CPBC Hosts Dinner in Honour of His Excellency Mr. Perry Calderwood, Canadian High Commissioner to Pakistan

13 (1)CPBC was privileged to host a  dinner in honour of His Excellency Mr. Perry Calderwood, Canadian High Commissioner to Pakistan, at the Richmond Hill Country Club. Speaking at the event Mr. Calderwood shared his positive experience in Pakistan as well as assured to engage CPBC members for the promotion of trade between Canada and Pakistan.IMG_3508

The special event was packed with over 100 guests comprising of members of the federal, provincial and local governments; prominent members of the business community; a large number of CPBC members as well as former diplomats from both countries.

MPP Dr. Shafiq Qaadri, the eloquent emcee for the event acknowledged the esteemed guests, especially High Commissioner Calderwood, who graciously made time for the CPBC gathering during a personal visit back to Canada.

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Honourable MPP Dr. Shafiq Qaadri, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

The evening started with a quick introduction of NexGen, CPBC’s platform for emerging entrepreneurs. TEAM Nexgen comprising of  Wania Suleiman, Irfan Siddiqui, and Zain Dossal gave a brief recap of NexGen’s latest activities.

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NEXGEN – Irfan Siddiqui, Zain Dossal, Wania Suleiman

Various speakers highlighted the ongoing contributions of the CPBC and the Pakistani Diaspora in Canada towards the growth in trade between Canada and Pakistan, which crossed the $1 billion mark in July 2015 and continues to show a steady growth to $1.4 billion according to Stats Canada in December 2016. The efforts of both governments were acknowledged in enhancing the free flow of people and trade while working together to remove barriers.IMG_2563IMG_2405-COLLAGE

Member of the House of Commons, Mr. Omar Alghabra, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Consular Affairs) who recently paid an official visit to Pakistan,  spoke positively about his experience in Pakistan. He assured the participants that the Government of Prime Minister Trudeau is keen to work with Pakistan and assured them of their support.

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Honourable Omar Alghabra, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Foreign Affairs (Consular Section)

Senator Salma Ataullahjan welcomed the High Commissioner and acknowledged the role and good work being done by CPBC.

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Senator Salma Ataullahjan

MP Salma Zahid and MP Rob Oliphant, Co-Chairs, Canada-Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Association extended their support to CPBC and assured to working towards fostering closer ties between the great people of Canada and Pakistan. They are planning to take a multiparty parliamentary delegation to Pakistan.

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MP Salma Zahid and MP Rob Oliphant, Co-Chairs, Canada-Pakistan Parliamentary Assoc.

MP Iqra Khalid and MP Majid Jowhari acknowledged the outstanding contributions of the Pakistani diaspora and extended greetings to CPBC for its incredible contributions.

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MP Iqra Khalid and MP Majid Jowhari

CPBC was commended for its efforts in facilitating greater trade and close relations between Canada and Pakistan. They encouraged CPBC to continue these efforts, calling for freer access to visas, reviewed travel advisory to Pakistan, and an emphasis on promoting education in Pakistan, especially for girls. MPP Dr. Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation, and Science, Government of Ontario said he is keen to visit Pakistan and requested for travel advisory to major cities to be reviewed.

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Dr. Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation, and Science

Mr. Amir Dossal, President of the Global Partnership Forum, who has served as United Nations Chief Liaison for Partnerships, stressed the need to engage the UN in forging strategic alliances between companies, foundations and civil society across sectors to promote new investments for the Sustainable Developments Goals. Having managed a $1 billion gift to the UN and leveraging it to secure an additional $1 billion, he urged the audience to reach far beyond the current Canada-Pakistan trade level, assuring them that it was attainable.

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Mr. Amir Dossal, President, Global Partnership Forum

Dr. Bob Scott and President Wilf Wilkinson representing Rotary International in support of eradicating polio were also present at the event. The event allowed the audience to understand that the world is very close to eradicating polio. Pakistan is one of the three remaining countries. Afghanistan and Nigeria being the other two. During the evening Past International President Wilf Wilkinson and Dr. Bob Scott were able to speak to several MPs in attendance to encourage them to speak to Minister Bibeau and Prime Minister Trudeau regarding Rotary’s request for Canada to assign to the polio program 150 million dollars with a two to one match to Rotarian donated dollars similar to the previous agreement. The eradication of polio is indeed the largest private /public partnership the world has ever seen as a partnership.

