Supporting the success and empowerment of Canadian Tamil professionals

The Canadian Tamil Professionals Association (CTPA) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization focused on developing career opportunities for emerging and established Tamil Professionals. Previously known as Canadian Tamil Alumni Association (2008 to 2014), the organization was rebranded as the Canadian Tamil Professionals Association in 2015 to promote a truer reflection of its core mandates. For as long as CTPA has existed, the mandate has been to provide Tamil professionals with tools, training, and resources that maximize their potential and accelerate their success.

Today, we continue to shape the future of Tamil Professionals with innovative, forward-thinking programs that advance and support their profession at every stage of their career.

Our Vision

Provide all Canadian Tamils with the tools, resources, and support to overcome barriers to their professional growth.

Our Mission

To foster professional development by facilitating powerful conversations, creating opportunities and inspiring future leaders.

Our Values

Integrity | Progressive | Collaborative | Inclusive | Passionate | Empowering

2019 Board of Directors
We’re here to set the bar for excellence.
Over the years, we’ve transformed the way our community fosters both traditional and unique careers.

Thanusha Tharmakulasingam

Thanusha completed the Bachelor of Commerce program at McMaster University where she specialized in accounting. She currently works as a Corporate Accountant with Callidus Capital. Thanusha began volunteering with CTPA in 2017 and transitioned into the role of Director of Development in 2018. In her current role as Chair, Thanusha hopes to continue to facilitate conversation, strengthen relationships within the community and empower professionals with the tools to navigate their journey. In her spare time, you can find Thanusha looking for an innovative take on comfort foods, participating in recreational sports and jamming to AR Rahman tunes.

Abhina Mahendramohan
Director of Marketing & Communications

Abhina Mahendramohan is an Assistant Manager of Branch Communications at Scotiabank. She is a recent graduate of the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology and Business. She started her journey with CTPA as a graphic designer, then moved on to social media coordinator, and is now the Director of Marketing & Communications. She is excited to find new and creative ways to engage with the Tamil professional community.

Abirami Ananthan
Director of Policy & Governance

Abirami is a graduate from University of Waterloo where she obtained Bachelor of Accounting and Financial Management and Master of Accounting degrees. She also holds a CPA, CA professional designation and is currently a Senior Strategic Analyst at TD Bank Group. Prior to joining TD, Abirami worked as a Senior Accountant in the financial services practice at Ernst & Young LLP. In her role as Director of External Relations for CTPA, Abirami manages the portfolio of annual and events sponsors along with partnerships with other organizations. In her spare time, you will also find her travelling, playing the Veena and "trying" to do yoga.

Ashwin Vadivelu
Director of External Relations

Ashwin Vadivelu is a CFA Charterholder and an Associate at EllisDon Capital where he is responsible for structuring and investing in infrastructure and real estate transactions. Prior to joining EllisDon, Ashwin completed the Mathematics & Business Double Degree program at the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, along with internships at Scotiabank and OTPP. An avid volunteer, Ashwin is also a Director for Hope4Child Relief Mission Inc. – a CRA registered Canadian charity with a mandate to improve education & livelihood for war-affected families in Sri Lanka. In his current role with CTPA as Director of External Relations, Ashwin manages the portfolio of annual and event sponsors along with partnerships with other organizations.

Geerthana Jegatheeswaran
Director of Events

Geerthana Jegatheeswaran engages with and supports youth as they transition to become resilient and contributing members of the society. As a Youth Librarian for the Toronto Public Library she is responsible for providing a welcoming space, programs, purposeful services and resources that supports personal development, equitable access and learning in youth. In her role as the Director of Professional Development and Signature Events she is responsible for organizing and facilitating events that inspire conversation and create networking opportunities for both emerging and established professionals. She holds a Masters in Library and Information Science (MLIS) from the University of Western Ontario and an Honours Bachelor’s of Science (BSc.) degree in Kinesiology and Health Sciences with a minor in Health Management from York University. It is her need to always learn that will forever keep information, experiencing life, dancing and traveling as her passions.

