Workshops

SikhRI delivers specialized workshops to your community!

From developing leadership to harmonious relationships, to governing gurduaras — every workshop we devise is an immersive way to deepen your understanding and expression of Sikhi.

Young Adults

For self-development and specific life events in the journey of the individual, we provide content and programs to deepen the understanding and connection to Sikhi. Young adults especially are at a pivotal point when they embark on new paths for higher education, career or beginning their families.

Sidak is our leadership program, specifically intended for young adults (18-40).

Young Parents

Parents and adult caregivers are often seeking ways in which they can bring Gurbani alive for their children, to create an early and ongoing connection to Sikhi. Our programs have included workshops intended for young couples, through to events and content specifically for children and teens.

Sojhi is our program for creating products and developing curriculum for children.

Kids & Teens

We engage our young people through medium and message. With a rich presence on social media, we get in front of our youth on the channels like Instagram where they spend their most time. Also, look out for live events and specially facilitated webinars for teens.

Academics & Institutions

SikhRI has developed and delivered programs to create effective Gurduara boards by empowering its members to govern the Gurduara in accordance with Gurmat (Guru’s Wisdom) principles, and follow best practices for non-profits and charities. As well, we undertake research projects and develop materials to support the work of leaders in Sikh spaces.

The State of the Panth Report is our regularly published research on issues of interest to the global Sangat.

Workshop Formats

We deliver workshops flexibly, based on your community needs and specific objectives.

Mahima

For 3rd party events — events that are produced by you or organizers in your community — the Mahima format provides speakers to deliver a presentation for your selected topic or area of interest.

Saneha

For workshops produced by SikhRI, the Saneha format delivers one or more sessions, spanning from half day to multiple days, and featuring any number of SikhRI presenters.

Presenters & Facilitators

Presenter

Palwinder Kaur Gill

Registered Clinical Counsellor

Palwinder Kaur Gill is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who is currently working full time with Provincial Health Service Authorities as a trauma specialist. She also works part-time with Abbotsford Community Services, focusing on populations involved in domestic violence.

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Bavenjit Kaur Cheema

Family Medicine Resident, UBC

Bavenjit Kaur Cheema is a 1st year UBC Family Medicine resident, training in full-scope family practice and hoping to specialize in addictions medicine. 

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Anokh Singh

Psychiatry Resident, UC Davis Medical Center

Anokh Singh is a 3rd-year Psychiatry Resident at UC Davis Medical Center. Originally from San Jose, CA, he completed his Masters and Medical degree at Touro University California. 

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Shimi Kaur Kang

Psychiatrist, UBC Clinical Associate Professor & Author of The Tech Solution: Creating Health Habits for Kids Growing Up In a Digital World

Dr. Shimi Kang is an award-winning, Harvard-trained psychiatrist, researcher, media expert, and international keynote speaker.

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Jasjeet Kaur

Adult, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

Jasjeet Kaur is an Adult, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist. 

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Contributor
Presenter

Ishmeet Kaur

Educationist, Author, & Poet

Dr. Ishmeet Kaur Chaudhry teaches at the Centre for English Studies at Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar. She was recognised as an Inspired Teacher for The President of India’s In-residence Program at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi in June 2015.

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Harvinder Singh Phoolka

Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India

Harvinder Singh Phoolka is a Senior Advocate of Delhi High Court, politician, human rights activist, and author. He served as the Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Legislative Assembly.

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Harleen Kaur

Community Organizer, Educator, & Scholar

Harleen Kaur is a community organizer, educator, and scholar. A Sociology PhD candidate at UCLA, she studies the intersection of racialization, collective trauma, and nationalism through the story of the Sikh diaspora and our quest for belonging. 

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Hardev Singh Virk

Scientist, Educator & Author

Prof. Virk received his Masters in Physics from AMU, Aligarh (1963) and Doctorate in Nuclear Physics from Marie Curie University, Paris (France) in 1972. His research interests are manifold: Nuclear & Radiation Physics; Geochronology; Earthquakes & Environment; Ion Tracks & Nanotechnology; History & Philosophy of Science. 