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PP Wilf Wilkinson and Past Chair Rotary Foundation with High Commissioner

Mr. S. M. Muneer, Chief Executive of the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan echoed the same sentiments. Mr. Muneer informed the audience that Pakistan stock exchange was ranked 4th in the world in terms of return on investments, a testament of the boost in the flourishing economy of Pakistan and the trade opportunities that it presents. The immense success of Pakistani products across the world and an increasing number of the middle class with huge buying power have made Pakistan a hub of trade in the region. Mr. Muneer emphasized the positive turn in Pakistan’s economy and stability and announced the 4th Canada-Pakistan Trade Expo 2017 scheduled for later this year. CPBC extends its support to the EXPO.

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Mr. S M Muneer, CEO, Trade Development Authority of Pakistan

High Commissioner Mr. Perry Calderwood, who began his assignment six months ago, stated that he had been warmly received in Pakistan. He spoke about the potential for increased trade and investment between Canada and Pakistan and commended the role of the CPBC and of Canadians of Pakistani heritage in supporting efforts to strengthen economic ties. He said that “Canadian companies have great expertise and experience in sectors which are likely to experience robust growth in Pakistan in the years ahead, such as ICT, renewable energy, mining, agriculture, and education”. He took note of the business community’s concerns about delayed or denied visas. In this regards, the High Commissioner especially welcomed the leadership role of CPBC in facilitating trade delegations to and from Pakistan. He stated that as High Commissioner he did not have jurisdiction over decisions related to visa applications. However, he advised that the High Commission provided referrals to the visa processing office in Abu Dhabi when it is informed of Pakistani travelers who have been invited by Canadian companies to visit Canada for business purposes with a view to ensuring that such applications are processed as expeditiously as possible.

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Excellency Mr. Perry Calderwood, High Commissioner of Canada to Pakistan

Following the High Commissioner, the Honourable Consul General of Pakistan Mr. Imran Siddiqui spoke about Pakistan’s mandate to engage the Diaspora in presenting the positive side of Pakistan and generating opportunities for collaboration in trade and commerce, among other areas. He lauded CPBC for its role in facilitating such collaborations and pledged his support.

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Hon. Consul General of Pakistan, Mr. Imran Siddiqui

President of CPBC, Samir Dossal, presented some highlights of CPBC’s recent activities. They included a trade delegation to Pakistan in which delegates had the honour to meet with the Governor and Chief Minister of Punjab, as well as high-level meetings with the Punjab Board of Investment and Trade, the Sindh Board of Investment, and the FPCCI. Recounting the success of last year’s gala, Mr. Dossal announced that the 34th annual gala would be held on May 23, 2017, with an ICT high powered delegation to be hosted at the Gala.

Mr. Dossal shared some inspiring examples of the vibrant contributions of Canadians of Pakistani origin. He highlighted the valuable contributions of two women who had recently been elected to Parliament, namely Ms.Iqra Khalid and Ms. Salma Zahid, joining a growing contingent of leading public officials of Pakistani origin, including Senator Salma Ataullahjan, Dr. Shafiq Qaadri and MPP Mr. Yasir Naqvi, Leader of the House in the Ontario government.

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Samir Dossal, President, CPBC

Mr. Dossal also recognised and outlined several innovative and exciting bilateral ventures underway in the public sector, healthcare, power generation, manufacturing, trade, education, and research, which will not only generate trade revenue for both countries but also create jobs, create alternative energy sources, and improve health and well-being of underserved populations.

In his closing remarks, CPBC Chairman Hon. Bryon Wilfert thanked the High Commissioner for his positive remarks and also the leadership role of the Board of CPBC for their tireless support.

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Hon. Bryon Wilfert, Chairman, CPBC

He acknowledged the efforts of all present in promoting bilateral trade and close relations: “All of this promises continued growth and prosperity for both Canada and Pakistan, we must stay active and committed to this result.”

The evening ended with energized informal conversations and networking.

CPBC extends gratitude to all its CPBC and CPBC NEXGEN volunteers.

Special acknowledgment to Ms. Sabina Ansari for also compiling this report.

