“The post-pandemic world presents an opportune time for business and social leaders to reshape our future based on the time tested values of harmony, honesty and humility to address uncertainty and conflict in the society. India and Canada share colonial legacy which undercut the values of their indigenous communities and gave prominence to the modern culture of the imperialists. It is time we re-imagine our value systems based on the traditional values of the indigenous people and pave way for a harmonious society,” said Elder Wilson, Canadian Indigenous Knowledge Keeper at a panel session on 21st Century Leadership: Navigating Uncertainty and Conflict with Courage. The session was organized by WTC Mumbai and All India Association of Industries jointly with the Canada-based social enterprise Global Emerging Leadership Programs (GELP) and BC India Business Network. GELP develops leadership programs for students and young professionals through skill development.

Speaking on this occasion, Dr. Vijay Kalantri, Chairman, WTC Mumbai remarked, “India is poised to be the global leader in the post-pandemic world as we are marching towards the grand vision of becoming the 3rd largest economy by 2030 and a USD 30 trillion economy by 2047. India has already demonstrated leadership in controlling the pandemic despite its huge population with diverse religious profile.” Dr. Kalantri hailed the contribution of healthcare workers, police personnels and the law abiding citizens in controlling the pandemic in overcoming the pandemic situation in the country.

Speaking about the 21st Century Leadership, Dr. Kalantri remarked, “A leader should have the courage to face any challenge and should be able to see opportunity in every crisis. The pandemic was a lesson for everybody to face crisis without fear.”

Ms. Sobhana Jaya Madhavan, Associate Vice President, Simon Fraser University and President, BC India Business Network pointed out that youth leaders should hold themselves and others accountable for the wrongdoing and have the courage to reset inappropriate systems and practices in the society.

Mr. Omar Karim, Founder-President, Global Emerging Leadership Programs (GELP) emphasized that our youth leaders should have the ability to unlearn existing skills and learn new skills based on the demands of this dynamic business environment.

The event was also addressed by Mr. Brock Dykeman, International Director, Continental Institute for International Studies and Ms. Charlene Bearhead, Director- Reconciliation, Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Mr. Satheesh Paddolker, an industry leader in blockchain technology and Founder & CEO of Kratos Innovation Labs moderated the panel session. The event was graced by Mr. Ajoykaant Ruia, Vice Chairman, MVIRDC WTC Mumbai and members of trade & industry, academia and consular corps.