TORONTO, Jan. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - Canada India Foundation ("CIF") is pleased to announce that the recipient of the CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award will be Deepak Chopra. He is one of the world's leading thinkers on human empowerment and has been heralded as one of the Top 100 Heroes & Icons of the Century by Time Magazine. "The award will be presented to Mr. Chopra at the Annual Award Gala, in Toronto, on April 21, 2012" said Barj Dhahan, Chair of CIF.
CIF created the CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award to recognize an individual who demonstrates global leadership, vision and professional excellence, which has made people of Indian origin around the globe proud of their heritage. In addition to a specially commissioned trophy, the Award includes a sum of $50,000 which is given to a charity of the recipient's choice. As the fourth recipient of the Award, Deepak Chopra joins a select company of previous winners: Sam Pitroda - pioneer of India's telecom revolution, Tulsi Tanti - trailblazer in the deployment of wind power & Ratan Tata - India's most respected industrialist and philanthropist. "By his words & deeds Mr. Chopra exemplifies those qualities of the Global Indian Award recipient", said Rahul Shastri, National Convenor of CIF.
"The Award will be presented at one of the most anticipated events of the year, the CIF Annual Gala. The annual gala has been graced in previous years by prominent leaders including The Right Honourable Prime Minister Stephen Harper, India's former President Dr. Abdul Kalam, Federal Ministers Jim Flaherty and Jason Kenney, the official Leader of the Opposition Michael Ignatieff and well-known author Shashi Tharoor", said Ajit Someshwar, Chair of this year's Gala.
CIF is a national, non-profit, non-partisan organization established in 2007 to foster support for stronger bi-lateral relations between Canada and India; to educate Canadians on the changing face of India and to increase the participation of Indo-Canadians in the public policy process in Canada. CIF's founding members include entrepreneurs, senior Canadian business executives and top tier professionals.
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