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The University of the Fraser Valley , is a Canadian public university with campuses in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission and Hope, British Columbia. Founded in 1974 as Fraser Valley College, it was a response to the need for expanded vocational training in the communities of the Fraser Valley. In 1988, it became a university college, with degree-granting status. As the University College of the Fraser Valley, it grew rapidly, becoming one of the largest university colleges in Canada.In recognition of the growing needs for higher education within the region and in the province, the provincial government granted full university status on 21 April 2008. Student enrollment is now over 15,000 students annually.In the 2010 The Globe and Mail Canadian University Report, UFV earned the most "A Range" grades of any post-secondary institution in British Columbia, receiving A grades in quality of education, student-faculty interaction, and ease of registration. Wikipedia.

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News Article | May 18, 2017
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A group of businessmen led by Canadian Sikh billionaire, Erwin Singh Braich, have formed a coalition and created a company to assist South Asians globally in making their mark in the world (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgIDvv7wvaw&t=8s). One of the athletes on their roster is making huge waves right now in the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8yfZUQghQ0) Sikh Olympian, Arjan Singh Bhullar was born in Richmond, British Columbia and is the first person of South Asian descent to represent Canada in the Olympics in freestyle wrestling (London 2012- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmFUC6X4fjE&t=17s). He also won Gold in freestyle wrestling at the Commonwealth Games (2010). Arjan was the only Gold medalist on Team Canada. Arjan is currently undefeated in his MMA career after another victory a few weeks ago in the cage (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Z0em_XbJlA&t=7s). Arjan is the first wrestler in history to win University national titles for the Canadian (CIS) and American (NAIA) leagues in the same year (2008) and he was named the Best Wrestler of the tournament that year and won the award for Athlete of the Year at Simon Fraser in 2008. He is a two time NAIA wrestling champion. In 2008 he was also named the Canadian Olympic Trials Champion. In 2009 he was named Canadian Wrestler of the Year. In 2011 he was named Sport BC University Athlete of of the Year and he was a Bronze medalist at the University World Championships. He is a five time National Champion. Arjan was also the recipient of a silver medal marking the Queens Diamond Jubilee, which was presented by the Prime Minister of Canada to select Canadians for their service to Canada. "Wrestling has been an integral part of Sikh culture since its beginnings. The founders of the religion practiced wrestling, even using it as a platform to promote health and wellness. Its other obvious practical use was hand-to-hand combat, something employed routinely by many Sikhs whether in opposition to oppressive rule, fending off invaders of the country of India, or competing in grand tournaments." - Lachlan Macintosh - (http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2016/04/arjan-bhullar-wrestling-canada-sikh-community/). The sixth Guru in Sikhism, Guru Hargobind Ji, was the one that espoused the importance of physical strength and he brought things such as wrestling to the forefront and there are many wrestling clubs named after him today around the world (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guru_Hargobind). Guru Hargobind Ji was also the one that initiated a military tradition in Sikhism to resist persecution and it carried on forward from there up until the tenth Guru - Guru Gobind Singh Ji (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guru_Gobind_Singh). Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the tenth Guru in Sikhism, founded the Sikh warrior community in 1699 and named them the Khalsa. After he initiated the first five disciples called the - Panj Pyrare - he gave them the surname Singh, which means lion, and women received the name Kaur, which means Prince (sic), and it acts as a symbol of equality among men and women. This custom further confirmed the equality of both genders as was the tradition set by the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev Ji. It was intended to give women a sense of self-respect and it was a statement of their independence and social status, so that they would stand strong and regal beside men as their equal. It was also intended to reduce the prejudice created by caste-typing based on the family name. Prejudice based on caste was still rampant during Guru Gobind Singh Ji's time in the 17th century. Arjan Singh Bhullar is currently vying to become the first Punjabi Sikh in the UFC and be the ambassador for over 1.7 billion South Asians around the world, by competing in the fastest growing sport in the world, which is becoming more and more international every day. Junior fight leagues are now popping up all over the globe especially India (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultimate_Fighting_Championship). In his MMA career so far, Arjan has not lost a single round and he has a perfect 6-0 fight record. He is currently heavyweight champion in the Battlefield Fight League (http://www.battlefieldfl.com). It is the opinion of many fight analysts that it’s only a matter of time before Arjan enters the world's top MMA promotion, the UFC (http://www.ufc.com), which was sold last year for $4 billion to international conglomerate WME-IMG (http://www.wmeimg.com). Arjan currently trains with former UFC champion Cain Valasquez, in San Jose and originally started his training in Montreal with MMA superstar Georges Saint-Pierre (GSP), after his wrestling career capped off at the London Olympics in 2012. When asked how he does against the former champions and other UFC fighters he has sparred with, he stated “I go toe to toe with them and I’m going to be heavyweight champion myself one day, mark my words. I’m in this to win, not just participate.” Arjan is widely regarded as the best wrestler in MMA that is currently not in the UFC (http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Arjan-Bhullar-175321). Not only is Arjan multi-talented in the world of fighting, having successfully made the leap from freestyle wrestling to MMA, he is also the co-founder and coach of one of the best wrestling programs in Canada at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) which is located in Abbotsford, British Columbia (http://www.ufvcascades.ca/varsity-teams/wrestling). Under his guidance and that of his co-coach Raj Singh Virdi, this year they guided heavyweight wrestler Brad Hildenbrandt to winning gold and becoming National Champion. And in women's wrestling they guided Karla Godinez to becoming the rookie of the year in Canada. (http://www.varsityletters.ca/cascades-olympian-mentored-hildenbrandt-wins-ufvs-first-ever-u-sports-gold) Within 6 months of founding UFV’s wrestling program in 2014, it became the number one program in the country. The program at UFV was completely self funded when it began. When he came to UFV, Arjan was told that he could wait until the university was ready to fund a wrestling program or he could do it on his own (http://www.ufvcascades.ca/coaches-staff/arjan-bhullar/). Arjan decided not to wait and to push forward on his own along with his co-coach Raj Virdi. His belief is that “in life some people will buy into a vision but everyone will buy into a winner,” so he set out to build a winner and completed his vision in record time at the university. He takes no salary along with his co-coach, Raj, and they do it for the love of the sport and, more so than that even, they do it to change lives and provide opportunities for students that otherwise might not even have a chance to attend university at all or wrestle after high school. They do it to create a better future for our communities (http://www.ufvcascades.ca/coaches-staff/raj-virdi/). Arjan’s vision fits in directly with the vision that Dream Team Management has and that is why they have now joined forces. “This company’s purpose is to make sure the talent that is being managed makes a positive impact in the world and helps change the lives of others to build a better future for the next generation. The greater good always has to be taken into account. Sometimes that comes with tremendous sacrifice. It is the Sikh philosophy and way of life. No matter how difficult things get in life, you must always fight back and find a way to victory,” stated Erwin Singh Braich (http://www.justiceandtruthforall.org). “The only question that remains now is how long will it take until Arjan becomes the first Punjabi Sikh in the UFC and represent his fan base which includes Indians from all over the world,” added Braich. Braich himself was an outstanding basketball player in his days at Simon Fraser University. He was short listed to possibly play on Canada’s Olympic basketball team in 1976 when the Summer Olympics were hosted by Canada in Montreal. He didn’t end up attending due to the untimely passing of his father, the legendary, Herman Singh Braich Sr., on May 21st, 1976. At the age of 20, Braich took control of what is now known as the Braich Group of Companies and Trusts (http://www.justiceandtruthforall.org/uploads/A_Celebration_of_our_Heritage1.pdf). Arjan humbly states that once he achieves his lofty goal of becoming heavyweight champion, he wants to use the platform to help his people and all of humanity, much like Muhammad Ali did, who was one of his childhood heroes. Arjan was born into a Sikh family 3 decades ago and wrestling was in his blood, his dad was the first in the family to take up wrestling and it was "a way of self defense" according to Arjan's dad's older brother - Balkar Singh Bhullar. “Back in those days, we faced so much racism and we would get threatened and beat up just for being brown skinned and from India, so we decided that one of our brothers would become a wrestler so that people didn't mess with us all the time when we were just trying to earn a living and make life better for ourselves and our families, so Arjan’s dad, who is the youngest out of all our siblings, was the one that got picked to train." "We all worked any jobs we could find back then to make ends meet but we were all able to stick together and that allowed our brother to be able to focus on training instead of having to work a regular job”. Arjan’s father, Avtar Singh Bhullar who was born in Punjab, India, was also an Olympic caliber wrestler in his day, and were it not for technical and political reasons, his father would have become the first South Asian representing Canada, but because he went back to India, to represent the country of his birth - only to be told he couldn't after it was proven that he was more than qualified to do so - he missed out on the Olympic trials in 1988 in Canada because of his trip to India. It was devastating for Avtar and he never forgot it.(http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/olympic-hopeful-follows-fathers-footsteps-in-wrestling-ring/article535602) Of the wrestlers that did qualify that year in the Olympics for Canada, many of them Avtar used to routinely defeat in practice. His son Arjan, in his own way, later avenged that devastating mishap by winning his Gold medal on Indian soil. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-tFBLxoy-Q&t=1s) Arjan defeated an Indian wrestler to win his Gold medal and by pinning him no less, which is a very difficult task in wrestling period, let alone in the Commonwealth Games, which took place in New Delhi - India's capital city - in 2010. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egGVdLIbEQw&t=653s) When asked for comment on what drives him, Arjan stated that “my people come from a long line of warriors and people who never quit. It is the foundation of the Khalsa and my motivation to become UFC heavyweight champion is not for the accolades, fame or fortune but to continue the legacy of my forefathers and the founders of the Khalsa and use the platform to promote tolerance, equality and justice in society. All of this runs deep in my veins” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikhism). “My dad used to train in a place doing push-ups with cinder blocks with no heating and they used to burn wood to keep the place warm. He literally used to do two to three thousand push-ups a day. The man was a beast! Growing up I was very fortunate to have great workout facilities right where I live because my family had built an akhara (gym) on our cranberry farm. The farm where my extended family and I still all live together is also where we run the Bhullar Wrestling Club from. We help kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to train and wrestle. It's a club my family has been running since the 1970s" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZyf0d6dpys). Along with everything else he does along the way, Arjan also made the time to co-found Kids Play which is a non profit organization working towards keeping kids away from the lifestyle involving drugs, gangs, and violence. Kids Play holds sports tournaments, conferences, and other projects for the youth community to learn about the opportunities they can seize within life. Currently Arjan is the CFO of Kids Play and he co-founded the organization with Kal Singh Dosanjh, who is the CEO. Dosanjh is a veteran law enforcement officer who has over 15 years experience as a patrol officer. He recently transferred to the Domestic Violence Section as a detective. Kal has also served on the Firearms Interdiction Team, the Drug Squad, as an Undercover Operator, Acting Sergeant on the Riot Squad and he has also assisted on large scale investigations in various capacities. The types of calls he has fielded include homicides, robberies, serious assaults, in addition to dealing with violent drug dealers, gang members and individuals suffering from mental health issues. Kal has much compassion for those that need treatment and is known to be a very kind, caring and a fair individual. Kal has also seen first hand the damage getting into the wrong lifestyle can have and that is why he is so focused on the youth to help them avoid going down the wrong path to begin with. He is credited by many people that were once headed down the wrong road to having helped them turn their lives around. Kal firmly believes in the saying that 'an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure'. (http://kidsplayfoundation.com/) One particular individual Kal has helped turn his life around is Austin Batra, who is now a MMA fighter. He has a 2-0 fight record so far as an amateur (http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Austin-Batra-187223). Austin aspires to get into the UFC one day as well. He also wrestled at UFV under the tutelage of Arjan and Raj before he stepped away from sports and now he is back following his dream of becoming middleweight champion one day. “All someone has to do is spend some time talking to Arjan and you realize very quickly that his 'why' has deep roots and is stronger than most other people's and that is a large part of the reason he is the champion that he is today. It's about much more than just sports when he goes on to the mat and into the cage. Arjan is one of those people that transcend sport and he uses the voice and talent he has to make the world a better place." "Arjan consciously and continuously seeks out people that he can collaborate with to improve society and he is a remarkable human being that genuinely cares about the direction our world is headed and wants to do everything he can to fight injustice and create a better future for the next generation,” stated Satinder Singh Dhillon, one of the founders of Dream Team Management. “Despite his ferociousness in the cage and on the mat, Arjan is a kind, very spiritual, caring and gracious human being. He comes from a hardworking and tight knit family who are amazing people. Arjan is astonishingly intelligent, intellectual and very well spoken. He has also earned a degree in political science from Simon Fraser University." "Arjan is a farmer as well and lives with his parents, grandma, uncles, aunts, siblings and cousins all in one house on their cranberry farm and he attributes the development of his kinder, gentler and spiritual side to his mom and the things she taught him growing up. When I asked him about his parents, Arjan says that they balance each other out with their viewpoints and that he is blessed to have had both of them guide him in this life" "Living with his extended family gives him great strength and Arjan feels that each time he fought on the mat previously and now in the cage, that his family, his community, the country of his birth and where his parents and grandparents were born and all South Asians around the world from many countries, all Canadians and people from all walks of life who are fighting their own battles are with him. Arjan views sports as a great unifying force in the world." "Arjan feels that he represents people from all walks of life and that he is a true people's champion. He is that one in a billion type of person who feels that he is over a billion people strong each time he fights because he's fighting for all of us in his own way," added Dhillon. "My grandfather, Sardar Pritam Singh Bhullar, came to Canada from India in 1959 with no money in his pocket in hopes of creating a better life for his family. He and my dad were apart for almost 12 years and I look back and am amazed at the sacrifices my family made so that we could all have better lives." "The sacrifice of being apart from a loved ones is one of the things that resonated with me when Satinder told me about how his parents, (the late Santokh Singh Dhillon and his mom Surjit Kaur Dhillon) were separated for over 7 years and the whole reason why Satinder's father came over to Canada in the late 1960s was because he fell in love with Satinder's mom and made her a promise, that he would send for her once he got set up somewhere outside of India. "That process took his father to different countries and eventually he ended up in Canada. It's an amazing story of perseverance and beating the odds and Satinder is also a survivor and has weathered many storms at an early age having lost loved ones as a teenager which included his father. He had to grow up fast but he never gave up and I admire that." "There are so many points that I connected with Satinder on and the list is too long to recite, for instance when we shared stories and compared notes of our time having to work on the farms when we were kids and how he attended SFU as well, some ten years before me. And the fact that he also attended UFV and lives down the street from the university in Abbotsford." "Satinder's connection to UFV is an intricate part of his life and UFV is the reason we met in the first place many years ago and that story in and of itself is cosmic destiny. His time at UFV in the 1990s was life changing and it was one of the first big storms of that kind he had to weather in his life as he lost a friend as she was an innocent bystander along with her family in a senseless act of violence". "Satinder is a survivor and has fought back against tremendous odds his whole life and almost died along the way, he is a revolutionary that I admire and his journey hasn't been easy as he fought back against injustice and risked his life doing it. I remember all the resistance I myself faced when I first started in MMA but that voice inside me told me that this was what I was meant to do in this life". "Satinder has had to overcome a lot on his journey in life, as have I and his journey is one that I've followed closely. People who fight back and can handle adversity are the type of people I want in my corner as we move forward. The sky is the limit and the future looks bright but if the going gets tough, at least I know I have people in my corner that won't quit". "I believe that there are three types of friends in life and Pastor T.D. Jakes says it best in his youtube video" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjnuvrhZ4FU&t=10s). "I myself know what it's like to face possible early death as well, as I had a severe knee injury and a life threatening infection at the same time, that almost took my life when I was younger, early on in my wrestling career. Those days I didn't know if I was going to live or die let alone wrestle again. In the end it turned out to be a blessing in disguise and I probably wouldn't have made it as far as I have in sports if all that didn't happen. God makes things happen for a reason and when the time is right our paths were meant to intersect, there are no coincidences is what I believe". "My siblings, cousins and I also worked hard growing up but it was easy compared to what our parents and grandparents had to endure. And this history motivates me that much more every day to train harder and get to that next level to make my family and my people proud." (http://www.motivatecanada.ca/en/athletes-esteem/esteem-team-athletes-esteem-roster/87-vancouver-area/2133-arjan-bhullar). "And when I say 'my people' I mean people from all walks of life from all over the world all different races, religions and creeds who are fighting their own battles in life and making progress, inch by inch, day by day." "For me when I enter the cage, I feel as if my whole family, the entire South Asian population, all Canadians and all of the people battling their way through life are with me in there." (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qg9oybWEcy8) "I truly feel like I represent over a billion people and that I am a billion people strong each and every time I enter that cage. I feel like my existence on this planet is the culmination of generations of hard work by my family and my people and humanity and one day we will all enter the UFC octagon together. God is making all this happen through me in this lifetime and for that I'm eternally grateful". "I myself also grew up on a farm and understand what hard labor is. As I got older I realized how good we had it compared to when our parents came to Canada and the struggles they faced, just to makes ends meet and survive and the racism they had to endure was an added burden on top of it all. Like Arjan, I have studied the history of our forefathers and understand their struggle and am appreciative to have the opportunities I did growing up because of their sacrifices," added Satinder Singh Dhillon (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/satinder-dhillon). Arjan’s mother. Salindran Kaur Bhullar, is a retired nurse and while she supports her son’s dream of becoming an MMA champion she just can’t bring herself to attending in person to watch one of his MMA fights, yet. “It’s too much for me to handle to see my baby in the ring with the potential of being hurt. I pray every time before a fight, for him and the other fighter.” “With a great family to support him and amazing work ethic the sky is truly the limit for Arjan, who is set on making history once again in Mixed Martial Arts and beyond. There’s no telling what this 30 year old will achieve in life,” stated Braich.


