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TORONTO: The Canada India Foundation has announced to confer the fifth CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award on Infosys founder Narayana Murthy.
Murthy will receive the $50,000 award at the annual gala of the Canada-India Foundation (CIF) on April 26 at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto.
“The award will be presented at one of the most anticipated events of the year – the CIF Award Gala. The gala has been graced in previous years by prominent leaders including Prime Minister Stephen Harper and former Indian President Abdul Kalam,” said CIF national convener Laj Prasher at a press conference here.
Deepak Chopra, renowned thinker, writer and speaker on human empowerment, Sam Pitroda, pioneer of India’s telecom revolution, Tulsi Tanti, trailblazer in the deployment of wind power, and Ratan Tata, India’s most respected industrialist and philanthropist, are the previous winners of this award.
Described by Time magazine as the father of the Indian IT sector and rated as one of the 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time by Fortune magazine, Murthy founded Infosys in 1981 and served as its CEO from 1981 to 2002 and as chairman from 2002 to 2011, guiding the company to become a multinational corporation and leader of India’s software revolution.
Murthy is also the recipient of the Padma Vibhushan – India’s second-highest civilian award.
The Canada-India Foundation also announced to hold the Canada India Infrastructure Forum in Ottawa on April 23 and Toronto on April 24-25 respectively.
“Canada India Infrastructure Forum 2014 is the fourth forum that CIF has organized to shine the light on business opportunities in the Canada-India corridor, after Energy (2009), Mining & Metals (2010) and Agriculture and Food Processing (2012)”, said Dr. V.I. “Lucky” Lakshmanan, Chairman of the Canada-India Foundation.
“More than 150 speakers, including ministers from Canadian federal government and provinces, India’s Planning Commission members and central cabinet secretaries and CEO’s from Canadian and Indian private sector have addressed CIF’s previous Canada India Forums and the high caliber participation will continue at the Infrastructure Forum as well,’’ added Marc Kealey who will be the co-chair of the Forum.
Carleton University’s Canada India Centre for Excellence is partnering with the foundation in hosting the Infrastructure Forum, according to Dr. Roseann Runte, President of Carleton University.
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