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CPBC Proudly Hosts Luncheon to Celebrate Merger of Packages and Chantler Packaging

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CPBC HOSTS A LUNCH TO RECOGNISE AND CONGRATULATE PACKAGES GROUP AND CHANTLER PACKAGING, CANADA ON THEIR JOINT VENTURE IN THE AREA OF HIGH TECH PACKAGING INDUSTRY. 13 (1)

CPBC welcomed Syed Haider Ali, Managing Director/CEO Packages Limited visiting Canada to participate in their first joint board meeting.

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Syed Haider Ali spoke about their JV and acknowledged Chantler and the Ferguson Family for their professionalism, expertise, and specialization in this field. He was appreciative of the fact that they have found a great partner in Chantler and is keen to take this relationship to new heights. These sentiments were reciprocated by Mr. Roy Ferguson. Packages will continue to maintain the professionalism whilst providing them technical and financial support including the opening of world markets for their products.

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Mr. Roy Ferguson who will continue to serve as the CEO of this newly formed CHANTLER PACKAGES. He was appreciative of the role of the Consulate General of Pakistan and the CPBC for providing the logistics and comfort level. He praised the Packages Group for its professionalism and the state of the art technology being used in their Global operations which were second to none.

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 Mohsin Masud, having served in Packages prior to immigrating to Canada, now the Head of Sales Canada at Chantler, was the key contact between the two companies. He acknowledged the mentorship and guidance of Syed Babar Ali and Syed Haider Ali during his time at Packages. He kindly acknowledged the role CPBC and the Consulate General of  Pakistan played in facilitation in the initial stages leading to this merger.

20170817_140720To share this good news Senator Salma Ataullahjan congratulated everyone for making this a reality.

Canada Pakistan Business Council was acknowledged for their contributions in facilitating such contacts.

MP Salma Zahid, Co-Chair of the Canada-Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Group assured the support of the Federal Government. She invited CPBC to be a part of their delegation under Parliamentary Group which is being planned in the foreseeable future. 20170817_140817

Earlier Samir Dossal welcomed the guests and recounted the relations with Chantler. Samir acknowledged the support of Imtiaz Syed representing RBC, Corporate sponsor of CPBC and Mr. Farooque Dawood, the founding member of CPBC for his guidance when needed.

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The session was interactive and the general consensus was that the success of Packages and other similar companies need to be highlighted and CPBC can continue to play a meaningful role to create these connections.

 Closing the session Hon. Bryon Wilfert recognized the role of its directors and advisors and the key sponsors for their ongoing support for Canada Pakistan Business Council20170817_140743

Below are salient features of the Joint Venture.

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO – Chantler Packaging Inc. and Packages Lanka (Private) Limited (A subsidiary of Packages Limited, Pakistan) announce the creation of a joint venture, Chantler Packages Inc., which will carry on and grow the business operations of Chantler Packaging.

 The joint venture represents the joining together of a major packaging company with a global footprint and a long-established Canadian enterprise with a history of innovation.

 The new company, Chantler Packages, will assume the employees and operations of Chantler Packaging. The transaction took effect on June 30, 2017.

“We are excited to partner with Packages, a world-class producer of flexible packaging,” said Roy Ferguson, CEO of Chantler Packaging. “This joint venture will enable us to better serve our customers and increase our value to them.”

 Packages Limited was established in 1956 in Lahore, Pakistan and is the largest packaging manufacturer in that country. A publicly-traded conglomerate with sales of CAD$322 million in 2016, Packages Limited manufactures folding cartons, flexible films, stand up pouches and tissue products. Its customers include global brands in the food, consumer packaged goods, and tobacco industries. It operates subsidiaries and affiliates in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and South Africa. It has joint ventures with a number of international companies in the packaging and fast-moving consumer goods segments.

 “The joint venture with Chantler offers us an entry to Canadian and North American markets, providing a long-term growth opportunity. Furthermore, it gives us a possibility to increase our agility and capability to serve our customers” says Salman Rehman, CEO, Packages Lanka (Private) Limited.

 Chantler Packaging is a subsidiary of Chantler & Chantler Inc., which was founded in 1930 and has introduced many innovations to the Canadian packaging market. Located in Mississauga, the company produces flexible packaging for the food, pharmaceutical and industrial segments within Canada, the United States and elsewhere.13 (1)

 

 

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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.

 

 

Visit of the Pakistan Delegation to the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health

Brief :

 

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The Centre for Global Child Health (C-GCH) at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto hosted a high-level delegation on Friday, 9th September 2016 for an overview of ongoing projects of Centre staff in Pakistan and potential for further strategic linkages and impact on policy. Imran Siddiqui-Consul General of Pakistan, Samir Dossal-President of the Canada Pakistan Business Council (CPBC), Dr. Shafiq Qaadri-Member of Provincial Parliament, and Salma Zahid-Member of Parliament graciously attended this briefing.

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Dr. Stanley Zlotkin, Chief of the C-GCH, welcomed the guests and presented an overview of C-GCH and its work towards improving child health in resource-poor environments through research, capacity building and knowledge synthesis, translation and advocacy.

