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    June 1st, 2006 Update...

    Just about everywhere one looks these days, there is avid talk about India as the emerging "Lion" of the global economy. Every economic pundit cites the Indian marketplace as the future of the new millennium. Indeed, India is proving to be a force to reckon with. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that an organization, created in Montreal, has its eyes on the Indian prize.

    The Quebec-India Business Council (QIBC), created in October 2004, is eager to inspire and enrich Quebec entrepreneurs who are either currently doing business with India or are hoping to.

    "QIBC is the best link between Quebec and Indian businesses for their mutual benefit," states Director of the Board, Ida Crasto, president of Anderson-Sima Maritime, a successful shipping company. "We are there to promote business interests and the social economic development of both Quebec and India," she adds.

    "QIBC will serve not only members who are seeking to expand their business strategies, but also Indian companies that wish to connect with and explore business opportunities in Quebec," adds Keero Birla, Chair of the QIBC. "Successful Indian corporations are also looking at the potential that Quebec offers them. This will definitely be a win-win scenario," he states emphatically.

    The organization counts on professionals from Desjardins, CAE, and Hotel Europa among its board of directors, with corporate sponsor support coming from Desjardins and many others.

    "We advise the Canadian and Quebec governments in the establishment of a trade policy with India, as well as assist in government and commercial led trade missions to India." adds Neil Bronson, senior manager at CAE and a director on the QIBC board.

    "QIBC represents a grand opportunity," believes Keero Birla, "and smart entrepreneurs turn opportunities into success".

    QIBC Marks First Year

    QIBC is pleased to announce its first year anniversary as the premiere business network association of its kind. Keero Birla, the association's 2005 Chairman, expressed satisfaction. "We are very pleased with the progress QIBC made in the first year. It has been a challenging year - one marked with steady membership growth, strong sponsorship support and a series of sold-out networking events. It has definitely been a good start."

    Mercedes Beaulieau, the newly elected Chair of the organization agrees. "We have started with a clear vision as our foundation and have strong support from the business community. This year we must expand of our membership base. The voluntary Board is energetic and is united to pursue the challenges ahead."

    QIBC marked its official 1st year at the annual general meeting held on April 30th 2006. "It's quite gratifying," notes Neil Bronson, the new Vice-Chair, "that we can work together and make a difference. We can't help but look forward to the new year - and delivering more of what we do best for our members."

    "We are planning very interesting activities for the coming year ahead," states Beaulieu, "that will make our members and partners proud!"

    Download the QIBC brochure (english)
    Download the QIBC brochure (french)

    An article of interest in Times of India

    Upcoming Events/ Programs Sponsored by QIBC:

    • Student grant / awards - stay tuned for details in June
    • Business Seminars line up to be announced later this summer.
    • Trade Mission to India in the fall - dates to be confirmed
    • QIBC Annual Gala - Nov 18th.

    Upcoming events...

    EEPC India
    "International Engineering
    Sourcing Show (IESS)"
    -- March 16th to 18th, 2017

    EEPC India (Engineering Export Promotion Council), 6th International Engineering Sourcing Show (IESS), Chennai, India - March 16th to 18th, 2017
    More info...

    Past events...

    Mission Infrastructure /
    Smart Cities Expo 2016 - India
    -- May 9th to 13th, 2016

    Export Québec, in collaboration with the Quebec Office in Mumbai, invites you to attend a trade mission to India in the infrastructure sector / smart cities at the occasion of the second edition of the exhibition Smart Cities Expo 2016 to be held in New Delhi from 11 to 13 May 2016. A stop in Mumbai is also planned as part of the mission.
    More info...

    -- Tuesday, November 24, 2015
    On the occasion of DIWALI – the Indian Festival of Lights, you are cordially invited for an evening of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and business networking.
    More info...

    -- Tuesday, JUNE 16, 2015
    The Quebec India Business Council (QIBC) cordially invites you to attend the upcoming breakfast seminar.
    Key Note Address: His Excellency Mr. Vishnu Prakash, The High Commissioner of India to Canada.
    More info and registration...

    -- Thursday November 6 2014
    The Quebec-India Business Council (QIBC), on the occasion of DIWALI - the Indian Festival of Lights, cordially invites you for an evening of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and business networking.
    More info and registration...

