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Colin Powell meets with NRIs in Vancouver


US General Colin Powell Meets with most successful NRI businessmen
and local leaders at La Terrazza, Vancouver


Vancouver, BC, June 18, 2008

This was the event of the year in Vancouver with a very strong Indo-Canadian presence. A private dinner event was held for US retired four-star General Colin Powell on Thursday at La Terrazza Restaurant, Vancouver, after the General’s speech at the Trade and Convention Centre to meet various industry leaders in Vancouver and so he can create stronger links to India with his new Vancouver connections as well.

The event was organized by businessman David Sidoo and political advisor Barinder Sall. Barinder Sall has built a reputation as one of Canada's top strategic advisors by navigating the careers of several of the country's highest profile personalities. Working with dynamic leaders in the realms of politics, business, law enforcement, and community development, he is widely recognized as a highly effective people connector whose collaborations have an impressive record of success. The people he work with closely are all “Firsts”: the first Indo-Canadian Premier outside India Honourable Ujjal Dosanjh, the first Indo-Canadian Police Chief in North America Kash Heed, the first senior cabinet minister in Canadian politics Honourable Herb Dhaliwal and the first judge to leave the court of Appeal and enter politics the Attorney General Honourable Wally Oppal. Political advisor Barinder Sall went to school at the Harvard JFK School of Government with General Powell

Vancouver businessman and Restaurateur David Sidoo who just partnered with the famous chef Daniel Boulud and is opening a new restaurant DB moderne in October.

La Terrazza which is owned by businessman Iqbal Grewal, the Vancouver magazine in Dec 2007 said, this restaurant is where the powerful people of Vancouver dine and get deals. It has one of the largest selections of wines in the country with over 2,500 different labels and 40,000 bottles. It also has one of the nations most award winning wine lists with a decades worth of “Best of” Award of Excellence from the prestigious. Located close to most major venues including GM Place, BC Place, and the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, La Terrazza boasts some of the city's most celebrated cuisine and one of the very best wine lists in Canada.

The Vancouver magazine further wrote-Wealthy shipping mogul Kyle Washington is a big fan of this room—he once held a series of 12 dinners here, each a step toward a $600 million deal. The private Enoteca (wine library) housed Concord Pacific CEO Terry Hui while he negotiated the CBC building deal—it also provided the setting for Premier Gordon Campbell during his contentious sale of BC Rail. Federal Liberal leadership contender Bob Rae booked the secluded Terrazza room for a $5,000 a plate fundraiser for exclusive VIPs. Why all the action? Not only is the food excellent (Washington favours the beef carpaccio and the strozzapretti Bolognese with a bottle of vintage Masseto), but owner Iqbal Grewal is extremely well connected, particularly in the Indo-Canadian community. On any given night you’ll find heavyweights like millionaire realtor Gurdev Sandhu or Colliers Executive Vice President Avtar Bains (responsible for $7.2 billion in commercial land sales) pressing the flesh at the corner table by the fireplace (Table 6) or politicos Herb Dhaliwal, Ujjal Dosanjh, or Attorney General Wally Oppal hosting fundraisers in one of the private rooms. It was here that multi-millionaire Peter Dhillon celebrated his 40th birthday (the cranberry king has a white cran-tini named after him, the Petertini), flying in comedian Russell Peters for a private show (approximate cost: $100,000 for the evening).

There were 60 people total that were invited to this intimate and close dinner with the General. The list was a who-is-who of Vancouver and the Indo-Canadian community was very well represented. It was a very proud moment to know that around the most successful business people in Vancouver we have some good, influential, and successful Indo-Canadian role models like David Sidoo, Gurdev Sandhu, Parminder Singh, Kelly Heed, and Wally Oppal

Notable Indo-Canadians at the dinner were:

  • Attorney General- Wally Oppal
  • Deputy Speaker- Sindi Hawkins
  • Businessman- Jagmohan Singh
  • Owner of Bombay Banquet Hall- Gary Brar
  • Developer- Gurdev Sandhu
  • Colliers vice president- Kelly Heed
  • Microsoft Canada director- Parminder Singh
  • Executive Assistant to Police Chief Kash Heed- Rajvir Basra
  • Guru Bazzar owner- Sonny Khurana
  • MP- Sukh Dhaliwal

Barinder Sall said, this is one of the first events that I saw that there were some millionaires but a great amount of billionaires from: shipping mogul Dennis Washington, casino boss Ross McLeod, Phil Lind (Chairman of Rogers communications), lululemon clothing founder Chip Wilson, music record producer Quincy Jones, Bosa developmnent CEO Nat Bosa, Bob Rennie, Jim Pattison, whitespot owner Ron Toigo and Vancouver canucks owner Paolo Aquilini

Other billionaire noteable guests and leaders were:

  • Anthony von Mandl
  • Bob Rennie
  • Chip Wilson
  • Dennis Washington
  • General Colin Powell
  • Jim Pattison
  • Nat Bosa
  • Paolo Aquilini
  • Peter Ladner
  • Phil Lind
  • Quincy Jones
  • Robert Lee
  • Ron Toigo

    Minister Gordie Hogg
    VPD Chief Constable Jim Chu
    RCMP Chief Sup. Fraser MacRae

    The official photographer at the event was Chandra Bodalia.

    Famous music producer Quincy Jones flew up just for the event as he is best friends with Colin Powell. Quincy Jones is very good friends with David Sidoo friend billionaire Dennis Washington.


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