Deepak Ruparell

Deepak is founder and president of the Silver Hotel Group – one of the largest privately owned hotel investment, development, and management companies in Canada. Under his leadership, the company focuses on all areas involving hotel investments. Silver’s current portfolio includes 16 hotels located in Canada and the U.S. and ranges from full service and limited hotels to independent boutique hotels.

Pradeep Merchant

Dr. Pradeep Merchant is a well-known and respected individual in the Indo-Canadian community and in the City of Ottawa.

In 1997, he was appointed as Chief of Division of Neonatology at the Ottawa Civic Hospital and the Medical Director of the Rich Little’s Special Care Nursery. Currently, he is the Site Chief of the Division of Neonatology at the Civic Campus.

He has played an active role in building strong professional and business organization in Ottawa. He has been an extremely successful Chair of the Indo-Canada Ottawa Business Chamber (ICOBC) for the years 2010-2012.

He has been instrumental in developing and is a current Chair of the “Canada-India Center for Excellence in Science, Technology, Trade, and Policy” in Ottawa at the Carleton University.

He has been appointed as one of the Governor on the Board of Governors for Carleton University for a term of three years starting 2013-2016.

He serves on the Board of the Mahatma Gandhi Peace Council of Ottawa and on the Board of Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation. Dr. Merchant has recently been conferred Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding Canadians, which was announced by the Governor General of Canada.

Ramesh Chotai

Ramesh Chotai was born in Northern Uganda and pursued his education in Britain completed his training as a pharmacist in U.K. and Switzerland. He returned to Uganda and joined ICI Pharmaceuticals (U.K.) as CEO. Ramesh came to Canada in 1972 and started as a pharmacist/manager at an Oshawa pharmacy. He started Bromed Pharmaceuticals in 1976, Bromed is committed to providing high quality, innovative & cost-effective healthcare products. He served as President – Hindu Temple and Cultural Centre, Mississauga, Vice President – Canadian Museum of Hindu Civilization, Chairperson Canada India Foundation and Co-Chair Trillium Hospital Foundation where he raised $600,000.00. Mr. Chotai is a recipient of Ontario Govt’s voluntary service award and ICCC’s President’s Award in 2004 and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award.

Venki Raman

A banker by profession, Venki Raman is a motivational speaker who mentors newcomers to Canada. He is passionate about the upliftment of the youth and constantly contributes his time and energy for the betterment of the underprivileged and hospitals.

Over the past 17 years, Venki has led several large teams successfully delivering high customer satisfaction, coupled with strong business results. Venki’s motivational leadership style of his current team of over 250 people, is reflected in the enthusiasm and passion with which his team members help clients achieve “what matters” to them. Venki’s personal mission is to “kindle the human spirit” in every person he encounters – personally, in business and in the community.

Venki’s motivational leadership style travels beyond his team, to newcomers whom he motivates and guides in career planning. Most recently, Venki participated in mentoring sessions through the United Way guiding newcomers to look beyond their obstacles and focus on their strengths, to make themselves highly marketable.

Vinitha Gengatharan

Vinitha Gengatharan is the Director, International Strategy, and Partnerships at the University of Toronto where she is responsible for advancing the University’s international profile, institutional partnerships and key international priorities for the University of Toronto. She also has portfolio responsibility for the University’s engagement with Asia-Pacific and the Middle-East Regions.  She served as the Assistant Director of Student Affairs and Services at the University of Toronto Scarborough where she led the student engagement and international student services portfolio. She has presented on internationalization and student affairs at Universities Canada, AIEA, CBIE, CACUSS, and EAIE. She has served as a board member for a number of community-based organizations and most recently she served as the Chair of Agincourt Community Services Association. Her areas of interest include not for profit board governance and policy and developing sustainable partnerships and faculty engagement in internationalization.

Kuldeep Sharma

Mr. Kuldeep Sharma is President & CEO of Crown Group of Hotels Inc., has demonstrated true excellence in managing over 12,000 employees in a Human Resource company, at a time with over 34 years of business experience, in India. He is an entrepreneur who has transitioned from service industry in New Delhi to hospitality in Canada. His maiden venture in Canadian hospitality of 2013 was a resounding success. With the vision to grow in the hospitality industry, he utilizes his ability to visualize and delegate long-term goals, mentor and guide team. Crown Group of Hotels owns and operates five hotels across Ontario, employing over 300 people, and works with brands such as Marriott, Hilton, Best Western & Choice. He is the recipient of the “RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants 2017” Award.

Akhil Tyagi

Akhil Tyagi is Area Director for Asia & Australasia – Infrastructure, at the International Trade Programs Division, Ontario Ministry of International Trade. Working with the Ministry, Akhil has contributed to increase the export capabilities of several Ontario companies and led key trade missions to India that generated business opportunities for Ontario manufacturers and service providers. Akhil specializes in growth strategies with a focus on globalization and in raising capital from domestic and international markets. Akhil held several senior management and business development positions with leading engineering companies in India, among which are: Regional Manager, NEG Micon, and Zonal Manager, Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd., an Indian market leader in its sector. Akhil is a Mechanical Engineer from Birla Institute of Technology and holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.

Surjit Babra

Mr. Surjit Babra serves as Chief Executive Officer of Skylink Express at Skylink Group of Companies Inc. Mr. Babra serves as President of Skylink Travel, Inc., a subsidiary of Skylink Group Of Companies. He is affiliated with Sunbeam Travel, New York, NY and Skylink Travel, Toronto, Canada since 1981. Previously, Mr. Babra was affiliated with Sunbeam Travel, London, England from 1972 to 1981. He received a BA Degree from Arya College, Ludhiana, India in 1972.