Asha Luthra, President, ICCC, said, “Our Chamber is the bronze sponsor of Commonwealth Games Canada because it recognizes the importance of Commonwealth Games to both Canada and India.”
She said the alliance between the two organizations is aimed at creating awareness amongst Indo-Canadians about the Delhi 2010 Games that are scheduled to begin in October 2010.
Jocelyne Cote-O’Hara, Director Commonwealth Games Canada; Murry Jans, India Strategic Advisor, Commonwealth Games Foundation Canada; and Jennifer Pelletier, Canadian Junior Squash Champion (Under 19) and a candidate for Team Canada’s Delhi 2010 contingent also spoke on the occasion.
Representatives of organisations supporting Commonwealth Games Canada such as State Bank of India (Canada)’s Arun Nagarajan and MP Singh from the Consulate General of India in Toronto were also present at the event.
ICCC will continue jointly to undertake publicity and fundraising campaigns for the event to create a buzz around the event. The Chamber and its six councils across Canada will hold a series of programs to coincide with the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBC) in April 2010. The QBC is a global event that will see the baton travel more than 190,000 kms. The international celebration showcases the cultural spirit of India to the world, traveling 240 days across 70 Commonwealth nations before reaching India.
ICCC’s Open House – third in a series – focused on making new members from the Peel region. Imtiaz Seyid, Director Membership of ICCC, observed that the Chamber’s Open House concept is becoming immensely popular with the Indo-Canadian business community and is garnering a huge response every where it is held.