Kasi Rao

Kasi Rao, Vice President of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada; Senior Advisor (India) Bennett Jones Law FirmKasi Rao serves as Vice President of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and Director of its Toronto Office. As well, he is a consultant and advisor based in Toronto providing guidance on India-related strategies. In this capacity he advises corporations, universities, think tanks, not-for-profit organizations, and different levels of government. At the law firm of Bennett Jones he is the Senior Advisor (India).  In 2013 he was appointed to the Province of Saskatchewan’s Asia Advisory Council.

In 2005, he led a collaborative initiative relating to the automotive sector, as the founding Executive Director of the Beacon Project at the University Of Ontario Institute Of Technology. Immediately prior to this he worked for three-and-half years as the Director, Office of the President and CEO at BMO Financial Group.

At the University of Toronto, where he worked for seven years, Rao served in a twin-pronged role: Director of the Office of the President and Director of Government Relations. He worked for the Province of Ontario in various capacities over a period of five years: Senior Policy Advisor to the Ontario Government in New York, Policy Advisor to the Premier of Ontario, and, Special Assistant in Cabinet Office.

He was recognized as “Member of the Year 2012” by the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce and a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in the same year. Rao has an M.A. from the University of Toronto and a B.A. from the University of Waterloo, majoring in Political Science. He obtained his primary and secondary education from schools in Gangtok, Bengaluru, New Delhi and Toronto.

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