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TORONTO: Former Indian President Abdul Kamal, Canadian Governor General David Johnston and Fairfax Holdings president Prem Watsa are among over 1,000 delegates expected to attend the Pan IIT International conference 2014 being held in Toronto from June 6 to June 8.
Organized by the IIT Alumni Canada (IITAC), the conference will be held at the International Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre near Pearson International Airport in Mississauga.
This year’s theme is: “Innovate, Integrate and Transform.”
The conference will focus on accelerating business and academic cooperation between North America and India and discuss how IITians can contribute to this effort, says Dr Khaliq Zaman who is the president of IITAC.
Other distinguished speakers at the Pan IIT 2014 include Asim Ghosh, CEO of Husky Energy; Dr. Ali Emadi, Ph.D – Fellow IEEE, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Hybrid Powertrain; Padma Shri Deepak B. Phatak, professor of computer science at IIT-Bombay; and Dr. Pearl Sullivan, dean of engineering at the University of Waterloo.
With such a stellar line-up of speakers, the Pan IIT Conference 2014 will be one the best held so far, says conference chairman Srinvas Venktesh.
Divided into several plenary and breakout sessions, the conference will have an array of topics – innovation in technology, innovation in banking, future of enterprise applications, energy innovation, urban sciences for sustainable future, philanthropy in entrepreneurship, etc.
The event will also be an opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs to seek guidance for raising capital for their projects and for job seekers to meet potential employers. Participants will also have many networking opportunities with IITians and distinguished speakers.
Of course, the event will include fun, entertainment, sightseeing and golf.
The Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce, TiE (The Indus Entrepreneur), Panorama India and other community organizations will also participate.
Prem Watsa’s Fairgax Holdings is the major sponsor of the event, apart from Husky Energy, the City of Markham and Scotiabank.