Dr. Jaspreet Bal is a Professor in the Child and Youth Care program at Humber College in Toronto, Canada. She completed her PhD in Cultural Studies from Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario, where she focused on children’s rights, education, and returned for fieldwork to her village in Panjab. Bal serves on the Board of Directors of the Sikh Feminist Research Institute and Kaurs United International.
Jasjit Singh Hundal is an Executive Director at a major biopharmaceutical company. His responsibilities include engagement of clinical research facilities around the world. Jasjit Singh is actively involved in the Sikh community and is a frequent speaker at Interfaith events. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a BSc in Cellular Biology. He currently lives with his family in New Jersey.
Anupreet Kaur is a high school math teacher in Surrey, British Columbia. She has a passion for helping children and youth develop into lifelong learner. Whether it’s in a Math or Sikhi classroom, Anu strives to create an environment that encourages curiosity, wonder and love for everything that children are surrounded by in their worlds. As a high school teacher, Anu is surrounded by teenagers with infectious laughs who are so full of life and eagerness. At the end of the day, she is exhausted but couldn’t think of any other career where she could be this happy. Aside from teaching, Anu has been involved with working with the Ministry of Education to write curriculum for Math grades 10-12. Anu holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Kinesiology, a B.Ed. in Secondary Mathematics and a Master’s Degree in Mathematics Education from Simon Fraser University. Anu has been involved with SikhRI since 2007 and a Sidak Alumni of 2014. Along with a group of amazing SikhRI volunteers, she is a part of planning and arranging events for the local community. When not at school or working on SikhRI events, Anu spends time with her two favourite people, her nieces and together they get into all kinds of shenanigans.
Charanbir Kaur is a Finance professional with 10+ years of experience in Business Strategy, Data Analytics, and Financial Planning in the retail and restaurant industry. She has an MBA from the Red McCombs School of Business, University of Texas, Austin. Prior to her Finance career, she did her Ph.D. in condensed matter physics from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, followed by Post-Doctoral research work at the University of Maryland, College Park. She has published a number of research papers in highly prestigious journals like the Physical Review Letters. She is currently employed as Senior Manager with retailer At Home. Charanbir lives in Plano (TX) with her husband Reet and a seven year old son Ishveer.
From Metro Vancouver, Guntaas Kaur is a 2014 Sidak Alum, and brings with her over 15 years of experience working on local Sikh issues. Among her passions are human rights, international law & conflict, gender issues, world religions & strengthening inter-community dialogue – particularly between Canada's Sikh & Indigenous populations. Guntaas holds a BA(Hons) in Political Science & International Relations from Carleton University and a MA(Merit) in Peace & Conflict studies from the University of Bradford (UK). In 2011, Guntaas became the first Sikh-Canadian to participate in the Minorities Fellowship at the UN High Commission for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland. Recently, she graduated from Law School at the University of Exeter (UK) and is excited to practice in British Columbia soon. Her many seva projects include attending Cardus’ Millennial Interfaith Summit during Canada 150 celebrations in Ottawa; translating documents for the Komagata Maru Journey Project (SFU); and raising awareness on the history of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission for Indian Residential Schools (WSO). By far her favourite activity is spending time with her niece and nephews – who definitely keep Guntaas on her toes.
Manpreet Kaur Chadha is an active member of Southern California’s Sikh and Interfaith communities. She works closely with the Sri Hemkunt Foundation, and has served as their zonal convener. She is a member of their literary committee, helping to generate quality reading material for their symposiums. Manpreet has served as a board member of the Orange County Interfaith Coalition for the Environment, an organization that promotes sustainability in a tolerant interfaith context. She is also very involved with Sikh activism in her community, and has pioneered several projects including the creation of a Food Pantry in California. She lives in Orange County, California, with her husband and is a mother to Angad Singh and Simran Kaur.
Parveen Kaur Dhillon is an American-born Sikh and the author of My First Sikh Books, a set of board books designed to strengthen the pride and self-identity of young Sikh children. For several years, Parveen helped run the Lohgarh Retreat and is currently serving as a Director of the Lohgarh Sikh Educational Foundation. She was active in post-9/11 issues especially in the Bay Area, and helped draft the curriculum for The Sikh Next Door, a multimedia educational project about Sikhs in America. She has co-authored several resources to prevent bullying and is active in multiple Sikh community activities, including her local Khalsa Schools. Parveen holds a Masters in Education from the University of Virginia, and a BA in History and Asian Studies from Loyola University. She studied in Nanjing, China, as an undergraduate and taught English in Japan for the JET program. Her professional background is in Marketing and Business Development. Parveen was born in Virginia, raised in Maryland, and is settled in San Jose, California, with her husband, Mandeep, and three children, Tegh Zoraver Singh, Hazuri Kaur and Nivaaz Kaur.
