“Life should also be measured by the events, places and people that take our breath away,
more so than by the number of breaths we take in our lifetime; by the steps we take and the
tracks we make; by how much we give to others in need than how much we keep for ourselves;
by how much we care for those less fortunate more so than how much we desire; by how much
we need than how much we want; by the generosity of the heart rather than the size of the
pockets. Life should be measured by the difference we make than the difference we take”.
Guyana born Ashook Ramsaran of the USA was among nine persons of Indian origin honoured at a very high profile awards event held on Sunday, August 14, 2011 at the Sutton Hotel in Toronto. Hon Dalton McGinty, Premier of Toronto, released the GLOBAL INDIAN ORIGIN publication profiling the “Top 25 Most Influential Indians in North America” and presented GLOBAL INDIAN ORIGIN recognition honors and appropriately inscribed awards to nine of those profiled as notable recipients. Premier McGinty was ably assisted by Dr Roseann Runte, president Carleton University in Ottawa. Also participating in this prominent event was Indian Consul General in Toronto, Hon Preeti Saran. The event moderated by actress Supinder Wraich of Toronto.
The event was well attended with participation among a wide spectrum of the local and global community of friends, family, associates and well wishers. Participants included members of the POA Education Foundation, the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO International), Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) from the Caribbean and India; Non-resident Indians (NRIs); members of the Greater Toronto area and media.
The “Top 25 Most Influential Indians in North America” is another in the series of notable publications from GLOBAL INDIAN ORIGIN.
The 25 honorees profiled in “Top 25 Most Influential Indians in North America” are: Mr Vasu Chanchlani (Canada), Dr Ram Charan (USA), Mr Sant Singh Chatwal (USA), Mr Bharat Desai (USA), Mr Gururaj Despande (USA), Mr Bob Dillon (Canada), Mr Ujjal Dosanjh (Canada), Dr Aron Govil, Hon Gov Nikki Haley (USA), Dr Valluvan Jeevnandan (USA), Dr Aditya Jha (Canada), Mr Asa Singh Johal, Mr Vinod Khosla (USA), Ms Indra Nooyi (USA), Mr Deepak Obhrai (Canada) , Mr Vickram Pandit (USA), Dr Sudhir Parikh (USA), Mr Hasmukh P. Rama (USA), Mr Ashook Ramsaran (USA), Dr C S Ranawat (USA), Mr Kuldeep Rai Sahi (USA), Mr Ram Kavitark Shriram (USA), Hon Harinder Takhar (Canada), Dr Salim Yusuf (USA), Ms Sunita Williams (USA).
Ashook Ramsaran was recognized for his many significant and notable achievements as an active and versatile civic leader both in the local New York community as well as the global Indian diaspora community of Non-resident Indians (NRIs) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs). Ramsaran is Executive Vice President of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO International) and CEO of Ramex, Inc his own electronics manufacturing company founded in 1988 and based in New York.
Ramsaran’s most recent and notably significant accomplishments include India’s prestigious 2011 Pravasi Samman Award conferred on him by the President of India on January 9, 2011, and the success of his initiatives and collaboration to establish the Kolkata Memorial which was unveiled on January 11, 2011 in Kolkata, India.