My Trade Delegation Mission to India January 4-18, 2016

Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce

Trade Delegation to India 2016

I have been invited by Patrick Brown leader of The PC party of Ontario to join his upcoming trade mission to India in January 2016. This invitation is only being extended to a select group of innovative business thinkers that are interested in tapping into one of the world’s largest economies.

Patrick is co-leading this mission with the President of the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC), Sanjay Makkar. ICCC has a long history of facilitating business and trade opportunities between Canada and India. Trade missions such as this facilitate important discussions on how we can expand business between Canada & India. The goals for this mission are to make valuable connections that will support work we do and to learn best practices that we may be able to apply to our economy here in Ontario.

On this mission, we plan to visit New Delhi, Punjab, Gujarat, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu meeting with area representatives. With trade representing 60 percent of the Canadian economy, deepening commercial partnerships with Indian business is vital to Canada’s economic growth and offers Indian business a perspective on what Canada has to offer. The ICCC delegation has an important component of … members of municipalities is taking an active approach to create an environment for Life Sciences, Pharmaceuticals, Health Sector, Clean Energy, Education, Agro & Food Processing, ICT, Tourism and Smart Cities and has demonstrated focused leadership on developing India-related strategies.

The delegation will be meeting with India’s largest and most influential trade bodies, including the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), India-Canada Business Chamber (ICBC), World Trade Centre (WTC) Mumbai, the All India Association of Industries and other key trade organizations. In addition, the President of ICCC along with delegation will be meeting the key decision makers in the Government of India. Meetings with these organizations will take various formats – including B2B meetings, networking receptions, luncheon, 3 roundtables and briefings – to offer the delegation the most effective opportunities for business connections with Indian companies represented by these organizations.

In addition to business meetings, these forums will also offer delegates an opportunity to have meetings with Canadian and Indian policy-makers. In particular, with Ministers and senior bureaucrats in the Government of India and certain state governments. Additionally, the delegation will meet with the representatives of the High Commission of Canada in New Delhi, the Consulate of Canada in Mumbai and Ontario International Marketing Centre Representatives based in Delhi and Mumbai.

I Look forward to embarking on my 1st trip to India to take part in these meetings along with Patrick Brown,  the ICCC & other delegates,


Louis Sapi, CPA, CA, MBA