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Harinder Takhar

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Harinder Jeet Singh Takhar is a politician in Ontario. Canada. Takhar was born to a Sikh family in the India n state of Punjab, with a background in farming and civil service work. He moved to Canada in 1974. and arrived in Mississauga, Ontario in 1977. He currently lives with his family in Mississauga .

Harinder Takhar was elected to the Ontario Legislature as a Liberal in the 2003 provincial election. and was appointed Minister of Transportation on October 23, 2003, by Premier Dalton McGuinty. He is the first Indian-Canadian to hold a cabinet post in Ontario.

Takhar has been unable to secure promised toll reductions on the privately-owned Highway 407. In December 2005, the consortium that operates the highway announced a fare increase effective January 2006. He has won some funding for public transit. and he has identified transit in the Greater Toronto Area as his ministry's key priority.

Takhar was reassigned to the new position of Minister of Small Business and Entrepreneurship on May 23, 2006. Donna Cansfield was assigned Takhar's Transportation portfolio.

Takhar has held leadership positions with several Canadian companies, including AGRA Industries Limited, Linear Technology Inc./Gennum Corporation and Timex Canada Inc. He served as the president and chief executive officer of the Chalmers Group of Companies until his election to the Ontario legislature.

In 1995, the " Financial Post " recognized the company among Canada's top 100 best-managed private companies. In 1999, Chalmers received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Award of Excellence from the Mississauga Board of Trade.

Takhar received the 2001 Community Service Award from the Society of Management Accountants of Ontario for "demonstrating selflessness and kindness for the benefit of society."

Takhar holds a Master's degree in economics and political science, and an undergraduate degree in English, economics and political science. Takhar has been designated a Certified Management Accountant and professional administrator. He has also taken a number of leadership courses at the University of Toronto and York University. and taught CMA and CGA accredited courses at Sheridan College for thirteen years. He is also a Fellow of the Society of Management Accountants of Canada.

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Harinder Takhar

About the Hon. Harinder Takhar

Harinder Takhar has been a long time resident (30 years) of Mississauga, married and proud father of two daughters. He believes in ensuring a vibrant, diverse, prosperous and safe community where everyone has an opportunity to contribute and grow.

Harinder Takhar’s educational credentials include a Master’s degree in Economics, Political Science and an undergraduate degree in English, Economics and Political Science. He holds the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and professional administrator’s designations. He was awarded the prestigious State Merit Scholarship and stood first in Economics during his studies for his Bachelor’s degree. Harinder believes in life long learning and has completed several executive leadership courses at Rotman School Of Management (University of Toronto) and at the Schulich School of Business (York University). He was appointed Fellow (FCMA) of the Society of Management Accountants of Canada in 2002.

Takhar has been profiled extensively for his community service in the various newspapers and national magazines including the December 2001 issue of the “Canadian Living” magazine, March 2002 issue of “Mississauga Business Times” and an article published in CMA “Management” magazine.

Harinder was elected to the Ontario Legislature in October 2003. He was then re-elected in 2007. He was immediately appointed to the Executive Council of Ontario and as the Minister of Transportation. He served in that capacity for 2.5 years and was then appointed as Ontario’s first Minister of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, then Minister of Small Business and Consumer Services before being appointed to his current role as Minister of Government Services in June of 2009.

Harinder Takhar served as Chairman and a member of the Board of Governors of the Credit Valley Hospital, Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, Resources Committee and Treasurer of the Board; a founding member of the Board of Directors and President of the International Punjabi Chamber of Commerce. In June 1997, Harinder became a member of the Board of Directors of the Education Safety Association of Ontario and served in that capacity for approximately four years.

Harinder also served as the Chair of the Untied Way of Peel Region. He accepted the chairmanship of The United Way of Peel at a very critical time in that organization’s history. Under his leadership the organization regained contributor confidence, which resulted in two very successful fundraising campaigns in a single year which eliminated the debt entirely.

Harinder Takhar has a unique blend of public and private sector experience. He joined the Peel District School Board in September 1994 and served as the Associate Director and Chief Financial Officer. As such, he was responsible for all of the Board’s financial, strategic and operational planning, human resources, plant and physical planning services and manages an operating and capital budget in excess of $900 million.

