Haryana-born Rathee is vice-chairman of Canada-India Business Council

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A leading Indian-Canadian advocate, K.V. (Kam) Rathee, has been appointed vice-chairman of the Toronto-based Canada-India Business Council. Originally from Haryana, he is a top authority on Canada-India business ties.

As Ontario Premier Kathleen Wayne has announced that she will lead a major business delegation to India next February, Kam Rathee told The Tribune over telephone that “my role will be to take as many business people to India as possible, especially to Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.”

An economics (honours) graduate of St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi, Rathee is the son of a former senior Haryana-born civil servant, the late K.L. Rathee, who was Municipal Commissioner of Delhi and earlier vice-chairman of the Delhi Development Authority in the late sixties.

Kam Rathee will continue to serve as Special Adviser – India, for Blake, Cassels and Graydon, LLP, one of Canada’s leading law firms. Before migrating to Canada, he studied law in Delhi University (1969), was admitted to the Bar Council of Delhi (1970) and was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of India in 1984.

“India is a vast country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid an official visit to Canada recently. His emphasis is on developing close trade ties with Canada,” Rathee noted. “The C-IBC is all geared up to induce their members to join the delegation.”

“Our three signature events include the annual Diwali dinner, which is our major fundraiser; our annual partnership summits, one in Toronto and another one in Delhi or Mumbai; and the India Summit is scheduled this year for October 25-26 in Mumbai,” he said.

“India is now becoming a major player. As time goes on, India will be more and more open for business. So this is the right time,” Rathee said.