure University, NY, USA. His biography is profiled in “Marquis Who’s Who in the World”.
Honors and awards: Volunteer Service Award, Government of Ontario; Fellow of Engineers Canada, Town of Markham, The Mentoring Partnership, Toronto; Distinguished Alumni Service Award, IIT Bombay.
Developed and concluded Memorandum of Understanding between Canadian, US and Indian universities, IITs. Chaired conferences, published papers.
A post-graduate with Diploma in Management Studies, University of Bombay; B.Tech (Hons) - IIT-Bombay. Professional engagements - MIET-UK, CIGRE, IEEE USA PMI, Society of Power Engineers. An artist painting with water-colors.
Build Tech Controls
BuildTech Controls is a Canadian diversified company working in the Global Markets with products & services for the Solar, Infrastructure & Transportation sectors, including expert advice, practical support to those wishing to grow their business. Our knowledge & market experience include representing manufacturers, in a wide range of products from Solar & Solar Tracking ,Real time Business Process Management for- Airports, Rail/Metro’s & Cities/Traffic (Infrastructure), Building Management, Fire Detection, and many others- also experience working with Global/India Governments, Designers, Consultants, Contractors. Strong and committed in executing projects successfully, and a focus to make your business an investment, not an expense.
A leader in Business Management, Paul Gilbert has over two decades of experience developing SME companies in North America, along with a wealth of international experience developing global partner relationships. Mr. Gilbert joined Quanser in 2002 and, working with founder Dr. Jacob Apkarian, has successfully taken the company to its current position as the world leader in its field.
Prior to joining Quanser, Mr. Gilbert held positions as CEO for FTT Ltd. and President of Strapex Canada. He also held senior engineering positions in the Aerospace Division of Schlumberger UK and led the company’s Canadian Sales and Marketing team in the Electricity Management sector. Mr. Gilbert holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business as well as a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southampton, U.K. With over 20 years of leadership in its field, Quanser is the world leader in the design and manufacture of advanced systems for real-time control for robotics, mechatronics, aerospace and structural engineering.
Indian Institute of Technology Alumni Canada (IITAC)
(416) 527-3247, 91 9594055673
Vinod Munshi is an Alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India and has over three decades of Engineering and business development experience, Internationally. He is a promoter of an Indo-German joint venture Tisun–EDS Ltd. and REFUsol GmbH Inverters for Solar power in India. Vinod is also a promoter of Hydrodyne Industries, a Fluid power company manufacturing Hydraulic cylinders, power packs, and valves in Mumbai, India. He presently works in Nuclear Division of Ontario Power Generation, one of the largest utility owning significant Hydroelectric, Fossil and Nuclear Generation assets.
Vinod began his career as Marketing Manager and held progressive positions in Business Development for Greaves Cotton Ltd. Bombay and as Regional Manager for Cummins India Ltd in New Delhi. He took up overseas assignments and worked as Product Manager for Bahwan Group, Sultanate of Oman in the Middle East, and later as General Manager for Agricon Limited in Kampala, Uganda and travelled widely in Asia, Africa and Middle east.
Vinod enjoys devoting his time to professional and community organizations, and is currently President of Indian Institutes of Technology Alumni Canada (IITAC). He was President of Sharika Foundation, a Canadian Charity, and President of Kashmir Overseas Association of Canada for many years.
New Dawn Energy Solutions
Nani Pradeepan, B.Sc. Eng., M.Eng., P.En
New Dawn Energy Solutions optimize energy efficiencies, integrate sustainable building solutions and distribute local renewable generation solutions (solar, small wind, bio gas). Our holistic approach in evaluating the energy needs and integrating an appropriate energy solutions, produce optimum results to our customers. We effectively work with developers and architects to integrate our renewable and sustainable solutions optimally into buildings and communities. Our energy solutions range from small portable systems to grid-tied & micro grid energy solutions and sustainable building solutions that make zero or near zero energy buildings.
Dr. Business CA
DoctorBusiness.ca provides end to end consultation and advisory expertise to small to medium sized businesses. We have a network of business professionals and consultants with over 35 years of experience in varying fields: Accounting, Finance, Technology, Analytics and Operations to name a few. Doctor Business delivers practical solutions from conception right through to implementation. Whatever you need is, we have a solution to match.
If you have a product or service you want to grow domestically, or you are an entrepreneur looking to market in Canada, we can strategically match you with a suitable Canadian partner to grow your business.
