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

2018 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.

Sagaana Mahendramohan

Sagaana Mahendramohan is currently a Pricing Analyst with Bell (BCE Inc.), Canada's largest communications company. She graduated from the Schulich School of Business, York University with an International Bachelors of Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing. Sagaana is a strong believer in constant learning and development and is thus an avid-reader of self-help books. She believes that a happy life is a useful one and aspires to live in a way that leaves a meaningful and positive impact. She is also a Bharatanatyam dancer, a travel enthusiast, and an unabashed chatterbox.


Renuga Navaratnarajah
Vice Chair

Renuga Navaratnarajah is currently pursuing her International MBA at the Schulich School of Business to pursue her passion for employee engagement and dream of living and working abroad in Europe. Prior to her IMBA, Renuga worked at HSBC Global Banking & Markets in Risk Management and Internal Control and has also gained experience working in Controllership in the Ontario Public Service. Renuga is CTPA’s 2018 Vice-Chair and her focus this year is to strengthen alumni relations, seek valuable organizational partnership opportunities, and develop a strong and engaged organizational culture. Renuga started her journey with CTPA in 2016 as a volunteer joined the Board in 2017 as the Director of Communications. Renuga enjoys going on long drives equipped with an exhaustive playlist of 90s Tamil songs, indulging in Netflix marathons with the German voiceovers on, shooting and editing travel videos that trigger instant nostalgia, and exploring and tasting various mouthwatering cuisines.


Narmitha Jegamohan
Director of Network Engagement

Narmitha is currently working as an accountant at INK Entertainment, a lifestyle, and entertainment company. In her role, she manages accounting functions for various venues operated and owned by INK Entertainment. She graduated from Trent University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. During her free time, she enjoys cooking and baking, a great way to de-stress and try out new recipes. You can also find her spending endless hours on YouTube.


Thanusha Tharmakulasingam
Director of Professional Development

Thanusha graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University. She is currently a Corporate Accountant at Callidus Capital Corporation. In her role as Director of Professional Development with CTPA, Thanusha is responsible for managing events and creating networking opportunities that cater to both Emerging and Established professionals. During her spare time, Thanusha enjoys Cooking, Watching Netflix, playing recreational volleyball and trying outdoor sports activities.


Anand Ganeshalingam
Director of Finance

Anand graduated from the University of Waterloo with an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, and a Post-Graduate diploma in Accounting. He holds the CPA, CA designations, has passed the CFA Level I exam, and completed a certificate in Machine Learning from Stanford University. Anand is a venture capital analyst at iGan Partners Inc, and in this role he performs sourcing, analysis, due diligence, and deal execution for investments in early stage healthcare and enterprise SaaS companies. Prior to joining iGan Partners, he worked as a Solutions Consultant at a Toronto fintech company, and a Senior Consultant at KPMG LLP. Anand is the Director of Finance at CTPA, and in this role he supports the organization by establishing and adhering to financial policies, controls, and reporting procedures. Anand volunteers as a facilitator in the Youth Leadership Program (YLP) run by the Center for Leadership and Innovation (CFLI). In his spare time, you can find him playing chess and trivia, working on his kitchen skills, and binging Netflix (more often than he'd like to admit).


Anita Sivabalan
Director of Policy and Governance

Anita Sivabalan is currently a Policy Analyst in the Indigenous Health Policy Unit at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. She supports the unit’s mandate in working alongside Indigenous partners and improving health outcomes for their communities. Prior to this, Anita completed her Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Toronto. In her role as Director of Policy and Governance for CTPA, Anita oversees the internal processes and policies of the organization, including the by-laws, partnership and sponsorship agreements, consent forms, and CTPA’s Five Year Plan. On her free time, she loves to read Batman comics and try new baking recipes.


Anu Sriskandarajah
Director of Networking

Anu Sriskandarajah is a Sociologist that teaches in the Women's and Gender Studies Department at Carleton University. She graduated from the University of Windsor with a Ph.D and Master’s degree in Sociology and from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Political Science with a minor in South Asian Studies. She oversees the Networking portfolio for CTPA, main event being Toast to Success. Her biggest inspiration is her mother. In her spare time, she is an avid consumer of internet memes.


Arabi Sivananthalingam
Director of Growth Marketing

Arabi currently manages the Marketing and Demand Generation at one of Toronto's hottest MarTech companies, Uberflip. With a background in marketing and psychology, Arabi brings a modern understanding of consumer journeys, a proven record of user growth, and a knack for making it easy for consumers to engage with their favourite brands. Creating amazing content and building anything digital is Arabi’s cup of tea. Arabi is a total foodie, loves traveling and watching theater, performing and having her inbox full of a dozen blog subscriptions.


Nirushyka Kanagarajahh
Director of Mentorship

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. She is responsible for managing all aspects of Paalam - CTPA's Mentorship Program. In addition to CTPA, she also volunteers with other non-profit organizations, such as Endeavour Volunteer Consulting for Non-Profits. Nirushyka enjoys travelling and has an interest in self-help books.


Mayu Thavarajah
Director of External Relations

Mayu is currently as a Senior Accountant with Ernst & Young LLP, a multinational professional services firm working within the Audit & Assurance service line. He graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a BBA and a specialization in Accounting. He is responsible for managing CTPA's finances and sponsor relations. In addition to his volunteer work with CTPA, he is a volunteer with the Youth Leadership Program, and values working with the next generation.


Santhiya Gunasekaran
Director of Fundraising

Santhiya currently facilitates hearings at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Her educational background in Legal Studies and English Literature allows her to be creative in her approach to various forms of communication, let it be verbally communicating legal concepts, writing a captivating article or acting out a social theory. Santhiya also volunteers with Ronald McDonald House of Charities and CFLI’s Youth Learning Program. In her spare time Santhiya enjoys theatre, traveling and tea!


Naveen Senthamilselvan
Director of Internal Relations

Naveen Senthamilselvan is currently a Senior Financial Advisor at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and has been in the banking industry for four years. Having graduated from the University of Waterloo with a bachelor of arts degree. Outside of work and volunteer, Naveen is currently completing a post-graduate certificate in Project Management at the University of Toronto. Naveen loves watching re-runs of all the 90’s shows; Cosby, Full House, Family Matters, Boy Meets world, and Fresh Prince of Bel Air. These are the shows that remind him of a time where everything was just simple.

2017 Advisory Board

Sandra Sabaratnam

Sandra Sabaratnam is a Leadership Coach, PM/BA Consultant in the health informatics industry, past CTPA Chair (2010-2012) and past CTPA Advisory Board Member (2014). She understands the ever-changing professional markets and the challenges professionals experience in starting their career and taking it to the next level.
Sandra works with individuals to overcome self-imposed barriers, remove perceived limitations and empowers them to be the CEO in their life – professionally and personally. She also supports individuals in living an authentic life that is in alignment with their values and life purpose. She believes that success that is balanced can be achieved in all areas of life. Sandra holds a B.Sc. in Health Studies, Health Informatics option from the University of Waterloo. She is PMP and CBAP certified and is in the process of becoming a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC)..

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

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