Who We Are?
Fiji Canada Business Association provides its member companies with business insight, understanding, and strong networks that help resolve the inevitable challenges of doing business in Canada.
Fiji Canada Business Association understands the need to promote Fijian Business community. This is a non-profit organization to gather our community together and understand each other. Like minded professionals share their knowledge with others. This organization is always take initiates to organize various events to bring people together.
Fiji Canada Business Association organizes events such as greet and welcome of diplomats. Introduce our exceptional talents hidden from the world. Association will also appreciate efforts done by various people in the community for the country or rest of the world need to be recognized.
President (Kavin Chand)
Kavin migrated to Canada in 1997 from Fiji at the age of 23. Working for 10 year as an operations manager for a distribution company Kavin continuously grew his Companies and by year 2019 Kavin is the owner of Aaisa Vacations Inc, JaniPro Solutions LTD, Chand Holdings and Ami Holdings (Fiji)LTD with shares in few other companies. He is also a real estate investor and developer here in Canada and abroad.
Kavin with his generosity and supporting nature has built a respective name in the community. As being the founding member of this Business Association, he believes in helping other’s to grow their business as he
did his own.
Kavin believes in giving back to the community as he is also the founding member and President of Humanitarian Community Society of BC and Fiji Disaster Relief Society, he is also Fiji’s first and only life time member of PICs and a vast community worker.
Vice President (Abhinesh Prasad)
Chairperson (Kamilla Singh)
Kamilla Singh is the chair of Fiji Canada Business Association since its conception. Kamilla is a media personality in the Fijian Community, She is the Producer and Director of Asian Pulse TV which is on air for past 22 year, recently she started another show called Kamilla Singh Show on Shaw multicultural Channel in BC and Alberta. Recently she joined Radio Fiji Mirchi Fiji’s only 24 radio station as a talk host on Ammne Sammne on every Sundays.
Kamilla is the founder and past president of Fiji Professional Women’s Network, she has worked in the Women’s movement for past 25 years, as a counsellor, and as a victim support worker, she is an activist advocate and human rights defender. She has own practice, providing support for women and children who are fleeing domestic violence.. She was the chair of BC Human Rights coalition. She has been organizing anti racism events since 2009 on March 21, International day for the Elimination of all forms of Racial discrimination. In 2006 Vancouver Sun named her as 100 most influential people in BC. Kamilla also started to celebrated Fiji’s Independence day since 2008 under the banner of Asian Pulse TV and for past 4 years in partnership with Fiji Disaster Relief Society. She is the chair of Fiji Disaster Relief Society. Her other job is working as women’s support worker at a Women’s Shelter. Kamilla Singh is very approachable and always willing to hep out in anyway she can.
Director (Salesh Prasad)
Salesh Prasad is a Senior Program Officer at the Department of Public Safety Canada – National Crime Prevention Centre. Salesh joined the Department of Public Safety Canada in 2011. His work involves developing and managing crime prevention projects that are effective and cost-effective in preventing and reducing crime by intervening on the crime risk factors before crime happens. He works closely with partners and stakeholders in the provinces and territories to develop and implement results-driven projects that target specific crime issues in regions and communities across Canada.
Before joining Department of Public Safety Canada, Salesh worked as a Program Officer at Service Canada for Homelessness Partnering Strategy and New Horizons for Seniors Programs. Salesh has also worked as an Employment Advisor and Business Education Teacher in Fiji. In 2008, as part of the Canadian Immigration Integration Project, funded by Human Resources Development Canada, in partnership with the Scotia Bank, Salesh traveled to India to train CIIP Orientation Officers on Canadian labour market, Canadian workplace culture, and job search and career decision making skills.
Salesh has completed Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting & Financial Management and Economics at the University of the South Pacific. Upon immigrating to Canada from Fiji Islands, Salesh completed Baccalaureate Diploma in Human Resources Management and Career Development Practitioner Certificate.
Director (Shabnam Khan)
Shabnam is a Private Practitioner at S.K Counselling Services in Surrey, British Columbia. She also practices as a Family Counsellor at UNITI – Semiahmoo House Society in South Surrey with additional roles as a PCT – Person Centred Trainer and a RPF – Restorative Practice Facilitator.
Shabnam is originally from Ba, Fiji Islands. She completed her Secondary School at Kamil College and then attended Fiji Institute of Technology. Shabnam then pursued her education in Sydney, Australia where she acquired her B.A in Business & Marketing. When Shabnam migrated to Canada, she continued her studies towards Psychology and completed her MPCC – Master’s Practitioner In Clinical Counselling.
She believes Counselling is a process of learning how to make good life decisions. Realizing that there can be a lot of reluctance in seeking Counselling Services, Shabnam is committed to break those barriers through awareness, advocacy and continued education. Shabnam specializes in Individual, Child & Youth, Pre-Marital, Marriage/Couple & Family Counselling. She works in areas of Self Esteem, Parenting, Depression, Grief/Bereavement, Assertive Communication, Anger Management, Boundaries & Relationships etc. Shabnam also advocates as an Adult Educator in Schools and Community Gatherings through workshops on Effective Parenting, Mother & Daughter Groups and Women’s Support Groups. Shabnam has passion for writing Inspirational Stories and her Articles are published in the Community Newspaper – The Miracle and at UNITI – Semiahmoo Foundation Blog. She also covers Special Edition for AAJ Magazine. Shabnam is an active volunteer in her community and often devotes her time in planning and facilitating at events. Her Quote: “Opportunities may come and go but the discipline, love, care, respect and motivation that surrounded us throughout our childhood will never fade. Those are the memories we carry on with us for life, as we are accustomed to them and want to cherish them becoming part of our identity” Shabnam was a recent recipient of Shakti Award of Public Service – Shakti Award 2020, celebrating Women in our Community. Shakti Society holds this event close to IWD – International Women’s Day Celebration. Shabnam was a recipient of The Miracle Writer’s Award by The Miracle Media Group. Shabnam was nominated for the Top 3 Business Award’s Category by FCBA – Fiji Canada Business Association, Surrey BC in 2019. She was also nominated in the Best Community Impact category 2019 and Premier’s Peoples’ Choice category 2019 – Small Business BC Awards.
Shabnam is a member of (SBOT) Surrey Board of Trade and sits on Women in Business Committee. She also sits on (NEVR) Network to Eliminate Violence in Relationships, (CRIAW) Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women and (WTC) Women Transforming Cities Committee. Shabnam is also an active member of the Shakti Society – Empowerment of Women, Children, and Families. She is also a member of Surrey Women’s Centre, Atira Women’s Resource Society and many other Non – profit organizations in Surrey, British Columbia. Shabnam supports inclusion and collaboration.
Shabnam enjoys spending time and traveling with her family. She loves nature, reading, and socializing.
Secretary (Sara Sharma)
Sara Sharma is a Realtor at Sutton Group-West Coast Realty. Sara brings forth to her clients a wealth of real estate savvy, professionalism, keen negotiation, and communication skills. Sara has a vivid passion for the real estate industry. One of her greatest strengths is that Sara is a great LISTENER. Sara’s slogan is, Real Estate is a people business not a house business! Sara gets the best RESULTS!
A vast majority of Sara’s business is derived from referrals from satisfied clientele and industry-real estate associates alike. Sara’s philosophy of quality over quantity is represented by her level of involvement and integrity with each real estate transaction. Sara works with buyers and sellers openly and honestly and this has built her reputation as being among the best.
Treasurer (Agnes Prasad)