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Board of Directors - 2018-19

Mr. Pramod Goyal

President & Board Chair

Pramod Goyal is a dynamic entrepreneur, business strategist and a highly experienced management consultant with over 30 years of experience in founding, managing, and advising growth companies, including strategy consulting, corporate finance, audit and governance; private equity transactions and strategic business relationships. He is currently the President and CEO of Canadawide Financial Corporation Limited, a multidisciplinary business advisory and management consulting firm. In the past, he has held senior roles at Investco, RBC Royal Bank, Scotiabank and Acer Telecom. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Science, and Post-Graduate Diploma in Internal Audit from University of Delhi, and a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern and York Universities. He is an Associate of the Institute of Canadian Bankers and a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. 

Serving the wider community in several ways, Pramod has served on a number of professional, private and non-profit boards and committees. Pramod is a prominent and active member of the South Asian business and professional community, recognized for his entrepreneurial spirit, integrity, generosity and dedication to business, community and his family. He is a "Paul Harris Fellow" of the Rotary International Foundation. 


Ms. Devika Penekelapati

Vice President & Corporate Secretary 

Devika Penekelapati is a founder and Managing Partner of Borders Law Firm, a boutique immigration law firm in Toronto. She has extensive experience of Canadian immigration law and specializes in assisting multinational corporations with all of their cross-border matters. Her clients include leading companies in the technology, finance, mining, and pharmaceutical industries. She is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Citizenship & Immigration Law.

Mr. Abubakkar Noohujohn

Vice President - Finance

Abu Becker is the CEO of Nrich Group and President of Airbond Travel. He has been appointed as the Canadian representative of the SFO Technologies and NEST Group of India. Abu has participated in five Indo Canada Trade Missions alongside Prime Minister,  Mayors, Ministers, Policy Makers and Entrepreneurs. Abu worked closely with South Asian, Middle East and African communities in Canada to jointly raise over a million dollars for the Muslim Friends of Osler. Abu is current President of the South Asian Canadian Health Services (SACHS) and founding member of the Brampton and Regional Islamic Centre (BARIC). Abu’s vision is to create jobs in Canada, help and educate the less fortunate around the globe. As Multi-Cultural Ambassador with World Vision Canada, he assisted in providing support for the Chennai Flood Relief Campaign. Abu believes in cultivating the leaders of tomorrow and has been appointed as a business mentor at W Booth School of Engineering in McMaster University. 

Mr. Sheikh Tauseef

Vice President - Member Engagement

Tauseef Sheikh is a seasoned, top-performing banking professional with experience in Global Banking, Retail Banking and Wealth Management. Prior to joining HSBC Bank in Canada, he was with HSBC India and part of the start-up team of the NRI (Non-Resident Indian) office in Canada. He was responsible for building a North American platform for providing onshore and offshore banking products with particular focus on cross- border Private Banking services. He is also the Ambassador for Diversity and Inclusion with HSBC in Canada. He believes in giving back to the community. 

Ms. Sunita Vyas

Vice President - Events & Programs

Mrs. Sunita Vyas is a serial entrepreneur with a drive for growth and a passion to build great companies. Over the last two decades she has forayed successfully into the Education, Entertainment and Marketing Sector. Currently as the CEO of Academy of Learning College, Mississauga and as a Board member of National Association of Career Colleges (the epic body in Canada that strives to forward the interest of Private Career Colleges at the Federal Level), Sunita brings a wealth of experience and knowledge specific to the Canadian Education Sector. Moreover having trained thousands of adult students in the last decade, Sunita is in a unique position to set the course for successful international collaboration in the sphere of College Education.

Mr. Rakesh Joshi

Director - Government & Public Affairs

Rakesh Joshi is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and is a practicing lawyer in Toronto. He is member of Canadian Bar Association and Director of Canadian Association of South Asian Lawyers. Engaged mainly in Real Estate Law and Corporate Law, Rakesh has handled a high volume of transactions successfully to the utmost satisfaction of his clients. He was decorated with the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He is on the panels of prestigious print media houses and community organizations in Toronto and GTA as their Legal Advisor/ Member Advisory Board. He is a member of Brampton School Traffic Safety Council. 

Mr. Chirag Shah

Director - Small & Medium Enterprise

Chirag Shah, a young technocrat who has rapidly scaled peaks of technological achievements by constantly striving to serve clients beyond their expectations. Chirag’s company, Subhtech Solutions Inc., focuses on adopting innovative approaches to clients’ needs. Whether it is advanced technology integration, implementation, customization in ERP, CRM, Cloud and mobile solutions, it prioritizes innovation. Under Chirag’s proactive guidance the firm empowers clients by assisting them with detailed business and technical knowledge and research. In addition to his IT venture, Chirag is also actively involved in advising high net worth individuals and businesses in Canada and India through his boutique consulting and advisory service Vayam Mantu Advisors Inc. 

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