Hindusha Murugendran
Director of Mentorship

Hindusha graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration, specializing in Management and Finance from University of Toronto and with a Bachelor of Education in Business and Mathematics from Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of University of Toronto. She currently works as a Defined Benefit Pension Administrator at Eckler Ltd. She also works at Kumon Tutoring Centre on her weekends. As the Director of Mentorship at CTPA, she finds passion in looking at ways of improving the Paalam program and connecting mentees with potential mentors. During her spare time, Hindusha enjoys travelling, reading books and spending time with her friends.

Nirushyka Kanagarajah
Director of Internal Relations

Nirushyka Kanagarajah is currently a Senior Associate at Assetsoft. She graduated from Schulich School of Business, York University with an International Bachelors of Business Administration. Nirushyka started her journey with CTPA in 2017 as a volunteer, joined the Board in 2018 as the Director of Mentorship and is currently responsible for all aspects of volunteer management and alumni relations. In addition to CTPA, she also volunteers with other non-profit organizations, such as Endeavour Volunteer Consulting for Non-Profits. Nirushyka is an avid traveller, enjoys exploring new cultures, loves tea, and has an interest in self-help books!

Renuga Navaratnarajah
Director of Fundraising

Renuga Navaratnarajah is a marketing professional currently completing an internship in CRM at BMW Group Canada. She recently completed her International MBA at the Schulich School of Business, specializing in Organizational Development and Marketing. She first started with CTPA in 2016 as a volunteer on the Membership Strategy portfolio, and later served time on the Board as Director of Communications and Vice-Chair in 2017 and 2018 respectively. As the Director of Fundraising, Renuga will be responsible for strategizing CTPA’s most popular and largest fundraising event as well as identifying new sources of sustainable funding for CTPA initiatives. In her free time, she enjoys taking long drives, working on crafty DIY projects, and discovering new tracks through Spotify for her road trip playlists.

Tishain Selvarajah
Director of Finance

Tishain Selvarajah is Tax Specialist at Crowe Soberman LLP. He graduated from the Schulich School of Business at York University with a Bachelors of Business Administration with Honors. As the Director of Finance, he is responsible for managing the organization’s finances and ensuring financial transparency within the organization.

Advisory Board

Malency Wainwright

Malency holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Wilfrid Laurier University, Honours Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
Malency’s previous work experience includes various progressive leadership roles at a large Canadian financial institution as well the world’s largest IT service provider. Recently, Malency decided to utilize his experience and expertise in operations, technology and analytics and start his own company. Malency’s company (MCS Analytics) helps organizations identify and eliminate manual tasks and inefficiencies. MCS Analytics specializes in data management with the end goal of helping customers to better leverage data within their organizations to simplify decision-making and enhance business performance. 

Sangeetha Punniyamoorthy

Sangeetha Punniyamoorthy is a partner at DLA Piper (Canada) LLP where she specializes in intellectual property law. Since her call to the Ontario bar in 2004, Sangeetha has been litigating copyright, patent and trademark matters, and providing strategic advice in the procurement and enforcement of global brands in a variety of industries. She has appeared as counsel in two appeals before the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as in matters before the Federal Court, the Ontario Courts, and the Competition Tribunal. She has been commended by World Trademark Review 2017 as an “exceptional” lawyer and ranked for her litigation and enforcement work. She has also been recognized as a leading lawyer by World Intellectual Property Review 2017 and ranked by Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 as an IP lawyer to watch.

Past Board of Directors

Anita Sivabalan, Director of Policy & Governance
Kobica Sivarajah, Director of Program Development

Sagaana Mahendramohan, Chair
Renuga Navaratnarajah, Vice Chair
Narmitha Jegamohan, Director of Network Engagement
Anand Ganeshalingam, Director of Finance
Anu Sriskandarajah, Director of Networking
Arabi Sivananthalingam, Director of Growth Marketing,
Nirushkya Kanagarajah, Director of Mentorship
Mayu Thavarajah, Director of External Relations
Santhiya Gunasekaran, Director of Fundraising
Naveen Senthamilselvan, Director of Internal Relations

Hares Sivanrupan, Director of Mentorship
Daran Somasundaram, Director of Partnerships
Sujani Ganesh, Director of Network Engagement
Vinoth Vykunthan, Director of Established Professionals