ICCC’s Farewell Dinner Reception for Consul General Preeti Saran
By A Correspondent
The Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) has played a significant role in building strong economic and cultural relations between Canada and India and has cooperated with the Consulate office for promoting business ties between our two nations, Preeti Saran, Consul General of India in Toronto, said at a farewell dinner reception given in her honour by the ICCC in Pearson Banquet Hall Brampton Friday, August 2, 2013.
She further highlighted the constructive role played by successive presidents and Naval Bajaj current President of ICCC to keep the Canada-India file active and thanked the ICCC for working with the Consulate office.
In his remarks, Mr. Naval Bajaj, President ICCC said, “Canada and India are rapidly moving to a new level of cooperation on all aspects of bilateral relations. Chamber is working actively to build economic bridges between Canada and India and create conditions to promote a more India engaged Canada. Indian Consulate office in Toronto has always extended unprecedented help to the chamber in its activities under Mrs. Saran’s able leadership. We deeply appreciate her contribution in strengthening bilateral relations between Canada and India.
Our Chamber had the privilege of working with her from the last 4 years in which she shows exemplary leadership to further strengthen Canada’s friendship with India and has advanced Indian culture within Canada’s multicultural framework. Her involvement with the Indian community especially with the business and Diaspora organizations is commendable.”
Hon. Dr. Asha Seth, Senator, Senate of Canada appreciated the work done by Mrs. Preeti Saran in her tenure as Consul General of India in Toronto. She said that Mrs. Saran, have done commendable work in getting both the countries closer in the field of economics, politics and culture.
Dr. V I Lakshmanan, Chair, Canada India Foundation said that the chamber has done a commendable work in fostering the bilateral economic relations between the two countries and providing the platform to Canadian business people to develop their ties with their Indian counterparts. Mrs. Saran has supported all the activities of diaspora organisations for fostering new heights in Canada India relations.
Mr. Vinod Munshi, President, IITAC lauded the work of ICCC and appreciated the support extended by the consulate office under the leadership of Mrs. Preeti Saran in promoting the Canada India relations in technical field.
Mr. Kasi Rao, Vice President and Director, Asia Pacific Foundation, Toronto office commended the work done by Mrs. Saran on the Canada India file and her motivation for the India watchers to work on the forefront in developing all-round ties between the two nations.
Ms. Asha Luthra, past president ICCC lauded the work ICCC has been doing in the Canada-India space and said that the Chamber had done a tremendous job in organising the regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Toronto in June 2011. Mrs. Saran played an exemplary role in organising the mega event with the chamber.
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Vinay Nagpal, past president ICCC appreciated the cooperation extended by the consulate office to the chamber.
Mr. Satish Thakkar, Immediate past president ICCC said that the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award that the Chamber got from the Government of India in 2012 was a true recognition of the Chamber’s contribution to Canada-India bilateral sphere. Mrs. Saran is a very warm hearted forthcoming individual with unparalleled diplomatic skills. A power stream with invincible determination, full of energy, very proactive, is advancing the cause of India, truly a great ambassador.
Naval Bajaj, President, ICCC, along with past presidents – Rakesh Goenka, Asha Luthra, Vinay Nagpal, Satish Thakkar and the board of directors– presented Preeti Saran with a memento & bouquet that acknowledged her fine contribution to fostering Canada-India bilateral relations.
Over 200 guests from different walks of life attended the dinner reception; among them were Dr. Asha Seth, Senator, Senate of Canada and Member of the Provincial Parliament Kirsty Duncan, Hon. Amrit Mangat, Mr. Bob Delaney and Ms. Deepika Damarela.