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Gurpreet Kaur

VP of IT, Strategic Initiatives, Integra Life Science & Project Manager, Guru Granth Sahib Project

Gurpreet Kaur has been in the management consulting field for over 25 years. Gurpreet Kaur is a Board Chair at Kaur and Singh Academy, Board Member with Panjab Digital Library and Founder of Camp Nadar. 

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Gurmeet Kaur

Children's Author & Teacher

Gurmeet Kaur is a children’s author, storyteller, and teacher of the Punjabi language. 

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Gurleen Kaur

Education and Prevention Specialist, MIT

Gurleen Kaur is a 2017 Sidak Alum. She first became heavily engaged in conversations on gender disparities during her time at UC Berkeley where she and her college friends became co-founders of an initiative called Kaur Voices -- an event dedicated to giving space to the voices of Punjabi women through art, poetry, and performance. 

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Harpreet Singh

Scholar, South Asian Traditions & Languages

Harpreet Singh is a member of the faculty in the Department of South Asian Studies at Harvard University. He received his PhD in South Asian Religions from the Committee of the Study of Religion at Harvard in 2012.

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Ek Ong Kaar Kaur Khalsa

Minister of Sikh Dharma

Ek Ong Kaar Kaur Khalsa has a great love for the mystical traditions of the East. Her other great love is writing. These two loves come together in her translations of Gurbani. She graduated in 1992 from Rice University in Houston, Texas, with a Bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies and a concentration in English Literature. 

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Diditi Mitra

Sociology Professor, Brookdale Community College

Diditi Mitra teaches at Brookdale Community College. Her research focuses on race and immigration. 

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Deanna Singh

Chief Change Agent & Founder, Flying Elephant

Deanna Singh is recognized as a leading authority in building innovative opportunities within underserved communities. 

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Dalvir Singh Pannu

Dentist

Dr. Dalvir Singh Pannu is an award-winning dentist and founder of Pannu Dental Group which has multiple locations in Bay Area, California. 

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Birinder Singh Narang

Family Physician

Dr. Birinder Singh Narang is a Family Physician working in Vancouver, British Columbia. He currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Burnaby Divisions of Family Practice and is a Clinical Instructor with the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia. 

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Presenter

Balraj Singh Mann

Chairman & CEO, BM Group International (BMG)

Balraj Singh Mann is the Chairman and CEO of BM Group International (BMG). Starting from Lower Mainland, BC, Canada, BMG has expanded operations into other parts of Canada, USA, and India and provides specialty construction, construction materials supply, and real estate development services. 

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Contributor
Presenter

Amarpreet Singh Sawhney

CEO, Instylla

Dr. Amarpreet Singh Sawhney is the CEO of Instylla, a company focused on embolic therapies for hypervascular tumors and control of hemorrhage. He was previously the Founder and CEO of Ocular Therapeutix, Augmenix, Confluent Surgical, and the technology founder of Focal and Access Closure. 

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Amandeep Sandhu

Journalist & Author

Amandeep Sandhu was born in Rourkela, Odisha. He completed his Master’s in English Literature from the University of Hyderabad. He worked as a journalist and later as a technical writer.

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Presenter

Jasjit Singh

Researcher in Religious and Cultural Transmission, University of Leeds

Jasjit Singh is an Associate Professor based at the University of Leeds. His research examines religion in society with a particular focus on religious identity and processes of religious and cultural transmission among Sikhs in Diaspora. 

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Presenter

Ami Dang

Vocalist, Sitarist, & Composer

Amrita “Ami” Kaur Dang is a vocalist, sitarist, and composer/producer from Baltimore, MD, and her family hails from Panjab & New Delhi, India.

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Contributor

Daljit Ami

Filmmaker & Writer

Daljit Ami is an independent documentary filmmaker and freelance writer. He works with Panjab Digital Library as Director of Communications. 

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Presenter

Manpreet Singh Mann

Director, Investment Banking Division, Barclays Bank PLC

Manpreet Singh is a Director in the Investment Banking Division at Barclays Bank PLC. 

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Current Board
Presenter

Inderpreet Singh

Principal Solutions Architect

Inderpreet Singh is a technology professional focusing on cloud, networking, security, and solution architecture.

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Current Board
Presenter

Pritpal Singh

Physician Executive, Cigna

Dr. Pritpal Singh is a Physician Executive with Cigna where he serves as a Mentor to Health Management teams by providing Clinical insight, Educational support, and HealthCare solutions & strategies. 