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CPBC Excellence Award for Arts & Culture 2017- Fahim Hamid Ali

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The Canada Pakistan Business Council (CPBC) celebrates its 34th Anniversary Gala and honours Awards to prominent individuals who have contributed in their respective fields of specialization. Maintaining its traditions, CPBC event was attended by a cross section of people representing dignitaries, prominent business and community leaders, and members of the academia. And as always, a large contingent from the business community, Pakistan diaspora, and distinguished guests honored the occasion with their presence. As per the mandate of CPBC, this year’s event also witnessed CPBC partnered and welcomed a high-powered ICT delegation, creating an opportunity to connect Canada and Pakistan to bring together each other’s excellence and diverse strengths to enhance collaborations in this sector. To support the cause, Dr. Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation, and Science, Government of Ontario was invited as the guest of honor and keynote speaker.Fahim Ali Award

 

Mr. Fahim Hamid Ali was awarded the ‘CPBC Excellence Award for Arts & Culture 2017’. A self-taught artist, Mr. Ali’s work ranges from People, Wild Life, Landscapes, and historic events. He is highly passionate about the Islamic Calligraphy and Egyptian and Hindu Mythologies. This diversity has enabled him to carve a niche for himself in the art world as a versatile artist who is at home with various subjects and mediums. His work has been exhibited all over the world and he was part of the Aga Khan Museum’s inaugural exhibition.

MAPLE MORNING: The experience of celebrating the Pakistani Diaspora has been extremely rewarding on a personal level for Fahim.Directing and producing MAPLE MORNING has been a great learning experience and has given Fahim the unique chance of understanding of so many dynamic personalities over the course of this project with an insight into the fabric of our society in Canada.

The project was initiated by the Consulate General of Pakistan with the personal intervention of former Consul General of Pakistan Asghar Ali Golo (now Ambassador) in consultation with Canada Pakistan Business Council and its President Samir Dossal not too long back.  CPBC 2017 Entrepnueuer of the Year, Mr. Shakir Rehmatullah President Flato Developments Inc stepped up to be the Honorary Patron for this unique first time ever initiative.

The humble beginning has now evolved to be a project of magnitude with the sequel in progress MAPLE MORNING—-The Journey Continues……This will upcoming production is being  supported by one of CPBC Sponsors. With the support from the entire community, it is going to make it bigger & better.

He also has the honour of having his original painting on Tipu Sultan, a Freedom Movement Hero of the Subcontinent, acquired by the National Museum of Pakistan for permanent display at their Freedom Movement Gallery. He also has had the has had the honour of painting Prince Karim Aga Khan’s first ever portrait on glass.

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Mr. Ali is of the opinion that his art is representational by choice and if the art of painting is to survive, it must describe and express people and nature; it must communicate.

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The event was attended by a number of dignitaries, prominent among them were Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Dr. Reza Moridi – MPP Minister for Research, Innovation and Science, MP Salma Zahid and MP Rob Oliphant – Co-chairs Canada Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Group, MP Iqra Khalid – MP Mississauga, MP Lorne Coe – MPP Whitby-Oshawa, Dr. Shafiq Qaadri,Dr. Donald Bobaish, Deputy Minister, Global Affairs Canada, Chief Eric Joliffe – Chief of Police York Region, Mayor Linda Jeffery – Mayor of Brampton, Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Consul General of Sri Lanka, Mr. U L M Jauhar, Mr. Andrew Turner – Canadian Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan, Mr. David Agnew, President SENECA, Hon. Bryon Wilfert, Chairman CPBC, Samir Dossal – President CPBC and many more.

 

 

CPBC to Collaborate with Sindh Board of Investment for their endeavours to promote Education and other avenues of common interest for Canada

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“Sindh Education City in Karachi is set to become Asia’s largest knowledge creation and education hub. The Government of Sindh is committed to developing a world class learning environment which will provide people an opportunity to study in some of the best Pakistani and foreign colleges, research and develop in state of the laboratories, building linkageswith industry and service providers and leveraging an unparalleled synergy across allstakeholders, unified to build a better world for our future generations. It is a matter of immense privilege for me to be a part of this significant development. I am very pleased to have the opportunity to engage with you through the office of CPBC and I look forward to collaborating with you.” Naheed Memon.

 

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Ms. Naheed Memon, Chair Sindh Board of Investment with Mr. Samir Dossal, President CPBC

 

CPBC continues its ongoing interactions with Sindh Board of Investment to see how CPBC can support in promoting various sectors to achieve bilateral interests. In this connection, President Dossal and Chairman Naheed Memon have had various meetings and exchanges to promote Education and Agri-Food related sectors which can bring value to

SBI has strong conviction in the future of Sindh as an economic and energy hub of the region. It believes that the immense economic potential of Sindh requires sustained public-private collaboration and sees for itself a pivotal role in building such a relationship. SBI aims to bring public objectives closer to private aspirations.

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The vision of SBI is to develop and promote an investment-friendly environment that boosts economic activity, brings value addition to all sectors of the economy and encourages public-private partnership for the socio-economic development of Sindh.

