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Toronto Conference on India & Development – July 28, 2012

May 30, 2012

It seems like philanthropy + development in India are everywhere these days.  I was invited to speak at a conference at University of Toronto-Mississauga on June 16th (reschedule to July 28th), and the conference organizers at IDCA asked me to pass along this invitation to those of you in the Greater Toronto Area:

We are pleased to invite you participate in our first one-day conference in the Toronto area on “Working Together to Eradicate Poverty and Mitigate Climate Change in India”…

IDCA aims to help eradicate poverty, by improving and promoting education, healthcare, livelihoods, social harmony, environmental protection, and renewable energy to mitigate climate change in India.  We promote networking, collaboration, learning, giving, and volunteering both in US and India to support our member and partner organizations so as to help eradicate poverty…

Proposed Program:

8:30 AM   Registration and Breakfast—Parin Kothari and Husain Neemuchwalla

9:00 AM   Welcome and About the IDCA and Conference– Mohan Jain, Founder & President

9:30 AM Session 1– Philanthropy and Livelihoods —Chair Yogesh Sharma

  • Ms. Archana Sridhar, Assistant Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto–keynote-South Asian Philanthropy
  • Dr. Anita Singh, Fellow, University of Toronto, Role of Microfinance to Create Livelihoods
  • Professor Ananya Mukherjee-Reed, York University, Food Security and Livelihoods

11:00 AM  Tea/coffee and networking break

11:30 AM Session 2– Education–Chair   Anita Singh

  •  Dr. Atul Tolia, Vice president, World Literacy Canada
  •  Mr. Parin Kothari,  president, Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation, Canada
  •   Mr. Husain F. Neemuchwala, CEO, Canada India Education Council

1:00 PM Lunch

2:00 PM  Session 3 Water and Healthcare,  Chair, Parin Kothari

  •  Ms. Meenakshi Bhaga,  Director, Chinmaya Organization for Rural Development, Canada
  •  Mr. Yogesh Sharma, President, Rajasthani Association of North America-Canada
  •   Mr. Uttam Chakrabarti, President, Toronto Calcutta Foundation

3:30 PM    Tea/coffee and networking break

4:00 PM    Concluding Session– Way Forward

5:00 PM Vote of Thanks, Husain F. Neemuchwala

We are finalizing the program and it should be posted on our website by early next week.


  • Early bird: $50.00 ($25 full time students)
  • Regular: $75.00 ($40 students)
  • Register now:   (Includes  continental breakfast,  hot Indian lunch and 2 coffee breaks)
  • Bring your spouse or friend for $25
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