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 many areas.
The Canada-India Business Council’s 4th annual business forum, will pickup the conversation with senior business leaders gathered in Mumbai & New Delhi. The Forum’s panels will focus on opportunities for collaboration in sectors such as Energy, Education, Infrastructure, ICT, Investment/PPP and Audio/Visual Co-Productions.
ABOUT THE FORUM
Now in its fourth year, the Forum provides 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 builds relationships, deepens conversations and develops 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 is HOW TO RAISE OUR GAME.
WHO WILL BE 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 attracts over 150 senior executives from leading companies in the bilateral corridor. This year’s invited speakers include: the Hon. Brad Wall, Premier of Saskatchewan, Uday Kotak, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Kotak-Mahindra Bank, Suresh Prabhu, Current Head of the Advisory Group for Integrated Development of Power, Coal and Renewable Energy, and Former Minister of Power & Heavy Industries, Nirmala Sitharaman, Miniser of Commerce & Industry, and Piyush Goyal, Minister of Power, Coal & Renewable Energy.
PROGRAM & FORMAT
For the first time this year, the Forum will hold sessions in two cities: Mumbai & New Delhi. Both events will be preceded by an evening reception. The focus in New Delhi is sectors where government plays an important role: energy, education, investment, trade policy. In Mumbai it is business opportunities for small and medium sized companies in urban infrastructure, audio/visual co-production, information and communications technology.
The program in both cities includes 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.