Before his election, Takhar also served as the President and CEO of Chalmers Group Of Companies. Chalmers Group, which consisted of five manufacturing companies with operations in Canada and the USA. The company sales increased eighteen fold in ten years. Chalmers was judged a finalist among the 50 best-managed private companies in Canada in 1995. In 1999, Chalmers was given the “Award of Excellence” by the Ontario Chamber Of Commerce along with larger companies like Ford of Canada and Canadian Tire. Also, Harinder Takhar was given the “2001 New Pioneers Entrepreneur of the Year Award”, by “Skills for Change”, a Canadian Organization. He also received the ’2001 Community Service Award’ from the Society Of Management Accountants of Ontario. Most recently, he received the SEWA Award from the Sikh Centennial Foundation and the prestigious President’s Award from the Indo-Canadian Chamber of Commerce. In a recent trip to India, Harinder was honoured by various organizations.

From 1991 to 1994, Harinder Takhar had been executive vice-president of finance and administration of the earth and environmental group and vice-president finance and chief financial officer of the engineering group of AGRA INDUSTRIES LIMITED.

Prior to his positions with AGRA INDUSTRIES, he served as vice-president of finance and operations services for LINEAR TECHNOLOGY INC. GENNUM CORPORATION and as a Controller for TIMEX CANADA INC.

Takhar taught business and CMA/CGA accredited courses at Sheridan College for 13 years. He served as a mentor for many students aspiring to join CGA and CMA programs.

Harinder has a good sense of what Ontario and Canada is all about, and how the efforts and hard work of individuals can make a difference. He believes strongly in building better communities and making full use of the skills and qualifications of all Ontarians.

Harinder Takhar

WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE Contents Background [ edit ]

Takhar was born to a Sikh family in the Indian state of Punjab. with a background in farming and civil service work. [1] He moved to Canada in 1974, and arrived in Mississauga. Ontario in 1977. He obtained a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in economics and political science. He has certified as a CMA. He has taught CMA and CGA accredited courses at Sheridan College for thirteen years. Takhar worked for such companies as AGRA Industries Limited, Linear Technology Inc./Gennum Corporation and Timex Canada Inc. He served as the president and chief executive officer of the Chalmers Group of Companies until his election to the Ontario legislature. [2]

Takhar received the 2001 Community Service Award from the Society of Management Accountants of Ontario for "demonstrating selflessness and kindness for the benefit of society." He lives with his wife Balwinder and their two daughters in Mississauga. [3]

Politics [ edit ]

Takhar ran in the 2003 provincial election as the Liberal candidate in the riding of Mississauga Centre. He defeated Progressive Conservative incumbent Rob Sampson by 2,620 votes. [4] He ran again in 2007 in the redistributed riding of Mississauga—Erindale defeating PC candidate David Brow by 6,638 votes. [5] He was re-elected in 2011. [6] While it was initially reported that he intended to retire, he changed his mind about running and was re-elected in June 2014. [7] [8]

He was appointed Minister of Transportation on October 23, 2003, by Premier Dalton McGuinty. He is the first Indian-Canadian to hold a cabinet post in Ontario. [9]

In June 2005, Takhar faced criticism after he was caught visiting his company despite it having been placed in a blind trust when he joined the cabinet. Cabinet ministers are required to keep an arms-length relationship with any business they own to avoid a conflict of interest. Premier McGuinty admitted that Takhar had shown poor judgement. Takhar claimed that he was visiting the company only to speak with his wife, who is the company's CEO. [10]

The matter was sent to the province's Integrity Commissioner which issued a decision on January 4, 2006, that Takhar had violated the province's integrity guidelines by failing to maintain an arms-length relationship with the trustee of his blind trust. Following the release of the decision, McGuinty issued a statement that he would not fire Takhar. [11] Takhar was reassigned to the new position of Minister of Small Business and Entrepreneurship on May 23, 2006. [12]

In September 2008, Takhar was reappointed to a slightly revised cabinet post of Minister of Small Business and Consumer Services. [13] In June 2009, Takhar's moved to the positions of Minister of Government Services. [14]

He resigned from Cabinet in 2012 in order to stand as a candidate in the 2013 Liberal leadership convention to choose McGuinty's successor. [15] Takhar came in fourth place with 11.3% of the vote on the first ballot after which he withdrew to endorse Sandra Pupatello who went on to lose to Kathleen Wynne. [16]

On February 11, 2013, Wynne reappointed Takhar to position of Minister of Government Services and also made him the Management Board Chair. [17] On May 8, 2013 he resigned from cabinet after being hospitalized with chest pains. [18]

He remains in the legislature as a backbench MPP. [19]

Cabinet positions [ edit ]

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Harinder Takhar

Harinder S. Takhar has been a long time resident (26 years) of Mississauga, married with two children. He believes in ensuring a vibrant, diverse, prosperous and safe community where everyone has an opportunity to contribute and grow. Harinder Takhar's educational credentials include a Master's degree in Economics, Political Science and an undergraduate degree in English, Economics and Political Science. He holds the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and professional administrator's designations. He was awarded the prestigious State Merit Scholarship and stood first in Economics during his studies for his Bachelor's degree. Harinder believes in life long learning and has completed several executive leadership courses at Rotman School Of Management (University of Toronto) and at the Schulich School of Business (York University). He was recently appointed Fellow (FCMA) of the Society of Management Accountants of Canada.

