Quebec Business Council – Supro Mukherjea, National Director, Quebec Operations During the year gone by, the Quebec Business Council (QBC) has continued to connect with its market driving true business value. The QBC’s Distinguished Speakers Series, with the objective to create awareness on various aspects and sectors in Canada having a business affiliation with India, included appearances from Mr. Narayan, the former Indian High Commissioner; Dr. Denis Therien, Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations) at McGill University; and Dr. Sunny Handa, Partner, Co-head India Practice Group, Blake, Cassels & Graydon. Dr. Handa’s talk “What you need to know about India's Legal System when doing business there” provided a comprehensive overview of the different legal aspects of doing business in India. Complete with various personal anecdotes Dr. Handa’s speech was extremely well received. QBC, in collaboration with McGill University’s Program for International Competitiveness, hosted a networking cocktail for Indian business executives currently enrolled in the Executive MBA program at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM Noida, Delhi). The international exchange component of the IIM program includes a month at the Desautel Faculty of Management at McGill University. The roster of over 100 attendees included an equal representation from the Montreal business and academic community. The Indian executives consisted of 45 individuals representing a wide cross-section of leading Indian corporations in the private and public sector, and Government entities.
business sectors. The speakers included Shilpa Wadhwa of Airtel on telecommunications, Rajesh Tripathi of Inphonic on Information Technology and Pravin Borade of National Instruments on Entrepreneurship. Speakers from QBC outlined their respective industry sectors and their business connections with India. The speakers included Ms Diane Dube, Vice President of Export Development Canada, Dr. Harinder Ahluwalia, Founder and CEO of Info-Electronics (meteorology, hydrology), Ronald Denom, President of SNC-Lavalin International (engineering), Arvind Jain, Senior Vice President of RioTinto Alcan (metals/mining) and Sanjiv Nundy, Senior Manager of Lockheed-Martin (aeronautics/aerospace). The Council continued to collaborate and participate with other chambers and business organizations. It attended meetings and discussions with various individuals and organizations, among them: the Acting High Commissioner and the High Commissioner of India to Canada; officials of the Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation, and Exports, Government of Quebec; the delegate to the Quebec Government Business Development Office in Mumbai, India; the International Business office of the City of Montreal; Canadian International Council lecture series; McGill Universities India Lecture Series; and, the InterChamber networking cocktail. During the year the executive team of the Quebec Business Council included Supro Mukherjea, Ashwin Mahabaleswara, Shyam Bid, Ravinder Kaur Matharu, and Sanjib Manna.
Supro Mukherjea, the Quebec Director of the ICCC delivered the opening address followed by Professor William Polushin of McGill University, who described the Program for International Competitiveness. Amit Tandon of Robert Bosch India provided a broad profile of the IIM executives. Speakers from the Indian Institute of Management provided an overview of their 47
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