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Pictured left to right: Phaneesh Murthy, President and CEO of iGate; Dr. Pawan Singal, Satish Thakkar, President of ICCC (Photo courtesy Ali Nice Production)

Dr. Pawan Singal, Director of the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and professor of physiology, University of Manitoba, received a Lifetime/Outstanding Achievement award, as over 1400 people converged in full force June 9th to celebrate the ‘Best of the Best’ at the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce annual Awards and Gala Night at The Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Downtown Toronto. Dr. Singal was cited for his International recognition in the field of “oxidative stress and heart failure” as well as for his leadership role in the common community projects.

This premiere social and business event’s theme this year was ‘Engaging Partners, Implementing Strategies’. The black tie Awards Gala hosted a number of Canada’s influencers who enjoyed a mix of dinner and entertainment, award presentations and speeches. Honorable Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister for Natural Resources was the Chief Guest for the evening while Phaneesh Murthy, President and CEO of iGate was the keynote speaker. ICCC President Satish Thakkar talked about ICCC’s efforts over the past 35 years to create a better understanding between Canada and India.

“It is a most humbling experience to be honoured by such a high profile volunteer organization of Canada”, said Dr. Singal.

“The Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) has worked hard with dedication and strived to create a better understanding of India in Canada and Canada in India, provided unstinted support to India’s causes and concerns in a tangible way, and built close links between India and the Indian Diaspora, and Canada,” said Mr. Thakkar. He has been heading the Chamber for the past year.

The event recognized prominent Indo-Canadian achievers from across the country in several categories through the evening.