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- On September 14th and 15th, the Canada-India Business Council in partnership with the British Columbia Ministry of International Trade hosted its innaugural BC-India Partnership Summit at the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver. 


- The Summit focused on discussing Infrastructure needs and Clean Technology, supporting India’s Smart Cities mission. There is a perfect match between what India is looking for and what British Columbia has to offer. India is looking for Funding, Resources, Clean Technology, Knowledge, Innovation and experience and efficient delivery of health and education.


- Over 170 senior business leaders and government officials were in attendance.





September 14th : Evening Reception


5:30 PM - 7:30 PM       Welcome Reception for Summit Participants       


September 15th : Summit


7:30 AM - 8:30 AM        Registration and Networking Breakfast


8:30 AM - 9:30 AM        Event Kick Off:


9:30 AM - 11:00 AM      Panel 1 - Macro View of Infrastructure and Clean Technology Needs to                                                              Support India’s Smart Cities Initiative


Kick-Off: Clark Roberts, Deputy Minister, Ministry of International Trade, and Ministry Responsible for                                                         Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism


Vidya Vankayala, Smart City Lead Director, Powertech Labs (Moderator) 



Brian Parrot, Minister (Commercial), Canadian High Commission to India

Nilaya Varma, Partner – Infrastructure & Government, KPMG India

Joel Fernandes, Director – Clean Technology, Infrastructure and Smart Cities, Trade and Invest BC - India


11:00 AM - 11:30 AM    Coffee Break


11:30 AM - 1:00 PM      Panel 2 – Smart Technology and Innovation


Kick-Off: Hon. Amrik Virk, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services


Stewart Beck, CEO, Asia Pacific Foundation  (Moderator)



Rick Cox, Chief Operations Officer, OCION Water Sciences

David Tait, CEO, BioCube

Mischa Steiner, CEO, Awesense

Dinesh Shivanna, Director, Kinetix Engineering



1:00 PM - 2:30 PM         Lunch


Lunch Keynote: 


K Nagaraj Naidu, Director & Head of Division (Investment, Technology Promotion & Energy Security), Ministry of External Affairs (TBC) & The Honorable Roy MacLaren, former Trade Minister, Government of Canada


2:30 PM - 4:00 PM         Panel 3 – Resources: Project Expertise, Funding and Material


Stephen Beatty, Regional Head of Global Infrastructure Business, Americas & India, KPMG (Moderator)



Sue Roppel, Chief Operating Officer, IC-Impacts

S.B Nayar, Chairman & Managing Director, India Infrastructure Finance Company Ltd. (IIFCL)

Akshaya Moharana, Power Systems Studies Engineer, PowerTech



4:00PM                            Closing Ceremonies

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