As an organization, SikhRI has a journey of its own. And just like a traveller exploring lands off the beaten path, we need guidance too. We are grateful that guiding and advising the organization are some of the sharpest and most compassionate minds we’ve ever met.
Jassi is Founder and CEO of Axtria, a Data Analytics company based in New Jersey and India. Prior to founding Axtria, Jassi was founder and CEO of marketRx, a life-science analytics company. Jassi is the winner of E&Y “Entrepreneur of the Year” award, “Top Forty under Forty” by NJBiz Magazine, and PharmaVOICE 100, which recognizes the 100 most influential people in the life sciences industry. Jassi is member of Board of Trustees of TIE Global, member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), and member of Board of Directors of Panjab Digital Library (PDL). Jassi has been an active and proud member of IIT Delhi Alumni. In recognition of his service and achievements, he was awarded Distinguished Alumni Service Award by IIT Delhi. He is an active angel investor and participates on the board of director of several private companies.
Bhavraj Singh Ghtaura works as a Sr. Manager at one of the fastest growing point of sale system companies in North America (Vivonet Acquisitions Ltd.). His area of expertise include sales, marketing, and supply chain management. Currently, he is tasked with establishing a supply chain process/program while forging strategic relationships with key vendor partners for his organization. Previously he worked at Best Buy Canada’s Corporate headquarters where he successfully held a leadership role in managing TV sales and supply chain for the nation. Bhavraj earned his BA in Economics from Simon Fraser University in 2006. He is an active volunteer with Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen – an organization dedicated to serving warm meals to the homeless in Vancouver on a weekly basis and also played an integral role in the launch of SikhRI’s Vidia program in British Columbia. Furthermore, Bhavraj participates actively in provincial politics and was a recipient of the Premier’s Super Volunteer award in 2014. In his spare time, Bhavraj plays competitive hockey and enjoys long rides on his motorcycle.
Kulvir Singh Gill is a Senior Principal with Clareo Partners, a growth strategy consultancy based in Chicago. Previously, he worked as a management consultant with Oliver Wyman and with Barrick Gold Corporation in their organizational effectiveness practice. Kulvir has been actively involved in the Sikh-Canadian community. He has served in leadership roles with the Sikh Centennial Foundation, Spinning Wheel Film Festival, and Toronto Sikh Youth Retreats. He is a co-founder of Mississauga’s Seva Food Bank and Sikhs Serving Canada. Kulvir also serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the William Osler Health System Foundation and is on the board of Habitat For Humanity – Brampton. He is also The Chair of Sikh Research Institute, Canada. He was a 2011 Action Canada fellow and is a recent recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Mr. Gill holds a B.Sc. and a B.Comm. from the University of Calgary and currently lives with his family in Brampton.
Harminder Singh Jassal currently works with the Department of Housing and Urban Development as a Senior Budget Analyst. He is actively involved in Sikh affairs and has held positions in various capacities on the Boards of several non-profit, religious, charitable, and professional organizations. He joined the Sikh Research Institute’s Board of Advisors in 2008. He lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his wife, Simran, and two daughters, Manjot and Harleen.
Jotinder graduated with a major in Chemistry from Brandon University with greatest distinction. Upon graduation he received the Governor General’s Medal for highest standing Bachelor of Science program, and Gold Medal for highest standing last two years of Bachelor of Science Program, and a Silver Medal in Chemistry for highest standing for B.Sc majoring in Chemistry. He went on to complete his medical training at the University of Manitoba, after which he completed a Family Practice Residency at the University of British Columbia. He currently is a family physician and often has medical students and residents rotate through his clinic as he enjoys teaching. He also mentors IMG (international medical graduates) so that they may obtain recertification in Canada. He also helped start an organization called “I am Community,” which is run through a local high school and reaches out to single mothers and their children. He has been volunteering with Sikhri since the organization first brought programming to the lower mainland. He is a founder and a volunteer with the Pilot Sojhi School in BC that implements the Sohji curriculum developed by SikhRI. Jotinder lives with his wife, Parminder, and their two sons, Arjan and Raajan, in Surrey, British Columbia.
Baljinder Kaur Narang holds a Masters Degree in Health Education from Dalhousie University, Halifax NS. She has worked in her professional career as an Occupational Therapist specializing in Community Rehabilitation and Drug & Alcohol Counselling. Currently she serves on the New Vista Society Trustee Board; and as vice chair, Task Force on Sexually Exploited and At-Risk Youth. She was elected as School Trustee in 2008 and serves as Chair of the Burnaby Board of Education. She serves on all committees of the Board including Policy, Management and Finance committees. She is also a member of the ELL Consortium of the Lower Mainland School Boards. She advocates tirelessly for a fully funded public education system and the important role education plays in making healthy and vibrant communities. She serves as President for Panjab Digital Library Canada.
Inderpreet Singh is a technology professional focusing on networking, security and solution architecture . He is currently a Principal Solutions Architect working for a technology firm focusing on modernization of DMV systems and applications. His passion is Sikhi and Sikh community related community projects and he is heavily involved with Sikh youth camps, retreats and conferences, where he conducts seminars, lectures and interactive workshops on Gurmat-related topics. Inderpreet has frequently spoken at Interfaith conferences and events. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Sikh Research Institute and a Board of Advisor for the Sikh Coalition. Inderpreet grew up in India, Canada, Japan and the US and now he continues to grow in Chelmsford, MA.
Mandhir Singh has over 20 years of experience in Asset Management in the US. Before joining his current firm, IronBridge Capital Management, he worked at HHR Asset Management, J. & W. Seligman & Co., and McKinley Capital Partners. Mandhir has an MBA from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a bachelor’s degree from St. Stephens College, Delhi University, India. Mandhir has been very active on the social service area both through providing funding as well as contributing his own time. He was the Principal of Bridgewater Khalsa School. He also helped plan and implement a number of aspects in the school successfully such as setting up of the website, implementing Sojhi coursework, starting a Gurmat Sangeet program at School and starting a soup kitchen effort. He lives in Basking Ridge, New Jersey with his wife, Achint, and two children, Noor Kaur and Dayaal Singh. Mandhir Singh is also the Tri-State Area Coordinator for SikhRI.
Dr. Pritpal Singh is a Physician Executive with Cigna where he serves as a Mentor to Health Management teams by providing Clinical insight, Educational support, and HealthCare solutions & strategies. He lives in Dallas, TX, with his wife, Arpinder Kaur, and two sons, Insaf and Jivat. He also serves on the Board of Gurduara Sikh Sangat and regularly is a guest speaker at local educational, religious, and social forums, which seek to create unity through diversity. Himself a product of Sikh camps and retreats, he facilitates workshops and projects which aim to fight both religious and political oppression through reflection, self-introspection, and activism. Pritpal is a board member of South Asia Democracy Watch (SADeW), which works as a nonprofit organization to monitor and nurture democratic systems by promoting social justice, human rights and equity in South Asian countries.