News Article | May 24, 2017
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Receive press releases from Law Offices of Jamshed Mistry: By Email Arjan Singh Bhullar becomes the first South Asian fighter to sign with the UFC - which is the biggest MMA fight promotion company in the world. Vancouver, Canada, May 24, 2017 --( “Another glass ceiling has been smashed. It’s official, we are headed to the UFC!” This is what Bhullar wrote on his Facebook wall to announce that he had been signed by the UFC. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZyf0d6dpys) "We are very proud of what Arjan has accomplished. We knew it was only a matter of time until the UFC signed him. He's a perfect 6-0 and has never lost a round yet in his career," stated Erwin Singh Braich, Canada's first Sikh Billionaire. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgIDvv7wvaw&t=13s) "I respect Arjan's dedication and the way he was able to persevere through hard times in his life." Braich is leading a group of businessmen that have formed a coalition and created Dream Team Management, which is a company aiming to assist South Asians globally in making their mark in the world. Bhullar is represented by Dream Team Management. Bhullar is currently the heavyweight champion in the Battlefield Fight League (http://battlefieldfl.com/) and he was the first person of South Asian descent to represent Canada in the Olympics in freestyle wrestling (London 2012) - (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmFUC6X4fjE&t=17s). He also won Gold in freestyle wrestling at the Commonwealth Games (2010) - (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egGVdLIbEQw&t=170s). Bhullar is the first wrestler in history to win University national titles for the Canadian (CIS) and American (NAIA) leagues in the same year (2008) and he is a two time NAIA wrestling champion. In 2007, he won bronze at the Pan American Games in Rio De Janeiro. In 2008, he was named the Canadian Olympic Trials Champion. In 2009, he was named Canadian Wrestler of the Year. In 2011, he was named Sport BC University Athlete of the Year and he was a bronze medalist at the University World Championships. He is a five time National Champion. Bhullar is the co-founder and co-coach of the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), wrestling program. With his co-coach Raj Virdi, Bhullar founded the program in 2014 and completely funded it themselves. They both take no salary from the UFV. Within 6 months of its inception it became the number one program in Canada. This past year they guided Brad Hildenbrandt to become National Champion and in the women's program they guided Karla Godinez to Rookie of the Year honors. "This has all been a long term plan that was executed to perfection by Arjan," stated Virdi. "Arjan is a great ambassador to the UFC, for all South Asians around the world and Canadians. He has already once made history by representing Canada at the Olympics and now he's done it again by signing on with the UFC. He is a remarkable young man indeed," stated Jamshed Mistry, Esq. Mistry is legal counsel for Dream Team Management. He resides in Mumbai currently and frequently visits Canada. Mistry is a world renowned lawyer and is currently the President of the Entertainment Lawyers association in India and a member of the Canadian Bar Association as well. "We have high hopes and big plans for Arjan in India and beyond. I believe that he can be the heavyweight champion one day in the UFC," added Mistry - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFUJlKbqrfY. "I always knew he could do it. Some people thought Arjan was crazy for getting into Mixed Martial Arts. He knew what he was doing and I believe he's going to be the heavyweight champion one day," stated Satinder Singh Dhillon, who is one of the founders of Dream Team Management and Arjan's manager. "Arjan is one of the most focused, talented, intelligent and humble people I've ever met in my life and much credit goes to his mother and father for that and his extended family who he lives with. "Arjan and I are friends first and foremost and we met by divine intervention years ago. At the time we each were headed down our respective paths having thought out a long term strategy of how to achieve our goals." "A lot of people thought we were crazy for doing what we were doing. Only we both know what it took to arrive at the point we are at today. It took a lot of planning, perseverance and patience. From the courtroom to the cage, we've both covered a lot of ground since that first encounter," added Dhillon - (http://timesofcanadapresents.blogspot.ca/). "I'm in this to win and not just participate and the goal is to be heavyweight champion of the world. Each time I enter the cage I feel like I have over a billion people with me, from all walks of life in there with me and it gives me great strength. I'm doing this for all of us," stated Bhullar. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/one-billion-strong_us_591f107ae4b0b28a33f62b7e) "Just like I've always done, I have assembled a new team around me this past few years to achieve my goals. No man is an island and if you are going to make it to the top you need to be able to work with people from all walks of life. Inside the cage and out, I have the right people to take this thing where it needs to go next. I've got a team of fighters around me, from the boardrooms and courtrooms to the cage, my guys know what they are doing and know how to win. "I am blessed to have my family, my fight team and Dream Team Management with me on this journey and together we are going to achieve what we set out to do many years ago. I have been planning for this since before I went to the Olympics in 2012 in London. "I've trained hard and visualized the moments I'm living right now for a long, long time. This is just the beginning and it's not just about what goes on inside the cage. I want to use the platform the UFC has provided me to inspire people and let them know anything is possible in this life and I'm living proof of that. “I want to effect change in the world, much like my childhood hero, Muhammad Ali, did. After my dad, Ali was the most influential athlete in my life. What Ali accomplished in his life through sport is something I aspire to do. I'm not doing any of this for the accolades, fame or fortune, I'm doing it to continue the work my forefathers began and make the world a better place." "My brother is a special guy and I know how much hard work he put in to get to where he's at today. I'm very proud of him," stated Jora Bhullar who is a lawyer and has been one of Arjan's trusted advisors in all matters, legal and otherwise. Arjan is expected to have his first fight on September 9th, 2017, when the UFC comes to Rogers Arena in Edmonton, Alberta. This is the first time ever that Edmonton will be hosting a UFC event - http://www.rogersplace.com/ufc-debuts-in-edmonton-september-9-2017/. "Arjan is going to open up the Indian market for the UFC in a major way like never before. We've got our first South Asian athlete that is not just a token entry to gain audience. They don't call him 'Big Bhullar' for nothing. He is a proven champion and a serious contender in the world's fastest growing sport," stated Davinder Singh Deol, who is a Canadian citizen that travels frequently to Mumbai and Dubai. He is one of the founders and Executive Vice-President of Development of Overseas Markets for Dream Team Management - http://www.torontosun.com/2017/05/19/ufc-considering-interim-middleweight-title-fight. "Arjan has serious long term potential for the UFC. There has never been an athlete like him for South Asians to look up to on the international scale, ever. "Not to take anything away from Connor McGregor, who has all of Ireland behind him and is a great champion but it's just simple math, between the global population of Canadians and South Asians alone, that's over 1.7 billion people and they need a champion like Arjan, who genuinely cares about people and uplifting society. "Kids are going to be inspired to workout, train hard and be like Arjan. We need more role models for our Punjabi kids especially. I've seen all walks of life and I myself have turned my life around from the very dark and hard times that I've been through as a teenager and young adult. "I'm inspired by Arjan and my Dream Team colleagues to be a better person in my daily life and am thankful to be working with such a great group of people to help make the world a better place." Deol is known for having played a huge role in the Indian music industry, having helped pioneer a new sound for Indian music. He was instrumental in creating superstars such as Yo Yo Honey Singh, having funded and advised him in the beginning. Deol also arranged for one of the biggest music collaborations in Bollywood history for Akshay Kumar's movie Singh is Kinng (sic), between Snoop Dogg and Manj Musik, formerly of RDB. In 2015, Deol orchestrated the biggest party song of the year in Bollywood, Paani Wala Dance, which starred Sunny Leone and Ram Kapoor, which was released by Zee Music Company (one of India's leading television and music companies). - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_CJ4lJ12Us Also an artist himself, in 2015 he featured on Neha Kakkar and Honey Singh's Aao Raja, for the film Gabbar Is Back (English rap under his stage name Teflon) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66VN2ZIWPnw. Deol funded Yo Yo Honey Singh's breakthrough song Brown Rang that garnered international attention and launched Honey Singh’s career and also that of Badshah and many others that are trending in today's Indian music and film industry (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbKaRZFnqn8). Deol later assisted in producing Honey Singh's smash hit Blue Eyes (over 100 million YouTube views) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbyHNASFi6U. Deol has worked with many of the biggest and best artists in India and abroad such as Mika Singh, Diljit Dosanjh, Gippy Grewal, Ray J, G-Unit, C-BO, Tupac's Outlaws, Yukmouth, Tech9ne, the late Chris Lighty, Hardik Dave (founder of Desi Hip-Hop), Shameer Tandon, Govinda, Rock Jacobs, Jup Gill, and many many others from Hollywood to Bollywood. Deol launched IMM Entertainment in 2012 and released an album in collaboration with Universal Music - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8B6u9pqy066KcIkGezUTbA. "Due to legal matters there is much music from that era that is yet to be released, that will eventually see the light of day. I will also be releasing my long awaited album as well. My lawyers and I are still figuring out the logistics of it all with IMM and the artists we have under contract right now." "We’re gonna bring a huge audience to Arjan's fights in the UFC. Kids and adults will be rooting for him from the pinds (villages) to the cities in India and beyond, we're gonna make sure of it," added Deol who also holds the position as a Creative Director with Dream Team. “We are working on some amazing content right now and this summer is going to be epic, in more ways than one. "I am a big fan of the UFC and remember when I first took a major interest in it, when I happened to be in Las Vegas and it was Georges St. Pierre's (GSP) first fight. I remember clearly that day at Mandalay Bay, when I heard that there was a Canadian fighting and decided to get tickets at the last minute and go. "I remember GSP being one of the early fights of the night on the preliminary card and he won a unanimous decision. I recall people making fun of his accent because he is from Quebec. It was so rewarding to watch him dominate after that. I was proud because he was Canadian and now to be able to work with Arjan to help promote his brand worldwide is something I am very proud to be a part of. "This is such a great opportunity for the UFC to get into Punjab, Mumbai and all of India and South Asia really. These markets are ready to get behind a fighter like Arjan and it's so great that he has such deep roots in the sport, with his father being a celebrated wrestling champion in India," said Anup Kumar. Kumar is the former manager of Honey Singh and together they made history, with Honey Singh becoming one of the best-selling artists ever in Indian history. Honey Singh currently holds the record for highest amount charged for a song in Bollywood - http://www.hindustantimes.com/music/honey-singh-paid-highest-fee-for-song/story-opKB9QsqUvZJJNYmYpR7KO.html. He also is the highest paid overall per song for Bollywood as well - http://www.worldblaze.in/top-10-highest-paid-singers-in-indian-cinema/2/. And he is the highest paid musician in Bollywood history overall. In 2014 he was 16th on Forbes list of celebrities in India - http://www.forbesindia.com/celebprofile2014/yo-yo-honey-singh/1489/31. Together with the help of Kumar and Deol, Honey Singh also amassed over 30 million Facebook followers. Kumar is one of the founders of Dream Team Management and resides in