Our specific focus for this mission to India is to market our services as a Canadian broker for mergers and acquisitions. We can assist you with:
- Licensing agreements, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, partnerships
- Advisory services for the fully range of business issues
- Resourcing Canadian contacts to bring your business to Canada
When you work with DoctorBusiness.ca, you get a personalized, customized experience. We listen to you and engage with you throughout the process to ensure you get the value you need from our services.
DoctorBusiness.ca is your gateway to total care for your business.
Carolina is an independent business woman and has worked with companies that provide solutions to engineering colleges for the education of the younger generation. She has worked extensively across Latin America to make Canadian consulting company, Quanser, a leading control solutions provider for teaching and research. She is a Mecatronics engineer graduate from Universidad Militar Nueva Granada - Bogota Colombia her main interest is in the field of biomedical and robotics applications as she looks for new and exciting ways to collaborate with the Engineering Community across India.
She is also involved in social work helping the most needy seeking a better future for new generations. She has been working with foundations and churches in Peru and Colombia with the only goal of changing lives.
Channel Manager, South-Asia
91 (994) 549-7931
Sunny Ray is Quanser's first Channel Manager dedicated exclusively to South-Asia. He possesses a strong technical understanding of how Quanser engineering education products and solutions enable educators and researchers to tackle grand challenges in the field of controls, robotics and mechatronics. Sunny holds a BSc. in Electrical Engineering. His previous roles at Quanser have included Inside Sales Manager, North America Academic Solutions Advisor and Latin America Channel Manager.
Headquartered in Markham, Ontario, Canada, Quanser is dedicated to advancing engineering education and research. It is the world leader in the design and manufacture of advanced systems for real-time control for robotics, mechatronics, aerospace and structural engineering.
By establishing a direct representative in South-Asia, Quanser is responding to the growth and vitality of engineering education in the region, while at the same time demonstrating its commitment to supplying full service and support to the Indian and South Asian academic engineering community.
(905) 887-8818 ext. 250
1 (888) 987-8818 ext. 250
Baljit is the President and CEO of Novo Plastics Inc. Baljit founded Novo in 2006. Baljit has a B.A. Economics, JD and MBA.
Baljit’s company, Novo Plastics, is a Canadian manufacturer of engineered plastic components and assemblies for both the automotive and consumer / commercial sectors. Novo’s head office is in Markham, Ontario with strategic alliances and sales offices in the US, Germany, India and Korea. Baljit has a dedicated management team and his strategy has been to focus his company on innovative technologies including green technologies with a strong emphasis on research and development in these areas.
Baljit is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal. He is a member of the Canada-India CEO Forum and recently was part of the delegation of Canadian business executives who accompanied the Prime Minister and the Minister of International Trade to India to further advance Canada’s interests in India. Baljit has been a guest speaker at various venues on Novo’s expansion into emerging markets including India including recently at the Conference Board of Canada.
Baljit is married to his wife Margaret and they have four young children. Baljit and family reside in Richmond Hill, Ontario.
Chief Marketing Officer
Raju is a graduate from IIT Delhi and a post graduate in Social Innovation from the University of Waterloo. He has over 20 years of experience in global IT. Citizen Centre is currently being incubated in ventureLAB at the Markham Convergence Centre.
Citizen Center is a social innovation company to achieve the goals of improving transparency, collaborative engagement and creation of shared value in a democratic government. Citizen Center provides an online platform for citizens, leaders and candidates. This is pre-integrated with popular social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and You Tube. Citizens get to know about their elected representatives and candidates upon entering their address. As well, citizens could see what’s happening in their communities they live in and can join the conversation.
Sam Wadera is an entrepreneur with Second Cup – currently Sam serves as an adviser to Second Cup council.
Experience & Highlights:
- Previously worked with IBM and Celestica.
- Twice nominated finalist as Second cup entrepreneur for MARKHAM BOARD OF TRADE accessibility award.
- With the help of Ontario Ministry of Community & Social Services, Sam has been credited with bringing awareness and importance of Accessibility Standard & Customer Service to various sectors of organizations in Ontario.
Sam is working closely with Second Cup International to create Brand awareness internationally, working as Brand Developer – Sam has been credited to open Second cup coffee company chains in U.S, Azerbaijan, Iraq and Kurdistan. Sam’s next goal is to take Second Cup Coffee Company Chains across INDIA. Sam & his family are long-time residents of the City of Markham. Sam’s wife Englika is joining hands to open Salon and Spa in the City of Markham.