India Canada Friendship Circle (ICFC)
Acknowledgment: Original ICFC logo conceived by Ms. Sarina Anand. Redesigned and animated by Mr. Santosh Shail.
Home | All Events Calendar | 2021 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004
Yearly Events Calendar Since 2004
(in reverse chronological order)
Year 2021 Event Details
Date Speaker Topic
June 23, 2021 Speakers: Dr. Sarah Pashagumskum and Dr. Stephen Inglis Topic: "Working Together" to mark the special occasion of the National Indigenous People's Day on June 21, 2021. [Event Poster]
May 26, 2021 Speakers: Mala Khanna and Richard Sharpe Topic: Personal Experiences of Diversity in a Multicultural Canada (by Mala Khanna) and Does Systemic Racism exist in Canadian Society? Viewing Diversity and Inclusion through a Public Service Lens (by Richard Sharpe) [Event Poster]
May 2, 2021 Speakers: H. E. Ajay Bisaria and Mr. Robin Higham Topic: Panel Presentation on Innovative Ways of Looking at Diversity and Inclusion in Canada, India, and Globally [Event Poster]

Year 2020 Event Details

There were no events in 2020

Year 2019 Event Details
Date Speaker Topic
December 01, 2019 Speaker: Gillian Frost Topic: Canada - India Bilateral Relations [Event Poster]
November 10, 2019 Speaker: Rama Vaidyanathan Topic: Understanding Indian Thought Through Dance [Event Poster]
October 30, 2019 Speaker: Elizabeth Dubois, Ph.D. Topic: The Digital Ecosystem and Canada's Election [Event Poster]
September 29, 2019 Speaker: The Hon. David Kilgour, J.D. Topic: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights [Event Poster] [Transcript]
May 26, 2019 Speaker: Anjali Patil Topic: How is Indian Tradition Surviving in the 21st Century? [Event Poster]
Year 2018 Event Details
Date Speaker Topic
November 25, 2018 Speaker: Dr. R. Raj Singh Topic: Gandhi, Non-violence and Our Times [Event Poster] [Photos]
October 21, 2018 Speaker: Dr. Gopika Solanki Topic: Balancing Multiculturalism and Gender Equality: Muslim Women's Rights and the Debate over the Uniform Civil Code in India [Event Poster]
September 09, 2018 Speaker: Dr. Arshiya Sethi Topic: Dance and Music in the Vaishnava Monasteries of 16th century Assam [Event Poster]
May 27, 2018 Speaker: Prakash Diar Topic: Common Purpose and the Human Spirit [Event Poster]
April 29, 2018 Speaker: Dr. Mira Johri Topic: Engaging Rural Communities to improve Child Health in India [Event Poster]
Year 2017 Event Details
Date Speaker Topic
November 26, 2017 Speaker: H.E. Vikas Swarup Topic: Creative Mechanics [Event Poster]
October 1, 2017 Speaker: Ms. Reba Som Topic: Tagore's Concept of Beauty [Event Poster]
September 17, 2017 Speaker: His Worship Jim Watson Topic: Growing Ottawa through International Partnerships - Connecting with India [Event Poster]
May 7, 2017 Speaker: Mr. Scott Slessor Topic: The Journey of a Canadian Diplomat through Northern India [Event Poster]
April 9, 2017 Speaker: Mr. Nazim Ahmed Topic: The Emergence of Technology and Mass Customization [Event Poster]
Year 2016 Event Details
Date Speaker Topic
Apr 17, 2016 Speaker: Dr. Radha Jetty Topic: Northern Exposure [Event Poster]
May 29, 2016 Speaker: Mr. Harry Sharma Topic: Canada India Centre of Excellence: Science, Technology and Innovation Partnerships [Event Poster]
Sept 25, 2016 Speaker: Mr. Chandra Arya, M.P. Topic: Fostering Closer Canadian and Indian Parliamentary Relations [Event Poster] [Photos]
Oct 16, 2016 Speaker: Dr. Geeti Sen Topic: Art and Indian Nationalism in the 20th Century [Event Poster][Photos]
Dec 4, 2016 Speaker: Dr. Richard French Topic: India's Struggle with the Market [Event Poster] [Photos]
Year 2015 Event Details
Date Speaker Topic
Mar 29, 2015 Speakers: Jayshree Thakar, Bryan Macdonald & Alexis Ashworth Topic: Habitat for Humanity programs [Event Poster] [Habitat for Humanity Canada Poster]
April 19, 2015 Speaker: Atul Aggarwal Topic: Pharmaceutical Industry in India [Event Poster]
May 31, 2015 Speaker: Dr. Chandrima Chakraborty and Dr. José Sánchez Topic: Bollywood: in the West and amongst the Indian Diaspora [Event Poster]
Aug 8, 2015 Panel Discussion Panelists: Ann Witteveen & Dr. Noel Salmond [Moderator: Dr. Nanduri Rao] Topic: Building a Global Community - Prospects & Problems: Nepal - A Case Study [Event Poster]
Sept 27, 2015 Speaker: Mr. Vishnu Prakash, High Commissioner for India in Canada Topic: Reflections on Prime Minister Narender Modi’s April 2015 Visit to Canada [Event Poster]
Oct 18, 2015 Book Reading by the Author: Dr. Harsh Dehejia [supported by Kamlesh & Aruna Gupta] Book: "Parul: A Love Story" [Event Poster]
Year 2014 Event Details
Date Speaker Topic
Nov 16, 2014

