JOIN US BC INDIA BUSINESS NETWORK – A MEMBER-DRIVEN ORGANIZATION
BCIBN is a new organization dedicated to building and maintaining economic & cultural ties between British Columbia and India through trade. With one of the largest, most successfully multicultural communities in the world, BC’s connection to India is long-established. BCIBN’s goal is to build on those vibrant connections and create lasting trade relationships.
India’s GDP is set to grow by more than 7% in 2016. This will put India ahead of China as the fastest growing economy in the world. As a member of the Commonwealth and the largest democracy on earth, India’s shared connections to British Columbia make for obvious trading partners.
BCIBN has assembled a team of Directors and Advisors with deep personal connections on both sides of the Pacific and over 100 years of combined experience promoting bi-lateral trade. Our membership will add to the relationships that the Province of B.C. has independently initiated over the past two decades. With that, our members will be able to take advantage of an expanded network of potential trade partners for the benefit of both Indians and British Columbians.
We are looking for great members like you who want to help us increase bi-lateral trade in sectors like small, medium & large-scaled business, tourism, investment, film production, agriculture, clean energy, education, infrastructure development and transport.
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BCIBN Board of Directors
Vivek Savkur is the Managing Director of Anand Commercial Services Pvt Ltd. Mumbai and Owner of Savkur International Agencies in Vancouver.He has been actively connected with Indo-Canadian Bilateral Trade since the last 30 years. Before immigrating to Canada form Mumbai, India he held several positions in the Indo-Canadian Business Chamber (ICBC), Mumbai and was on it’s National Board for several years and it’s National President for three consecutive years. He is well connected in India and in BC and is conversant with all sectors of trade in the BC-India Business Corridor.
BOBBY PAWARVICE PRESIDENT
Bobby Pawar completed his Masters in Business Administration at the University of Windsor in 2003 and in turn attended the Waterloo Management Education and Wilson Learning Centres. In addition, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Psychology at Simon Fraser University in 1995. He is currently self-employed as owner and consultant of Earth King Investments and Pawar Consulting Ltd. Prior to venturing into his own business, Pawar held positions of Business Analyst for BMO Harris Private Banking Inc., Marketing Director & Partner at Coregate Inc., and Marketing Director & Partner for Generation Y. He was also employed for the Government of British Columbia in the Law Enforcement field between 1995 and 2003.
HEMA BHATTVICE PRESIDENT
Hema Bhatt is the Vice-President and founder of Natu’Oil Services. In partnership with her husband, she set up a Malaysian office in 2004 and a manufacturing plant to cater to the demands of customers followed by Global Agritrade Corporation in 2006.
Natu’Oil Services specializes in international trade of palm oil based ingredients for the animal feed and food manufacturing industries. It is the largest importer of packaged palm oil and energy supplements and the first company to introduce sustainable refined palm oil into North America. Its mission is to be the premier supplier of oils and fats to all industries using highly streamlined logistics, customer service par excellence and products of the highest quality. Natu’Oil Services also distributes the Olera brand of certified sustainable palm shortenings and oils, as well as, Copia Coconut Oils, and is a member of Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil with a certified supply chain status.
Dawood Shakir is a vivid International business advisor with depth and breadth of experience in consultancy and delivering business projects in Canada, UK and India. Gained an impeccable track record from working for the Ministry of International Trade, BC government as Trade Commissioner for British Columbia and in UK Trade & Investment at the British Deputy High Commission in India. Along with my industry experience, I collectively offer nine years of experience. Successfully landed FDI projects of more than 100 Million dollars in Canada and UK and continue to help companies interested to enter the Indian and the Canadian market.
Douglas Nazareth, a mechanical engineer by profession was selected right out of University to join the Tata Group of Companies, one of the most established business conglomerates in India. He was instrumental in building and running a plant in New Bombay for Tata Press as the Plant Manager before emigrating to Canada in 1989. Douglas is an entrepreneur and has run his own business Ancan Marketing in Richmond since 2002.
Yusuf Varachia has over 15 years of experience working in the Canadian educational sector. Prior to taking on his current position at SFU International, Yusuf was a teacher for the Toronto District School Board, worked in student recruitment, and managed international and Indigenous student recruitment at SFU. Currently he is the Director of International Strategic Initiatives at Simon Fraser University. In this position, he is responsible for promoting and enhancing SFU’s profile domestically and internationally through the strategic management of SFU’s international partnerships, international visitors, local diplomatic corps, and local international organizations.