MUNNETRAM: Sugan Mannavarajan

Sugan Mannavarajan: Toast To Success Established Professional Award Winner Sugan Mannavarajan is a community builder, amplifier and futurist who currently works as the National Relationships Manager in Innovation & Partnerships for Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation (CMHC). Over the course of his career, Sugan has helped spearhead multi-billion dollar initiatives to support Canadians. As the recipient of the 2021 Toast …

MUNNETRAM: Sharon Bala

Biography Sharon Bala is a writer, best known for her novel The Boat People, and has also published a number of short stories in a variety of magazines. In today’s Munnetram feature, we spoke to Sharon Bala about her journey as a writer, and how she crafts compelling, character-focused stories. Although Sharon has been writing since she was a kid, …

MUNNETRAM: Ajith Thiyagalingam

Our annual Toast to Success Awards of Professional Excellence, celebrates leaders who have demonstrated professional growth and strong commitment to enriching the Tamil community. The 2020 recipient of CTPA’s “Emerging Professional” award is Ajith Thiyagalingam. Biography Ajith has championed the rights of the Tamil community through his legal and policy work, and various initiatives. Ajith is Legal Counsel at the Immigration …

MUNNETRAM: Kumaran Nadesan

Our annual Toast to Success Awards of Professional Excellence, celebrates leaders who have demonstrated professional growth and strong commitment to enriching the Tamil community. The 2020 recipient of CTPA’s “Established Professional” award is Kumaran Nadesan. Biography Kumaran is a civil servant currently working as a Senior Business Consultant in the Ontario Public Service. He was born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka …

MUNNETRAM: V. T. Nayani

Original image by Ebti Nabag. Banner made by Gowsika Sriskantharajah. V. T. Nayani is an award-winning director, producer and writer, working in film, television, and digital video. Her first feature documentary, Shadeism: Digging Deeper, was screened at film festivals across the world. We sat down to talk to Nayani about storytelling, diversity in cinema, and what it is like to …

MUNNETRAM: Shanojan Thiyagalingam

For our second annual Toast to Success awards, we celebrated leaders who have demonstrated professional growth and strong commitment to enriching the Tamil community. Last year’s recipient of CTPA’s “Emerging Professional” is Shanojan Thiyagalingam. Biography Shanojan Thiyagalingam was born and raised in Toronto. He began his academic life in medicine at the University of Waterloo where he was involved in …

MUNNETRAM: Geetha Moorthy

Biography This year, we presented our second annual Toast to Success awards to leaders who have demonstrated professional growth and strong commitment to enriching the Tamil community. This year’s recipient of CTPA’s “Established Professional” award is Geetha Moorthy. Geetha Moorthy is the founder of the South Asian Autism Awareness Centre (SAAAC). She created SAAAC in direct response to the growing …