Ramandeep Kaur Grewal practices corporate law in the Toronto office of Stikeman Elliott LLP with a focus on corporate finance and corporate governance. She has written and presented extensively on a wide range of topics related to her practice and is currently the co-editor of the Corporate Governance Report, a quarterly newsletter focussed on governance developments, and teaches corporate governance as part of the Master of Finance Program at the Schulich School of Business, York University. Ramandeep is passionate about Sikh youth and community leadership building and regularly participates as a speaker/facilitator in various youth-focussed initiatives and has presented on topics including: Singh Sabha Movement, Gender Issues in Sikhi, Women and Sikhism, Threats to Sikhi, Sikh Contemporary History, Recognizing the Spiritual Self and Seva in Everyday Life. She resides in Toronto, Canada with her husband and three children.
Dr. Harbans Lal is the Ambassador of the Parliament of World Religions. He is Emeritus Professor and Chairman, of the Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience, at the University North Texas Health Science Center. He is member of the Interfaith Council of the World Center for Thanksgiving, and Founding President of the Sikhs for Interreligious Engagement. He is Board Member of United Nation Association Dallas; advisor to the American Project on Religion and the News Media; and to the Sikh Foundation International. He is a trustee of Bhai Nand Lal Sikh Academy and Founder Vice-President of the Sri Nanakana Sahib Foundation. Dr. Lal also serves as the Founder President of the Academy of Guru Granth Studies. In 1954, Dr. Lal was elected as the President of the All India Sikh Students Federation. He was recognized by robes of honor by the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandhak Committee, the Chief Khalsa Diwan, and the Sikh Educational Conference. In 1995, Guru Nanak Dev University awarded him the Degree of Doctor of Literature (honoris causa) in recognition of his contributions in Sikh Studies. On April 14, 1999, the Anandpur Sahib Foundation awarded him the Order of Nishan-e-Khalsa for “for his superb accomplishments in promoting the glory and pride of the Khalsa Panth.”
Chattar Raj Singh practices general dentistry in Surrey, British Columbia. Being an international dental graduate (IDG), he is very aware the struggles professionals face moving to Canada and therefore he is committed to mentoring dental and IDG students. However his passion is health. He has a special interest in the foods we eat and how misunderstandings around nutrition are at the core of many western diseases. He loves experimenting with new ideas of “wholesome desserts.” He is a strong believer in Sikhi education and has been instrumental in establishing the pilot SikhRI Sohji school program in Surrey. He lives in Surrey with his wife and two young daughters, who keep him very busy with their skating, swimming and piano lessons. He enjoys biking and taking long road trips savoring the Canadian landscape.
Born in Lahore, Pakistan, HS Kohli moved to Delhi after the partition. In 1963, he left, driving 4000 miles in a Ford Zeffer to London, England. There he worked as a laborer until moving to Glasgow in 1972, where he opened a small wholesale business in The GORBALS in Glasgow. Seven years later, he made a foray to the United States, running businesses in in Texas. By 1989, he had moved back to West Street Glasgow and had opened a custom built wholesale distributor, employing 50 local staff members. Mr. Kohli retired in 2008 and enjoys spending time with his three children and three grandchildren.
In addition to serving on SikhRI’s Board of Advisors, Jagdeep Singh is the Area Coordinator for SikhRI’s programming and resources in the United Kingdom. In this capacity, he organizes events, conferences, and media coverage for SikhRI in London and surrounding areas several times a year for tours through England and Scotland. Jagdeep was pivotal in starting the Liv webinar programs and his service towards SikhRI continues to be instrumental for global outreach activities at the organization and online development. He works for a media company in London.
Manpreet Singh is a Director in the Investment Banking Division at Barclays Bank PLC. Manpreet began his career at Lehman Brothers in 2007, transferring to Barclays in November 2008 as part of the takeover process. He currently heads the UK Equity-Linked business at Barclays, and has led landmark transactions for clients such as Vodafone, Astrazeneca, BP and National Grid. Manpreet holds a 1st class BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Cambridge, and an MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from the LSE. He is a Sidak alumnus, and has been involved with multiple volunteer projects in the UK Sikh community.”
Parminder (Par) Singh has more than 25 years of professional experience in building, operating, and managing international businesses for private companies, government clients, and multi-national corporations around the world. He is the currently the CEO of LifeLens Technologies. Par sits on Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of British Columbia and DigiBC and is an advisor to Canada’s Centre for Wireless and Digital Health innovation. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia and lives in Surrey, BC, with his wife, three children, two dogs, and an occasional goldfish.
Rajdeep Singh, MD is a practicing neurologist in Charlotte, NC. He is quite active in the Gurmat School in Charlotte where he lives with his wife and two children.