Chandigarh, Punjab, from where he runs his multi-media and management business. Kumar has launched many careers in music and movies and he has worked with many, many, noteworthy Bollywood celebrities which include Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Jacqueline Fernandez, Sunny Leone, Akshay Kumar and numerous others. "There is a pretty big South Asian population in Edmonton and the UFC is going to see how much support Arjan has behind him in Canada when he fights there. It's amazingly fortunate that Arjan will get to make his debut in Edmonton, it's going to be pandemonium that night," stated Luke Meijer, also a member of Dream Team Management - (http://globalnews.ca/news/3409413/ufc-making-its-edmonton-debut-in-september/) Meijer specializes in European markets for Dream Team, having been born in Holland he speaks Dutch, German, French, Spanish and English. He's a dual citizen having lived in Abbotsford, British Columbia, as a child for a few years. "I have Icelandic blood in my veins as well and we know a thing or two about fighting. My colleagues joke around sometimes and call me the Viking on the team. "I've traveled the world and lived in many places including Nepal, Bali, Holland, London and Vancouver among others. It's ironic that during my childhood I spent some years in Abbotsford and that I would eventually end up back here as an adult. "During my childhood my mom and I spent 5 years living abroad, much of that time was spent in Nepal and I have a special connection to South Asian cultures," added Meijer. "It's great to have someone like Arjan doing what he's doing in the world and providing inspiration for us all and the next generation. I personally know all too well the story of struggle and going down a dark path in reaction to personal tragedy and then being able to pull myself out, reprogram myself for success and team up with the right people, because as Arjan says no man is an island and teamwork is key,” stated Roop Singh Bhandher who is a core part of Dream Team Management personnel and one of the founders as well. “Arjan is a fighter in more ways than one having overcome many defeats in his life and that is what I respect about him most," added Bhandher. "What Arjan and my best friend, Raj Dhesi (aka Jinder Mahal in the WWE), did this past week by becoming WWE World Heavyweight Champion and Arjan signing with the UFC within days of each other is something that will be remembered in history for a long time to come, especially by South Asians who have fought hard to carve out their place in North America. “I remember those days when Raj and I would workout together and be planning what we should do in the future. There was a time that the WWE seemed like it was in the past, when Raj was let go by the company. And this second chance that he got was a blessing from God and Raj hasn’t disappointed. He’s more focused and on point than I’ve ever seen him in my entire life. “Arjan and Raj represent so much more than just championship belt wins and gold medals, etc., they represent the hard work of our forefathers who laid the foundation down for us all in North America, so that we all could enjoy better lives. “Sitting and talking to Arjan at UFV when I visited Abbotsford this past year and listening to his story of struggle and perseverance connected with me on a personal level and he's truly the people's champion. I am grateful to be working with him and be a part of Dream Team, to get Arjan and Raj's voice out to the world," said Bhandher. "I’m looking forward to making history with Arjan coming on board with Dream Team. His life is an incredible and the world needs more people like him," said Matt Cameron, who is a conditioning coach and UBC graduate with a degree in psychology. He is also a former university athlete himself (baseball). Matt is Marketing Manager for Domestic Markets with Dream Team Management. "I'm so proud of what Arjan has accomplished so far in his life. It is truly remarkable what he has done for himself and South Asians all over the world. Being an Olympian, he proudly represented Canada and now he represents India and Canada in the octagon." “This past week was amazing for Raj, Arjan and the whole community, with their big wins. These guys are able to give young kids something to aspire to, especially South Asian youth," stated Jup Singh Gill, who is a musician that is signed to IMM and he also works with Dream Team Management - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mN7KRIQu6MA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PpQUk9tw6k. "South Asians are making strides in so many ways all around the globe and now to have our fighters being able to compete at the highest levels in the UFC and the WWE is amazing," added Gill. “Arjan is truly a remarkable person. From helping the youth and young adults in the community, to representing Canada in the Olympics and winning a gold medal at the Commonwealth games in spectacular fashion and now entering the UFC, Arjan has already made us all proud, South Asians and Canadians alike. His wins on the mat feel like all of our wins. He is a true people’s champion,” stated Gurtaj (Goldy) Singh Dhaliwal. “And now he's taking it to new heights. With over 1 billion people behind Arjan, he will bring greater crowds to the UFC and I believe he is the key for the UFC’s expansion into India.” “What Arjan represents for South Asians around the world is unprecedented. When he's in the cage you can tell how comfortable he is in there now. I believe 100% he can be the next UFC Heavyweight Champion,” added Dhaliwal. “What an incredible journey all of this has been. So many ups and downs and life lessons learned. The determination and perseverance by the team individually and collectively has been amazing to witness. The future looks bright and I’m very proud to be a part of the team," stated Matthew DeFaveri who also works with Dream Team. “What Arjan has been able to do and Jinder is truly remarkable and working with Luke, Davinder, Jup, Goldy, Satinder and everyone else has been a lot of fun. To be a part of all of this has been exciting to say the least,” added DeFaveri. "I personally know what it's like persevere through hard times and have much respect for what Arjan has accomplished. A Jim Watkins quote comes to mind when I think of Arjan; 'A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence' and as Bruce Lee says 'Be like water,'" stated Emmet Pierce who is a special advisor to Dream Team Management. Vancouver, Canada, May 24, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Arjan Singh Bhullar, 31, who was born in Canada to Punjabi immigrants from India, has become the first person of South Asian descent to be signed by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), which is the biggest MMA fight promotion company in the world.“Another glass ceiling has been smashed. It’s official, we are headed to the UFC!” This is what Bhullar wrote on his Facebook wall to announce that he had been signed by the UFC. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZyf0d6dpys)"We are very proud of what Arjan has accomplished. We knew it was only a matter of time until the UFC signed him. He's a perfect 6-0 and has never lost a round yet in his career," stated Erwin Singh Braich, Canada's first Sikh Billionaire. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgIDvv7wvaw&t=13s)"I respect Arjan's dedication and the way he was able to persevere through hard times in his life."Braich is leading a group of businessmen that have formed a coalition and created Dream Team Management, which is a company aiming to assist South Asians globally in making their mark in the world. Bhullar is represented by Dream Team Management.Bhullar is currently the heavyweight champion in the Battlefield Fight League (http://battlefieldfl.com/) and he was the first person of South Asian descent to represent Canada in the Olympics in freestyle wrestling (London 2012) - (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmFUC6X4fjE&t=17s).He also won Gold in freestyle wrestling at the Commonwealth Games (2010) - (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egGVdLIbEQw&t=170s).Bhullar is the first wrestler in history to win University national titles for the Canadian (CIS) and American (NAIA) leagues in the same year (2008) and he is a two time NAIA wrestling champion.In 2007, he won bronze at the Pan American Games in Rio De Janeiro. In 2008, he was named the Canadian Olympic Trials Champion. In 2009, he was named Canadian Wrestler of the Year. In 2011, he was named Sport BC University Athlete of the Year and he was a bronze medalist at the University World Championships. He is a five time National Champion.Bhullar is the co-founder and co-coach of the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), wrestling program.With his co-coach Raj Virdi, Bhullar founded the program in 2014 and completely funded it themselves. They both take no salary from the UFV. Within 6 months of its inception it became the number one program in Canada. This past year they guided Brad Hildenbrandt to become National Champion and in the women's program they guided Karla Godinez to Rookie of the Year honors."This has all been a long term plan that was executed to perfection by Arjan," stated Virdi."Arjan is a great ambassador to the UFC, for all South Asians around the world and Canadians. He has already once made history by representing Canada at the Olympics and now he's done it again by signing on with the UFC. He is a remarkable young man indeed," stated Jamshed Mistry, Esq.Mistry is legal counsel for Dream Team Management. He resides in Mumbai currently and frequently visits Canada. Mistry is a world renowned lawyer and is currently the President of the Entertainment Lawyers association in India and a member of the Canadian Bar Association as well. "We have high hopes and big plans for Arjan in India and beyond. I believe that he can be the heavyweight champion one day in the UFC," added Mistry - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFUJlKbqrfY."I always knew he could do it. Some people thought Arjan was crazy for getting into Mixed Martial Arts. He knew what he was doing and I believe he's going to be the heavyweight champion one day," stated Satinder Singh Dhillon, who is one of the founders of Dream Team Management and Arjan's manager."Arjan is one of the most focused, talented, intelligent and humble people I've ever met in my life and much credit goes to his mother and father for that and his extended family who he lives with."Arjan and I are friends first and foremost and we met by divine intervention years ago. At the time we each were headed down our respective paths having thought out a long term strategy of how to achieve our goals.""A lot of people thought we were crazy for doing what we were doing. Only we both know what it took to arrive at the point we are at today. It took a lot of planning, perseverance and patience. From the courtroom to the cage, we've both covered a lot of ground since that first encounter," added Dhillon - (http://timesofcanadapresents.blogspot.ca/)."I'm in this to win and not just participate and the goal is to be heavyweight champion of the world. Each time I enter the cage I feel like I have over a billion people with me, from all walks of life in there with me and it gives me great strength. I'm doing this for all of us," stated Bhullar. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/one-billion-strong_us_591f107ae4b0b28a33f62b7e)"Just like I've always done, I have assembled a new team around me this past few years to achieve my goals. No man is an island and if you are going to make it to the top you need to be able to work with people from all walks of life. Inside the cage and out, I have the right people to take this thing where it needs to go next. I've got a team of fighters around me, from the boardrooms and courtrooms to the cage, my guys know what they are doing and know how to win."I am blessed to have my family, my fight team and Dream Team Management with me on this journey and together we are going to achieve what we set out to do many years ago. I have been planning for this since before I went to the Olympics in 2012 in London."I've trained hard and visualized the moments I'm living right now for a long, long time. This is just the beginning and it's not just about what goes on inside the cage. I want to use the platform the UFC has provided me to inspire people and let them know anything is possible in this life and I'm living proof of that.