Connect Canada Feb 2016

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talks gender parity and investing in Canada, and meets Indian business leaders at WEF

    “The strength of any society depends on the full participation of all its citizens, including women,” said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeauunderscoring 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

  • Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and PEI Premier Wade MacLauchlan in India

    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:

  • Women leaders from seven countries discuss gender issues in India and Sri Lanka

    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:

    • Chandrani Bandara Jayasinghe - Sri Lanka's Minister for Women and Child Affairs
    • Meenakshi Lekhi - Member of Parliament, India
    • Maiza Hameed - Member of Parliament, Pakistan
    • Naheed Farid - Member of Parliament, Afghanistan
    • Chhaya Sharma (Pant) - Member of Parliament, Nepal

    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.

  • Bhutanese Prime Minister chats climate change and 10-year old Indian author gets standing ovation at TED Talks in Vancouver

    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.

  • Kolkata students win Big Canada Challenge

    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.

  • Canada @ The Grammys

    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:

    • Justin Bieber – Best Dance Recording for “Where Are Ü Now”.
    • The Weeknd – Best Urban Contemporary Album for “Beauty Behind The Madness” and Best R&B Performance for “Earned It”.
    • Jan Haust and Peter Moore – Best Historical Album for “The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11”.

  • Showcasing Canadian expertise in agriculture and agri-food in India

    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:

    Canada will also participate in the AAHAR International Food and Hospitality Fair in New Delhi, from March 15 to 19. To find out more and explore trade and business opportunities,

  • Young artists felicitated for artwork on renewable energy

    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 gains market access for pork to India

    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.

  • Travel trade professionals - become an expert in Canadian holidays

    Are you a tour operator promoting Canada as a holiday destination? The Canada Specialist Program is an educational tool designed by  Destination Canada for qualified travel trade professionals and tour operators. Eligible candidates who successfully complete the training will be accredited as a Canada Specialist and will get access to sales tools, marketing resources and other benefits.

  • Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy in India

    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.

  • New program to help Canadian exporters expand their horizons

    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.

  • Canadians – want travel advice to go?

    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.

  • Canada @ The Oscars: February 28

    Canadian nominations at this year’s Oscars include:

    • Canadian co-production “Room,” adapted from the novel by Canada-based author Emma Donoghue is nominated for best picture and best adapted screenplay (also by Emma Donoghue) among other nominations.
    • Canadian co-production and partly filmed in Montreal, “Brooklyn” has several nominations including best picture.
    • Rachel McAdams in “Spotlight” for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
    • The Weeknd and his collaborators Stephan Moccio, Ahmad Balshe and Jason (Daheala) Quenneville for Music (Original Song) for “Earned It” from the film “Fifty Shades of Grey.
    • Canadian crew from “The Revenant,” partly filmed in Alberta and British Columbia, including visual effects artist Cameron Waldbauer, set decorator Hamish Purdy, sound technician Chris Duesterdiek and makeup and hair artist Robert Pandini.
    • Documentary short filmmakers Adam Benzine, for “Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah,” and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, for “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness./li>
    • Paul Massey, for sound mixing in “The Martian.
    • Richard Williams for the animated short “Prologue” (shared with Imogen Sutton).

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