Co-founder, Queen’s Business Forum: Experience India

During the course of my graduate studies in International Business at the Queen’s School of Business, a few colleagues and I felt that there was an under-representation of India in the program curriculum.

This curiosity for us to want to learn more about India as a business destination led to the founding of the “Queen’s Business Forum 2010: Experience India“.

Organized by MBA and MGM students, the ‘Experience India’ Business Forum in August brought together business leaders, politicians and diplomats for discussions on India’s influence on Canadian businesses, both as a partner and as a market.

In addition to special guests and faculty, also present were representatives from such organizations as Bombardier, Dupont, Tata Consultancy, ICICI Bank, Tory’s Law Firms, Telus, and Export Development Canada, among others.

Organizing this day-long conference required several months of planning, as most of the organizing committee (including myself) were away on international assignments across the globe. While the conference was originally founded myself and several members of my graduate program, the conference profile became heightened as students from the Queen’s MBA program partnered with us to help organize the event.

My role consisted of:

  • Initial concept development
  • Event fundraising
  • Organizing the event schedule
  • Developing brochures, banners and other marketing collateral
  • Logistics, including event decorations, catered lunch for over 200 guests, and transportation for guest speakers
  • Event Master of Ceremonies

My experience organizing the Queens Business Forum: Experience India conference was a meaningful foray into event organization, leadership development and public speaking. It made my overall educational experience at Queen’s richer, while providing me with a platform to showcase my talents.