Harinder Takhar has been profiled extensively for his community service in the various newspapers and national magazines including the December 2001 issue of the "Canadian Living" magazine, March 2002 issue of "Mississauga Business Times" and a recent article published in CMA "Management" magazine.

Harinder Takhar currently is Chairman and a member of the Board of Governors of the Credit Valley Hospital, immediate past Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, Resources Committee and Treasurer of the Board; a founding member of the Board of Directors and President of the International Punjabi Chamber of Commerce and Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Peel Region. In June 1997, Harinder became a member of the Board of Directors of the Education Safety Association of Ontario and served in that capacity for approximately four years.

Harinder Takhar accepted the chairmanship of The United Way of Peel Region at a very critical time in that organization's future. Under his leadership the organization regained contributor confidence, which resulted in two very successful fundraising campaigns in one year and eliminated the debt entirely.

Harinder Takhar has a unique blend of public and private sector experience. He joined the PEEL DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD in September 1994 and currently serves as an Associate Director and Chief Financial Officer. As such, he is responsible for all of the Board's financial, strategic and operational planning, human resources, plant and physical planning services and manages an operating and capital budget in excess of $900 million.

Harinder Takhar also serves as the President and CEO of Chalmers Group Of Companies. Chalmers Group currently consists of five manufacturing companies with operations in Canada and the USA. The company sales have increased eighteen fold in ten years from less than $3 million in 1992. Chalmers was judged among the 100 best-managed private companies in Canada in 1995. In 1999, Chalmers was given the "Award of Excellence" by the Ontario Chamber Of Commerce along with giant companies like Ford of Canada and Canadian Tire. Also very recently, Harinder Takhar was given the "2001 New Pioneers Entrepreneur of the Year Award", by "Skills for Change", a Canadian Organization. He also received the '2001 Community Service Award' from the Society Of Management Accountants of Ontario.

From 1991 to 1994, Harinder Takhar had been executive vice-president of finance and administration of the earth and environmental group and vice-president finance and chief financial officer of the engineering group of AGRA INDUSTRIES LIMITED.

Prior to his positions with AGRA INDUSTRIES, he served as vice-president of finance and operations services for LINEAR TECHNOLOGY INC./GENNUM CORPORATION and as a Controller for TIMEX CANADA INC.

Harinder taught business and CMA/CGA accredited courses at Sheridan College for 13 years. He served as a mentor for many students aspiring to join CGA and CMA programs.

Harinder has a good sense of what Ontario and Canada is all about, and how the efforts and hard work of individuals can make a difference.

Harinder Takhar - Asian Canadian Wiki

Harinder Takhar


Harinder Takhar is the urrent Minister of Government Services of Ontario.

[edit ] About

"Harinder Takhar has been a long time resident (30 years) of Mississauga, married and proud father of two daughters. He believes in ensuring a vibrant, diverse, prosperous and safe community where everyone has an opportunity to contribute and grow.

[edit ] Education

Harinder Takhar’s educational credentials include a Master’s degree in Economics, Political Science and an undergraduate degree in English, Economics and Political Science. He holds the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and professional administrator’s designations. He was awarded the prestigious State Merit Scholarship and stood first in Economics during his studies for his Bachelor’s degree. Harinder believes in life long learning and has completed several executive leadership courses at Rotman School Of Management (University of Toronto) and at the Schulich School of Business (York University). He was appointed Fellow (FCMA) of the Society of Management Accountants of Canada in 2002.

[edit ] Career

Takhar has been profiled extensively for his community service in the various newspapers and national magazines including the December 2001 issue of the “Canadian Living” magazine, March 2002 issue of “Mississauga Business Times” and an article published in CMA “Management” magazine.

Harinder was elected to the Ontario Legislature in October 2003. He was then re-elected in 2007. He was immediately appointed to the Executive Council of Ontario and as the Minister of Transportation. He served in that capacity for 2.5 years and was then appointed as Ontario’s first Minister of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, then Minister of Small Business and Consumer Services before being appointed to his current role as Minister of Government Services in June of 2009.

Harinder Takhar served as Chairman and a member of the Board of Governors of the Credit Valley Hospital, Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, Resources Committee and Treasurer of the Board; a founding member of the Board of Directors and President of the International Punjabi Chamber of Commerce. In June 1997, Harinder became a member of the Board of Directors of the Education Safety Association of Ontario and served in that capacity for approximately four years.

