Media advisory - Canada-India Business Forum explores trade and investment opportunities with India

    TORONTO, Jan. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - How can Canadian businesses seize the
opportunities and meet the challenges presented by India's emergence as a
global, economic powerhouse?
    The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Toronto Board
of Trade and the Canada-India Business Council, will hold a one-day
examination of the Canada-India economic and business relationship, exploring
the opportunities for, and impediments to, trade and investment between the
two countries.
    The Canada-India Business Forum will be held on February 5 at the Toronto
Board of Trade offices at 1 First Canadian Place in downtown Toronto.

    Featured speakers include:
    - Sandra Pupatello, Minister of Economic Development and Trade,
      Government of Ontario,
    - Gary Comerford, Vice President, International, and General Manager
      India, Sun Life Financial.
    Other speakers include:
    - Yuen Pau Woo, President and co-CEO, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada,
    - David Good, Chief Representative, North America, the TATA Group,
    - Shailesh Verma, President, State Bank of India,
    - Karen Oldfield, President & CEO, Halifax Port Authority,
    - Murray Jans, President, M.A. Jans & Associates.

    Media are invited to attend all the proceedings, discussions and debates.

    What:  Canada-India Business Forum
    When:  Feb. 5, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Where: Toronto Board of Trade
           1 First Canadian Place
           77 Adelaide Street West, 4th floor
    Why:   Explore strategies for enhanced trade and investment with India.

    Nancy Hughes Anthony, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber, said
Canada has lagged behind many other countries in its economic relationship and
trade with India. "The Canada-India Business Forum will be extremely useful in
not only examining why we haven't done as well as we should, but how we can go
forward and do much more to take advantage of the opportunities that India
represents," she said.
    The forum will provide input into a major project on India undertaken by
the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, culminating in the publication of
recommendations on what must be done if Canada is to make real headway in
growing our economic relationship with India. The Canadian Chamber's India
strategy paper will be released later this spring.

For further information:

For further information: contact: Julian Beltrame, director of public
affairs, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, (613) 238-4000, ext. 231, cellular:
(613) 797-1860,

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