Mr. Barj S. Dhahan was born in Punjab and moved to Canada in 1967. He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and Regent College. He is the Co-Founder and Director of CIES. Mr. Dhahan has been instrumental in launching numerous education, health and community development projects in British Columbia and in India since the 1980s. One of these projects was the introduction of a nursing program in Punjab which has been affiliated with the University of British Columbia’s School of Nursing since 1998.