Paul Bains, Founder
Paul Bains is the founder of Enlight Life of Kids in Need. After completing his Engineering degree and MBA from India, he moved to Canada in the early 1990s, where he attained his degree in computer engineering from the University of Manitoba. He worked for the Government of Alberta as a Systems Analyst for a few years and then moved to the United States to pursue his career further. He came back to Canada in the mid 2000s, and has successfully been running his own apparel business since then.
He always had this idea that the world can be a better place if every individual can make proper decisions in their life which could only be conceivable with education. He believes education is the only tool which can narrow the disparity between rich and poor, and diverse cultures. Education reduces poverty, increases income, fosters peace, promotes gender equity and make people socially and environmentally responsible.
He humbly requests everyone to join hands in this great cause to make education accessible to all who are not fortunate enough to get it themselves and make this world better place to live for generations to come.
Akash Gugila, Treasurer
Akash graduated from McMaster University with his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Pharmacology and went on to do his Masters in Biotechnology at the University of Toronto.
In his spare time, he loves to play volleyball – loves the Toronto Raptors (who doesn’t), travelling to historic sites around the world and hiking (born from his time living in Vancouver).
Akash loves giving back to the community and do his part to make the world a better place, which is why he decided to become a part of EnlightKids.
Jasmine Bains, General Manager - Social Media Marketing
Jasmine Bains is a senior at McMaster University working towards her Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) degree and a minor in Political Science. She is passionate about giving back, and has found her involvement at school, in organizations, and on-going volunteer work valuable to help diverse communities through Enlight Life of Kids in Need.
Her interests include watching (especially the Raptors) and playing/trying various sports, fitness, reading, dancing, and meeting new people (she loves to hear their stories)!
Jasmine believes that philanthropy is not just about donating money to a cause, it involves contributing resources to any mission regarded advantageous to a community whether it be time, energy, knowledge, or funds. She is enthusiastic to apply her experiences in a role that lets her connect with people, add value to the organization and communities, and stretch herself.
Rajesh Garcha, Accountant
RG CA Professional Corporation is founded by Rajesh Garcha, CPA, CA.
Rajesh has over 15 years of experience in public accounting both at local level GTA based and national accounting firms.
He obtained his CA designation with KPMG, Toronto. Rajesh has also completed CICA’s In-Depth Tax Course.
Tezbir Atwal, Volunteer Co-ordinator
Tezbir Singh is a strategy consultant with a focus on data technology and how it brings about transformational change to organizations.
He has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry and is currently a Director in CIBC’s Data and Analytics team. Prior to his current role, he has worked in various leadership roles across technology and operations at CIBC as well as at Fidelity Investments.
Tezbir has an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at U of T and an Electrical Engineering degree from Thapar University in India. He has also served as a board member and vice chair at MCIS, a not-for profit social enterprise focused on interpretation, translation and training.
C P Chhatwal, Fundraising / Event Co-ordinator
C.P. Chhatwal has lived in Brampton, Ontario for over 16 years. After completing his Engineering Degree, served couple of years in Automotive Sector in Various Managerial Positions in India and Canada, Switched the carrier in Real-Estate Industry.
Make a difference – Donating to charity is the perfect opportunity to make a difference in the world. By making a difference to someone’s life, you are leaving behind a legacy. You are making a statement that your life was worthwhile because you made a contribution to society.
I humbly request everyone for this great cause that every child having access to a good education; that nobody should live in poverty in the 21st century. We have a responsibility to care for other people, to help those less fortunate than ourselves. When we have some spare cash, time or goods, it is an opportunity to help out.
Uday Bhaskar, Fundraising / Event Co-ordinator
With an Education in Electronics, Communication and Computer Engineering, Uday Bhaskar a versatile engineer with vast experience in Solutions Development, Systems Architecture, Systems Administration and Hardware and Software Development.
Been working in USA and Canada for last 20 years for many high profile Clients on Systems Engineering, Hardware and Application Support.
Before that, in addition to the System Administration Uday Bhaskar worked as Scientist in Indian Space Research Organization on Hardware, Firmware and software development of Satellite Communication and Data Processing Equipment such as Command Processors, Range Processors, Frame Synchronizers, SCSI and PCI Interface cards etc.
Uday Bhasker is very honest and loyal individual who volunteered with numerous charities and non profits including Walk for Values (create awareness for the practice and propagation of Human Values “Love, Truth, Right Conduct, Non-violence and Peace”), Habitat for Humanity, and participate in planting trees each year.
Mohinder Pannu, Fundraising / Event Co-ordinator
Mohinder Pannu is registered Professional Engineer in Ontario. For last 15 years, Mohinder has been involved with engineering and management of utility scale renewable energy projects in North America.
He has more than 20 years experience in pulp and paper industry.
Yogi Guliani, Fundraising / Event Co-ordinator
Yogi Guliani moved to Canada in 2002 after having lived in New York for a couple of years.
He completed his M.Sc. (Electronics) and MBA (Marketing)from India and worked at various managerial positions with Crompton Greaves and Philips India and was also a visiting faculty at the University of Delhi, India.
In Canada, he pursued his career in the retail industry with Best Buy, Leons, Bad Boys and Brick as a Regional Manager and Director of Sales.
In 2010, Yogesh made a transition into a self-employed individual in the financial industry and currently works with Desjardins as a financial planner.
Everyone knows him as Yogi and his popular tag line “ one life to live, no retakes no dress rehearsal, live life to the fullest. “
Whatever he undertakes, he does with passion and integrity and firmly believes that education is the most powerful weapon which one can use to change the world.
Alignment of this belief, with the very mission and purpose of Enlightkids, is the critical reason that made him become a part of Enlight Kids for life.
Air Cmde Ujagar Singh, Director