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

Enrich Canadian Society through the advancement of our professionals.

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
Chair

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Abhina Mahendramohan
Director of Marketing & Communications

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Abirami Ananthan
Director of External Relations

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Anita Sivabalan
Director of Policy & Governance

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Geerthana Jegatheeswaran
Director of Events

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Hindusha Murugendran
Director of Mentorship

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Kesavan Jeganathan
Director of Fundraising

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Kobica Sivarajah
Director of Program Development

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Nirushyka Kanagarajah
Director of Internal Relations

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Tishain Selvarajah
Director of Finance

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2019 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.

Saeed Selvam

Saeed Selvam is the Director of Public Policy at the Laidlaw Foundation by day and a YouTube content creator by night. He was the former Director of Public Affairs with the Canadian Centre for International Justice. He brings with him private and non-profit sector experience having served as the Executive Director of the Spark Initiative, former informal advisor to Mayor Miller, Chief Blair and President Obama’s White House. He has worked at all three levels of government along with CivicAction, served as a candidate for City Council and an Executive Producer and Host for a CBC documentary. He’s a regular media contributor to the Huffington Post and is exploring original content production for Netflix. Saeed has a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Toronto, is a Massey Fellow, Millennium Scholar and Lincoln Alexander Award winner.

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

2018
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
Mayu Thavarajah, Director of External Relations
Santhiya Gunasekaran, Director of Fundraising
Naveen Senthamilselvan, Director of Internal Relations

2017
Hares Sivanrupan, Director of Mentorship
Daran Somasundaram, Director of Partnerships
Sujani Ganesh, Director of Network Engagement
Vinoth Vykunthan, Director of Established Professionals