TORONTO: Dr V.I.`Lucky’ Lakshmanan is the new Chair of the Canada India Foundation (CIF). He replaces Barj S Dhahan.
A CIF statement put out on Tuesday says Jay Minhas will be the new Co-Chair and Laj Prasher as the new National Convenor.
Mississuaga-based physician Dr. Atul Tolia has been appointed the new secretary.
Kalyan Sundaram remains as the Executive Director of the Canada India Foundation.
Following are the members of the Executive Team:
Chair Dr. V.I. (“Lucky”) Lakshmanan
Co-Chair Mr. Jay Minhas
National Convenor Mr. Laj Prasher
Central Convenor Dr. Terry Papneja
Eastern Convenor Mr. Sachin Mahajan
Director Mr. Vasu Chanchlani
Director Mr. Ramesh Chotai
Director Ms. Anita Dalakoti
Director Mr. Pankaj Dave
Director Mr. Deepak Ruparell
Secretary Dr. Atul Tolia
Executive Director Mr. Kalyan Sundaram
Past Chair Mr. Barj S. Dhahan
The CIF release says the new executive team will continue “the stellar efforts of its predecessors in fulfilling the objectives and mandate of Canada India Foundation.”
Among its objectives, it lists fostering support for stronger bi-lateral relations between Canada and India; educating Canadians on the changing face of India, and increasing participation of Indo-Canadians in public policy process in Canada.
As part of its objectives, the new executive team will soon announce a series of new special initiatives, the statement said.
The most well-known Indo-Canadian philanthropist Vasu Chanchlani, who is now one of its directors, is the founder of the Canada-India Foundation (CIF).
He has also contributed one million dollar towards setting up the `CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award’ of $50,000 each year.
Established in 2008, the award honours a distinguished Indian each year for his or her leadership, professional excellence and exemplary achievements.
Ratan Tata, Tulsi Tanti, and Sam Pitroda are among the past recipients of the award.
Chanchlani has also donated one million dollars towards the Chanchlani Research Centre at the world-famous McMaster University for research into genetic and environmental causes of heart diseases and diabetes prevalent among South Asians.
He has also set up a $25,000 annual Chanchlani Global Health Award at the same university.
The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) has also established the CNIB Chanchlani Global Vision Research Award of $25,000 to recognize best research in the field of `vision care and vision enablement worldwide.’
Bhopal-born Chanchani, who also holds an MBA degree from Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, came to Canada in 1979 to join Nortel.