About
scholarship Education
  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science and Diplomacy (H.C.) 2012, Caucasus University, Georgia
  • M.B.A. - Master of Business Administration 1981, Punjab Agricultural University, India
  • B.Sc. (Hons.) - Bachelor of Science Agri. (Honours) 1979, Punjab Agricultural University, India
EXPERIENCE Broader Experience (37 Years) and Skills
  • Experienced as Parliamentarian, Political Strategist, Entrepreneur - Successful Businessman, Financial Institution Director, Senior Manager, University Professor, Innovator, Motivational Speaker, and Community Leader and Activist.
  • Effective management and administration skills, leadership abilities in running corporate boards, strategic planning and envisioning projects.
  • Thorough understanding of working of governments, parliament, regulatory process, and public policy.
  • Knowledge of International affairs, trade, diplomacy, lobbying and marketing.
  • Well-travelled (60 countries), including as state guest; and represented Canada at international conventions.
  • Strong global contacts in governments, media, businesses and multicultural communities.
  • Ran seven successful federal election campaigns and assisted in leadership campaigns.
  • Skilful in developing public relations, preparing and analysing strategic communication and media reports.
  • Team player and leader, strategic and hard worker, visionary and innovative, quick-learner and solution-oriented, research and analysis, enjoy challenges and good sense of humour.
EXPERIENCE Records, Awards and Recognitions
  • Called “The Iron Man of the Canadian Parliament” by the Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper
  • With the election of Nina Grewal in 2004, became the first married couple to serve concurrently as MPs in Canada.
  • As an Opposition MP, Chaired the Joint Standing Committee of the House and Senate for Scrutiny of Regulation7-terms.
  • Elected to the House of Commons in less than 6 years after immigrating to Canada (a record).
  • Only member of the Canadian Alliance (Opposition) to receive Royal Ascent for a Private Member’s Bill (C-205).
  • Introduced over 50 Private Members’ Bills and Motions, the issues that changed even the govt’s agenda.
  • Met with over 65 heads of states and raised numerous international issues.
  • Delivered more speeches than colleagues during many sessions of the House of Commons.
  • Held parliamentary record for attending the most consecutive votes (471 votes over a 43-hour period).
  • First visible minority to be appointed Officer of the House (Deputy House Leader), and Chair of a Joint Committee of Parliament.
  • First Sikh MP elected to Her Majesty’s Loyal Official Opposition of Canada and the first South Asian candidate of the Reform Party in Canada
  • Awarded the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals for outstanding services to Canada.
  • World Sikh Award in Professional category (2012) London, U.K. (28th most powerful & influential Sikh in the world)
  • 2002-Leader of the Year by the Radio India through a public poll.
  • Key note speaker at Harvard Business School on Participation of Visible Minorities in Politics in North America.
  • The Indian Icon Award (2014), New Delhi.
  • Recognition by Washington State Network for contributions on promotion of Human Rights.
  • At the age of 8, received an Admit Card to the Vice President’s Gallery, United States Senate Chamber from Hubert Humphrey, Vice President of the USA.
Involvement Past Community Involvement
  • Member, Surrey and Delta Chambers of Commerce
  • Director, Surrey Metro Savings Credit Union (then the second largest credit union in Canada)
  • Director and Secretary, SOS Children’s Villages (BC)
  • Director, Burns Bog Conservation Society, Delta, BC
  • Education Chair, Canadian Cancer Society, North Delta Unit
  • Vice Chair, Healthy Community Coordinating Committee of Corporation of Delta
  • Member, Community Services Advisory Committee of Corporation of Delta