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2016 Events (in reverse chronological order)
Sunday, Dec 4, 2016 (3:00 - 5:00 PM)
at Rockcliffe Park Community Centre Hall, Ottawa
India's Struggle with the Market
by Dr. Richard French
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Synopsis: Dr. French will give personal reflections of his experiences of doing business in India, including the period from 1996 to 1999, when he was President and CEO of Tata Communications in Hyderabad.

About the Speaker: Richard French earned a BSc. in Biological Sciences from the University of British Columbia and a D. Phil in History from Oxford, which he attended on a Rhodes Scholarship. He has worked in the secretariat to the Cabinet of the Government of Canada, on the faculties of Princeton, McGill and the University of Ottawa, where he holds the CN-Paul M. Tellier Chair of Business and Public Policy. In the 1980s, he was Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Westmount and held ministerial portfolios in Communications, Science and Technology, and Supply and Services. He served as a senior executive for Bell Canada and for Bombardier in Canada, India and Germany. His most recent public appointment was as Vice Chairman of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). He is chairman of the board and investor in a privately held company which employs advanced materials to manufacture logistical products for the trucking, defence, and aviation industries, with operations in Montreal, Indiana, and Shanghai.

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Sunday, Oct 16, 2016 (3:00 - 5:00 PM)
at Rockcliffe Park Community Centre Hall, Ottawa

In collaboration with
The College of the Humanities, Carleton University,
ICFC announces its lecture event

Art and Indian Nationalism in the 20th Century
by Dr. Geeti Sen from New Delhi
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Synopsis: 20th century Indian nationalism was driven as much by politicians as painters, poets as well as patriots. This talk with visual images and some text traces India's nationalist movement from 1905 to 2000, in paintings and popular posters, and what is described as 'calendar art'.

In 1905 a painting titled Bharat Mata (meaning “Mother India”) by Abanindranath Tagore offered a new vision of India, where the country is embodied as both a woman and also as Goddess of the Nation. This conflict in her identity (woman or goddess?) continues to haunt pictorial representations through to Indian independence in 1947. Increasingly she is rendered not as a figure, but as a map, sacred territory, and this becomes an obsession in the 1940s with the fear of being a divided territory. This holds equally true in the second temple built to Bharat Mata, in 1982 in the holy city of Hardwar, where she is imaged as a map. In this temple, she is also absorbed into the pantheon of Hindu deities where she becomes an amalgam of all the goddesses of Indian culture. Does she represent the nation of different sects and communities, or does she now represent the majoritarian religion of India?

About the Speaker: Dr. Geeti Sen is a cultural historian, professor, art critic and editor trained at the Universities of Chicago and Calcutta. She is a prominent figure in the Indian art scene and has lectured in many parts of the world. In the 1970s she was the art critic for the Times of India, Bombay and for India Today, Delhi and Assistant Editor at Marg, the prestigious art journal from Mumbai. From 1990 to 2006 she was the Chief Editor of publications at the India International Centre, New Delhi. In 2009 Dr. Geeti Sen was selected by the Government of India to assume charge as Director of the Indian Cultural Centre in Kathmandu.

Dr. Sen is the author of many books which include: Feminine Fables, Ganesh Pyne, Bindu, Your History Comes in The Way of My Memory, Paintings from the Akbar Nama – A Visual Chronicle of Mughal India, among others. Each of these books interprets art with an interdisciplinary approach, integrating art practice with the wider concerns of ethics and social values in India. Her awards include the Smithsonian Fellowship, the Homi Bhabha Fellowship, the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship and a grant from the Asian Cultural Council in New York. She has lectured at six national institutions in India, and has been invited to lecture in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, the United States, Egypt, France, Spain and Russia. In 2006 she was invited for talks as Fulbright Visiting Specialist to teach at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, USA.

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Sunday, Sept 25, 2016 (3:00 - 5:00 PM)
at Rockcliffe Park Community Centre Hall, Ottawa

Fostering Closer Canadian and Indian
Parliamentary Relations

by Chandra Arya, Member of Parliament

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Synopsis: Since taking office as the Member of Parliament for Nepean in October 2015, Mr. Chandra Arya has quickly left his mark on the Hill. Elected as Chair of the Canada-India Parliamentary Friendship Group in May 2016, he is eagerly committed to improving relations between Canada and India.

To achieve this, he has a few concrete goals in mind:

  • Elevating the status of the Group to a full association. This will afford greater management of the Friendship Group’s membership and activities, and provide a degree of international recognition required to advance its agenda.
  • Helping move forward talks on the Canada-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) in order to increase trade between the two countries. The Liberal Party was elected on a platform of free trade and international engagement. The CEPA agreement will go a long way to ensuring trade relations between Canada and India benefit in the long run.
  • Increasing exchanges between Canadian and Indian Parliaments. These are a critical tool for Friendship Groups and Associations to increase dialogue and improving relations.

