MONTREAL, March 6, 2013 – Students from across Canada had an opportunity to engage in open discussion with academics, entrepreneurs, and parliamentarians invested in enhancing relations between Canada and India as the École des Hautes Études commerciales de Montréal, Canada’s oldest management school, teamed up with the Canada-India Business Council and the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute to host the first “Doing Business in India Global Business Forum.” Federal and provincial stakeholders were present, including representatives from the Parliament of Canada and Québec’s Ministry of Bilateral Affairs, International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade.

While showcasing a vast range of opportunities for collaboration, the forum gathered notable scholars and business leaders to tackle the challenges facing women in Indian business, Québec and India partnerships and development issues related to NGOs and non-profits in India. The global business forum highlighted the Government of Canada’s commitment to strengthening Canada-India bilateral relations.

“A global economy and a global education, that’s what this conference is all about. The conservative government has put a priority on increasing cultural and trade relations with India; and Canadians agree that this move will benefit our economy and our people,” said Senator Seth during her opening speech.

̈This conference serves as a valuable platform for prominent academics, business leaders and key stakeholders to engage in discussions to advance the development of this strategic partnership” said Prime Minister Stephen Harper in a greeting presented by keynote speaker, Senator Asha Seth.

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