By Renu Mehta
MISSISSAUGA: It was an evening of pure fun, entertainment and socializing. The convention centre at the Radisson Plaza in Mississauga came alive as over 300 professionals, business persons and others gathered for the annual gala members of the Toronto Chapter of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).
The evening, moderated by Ivan D’Lima, began with the lighting of the lamp by Akhilesh Mishra, Consul General of India in Toronto, Brian Hunt, keynote speaker and CEO of Canadian Public Accountability Board (CPAB) and past CEO and President of CPA Ontario, and Rakesh Desai, Toronto Chapter of the ICAI.
“I am thrilled with the tremendous response we have received for this year’s Gala by both members and sponsors. This is a clear response to the avenues now available to Indian Chartered Accountants to obtain Canadian CPA designation through the MOU route and the EvE pathway program,” said Desai.
The theme of the gala – Soaring in Unison and Excelling as Individuals – was particularly significant as guests networked and socialized, enjoying the evening with energetic Shiamak dance group performances and participating by dancing to Bollywood music.
“I am confident as Toronto Chapter we are soaring in unison and excelling as individuals. Our membership is growing at a pace never seen before demonstrating our strength in numbers and providing exceptional value to our sponsors,” said Desai, adding that the Chapter established in 2006 is an alumni association for members of ICAI living in the Greater Toronto area, that provides networking and professional development opportunities to its members and part of our mandate is to liaise with the professional bodies in Canada like CPA Canada, CPA Ontario and other organizations to increase and enhance benefits to its members. An important mandate is to provide recognition in Canadian professional environment.
The keynote speaker spoke at length about the global profession to the audience focusing on audits and audit quality.
“It is important that global professional bodies contribute to the arena of quality including the ICAI. I look forward to you for your contributions in upcoming years,” said Hunt, in his speech.
A video message by Subodh Kumar Agrawal, President of ICAI engaged the audience by congratulating the Toronto Chapter for completing the 7th victorious year and celebrating it with the professional fraternity in the Greater Toronto Area.
Raffle prizes were given away to participants including Maple Leaf Hockey tickets, Raptors tickets, and Gift cards as well as gold and silver coins by ICICI Bank.
“We would like to thank all our sponsors and members of the Managing Committee who have worked very hard to make the event a success,” said Amit Goyal, Vice Chair of the Toronto Chapter.