Canada-India Foundation bids farewell to India’s High Commissioner to Canada, Ajay Bisaria

Ajay Bisaria was bid farewell by friends of CIF

Toronto/CMEDIA: A warm send-off was accorded to H.E. Ajay Bisaria, India’s High Commissioner (HC) to Canada at the Albany Club, downtown Toronto by members and friends of the Canada India Foundation (CIF) as he ends his assignment in Canada at the end of June 2022.

Ajay Bisaria was bid farewell by friends of CIF

Bisaria, age 60 did not make any announcement about his future plans.

Thanking Bisaria for being a mentor to CIF over the past two years, CIF Chair, Satish Thakkar acknowledged the tremendous progress Canada and India have made under Bisaria’s watch noting how the Canada-India relationship grew from lukewarm to warm.

He noted, “What we all remember is the way his office facilitated the transfer from India of vaccines, critically needed by Canada, and the equally urgent need for PPE and other equipment that Canada supplied to India…Even during the worst part of the pandemic, confidence in India by Canadian investors held firm, and a major role was played by his unique ability to communicate with conviction and instill confidence.”

Thakkar added, “A special note of appreciation goes to his life partner, Bharati Chaturvedi, a woman of substance and courage, on a humanitarian mission herself, to transform India’s urban poor into urban middleclass.”

Describing Bisaria as a ‘superstar’ among diplomats for his achievements, David Agnew, President, of Seneca College said his departure was a “bittersweet moment for all of in this room who are keenly interested in a strong and healthy Indo-Canadian relationship which has benefited from his presence.”

On behalf of all his colleagues in Canada’s universities, colleges, and polytechnics, Thakkar paid tribute to the HC for his particular interest and attention to the issue of higher education, and for the extraordinary service, the HC and the Consuls have given to CIF. Thakkar added that at Seneca, the numbers have tripled in the last two years.

Despite the pandemic, the HC traveled to every corner of the country to address issues of concern to the students.

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