Nepalese Diaspora in Canada: Challenges and Opportunities

Program – NRN-Canada Convention

Nepalese Diaspora in Canada: Challenges and Opportunities

Toronto, Canada

Saturday-Sunday, August 23-24, 2008
Time: 8:30AM – 10:00PM

York Civic Centre, 2700 Eglinton Ave West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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 You are invited to attend the First Convention of Non-Resident Nepalis-Canada (NRN-Canada) to be held in Toronto on Saturday, the August 23, 2008 and Himalayan Mela to be held on August 24, 2008. NRN-Canada is a federally-registered representative organization of the people of Nepalese origin living in Canada. The organization is dedicated to foster increased business, cultural, and intellectual interactions and collaborations between Canada and Nepal. It also hopes to protect the interests of NRN in Nepal and to facilitate interactions with similar organizations around the world and to foster increased investments in Nepal.

Program Details for Saturday,August 23, 2008

Session I Opening Ceremony
8:30-9:30 Registration
9:30-9:35 Welcome speech Convener of the NRN-Canada PEC Dr. Kunjar Sharma
9:35-9:40 Inauguration (Parbashree Gurung and Thirsubba Gurung)
9:40-9:45 National Anthems of Nepal and Canada
9:45-9:50 Message from the Prime Minister of Canada and Premier of Ontario
9:50-10:00 Speech: NRN-ICC Vice President, Ram Pratap Thapa
10:05-10:15 Speech: NRN-ICC North America Representative, Naresh Koirala
10:15-10:20 Introducing Provisional Executive Members
10:20-10:25 NRN Country Representative to ICC Pemba Lama
10:25-10:30 NRN-Canada Provisional Executive Committee (PEC) introduction from Coordinator Nabaraj Gurung
10:30-10:35 Introduction of coordinators of various committees and Convention Highlights: Govinda Singh Rawat few words from delegates of each region
10:35-10:45 Few words from delegates of city/region representatives
10:45-11:00 Tea Break
Session II Keynote Speeches
11:00-11:30 Hon. Hisila Yami, Minister of Physical Planning and Works, Government of Nepal
11:30-12:00 Hon. David Miller, Mayor of the City of Toronto
12:00-12:15 Question answer with keynote speakers
12:15-1:30 Tea Break
Session III Panel Discussion I
Topic: NRN Movements: Perspectives and Prospects
Panelists: Dr. Ambika Adhikari, Ram P Thapa, Dr. Kunjar M Sharma
Moderator: Dr. Tulsi Dharel
1:30-1:35 Introduction of the panelists
1:35-1:50 Opening remarks by the panelists (5 min each)
1:50-2:30 Discussions
2:30—2:45 Tea Break
Session IV Panel Discussion II
Topic: Nepalese in Canada: Collaborative initiatives
Panelists: Naresh Koirala, Dr. Pramod Dhakal, Dr. Drona Rasali, Radha Basnyat
Moderator: Naba Raj Gurung
2:45-2:55 Introduction of the panelists
2:55-3:20 Opening remarks by the panelists (5 min each)
3:20-3:45 Discussions
Session V Election of Executives
3:45-3:50 Message from Election Commission – Durga Adhikary, Secretary, Election Commission
3:50-4:00 Election Result Announcement for National Coordination Council
Venue: 89 Chestnut Conference Centre, University of Toronto
(Nearest Subway: Dundas, Between Dundas-University Avenue)
7:00-7:30 Cash Bar
7:00-9:00 GALA Dinner and Cultural Music Show
8:30-8:45 Speech: On behalf of Newly Elected NRN-Canada Team
9:00-10:00 Felicitation Program: Early Nepalese Settlers in Canada
9:55-10:00 Vote of Thanks: Dr Kunjar Mani Sharma

Contacts for further information: Nabaraj Gurung 647-444-0044 or Govinda Singh Rawat 416-671-3747

Program Committee: Dr. Tulsi Dharel, Naresh Koirala, Pemba Lama, Laxmi Pant, Ichchha B. Nepali, Dr. Drona Rasali, Dr. Kunjar Sharma, Dr. Pramod Dhakal, Manik Duggar, Sabin Ninglekhu

Souvenir Publication Committee: Gobind S. Rawat (Coordinator), Dr. Pramod Dhakal, Dr. Drona Rasali, Dr. Tulshi Dharel, Gopi Kaphle, Jyoti Vaidya, Naveen Vaidya, Dr. Binod Mani Baral

Finance and Fund Raising Committee: Bharat Paudyal (Coordinator), Anup Neupane, Durga Adhikari, Bishwa Barma, Rajen Shrestha, Madan KC, Pemba Lama

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