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Mentor acts like a spark plug

Neetika Sathe is Vice President, Advanced Planning at Alectra. She first came to Canada in 1992 as a student after completing her Master of Physics Honours from Punjab University. She accepted a scholarship at McMaster University. “I worked hard, I played hard, I started an Indian classical music group, I gave tuitions to supplement my brother’s help. The experience really broadened my horizons.”She returned to India, got into investment banking, switched to software, got married and had a baby. The couple decided to leave their cushy jobs and privileged lifestyle and move to Canada in 2002. Sathe gave them 100 days to find jobs in their own fields – if that didn’t work, they...

Posted: Mar 7, 2018

Indira Naidoo-Harris is riding high

Indira Naidoo-Harris is the member of Provincial Parliament from Halton, the second largest riding in Ontario. With close to 350 polls, it is also a diverse riding that is one of the fastest growing areas in Canada with young families moving in, and Naidoo-Harris knows the issues first-hand.“I’ve raised my kids here. I’ve gone to soccer and hockey practice and to figure skating and dance classes.” Her parents had moved to Canada in 1976 from Durban in South Africa to raise their children with the same rights and privileges that everyone enjoyed and she knows well the challenges newcomers face. When her mother walked down the street in Alberta in her beautiful saris, people...

Posted: Feb 3, 2018

A novel idea takes off in Canada

Farzana Doctor took Ameera to a therapy session – Ameera being the protagonist of her novel All Inclusive. “I had to figure out what her journey was going to be,” says Doctor who also runs psychotherapy clinics. “Many writers tell you that characters tend to take on a life of their own and Ameera was very real for me.”The activist and educator has done a lot of work around LGBTQ issues and at least a third of her practice consists of queer and trans South Asians. “Even though there are more resources for them now, some are still dealing with the same issues we dealt with 20 years ago. There may be relatively less stigma, they may feel less lost, but it is still difficult. They...

Posted: Jan 3, 2018

Economist’s success formula

Rahul Deb, an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Toronto, is a pioneer in the study of economic collusion and competition. His research interests are in microeconomic theory, mathematical economics, industrial organization and development economics and he is the recipient of the prestigious Polanyi Prize for Economic Science, named in honour of John Charles Polanyi who received the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.Collusion is an old problem that market regulators have faced, Deb explains. It is what happens when a bunch of firms decide they don’t want to compete against each other and all collude to keep prices high.“Collusion is bad because competition is good for...

Posted: Nov 30, 2017

A new direction for filmmaker Maninder Chana

Not all kids who put up plays for their families grow up to become filmmakers. Maninder Chana did. And a writer, director, producer, actor and musician.“I’ve been writing stories all my life,” said the director of the critically-acclaimed Little Terrors starring, among others, the late Om Puri. “Over the years, I’ve put on various hats in order to build up to bigger things. Now I am focusing on writing and directing. The main thing for me is to leave a bunch of good stories behind.”Chana’s parents came to Canada from Phagwara, Punjab, when he was five. The family settled in Windsor, Ontario. There weren’t that many South Asian families in Windsor at the time and Chana...

Posted: Nov 1, 2017

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New Dean of York U’s Faculty of Liberal Arts
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Dr Asha Pawagi opens the world of books for India’s children
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Deepak Obhrai appointed to the Queen’s Privy Council
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Dr Shiva’s cosmic balance
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