October 13th, 2014 – Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Baird & Minister of International Trade, Ed Fast, met with Prime Minister of India. Prime Minister Modi called for strengthening bilateral engagement with Canada in areas such as Energy, Infrastructure and Education, which are priorities for India.
The Canada-India Business Council’s 4th Annual Business Forum, picked up the conversation with senior business leaders gathered in Mumbai, November 17th-18th, 2014.
ABOUT THE FORUM
Now in its fourth year, the Forum provided leaders from industry, government, academia and civil society with an unrivalled platform to help shape the Canada-India agenda. Already established as a marker event in the bilateral corridor, the Forum built relationships, deepened conversations and developed concrete recommendations to facilitate business. While two-way trade and investment is growing, it is still below potential. The theme of this year’s Forum was RAISING OUR GAME.
WHO WAS THERE
The Forum brings one of the largest and most senior Canadian business delegations to India each year. Partnering with both Canadian and Indian associations, the Business Forum attracted over 200 senior executives from leading companies in the bilateral corridor.
This year’s invited speakers included:
Hon. Brad Wall, Premier of Saskatchewan
Uday Kotak, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Kotak-Mahindra Bank
Councillor Michael Thompson, Chair - Toronto Economic Development & Culture Committee
Yezdi Pavri, Chairman, Canada-India Business Council
PROGRAM & FORMAT
The Forum was held in Mumbai, November 18th, at the Four Seasons Hotel, and it was be preceded by an evening reception, on the 17th November. The focus was on business opportunities for small-medium sized companies in Energy Infrastructure, Education and Audio/Visual co-production.
The program included high-level briefings by keynote speakers, interactive panels to discuss cross-cutting issues and sector-specific topics, and ample time throughout the day for networking and structured one-on-one sessions.