MORE than 250 community members and guests took part at Friday’s “Unleashing Opportunities: Canadian Hindu Chamber of Commerce B.C.” at the Westfield Country Club in Surrey that was marked with speeches, discussions and cultural performances.
The event commenced with a warm welcome address by Sourav Bansal ‘s welcome address followed by a symbolic Diya lighting ceremony led by Jeffrey Armstrong and members of the B.C. event organizing committee. The Master of Ceremonies was Nutan Thakur.
Among the evening’s highlights was a speech by Naresh Chavda, President of the Canadian Hindu Chamber of Commerce, outlining the chamber’s mission and vision. He emphasized the importance of economic collaboration and cultural exchange in driving community prosperity.
Vice President Kushagr Sharma’s power-point presentation traced the history of the chamber and unveiled upcoming initiatives aimed at empowering businesses and entrepreneurs.
Surrey City Councillor Mike Bose emphasized the chamber’s significance in supporting new immigrants and contributing to the growth of British Columbia’s economy.
Also present were Surrey Councillor Linda Annis and Indian Consul Amitabh Ranjan.
MP John Aldag conveyed greetings from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He lauded the “first one of its kind” Canadian Hindu Chamber of Commerce for its commendable efforts to drive economic growth while promoting multicultural collaboration.
Jeffrey Armstrong’s address, focusing on ethical and dharmic business practices, added a philosophical dimension to the event, inspiring attendees to explore innovative and socially responsible business models.
Aron Csaplaros of B’nai Brith Canada extended warm congratulations to the chamber and expressed hopes for future collaboration between the two organizations.
Gnetahn Jehman’s musical performance “East Meets West” showcased the harmonious blend of traditions.