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Following introduction of the Centre staff in attendance, Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta, Co-Director C-GCH provided a detailed outline of the status of maternal and child health in Pakistan including current indicators, challenges and essential interventions required to achieve the sustainable development goals. Details of the recently launched Umeed-e-Nau project, a collaboration between the Government of Pakistan, Aga Khan University (AKU) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with linkages to C-GCH were also shared. Dr. Bhutta underscored the huge potential for influencing public health and policy in Pakistan through the activities of the C-GCH and furthering linkages with the Pakistani origin diaspora in Canada.3

Subsequently members of the C-GCH team provided details of key projects being implemented in Pakistan. Dr. Shaun Morris, Clinician Scientist, presented a research initiative underway in Rahim Yar Khan (RYK) through which low-cost, evidence-based kits are being delivered by Lady Health Workers to pregnant women to impact newborn care and survival. The hypothesis is that this intervention will lead to a reduction in neonatal deaths by providing essential evidence-based newborn interventions and education. He also briefed on an ongoing birth cohort research project in the same district.

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Jo-Anna Baxter (PhD candidate) briefed the delegation on the Matiari Preconception and Pregnancy Supplementation Trial which will be launched soon in rural Sindh with support from the Canadian Government through the World Food Program and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The trial aims to assess the impact of life skills development and multiple micronutrient supplementation on multiple health and pregnancy outcomes of adolescent girls and young women in Matiari district. This intervention is being implemented through the Government-employed Lady Health Workers (LHWs) and also involves the education sector with interventions delivered through schools.

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Dr. Farhana Zareef presented the role of C-GCH in the Access to Quality Care and Strengthening Health System (AQCESS) Aga Khan Foundation Canada and C-GCH project which intends to strengthen maternal neonatal and child health activities in the Northern Areas of Pakistan through capacity building, operational research, monitoring and evaluation of health facility management and care providers. Engagement of Government tiers and policy makers with orientation visits to health facilities and briefings is also a key component of this intervention with a major role for C-GCH and AKU in monitoring and impact assessment.

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Dr. Amira Khan introduced the delegation to the Centre’s e-learning initiatives, namely the SickKids Public Health Nutrition Course a free, online, evidence-based course for health workers in low- and middle-income countries. She informed that the course had 882 users over 93 countries and Pakistan with 117 had the second highest number of users globally. Majority of the users from Pakistan had completed their Master’s degree and were working as project coordinators or public health managers. Most of them were employed in the NGO sector.

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Daina Als then provided an overview of C-GCH’s work on collecting data on typhoid trends and risk factors in Pakistan. Pakistan has the 9th highest burden of typhoid globally and the disease kills more than 200,000 people each year all over the world. The available information collected by Centre investigators in collaboration with three leading Centres in Pakistan (AKU, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and Shaukat Khanum Hospital) suggest that while the burden of typhoid has reduced since the 1990s, rates seem to have plateaued and that drug resistant typhoid poses major risks.

Each presentation was followed by a question answer session. There was detailed feedback from the delegation and discussion at the end of the program. The delegation commended C-GCH on their all-encompassing work on maternal and child health in Pakistan. Further they expressed their desire to facilitate opportunities of collaboration and fostering linkages between Canada and Pakistan in the field of maternal and child health. It was agreed that the Pakistani diaspora in Canada should be engaged by raising awareness of ongoing C-GCH projects in Pakistan to encourage potential support and engagement in on-going efforts. pakistan-delegates-2Samir Dossal offered his support in informing and reaching out to the Pakistani community using the CPBC platform and also through linkages with ongoing efforts to link Science & Technology investments in Pakistan.

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MP Salma Zahid and MPP Dr. Shafiq Qaadri both agreed that it would be valuable if C-GCH’s work in Pakistan was highlighted to the Canada Pakistan Friendship Groups both in the Federal and Provincial Parliaments. This could be achieved through presentations in Ottawa and Toronto, thus creating an opportunity to focus on the C-GCH links with the Government of Pakistan and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada, Aga Khan Development Network and the Aga Khan University.

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The Consul General Pakistan highlighted the need for creating opportunities and mechanisms to re-engage the Canadian government to gain its support for essential developmental issues, as Pakistan is no longer a priority country for development grants in Canada. He encouraged participation from the C-GCH in a planned series of activities in this regards with the Federal government in Ottawa. He assured C-GCH of his fullest support for future partnerships and facilitation of the current work.