Harinder also served as the Chair of the Untied Way of Peel Region. He accepted the chairmanship of The United Way of Peel at a very critical time in that organization’s history. Under his leadership the organization regained contributor confidence, which resulted in two very successful fundraising campaigns in a single year which eliminated the debt entirely.

Harinder Takhar has a unique blend of public and private sector experience. He joined the Peel District School Board in September 1994 and served as the Associate Director and Chief Financial Officer. As such, he was responsible for all of the Board’s financial, strategic and operational planning, human resources, plant and physical planning services and manages an operating and capital budget in excess of $900 million.

Before his election, Takhar also served as the President and CEO of Chalmers Group Of Companies. Chalmers Group, which consisted of five manufacturing companies with operations in Canada and the USA. The company sales increased eighteen fold in ten years. Chalmers was judged a finalist among the 50 best-managed private companies in Canada in 1995. In 1999, Chalmers was given the “Award of Excellence” by the Ontario Chamber Of Commerce along with larger companies like Ford of Canada and Canadian Tire. Also, Harinder Takhar was given the “2001 New Pioneers Entrepreneur of the Year Award”, by “Skills for Change”, a Canadian Organization. He also received the ’2001 Community Service Award’ from the Society Of Management Accountants of Ontario. Most recently, he received the SEWA Award from the Sikh Centennial Foundation and the prestigious President’s Award from the Indo-Canadian Chamber of Commerce. In a recent trip to India, Harinder was honoured by various organizations.

From 1991 to 1994, Harinder Takhar had been executive vice-president of finance and administration of the earth and environmental group and vice-president finance and chief financial officer of the engineering group of AGRA INDUSTRIES LIMITED.

Prior to his positions with AGRA INDUSTRIES, he served as vice-president of finance and operations services for LINEAR TECHNOLOGY INC. GENNUM CORPORATION and as a Controller for TIMEX CANADA INC.

Takhar taught business and CMA/CGA accredited courses at Sheridan College for 13 years. He served as a mentor for many students aspiring to join CGA and CMA programs.

Harinder has a good sense of what Ontario and Canada is all about, and how the efforts and hard work of individuals can make a difference. He believes strongly in building better communities and making full use of the skills and qualifications of all Ontarians."[1]

Newsroom: Biography: Harinder Takhar

Biography. Harinder Takhar MPP Mississauga-Erindale
  • Chair of the Management Board of Cabinet, February 2013 – May 2013
  • Minister of Government Services, June 2009 – May 2013
  • Minister of Small Business and Consumer Services, July 2008 – June 2009
  • Minister of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, May 2006 – July 2008
  • Minister of Transportation, October 2003 – May 2006
  • Certified Management Accountant

Personal and Family Life

  • Married (Balwinder) with two daughters

Memberships and Associations

  • Chair and Treasurer, Board of Governors, Credit Valley Hospital
  • Associate Director and Chief Financial Officer, Peel District School Board
  • Chair, United Way of Peel Region
  • Founding Member and President, International Punjabi Chamber of Commerce

Harinder Takhar was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2003 as the MPP for Mississauga Centre. He was elected as the MPP for Mississauga-Erindale in 2007, and re-elected in 2011 and 2014.

Takhar has served in several senior ministerial roles, where he has championed small business, consumer protection and fiscal accountability. He has served as Minister of Government Services, Minister of Transportation, and as Ontario’s first Minister of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Minister of Small Business and Consumer Services.

Prior to his political career, Takhar was President and CEO of Chalmers Group. He is a Certified Management Accountant and FCMA. He has served as Chair and Treasurer of the Board of Governors of the Credit Valley Hospital, as well as Associate Director and Chief Financial Officer of the Peel District School Board. As Chair of the United Way of Peel Region, Takhar led a fundraising campaign that eliminated the organization’s debt. He was also a Founding Member and President of the International Punjabi Chamber of Commerce.

Takhar and his wife, Balwinder, have two daughters.

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Harinder Takhar: Betting on a new high

Harinder Takhar: Betting on a new high

By Gurmukh Singh

TORONTO: Though it is too early to say anything about his prospects, if Punjab-born Harinder Takhar, who in 2003 became the first Indian to hold a ministerial position in Canada’s Ontario province, manages to win the leadership of the ruling Liberal Party of the province, he will go on to become the premier of Ontario.

The leadership election has been necessitated by the resignation of the sitting premier Dalton McGuinty who was also the leader of the Ontario Liberal Party.

