Connect Canada May 2016

  • Canada and India sign Paris Agreement on Climate Change

    “When nations work together, we can address climate change,” tweeted Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as hesigned the historic Paris Agreement on behalf of Canada, along with dignitaries from India and 175 other countries, on April 22 (Earth Day). In his address during the signing ceremony, Prime Minister Trudeau affirmed Canada’s support for the Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency, announcing a $5-million (approximately Rs. 25-crore) contribution to help developing countries address climate change by meeting their transparency commitments. The Prime Minister also joined with other dignitaries to endorse a carbon pricing vision statement. Read about Canada’s climate change journey and key initiatives here.

  • Ottawa’s first trade mission to India generates partnerships valued at over $80 million

    Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson led a 35-member delegation to India from April 17 to 22, representing technology, education, tourism, film production water and wastewater management, real estate development and other sectors, as well as Invest Ottawa. During stops in New Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru, the delegates met with business leaders, decision-makers and government officials and explored a range of business development opportunities with their Indian counterparts. See pictures from the visit and read some of the highlights and announcements.

  • Demystifying mathematics!

    Professor John-Paul Pretti of the Faculty of Mathematics at Canada’s University of Waterloo conducted interactive workshops at schools in four cities across Northwestern India, from April 11 to 21, to demystify mathematics and make it fun for students and teachers! Organised by the Consulate General of Canada in Chandigarh, the workshops enabled students and teachers to explore mathematics in a new dimension. The sessions also enabled students to interact with education officers and learn more about higher studies in Canada.

  • Summer smoothie made with Canadian Maple Syrup!

    Looking for a cool refreshing drink this summer? Trycreamy strawberry and maple syrup smoothie! (Recipe courtesy: Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers).

  • DOXA Documentary Film Fest in Vancouver: May 5-15

    Each year, the DOXA Documentary Film Festival features outstanding documentaries from Canada and around the world.

  • Canadian Tulip Festival: May 12-23

    Traveling to Canada? Don’t miss this year’sTulip Festivalin Ottawa – Gatineau, the National Capital Region of Canada.

  • South Asian film fest in Toronto: May 19-23

    The Greater Toronto Area will play host to theInternational Film Festival of South Asia, the largest South Asian film festival in North America! The festival also includes the Punjabi International Film Festival as a sub segment. This ten day extravaganza showcases a diverse, selection of feature films, documentaries, and short films from around the world, on themes of South Asian cultures and identities. The festival also features concerts, gala events, film launches, seminars, workshops, and networking opportunities with government representatives, business leaders, local organizations that support film development, film stars, producers, directors, members of the media and more.

  • International business-to-business forum in Winnipeg: May 25-27

    Organized by the Winnipeg chapter of the World Trade Center, this year’s Centrallia will bring together 700+ business delegates and industry experts from around the world to network, share ideas, and create new opportunities for their businesses. Program elements also include a segment on opportunities in clean energy and doing business in Canada.  

  • Colleges and Institutes Canada Annual Conference in Quebec City: May 29-31

    The theme for this year’s Colleges and Institutes Canada conference, Inspiration, will focus on innovation, development and discoveries. The Conference will feature a mix of pre-conference events, networking meetings, keynotes, workshops, panels, talks and poster presentations. Each year, the conference enables participants to establish and renew links with colleagues from across Canada and around the world. This year, the conference will be hosted by Cégep Garneau, Cégep Limoilou, Cégep de Sainte-Foy and Champlain Regional College.

  • Mitacs Globalink program for Canadian faculty - Application deadline: June 21

    The Mitacs Globalink program is accepting research project submissions from Canadian faculty working with international undergraduate students (including from India). See details here.

  • Marking one year of the Nepal earthquake and Canada's support for relief efforts:

    Canada’s Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau, marked the first anniversary of last year’s devastating earthquakes in Nepal and announced the total amount of Canada's support. Between April 25 and May 25, 2015, Canadians generously donated a total of $51.7 million to eligible organizations. Immediately after the earthquakes, Canada provided $27 million in humanitarian assistance to deliver emergency shelter, food and medical assistance, relief supplies, protection and education services, and access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene facilities. Since then, efforts on the ground have transitioned from short-term relief to recovery and reconstruction. To this end, the Government of Canada has committed $24.7 million from the Relief Fund to support Nepal’s rebuilding phase. This includes $10 million that will go to the World Bank’s Nepal Rural Housing Reconstruction Program Multi-Donor Trust Fund.

  • India’s first technology accelerator for women entrepreneurs and innovators!

    Women tech entrepreneurs in India - apply now for “empoWer” tech accelerator program.Deadline: May 20.Launched by the India-Canada technology accelerator Zone Startups/India, empoWer is India’s first dedicated program for women entrepreneurs and innovators to build technology enabled ventures and improve gender diversity in IT companies. Fifteen women entrepreneurs (or co-founders) will be shortlisted for the 6-week bespoke program and will get access to mentoring, workshops, and networking and business development opportunities.The six-week program is supported by India's Department of Science and Technology, Germany’s GIZ,Vodafone India, Google, Nishith Desai AssociatesShe the People TV and SheEO - a Toronto-based women entrepreneur support organisation.

  • Science odyssey week in canada: May 6-15

    Ten days of discovery and innovation! With 600+ events happening across Canada, Science Odysseyweek celebrates science and explores Canada’s scientific history. Events range from science in the streets, visits to labs, science fairs, talks and conferences, school field trips, encounters with researchers and scientists, special exhibits at museums and science centres, scientific events at community organizations, online activities, and much more.

  • Study in Canada! Meet our education officers at the Hindu Education Fair in India: May 15-22

    Learn more about studying in Canada, programs, admissions, study permits and more and meet our education officers, as well as representatives from the University of Windsor and York University. Stop by the Canada booth at the Hindu Education Plus - International Education Fairs, from 10am to 6pm each day at the following venues:

    • Hyderabad: Taj Deccan, May 15;
    • Coimbatore: Vivanta by Taj Surya, May 17;;
    • Bengaluru: Vivanta by Taj, MG Road, May 19;
    • Chennai: Taj Coromandel, May 21 and 22. Entry is free and open to students and parents.

  • Canadian films at Kashish LGBT film fest, Mumbai: May 25-29

    Don’t miss 11 Canadian films at the Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, South Asia’s largest LGBT film festival. Venues for the film festival are: Liberty theatre, Alliance Française de Bombay and Max Mueller Bhavan (Goethe-Institut). See the list of films from Canada and 52 other participating countries here.

  • Catch animated films from Canada at BDL Museum, Mumbai: May 29

    Join us for the 10th edition of Canadian films for kids at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum from 4pm to 5pm. This 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:

  • Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships - Application deadline: September 21

    The 2016-2017 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships competition is open and is available to international students for study and research in Canada. The fellowship offers $70,000 (approximately Rs. 36 lakhs) per year (taxable) for two years (non-renewable). See details here.

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