Dr. Pradeep Merchant is a well-known and respected individual in the Indo-Canadian community and in the City of Ottawa. Currently, he is the Site Chief of the Division of Neonatology at the Civic Campus and Assistant Professor in Dept. of Paediatrics at University of Ottawa. He has played an active role in building strong professional and business organization in Ottawa. He was the Chair of the Indo-Canada Ottawa Business Chamber (ICOBC) for the years 2010-2012 and currently serves on the Advisory Board of India Canada Chamber of Commerce. He was instrumental in establishing and is currently the Chair of the Governing Council of Canada-India Center for Excellence at Carleton University. Dr. Merchant has also been on the Board of Governors of Carleton University since 2013. Dr. Merchant was conferred the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding Canadians.