“I want to effect change in the world, much like my childhood hero, Muhammad Ali, did. After my dad, Ali was the most influential athlete in my life. What Ali accomplished in his life through sport is something I aspire to do. I'm not doing any of this for the accolades, fame or fortune, I'm doing it to continue the work my forefathers began and make the world a better place.""My brother is a special guy and I know how much hard work he put in to get to where he's at today. I'm very proud of him," stated Jora Bhullar who is a lawyer and has been one of Arjan's trusted advisors in all matters, legal and otherwise.Arjan is expected to have his first fight on September 9th, 2017, when the UFC comes to Rogers Arena in Edmonton, Alberta. This is the first time ever that Edmonton will be hosting a UFC event - http://www.rogersplace.com/ufc-debuts-in-edmonton-september-9-2017/."Arjan is going to open up the Indian market for the UFC in a major way like never before. We've got our first South Asian athlete that is not just a token entry to gain audience. They don't call him 'Big Bhullar' for nothing. He is a proven champion and a serious contender in the world's fastest growing sport," stated Davinder Singh Deol, who is a Canadian citizen that travels frequently to Mumbai and Dubai. He is one of the founders and Executive Vice-President of Development of Overseas Markets for Dream Team Management - http://www.torontosun.com/2017/05/19/ufc-considering-interim-middleweight-title-fight."Arjan has serious long term potential for the UFC. There has never been an athlete like him for South Asians to look up to on the international scale, ever."Not to take anything away from Connor McGregor, who has all of Ireland behind him and is a great champion but it's just simple math, between the global population of Canadians and South Asians alone, that's over 1.7 billion people and they need a champion like Arjan, who genuinely cares about people and uplifting society."Kids are going to be inspired to workout, train hard and be like Arjan. We need more role models for our Punjabi kids especially. I've seen all walks of life and I myself have turned my life around from the very dark and hard times that I've been through as a teenager and young adult."I'm inspired by Arjan and my Dream Team colleagues to be a better person in my daily life and am thankful to be working with such a great group of people to help make the world a better place."Deol is known for having played a huge role in the Indian music industry, having helped pioneer a new sound for Indian music. He was instrumental in creating superstars such as Yo Yo Honey Singh, having funded and advised him in the beginning. Deol also arranged for one of the biggest music collaborations in Bollywood history for Akshay Kumar's movie Singh is Kinng (sic), between Snoop Dogg and Manj Musik, formerly of RDB.In 2015, Deol orchestrated the biggest party song of the year in Bollywood, Paani Wala Dance, which starred Sunny Leone and Ram Kapoor, which was released by Zee Music Company (one of India's leading television and music companies). - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_CJ4lJ12UsAlso an artist himself, in 2015 he featured on Neha Kakkar and Honey Singh's Aao Raja, for the film Gabbar Is Back (English rap under his stage name Teflon) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66VN2ZIWPnw.Deol funded Yo Yo Honey Singh's breakthrough song Brown Rang that garnered international attention and launched Honey Singh’s career and also that of Badshah and many others that are trending in today's Indian music and film industry (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbKaRZFnqn8). Deol later assisted in producing Honey Singh's smash hit Blue Eyes (over 100 million YouTube views) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbyHNASFi6U.Deol has worked with many of the biggest and best artists in India and abroad such as Mika Singh, Diljit Dosanjh, Gippy Grewal, Ray J, G-Unit, C-BO, Tupac's Outlaws, Yukmouth, Tech9ne, the late Chris Lighty, Hardik Dave (founder of Desi Hip-Hop), Shameer Tandon, Govinda, Rock Jacobs, Jup Gill, and many many others from Hollywood to Bollywood.Deol launched IMM Entertainment in 2012 and released an album in collaboration with Universal Music- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8B6u9pqy066KcIkGezUTbA. "Due to legal matters there is much music from that era that is yet to be released, that will eventually see the light of day. I will also be releasing my long awaited album as well. My lawyers and I are still figuring out the logistics of it all with IMM and the artists we have under contract right now.""We’re gonna bring a huge audience to Arjan's fights in the UFC. Kids and adults will be rooting for him from the pinds (villages) to the cities in India and beyond, we're gonna make sure of it," added Deol who also holds the position as a Creative Director with Dream Team. “We are working on some amazing content right now and this summer is going to be epic, in more ways than one."I am a big fan of the UFC and remember when I first took a major interest in it, when I happened to be in Las Vegas and it was Georges St. Pierre's (GSP) first fight. I remember clearly that day at Mandalay Bay, when I heard that there was a Canadian fighting and decided to get tickets at the last minute and go."I remember GSP being one of the early fights of the night on the preliminary card and he won a unanimous decision. I recall people making fun of his accent because he is from Quebec. It was so rewarding to watch him dominate after that. I was proud because he was Canadian and now to be able to work with Arjan to help promote his brand worldwide is something I am very proud to be a part of."This is such a great opportunity for the UFC to get into Punjab, Mumbai and all of India and South Asia really. These markets are ready to get behind a fighter like Arjan and it's so great that he has such deep roots in the sport, with his father being a celebrated wrestling champion in India," said Anup Kumar.Kumar is the former manager of Honey Singh and together they made history, with Honey Singh becoming one of the best-selling artists ever in Indian history.Honey Singh currently holds the record for highest amount charged for a song in Bollywood - http://www.hindustantimes.com/music/honey-singh-paid-highest-fee-for-song/story-opKB9QsqUvZJJNYmYpR7KO.html.He also is the highest paid overall per song for Bollywood as well - http://www.worldblaze.in/top-10-highest-paid-singers-in-indian-cinema/2/.And he is the highest paid musician in Bollywood history overall. In 2014 he was 16th on Forbes list of celebrities in India - http://www.forbesindia.com/celebprofile2014/yo-yo-honey-singh/1489/31.Together with the help of Kumar and Deol, Honey Singh also amassed over 30 million Facebook followers.Kumar is one of the founders of Dream Team Management and resides in Chandigarh, Punjab, from where he runs his multi-media and management business. Kumar has launched many careers in music and movies and he has worked with many, many, noteworthy Bollywood celebrities which include Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Jacqueline Fernandez, Sunny Leone, Akshay Kumar and numerous others."There is a pretty big South Asian population in Edmonton and the UFC is going to see how much support Arjan has behind him in Canada when he fights there. It's amazingly fortunate that Arjan will get to make his debut in Edmonton, it's going to be pandemonium that night," stated Luke Meijer, also a member of Dream Team Management - (http://globalnews.ca/news/3409413/ufc-making-its-edmonton-debut-in-september/)Meijer specializes in European markets for Dream Team, having been born in Holland he speaks Dutch, German, French, Spanish and English. He's a dual citizen having lived in Abbotsford, British Columbia, as a child for a few years."I have Icelandic blood in my veins as well and we know a thing or two about fighting. My colleagues joke around sometimes and call me the Viking on the team."I've traveled the world and lived in many places including Nepal, Bali, Holland, London and Vancouver among others. It's ironic that during my childhood I spent some years in Abbotsford and that I would eventually end up back here as an adult."During my childhood my mom and I spent 5 years living abroad, much of that time was spent in Nepal and I have a special connection to South Asian cultures," added Meijer."It's great to have someone like Arjan doing what he's doing in the world and providing inspiration for us all and the next generation. I personally know all too well the story of struggle and going down a dark path in reaction to personal tragedy and then being able to pull myself out, reprogram myself for success and team up with the right people, because as Arjan says no man is an island and teamwork is key,” stated Roop Singh Bhandher who is a core part of Dream Team Management personnel and one of the founders as well.“Arjan is a fighter in more ways than one having overcome many defeats in his life and that is what I respect about him most," added Bhandher."What Arjan and my best friend, Raj Dhesi (aka Jinder Mahal in the WWE), did this past week by becoming WWE World Heavyweight Champion and Arjan signing with the UFC within days of each other is something that will be remembered in history for a long time to come, especially by South Asians who have fought hard to carve out their place in North America.“I remember those days when Raj and I would workout together and be planning what we should do in the future. There was a time that the WWE seemed like it was in the past, when Raj was let go by the company. And this second chance that he got was a blessing from God and Raj hasn’t disappointed. He’s more focused and on point than I’ve ever seen him in my entire life.“Arjan and Raj represent so much more than just championship belt wins and gold medals, etc., they represent the hard work of our forefathers who laid the foundation down for us all in North America, so that we all could enjoy better lives.“Sitting and talking to Arjan at UFV when I visited Abbotsford this past year and listening to his story of struggle and perseverance connected with me on a personal level and he's truly the people's champion. I am grateful to be working with him and be a part of Dream Team, to get Arjan and Raj's voice out to the world," said Bhandher."I’m looking forward to making history with Arjan coming on board with Dream Team. His life is an incredible and the world needs more people like him," said Matt Cameron, who is a conditioning coach and UBC graduate with a degree in psychology. He is also a former university athlete himself (baseball). Matt is Marketing Manager for Domestic Markets with Dream Team Management."I'm so proud of what Arjan has accomplished so far in his life. It is truly remarkable what he has done for himself and South Asians all over the world. Being an Olympian, he proudly represented Canada and now he represents India and Canada in the octagon."“This past week was amazing for Raj, Arjan and the whole community, with their big wins. These guys are able to give young kids something to aspire to, especially South Asian youth," stated Jup Singh Gill, who is a musician that is signed to IMM and he also works with Dream Team Management - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mN7KRIQu6MA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PpQUk9tw6k."South Asians are making strides in so many ways all around the globe and now to have our fighters being able to compete at the highest levels in the UFC and the WWE is amazing," added Gill.“Arjan is truly a remarkable person. From helping the youth and young adults in the community, to representing Canada in the Olympics and winning a gold medal at the Commonwealth games in spectacular fashion and now entering the UFC, Arjan has already made us all proud, South Asians and Canadians alike. His wins on the mat feel like all of our wins. He is a true people’s champion,” stated Gurtaj (Goldy) Singh Dhaliwal.“And now he's taking it to new heights. With over 1 billion people behind Arjan, he will bring greater crowds to the UFC and I believe he is the key for the UFC’s expansion into India.”“What Arjan represents for South Asians around the world is unprecedented. When he's in the cage you can tell how comfortable he is in there now. I believe 100% he can be the next UFC Heavyweight Champion,” added Dhaliwal.“What an incredible journey all of this has been. So many ups and downs and life lessons learned. The determination and perseverance by the team individually and collectively has been amazing to witness. The future looks bright and I’m very proud to be a part of the team," stated Matthew DeFaveri who also works with Dream Team.“What Arjan has been able to do and Jinder is truly remarkable and working with Luke, Davinder, Jup, Goldy, Satinder and everyone else has been a lot of fun. To be a part of all of this has been exciting to say the least,” added DeFaveri."I personally know what it's like persevere through hard times and have much respect for what Arjan has accomplished. A Jim Watkins quote comes to mind when I think of Arjan; 'A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence' and as Bruce Lee says 'Be like water,'" stated Emmet Pierce who is a special advisor to Dream Team Management. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Law Offices of Jamshed Mistry