SBI has also engaged with private sector companies in Pakistan and Abroad resulting in setting up their businesses in Sindh province. To name some of them are: company, for investmentItalian Cement manufacturer in Sindh, Chinese scotch tape producer, a Danish egg pasteurization company, Chinese steel manufacturer, Audi-German Autcompany, UBER and many others.

The wide range of services provided by SBI includes providing information on the opportunities for investment and facilitating companies that are looking for joint venture partners. In this regard, SBI has been successfully inked a number of MoU`s with a number of foreign investors to invest in different sectors of Sindh.

SBI acts as a focal point of contact for prospective investors, both domestic and foreign, and act as a one-stop window to provide all necessary information and assistance in coordinating with other Government Departments/Agencies.

SBI assists companies and investors who intend to invest in Sindh as well as facilitates the implementation and operation of their projects. The wide range of services provided by SBI includes providing info for investment and facilitating companies that are looking for joint venture partners. SBI acts as a focal point of contact for prospective investors, both domestic and foreign, and act as one-stop window to provide all necessary information and assistance in coordinating with other Government Departments/Agencies

ACHIEVEMENTS OF SBI IN LAST THREE YEARS.

Education City:

Sindh Education City (EC) project is one of the top most priority projects of the  Government of Sindh. The EC is comprised of 8,900 acres in Gaddap town. Twenty local and foreign institutions have been allocated land to develop their academic campuses and some have completed their detailed design to commence construction of their campuses. The Master Plan of EC has been completed and approved by EC  board headed by Honourable Chief Minister Sindh and has been placed within the Karachi City Master Plan. Spatial and administrative governance structure has been setup by the provincial assembly via the Sindh Education City Act 2012. Infrastructure development has begun. The construction of administration enclave is in progress. The detailed Rules & Regulation of EC Act 2013 are being prepared by a renowned law firm, besides Bye-Laws of construction by educational institutes in EC are under preparation.

Marble City

SBI has initiated the Marble City Project in Karachi that has tremendous investment and growth potential for the entrepreneurs based on high-end industrial knowledge, innovation, and services.  Marble City is planned over 300 acres of land along the Northern bypass. The land has been procured whereas Company with the name of Sindh Stone Development Company (SSDC) is formed under Article 42 of companies            Ordinance for independent, efficient and effective execution of the Project. Topographical Survey and Lease Execution is in progress whereas Boundary Wall is to be constructed after completion of the topographical survey.

Special Economic Zones

Keeping in view the great success of SEZs around the world, the Government of   Pakistan has passed Special Economic Zone Act, 2012. According to the Act, the supervisory for special economic zones shall be respective boards of investment in the provinces. Sindh Board of Investment is the supervisory authority for Special Economic Zones in Sindh. It is pertinent to mention that only three zones have been granted the status of Special Economic Zone by GOP and all of them belongs to Sindh which are following:

  • Khairpur Special Economic Zone
  • Bin Qasim Industrial Park
  • Korangi Creek Industrial Park

 

Entrepreneurship Development Programme

SBI signed MoU with Sukkur IBA and IBA Karachi to launch the Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP) for the promotion of Agriculture in collaboration with the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (IBA Karachi) and the Sukkur Institute of Business Administration (Sukkur IBA). The project was initiated as a pilot project with an aim to train 300 students. The program was aimed at designing and conducting a program on entrepreneurship along with hands-on training in order to prepare the rural youth of Sindh to develop their capacity to pursue agriculture business in their province.  The pilot project of Entrepreneurship Development has been successfully completed during 2013-14 and shown positive impact on the community. People are getting aware of entrepreneurship and its importance, while a number of businesses and start-ups also increasing.

Investment Conferences, Road shows Seminars & Exhibitions

SBI is instrumental in promoting investment potential of Sindh among foreign and local investors. It has successfully market investment potential of Sindh through following international and local events:

  1. Business opportunities forum in New York, 2016
  2. Participation in Pakistan Business Forum in Rome, April 2016
  3. Sindh Investment Trade Delegation To Germany April, 2016
  4. Sindh Enterprise Development Fund Awareness Seminar, Sukkur
  5. Marlborough House Summits: Infrastructure 2014
  6. Livestock, Dairy & Fisheries Exhibition – LDFA 2011-12-13-14 & 15
  7. Sindh Investment Conference in Beijing and Shanghai– August- 2014
  8. Western China International Fair -2013
  9. Road Show in Republic of Turkey in 2012
  10. Sixth Edition of Royal Date Palm Festival- UAE 2012
  11. Mango Festivals UAE, Malaysia & Singapore – 2012 -13
  12. Annual Investment Meeting-UAE – 2012 & 2014
  13. International Halal Conference – 2011
  14. Sindh Investment and Trade Forum, Beijing – November 2011
  15. Korea Overseas Investment Fair (KOIF 2011)
  16. Business Matchmaking Session, Seoul Korea – May 2011
  17. Sindh Investment Conference in Seoul Korea – May 2011
  18. Sindh Investment Conference – April 2010

