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.
is not affiliated with existing Indo-Canadian organizations, and
its intent is not to duplicate their work.
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.
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.
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.
has undertaken the task of creating awareness about India by:
comprehensive and well-balanced perspectives on different intercultural
dialogue on India;
relationships among people with an interest in India; and
speakers who articulate and interpret from their perspective the
many facets of India's history, philosophy, spirituality, scholarship,
culture, the arts and sciences.
held its inaugural meeting in August 2004, and regularly holds five events each year, all featuring
a prominent speaker.
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.
ICFC web site is intended as a medium of communication with those
interested in ICFC's activities and for online registration to events.
members of the Executive Committee invite you to give us your feedback on how you would like to see ICFC's activities evolve.
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.
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.
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
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)
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):
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
and Rafiq Khan
Tazim Lal [credits
for creative ideas for table decorations]
Santosh Shail [credits for redesigning
our new ICFC logo; thanks a lot!]