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Arjan Singh Bhullar, 31, who was born in Canada to Punjabi immigrants from India, has become the first person of South Asian descent to be signed by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), which is the biggest MMA fight promotion company in the world. “Another glass ceiling has been smashed. It’s official, we are headed to the UFC!” This is what Bhullar wrote on his Facebook wall to announce that he had been signed by the UFC (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZyf0d6dpys). "We are very proud of what Arjan has accomplished. We knew it was only a matter of time until the UFC signed him. He's a perfect 6-0 and has never lost a round yet in his career" stated Erwin Singh Braich, Canada's first Sikh Billionaire (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgIDvv7wvaw&t=13s). "I respect Arjan's dedication and the way he was able to persevere through hard times in his life." Braich is leading a group of businessmen that have formed a coalition and created Dream Team Management, which is a company aiming to assist South Asians globally in making their mark in the world. Bhullar is represented by Dream Team Management. (http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/05/prweb14348979.htm). Bhullar is currently the heavyweight champion in the Battlefield Fight League (http://battlefieldfl.com/) and he was the first person of South Asian descent to represent Canada in the Olympics in freestyle wrestling (London 2012) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmFUC6X4fjE&t=17s). He also won Gold in freestyle wrestling at the Commonwealth Games (2010) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egGVdLIbEQw&t=170s). Bhullar is the first wrestler in history to win University national titles for the Canadian (CIS) and American (NAIA) leagues in the same year (2008) and he is a two time NAIA wrestling champion. In 2007 he won bronze at the Pan American Games in Rio De Janeiro. In 2008 he was named the Canadian Olympic Trials Champion. In 2009 he was named Canadian Wrestler of the Year. In 2011 he was named Sport BC University Athlete of the Year and he was a bronze medalist at the University World Championships. He is a five time National Champion. Bhullar is the co-founder and co-coach of the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), wrestling program. With his co-coach Raj Virdi, Bhullar founded the program in 2014 and completely funded it themselves. They both take no salary from the UFV. Within 6 months of its inception it became the number one program in Canada. This past year they guided Brad Hildenbrandt to become National Champion and in the women's program they guided Karla Godinez to Rookie of the Year honors. "This has all been a long term plan that was executed to perfection by Arjan," stated Virdi. "Arjan is a great ambassador to the UFC, for all South Asians around the world and Canadians. He has already once made history by representing Canada at the Olympics and now he's done it again by signing on with the UFC. He is a remarkable young man indeed," stated Jamshed Mistry, Esq. - http://www.internationallegalalliance.com. Mistry is legal counsel for Dream Team Management. He resides in Mumbai currently and frequently visits Canada. Mistry is a world renowned lawyer and is currently the President of the Entertainment Lawyers association in India and a member of the Canadian Bar Association as well. "We have high hopes and big plans for Arjan in India and beyond. I believe that he can be the heavyweight champion one day in the UFC," added Mistry - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFUJlKbqrfY. "I always knew he could do it. Some people thought Arjan was crazy for getting into Mixed Martial Arts. He knew what he was doing and I believe he's going to be the heavyweight champion one day," stated Satinder Singh Dhillon, who is one of the founders of Dream Team Management and Arjan's manager. "Arjan is one of the most focused, talented, intelligent and humble people I've ever met in my life and much credit goes to his mother and father for that and his extended family who he lives with." "Arjan and I are friends first and foremost and we met by divine intervention years ago. At the time we each were headed down our respective paths having thought out a long term strategy of how to achieve our goals." "A lot of people thought we were crazy for doing what we were doing. Only we both know what it took to arrive at the point we are at today. It took a lot of planning, perseverance and patience. From the courtroom to the cage, we've both covered a lot of ground since that first encounter," added Dhillon - (http://timesofcanadapresents.blogspot.ca/). "I'm in this to win and not just participate and the goal is to be heavyweight champion of the world. Each time I enter the cage I feel like I have over a billion people with me, from all walks of life in there with me and it gives me great strength. I'm doing this for all of us," stated Bhullar (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/one-billion-strong_us_591f107ae4b0b28a33f62b7e). "Just like I've always done, I have assembled a new team around me this past few years to achieve my goals. No man is an island and if you are going to make it to the top you need to be able to work with people from all walks of life. Inside the cage and out, I have the right people to take this thing where it needs to go next. I've got a team of fighters around me, from the boardrooms and courtrooms to the cage, my guys know what they are doing and know how to win". "I am blessed to have my family, my fight team and Dream Team Management with me on this journey and together we are going to achieve what we set out to do many years ago. I have been planning for this since before I went to the Olympics in 2012 in London". "I've trained hard and visualized the moments I'm living right now for a long, long time. This is just the beginning and it's not just about what goes on inside the cage. I want to use the platform the UFC has provided me to inspire people and let them know anything is possible in this life and I'm living proof of that." “I want to effect change in the world, much like my childhood hero, Muhammad Ali, did. After my dad, Ali was the most influential athlete in my life. What Ali accomplished in his life through sport is something I aspire to do. I'm not doing any of this for the accolades, fame or fortune, I'm doing it to continue the work my forefathers began and make the world a better place." "My brother is a special guy and I know how much hard work he put in to get to where he's at today. I'm very proud of him," stated Jora Bhullar who is a lawyer and has been one of Arjan's trusted advisors in all matters, legal and otherwise. Arjan is expected to have his first fight on September 9th, 2017, when the UFC comes Rogers Arena in Edmonton, Alberta. This is the first time ever that Edmonton will be hosting a UFC event - http://www.rogersplace.com/ufc-debuts-in-edmonton-september-9-2017/. "Arjan is going to open up the Indian market for the UFC in a major way like never before. We've got our first South Asian athlete that is not just a token entry to gain audience. They don't call him Big Bhullar for nothing. He is a proven champion and a serious contender in the world's fastest growing sport," stated Davinder Singh Deol, who is a Canadian citizen that travels frequently to Mumbai and Dubai. He is one of the founders and Executive Vice-President of Development of Overseas Markets for Dream Team Management. "Arjan has serious long term potential for the UFC. There has never been an athlete like him for South Asians to look up to on the international scale, ever." "Not to take anything away from Connor McGregor, who has all of Ireland behind him and is a great champion but it's just simple math, between the global population of Canadians and South Asians alone, that's over 1.7 billion people and they need a champion like Arjan, who genuinely cares about people and uplifting society." "Kids are going to be inspired to workout, train hard and be like Arjan. We need more role models for our Punjabi kids especially. I've seen all walks of life and I myself have turned my life around from the very dark and hard times that I've been through as a teenager and young adult." "I'm inspired by Arjan and my Dream Team colleagues to be a better person in my daily life and am thankful to be working with such a great group of people to help make the world a better place." Deol is known for having played a huge role in the Indian music industry, having helped pioneer a new sound for Indian music. He was instrumental in creating superstars such as Yo Yo Honey Singh, having funded and advised him in the beginning. Deol also arranged for one of the biggest music collaborations in Bollywood history for Akshay Kumar's movie Singh is Kinng (sic), between Snoop Dogg and Manj Musik, formerly of RDB. In 2015 Deol orchestrated the biggest party song of the year in Bollywood, Paani Wala Dance, which starred Sunny Leone and Ram Kapoor, which was released by Zee Music Company (one of India's leading television and music companies). - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_CJ4lJ12Us Also an artist himself, in 2015 he featured on Neha Kakkar and Honey Singh's Aao Raja, for the film Gabbar Is Back (English rap under his stage name Teflon) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66VN2ZIWPnw. Deol funded Yo Yo Honey Singh's breakthrough song Brown Rang that garnered international attention and launched Honey Singh’s career and also that of Badshah and many others that are trending in today's Indian music and film industry (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbKaRZFnqn8). Deol later assisted in producing Honey Singh's smash hit Blue Eyes (over 100 million youtube views) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbyHNASFi6U. Deol has worked with many of the biggest and best artists in India and abroad such as Mika Singh, Diljit Dosanjh, Gippy Grewal, Ray J, G-Unit, C-BO, Tupac's Outlaws, Yukmouth, Tech9ne, the late Chris Lighty, Hardik Dave (founder of Desi Hip-Hop), Shameer Tandon, Govinda, Rock Jacobs, Jup Gill, and many many others from Hollywood to Bollywood. Deol launched IMM Entertainment in 2012 and released an album in collaboration with Universal Music. "We’re gonna bring a huge audience to Arjan's fights in the UFC. Kids and adults will be rooting for him from the pinds (villages) to the cities in India and beyond, we're gonna make sure of it," added Deol who also holds the position as a Creative Director with Dream Team. “We are working on some amazing content right now and this summer is going to be epic, in more ways than one.” "I am a big fan of the UFC and remember when I first took a major interest in it, when I happened to be in Las Vegas and it was Georges St. Pierre's (GSP) first fight. I remember clearly that day at Mandalay Bay, when I heard that there was a Canadian fighting and decided to get tickets at the last minute and go. "I remember GSP being one of the early fights of the night on the preliminary card and he won a unanimous decision. I recall people making fun of his accent because he is from Quebec. It was so rewarding to watch him dominate after that. I was proud because he was Canadian and now to be able to work with Arjan to help promote his brand worldwide is something I am very proud to be a part of." "This is such a great opportunity for the UFC to get into Punjab, Mumbai and all of India and South Asia really. These markets are ready to get behind a fighter like Arjan and it's so great that he has such deep roots in the sport, with his father being a celebrated wrestling champion in India" said Anup Kumar. Kumar is the former manager of Honey Singh and together they made history, with Honey Singh becoming one of the best-selling artists ever in Indian history. Honey Singh currently holds the record for highest amount charged for a song in Bollywood -http://www.hindustantimes.com/music/honey-singh-paid-highest-fee-for-song/story-opKB9QsqUvZJJNYmYpR7KO.html. Honey Singh is also is the highest paid overall per song in Bollywood and has over one billion Youtube views - http://www.worldblaze.in/top-10-highest-paid-singers-in-indian-cinema/2/. And he is the highest paid musician in Bollywood history overall. In 2014 he was 16th on Forbes list of celebrities in India - http://www.forbesindia.com/celebprofile2014/yo-yo-honey-singh/1489/31. Together with the help of Kumar and Deol, Honey Singh also amassed over 30 million Facebook followers. Kumar is one of the founders of Dream Team Management and resides in Chandigarh, Punjab, from where he runs his multi-media and management business. Kumar has launched many careers in music and movies and he has worked with many, many, noteworthy Bollywood celebrities which include Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Jacqueline Fernandez, Sunny Leone, Akshay Kumar and numerous others. "There is a pretty big South Asian population in Edmonton and the UFC is going to see how much support Arjan has behind him in Canada when he fights there. It's amazingly fortunate that Arjan will get to make his debut in Edmonton, it's going to be pandemonium that night," stated Luke Meijer, also a member of Dream Team Management -(http://globalnews.ca/news/3409413/ufc-making-its-edmonton-debut-in-september/) Meijer specializes in European markets for Dream Team, having been born in Holland he speaks Dutch, German, French, Spanish and English. He's a dual citizen having lived in Abbotsford, British Columbia, as a child for a few years. "I have Icelandic blood in my veins as well and we know a thing or two about fighting. My colleagues joke around sometimes and call me the Viking on the team." "I've traveled the world and lived in many places including Nepal, Bali, Holland, London and Vancouver among others. It's ironic that during my childhood I spent some years in Abbotsford and that I would eventually end up back here as an adult. "During my childhood my mom and I spent 5 years living abroad, much of that time was spent in Nepal and I have a special connection to South Asian cultures," added Meijer. "It's great to have someone like Arjan doing what he's doing in the world and providing inspiration for us all and the next generation. I personally know all too well the story of struggle and going down a dark path in reaction to personal tragedy and then being able to pull myself out, reprogram myself for success and team up with the right people, because as Arjan says no man is an island and teamwork is key,” stated Roop Singh Bhandher who is a core part of Dream Team Management personnel and one of the founders as well. “Arjan is a fighter in more ways than one having overcome many defeats in his life and that is what I respect about him most," added Bhandher. "What Arjan and my best friend, Raj Dhesi (AKA Jinder Mahal in the WWE), did this past week by becoming WWE World Heavyweight Champion and Arjan signing with the UFC within days of each other is something that will be remembered in history for a long time to come, especially by South Asians who have fought hard to carve out their place in North America.” “I remember those days when Raj and I would workout together and be planning what we should do in the future. There was a time that the WWE seemed like it was in the past, when Raj was let go by the company. And this second chance that he got was a blessing from God and Raj hasn’t disappointed. He’s more focused and on point than I’ve ever seen him in my entire life.” “Arjan and Raj represent so much more than just championship belt wins and gold medals, etc, they represent the hard work of our forefathers who laid the foundation down for us all in North America, so that we all could enjoy better lives.” “Sitting and talking to Arjan at UFV when I visited Abbotsford this past year and listening to his story of struggle and perseverance connected with me on a personal level and he's truly the people's champion. I am grateful to be working with him and be a part of Dream Team, to get Arjan and Raj's voice out to the world," said Bhandher. Bhandher, who owns Hush Entertainment, has run his event management company, doing tours and events for over 15 years. Most recently he did a charity show with Sharry Mann in Pentiction B.C. that raised money for the Penticton Regional Hospital, in honor of his cousin who passed away many years ago. "To me it's very important go give back to the community, as I consider myself to very fortunate to have overcome some very hard times in life," stated Bhandher. Bhandher has done tours for mainstream artists and ones from overseas. He has worked with artists such as Imran Khan, Dr. Zeus, B21, K.S. Makhan, Kuldip Manak, Yudvir Manak, Juggy D,, Mumzy Stranger, Jassi Sidhu, Ranjit Bawa, Sharry Mann, Ammy Virk, Rana Ranbir, Fateh PBN, Culture Shock, Mickey Singh, Juvenile, Chamillionaire, Maino, Outlaws, Kent Jones, Superwoman, Humble the Poet, AKakaAmazing, French Montana, and many more. He is also runs an international trading house and has offices in Guangzhou, China, Calgary, Alberta and Oliver, British Columbia, "I’m looking forward to making history with Arjan coming on board with Dream Team. His life is an incredible and the world needs more people like him," said Matt Cameron, who is a conditioning coach and UBC graduate with a degree in psychology. He is also a former university athlete himself (baseball). Matt is Marketing Manager for Domestic Markets with Dream Team Management. "I'm so proud of what Arjan has accomplished so far in his life. It is truly remarkable what he has done for himself and South Asians all over the world. Being an Olympian, he proudly represented Canada and now he represents India and Canada in the octagon." “This past week was amazing for Raj, Arjan and the whole community, with their big wins. These guys are able to give young kids something to aspire to, especially South Asian youth," stated Jup Singh Gill, who is a musician that is signed to IMM and he also works with Dream Team Management - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mN7KRIQu6MA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PpQUk9tw6k. "South Asians are making strides in so many ways all around the globe and now to have our fighters being able to compete at the highest levels in the UFC and the WWE is amazing," added Gill. “Arjan is truly a remarkable person. From helping the youth and young adults in the community, to representing Canada in the Olympics and winning a gold medal at the Commonwealth games in spectacular fashion and now entering the UFC, Arjan has already made us all proud, South Asians and Canadians alike. His wins on the mat feel like wins for all of us. He is a true people’s champion,” stated Gurtaj (Goldy) Singh Dhaliwal who is a real estate agent with Century 21 and part of the coalition that created Dream Team Management - http://www.century21.ca/goldy.dhaliwal. “And now he's taking it to new heights. With over 1 billion people behind Arjan, he will bring greater crowds to the UFC and I believe he is the key for the UFC’s expansion into India.” “What Arjan represents for South Asians around the world is unprecedented. When he's in the cage you can tell how comfortable he is in there now. I believe 100% he can be the next UFC Heavyweight Champion,” added Dhaliwal. “What an incredible journey all of this has been. So many ups and downs and life lessons learned. The determination and perseverance by the team individually and collectively has been amazing to witness. The future looks bright and I’m very proud to be a part of the team," stated Matthew DeFaveri who also works with Dream Team. “What Arjan has been able to do and Jinder is truly remarkable and working with Luke, Davinder, Jup, Goldy, Satinder and everyone else has been a lot of fun. To be a part of all of this has been exciting to say the least,” added DeFaveri. "I personally know what it's like persevere through hard times and have much respect for what Arjan has accomplished. A Jim Watkins quote comes to mind when I think of Arjan: "A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence," and as Bruce Lee says, "Be like water"," stated Emmet Pierce who is a special advisor to Dream Team Management.