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            Future Prospects and Investment Dynamics

Sindh Board of Investment SBI is at the upsurge of its promising journey of facilitation and promotion of investment in the province of Sindh for sustainable development and economic growth. Being primary agency of investment promotion in the provinces, SBI’s mandate is to make economy vibrant with the help of FDI and domestic investment besides maximum facilitation to the local and foreign investors.

 

To Market Sindh as Investment Destination

Sindh is the most attractive destination for the domestic and international investor. Sindh Board of Investment, SBI has played a vital role in the promotion of the investor-friendly image of Sindh via its marketing of Sindh strategy. The international conferences, delegations, roadshows are part and parcel of the comprehensive strategy of Sindh Board of Investment’s management.

  • Energy Sector & Mineral Resources

SBI is aware of present scenario of energy deficit that the country is facing and will   continue to market Sindh as potential destination for projects of Wind, Solar, Coal,  Bio-Gas, Waste to Energy, Tidal, Run of River (RoR) during marketing, our slogan is that solution to energy crises in Pakistan lies in potential of Sindh`s resources. Our massive marketing and vigorous pursuance has caused to land a number of investors to invest in Thar Coar blocks, Coal power plants, Wind, Solar & Run of River and attracted billions of dollars investment in the province. But we are planning to market other areas of energy production resources like Tidal power, Waste to Energy and Bio-gas in future

  • Information Technology

To promote Information Technology sector of Sindh and bring FDI in this sector via marketing of Sindh to make it potential industry to contribute to National GDP significantly.

  • Urban Development and Governance

To bring FDI and domestic investment in infrastructure development and setting up mega projects in Sindh via marketing strategy in the sectors of transport, road, and bridges

  • Tourism

To promote tourism and bring investment to develop tourism resorts in Sindh such as Keenjhar Lake Resorts and Gorakh Hill project.

 

Sindh Board of Investment comprises of professionals who are striving hard to increase bilateral investment with different countries. We take this opportunity by mentioning one of the Director of Sindh Board of Investment Mr. Abrar Ahmed Shaikh who has served in various administrative positions with the Government of Sindh and has varied experience in various sectors of the economy especially in the areas of Project Management, Energy, Agriculture, Investment Promotion. He is one of the top notch officers available with the Sindh Government. He has complete grasp & knowledge of the job and maintained high standards for the institution.

 

 

CPBC Business Excellence Award – 2017. Mr. Shakir Rehmatullah

The Canada Pakistan Business Council (CPBC) celebrates its 34th Anniversary Gala and honours Awards to prominent individuals who have contributed in their respective fields of specialization. Maintaining its traditions, CPBC event was attended by a cross section of people representing dignitaries, prominent business and community leaders, and members of the academia. And as always, a large contingent from the business community, Pakistan diaspora, and distinguished guests honored the occasion with their presence. As per the mandate of CPBC, this year’s event partnered and welcomed a high-powered ICT delegation, creating an opportunity to connect Canada and Pakistan, to bring together each other’s excellence and diverse strengths to enhance collaborations in this sector. To support the cause, Dr. Reza Moridi, Minister for Research, Innovation, and Science, Government of Ontario was invited as the guest of honor and keynote speaker.Backdrop Slide_001

 

The ‘CPBC Business Excellence Award 2017’ was awarded to Mr. Shakir Rehmatullah, President, and Founder of Flato Developments Inc. Mr. Rehmatullah is a community builder across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and has studied architectural engineering from the University of Miami. Shortly after graduating, he moved to Canada with his family and began working in the construction industry. After several years of working in the construction field, Shakir started Flato Developments Inc.IMG_3838

Under the leadership of Mr. Rehmatullah, Flato Developments was awarded the Markham Building Excellence Award in 2011. The award is presented annually to new home builders that demonstrate compliance with the Building Code regulations, the Building Code Act, and conduct exemplary site administration.

