Connect Canada June 2016

  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers formal apology for the ‎Komagata Maru incident

    The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, delivered on May 18, a formal statement of apology, in the House of Commons of the Parliament of Canada, for the Komagata Maru incident. On May 23, 1914, a steamship arrived in Vancouver carrying 376 passengers who had hopes for a new life in Canada. After a long journey from India, the majority of the passengers – who were of Sikh, Muslim, and Hindu origin – were denied entry into Canada due to the laws in existence at the time. The Prime Minister delivered a formal apology in front of descendants of those directly affected by the incident. He emphasized that Canada’s rich diversity is a source of strength for our country and reaffirmed the government’s commitment to upholding the values – including multiculturalism – enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Watch the video here.

  • Canada and India sign MOU to treat infectious diseases

    Canada’s International Consortium on Anti-Virals (ICAV) and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) signed aMemorandum of Understanding(MOU) aimed at developing a collaborative program for the treatment of major infectious diseases, particularly from neglected, newly-emerging and re-emerging viral, bacterial and parasitic threats. The MOU was signed at Canada House in New Delhi, on June 10, by ICAV President and CEO, Dr. Jeremy Carver, and the Secretary of the Department of Health Research & Director General of the ICMR, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan in the presence of Canada's Acting High Commissioner, Jess Dutton. Under this MOU, an ICAV India secretariat will be established at the National AIDS Research Institute in Pune.

  • India's ONGC discusses procurement of onshore rigs with Canadian firms during a visit to Alberta

    Facilitated by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, India’s National Oil Company – the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Limited conducted a roadshow on “Onshore Rig Procurement” and met with Canadian firms during site visits in Alberta from April 29 to May 2. During the visit, a team of senior officers from ONGC’s Onshore Drilling Division interacted with potential Canadian manufacturers and suppliers of rigs. Around 70 participants from 35 Canadian companies registered for the roadshow which further led to B2B meetings and site visits. In addition to ONGC’s presentation, officers from Export Development Canada andDeloitte’s Calgary office discussed financing programs and tax incidence (respectively) for Canadian companies doing business in India.

  • Canadian speakers at India’s 1st Foreign Policy conference in Mumbai

    India’s Ministry of External Affairs and Gateway House co-hosted India’s first ever major foreign policy conference “The Gateway of India Dialogue: Where geopolitics meets business” in Mumbai, on June 13 and 14. Canadian speakers at the conference included:

  • Canada supports innovation in pulses sector and food security in India

    High Commissioner for Canada to India, Nadir Patel, highlighted Canada-India ties and trade in the pulses sector at the “Pulse Innovation Platform-India (PIP-India)” workshop in New Delhi, from June 1 to 3. The workshop was organized by the McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics (at Canada's McGill University), India’s National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management, the Tata-Cornell Agriculture and Nutrition Initiative, the International Food Policy Research Institute and the INCLEN Trust International. Launched on the occasion of the International Year of Pulses 2016, Pulse Innovation Platform (PIP) is an open invitation forum in the pulses sector to enable members from the academia, private, public, and civil society to network, exchange knowledge and best practices, discuss challenges and solutions, and innovate in key areas such as ‎food security.

  • Luminato Arts and Creativity Festival in Toronto: June 10-26

    Luminato Festival is Toronto’s global multi-arts festival dedicated to performance, visual art, music, theatre, dance, magic and more. This year, the Festival marks its 10th anniversary with free and ticketed programs by Canadian and international artists delivering adventurous art in adventurous places!

  • Fellowships for students from Nepal and Bhutan – Application Deadline: June 20

    Canada's International Development Research Centre will fund 13 fellowships through India’s Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research in the August 2016-July 2017 academic year. Funding will be offered under these programs:

    The program aims to build capacity in inclusive development with a special focus on labour market and industrial policy. Scholarships will be available for students of Bhutan, Nepal and other Asian countries (excluding India). See details here.

  • Yoga Day in Ottawa: June 26

    The Canada-India Centre at Carleton University and the High Commission of India in Canada are celebrating the International Day of Yoga with a special session on yoga and wellness, followed by a light lunch, from 9am to 2:30pm, at the Centurion Conference and Event Center in Ottawa. Entry is by registration only on a first-come-first-served basis with a contribution of $10 per person. See details and register here.

  • Jazz music festival in Montreal: June 29 - July 9

    The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal features nearly 3,000 musicians from about 30 countries each year and a large number of free concerts, open to everyone. This year’s festival will also feature Colin Hunter who began his musical career in India.

