Mr. Kasi Rao is the CEO and President of the Canada-India Business Council. He also was the Vice-President and Director for the Asia Pacific Foundation's Toronto Office (2013-2017). Mr. Rao is a consultant & 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. He is the Senior Advisor (India) to the law
firm Bennett Jones. He was a member of the Government of Saskatchewan’s Asia Advisory Council (2014-2015). 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 & 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 & 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 has a B.A from the University of Waterloo and an M.A from the University of Toronto.