Board and Advisory Members - Sikh Research Institute

Board and Advisory Members

As an organization, SikhRI has a journey of its own. And just like a traveler exploring lands off the beaten path, we need guidance too.

Guidance and advising the organization are eight board members — some of the sharpest and most compassionate minds we’ve ever encountered.

Coming from technology, supply chain management, education, and sciences, our Board is diverse not only in backgrounds but also in genders, ages, and perspectives.

Always accessible when needed, the board members cover all of North America, where SikhRI is most present, and are eager to share insights, steering the organization toward its mission of providing Sikh education to anyone, anywhere in the world.

Jaswinder (Jassi) Singh Chadha

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.

Baljinder Kaur

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.

Jotinder Mann

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.

Bhavraj Singh

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.

Inderpreet Singh

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.

Jujhaar Singh

Jujhaar Singh is a software engineer who works at Airbnb in San Francisco. Prior to Airbnb, Jujhaar graduated from Stanford University with a major in Computer Science. His journey with SikhRI started at Sidak in 2010, and since then has been involved in Sidak as a participant, teaching assistant, and now as a facilitator. Jujhaar hopes to continue learning, growing, and empowering SikhRI to help others discover their path.

Kulvir Singh

Kulvir Singh has almost 20 years of experience working at the intersection of innovation, sustainability and business strategy. Working as a management consultant, Kulvir leads international projects across multiple industries including mining, oil and gas, heavy industrial, banking, retail and media. He also spent seven years working with a leading Canadian mining company. He is a co-founder and current Board Chair of the Seva Food Bank in Mississauga. He also serves as Board Chair for the William Osler Health System Foundation and the Sikh Research Institute (Canada). Kulvir is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and an Action Canada Fellow. He holds a B.Sc. and a B. Comm. from the University of Calgary. Kulvir lives with his wife, children and parents in Brampton, Ontario.

Pritpal Singh

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. 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 Coppell Education Foundation which supports Education by distributing resources for Innovative Learning. He lives in Dallas, TX, with his wife, Arpinder Kaur, and two sons, Insaf and Jivat.

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