On December 4, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, delivered the Speech from the Throne to open the 42nd session of the Parliament and outline the Government’s agenda.
With the new government comes a new name for the department and three new ministers! The former Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) has now been renamed “Global Affairs Canada.” Meet the Ministers:
Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau and India’s Prime Minister,Narendra Modi together with leaders of other participating countries launch “Mission Innovation” on November 30 at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris. Mission Innovation aims to reinvigorate and accelerate global clean energy innovation with the objective to make clean energy widely affordable.
Congratulations to Indian technology startups Lightmetrics (Bengaluru), Plackal Tech (Bengaluru), Neuron (Noida), Swift File Transfer (Delhi) and Survelytics (Thane), for winning this year’s Next Big Idea Contest, and the opportunity to incubate at the Digital Media Zone (DMZ) atRyerson University in Toronto for two weeks. During their visit toOntario, from November 10 to December 2, representatives from the Indian companies received mentorship, business development advice and valuable international experience and explored Ontario’s innovation ecosystem. The third edition of the annual contest was organized by Zone Startups/India, a joint venture of Toronto-based Ryerson Futures Inc. and the Bombay Stock Exchange Institute, in collaboration with the Government of Ontario and the Amazon Web Services. Read more.
Journalists and media experts from Canada, India, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka participated in the High Commission’s 6th annual media workshop on November 27 in New Delhi. Organized in collaboration with Women's Feature Service, the workshop focussed on women in media and explored topics such as:
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Research in neutrino oscillations has earned Canada two international awards over the last two months:
The High Commission of Canada and Amar Ujala jointly felicitated Shabnam Khan of Rampur for her role in establishing a helpline for women victims of domestic violence and helping destitute women and children. Deputy High Commissioner for Canada to India, Jess Dutton presented the award at a ceremony hosted by Amar Ujala, on December 16 in Kanpur, joined by Indian athlete Mary Kom. Amar Ujala’s Rupayan Achievers Awards recognize remarkable achievements by women in various fields such as arts, culture, education, entrepreneurship and social service.
The High Commission of Canada supported the first edition of the Delhi International Queer Theatre and Film Festival, on December 12 and 13. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Deputy High Commissioner for Canada to India, Jess Dutton, reaffirmed Canada’s support for human rights around the world regardless of gender, religion, colour, race, age or sexual orientation. The festival was organised by Harmless Hugs, a civil society organisation that promotes women empowerment and builds awareness on the rights of lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
Be sure to try scrumptious Canadian delicacies prepared by Canadian Chef Curtis Pintye at the “Canadian Christmas” at Kafe Fontana, Taj Palace Hotel.
The MBA Games is the largest gathering of MBA students in Canada and showcases the talent of MBAs from across Canada in academics, athletics, and spirit, enabling each individual to make their lasting mark on the Canadian business landscape. The 2017 Games, hosted by York University’s Schulich School of Business, challenges students to seek more out of their MBA experience. In January 2017, delegates from Canada’s top business schools will converge in Toronto to compete in case competitions, sports tournaments, and spirit competitions as they vie to win the coveted Queens Cup.
Canada is welcoming 25,000 Syrian refugees as millions continue to be displaced due to conflict in their home country. To achieve this goal, the Government of Canada is working with Canadians, including private sponsors, non-governmental organizations, provincial, territorial and municipal governments. Prime Minister Justin Trudeauwelcomed the refugees who arrived on the first flight on December 10. Find out more about the plan.
This year, Canada and Nepal celebrated 50 years of diplomatic relations. Both countries also appointed new envoys. In the fall, Ambassador for Canada to Nepal (and High Commissioner for Canada to India), Nadir Patel presented his credentials to His Excellency Ram Baran Yadav, the then President of Nepal. Earlier this year, Nepal’s Ambassador to Canada Kali Prasad Pokhrel presented his credentials to His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.
In partnership with theOntario International Marketing Centre andInvest PEI (of Prince Edward Island), the second Indian cohort of the Canada-India Technology Accelerator (C-ITA) initiative - Deltecs Infotech (Mumbai), FRS Labs Research Systems (Bengaluru), Heuristics Info Systems (Delhi), Ma Foi Analytics and Business Services (Bengaluru) and Mobilous Softech (Delhi) - explored the Canadian innovation ecosystem from November 23 to 30. During their visit to Canada, the five entrepreneurs from India met Start-Up Visa designated organizations, venture capitalists, angel investors, incubators, accelerators, universities and federal, provincial and municipal government officials across four cities – Toronto, Charlottetown, Waterloo and Montreal. C-ITA is a virtual accelerator programme, primarily aimed at early and growth stage tech companies. To find out more about the programme, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
On the Ooccasion of Human Rights Day on December 10, the Consulate General of Canada in Mumbai hosted a workshop for civil society organizations.
Canada’s Micronutrient Initiative will invest CAD $5.5 million (approximately Rs. 26 crores) over the next five years to improve the nutritional status and health of 17 million women, children and adolescent girls in Uttar Pradesh in a new initiative “Ek Sahi Shuruat” (a correct start), inaugurated in Lucknow, onDecember 4. Supported by the Government of Canada, the initiative will deliver cutting-edge health and nutrition interventions through existing government programs, leveraging their distribution channels to achieve optimal reach and coverage.
Twenty leading Canadian infrastructure companies visited India to explore partnerships with local companies, from December 7 to 11. The delegation met business leaders and government interlocutors in Mumbai, Jaipur and New Delhi. The companies also participated in Municipalika in Jaipur, fromDecember 9 to 11, where Canada was a partner country. High Commissioner for Canada to India, Nadir Patel delivered a key note address at the inauguration. Canada’s participation at the expo, which included a pavilion, was supported by Export Development Canada and the Province of Ontario. To find out about Canada’s expertise in the sector and explore business opportunities, please email: email@example.com.
On December 11, the UVIT telescope aboard ASTROSAT, theIndian Space Research Organization's space observatory, took its first images of the sky—a cluster of stars known as NGC 188. Launched in October, Canada contributed three detectors for the UVIT telescope on board ASTROSAT. Read more.