Kasi Rao, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) Vice President and Director of the Foundation’s Toronto Office, has accepted a position with the Canada-India Business Council (C-IBC) as the trade association’s new President and CEO.
While continuing in his role as APF Canada’s lead in Central and Eastern Canada, Rao’s new position with C-IBC was announced at a meeting of the organization’s Board of Directors in Toronto today, and takes effect January 1, 2017.
C-IBC has been a leading private sector and member driven not-for-profit trade association linking Canada and India for over three decades, and is dedicated to promoting the interests of global companies, small- and medium-sized enterprises, as well as academic and government organizations engaged in the Canada-India dynamic.
“The Canada-India relationship is poised for greater engagement and I am delighted to be joining this organization at this important time,” said Rao, in a statement today from Toronto-based C-IBC.
“Congratulations to Kasi — this is a well deserved appointment,” said APF Canada President and CEO, Stewart Beck. “I look forward to working with Kasi in this complementary role to find those key points of intersection that will benefit both of our organizations.”
Rao has been a long-time champion of Canada-India engagement strategies, and has worked as an advisor to corporations, universities, not-for-profit organizations and different levels of government. He also serves as Senior Advisor (India) at the law firm of Bennett Jones.