The BC Regional Innovation Chair on Canada-India Business and Economic Development helps businesses in the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland region take advantage of the opportunities offered by the huge Indian market. The Chair, with support from the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies at UFV, provides local businesses with the expertise and research necessary for them to access the fast-growing Indian economy and other overseas markets.
The Chair was established in 2007. The Province of British Columbia (Leading Edge Endowment Fund) provided a $1.25 million contribution which was matched by contributions from hundreds of supporters from the community to bring the total endowment to the Chair to $2.5 million.
Mr. Sandhu, a faculty in UFV's School of Business Administration held the Chair position between June 2007 and June 2012.
The University is currently in the process of recruiting a new Chairholder.
Left to right:
John van Dongen, MLA Abbotsford-Clayburn and Minister of State for Intergovernmental Relations;
UFV President Dr. H.A. Bassford; Murray Coell, Minister of Advanced Education and Minister responsible for Research and Technology; DJ Sandhu, BC Regional Innovation Chair in Canada-India Business and Economic Development; Mike de Jong, MLA Abbotsford - Mount Lehman and Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation