Gaining by Giving Back: A Profile of Sanj Selvarajah

“The entire experience came to reinforce a paradox I have experienced time and time again when volunteering – when one volunteers, they end up receiving more in return than they gave in the first place.” Sanj Selvarajah says as he recalls his first experience as a volunteer. Sanj Selvarajah is a father, husband, son, brother, successful independent consultant and an …

Len Theivendra – Senior Advisory Engineer & Architect

Len Theivendra is a Senior Advisory Engineer and Architect at IBM, holding four patents. He is also a world renowned Travel Blogger, having travelled to 59 countries and gaining great recognition for his breath taking pictures from around the world. Ever since he was a child, Len has always loved tinkering with things and building stuff. His passion with computers …

Tamil Women at the Top

On November 7th, the Canadian Tamil Professionals Association hosted Tamil Women at the Top, an event that brought together female leaders in the community for an intimate and unique networking experience. This uniquely catered event was long overdue in the community, as reiterated by numerous attendees. The powerful conversations that took place were a testament of the desire to engage …

Roveena – Recording Artist

Roveena is a Canadian Tamil Recording Artist signed with Vintage Green Records and the Brand Ambassador for Lymphoma Cancer Canada. She is a vocal powerhouse with over 300,000 views on YouTube and a fan base that spans from continent to continent. Most recently, her album, Perfect World has been called “intoxicating, dramatic and emotionally provocative” and has received critical acclaim …

Sujani Sivanantharajah – Epidemiologist & Entrepreneur

Sujani Sivanantharajah is an Epidemiologist with the Public Health Agency of Canada. She is also the founder of the Tamil Health Association, a non-for-profit organization. Although Sujani could not be happier with her career choice in Public Health, her childhood dream was always to become a teacher. For over ten years, she tutored children and until this day, this passion …

Nisa Karan – Registered Nurse & Realtor

Nisa Karan is a full-time practicing Registered Nurse and a licensed Real Estate Professional serving the Greater Toronto Area and Southern Ontario. From a very young age, Nisa had a strong interest for medicine. This interest slowly began to shift as she grew into her teenage years and became exposed to the realm of make-up artistry. She thought a career …

Grace Under Pressure: Jan Medland on Emotional Intelligence

It was a crisp Sunday morning when I hurried into the Scarborough Civic Centre, only just in time for CTPAs latest workshop Emotional Intelligence for Success. The room was filled with friendly faces, both familiar and new. The turnout was impressive, a testament perhaps to the often understated relevance of, and interest in, the topic of Emotional Intelligence (EI). I …

A Conundrum: Work-life Balance

What is work-life balance in todays world? Does it mean going into work and taking vacations when you want? Perhaps taking paternity leave? Work-life balance is still not well defined in todays society- it can be a dichotomy or a spectrum. Everything about dress-down Fridays, flexible schedules, working from home, etc. all mask the core issue. In a multicultural country, …

Nila Haran – International Make-Up/Hair Artist

Nila Haran is a self-taught International Make-up/Hair Artist who founded Beauty by Nila Cosmetics. Specializing in Indian, South-Indian, and Sri Lankan bridal make-up, she was ranked #1 in Toronto at the Wedding Industry Expert Awards. Since the young age of 16, Nila enjoyed experimenting with make-up. However, having grown up in a fairly traditional family, she never saw it as …