  • Call for case studies: Public-Private interactions in nutrition-related non-communicable diseases – Submission Deadline: July 15

    Have experience in public-private interactions in the field of nutrition-related non-communicable diseases? Share your knowledge, lessons learnt and recommendations with researchers, funders, practitioners, policy makers, civil society organisations and others in the form of a case-study. Jointly funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research -Institute of Population and Public Health and Canada’s International Development Research Centre, with contributions in-kind from the UK Health Forum, the resulting casebook will explore the influence of public-private interactions with the for-profit commercial sector on nutrition-related non-communicable disease prevention research, policy and practice. See details here.

  • Canadian and Indian Ministers discuss trade ties

    Canada's Minister of International Trade, Chrystia Freeland, discussed Canada-India trade ties with India's Minister of State, Commerce and Industry (Independent Charge), Nirmala Sitharaman, on June 2, on the margins of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)Ministerial Council Meeting. "India leads the global economy in growth and offers tremendous opportunities for Canada," said Minister Freeland while speaking on Canada-India relations at the Canada-India Business Council's (C-IBC) Canada-India Partnership Summit in Toronto on June 3.

  • Canada India Parliamentary Friendship Group aims to further deepen relations between both countries

    In May, the largest-ever contingent of Members of the Parliament of Canada signed on to be part of the Canada-India Parliamentary Friendship Group, chaired by Member of Parliament Chandra Arya. With 80 members, the group cuts across party lines, including representatives from the three major Canadian parties, as well as members from both chambers of Canada’s Parliament – the Senate and the House of Commons. The group also met with India’s High Commissioner to Canada, Vishnu Prakash.

  • Canadian and Indian researches advocate for gender equality in research

    Researchers and funders from Canada, India and 42 other countries advocated for equality and ‪interdisciplinarity for women researchers at the Global Research Council's Annual Meetingin New Delhi, from May 25 to 27. Speaking at the forum, Dr. B. Mario Pinto, President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Canada (NSERC), announced that Canada will host the international funding agencies meeting in 2017, in partnership with Peru’s Consejo Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Tecnológica and Canada’s International Development Research Centre.

  • Canada, India and Nepal discuss rights and opportunities for women

    Canada's Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau, advanced Canada’s development agenda for the health and rights of women and girls and met with ministers of health and development from other donor countries, heads of international and Canadian organizations, and other key partners at the Women Deliver 4th Global Conference in Copenhagen, from May 16 to 19. The conference brought together speakers and participants from Canada, India, Nepal and several other countries to discuss and share experiences and ideas on how to make development matter most for girls and women, with a specific focus on health, rights, gender equality, education, and economic empowerment.

  • Canadian speakers participate in Women Economic Forum in New Delhi

    "Women’s participation in leadership roles and political decision-making is key to achieving ‪gender equality," said High Commissioner for Canada to India, Nadir Patel, at the Women Economic Forum. Taking place from May 16 to 21, the forum was attended by more than 30 Canadian speakers, together with participants from over 100 countries in a unique global effort to discuss, network and collaborate on the themes of rights and opportunities for women. See pictures here.

  • Indian students develop new pulses recipe, in a competition supported by Canada

    Earlier this year, a team of students from the Institute of Hotel Management in Bengaluru won an all-India competition for developing innovative dishes using pulses! Alok Prasad, Aseem Kumar, Harsh Bansal, and Saurabh Agarwal used adzuki beans, red split lentils, black gram and other ingredients to create “Adzuki Coins” a wonderful new snack. The competition was facilitated by Canada's  International Development Research Centreand the McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics (at Canada's McGill University) together with the Global Pulse Confederation and the India Pulses and Grains Associationand was judged at the Pulses Conclave in Jaipur. See the recipe here.

  • “Chat with Diplomats” on LGBTI at American Centre, New Delhi: June 17

    As part of Pride Month activities in June, Canada’s Deputy High Commissioner Jess Dutton will share the Canadian experience on LGBTI in a panel discussion with diplomats from the US, Swedish and British diplomatic missions at the American Centre, at 4pm. The event is free and open to all on a first-come-first-served basis. Guests are required to carry a valid photo identity card. See details here.

  • National Aboriginal Day in Canada: June 21

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of Canada’s  National Aboriginal Day. On this day and through the month of June, Canadians celebrate the history, culture, achievements and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada.

  • Catch animated films from Canada at BDL Museum, Mumbai: June 26

    Join us for the 11th edition of Canadian films for kids at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum from 4pm to 5pmThis month’s screenings will feature six short family-friendly films from Canada’s National Film Board. The screenings are free and open to all. General museum entry tickets will apply (adult Rs. 10 and children Rs. 5). Register at:

  • Funding opportunities for organizations in India, Nepal and Bhutan

    Organizations in India, Nepal and Bhutan - do you have a bold idea to save and improve lives, specifically in the areas of maternal, newborn and child health, or to protect and nurture early brain development? Apply now for grants by Grand Challenges Canada, supported by the Government of Canada. Funding is available under three programs:

    Grants are also open to Canadian organizations working on projects or research in these countries.