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PAN IIT 2014, Toronto

Theme: Innovate, Integrate, Transform – Let’s Co-Create Our Future

PROGRAM – TENTATIVE (Last Updated May 31, 2014)


June 6, 2014

8:00AM -4:00PM


Pre-Conference Tour of McMaster University, Hamilton, for Academia & R&D oriented registered delegates: Bus leaves International Plaza Hotel at 8:00AM, return 4:00 PM.  Sign-up information for this tour is now available.

The tour is with compliments of McMaster University

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Saturday June 7, 2014










7:00-9:00 AM


Conference Registration

7:45-9:00 AM


Plenary-1: Opening Ceremony


H.E. Nirmal Kumar Verma, High Commissioner of India to Canada

Hon. Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism

Keynote Speaker – Dr. Kevin G. Lynch, PC, OC, Vice Chairman, BMO Financial Group, Chair Board of Governors, University of Waterloo

9:00-10:30 AM


Plenary 2: Industry-Academia Dialogue


This session brings together distinguished thought leaders in an engaging conversation about the forces that draw Industry and Academia together and those that push them apart, in what is a continuing dance across a range of disciplines. The driving forces create a new mind-set for economic prosperity and nation building.


Dr. R Mohan Mathur, P.Eng, Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, London Hydro, President London District Renewable Energy Cooperative

Dr. Devang V. Khakhar, Director, IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India

Dr. Alan C. Middleton, Exec. Director, Schulich Executive Education Centre, York University

Dr. H Douglas Barber, O.C. D.Sc, FCAE, P.Eng . Co-Founder, Former CEO, Gennum Corp.; Distinguished Prof., McMaster University

Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur, President & Vice Chancellor, University of Waterloo

10:30 – 10:45 AM

Coffee Break

10:45-12:15 PM


Plenary 3: Global Challenges - Energy & Environment

There is an urgent need to accelerate policy reforms to trigger action for innovation and integration of clean energy and sustainable development. This panel will discuss the challenges in addressing these issues in a mission of creating action-based platforms for low-carbon and hybrid technologies.


Sandra Pupatello, Chair, Board of Directors, Hydro One

Rajendra M. Shende, former Director, United Nations Environment Programme. Founder & Chairman - TERRE Policy Centre, France

Dr. Pradipta Banerji, Director, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee

Dr. V.I. Lakshmanan, Chairman, Canada-India Foundation, CEO, Process Research Ortech

David Stewart-Patterson, Vice-President, Conference Board of Canada

12:15-1:00 PM


1:00-2:30 PM

Plenary 4: Philanthropy and Entrepreneurship

In recent times, there has been a seismic shift in the traditional definition of ‘philanthropy’. The shift has pushed us into new models of ‘evolved philanthropy’ that seeks to address new models of engagement and partnership.  This panel will present an engaging discussion through personal experiences in their journey of philanthropy and entrepreneurship.


Sir Terence H. Matthews, Founder & Chairman – Wesley Clover International

Umang Gupta, Chair, PanIIT Global Board

Mohnish Pabrai, Managing Partner – Pabrai Investment Funds and Dhandho Holdings; Founder, Dakshana Foundation

Arjun Malhotra, Former Chairman, Headstrong; Member of Board of Governors, Indian School of Business, IIM, Udaipur, India

2:30-4:00 PM


Break-out 1:  Let’s talk Entrepreneurship


This session is all about entrepreneurship. Some of the questions the panelists will discuss are: What kind of an entrepreneurial culture is needed for Canada? What kind of government support is available for startups? There are too many accelerator programs – which one to choose? Learn about buzz words such as lean startups.


John MacRitchie, Regional Director, Ontario Centre of Excellence

Mike Manson, CEO, Taraspan

Urjit Yajnik, Dean, IIT Bombay

Cynthia Goh, Scientist and Serial Entrepreneur, Univ. of Toronto

Usha Srinivasan, VP, MaRS DD


Break-out 2: Scaling Social Innovation


This session explores the challenges and opportunities in the journey of social innovation. The panelists are from a diverse set of social innovation initiatives. They will discuss how new ways of thinking and action are needed in recognizing the windows of opportunity for scaling up, within an underlying complexity of various inter-dependent issues. 


Dr. Bhaskar Gadepally, Lokakalyan-3E

Dr. Venkatesh Mannar, OC, Former CEO, Micronutrient

Janice Chu, United Way, York Region

Dr. Peter A. Singer, OC, MD, MPH, FRSC - CEO, Grand Challenges Canada

Allyson Hewitt, Director, SIG, MaRS Discovery District


Break-out 3: Paradigm Shift in Business & Finance


This session provides a forum for leaders to discuss the shifts in the financial services industry and its implications to Canadian businesses.


Arvind Sharma, VP, CAO, Manulife Bank & Trust

Rita Achrekar, Sr. VP, Scotia Bank

Prashant Sharma, Sr. VP, CIBC

Dev Srinivasan, VP, BMO

4:00-5:30 PM

Break-out 4: PAN IIT Initiatives


The IIT Brand is valued around the world. Protecting and enhancing the brand is of immense value to IIT Alumni. Some of the Pan-IIT initiatives such as WHEELS, IFI, Mi-100 will be discussed here.


