Acknowledgment: Original ICFC logo conceived by Ms. Sarina Anand. Redesigned and animated by Mr. Santosh Shail.
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Background & Mission of ICFC

Established in 2004, India Canada Friendship Circle (ICFC) is a registered, non-profit Canadian organization comprising individual and corporate members and supporters. It is a non-religious, non-political entity, and its language of operation is English.

ICFC is not affiliated with existing Indo-Canadian organizations, and its intent is not to duplicate their work.

ICFC encourages dialogue on India in a harmonious environment. The words "friendship" and "circle" in its name, convey an explicit desire to forge and maintain close ties among Canadians with an interest in India.

The primary objective of ICFC is to enhance the profile of India in Canada. The support of the High Commission of India and participation of the Canadian community in ICFC's activities are invaluable assets to work towards its objective.

Mission of ICFC

ICFC encourages dialogue on India in a harmonious environment. The words "friendship" and "circle" in its name, convey an explicit desire to forge and maintain close ties among Canadians with an interest in India. The primary objective of ICFC is to enhance the profile of India in Canada through prominent speakers who articulate and interpret from their perspective the many facets of India's history, philosophy,  scholarship, culture, industry, economy, arts and sciences.

ICFC has undertaken the task of creating awareness about India by:

  • Presenting comprehensive and well-balanced perspectives on different intercultural facets;

  • Encouraging dialogue on India;

  • Forging relationships among people with an interest in India; and

  • Sponsoring speakers who articulate and interpret from their perspective the many facets of India's history, philosophy, spirituality, scholarship, culture, the arts and sciences.

ICFC held its inaugural meeting in August 2004, and plans to convene four quarterly meetings, and one annual dinner meeting, all featuring a prominent speaker.

To date, ICFC is proud to have included among its roster of speakers, Dr. Stephen Inglis, Director General, Research and Collections Branch, Canadian Museum of Civilization, and Her Excellency Mrs. Shashi Tripathi, former High Commissioner for India in Canada.

The ICFC web site is intended as a medium of communication with those interested in ICFC's activities and for online registration to events.

We, members of the Executive Committee invite you to give us your feedback on how you would like to see ICFC's activities evolve.

Executive Committee: The original founding members had an idea to inform people living in Canada about India from intercultural perspective by inviting speakers to talk about different topics related to India. Their idea, imaginative minds, and tenacity have resulted in India Canada Friendship Circle, a not-for-profit, non-political, non-partisan organization pursuing the mission to forge close ties among Canadians having an interest in India.

An Executive Committee, made up of volunteers, runs the affairs of the ICFC— strategizing, networking to invite speakers and inform audiences, planning, and organizing the events. Members of the Executive Committee meet 7 to 8 times in a year.

Presently, this committee comprises (in alphabetical order):

Roohi Ahmed, President (613-513-8915)
Nipa Banerjee, Ph.D. (613-697-9814)
Steven Desjardins, Ph.D., Vice-President
Ariane Gratton, Youth Liaison
Malti Kesarwani (613-747-0301)
Ann Pollack (613-744-0803)
Veena Rawat, O.C., Ph.D. (613-226-7927)
Elliot Tepper, Ph.D. (613-225-8076)
Geeta Thakur (613-435-2601)

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Volunteers: The Executive Committee thankfully acknowledges that the following members of our community have voluntarily helped the ICFC in carrying out various functions (their names are given in alphabetic order of last names):

Amisha Agarwal
Anil Agrawal
[credits for designing and maintaining the web site, video recording the events and putting the videos online, and coordinating memberships and mailing lists]
Subodh Anand and Sareena Anand
Sarita Dilawri
Seema Johri
Laila and Rafiq Khan
Tazim Lal
[credits for creative ideas for table decorations]
Supriya Mayank
Radhika Mehta
Anita Saxena
Santosh Shail [credits for redesigning our new ICFC logo; thanks a lot!]
Shalu Sinha
Maria Soska
Niloffer Yarkhan

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