TORONTO (NEWS): The Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) has launched the Women Entrepreneurs & Professionals (WEP) Committee. The committee was launched during the celebrations of Women’s International Day – March 8.
The committee comprises Ravi Malhi of the Toronto Hair & Aesthetics Academy; Smita Dayal of Minaaz Diamonds; Ginni Sethi of Hotel Radisson Plaza & Grand Victorian Convention Centre; Shibani Sahney of Silver Tulip Boutique; and Mini Khurana also of Minaaz Diamonds, says an ICCC press release.
Ravi Malhi is the Chair of the new committee and Smita Dayal the co-chair.
The committee will serve as a platform for women entrepreneurs and professionals and work to augment ICCC’s membership among Indo-Canadian women.
Naval Bajaj, ICCC president, said the Chamber has had a long history of adapting to the new developments within the community. “ICCC has done different things and done same things differently,” he said.
Nawal said during the last 15 years, the ICCC has initiated several measures to reflect the changing needs of its members and stakeholders. It began to advocate for the small businesses nearly a decade ago to enable them to become globally competitive; in recent years it has launched an initiative to address the needs of newcomers to Canada by India through its mentoring program; then last year it launched the Canada-India Mining Committee to tap the growing opportunities in the natural resources sector.
He said the ICCC has consistently given due weightage to women’s role and achievement in public sphere. When it instituted the annual awards more than two decades ago, it recognized the achievements and contributions of women entrepreneurs and women professionals. “But it isn’t just in these categories that we have acknowledged women. In fact, women have been recipients of awards in several other categories as well,” he said.
The launch of the committee was followed by discussion by a panel comprising eminent Indo-Canadian women who shared their stories and their journey to success.
Immigration & Women: The tough road to success was the theme of the panel discussion. The panelists included Amrit Mangat, MPP and Parliamentary Assistant to Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Dipika Damerla, MPP and Parliamentary Assistant to Ministry of Community & Social Services, Kanta Arora, eminent television personality and President Arco International Languages, Rajni Tekriwal, founder of Tekriwal Law Office; and Syerah Virani, founder & CEO at Zentrepreneur Inc.
Kanta Arora moderated the discussion.
Each panelist gave a brief but engaging glimpse into her journey in Canada after immigration. The uniting element in the theme was the challenges they all had to face and overcome, not just professionally but even at a personal level. All of them had a simple and straightforward message for newcomer women: Don’t give up. (NEWS)