President’s Award Dr. Asha Seth
Member Award Surinder (Pal) Ghumman
• Serves as a primary physician and consultant at the St. Joseph’s Health Centre
• National Director-B.C. Operations, Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce
• Started an Obstetrician and Gynecologist family practice, focusing on preventative and rehabilitative treatments
• Full-time entrepreneur of a full service advertising agency called The Hype Advertising Agency
• Awarded for contributions to the South Asian Women’s Centre for the Abused Women program
•Over 12 years experience in Business, Marketing, Advertising, Customer Service, Charities, Events, Fashion and Public Relations
Dr. Asha Seth works as an obstetrician and gynecologist in her own family practice as well as serving as a primary physician and consultant at St. Joseph’s Health Centre. She completed medical school in India and then moved to England to further her career and then finally arriving in Canada.
Pal is a visionary and leader, not only professionally in public accounting field, but also as a dedicated community builder and a volunteer. Pal heads the ICCC’s Net working event for Mississauga. He is active member for last 14 years.
She became the founding president of the North Indian Medical & Dental Association of Canada in 2008. The organization is dedicated to providing a platform for medical and dental professionals to come together. Dr. Seth also serves as the Chairperson for the Fundraising Committee of the St. Joseph’s Health Centre. She is currently working on raising $30 million for the center’s Women’s Health Initiative through a gala event that will take place next year. Further, she gives back to numerous charities such as Scarborough General Hospital, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Trillium Health Centre, Covenant House and the Canadian Kidney Foundation. In addition to her contributions to the medical field, she has devoted her time towards philanthropic work to the Tsunami Relief Fund, Gujurat Earthquake Relief Fund and the Pakistan Relief Fund. In addition, she lends her support to the Doctors without Borders, an international medical humanitarian organization. To emphasize her belief in the importance of education, Dr. Seth donates $1250 annually to an academically outstanding Ontario student to help further their education past high school.
Pal is currently a Partner in a local accounting firm in Toronto and widely acknowledged to be one of the leading practitioners in his field. He has over 18-years experience specializing in all aspects of Accounting, Auditing, U.S., and Canadian Tax with owner manager clients in high tech, retail, manufacturing, real estate sectors, and professionals. He is widely recognized for his intimate knowledge in the specific fields including Cross Border Taxation. His commitment to work and selflessness have seen him perform very active role in the community and with ICCC. After consistent follow up and raising concern over alienating huge Toronto’s west end communities, ICCC agreed to launch 2nd Wednesday monthly networking event at Mississauga. With astounding success of these meetings, ICCC now conducts various events at west end. He is also a member of Golf committee of ICCC. Pal while working hard for the ICCC also finds time, for other charitable work. He has been a member of the Fund Raising Committee for Trillium Hospital and a founding member of Sikh Sub Committee for the Fund Raising initiatives for the brand new hospital in Brampton, “Brampton Civic Hospital”. He was a Co-Chair for the Fund Raising Gala, “An Evening in Punjab”, in which approximately $80,000 was raised for the Hospital. Under the guidance of Sikh Sub–Committee, Brampton Civic Hospital has raised over $4 million with various community’s initiatives in very short period of time. He actively participates and supports other community’s events. Pal is also a member of the Halton Peel CA’s Association.