A group of accomplished Canadian entrepreneurs and professionals of Pakistani origin gathered at the Pointe Claire Holiday Inn recently to found a new business and professional consortium.

Former Standard & Poors managing director Rana Zaheer Khan chaired the Canada Pakistan Affiliated Chamber of Trade (CPACT) initial meeting. The founders set forth their objective to promote mutual support through seminars and business forums as well as establishing an online presence through a web site and social media.

The organization aims to pool the resources by bringing together leaders in engineering, medicine, law, finance, higher education and research and development from throughout Canada.

“Most importantly, we aim to promote gender parity and to set an example for future generations in taking the lead with utmost transparency,” said Cronomagic Canada ceo Hayee Bokhari. The mathematics and computer network engineering expert was a driving force behind CPACT’s formation.

Other board members include South Asian Women’s Assocation of Canada founder and executive director Sadia Sajid; ship-brokerage partner Shaheen Junaid; Sportswaear wholesaler and restaurateur Samad Razzaq; journalist and Nawai Pakistan newspaper editor-in-chief Mukhtar Hassan; and investor and Islamic Centre of Quebec president Nasir Ahmed.

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