Mr. Rehmatullah is a well-known figure for his philanthropic initiatives and is a regular contributor to hospitals, charities, and recreational organizations, including the Markham Stouffville Hospital, Stevenson Memorial Hospital, Matthews House Hospice, as well as local non-profit organizations, sports teams, and more. Recently, he announced the FLATO sponsorship program that will offer two scholarships every year, in each community where he builds his projects. One scholarship will benefit a student in the construction field and the other will be awarded to a student enrolled in an arts program.

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The significance of the arts in the community is also close to Shakir’s heart, and he has partnered with and continues to support the Flato Markham Theatre and the Varley Art Gallery.
A major corporate sponsor and official custodian of the Flato Markham Theatre, Flato’s naming agreement with the City of Markham’s Theatre is the first corporation to have formed such a partnership in Markham’s history. In addition to extending the naming agreement for 20 years, Shakir was also recently recognized as the First Honorary Patron of the Flato Markham Theatre for his long-standing support since 2010.IMG_1318

The event was attended by a number of dignitaries, prominent among them were Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Dr. Reza Moridi – MPP Minister for Research, Innovation and Science, MP Salma Zahid and MP Rob Oliphant – Co-chairs Canada Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Group, MP Iqra Khalid – MP Mississauga, MP Lorne Coe – MPP Whitby-Oshawa, Dr. Shafiq Qaadri,Dr. Donald Bobaish, Deputy Minister, Global Affairs Canada, Chief Eric Joliffe – Chief of Police York Region, Mayor Linda Jeffery – Mayor of Brampton, Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Consul General of Sri Lanka, Mr. U L M Jauhar, Mr. Andrew Turner – Canadian Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan, Mr. David Agnew, President SENECA, Hon. Bryon Wilfert, Chairman CPBC, Samir Dossal – President CPBC and many more.

Premier of Ontario, Hon. Kathleen Wynne extends greetings to celeberate the CPBC 34th Anniversay Gala and Awards Night

Premier of Ontario, Hon. Kathleen Wynne extends greetings to celebrate the CPBC 34th Anniversary Gala and Awards Night

 

The Canada Pakistan Business Council (CPBC) celebrates its 34th Anniversary Gala and honours Awards to prominent individuals who have contributed in their respective fields of specialization. Maintaining its traditions, CPBC event was attended by a cross section of people representing dignitaries, prominent business and community leaders, and members of the academia. And as always, a large contingent from the business community, Pakistan diaspora, and distinguished guests honored the occasion with their presence. As per the mandate of CPBC, this year’s event partnered and welcomed a high-powered ICT delegation, creating an opportunity to connect Canada and Pakistan, to bring together each other’s excellence and diverse strengths to enhance collaborations in this sector. To support the cause, Dr. Reza Moridi, Minister for Research, Innovation, and Science, Government of Ontario was invited as the guest of honor and keynote speaker.

CPBC Professional Excellence Award 2017 – Male. Mr. Zeeshan Ali

CPBC Professional Excellence Award 2017 – Male. Mr. Zeeshan Ali

CPBC Celebrates its 34th Anniversary Gala and honours Excellence Awards to prominent individuals who have contributed in their respective fields of specialization. Maintaining its traditions CPBC event was attended by a cross section of people representing dignitaries, prominent business, and community leaders. Of course, as always large contingent from the business community, Pakistani diaspora, and distinguished guest. This year CPBC partnered and welcomed a high-powered ICT Delegation, in collaboration with the Trade Branch of the Ministry of International Trade, thus creating an opportunity to connect Canada and Pakistan to bring together each other’s excellence and diverse strengths to enhance collaborations in this sector. To support this Dr. Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation, and Science, Government of Ontario was the Guest of Honor and the keynote speaker.Zeeshan Ali_001

The event witnessed ‘CPBC Professional Excellence Award 2017 – Male’ awarded to Mr. Zeeshan Ali. Mr. Ali is presently serving as the Canadian Vice President for the digital transformation technologies at Salesforce Canada. Taking charge of his current office in March 2015, Mr. Ali enjoys Canada-wide responsibilities for Salesforce’s products portfolio, with a focus around financial services, tele-communication and retail verticals. His professional carrer with Salesforce spans for around 9 years. Previously, Mr. Ali held various positions with technology giants like Oracle Corporation and BEA Systems.IMG_3860

Mr. Ali moved to Canada in 2000, before which, he worked for a decade with Time Life, where he held a variety of management, operations, sales, and marketing roles. He ultimately acquired the distribution rights for Time Life in Pakistan and is also serving as the company’s chief executive officer and president and leading a successful effort to streamline operations, strengthen the product line, and drive growth.

