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Mr. Vishwapati Trivedi, Secretary, Ministry of Mines, Government of India led the largest ever delegation to Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Convention 2012 in Toronto from March 4-7, 2012. Mr. Trivedi met Hon'ble Joe Oliver, Minister for Natural Resources of Canada who delivered a keynote address on the bilateral potential, at an event organised by the BLG, the largest law firm of Canada. Delegation also met with consultants and investment firms with particular reference to accessing the potash resources of Canada. Delegation level meetings were also held at inter-ministerial level, led on the Canadian side by Shri Anil Arora, Assistant Deputy Minister, Natural Resources, Canada.

Mr. Arun Kumar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Mines Government of India led a delegation to Regina and Vancouver from March 8-13, 2012 for first Meeting of Joint Working Group with Government of Saskatchewan and British Columbia for cooperation in the area of mining.

Mr. R.K.Jain, Adviser (Infra), Railway Board of India led a three-member delegation to Ottawa on March 26 & 27, 2012 to attend Technical Review meeting of International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA). India is hosting 10th IHHA Conference in New Delhi from 4 to 6 February 2013. IHHA organises International Conference every four years in one of the member countries.

Shri Ajay Bhattacharya, Secretary, Department of Fertilisers, Government of India led a delegation of public and private sector fertilizer companies to Ottawa, Montreal, Regina and Saskatoon from April 9-13, 2012. The delegation met various stakeholders in Canadian fertilizers industry including Natural Resources Canada & Saskatchewan Ministry of Energy.

Dr.Nasim Zaidi, India's Deputy Minister of Civil Aviation visited Montreal from April 18-21, 2012 to participate in the ICAO Air Transport Symposium.

Forthcoming visits

Dr.Pramod Deo, Chairperson, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission of India will visit Canada to attend World Forum on Energy Regulation in Quebec City from May 13 to 16, 2012. In Ottawa, Dr. Deo will deliver a talk at Carleton University's Canada India Centre of Excellence on Science, Technology, Trade and Policy on May 22, 2012.

Dr.Vishwapati Trivedi, India's Deputy Minister of Mines will visit Quebec on May 24-25, 2012. During his visit, an agreement between India and Quebec will be signed for cooperation in Mines and Mineral Resources.

The Chief of Naval Staff and Chief of the Defence Staff Admiral Nirmal Verma will lead a delegation to Canada from May 13 to 17, 2012. Invited by the Canadian CDS, the team is expected to visit Victoria, Kingston, Ottawa & Toronto.

A team of 15 officers of National Defence College of India will visit Canada from 12-19 May 2012. During their stay in Canada, the team is expected to visit Ottawa, Montreal, Vancouver, Victoria and Toronto.

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