Open Jaw’s Canada Day Series: Featuring Our Gain & India’s Loss, Yuvraj Datta
immigrants speak glowingly about Canada – but perhaps none so warmly as Yuvraj
Datta, President of Skylink. “Share what you are with a country like this and
you will reach the heights.“
were you born?
New Dehli, India.
you come to Canada?
My 1st visit was in 1998 - I arrived on October 10th and
the beautiful colours of fall welcomed me. I came here permanently in
When I was
15/16, I had an aunt living here and I heard how nice it was, and during my 1
trip, several people told me it would be a good idea for me to come. Family
systems, schooling, health care, everything. I find Canada very
multicultural, yet modern and very liberal and that's important to us.
And I while I'm not crazy about slush, I even like it when it snows!
consider other countries?
I looked also at Australia – a little far – and the U.S., but the pace
was too fast. Now I travel 80 days a year to the U.S. and I prefer Canada
as a more settled environment.
st job here? To be honest, the 1st 5 or 6 months were a struggle. I had
trouble finding a job even though I had worked in travel in India, so I got
into a company as a travel agent. Within 6 weeks I was promoted to supervisor
and shortly after that, Branch Manager. From a travel agent to, now, the
President of a multi-million dollar company with offices in 3 countries: I like
to say that I am the perfect immigrant story!
you appreciate most about being Canadian?
Believe me, Canada is the only place where if
you walk through a door the guy ahead of you will hold the door for you. That
shows the respect we have for each other. Try slowing down at a yield sign in
New York! Good luck!
could live anywhere in Canada, where would it be?
I love Victoria! I'll be there one day for
you think would make Canada an even better place?
I see huge talent being wasted in the new
immigrant community. They have to struggle. At SkyLink, we do a lot to
encourage and hire new immigrants. Also, some of us take Canada for granted,
despite the acceptance, tolerance, multi-ethnicity and good
infrastructure. We mustn't forget that it's the duty of all of us to
support our community and participate in society.
you traditionally spend Canada Day?
We do a barbecue at a cottage or by the lake –
and we always try to invite a friend from another country. This year it's the
CEO of Skylink who will hopefully be joining us.
you think you'd be doing if you had remained in India?
Good question. I never thought of
not leaving… but it would be something similar, but definitely in travel. For