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Chair Parson – Pritpal Singh Chagger

A businessman, humanitarian, and a devoted spiritual individual who lifted everyone around him was born at a humble residence to wise and devoted parents in India on 15th December of 1937 .PrithpalChagger’s pedigree set him up early in life to achieving greater good for others. With practical and academic knowledge abound, he migrated from India to Canada in 1975. In Canada dedication, hard work and love for family alone may not be enough to be successful! Fighting against the elements like Wind-chill Factor of -35 in the winter years or travelling without an automobile tested his limits. But PrithpalChagger overcame not only the above but social barriers, work place ethics and self-improvement throughout his early years in Canada.

He started his career in Canada in 1975 as a supervisor at a textile mill engaged in knitting, printing and dying. He further educated him at a local college in Waterloo, Ontario. He quickly found success and gradually climbed up the ranks and became a manager. His success in Canada was quickly noticed by upper management and he was sent to the USA, Dalton to learn new technology in textiles.

In 1983 he joined LNG Carpet Industry with he y promotion. The ever energetic and entrepreneurial mind of PrithpalChagger was now ready to venture into his own professional practice. In 1993 he opened ACI Financial Group. An Insurance and Financial Institution, dedicated to the new comers to Canada and others. This was the beginning of his business success. Prithpal soon added taxation to his portfolio, which further benefited his countless clients. Thereafter, he became the CEO of SARTAJ IMPEX and ACI Informatics Inc. However, all along PrithpalChagger never forgot his struggles in Canada and soon ventured into recruiting others into his business, mentoring them and guided families into financial success. Apart from being a prosperous businessman, he is well known as an official Ordained Minister of Religion since 1981 in Ontario. Having full faith in Gurbani, he believes in the service of mankind irrespective of cast, creed religion and nationality. He is well known among others as a “Spiritual Human Being”. His deep belief in Multiculturalism in Canada is reflected in his social and humanitarian work. One such organization is Heartland Creditview and Community Health Services. As the Chairperson and President of the Board of Directors, at HCCHS, he singlehandedly financed its Seniors Wellness, Women’s Empowerment and Youth Life Skills Projects. When government funding fell short he injected funds into this important social service agency. The main aim of this organization is to empower others, help the least fortunate, the needy and make the community prosperous for all.

As a Rotarian, whose moto is Service Above Self, he has taken the role of President Elect 2016-2017 and will be the President 2017-2018. For a person of his age and wisdom this is a testament of his resilience and toughness. He is a role model for the young, families and the elderly. He is involved with not only with his community but others in Canada.

One of the best accolades bestowed upon him is that PrithpalChagger is a writer, a great lover of music and literature, particularly poetry. He not only writes and participates in KaviDarbars (Mushairas), but organizes such events with great fervor, inviting other personalities of literature from around the world. He regularly honors and awards accomplished poets, musicians and social personalities.

Mr. Chagger is a Life Member of India-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) and the Chairperson of the International Corporate Trade Committee.

 

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Honorary Chair – Hon. Gurbax Singh Malhi

Gurbax Singh Malhi, the first turbaned Sikh politician elected anywhere in the western world, was born on 12th October 1949 at ChughaKalan, India. When he shifted to Canada, he started his career as a realtor. However, he joined Liberal Party of Canada and was first elected as Member of Parliament for Bramalea- Gore-Malton in 1993, and served as its representative in the House of Commons for 18 consecutive years. During this period he worked in different capacities and gained considerable awards and honours for the same. He was Parliamentary Secretary in many Ministries like Labour (2001-2003), Industry (2003-04) and Human Resources and Skills Development (2005) and Ministry of National Revenue (2005-06). He also served on many joint committees and sub-committees and remained member of various Parliamentary Associations like Canada-United Kingdom Inter-Parliamentary Association, Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association, Canada-China Legislative Association, Canada-Japan Inter-Parliamentary Association, and the Canadian Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

He has been a role-model for the Sikhs as he opened their way to enter politics in SikhiSarup in their adoptive countries of the western world. Prior to 1993, Canadian law prohibited members of Parliament from wearing headgear of any sort in the House of Commons. Malhi's insistence on wearing a turban caused the law to be changed shortly after the election. He lives in Brampton, Ontario and one of his daughters HarinderMalhi is now a member of the provincial Parliament in the 41st legislative assembly of Ontario from Brampton.

 

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General Secretary & Vice-Chair; - EhsanKhandaker

Ehsan Khandaker, founder & CEO of CELSN, the executive director of H. Creditview Community & Health Services, the President of Rotary Club Mississauga-Airport, the Creative Director of Rotary Youth Business Leadership Training Program (ryblt.ca), Past Board Chair (Board President) of Catholic Family Services of Peel Dufferin - one of the largest social service agencies in Ontario, Canada. Motivational speaker & Community Builder. Member: Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC), Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT).

Ehsan held senior executive positions at major hotel chains around the world. He is deeply involved in the community as such, he is the current Senior Executive VP of a major political party in the Riding Committee of Mississauga-Malton. Established Rotary Senior’s Club and orchestrated Rotary Global Grant of $73,000 USD for Faisalabad Sanitation Project in India to benefit 13,000 children. Winner of numerous Sales Awards, including the 2nd highest sales performer in entire Canada at RBC Insurance and a member of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT). Several National Quality Awards from Advocis. He is known for his intellect for project management, team building and customer service training. A self-starter. Train-the- Trainer for hotel management and youth development programs director.