Murray G.,University of the Fraser Valley
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Year: 2017

We present a position paper advocating the notion that Stoic philosophy and ethics can inform the development of ethical A.I. systems. This is in sharp contrast to most work on building ethical A.I., which has focused on Utilitarian or Deontological ethical theories. We relate ethical A.I. to several core Stoic notions, including the dichotomy of control, the four cardinal virtues, the ideal Sage, Stoic practices, and Stoic perspectives on emotion or affect. More generally, we put forward an ethical view of A.I. that focuses more on internal states of the artificial agent rather than on external actions of the agent. We provide examples relating to near-term A.I. systems as well as hypothetical superintelligent agents. © Springer International Publishing AG 2017.


VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Dec. 5, 2016) - Affinor Growers (CSE:AFI)(CSE:AFI.CN)(FRANKFURT:1AF)(OTCQB:RSSFF) ("Affinor" or the "Corporation), is pleased to announce it has installed the second vertical growing tower with the University of the Fraser Valley Agriculture Training and Research Demonstration Greenhouse at the John Volken Academy in Surrey, British Columbia. The four level automated tower will allow Affinor Growers to continue to demonstrate and validate various crop models, and continue selling license agreements. The tower will be planted with strawberries in January 2017 and holds 265 plants in a little over 100 square feet. The new equipment will double the production of the first tower installed last April 2016 and more than triples the production per square meter when compared to the traditional soil beds within the same greenhouse. The nature of the install is to continue to grow and confirm yields and viability of the technology with commercial plant density conditions. Jarrett Malnarick, President and CEO "Affinor is excited with our on-going work at the UFV BC Agriculture Center of Excellence and continuing our relationship for agri-tech innovation and research to validate agriculture crop models for our technology while providing valuable agriculture skills training opportunities." Affinor Growers is a publicly traded company on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the symbol ("AFI"). Affinor is focused on growing high quality crops such as romaine lettuce, spinach, strawberries using its vertical farming techniques. Affinor is committed to becoming a pre-eminent supplier and grower, using exclusive vertical farming techniques. On Behalf of the Board of Directors The CSE has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. This News Release contains forward-looking statements. The use of any of the words "anticipate", "continue", "estimate", "expect", "may", "will", "project", "should", "believe" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that the expectations and assumptions on which the forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements because the Company can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Since forward-looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. These statements speak only as of the date of this News Release. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors and risks including various risk factors discussed in the Company's disclosure documents which can be found under the Company's profile on www.sedar.com. This News Release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended and such forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.


News Article | November 23, 2016
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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Nov. 23, 2016) - Affinor Growers (CSE:AFI)(CSE:AFI.CN)(OTCQB:RSSFF)(FRANKFURT:1AF) ("Affinor" or the "Corporation"), a diversified agriculture and biotechnology company with proprietary vertical farming systems, is pleased to update shareholders on the progress of the BioPod Initiative strawberry growing towers and product testing analysis. Affinor is pleased to announce that the small, 4 level, 8 arm prototype, produced over 130 pounds of strawberries over three and half months in an area of only 100 square feet. This production of strawberries met Affinor's initial objectives and Affinor plans to double production again, in the same footprint area, by installing a second tower with 4 levels but increasing to 16 arms. Affinor also sent a sample of strawberries to an independent accredited laboratory for pesticide and heavy metal analysis. For comparative purposes, a second sample from a popular strawberry name brand was purchased from a local retail grocery store for benchmark analysis. The strawberries were screened for over 300 pesticides and 4 heavy metals. Affinor's sample tested negative for all pesticides with no trace amounts of heavy metals. The strawberries purchased from the local grocery store tested positive for 4 pesticides and contained trace levels of one heavy metal. Jarrett Malnarick, President & CEO, comments, "We are very happy our initial growth trials and the product analysis prove the technology can grow strawberries efficiently and naturally in soil without the use of chemicals or pesticides. Strawberries are traditionally a difficult fruit to grow, and we are excited to be changing the way strawberries will be commercially produced." The BioPods are a City of Surrey vision and agricultural initiative designed as a catalyst for agricultural research and innovation. Under the supervision of the University of the Fraser Valley, the BioPods provide a testing ground for new agriculture technologies and techniques. In April 2016, Affinor installed a vertical growing system within the BioPod research center to validate the technology by growing strawberries throughout the summer months and coming winter. Affinor's board of directors has also approved the grant of 1,550,000 stock options exercisable at $0.15 per share and expiring November 22, 2019 to its directors, officers and consultants. Affinor Growers is a publicly traded company on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the symbol ("AFI"). Affinor is focused on growing high quality crops such as romaine lettuce, spinach, strawberries using its vertical farming techniques. Affinor is committed to becoming a pre-eminent supplier and grower, using exclusive vertical farming techniques. On Behalf of the Board of Directors The CSE has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. This News Release contains forward-looking statements. The use of any of the words "anticipate", "continue", "estimate", "expect", "may", "will", "project", "should", "believe" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that the expectations and assumptions on which the forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements because the Company can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Since forward-looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. These statements speak only as of the date of this News Release. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors and risks including various risk factors discussed in the Company's disclosure documents which can be found under the Company's profile on www.sedar.com. This News Release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended and such forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.


