“The strength of any society depends on the full participation of all its citizens, including women,” said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, underscoring Canada’s commitment to gender parity at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos in January. Prime Minister Trudeau also highlighted investment opportunitiesin Canada and met with Indian business leaders – Tata Group Chairman, Cyrus Pallonji Mistry and Welspun Group Chairman, B.K. Goenka
Premiers of the Canadian Provinces of Ontario,Kathleen Wynne, and Prince Edward Island (PEI),Wade MacLauchlan, led a joint trade mission to India to enhance ties. During their visit, the Premiers met India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modias well as Chief Ministers of the states of Punjab, Haryana and Maharashtra and senior government and business leaders. The delegation signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) and explored opportunities for further collaboration with Indian partners in several areas including film production, education, agriculture and agri-food, infrastructure, and information and communications technology. Read more about the visit and MOUs signed:
Facilitated by Canada, women parliamentarians from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Afghanistan engaged in a “South Asia Women Parliamentarian Dialogue”, a series of events and discussions on women empowerment and gender issues in Colombo, Sri Lanka (January 28 to 29), and New Delhi, India, (February 1 to 2). The #FemParl Dialogue was conceptualized by Canadian missions in the region and implemented in collaboration with local partners in Sri Lanka and India. Participants included:
In Colombo, the MPs joined Eva Abdulla, Member of Parliament - Maldives, and Aminath Eenas, President -Human Rights Commission of the Maldives, in various programs. Notably, they met the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe. Among other events in New Delhi, the MPs participated in a panel discussion on women empowerment through skills development together with the Premier of the Canadian Province of Ontario,Kathleen Wynne, organized in association with Delhi’sKamala Nehru College and Miranda House College.
The Prime Minister of Bhutan,Tshering Tobgay, discussed Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness index and environment strategy including the Bhutan For Life initiative at the 2016 TED Talks in Vancouver, Canada. From February 15 to 19, over 70 speakers from across the world challenged audiences to dream - to "make no small plans!" TED Talks’ youngest Indian speaker, 10-year old Ishita Katyal earned a standing ovation for her talk on ‘why adults should help children achieve their big dreams now’. Her talk was followed by aperformance by acclaimed Indian musician A. R. Rahman.
A team of 10 students from St Xavier’s College, Kolkata, won this year’s Big Canada Challenge by participating in live contests at the SRCC Business Conclave organized by Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) in New Delhi, from February 3 to 5. Visitors at Canada’s booth at the conclave also interacted with education officers and learnt more about opportunities for higher studies in Canada. Michael Maier, Associate Dean of MBA Programs at the Alberta School of Businessdiscussed MBA programs with students and judged some of the contests organized by SRCC. This year's Big Canada Challenge was supported by the Alberta School of Business (at Canada’s University of Alberta) and Air Canada.
Canadian artists received 20 nominations for this year’s Grammy Awards with four artists wining a total of five awards. The wining Canadian artists included:
Canadian delegates, industry experts and trade officers highlighted Canadian expertise in the agriculture, agri-food and food products sector and networked with Indian partners at:
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Last year, students from schools in India, Nepal and Bhutan were invited to participate in the High Commission’s 2015 annual art competition on renewable energy, in partnership with the Ontario International Marketing Centre in India. Shortlisted artwork, selected by a panel of judges, was posted on the mission’s @CanadainIndia Facebook page for voting. Winning artwork was featured on the mission’s 2016 calendar. The calendar, which also includes information on Canada’s andOntario’s expertise in the cleantech sector, was distributed to Canada’s key contacts in the region. On February 8, winning students from the Delhi-NCR region were felicitated at a ceremony at the High Commission.
Canada’s Agriculture Minister, Lawrence MacAulay, and Minister of International Trade, Chrystia Freeland, announced in January that the Government of Canada has secured export market access for Canadian pork and pork products to India. The Canadian pork industry estimates that gaining access to this new market could be worth $2 million within the first year.
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Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, met India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the International Fleet Review, hosted by the Indian Navy, from February 4 to 8, in Visakhapatnam. During his visit, Vice-Admiral Norman also met with Admiral R.K. Dhowan, Commander of the Indian Navy, to explore options to enhance naval linkages between both countries.
Last month, Canada’s Minister of International Trade,Chrystia Freeland, announced a new program to increase the competitiveness of Canadian companies. The new CanExport program will provide up to $50 million (up to Rs. 249 crores, approximately) over five years in direct financial support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Canada seeking to develop new export opportunities, particularly in high-growth priority markets such as India.
Canada’s new Travel Smart app is available at the Apple App Store and Google Play for download to smartphones and tablets. Designed to help Canadians while they are travelling, studying, working or living abroad, the free app enables Canadian nationals to stay connected and receive up-to-date information through an intuitive and accessible platform.
Canadian nominations at this year’s Oscars include: