Rana Sarkar

Businessman Rana Sarkar has spent his career promoting trade relations between Canada and India (courtesy South Asian Generation Next).

Rana Sarkar is the president and chief executive officer of the Canada-India Business Council as well as a Senior Fellow and co-chairman of the advisory board for the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.

Sarkar was born in India and describes himself as "an immigrant kid." When he decided to study political science as an undergraduate, concerned relatives questioned his future employability. Nevertheless, he graduated from Queen’s University and from the London School of Economics, where he was also a regular visiting lecturer. In the early 1990s, after graduating and feeling that there were few opportunities in Canada offering the global engagement he wanted, he worked as a strategy consultant in Asia and Europe and was the co-founder of Rawlings Atlantic, a cross-border advisory firm, and Content Partners, successful media promotion agency.

Eventually he was drawn back to Canada and has built a career promoting trade relations between Canada and India. As the president of the Canada-India Business Council, he sees the possibilities inherent to Canada’s association with India’s expanding market.

In 2010, Sarkar was awarded the Arbor Award by the Munk School of Global Affairs for his role in developing a new professional graduate program, the first of its kind in Canada.

Sarkar’s next career move was into the political arena. He began his political career as a Special Assistant in Liberal MP Derek Lee’s constituency office. In March 2011, when Lee announced that he would not run in the federal election, Sarkar was asked to replace him as the Liberal candidate for the federal riding of Scarborough-Rouge River.

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