Speaker: Dr. Pradeep Merchant, Chief of Neonatology, The Ottawa Hospital

Topic: Opportunities and Challenges in Maternal Newborn Care in Canada and India [Article in Ottawa Star]
Sept 21, 2014

Speaker: Suneet Singh Tuli, President and CEO, Datawind Ltd

Topic: Solving India’s Education Puzzle [Photos]
June 8, 2014

Speaker: Joe Thottungal, Chef & Restaurateur (a.k.a Mr. Coconut Lagoon)

Topic: Tantalizing & Tasty: the Cuisine of Kerala -- God's Own Country [Photos]
April 27, 2014

Speaker: Pavithra Muddaya, Indian Handloom Designer

Topic: Sarees Tell a Story... of Women's Personal Economic Empowerment
Mar 9, 2014

Speaker: Reena Kukreja, Filmmaker

Topic: Tied in a Knot: Narratives from Bride Seeking Regions of India.[Photos]
Year 2013 Event Details
Date Speaker Topic
Dec 1, 2013

Speaker: Chandrakanth Arya, Chief Financial Officer, D-Ta Group of Companies, Ottawa.

Topic: Entrepreneurship in India, Canada and GCC Countries
Sept 22, 2013

Speaker: Prof Rao Nanduri from Hyderabad, India.

Topic: A value system for individual happiness and evolution
June 2, 2013

Speaker: Andreé Pouliot, Creative Director and Chief Designer of Soma Blockprints, Jaipur, India.

Topic: Stories of India: Treasured Artisans and their textile legacy.
April 11, 2013

Speaker: Mr. Mohammed Azhar Ali Khan, Journalist

Topic: How you can make Canada an even better country
March 3, 2013

Speaker: Admiral (retd.) Nirmal Verma, High Commissioner of India in Canada

Topic: Canada and India — A Bright Future
Year 2012 Event Details
Date Speaker Topic
Dec 2, 2012

Speaker: Mr. Kartik Sameer Madiraju, Environmental Activist & M.Sc. student at McGill University

Topic: India & Canada - Shared Environmental History & Challenges
Oct 14, 2012

Speaker: Senator Asha Seth

Topic: How We Matter
Sept 16, 2012

Speaker: Dr. Nipa Banerjee, Visiting Professor, University of Ottawa

Topic: Afganistan - Role of International Community With The Focus on India and Canada
June 24, 2012

Speaker: Mr. Robert Fox, Executive Director, Oxfam Canada

Topic: India's Role in Ending Global Poverty
May 6, 2012

Speaker: Dr. Sundar Arora, Psychiatrist, and Asstt, Professor of Psychiatry at University of Ottawa, an Interfaith Minister and Yoga Teacher

Topic: The Art of Effortless Meditation
Year 2011 Event Details
Date Speaker Topic
Nov 20,

Speaker: Dr. Lata Pada, Founder, Director & Principal Teacher, Sampradaya Dance Centre, Toronto

Topic: In the Further Soil (Reflections on Vitality and Achievements of Indian Diaspora in Canada)
Sept 18,

Speaker: Ms. Jamine Ackert, Yoga Teacher, The Capital Yoga, Ottawa

Topic: How Yoga Works -- and why it might make you healthier and happier!
July 24,

Speaker: Dr. Veena Rawat, Past president, Communications Research Centre Canada, Ottawa

Topic: Telecommunications Growth in India and Partnerships with Canada
June 19,

Speaker: Dr. David Malone, President, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Ottawa

Topic: Does the Elephant Dance? Contemporary Indian Foreign Policy
April 3,

Speaker: Dr. Roseann O'Reilly Runte, President, Carleton University, Ottawa

Topic: Carleton University's Canada-India Centre for Excellence
Year 2010 Event Details
Date Speaker Topic
Nov 7,

Speaker: Dr. Stephen Inglis, Executive Director, CREE Cultural Institute, Montreal

Topic: Maharaja: The Arts of India's Royal Courts
Sept 12,

Speaker: Mrs. Madhu Verma, Chair, Asian Heritage Society of New Brunswick

Topic: Honoring the History and Contributions of Asian Canadians
July 25,

Speaker: Mr. Niraj Bhargava, Chairman and CEO, Energate Inc.