So, whosoever wins the party leader’s post also becomes the premier of Ontario. If the soft-spoken Takhar wins, he will be the second Indian in Canada to become a premier after Ujjal Dosanjh who created history in February 2000 by winning the premiership of Canada’s British Columbia province.

To put things in perspective, the post of a premier in Canada is equal to that of a Chief Minister in India. But unlike Indian chief ministers, premiers in Canada are much more powerful, because provincial parties are absolutely independent of national parties and choose their own leaders.

Further, the premier of Ontario is considered to be the second-most powerful person in Canada after the Prime Minister, because Ontario is the country’s most powerful province as it accounts for about 40 per cent of the country’s economy and population.


Meenakshi Shedde at Ind Exp,Toronto. Photo by Patrick Jube WireImage-Getty for TIFF Right: Harinder Takhar with his main rival Kathleen Wynne. Photo: Gurmukh Singh

After officially announcing his bid for the leadership on November 24, Takhar began the task of wooing about 2,500 delegates who will elect the new leader on January 27. The only person of colour in the fray, Takhar faces six opponents, including two formidable females — Kathleen Wynne (until now Minister for Municipal Affairs and Housing) and Sandra Pupatello (former Minister of Economic Development and Trade). “I am here in the race to win it,” he declared.

A successful businessman, Takhar joined politics in 2003 and won in the Assembly elections. Immediately, he was made the Minister of Transport and has been holding the ministerial position since then. Since election rules require all contenders for the party leader’s post to quit their Cabinet posts, Takhar too has resigned from the ministry to enter the fray. The 61-year-old Takhar came to Canada from Shankar village — also the native place of the late Union Minister Swaran Singh — near Jalandhar in 1974. Before he left for Canada, he was a bank officer with the Punjab and Sind Bank. Like any new immigrant, he started his life in Canada at the bottom. However, Takhar was soon on his way up the corporate ladder because of his finance background, which he fortified by earning a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) degree from Toronto. Having held many senior positions in private companies over the years, he then went on ahead to create his own business under the name of Chalmers Group of Companies. Now, he touts his experience in the business world as his biggest asset in tackling the problems of Ontario province.

“All my career, I have been involved in finance, business and job creations. In fact, my career of 25 years is based on the basic fiscal discipline. And at this point, Ontario is faced with a fiscal deficit of $14 billion and the issue of job creation. I have the financial experience to tackle these two issues which none of the other six candidates has,’’ said Takhar, kicking off his election campaign. His entry into the ruling party’s leadership race has galvanised the 5,00,000-strong Indo-Canadian community of the Greater Toronto Area.

A slice of Indian cinema

It looks like the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is reinventing Indian cinema for global audiences. After showcasing Mumbai under its city-to-city programme at its last edition in September in which 10 Mumbai-centric films were screened, TIFF screened yet another package from India in November. Called Indian Expressionism, the seven-film package included movies from the 1920s to the 1970s. These included Light of Asia (1925), The Blue Angel (1930), Pinjra (1972), The Indian Tomb (1921), The Tiger of Eschnapur/The Indian Tomb (1959), Amrit Manthan (1934), and Mahal (1949).

Mumbai-based film critic and curator Meenakshi Shedde, who flew down to Toronto to present Indian Expressionism from November 14 to 21, said the package was “an interesting way to top off Diwali celebrations”. Interestingly, Indian Expressionism is actually all about the influence of German Expressionism on Indian cinema from the 1920s to the 1970s.

Shedde, who is also India Consultant to the Berlin and Dubai film festivals, said: “Through this package, I wanted to tell global audiences that the Indian cinema from the 1920s onwards was much more global than today’s Bollywood. While current Indian films open only to diaspora audiences, the films from that era used to open to global audiences. Look at Light of Asia, an Indo-German co-production of 1925. It was released in Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Budapest, Brussels, London and so on. In fact, in Britain this film had a special screening for the King and the Queen. It ran in British theatres for many weeks.

“So what Light of Asia accomplished in the 1920s, no Bollywood film has been able to manage — even up to 2012,’’ said Shedde who was also India Consultant to the “Raj Kapoor and the Golden Age of Indian Cinema” festival held by TIFF last year. Shedde said the great filmmakers Himansu Rai and V. Shantaram were deeply influenced by German Expression because, in the 1920s, Germany cinema was pitching itself as a rival to Hollywood. And the UFA Studios in Berlin were their centre of excellence. “But since they didn’t have the kind of budgets that Hollywood boasted, German Expressionist films made up for this by having set designs and performances in an exaggerated, distorted, unrealistic style that reflected inner emotional realities,’’ she said.