Her Excellency Shyamala Cowsik

Last week, Thursday, July 7th, to be exact, Her Excellency Shyamala Cowsik, High Commissioner of India to Canada Visited Vancouver to speak about Canada and India partnering for the 21st Century.

The Canada-India Business Council was responsible for holding this event. Attendance was pretty good considering the last minute notice that was provided. I especially enjoyed navigating rush hour traffic to drop the cheque off at the organizer’s office but it all worked out in the end. I even got a chance to have a friend show up, the multi-talented and really cool Ron Bozzer of local fame for those who know what he’s about.

I’ve included a copy of the agenda for the event for those who weren’t present:

Canada-India Business Council (B.C. Chapter)
Canada-India Business Forum/Luncheon
Her Excellency Shyamala Cowsik
High Commissioner of India to Canada

Thursday, July 7, 2005, 11:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Metropolitan Hotel
645 Howe Street, Vancouver, B.C.


11:45 a.m. — 12:05 p.m. Registration
12:05 p.m. — 12:15 p.m. Welcoming remarks by Valli Chettiar, President, CanadaIndia Business Council (B.C. Chapter)
12:15 p.m. — 12:25 p.m. Greetings from His Excellency Dr. George Joseph, Consul General of India, Vancouver
12:25 p.m. — 12:30 p.m. Introduction of Her Excellency Shyamala Cowsik by Valli Chettiar
12:30 p.m. — 1:00 p.m. Presentation by Her Excellency Shyamala Cowsik: “ Canada and India — Partners for the 2l’ Century?
1:00 p.m. — 1:15 p.m. Question and Answer session
1:15 p.m. — 1:25 p.m. Comments by Valli Chettiar on the Federation of Canadian International Business Associations
1:25 p.m. — 1:35 p.m. Closing remarks by Mr. Stewart Goodings, VicePresident, Canada-India Business Council (B.C. Chapter)
1:35 p.m. — 2:00 p.m. Networking

** C-IBC (B.C. Chapter) Membership Forms available at the event **

The event presented great value – alot of good content. Ms. Cowsik spoke for an extended period (approx. 45 minutes) without notes and all of the content was unique to the room and quite relevant. I was thouroughly impressed.

I’ve also included a few video clips and photo images of the event. One item, Dr. George Joseph, Consul General of India in Vancouver was also present as part of the panel. It was somewhat an emotional event since Dr. Joseph’s posting here in Vancouver ends soon. A new Consul General shall be coming into Vancouver before the end of the year, I’m sure.

Videos may require either Apple Quicktime to play or a suitable decompressor. In this case, I reccomend the mpegable DS decoder.

You can download the DS decoder here in .ZIP format or .EXE format.

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Dr. George Joseph introduces Ms. Cowsik, 58s

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Ms. Cowsik speaks – microphone blocked during speech, 1m 22s

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Mr. Yvon Dandurand of the University College of the Fraser Valley speaks about the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies and Research. It was great to hear Ms. Cowsik so vocally support the Centre. 3m 33s

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Mr. Stewart Goodings, gives closing commentary on the event. 5m 03s