Mr. Barj Dhahan

President, Canada-India Foundation

Barj has been instrumental in launching numerous education, health, and community development projects in British Columbia and in India since the 1980s. He is the co-Founder and Director of Canada-India Education Society (CIES), a registered Canadian charity focusing on health promotion and education in Punjab, India in partnership with Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Educational Trust (GN Trust), established by his father Budh Singh Dhahan. He completed an important health promotion initiative in 2005, covering 60 villages in Punjab, with nearly $ 500,000 funding from CIES, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and others. CIES also invested over $200,000 to build clean water and sanitary sewer system in Daulatpur, Punjab. Barj has also provided micro-enterprise training in rural Orissa and Bihar, India and developed linkages between Indian NGO’s and similar Canadian organizations. He has also raised funds for youth camps in BC and services for self-employment training and support programs.