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Aditya Jha

Chair, POA Educational Foundation

A philanthropist and social activist at heart and an entrepreneur with passion, Aditya Jha's life journey in Canada is about building a successful career/entrepreneurial venture and in the process help cause of Canada.

Through his entrepreneurial feats of actualizing dream with high risk taking as well as his acts of generous giving to those outside his community; he has demonstrated a rare sensitivity towards the societal needs of Canada.

Aditya’s entrepreneurial pursuits have included both start-up technology ventures as well as brick and mortar turn-around businesses ranging from software product development, IT services businesses, chocolate manufacturing business, fine dining and fast food restaurants and Real Estate investments with business presence in Canada, USA, Thailand, and India. He co-founded a software company, Isopia Inc., after having a successful career at Bell Canada as General Manager, eBusiness and Product Marketing. In July 2001, despite the downturn in the technology industry, Isopia was a major acquisition by Sun Microsystems Inc., USA.

Aditya sponsors and is running a unique initiative (sixth year) in the area of Venture Philanthropy working with the office of the Grand Chief of Nishnawbe Aski Nation to nurture entrepreneurship within the aboriginal communities of Canada.

Aditya founded his private charitable foundation (POA Educational Foundation) in 2001 and has created endowments at four institutions (Ryerson University, York University, Trent University and George Brown College), and these endowments grant total of thirteen bursary awards ($42,000 annually) in perpetuity to students. He was the Chairperson for UNICEF Canada India HIV/AIDS campaign ($3 million) and one of the Cabinet Members for Ryerson University Business School's capital campaign ($72 million).

Aditya is the appointee of Government of Canada to the Board of Directors of First Nations Financial Management Board, of Government of Ontario to Ontario Investment & Trade Advisory Council (OITAC) and Advisory Council Member of Dean, School of Social Services, Ryerson University. He has served as a board member of two TSX listed public companies. He is a Charter Member of the prestigious Indus Entrepreneur Group (TiE) and has also served in past on the Board of the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce. He is member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

He is the National Convenor of Canada India Foundation (CIF), which focuses on public policy advocacy for deeper engagement in Canada India corridor and at CIF he led signing of $10 Million endowment for setting up Canada India Public Policy Centre at the University of Waterloo. He is passionate about New Canadian’s support for education at several universities. He works closely with several successful Indo-Canadians in guiding their philanthropic giving to mainstream causes. He is actively involved with the New Canadian groups of Indian, Nepalese, Sri Lankan, and Pakistani origin in Canada as well as is passionately involved with the aboriginal community of Canada.

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