Randy Hope hopeful connections made during India tour pay off

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Chatham-Kent was represented at the 36th annual Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce gala and award night Saturday in Toronto by Mayor Randy Hope.

The event honoured the talents of Indo-Canadians in business, varied professions and philanthropy.

"It was a great opportunity to network with leading officials of India, Premier Kathleen Wynne and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird.

Hope and Michael Burton, the municipality's director of economic development, stopped in India earlier this year during a visit to try and drum up new business for Chatham-Kent.

"The event allowed me to have discussions with a number of important business leaders from India,'' said the mayor.

More than 1,200 people attended the gala which recognized 11 outstanding people include Canada Post president Depak Chopra.

Canada has upgraded its trade office in Bangalore to a consulate. With eight offices in the country, Canada's trade network in India is the third largest globally and it is the second largest foreign network in India.

Canadian and Indian companies signed more than $2.5 billion worth of commercial deals last year.

The growth of Canadian companies working in India has jumped from 250 to more than 600 and Ottawa wants to trip bilateral trade to $15 billion by 2015.

"It was a great event and I was honoured to be invited and represent Chatham-Kent,'' said Hope. "Hopefully it will open more doors for the municipality and create more job opportunities for our residents.''

 

bob.boughner@sunmedia.ca

 

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