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Entrepreneur envisions a brighter future for Toronto


Chetan Mathur is one of North America’s most successful high-tech entrepreneurs and business visionaries.

As CEO of Next Pathway, he brings his extensive skills to bear in keeping Next at the forefront of the IT industry both in the fields of traditional technology consulting and in an advisory capacity for large organizations, as well as investing capital in technical companies in North America.

Mathur is a member of the Young Presidents Organization, an elite group of top executives from around the world.

He not only serves on the board of Luminato, Canada’s pre-eminent festival of arts and creativity, but Mathur is listed as one of the founding luminaries. Each of the seven nor eight founding luminary families invested $100,000.

“I found the idea of bringing all types of art to Toronto for free or minimal cost events very exciting. I believe great art makes great cities and great cities make great countries,” says Mathur, who has also been actively involved with fundraisers for the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario and is one of the founding members of the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada. Mathur came to Canada in 1971 with his parents and recalls being made fun of at school for his accent.

“It was not an issue, though, and my parents’ approach helped me integrate. They would say, ‘Don’t fight, educate your classmates about where you come from.’

“Now everything Indian is cool. Yoga is cool! Saris, Indian cuisine, the tabla and the sitar, they are all cool!

“I want to make the history of India more well known in Canada. I want to help bring Indian arts and culture to Canada.”

Posted: Dec 4, 2010

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