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2010 Telfer India Forum


2010 Telfer-ICOBC India Forum

India – Managing the Infrastructure and Security Issues

The Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa, in partnership with the Indo-Canada Ottawa Business Chamber, hosted the Telfer-ICOBC India Forum on April 13, 2010. This half day event involving senior business and government leaders from Canada and India is designed to help Canadian companies better understand the key issues and risks in the market related to infrastructure and security.
Topics of the conference included:

  • The state of Indian infrastructure in the face of the evolving demands
  • The priorities for Indian infrastructure development in the next five years
  • Opportunities for Canadian companies to play a heightened role in infrastructure development projects in India
  • The underlying causes for the current security issues in India
  • The challenges and risks related to security issues and the strategies and tactics that international companies are employing
  • The Telfer School’s commitment to India and why you should participate in the 2010 Telfer Focus India program

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Partners :

CATA | EDC | OCRI | Ottawa Citizen | Tata Consultancy Services

Ministry of Economic Development and Trade

Telfer-ICOBC India Forum Agenda

8:00 a.m. - Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – “Welcome and Opening Remarks” (Nishith Goel, Chair, Indo-Canada Ottawa Business Chamber; Narinder Chauhan, Deputy High Commissioner of India; Kenneth N. Macartney, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania Relations Bureau, DFAIT)

8:45 a.m. – “Recent Research Findings – Doing Business in India: Successes, Failures and the Prospects for Canada” (Doug Goold, Senior Fellow, Canadian International Council)

9:00 a.m. – Panel: “The Security Situation in India - Assessing the Impact on your Business” (Moderator: Mahesh Mani, KPMG. Panelists: Raj Narula, TaraSpan; Ted Dhillon, Branham Group; David Harris, Insignis Strategic Research; Dhanya Thakkar, Indusface Consulting)

10:10 a.m. – Networking Break

10:40 a.m. – Panel: “The Infrastructure Situation in India - Assessing the Impact on your Business” (Moderator: Marvin Hough, Telfer School of Management. Panelists: Ron Denom, SNC Lavalin International; Marie-Claude Erian, EDC; Niraj Bhargava, Energate; Ashok Dhillon, Canasia Power; Robert Shouldice, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP)

11:50 a.m. – Presenting the Telfer Focus India Program 2010 (Marvin Hough, Telfer School of Management)

12:15 p.m. – Lunch and Keynote Presentations (The Honourable Harinder S. Takhar, Ontario Minister of Government Services; Gary Comerford, Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer, Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated - RGA International)

1:50 p.m. – Closing Remarks (Micheál Kelly, Dean, Telfer School of Management)

Telfer-ICOBC India Forum Committee:

Glen Bailey
Director, Executive Leadership Program,
Telfer School of Management

Mark Bolger
Senior Advisor of Asia,
Export Development Canada

Mukundan Chakrapani
Patent Agent,

Michael Darch
Executive Director, Global Marketing

Sonam Devgan
President and CEO,
Algol Semantics Inc.
Vice President - Operations, ICOBC

Nishith Goel
CEO, Cistel Technology Inc.
Chair, ICOBC

Mukesh Gupta
Director, Strategic Relations,
Tata Consultancy Services

Marvin Hough
Executive in Residence,
Telfer School of Management

Micheál J. Kelly
Telfer School of Management

Mahesh S. Mani

Mike Manson
CEO and Co-Founder,

Santosh Shails
Shails Communications