More than $4 million in donations was received from provincial and city governments, from banks (BMO and Scotia) and from individuals (Aris Kaplanis and Vijay Kanwar).
Vijay Kanwar recalls being cold on the day he landed in Toronto from Punjab. At twenty-three years old and with one hundred dollars to his name, Kanwar arrived with a clean slate. It was a fresh start to a new life in Canada.
Within three days Kanwar secured a job at a parking lot near the corner of Bay and Dundas. The relentless work ethic and dedication learned in those first few months, still drives him forward today.
Although Kanwar was cold during that first landing in Toronto, over time he felt warmth of the Canadian people and made a conscious effort to give back.
Over his decorated career, Vijay Kanwar has served on a number of high profile boards and operated as a successful entrepreneur. A dedicated philanthropist and active member of the community, he sits on the board of directors of the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Foundation.
Vijay Kanwar joined the BDC Board of Directors in June 2017, and currently serves as a governor for York University. He is also the Founder of KMH Cardiology and Diagnostic Centres, the largest provider of nuclear cardiology services in North America. This is complemented by his role as Founder of EHLinq Inc., which develops enterprise-level software for medical businesses.
Although circumstances may have changed from the day he arrived in Canada, Vijay Kunwar conducts his life the same way. Humble, honest, and a man of the people.
He is looking to change the world one helpful hand at a time.
BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada)
DIRECTOR / AUDIT & BOARD RISK ASSESSMENT COMMITTEES2017 - Present
Business Development Bank of Canada is Canada’s business development bank and the only financial institution devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs.
GOVERNOR / MEMBER BOARD EXECUTIVE / FINANCE & AUDIT
/ GOVERNANCE & HUMAN RESOURCES COMMITTEES2012 - Present
55000 students, 11 faculties, which includes Osgood hall, Schulich school of business.
GREATER TORONTO AIRPORTS AUTHORITY
CHAIRMAN / DIRECTOR2006 - 2015
Led the development and successful implementation of Toronto pearsonsairport global hub stragetgy.
48 million passengers per year creating 38 billion dollars to the Canadian economy which led 40 000 jobs and indirectly 200 000.
As a result has Pearson is #1 rated airport globally in less then 4 years for passengers under 40 million.
TREASURY BOARD OF CANADA
CHAIR, FEDERAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ONSENIOR LEVEL
FEDERAL RETENTION AND COMPENSATION2012 - 2015
6600 various levels of federal executives the back bone of Canada’s backbone of public service.
THE GOVERNOR GENERAL OF CANADA
QUEEN ELIZABETH II DIAMOND JUBILEE MEDAL
FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE
CIBC NEW PIONEER AWARD
FOR ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
ERNST & YOUNG
ERNST & YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
FOR THE HEALTH INDUSTRY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM2009 - Present
Schulich School of Business - York University
Schulich School of Business is one of the world’s leading business school.
DIRECTOR2006 - Present
MLSE(Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment) Team up foundation
With the support of all four MLSE teams – the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC and Toronto Marlies - the Foundation funds the refurbishment of local athletic facilities and funds charities that support children through sports and recreational programs.
BOARD OF GOVERNORS MEMBER 2010 - 2014
Royal Ontario Museum
The Royal Ontario Museum increases the understanding of world cultures and natural history though its collections, programs, courses and special events.
CHAIR2011 - 2011
Brazilian Carnival Ball
Canada’s largest charity event, raising in excess of $57 million for different initiatives in healthcare, education, research and culture.
DIRECTOR2007 - 2010
NBS (Canada’s National Ballet School Foundation)
Canada’s National Ballet School is one of the world’s foremost training institutions for aspiring young dancers and teachers. NBS is the only ballet academy in North America.
For Vijay Kanwar, his arrival from Punjab on his first international flight three decades ago is seared in his memory.
He rhymes off the details. The final leg was a Lufthansa Airlines flight from Frankfurt. It landed at 2:45 p.m. on April 13, 1985,
The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), today announced the appointment of