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Current Board
Presenter

Kulvir Singh Gill

Management Consultant

Kulvir Singh Gill has almost 20 years of experience working at the intersection of innovation, sustainability and business strategy. 

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Staff
Presenter

Harinder Singh

Senior Fellow, Research & Policy

Harinder Singh is a widely respected thinker, author, and educator who is deeply in love with the 1Force-1Ness paradigm that radiates in all. Love and Justice symbiotic relationship propels him to leverage public awareness for social change. 

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Staff
Sojhi
Presenter

Jasleen Kaur

Researcher

Jasleen is a double UVA grad in Religious Studies, focusing on South Asian Religions through the lens of literature and poetry. She is currently working as a Researcher with SikhRI. 

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Staff
Presenter
Sojhi

Inni Kaur

Creative Director

Inni Kaur is Creative Director at the Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI). She has served SikhRI in several capacities since 2010, including Chair of the Board, and most recently as CEO. 

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Upcoming Events

Saturday
,
25
September
2021

3Gs: Guru, Gurgaddi, Granth

The world knows a Guru to be an influential teacher, spiritual master, or popular expert. The Sikh world refers to ten founder personalities as well as the Guru Granth and the Khalsa Panth as the Guru. Guru Nanak Sahib considered “Sabad” to be the Guru. This conversation will dive deep into the Sikh context of what Guru is, “Gurgaddi” as the enthronement to the status of the Guru in Sikh tradition, and how the eternal co-Guruship came about by the Command of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib to Granth-Panth. Within a month of this conversation are the first Prakash of Guru Granth Sahib and its Gurgaddi, Gurgaddi Purabs of Guru Nanaks II, IV, V & VIII.

Learn more ⟶
Saturday
,
2
October
2021

Harm reduction, Healing, Hope

Join panelists Dr. Anokh Singh, Dr. Bavenjit Kaur, and clinical counselor Palwinder Kaur Gill, who will draw on their personal and professional experience to engage in conversation: What problems with alcohol look like in Sikh communities; why they occur; common challenges folks face when engaging with the healthcare system, and how we can harness hope, empathy, and Sikhi when we are struggling. 

Learn more ⟶
Saturday
,
25
September
2021

3Gs: Guru, Gurgaddi, Granth

The world knows a Guru to be an influential teacher, spiritual master, or popular expert. The Sikh world refers to ten founder personalities as well as the Guru Granth and the Khalsa Panth as the Guru. Guru Nanak Sahib considered “Sabad” to be the Guru. This conversation will dive deep into the Sikh context of what Guru is, “Gurgaddi” as the enthronement to the status of the Guru in Sikh tradition, and how the eternal co-Guruship came about by the Command of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib to Granth-Panth. Within a month of this conversation are the first Prakash of Guru Granth Sahib and its Gurgaddi, Gurgaddi Purabs of Guru Nanaks II, IV, V & VIII.

Learn more ⟶
Saturday
,
25
September
2021

3Gs: Guru, Gurgaddi, Granth

The world knows a Guru to be an influential teacher, spiritual master, or popular expert. The Sikh world refers to ten founder personalities as well as the Guru Granth and the Khalsa Panth as the Guru. Guru Nanak Sahib considered “Sabad” to be the Guru. This conversation will dive deep into the Sikh context of what Guru is, “Gurgaddi” as the enthronement to the status of the Guru in Sikh tradition, and how the eternal co-Guruship came about by the Command of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib to Granth-Panth. Within a month of this conversation are the first Prakash of Guru Granth Sahib and its Gurgaddi, Gurgaddi Purabs of Guru Nanaks II, IV, V & VIII.

Learn more ⟶
Saturday
,
2
October
2021

Harm reduction, Healing, Hope

Join panelists Dr. Anokh Singh, Dr. Bavenjit Kaur, and clinical counselor Palwinder Kaur Gill, who will draw on their personal and professional experience to engage in conversation: What problems with alcohol look like in Sikh communities; why they occur; common challenges folks face when engaging with the healthcare system, and how we can harness hope, empathy, and Sikhi when we are struggling. 

Learn more ⟶
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