Brock University this week welcomed new Consul General Ankhilesh Mishra from the Consulate General of India in Toronto, and Gary Comerford, vice-chairman of Canada-India Business Council.
This was the consul general’s first visit to Brock University, during which he spent a full day on campus learning about Brock and the Niagara region.
Comerford has 40 years experience in the financial sector, both in Niagara as well as Toronto, and previously taught courses in marketing and business in Brock’s early years.
During the visit, Consul Mishra had the opportunity to meet with several faculty, staff and senior administrators, including Brock University President Jack Lightstone and Dean of the Goodman School of Business, Don Cyr.
The purpose of the visit was to make Canada-India business connections, explore opportunities for increased student recruitment and enhanced research collaboration, as well as to introduce Consul Mishra to Brock University.
Consul Mishra also met with eight students from India, many of whom are undertaking their MBA studies at Brock.
Consul Mishra spoke to the students about the possibilities of future Canada-India collaborations, the ways in which the two countries can engage in mutually beneficial partnerships, and the role that young, educated people can play in those collaborations.
The students said that they were inspired by his words, and all spoke highly of Brock and their experiences in Canada.
Brock is already engaged in activities in India, in areas including the Centre for Applied Disability Studies, whose faculty members have helped set up schools and services for children with autism, in collaboration with their colleagues in Chennai.