Maschek M.K.,University of the Fraser Valley
Computational Economics | Year: 2016

This work is concerned with the possible impact binary encoding of strategies may have on the performance of genetic algorithms popular in agent-based computational economic research. In their recent work, Waltman et al. (J Evol Econ 21(5): 737–756, 2011) consider binary encoding and its possible contribution to a phenomenon referred to as premature convergence; the observation that different individual runs of the genetic algorithm can lead to very different results. While Alkemade et al. (Comput Econ 28(4): 355–370, 2006), (Comput Intell 23(2): 162–175, 2007), (Comput Econ 33(1): 99–101, 2009) argue that premature convergence is caused by insufficient population size, Waltman et al. argue that this phenomenon depends crucially on strategies being encoded in binary form. This conclusion is based on their illustration that premature convergence can be avoided even in simulations with small populations so long as real, rather than binary, encoding of strategies is utilized. Utilizing their methodology, we return to the consideration of the cause of premature convergence. After robustness checks with respect to the length of the binary string used for encoding, the fitness function, and the form of mutation, it is concluded that an alternative specification of mutation may also alleviate the occurrence of premature convergence. It is argued that this alternative form of mutation may be more appropriate in a wider range of problems where real encoding of strategies may not prove sufficient. © 2015, Springer Science+Business Media New York.


Landolfi E.,University of the Fraser Valley
Sports Medicine | Year: 2013

This article examines the nature of exercise addiction. It presents a broad, congruent and discerning narrative literature review with the aim of providing a deeper understanding of the condition 'exercise addiction', including symptoms and options for treatment. In addition, guidelines are provided with respect to 'healthy' levels of exercise. Criteria used for determining the eligibility of studies evaluated in the review included the provision of relevant information in studies identified using pertinent search terms. The review highlights some of the key distinctions between healthy levels of exercise and exercise addiction. The findings suggest that an individual who is addicted to exercise will continue exercising regardless of physical injury, personal inconvenience or disruption to other areas of life including marital strain, interference with work and lack of time for other activities. 'Addicted' exercisers are more likely to exercise for intrinsic rewards and experience disturbing deprivation sensations when unable to exercise. In contrast, 'committed' exercisers engage in physical activity for extrinsic rewards and do not suffer severe withdrawal symptoms when they cannot exercise. Exercisers must acquire a sense of life-balance while embracing an attitude conducive to sustainable long-term physical, psychological and social health outcomes. Implementation of recommendations by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, which states that all apparently healthy adults between 18 and 64 years of age should accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate (5 or 6 on a scale of 0-10) to vigorous (7 or 8 on a scale of 0-10) intensity aerobic physical activity per week in bouts of 10 minutes or more, also expressed as 30 minutes per day distributed over 5 days per week, would be a good start. © 2012 Springer International Publishing Switzerland.


Shupe S.,University of the Fraser Valley
Environmental Management | Year: 2013

The Greater Vancouver area has undergone significant land use and land cover (LULC) change over the past several decades, often adversely affecting stream health and water quality, particularly in those areas that have undergone the most urbanization. In this study 30 years of historical LULC and water quality data were examined using GIS and statistical analysis to better understand these impacts and to help build a broader understanding of cause and effect relationships of changing LULC, especially since urbanization is increasingly occurring within sensitive watersheds at greater distances from the City of Vancouver. Urban, agriculture, and disturbed LULC data from 1976, 1986, and 2000 were examined within a number of watersheds and related to historical water quality data sampled from streams during similar time frames. Additional higher resolution 2006 LULC data from a smaller number of watersheds were then examined and compared to stream health data to investigate the sensitivity of LULC data resolution on monitoring watershed impact. While LULC impact can be clearly seen at both high and lower resolutions, issues of ambiguous land cover and land use designations can potentially affect the magnitude of the relationship. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.


News Article | November 15, 2016
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VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - November 15, 2016) - Convenience store retailers are expressing deep frustration following the release of a study showing the rate of illegal tobacco has held steady in British Columbia. The Western Convenience Stores Association (WCSA) commissioned its annual contraband tobacco study which examined discarded cigarette butts at 50 sites throughout B.C to determine if illegal (contraband) cigarettes were being purchased and smoked. Samples were gathered over a two-week period in September. The average rate of contraband use at sites tested across B.C. was 14.7%, suggesting once again that illegal cigarettes are widely available across the province. The rate in 2015 was 14.9%. "Our data shows that illegal tobacco is easily accessible at schools and on college and university campuses throughout the province," says Andrew Klukas, President of the WCSA. "Once a trafficking network and supply chain is established, tobacco can easily be swapped for illicit drugs and that should be of even greater concern to parents." Contraband tobacco is sold without mandated health warnings on packages and without age-verification checks. Poor economic conditions, increased taxes and unintended consequences of regulations drive the tobacco market underground, making these products more affordable and accessible to youth. According to the RCMP, illegal tobacco is also linked with organized crime, thereby impacting public safety. Community safety is a major issue in this election year and retail members of the WCSA are encouraging the Clark government to act. Vancouver, Richmond and Burnaby remain the highest cities in the province with rates of 27.5%, 24.5% and 23.1%, respectively. Notable sites were the University of British Columbia (46.2%), University of the Fraser Valley (28.9%), Vancouver Public Library (27%) and Hugh Boyd Secondary School (23.8%). "The Clark government has to introduce tougher legislation and use existing resources, like the Guns and Gangs strategy, to combat trafficking of tobacco," adds Doug Hartl, a former RCMP officer and Chair of the WCSA board. The WCSA calls on both the B.C Liberals and NDP to incorporate anti-contraband measures in their platforms as the province moves to an election in May 2017. The WCSA is a not-for-profit trade association that represents the interests of over close to 3,000 British Columbia convenience store retailers and gas stations. These retailers employ over 25,000 people and annually collect well over $1 billion in tax revenue for governments. Its mission is to foster the success of the convenience store industry in Western Canada by representing the best interests of its members and the communities they serve.

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