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Report and photos courtesy Sick Kids

Mohammad Ashraf : CPBC Lifetime Achievement Award, 2016

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Canada Pakistan Business Council
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Mohammad Ashraf 
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CPBC Lifetime Achievement Award, 2016

  • Works as a consultant with BDO providing business expertise on a variety of subjects including financing, tax planning, reorganization, and mergers and acquisitions
  • Completed his Chartered Accountancy from England and Wales in 1974
  • Has over the years served as partner-in-charge of many mid-size and large private and international companies in different industries
  • Philanthropist, Mentor and Community Service
  • Has been a board member for various academic and professional bodies in CanadaIMG_1239Mohammad Ashraf – CPBC Lifetime Achievement Award, 20Mr. Ashraf works as a consultant with BDO providing business expertise on a variety of subjects including financing, tax planning, reorganization, and mergers and acquisitions. He completed his Chartered Accountancy from England and Wales in 1974. Mr. Ashraf started his career with a mid-size Chartered Accountancy firm in Cardiff, South Wales, and has over the years served as partner-in-charge of many mid-size and large private and international companies in different industries.Mr. Ashraf has served on many boards for various academic and professional bodies in Canada. Philintropist and a mentor spanning over many decade. He has also been involved in many fundraising causes shown great leadership in integrating the community and has provided his auditing expertise free of cost for such causes.

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Dr. Asghar Ali Golo : CPBC Special Recognition of the Year Award, 2016

Canada Pakistan Business Council

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Consul General of Pakistan, Toronto

Excellency Asghar Ali Golo

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CPBC Special Recognition Award, 2016

  • Consul General of Pakistan to Toronto since 2014
  • Ambassador Designate to Ethiopia
  • Has served on a number of domestic and international assignments with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan
  • Exceptional role in bring the community together
  • Has played a key role in supporting the CPBC in many of their activities to promote bilateral trade between the two countries 

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Ambassador Designate Dr.Asghar Ali Golo, CPBC Special Recognition of the Year, 2016

Mr. Asghar Ali Golo has been serving as the Consul General of Pakistan to Toronto since 2014. He joined the Civil Service of Pakistan in 1988 and since then has served on a number of domestic and international assignments with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan.

Consul General Mr Asghar Ali Golo was presented the prestigious “Paul Harris Fellow” Award at a joint Rotary Meeting of the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill and the Satellite Club of Richmond Hill for his support for the Polio Eradication and Educational projects. Mr. Golo has been instrumental in his support for many programs promoting education in Pakistan. Mr. Golo has also played a key role in supporting the Canada Pakistan Business Council in many of their activities to promote bilateral trade between the two countries.He has been a source of inspiration to the Community at large.

 

Naheed Mustafa : CPBC Professional of the Year Award, 2016

Canada Pakistan Business Council

recognises

Naheed Mustafa

as 

CPBC Professional of the Year – Female, 2016

  • Award-winning freelance broadcaster and writer
  • Worked for a variety of media outlets including: CBC Radio, Radio Netherlands, and the BBC
  • Studied political science and philosophy, and journalism
  • Has won many awards for her journalism, including a Gold Medal at the New York Festivals 2010, and the Kenneth R. Wilson Award in 2013 for best feature article
  • Currently working for a podcast project organized by the University of Toronto 

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Naheed Mustafa – CPBC  Professional of the Year – Female, 2016

Naheed Mustafa is an award-winning freelance broadcaster and writer. She’s worked for a variety of media outlets including: CBC Radio, Radio Netherlands, and the BBC. Born in the UK where her father was teaching, and after spending her growing up years in Pakistan, Sudan and Canada, Naheed did an honours degree from the University of Toronto in political science and philosophy and then attended a graduate program in journalism at Ryerson.

Naheed brings years of experience as a freelance writer, show and documentary film producer. She has won many awards for her journalism, including a Gold Medal at the New York Festivals 2010, and the Kenneth R. Wilson Award in 2013 for best feature article. Currently she is working as a producer, writer and host for ‘On Belief Podcast’, which a monthly podcast organized by the University of Toronto.

 

Michael Foley : CPBC Business Person of the Year Award, 2016

Canada Pakistan Business Council

recognises Michael Foley as 

CPBC Business Person of the Year, 2016

 

  • CEO and Board Director of Telenor Pakistan
  • Also the Chairman of Tameer Microfinance Bank Pakistan
  • Has close to 35 years of sales, marketing and operational experience in the technology and FMCG sectors in Asia and Africa
  • Has served on the board of several non-profit organizations
  • Was also a recipient of the Pakistan International Human Rights Organization’s Human Rights Award in 2015

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Michael Foley is CEO and Board Director of Telenor Pakistan. He is also the Chairman of Tameer Microfinance Bank Pakistan. Having started his career at Procter & Gamble, Michael has close to 35 years of sales, marketing and operational experience in the technology and FMCG sectors in both advanced and growth markets in Asia and Africa.

Michael has been very active in community engagements and has served on the board of several non-profit organizations. He was named one of 30 French Canadians Making an Impact in the World by l’Actualité Magazine. He was also a recipient of the Pakistan International Human Rights Organization’s Human Rights Award in 2015.

Michael Foley is CEO and Board Director of Telenor Pakistan. He is also the Chairman of Tameer Microfinance Bank Pakistan. Having started his career at Procter & Gamble, Michael has close to 35 years of sales, marketing and operational experience in the technology and FMCG sectors in both advanced and growth markets in Asia and Africa.

Michael has been very active in community engagements and has served on the board of several non-profit organizations. He was named one of 30 French Canadians Making an Impact in the World by l’Actualité Magazine. He was also a recipient of the Pakistan International Human Rights Organization’s Human Rights Award in 2015.