    Focus India
    -- Tuesday September 16th, 2014
    The Quebec-India Business Council (QIBC) cordially invites you to a breakfast seminar on Export and Business Development in India.
    More info and registration...

    Diwali 2013 - Networking Cocktail
    -- Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
    The Quebec-India Business Council (QIBC), in collaboration with Desjardins Group, remind you that you are cordially invited to the annual Diwali Networking Cocktail.
    More info and registration...

    -- Thursday, September 12 2013
    The Quebec-India Business Council, in collaboration with Desjardins, cordially invites you to attend a complimentary luncheon gala on September 12 2013. The newly appointed High Commissioner of India to Canada, His Excellency Mr. Nirmal Verma, will discuss the present political and economic climate for doing business in India.
    More info and registration...

    -- November 21, 2012
    The Quebec-India Business Council and Desjardins invite you to a seminar and networking event. in recognition of the International Year of Cooperatives and Diwali, the indian festival of lights.
    More info and registration...

    India Leather Show
    -- October 11-12, 2012
    The Indian Council for Leather Exports in association with High Commission of India in Ottawa and TFO Canada is organising an India LeatherShow in Montreal.
    More info and registration...

    -- Tuesday, September 18, 2012
    The Quebec-India Business Council (QIBC) cordially invites you to a luncheon on September 18, 2012, to hear Dr. David M. Malone, a career diplomat and current President of Canada's International Development Research Centre, discuss India's global outlook, with implications for Canadian business.
    More info and registration...

    -- Thursday, November 10, 2011
    Diwali... The Festival of Lights - a celebration of success and prosperity!
    More info and registration...

    Luncheon Seminar
    -- Monday, October 24, 2011
    What's at Stake for Quebec in the Negotiations of the Canada-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA)
    More info and registration...

    "Cocktail - hosted for delegation from India in Aeronautics"
    -- Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
    Cocktail - hosted by ICAO Montreal for delegation from India in Aeronautics.
    More info...

    "Networking Cocktail to celebrate DIWALI"
    -- Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
    Networking Cocktail to celebrate DIWALI - the Festival of Lights.
    More info...

    "Luncheon in honor of Mr Praful Patel, Indian Minister of Civil Aviation"
    -- Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
    Luncheon by Indian Government in partnership with FICCI, India and Event Coordination by QIBC.
    More info...

    "Luncheon in honor of Mr Sushilkumar Shinde, Indian Minister of Power"
    -- Thursday, September 16th, 2010
    Luncheon by QIBC in partnership with Quebec Government - Ministry of Economic Development and Ministry of International Affairs and collaboration with Heenan Blaikie.
    More info...

    "Dinner in honor of Mr Sahai, Indian Minister of Agriculture"
    -- Thursday, September 02nd, 2010
    Dinner by Quebec Government - Ministry of Economic Development.
    More info...

    "Quebec Trade Mission to India Led by Mr Jean Charest, Premier of Quebec"
    -- January 31st - February 05th, 2010
    Organized by the Quebec Government in the Aeronautic, Infrastructure, IT and Education Sectors.
    More info...

    "Mining Luncheon Seminar"
    -- July 12, 2010:
    A QIBC Luncheon Seminar in partnership with the Quebec Government and in collaboration with Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP
    More info

    "Nouvelles d'Inde"
    -- 2010
    A monthly newsletter that contains press information and references to the Indian market.
    More info...

    "Soirée DIWALI"
    -- Monday, November 2nd, 2009
    DIWALI Gala - the Festival of Lights Gala Dinner.
    More info...

    "The Telfer Focus India Program"
    -- November 2009
    A comprehensive program for business executives...
    More info...

    "Breakfast Seminar"
    -- September 21st, 2009
    A QIBC Breakfast Seminar in partnership with MEQ.
    More info...

    "Assessment of the IT Scene and Business Opportunities in India"
    -- June 08, 2009
    Seminar and Annual Luncheon Gala...
    More info...

    "Doing Business in India"
    -- March 6, 2009
    Networking Luncheon...
    More info...

    "Meet the Business Community"
    -- February 3, 2009
    Networking Cocktail ...
    More info...

    QIBC Student Grants:
    More info...

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