Topic: Smart Energy Around the World -- Will India Leap Ahead?
June 6,

1. Mrs. Nandita Bhatnagar
2. Dr. Jharna Chatterjee

Topic: Rabindranath Tagore: The Voice of All Mankind:
1. Rabindranath Tagore -- the Pioneering Spirit and a Contemporary Thinker
2. Rabindranath Tagore -- on "Love and Separation"
April 18,

Speaker: Dr. David Van Praagh, Journalist, Author and Professor

Topic: India: New Challenges in the 21st Century
Year 2009 Event Details
Date Speaker Topic
Nov 8,

1. Dr. Hemant Gupta, Director, Consulting Ayurveda Physician & Teacher
2. Dr. Sunder Arora, Psychiatrist, Interfaith Minister & Yoga Teacher
Moderator: Dr. Indu Gambhir, Physician

Topic: Panel discussion on "Integrative Medicine" with focus on Ayurvedic Medicine, Mind and Body Connection and Natural Medicine
Sept 13,

1. Dr. Indu Gambhir, Physician
2. Ms. Barbara Sibbald, Journalist

Topic: Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF - Doctors Without Borders)
July 26,

Speakers: University of Ottawa students:
1. Mr. Neel Chadha
2. Ms. Nootan Kumar
3. Mr. Roshan Abraham

Topic: Making a Difference for Villages in India -- Story of S.A.V.E. (Students Aiding Village Empowerment) Program
June 14,

Speaker: Mr. Moyez Vassanji, An award winning author and recipient of Order of Canada

Topic: A Place Within: Rediscovering India
April 26,

Speaker: Mr. S. M. Gavai, High Commissioner for India in Canada

Topic: The Evolution of India -- Myths and Realities
Year 2008 Event Details
Date Speaker Topic
Nov 2,

Speaker: Dr. David M. Malone, President, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Ottawa

Topic: India and Canada: A Study in Contrasts?
Sept 21,

Speaker: Padma Sri Dr. Joseph Hulse, Scientist

Topic: Alleviation of Rural Child Malnutrition in South India
July 27,

1. Mr. Roman Mukerjee
2. Dr. Rajkumari Shanker
Moderator: Dr. Sunder Arora, Psychitriast, Interfaith Minister & Yoga Teacher

Topic: Inter-cultural Marriage: Challenges and Solution
June 8,

Speaker: Dr. Peter Pandimakil, Associate Professor of Mission Studies & Interreligious Dialogue, St. Paul University, Ottawa

Topic: The Life and Work of Pannikar
March 30,

Speaker: Mr. R. L. Narayan, High Commissioner for India in Canada

Topic: India: The Largest Democracy in the World
Year 2007 Event Details
Date Speaker Topic
Nov 4,

Speaker: Mr. Eric Dickson, Water & Sanitation Specialist, World Bank

Topic: When the Poor Have a Voice -- Resettling Slum Dwellers in Mumbai
Sept 9,

Speaker: Mr. Sanjeev Chowdhury, Former Vice-Consul for Canada in Mumbai, India

Topic: An Inside Look at Bollywood -- India's Film Industry
July 29,

1. Ms. Amina Mire, Professor of Sociology
2. Dr. Vanaja Dhruvarajan, Professor of Sociology & Women's Studies
3. Dr. Radhika Sekar, Professor of Anthropology

Topic: Panel discussion on "Challenges Women Face in a Globalizing World with a Focus on India"
June 3,

Speaker: Dr. Jagmohan Humar, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus, Carleton University

Topic: From Himalaya to Bhuj: The Forces That Shape and Shake the Earth
April 1,

Speaker: Dr. Anne-Marie Gaston (Anjali), Indian Dance Exponent

Topic: Dance Sculpture and Miniature Paintings
Year 2006 Event Details
Date Speaker Topic
Oct 28,

Speaker: Padma Sri Ms. Flora MacDonald, A former Member of Parliament of Canada, Federal Minister

Topic: What Makes the State of Arunachal Pradesh Unique?
Sept 24,

Speaker: Mr. Brian H. Dickson, ex-Deputy High Commissioner for Canada to India

Topic: Diplomatic notes: Perspectives on India
June 25,

Speaker: Dr. Subhash Jain, Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine at University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario

Topic: Know your U.V. Index -- Practical Application in Our Daily Life
April 23,

Speaker: Mr. Rameswar Mukerjee, an Associate of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose

Topic: The Living Spirit of Neta Ji, Subhash Chandra Bose: A Personal Experience in the Azad Hind in Europe
Year 2005 Event Details
Date Speaker Topic
Oct 2,

Speaker: Dr. Harsha V. Dehejia, Physician and Adjunct Professor of Indian Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa

Topic: Understanding the Romantic Krishna through sensuous images and sacred words
Aug 7,

Speaker: Mrs. Shyamala B. Cowsik, High Commissioner of India in Canada

Topic: India in the New Millennium
May 15,

Speaker: Dr. Brian Gillingham, Director of the School for Studies in Art & Culture, Carleon University

Topic: The Roots & Traaditions in Musics of Western Europe and India
March 6,

Speaker: Dr. Stephen Inglis, Director-General of Research and Collections, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Ottawa

Topic: Suitable for Framing: Popular Art in 20th Century India
Year 2004 Event Details
Date Speaker Topic
Aug 23,

Speaker: Mrs. Shashi Tripathi, High Commissioner for India in Canada

Topic: India: Current Perspective