Advisory Board


Chair: – Dr. Pradeep Merchant

Dr. Pradeep Merchant is a well-known and respected individual in the Indo-Canadian community and in the City of Ottawa. Currently, he is the Site Chief of the Division of Neonatology at the Civic Campus and Assistant Professor in Dept. of Paediatrics at University of Ottawa.
He has played an active role in building strong professional and business organization in Ottawa. He has been an extremely successful Chair of the Indo-Canada Ottawa Business Chamber (ICOBC) for the years 2010-2012. Dr. Merchant has worked tirelessly with the private and political sectors to improve educational, economical and cultural ties between India and Canada. He has volunteered and contributed actively too many think tank discussions at various provincial and federal level and round table meetings to enhance the understanding and relationship between the two great parliamentary democracies. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of India Canada Chamber of Commerce in Toronto.
He has been instrumental in developing and a current CO-Chair of the “Canada-India Center for Excellence in Science, Technology, Trade and Policy” in Ottawa at the Carleton University.
He has been appointed to the Board of Governors for the Carleton University for term of three years starting 2013-2016.
He served on the Advisory Board of the Mahatma Gandhi Peace Council of Ottawa. The council brought Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in the Nation’s Capital at the Carleton University. He served on the Board of Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation as an active community representative in helping health care institutions. Dr. Merchant received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding Canadians in 2013 from Governor General of Canada. Dr. Merchant serves on the board of The Ottawa Hospital Foundation since 2015.
Dr. Merchant has been appointed as an Advisor to the ICOBC In 2017. 


Anand Aggarwal

Anand Aggarwal is a successful business leader who has also made significant philanthropic contributions to Canada.
He founded The Manor Park Group of Companies 35 years ago, a property and real estate empire. He oversees the operations of holdings which include apartment buildings, town home complexes, office buildings, shopping plazas and Hotels in the Eastern Ontario region including Ottawa with assets of over C$500 million under his management.
Over the years, he has supported civic, professional and charitable affiliations at many levels. As a director at The Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation, and Cofounder of Dhadkan, Anand raised over $10 Million for the Ottawa Heart Institute. He also played a key role in the construction of the Gurdawara Sahib as well as the Sai Centre Ottawa.
One of the founding advisors of ICOBC, he is also a Director and Charter Member of The Indus Enterprises (TIE) not- for- profit trade group dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship.
Both his contributions and achievements have earned him recognition, including Businessman of the year award in 2007 (ICOBC) and the Immigrant Entrepreneur Award in 2014 (City of Ottawa).


Dr. Harpreet Singh Kochhar

Dr. Harpreet Singh Kochhar is an accomplished academic and has assumed a number of prestigious roles within the Canada Public Service.

He received his doctoral studies (Ph.D.) in Biotechnology from the University of Guelph in 1995. And was most recently appointed as Assistant Deputy Minister of Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada in summer 2017.
Prior to this, he also served in the public service as Associate Vice-President, Operations, in the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. He also held the position of Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) for Canada (formerly a veterinarian by training having received his Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Veterinary Science from Punjab, India).
He is an expert on animal biotechnology for the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and has worked internationally with such organizations as the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
His achievements have been well acknowledged through the presentation of various public service awards and he is also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award in 2012.
Dr. Kochhar is married to Kanwal and together they have a son (Harman) and a daughter (Annahat). Harpreet likes to volunteer in the community and at the Sikh temple of Ottawa. His family raises funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) regularly and he contributes to various charities and participates in such activities. On a more personal front, he enjoys cooking, playing golf, volleyball and downhill skiing.