Mississauga, Oct 17 (Medium): Important messages were given by some of the distinguished leaders from South Asian community in Ontario during questions & answer sessions held between these leaders and media personnel at a launch event of a TV series on October 15, 2018 between 6 p.m. and 7:30 pm at the Holiday Inn, near Pearson Airport in Mississauga.

​The one hour episode of talented leaders present will be broadcast at Primetime on Sundays at 6 PM with repeat broadcast on Primetime Saturdays at 6 PM on ATN-SONY beginning November 2018.

The distinguished panel of leaders were gathered on a single platform to launch the Television Series about their journey and success stories.

The basic philosophy behind this launch, said Jai Kalra, the creator and host of the Stories of Success, is to be a role models for the second generation as well as to the new immigrants who struggle hard to adapt themselves to the new diverse communities in Canada and inculcate in them the values of this culture with their own, learn that they would grow and learn there.

Jai Kalra/Facebook

Mary Ann (Domitrovic) Yule, President & CEO of HP Canada.

Mary Ann Yule​

Her message to the community was to teach new immigrants and children from different diverse communities adapt to Canada’s one of the most diverse culture. She added that her goal as a business leader would be her goal as a business leader she takes full responsibilities for the mentorship lessons as a role model and include the opinions of others and to get the best from others, to be a mediator between the aggressive and the silent people.

Pavi Binning, President, Wittington Investments which is the holding company of Weston Family that own high street brands such as Loblaws, Shoppers Drugmart, No Frills, Holt Renfrew and many more.

Pavi Binning/Facebook

His message to the community was that hard work, integrity and the family orientation, to show passion and integrity in the business with the aim to create value for your shareholders and to motivate and empower people.

Steve Gupta, President & CEO, Easton’s Group of Hotels and The Gupta Group. Easton’s Group of Hotels operates 29 hotels in GTA under the flagship chains of hotels such as Holiday Inn, Marriott, Westin and many more.

Steve Gupta/Facebook

His message to the community was to inspire the next generation, to motivate purpose in their lives, to influence some shy people to become outgoing and develop confidence. He added that this show would encourage hard work, optimism and encouragement to be surrounded by talented and right people and to take challenges and obstacles of their lives as essential for one’s success.

Raman Dua, President & Founder of Savemax — Savemax is one o the leading real estate brokerages in Mississauga and Brampton area with sales of over $2 billion since their inception 9 years ago.

Raman Dua (Speaker)/Facebook

His message to the community was that hard work, sincerity and integrity and facing challenges like tough competition are essential for one’s success.

Raza Hasan, Chief Risk Officer, HSBC, Canada’s 7th largest international branch with branches in 67 countries and with more than 130 branches in Canada. Raza added that Canada being selected as a key international marketing place is equipped with creditable staff had been helping new immigrants in their integration with and adapting to the diverse working cultures by holding training sessions to coach them and by taking care of their financial needs.

Raza Hasan/LinkedIn

His message to the community was hard work, take calculated risks to climb the corporate ladder and not being too comfortable in their jobs and helping new immigrants in integrating with and adapting to the diverse working cultures

Surjit Babra, CEO & Founder, Skylink Capital Corp.

Surjit Babra/Twitter

His message to the community was hard work, work smartly and to know when to stop, a desire to want to succeed and have good mentors to encourage, have a mission with a good action plan, to develop leadership qualities to take right steps at the right time in the right direction.

Dr. Y. Raja Rampersaud, MD, FRCS(C), a distinguished and one of the best Spine Surgeons in the world and Professor, University of Toronto, Divisions of Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery. His achievements had been documented many times.

Dr Raja Rampersaud/Courtesy of UofT

His message to the community was proper education with latest techniques at one’s finger tips, hard work, face challenges, taking risks, learn from one’s failures, to be creative in a broader environment, proper research methodology, being pragmatic in one’s approach and not wait for the perfectionism.

Lata Pada,
Recipient of Order of Canada for her contribution to Indian Classical Dance. She was one of the 15 Indians to be awarded the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman, an honor given to Oversees Citizens of India.

Lata Pada/Facebook

Her message to the community was that artists are mirror to the society and to encourage and mentor the younger generation and new immigrants to be proud of who they are, celebrate their unique identity, and be industrious and passionate about their learning, to develop new skill sets and be creative to facilitate in opening more doors in their lives, and most importantly to give back to the community. She also added that classical dance is by no means old fashioned as it can be as current, as modern and as contemporary as we want it to be.

Raj Kothari, Vice-Chair PwC Canada is one of the first partners of South Asian origins on Bay Street and sits on prestigious boards likes Aga Khan Foundation, Toronto General and Western Hospital and many more.

Raj Kothari/LinkedIn

In his message to the community, Kothari said one should not to compare oneself with any one but to compare oneself to who the person wants to be.

Ali Kizilbash, Founder, President, TWI Foods, owns the famous Crispy Brand. It is a front runner in ethnic markets with its product lines of Crispy Naan Breads, Cake Rusks, Flatbreads, cookies and many more. They have won many recognitions, including one of the best export companies of Ontario.​

Ali Kizilbash/Facebook

His message to the community was that no job in this world is low and should take up challenges in one’s job with pride and dignity.

SONY Television, is One of the most followed South Asian Network through Asian Television Network (ATN) amongst the South Asian Diaspora in Canada. ATN SONY is currently available reportedly in more than 120,000* households in Canada through ATN . SONY Picture Television International and Channels include SONY Pictures Network (India), Animax, AXN, PIX, HBO Europe and SONY Movie Channel and available in over 100 countries from UK, Europe, North & South America, Asia, Australasia, Africa and Middle East.

​(Reporting by Asha Bajaj) ​​​​



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