The story of North America’s First Sikh Billionaire

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The story of North America’s First Sikh Billionaire

Erwin Singh Braich, the first Sikh Billionaire in North America is a name not as familiar to the community as it should be.

The story of the first Sikh Billionaire is a saga with many twists and turns, including what Erwin and his associates claim involves an attempt to erode, and extinguish Erwin Singh’s reputation and empire by certain conspiring parties. Although the exact story of Erwin Singh’s rise to success appears to be a seemingly lengthy and complicated tale, it may be more easily understood, simplified.

Erwin Singh Braich is the son of Herman Singh Braich (1911- 1976), a successful businessman and forest industry pioneer who immigrated from Punjab, India, to Canada in 1927 and passed away in 1976. After his untimely death, his son, Erwin Singh Braich, at age twenty, left his studies at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, to assume control of his father’s businesses. In the subsequent years, he built his family businesses into a multi-million dollar conglomerate, further expanding what his father had begun. He accomplished all of this while juggling his many duties as the eldest son in a family of nine, along with his role as husband, and father of two children.

As a successful businessman, it is said that Erwin Singh Braich was also a quiet philanthropist giving back to his community in many ways including:

  • The major source of funding in the planning and construction of the Mission Gurdwara. Mr. Braich donated in excess of one million dollars, but this was overshadowed by the lead role he played in selecting, purchasing, and garnering approval at all levels for re-zoning of the five acre parcel on which the Gurdwara was eventually built.
  • Assisting to rebuild the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame, which was relocated to B.C. Place Stadium from the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE). By contributing in excess of one-half million dollars; Braich’s contribution was honoured by a Special Exhibits Gallery being named after him.
  • A several hundred thousand dollar donation which led to the construction of the Erwin Singh Braich Sports Complex at the University of the Fraser Valley.
  • Paid for hiring Douglas Cardinal, a Governor General Award winning, and one of Canada’s most distinguished architects, to design the master plan and concept at the Xa:ytem Longhouse Interpretive Centre, a Sto:lo First Nations site located in Mission. Mr. Braich has been honoured by the First Nations by being given the title of Si:yam, which means respected leader

But, in a twist of fate, Erwin Singh’s ability to personally fund community projects was hampered in 1999. Erwin Singh Braich was subjected to what some say was a malicious court ordered proceedings, allegedly illustrating the harsh realities of surviving as a Sikh businessman – the ultimate minority in a cut-throat world.

Erwin Singh Braich says he was and is the victim of:

  • Being petitioned into an involuntary bankruptcy, which was done in a failed attempt to extort money from Braich and Trusts which he controlled.
  • Reckless and unprofessional behavior by Trustee in Bankruptcy (KPMG) which led to losses in excess of $800 million dollars.
  • Shoddy and negligent police investigations and abuses of power by Government agencies.
Erwin Singh Braich continues his fight in the court of law today and upon conclusion of the legal proceedings he has pledged to continue fighting injustices to the community and has personally vowed to fund and rebuild community institutions to protect the interest of Sikhs and ensure its continued empowerment.
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  1. akaldevsinghpanesar October 20, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    the rising sun always attracts the shadow of other objects and go a bit dim.the case of the sikh money bags are many and spread all over the world.the hub of skhi are the gurudwaras which is the future new order of the rising poverty amongst many nations. i hope that the good work is kept going on and on and we win all our demands by legal means and refrain to go on the streets to get involved with police and get a bad name.

  2. KiDDAA Magazine November 10, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Interesting how you didn’t mention once KiDDAA Magazine’s extensive coverage of Erwin Singh Braich. Its also obvious that you are lobbyists in some fashion for Erwin Singh Braich. My guess your name is Deep Hundal and Satinder Dhillon. You are the Sikh Organization that was supposed to purchase another local magazine, that had indirectly helped Mr. Braich.
    You guys call yourself Sikhs that stab people you don’t even know. People who are trying to help Sikhs in the fight against racism. Yeah its obvious you been paid but bad mouthing KiDDAA, no need for that. We just poor and were promised help but apparently you guys stopped that.

  3. KiDDAA Magazine November 10, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    We are all on the same side to help showcase injustice against Sikhs and anyone of of colour in Canada. No matter what you or others say KiDDAA Magazine fought KPMG and helped Mr. Braich. You can ignore that but the reality is you can’t deny that.
    Sunny Singh Chopra has highlighted injustice in the Braich case and others in Canada.
    KiDDAA and Mr. Chopra were dragged to court harrassed by the RCMP on many occasions.
    So its interesting now how you and your friends ignore the important work Mr. Chopra and KiDDAA Magazine has done.
    True Sikh activism means working for Sikh rights while understanding and living by the idea of equality. If you can’t even know that, than this really is folly.
    Keep up the good work but remember the fight is against the racist goreys not each other. Sat Sree Akaal.

  4. KiDDAA Magazine November 10, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Interesting how your links are all pointed to Braich related websites but not KiDDAA Magazine that is an independent media voice that has interviewed Mr. Braich, Jay Sean, Sukh Dhillon, Sean Paul, Daniel Igali, Haroon Siddiqui, Paul Dhillon, En Karma, Pasha Bains, Andrew Singh Kooner, Arjan Bhullar. Here is the link that showcases many stories on Erwin Singh Braich or or you have done a great job but no Erwin Singh Braich coverage can ignore KiDDAA that was given a BC Supreme Court Order to stop blogs re-Erwin Singh Braich.

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