With these targets, Mr. Arya seeks to fulfill the potential of the Canada-India relationship. He believes there is much opportunity for enhanced collaboration between the two countries.

About the Speaker: Business executive, community activist, and father, Mr. Chandra Arya is relentless in his efforts to improve the lives of those around him. He believes it is important to our families and, in particular, our young people that we attract highly-skilled, high-paying jobs. Mr. Arya’s experience as a businessman and board member of Invest Ottawa has provided him with an understanding of what is required to attract the high-quality jobs of the future. As Member of Parliament, he is working with all levels of government and the private sector to achieve this. Mr. Arya has also served on the boards of the OCISO Not-for-Profit Housing Corporation, Ottawa Community Immigrants Services Organization and the Hindu Society of Ottawa Carleton. He previously served as Chair of the Indo-Canada Ottawa Business Chamber, President of the Indo-Canadian Community Centre Inc., and was the founding director of the Federation of Canadian Brazilian Businesses.

Mr. Arya holds Bachelor of Engineering and Masters of Business Administration degrees, and was professionally certified by the Canadian Securities Institute as a Canadian Investment Manager. He currently lives in Nepean with his wife Sangeetha, who works with the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Their son Sid is in the process of qualifying as a Chartered Professional Accountant.

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Sunday, May 29, 2016 (3:00 - 5:00 PM)
at Rockcliffe Park Community Centre Hall, Ottawa

Canada India Centre of Excellence
Science, Technology and Innovation Partnerships

by Mr. Harry Sharma

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Synopsis: Since its inception in 2011, the Canada-India Centre of Excellence (CICE) at Carleton University has established partnerships with over 20 academic and research entities in India such as IIT-Bombay, Birla Institute of Technology & Science, TERI University, Delhi University. The Centre has also convened several high-profile events to discuss issues of strategic importance, and has hosted notable speakers such as Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (former President of India), Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia (former Deputy Chairman of India’s Planning Commission).

Since his arrival in November 2015 at Carleton University, Harry has been focussing on developing a strong suite of programs that will provide capacity development opportunities for Canadian and Indian students, professionals, and businesses. In the coming months, the Centre also hopes to set up a platform for research on issues of strategic importance to the knowledge economies of the two countries. During the talk, Harry will present an overview of the Canada-India partnership from an S&T/Innovation policy point of view and describe some of the initiatives that the Canada-India Centre has been, and will be, focussing on in the coming years.

About the Speaker: Having graduated with an engineering degree and worked in the Science, Technology and Innovation policy space for the last 10 years, Mr. Harry Sharma now heads the CICE. Prior to joining Carleton University, Harry worked for Canada’s national digital infrastructure organization, CANARIE, carrying on the role of Manager, Strategic Policy which involved closely working with leading Canadian entities involved in ground-breaking research to support future economic growth (e.g. robotics, 3-D printing, genomics, Internet of Things, etc.).

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Sunday, April 17, 2016 (3:00 - 5:00 PM)
at Rockcliffe Park Community Centre Hall, Ottawa

Northern Exposure
by Dr. Radha Jetty

L to R - Malti Kesarwani, Geeta Thakur, Dr. Radha Jetty (Speaker), Ariane Gratton, Roohi Ahmed, Ann Pollack, Steven Desjardins
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Parul: A Love StorySynopsis: Dr. Jetty will share her personal experiences of living and working in Nunavut as an Indo-Canadian physician, while exploring the fascinating history, geography, social determinants of health and culture of the Inuit people of Nunavut.

About the Speaker: Drawn by a real passion for social justice, Dr. Jetty established herself as Nunavut’s first fulltime pediatrician. She called the Canadian Arctic home for many years, where she instituted much needed health services for the children of the North. As an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Ottawa and Inuit child health expert at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, she now calls Ottawa home. She strives to advocate for health equity among Inuit children through policy development as an advisor to Health Canada and the Canadian Pediatric Society.

Dr. Jetty’s passion pervades her work as a professional Bharathanatyam dancer, choreographer and instructor. While steeped in tradition and ever-present in her global context, Dr. Jetty’s work is constantly influenced by her life experiences. She actively shared her Indian culture, spirituality and dance while performing and teaching in the city of Iqaluit in Nunavut.

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The content of, and views expressed in, the lectures and audience discussions are entirely those of the speakers and individual members of the audience.  ICFC has no responsibility or liability for any views expressed and comments made and interpretations thereof.