Deepak Obhrai is a Calgary businessman and a former City of Calgary employee. He is the owner of a company formed to explore joint venture opportunities in the overseas markets. Obhrai was a member of the Team Canada Trade Mission to India in January 1996, as a business delegate. He is involved with his community and is the past president of the India-Canada Association, Monterey Community Association and the Hindu Society of Calgary and Vice-President of the National Indo/Canadian Council.
Mr. Obhrai accompanied the Governor General on a State Visit to India and Pakistan (1998) and Africa, including Tanzania (1999) where he was born. Mr. Obhrai attended a meeting of African Development Bank directors in Cairo and acted as an election observer on behalf of the Government of Canada in Chiappas, Mexico. As International Trade critic, Mr. Obhrai participated in trade missions to Algeria, Argentina, Chile, China, India, Mexico, Morocco, Spain, Uruguay and Washington. He was also a member of the Canadian delegation that attended World Trade Organization negotiations in Seattle and Doha.
In the 37 th Parliament, Obhrai’s responsibilities are Senior Critic for Canadian International Development, Former Senior Critic for International Trade (WTO, FTAA) and Former Chair of the Globalization and Competitiveness Task Force. Mr. Obhrai was first elected Member of Parliament for the Calgary East Constituency in 1997 and was re-elected in November 2000. Mr. Obhrai speaks English, Hindi, Punjabi, Swahili.
Entrepreneur and owner of Indo Canadian Enterprises
Accounting City of Calgary – Electric Systems (1982 – 1996)
Air Traffic Controller – East Africa (1975)
President, India-Canada Association of Calgary (1990 – 1992)
Vice President, National Indo-Canadian Council, Alberta Region (1993 – 1995)
President, Monterey Community Association (1996 – 1997)
President, Hindu Society of Calgary (1997)
Senior Critic for Her Majesty’s Official Opposition, International Development
Past Parliamentary Responsibilities:
Deputy Critic, International Trade (WTO, FTAA)
Deputy Critic for Intergovernmental Affairs, Citizenship and Immigration, and Canadian Heritage
Senior Critic for Her Majesty’s Official Opposition, International Trade
Chair of the Task Force on Globalization and Competitiveness
Member of the following Committees:
Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade
Sub-Committee on Human Rights and International Development.
First elected Member of Parliament for Calgary East in 1997 and was re-elected in November 2000.
Daly College – Indore, India (1968)
Air Traffic Control, United Kingdom and East Africa (1971)
Accounting Second Level, Society of Management Accountants (1980)
Spouse: Neena; daughters: Priti, Kaajal; son: Aman
1714 Radisson Drive SE, Calgary, AB, T2A 1Z8