Victor T. Thomas
President and CEO
Victor Thomas assumed the role of President and CEO of the Canada-India Business Council on April 1, 2020. He previously held the position of Vice-President, Prairie Region, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. He has worked with high growth private sector companies in Canada and Australia with reach to India, China, South East Asia, USA, and the UAE over his career.
Victor is the past Chair of Innovation Place in Regina and Saskatoon, fostering Saskatchewan's tech sector within 1.7 million square feet of real estate. From 2008 to 2016, he served on the Board of Directors of SaskEnergy, Saskatchewan's natural gas distribution utility, and was its Vice-Chair from 2012 to 2016. In 2011, Victor was Chair of the Regina and District Chamber of Commerce with 1,100 member businesses, and was the youngest person ever to serve in the position in the Chamber's 130-plus year history. He was previously Executive Director of Aspen Medical Canada, the Canadian subsidiary of Australia’s Aspen Medical. He also held the role of Strategic Advisor to the President at the University of Regina.
Victor completed his Master of Administration in Leadership from the University of Regina. He is the youngest graduate of the Directors College Program, with the designation of Chartered Director through McMaster University, where he was a faculty member. He also holds the Governance Designation Human Resources Compensation Committee Certified through McMaster University.
He is Chair of CARE Canada's Board of Directors, and sits on the CARE International Council. He is a past Chair of Canada's Banff Forum, and is a member of its Advisory Council. He is a director emeritus of the Rideau Hall Foundation Board of Directors, and a member of Canada’s Future Skills Centre Advisory Board. He is also a National Executive Member for the Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference, the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region – North American Advisory Council, and Canada’s Energy for a Secure Future Advisory.
Victor has received several awards for his leadership including the Public Policy Forum's Emerging Leaders Award for Canada (2011), the Canadian Red Cross's highest honour, the Order of the Red Cross (2014), and most recently, The Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal (2023).