‘India and Canada: Creating a Model 21st Century Partnership’


Session on
‘India and Canada: 
Creating a Model 21st Century Partnership’ 

DATEWednesday, May 22, 2019
TIME5:30 pm – 6:45 pm (Registration: 5:00 PM)
LOCATIONSeminar Rooms, Kamaladevi Complex, India International Centre, New Delhi
SPEAKERH.E. (Mr) Nadir Patel, High Commissioner of Canada to India
CHAIRAmbassador Vishnu PrakashFormer High Commissioner of India to Canada


India and Canada have longstanding relations built upon shared values of democracy, pluralism and strong personal relations at the highest level. Canada is among the fastest growing equity investors in India. It is home to one of the largest Indian diaspora communities and remains a popular destination for Indian immigrants. South Asians may emerge as the single largest ethnic group in Canada in the next several years. 
There remains immense opportunities between the two countries in areas ranging from health and education to renewable energy and innovation. 
India and Canada both share a desire for stability in the wider Indo-Pacific and the Arctic region. Both governments seek closer institutional collaboration and intelligence sharing to tackle terrorism and other security threats. 
The session will discuss the future of India-Canada relations and the imperative of creating a model partnership for the 21st century. 

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H.E. (Mr) Nadir Patel, High Commissioner of Canada to India

Nadir Patel (BA, Wilfrid Laurier University, 1993; MBA, New York University, London School of Economics and Political Science and HEC Paris, 2009) began his career in 1990 at the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency, serving in progressively more senior positions in the agency’s offices in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ottawa and Montréal. From 1997 to 2003, he served as Departmental Assistant to the Minister, Director of Ministerial Services, Agency Adviser to the Minister and Secretary to the Board of Management. 
In 2003, he transferred to the Privy Council Office, serving as Chief of Staff to the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister, Associate Secretary to the Cabinet, and Deputy Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister. From 2005 to 2006, he served as Senior Policy Adviser to the Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet. In 2006, he was appointed by the Minister of International Trade and the Minister of Transport as Canada’s Chief Air Negotiator. Mr. Patel served as Consul General in Shanghai from 2009 to 2011. Afterwards, he was the Assistant Deputy Minister for Corporate Planning, Finance and Information Technology, and Chief Financial Officer at Global Affairs Canada. Since 2014, Mr. Patel has served as High Commissioner of Canada to India in New Delhi. He holds concurrent accreditation as Ambassador of Canada to the Kingdom of Bhutan and as Ambassador of Canada to Nepal.

Ambassador Vishnu PrakashFormer High Commissioner of India to Canada

Vishnu Prakash, a lawyer (gold medalist) by training and a diplomat by profession, retired as India’s High Commissioner to Canada in November 2016, after over 35 years in the saddle, as an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer. Hitherto, he was Ambassador to South Korea, Official Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs and Consul General to Shanghai. He also served at various positions in Tokyo, New York, Moscow, Islamabad, Vladivostok and Cairo. Mr. Prakash did a sabbatical with the ‘Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies’ in Hawaii (USA) in 1996. In 2013, he was conferred an Honorary Doctoral degree in Business Administration by Tongmyong University, Busan (South Korea) and also recognized as the ‘Ambassador of the Year, 2014’ by the Asia Society, Korea Center. Presently he is a foreign affairs analyst and columnist. His areas of interest include the Indo-Pacific region, especially North-east Asia (China, Japan and Koreas), ASEAN & South Asian nations, the US, Canada and Israel. He has been writing for Hindustan Times, The Asian Age, The Quint among other media outlets. He has been associated with and contributing papers / articles for prominent think-tanks like IDSA, ORF, VIF, Ananta Aspen Centre and ICS, to name a few. Amb. Prakash regularly appears as an expert panelist on Indian and international TV channels. He resides in Gurgaon and is fond of reading, golf and yoga. 

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