Sam Bhalesar

    Sam is an active member of the community. Sam has dedicated her life to improving communities in Ottawa and beyond. Currently, Sam is working as a Senior Advisor with the Government of Canada. She has worked and managed numerous projects including Canadian energy projects, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Justice Strategy, G7, G20, International Energy project/conferences, and numerous other international affairs. During her post-graduate studies, she earned a degree specializing in Political Science and Public Administration.

    She also runs a small business with her husband.

    Sam currently serves as the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian South Asian Women’s Chamber of Commerce.  She also holds Board of Director positions with the Ottawa Community Housing Foundation, the Ottawa Youth Service Burea, and serves as an Adjudicator with the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council. Sam has previously served as the Chair of the Champlain Maternal Newborn Regional Program, Chair of the Patient and Family Advisory Council with the Ottawa Hospital (PFAC) & served as a member of numerous other committees at the Ottawa Hospital and CHEO. Sam has also done work with the Canadian International Peace Project and served as a Member of the National Anti-Racism Council of Canada (NARCC) and as a Member of the Network of Indian Professionals.

    Sam and her husband Nav of nearly 19 years have two beautiful boys. She is a dedicated and proud mother who hopes that her children will embrace the good values that she has helped to teach them and that they will have the same opportunities to serve Canadians as she has had so far and continues to have on a daily basis.

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