It was a night to remember as diplomats, politicians, academics and leaders from the business community, came out to celebrate those being honoured by the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) at its Annual Awards and Gala Night, held at the Metro Toronto Convention Center.

More than a thousand guests attended this year’s event. The chief guest was John Baird, federal minister of foreign affairs and the keynote speech was delivered by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.

In his address, Mr. Baird spoke about a range of topics including the continued importance of economic expansion and cooperation between Canada and India and our longstanding bilateral relations, built upon shared values of democracy and pluralism and strong people-to-people links.

“Our ambitious pro-trade agenda is opening new markets and creating opportunities for Canadian businesses. But to truly open new markets, we need to forge closer ties with India,” Mr. Baird said.

“We celebrate the achievements of our heroes, selected by our advisory board, for making a significant contribution to their field of endeavour and for contributing to the fabric of the Canadian society,” said Naval Bajaj, president of the ICCC, at the event. “Since their inception 20 years ago, our awards have come to symbolize the best the Indo-Canadian community has to offer to Canada, to India and to the world. In these two decades we have recognized over 200 individuals.”

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