Canada Pakistan Business Council 2016 Awards Gala

CPBC Gala 2016 group shot

Canada Pakistan Business Council’s 33rd Anniversary Gala and Awards Night was attended by a large number of dignitaries and prominent people from the community.

The lavish affair was held at The International Centre in Mississauga and was attended by a vast cross section of representation from the Business Community, Corporate representation, Associations, Alumni, Partners and Stakeholders. Prominent amongst those were a strong contingent from the Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade, Department of Foreign Affairs, City of Brampton, Brampton Board of Trade, Canada Turkish Business Council and CPBC Sponsors, Corporate Members and Friends.

Michael Foley

Highlights of the evening included an insightful speech by Business Person of the Year French-Canadian Michael Foley, CEO, Telenor Pakistan, who had flown in from Islamabad for the occasion.

The evening commenced with a vivacious art and cultural display. Prominent artists of Pakistani origin displayed colourful art while instrumental music orchestrated by the famous sitar player Anwar Khurshid performed. CPBC President Samir Dossal announced that merchandise trade between Canada and Pakistan, for the first time, exceeded $1 billion dollars.

Mr. Dossal also addressed the Premier of Ontario, Honorable Kathleen Wynne, who unfortunately could not attend the event, and reiterated the invitation of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for her to visit Pakistan. Mr. Dossal also conveyed invitations from NUST and the Punjab minister for education to Dr. Reza Moridi to visit Pakistan. Mr. Dossal highlighted the role of Consul General Golo for his exceptional contributions to the Community at large and to CPBC in bringing the community together and going beyond his call of duty to help enhance bilateral trade between Canada and Pakistan, the latter being the mandate of CPBC.

Mr. Dossal’s address was followed by a special video message from Prime Minister Mr. Justin Trudeau. Mr. Trudeau acknowledged the role of Pakistani Canadians, who have not only established themselves in virtually every profession in Canada, but have also become policy-makers and political leaders in all levels of the government in Canada. He commended the CPBC for its compassion and commitment in promoting commercial trade links between Canada and Pakistan. The Prime Minister wished the best to both the Canadian and Pakistani communities and encouraged them to work together for a prosperous future.

Text courtesy of CPBC Press Release

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