Dr. Hiten Ghosh, Vice-President, Hughes Network Systems

Dr. Nitish V Thakor – Provost Chair Professor – National University of Singapore; John Hopkins University

Roy DaSilva, Executive Dir., PanIIT

Raj Davé, D.Sc. | Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Bob Nathan, President and CEO, DataNet Systems Corp.


Break-out 5: Science & Technology Diplomacy


The panelists in this session will discuss about various diplomatic initiatives that have played a vital role in the development of new partnerships through involvement of diaspora, academic, commercial and other organizations.  The focus is mainly on Canada - India front, and the panel will highlight how these initiatives have influenced Canada’s Science and Technology Strategy.


Dr. Timothy A. Gonsalves, Director, IIT Mandi, India

Rob Annan, CEO, MITACS

Rana Sarkar, National Dir., KPMG

Naval Bajaj, President, ICCC

Dr. Achal Mehra, Chair, Professor of Journalism and Dean of Strategic Planning and Special Initiatives, IIT, Gandhinagar


Break-out 6: Global Cities: Infrastructure for a Sustainable Future


Toronto, like many cities in the world, is rapidly growing. This brings up scenarios that question the adequacy of water, power, waste, transportation, infrastructure, housing etc. How are these issues being dealt with? The panelists will explore new approaches in urban science such as urban physics, planning, sustainability with examples in Canada and India.


Dr. Nemy Banthia, Canada Research Chair in Infrastructure Rehabilitation, University of British Columbia

Dr. Prabhat Munshi, Dean, IIT Kanpur, India

Dr. David Koilpillai, Dean, IIT Madras, India

Dr. Samir Chidiac – Prof., McMaster University


Break-out 7: Engineering Entrepreneurship Competition – Finals

5:30-6:00 PM


Free Time

6:00-11:00 PM


Reception, Banquet Dinner & Entertainment


HW Frank Scarpitti, Mayor, City of Markham

Address by His Excellency the Right Honorable David Johnston

HW Susan Fennell, Mayor, City of Brampton

Keynote Speaker - Prem Watsa, CEO, Fairfax Financial




Flute and Tabla fusion by Jeetu and Sachin

Geet Ghazals by Afzal and Munni Subhani

Professional Dances: Bollywood and International

Western Band: Floyd Factor Tribute Band

Professional Dances: cont’d

Bollywood Band: Passion 2 Music














Sunday June 8, 2014






8:00-9:00 AM


8:00-9:30 AM


Plenary 5: Tipping Point – Creating the 2050 Engineer


2050 is not as far as we imagine it to be. The  impact of the changes around us in climate, energy, global cities, technology, business, entrepreneurship etc. have been discussed in the conference. All these lead to one important question – how do we co-create our future ? The answer lies in the question – What does the 2050 Engineer look like? 


Dr. Pearl Sullivan, Dean of Engineering, University of Waterloo

Dale Clarke, Exec. VP, SNC Lavalin

Dr. Shanthi Johnson, President, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute

Dr. Ravi Sinha, Dean, Alumni & Corporate Relations, IIT Bombay, India

David Adams , President, Professional Engineers Ontario



Plenary – 6: Innovation in Technology - A Peep into the Future


This panel discusses the new trends in technology that may not even exist today such as those in artificial intelligence, quantum computing, nano-technology, space and materials. These technologies are likely to disrupt markets, change the way business is done and change personal experiences. This session goes beyond ‘internet of things’ into the fusion of art and science.


Shashi Bhushan, Chief Innovation Evangelist, Tata Consultancy Services

Dr. Karan Singh, Univ. of Toronto, Computer Science

Virendra Jha, Advisor, Canadian Space Agency

Dr. Rupak Biswas, Deputy Director, NASA Ames

Kyle Balkissoon, Director, Corporate Knights

11:00 - 12:30 PM


Plenary- 7: What's next: Government, Industry, Academia


This concluding session  will summarize the conference theme: innovate, integrate and transform, let’s co-create our future. The panelists will provide insights into the collaborative initiatives between Government, Industry and Academia. At this stage in the conference the question is – what’s next ? How do we all engage in the future ?


Sheldon Levy, President, Ryerson University

Hon. Jean Augustine, OC, Fairness Commissioner, Ontario

Dr. Uday Desai, Director, IIT Hyderabad

Hon. Akhilesh Mishra, Consul General of India, Toronto

12:30 - 1:15 PM

Conference Closing remarks, Volunteers Recognition

1:15 - 2:15 PM


1:45-3:00 PM

“Gaana Pehchaana” – A New Way to Enjoy Hindi Film Music! (A fun event for all ages – You don’t want to miss it !!!)


3:00-4:00 PM

Individual IIT Alumni meetings followed by Socializing


4:00-5:00 PM

Socializing & Rendezvous

Monday Jun 9, 2014

8:00AM – 3:00PM

Post-Conference Tour of University of Waterloo for Academia & R&D oriented registered delegates: Bus leaves International Plaza Hotel at 8:00AM, return 3:00 PM.  Sign-up information for this tour is now available.

The tour is with compliments of University of Waterloo

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