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Mr. Ali is highly passionate about causes that promote literacy and education in Pakistan and also is very active in career coaching and job mentoring new immigrants to Canada.

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The event was attended by a number of dignitaries, prominent among them were Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Dr. Reza Moridi – MPP Minister for Research, Innovation and Science, MP Salma Zahid and MP Rob Oliphant – Co-chairs Canada Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Group, MP Iqra Khalid – MP Mississauga, MP Lorne Coe – MPP Whitby-Oshawa, Dr. Shafiq Qaadri,Dr. Donald Bobaish, Deputy Minister, Global Affairs Canada, Chief Eric Joliffe – Chief of Police York Region, Mayor Linda Jeffery – Mayor of Brampton, Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Consul General of Sri Lanka, Mr. U L M Jauhar, Mr. Andrew Turner – Canadian Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan, Mr. David Agnew, President SENECA, Hon. Bryon Wilfert, Chairman CPBC, Samir Dossal – President CPBC and many more.

CPBC PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARD – 2017- (female). DR WENDY CUKIER

CPBC PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARD – 2017- (female). DR WENDY CUKIER

CPBC Celebrates its 34th Anniversary Gala and honours Excellence Awards to prominent individuals who have contributed in their respective fields of specialization. Maintaining its traditions CPBC event was attended by a cross section of people representing dignitaries, prominent business, and community leaders. Of course, as always large contingent from the business community, Pakistani diaspora, and distinguished guest. This year CPBC partnered and welcomed a high-powered ICT Delegation, in collaboration with the Trade Branch of the Ministry of International Trade, thus creating an opportunity to connect Canada and Pakistan to bring together each other’s excellence and diverse strengths to enhance collaborations in this sector. To support this Dr. Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation, and Science, Government of Ontario was the Guest of Honor and the keynote speaker.

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This year, the ‘CPBC Professional Excellence Award (2017) – Female’ was presented to Dr. Wendy Cukier. One of Canada’s leading experts on disruptive technologies, innovation processes, and diversity, Dr. Cukier has written extensively disruptive technology and social innovation. With more than 200 publications on technology, innovation, and management she has received more than $10 million in research funding over the last decade. Dr. Cukier is also the coauthor of the bestseller “Innovation Nation: Canadian Leadership from Java to Jurassic Park.”

She holds an MA and MBA from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. from the Schulich School of Business, York University. She also has an honorary doctorate from Laval University in and Concordia University.

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Dr. Cukier serves on a host of boards in the private and non-profit sectors and has helped create and grow several successful startups and social ventures including Flybits, Think2Thing and Growing North that was recently selected among the top 10 finalists from 900 applicants for the Google.org ‘Impact Challenge’.

In 1999, she became the founding Director of the Diversity Institute of Ryerson University that led evidence-based projects to advance diversity and inclusion. As a Director, she worked with more than 40 organizations, spearheading large-scale projects such as DiversityLeads.

As Vice-President of Research and Innovation at Ryerson University (2011 – 2016). She transformed her unit and promoted innovation and commercialization. Under her leadership, research and partnerships expanded, driving an increase in external funding by more than 60%. She built partnerships with other academic institutions, businesses, community groups and governments around the world. She was a founder of Lifeline Syria at Ryerson University, which raised $4.7 million and mobilized 1000 volunteers to sponsor and resettle more than 400 Syrian refugees working with leading businesses such as Starbucks and entrepreneurs like Mohamad Fakih and Sajjad Ebrahim.

Her work has been widely recognized for its impact on the lives of Canadians. Dr. Cukier is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Governor General’s Meritorious Cross, one of Canada’s highest civilian honours. She was also named one of the University of Toronto’s 100 Alumni ‘Who Shaped the Century’, was selected as one of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence (in 2013) and selected as one of 25 Transformational Canadians by The Globe and Mail, La Presse and CTV (in 2010). More recently, she received the Black Business Professional Association’s Harry Jerome Diversity Award, and in November of 2016, became a Fellow of the Canadian Geographic Society.

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The event was attended by a number of dignitaries, prominent among them were Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Dr. Reza Moridi – MPP Minister for Research, Innovation and Science, MP Salma Zahid and MP Rob Oliphant – Co-chairs Canada Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Group, MP Iqra Khalid – MP Mississauga, MP Lorne Coe – MPP Whitby-Oshawa, Dr. Shafiq Qaadri,Dr. Donald Bobaish, Deputy Minister, Global Affairs Canada, Chief Eric Joliffe – Chief of Police York Region, Mayor Linda Jeffery – Mayor of Brampton, Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Consul General of Sri Lanka, Mr. U L M Jauhar, Mr. Andrew Turner – Canadian Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan, Mr. David Agnew, President SENECA, Hon. Bryon Wilfert, Chairman CPBC, Samir Dossal – President CPBC and many more.

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CPBC Excellence Award for Innovation – 2017. Professor Dr. Naweed Syed

CPBC Excellence Award for Innovation – 2017. Professor Dr. Naweed Syed

CPBC Celebrates its 34th Anniversary Gala and honours Excellence Awards to prominent individuals who have contributed in their respective fields of specialization. Maintaining its traditions CPBC event was attended by a cross section of people representing dignitaries, prominent business, and community leaders. Of course, as always large contingent from the business community, Pakistani diaspora, and distinguished guest. This year CPBC partnered and welcomed a high-powered ICT Delegation, in collaboration with the Trade Branch of the Ministry of International Trade, thus creating an opportunity to connect Canada and Pakistan to bring together each other’s excellence and diverse strengths to enhance collaborations in this sector. To support this Dr. Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation, and Science, Government of Ontario was the Guest of Honor and the keynote speaker.Dr Naweed Syed - CPBC Excellence Award for Innovation 2017_001

During the annual gala, Professor Dr. Naweed Syed bagged the ‘CPBC Excellence Award for Innovation 2017’. Dr. Syed is a Pakistani-Canadian scientist and is presently working as Scientific Director at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. He was also the Postdoctoral Program Director – Office of the Vice President (Research) from 2012 – 2016. Dr. Syed acquired his Master’s degree from the University of Karachi, Pakistan in 1982, PhD in neurophysiology from the University of Leeds, UK (1988), and postdoc from the University of Calgary (1988-1991). He has served as a department head for Cell Biology and Anatomy for 10 years.

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Dr. Syed is a developmental neuroscientist and has served for 23 years at the University of Calgary in multiple senior roles.  His research is focused towards cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying brain development and plasticity.  He studies how networks of brain cells assemble during development and are modified throughout life to form the basis for learning and memory. He also investigates how these networks control rhythmic behaviours such as respiration and locomotion in adult animals. Dr. Syed was the first to develop a bionic hybrid in collaboration with his German colleagues in 2005, which enabled direct dialogue between brain cells and electronics.

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He studies how networks of brain cells assemble during development and modified throughout life to form the basis for learning and memory. Dr. Syed’s team was the first to connect brain cells to a semiconductor chip and this allowed tremendous insights into brain function and dysfunction. This technology offers an opportunity to develop brain-control prosthetic devices in the near future.

Dr. Syed has 125 publications to his credit in peer-reviewed scientific journals including Nature, Science, Neuron and the Journal of Neuroscience. His research has been highlighted in Time Magazine, the Discovery Channel, Globe and Mail etc. and he has been listed among the top 4 Scientists from Pakistan. Most recently, Dr. Syed was identified in “150-Great Ideas and the Innovative Canadians who created them” in lieu of Canada’s 150 Birthday. He holds multiple research grants from the Canadian Institute of Health Research and the Natural Science and Engineering Council of Canada. Dr. Syed is the recipient of many international and national awards from the US, Canada, the UK, and Pakistan. These include the Parker B. Francis Fellowship (USA); Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (USA); Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Scholarship, Senior Scholarship and Medical Scientist Award; the CIHR Investigator Award (Canada), as well as Fellowship from the Royal Society of Edinburgh, UK. University of Leeds Scholarship (UK), and Tamgha-e-Imtiaz – one of the highest Civil Award given by the Government of Pakistan.

13 (1)The event was attended by a number of dignitaries, prominent among them were Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Dr. Reza Moridi – MPP Minister for Research, Innovation and Science, MP Salma Zahid and MP Rob Oliphant – Co-chairs Canada Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Group, MP Iqra Khalid – MP Mississauga, MP Lorne Coe – MPP Whitby-Oshawa, Dr. Shafiq Qaadri,Dr. Donald Bobaish, Deputy Minister, Global Affairs Canada, Chief Eric Joliffe – Chief of Police York Region, Mayor Linda Jeffery – Mayor of Brampton, Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Consul General of Sri Lanka, Mr. U L M Jauhar, Mr. Andrew Turner – Canadian Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan, Mr. David Agnew, President SENECA, Hon. Bryon Wilfert, Chairman CPBC, Samir Dossal – President CPBC and many more.