Through inspiring keynotes, innovative talks, educational breakouts, hands-on lessons, and tons of networking, you will learn how CTPA is at the heart of our professional community.

Education

With over 250 educational workshops and seminars, there’s ample opportunity to learn at CTPA. Our speakers focus on delivering actionable tactics that you can put into practice as soon as you get back to the office.

Entertainment

As much as we love to work hard, we also love to have fun. End the year with our signature gala, Black and White Affair for a night full of networking, socializing and spectacular food and drinks.

Remarkable Content

Get inspired by top speakers, who in the past have included LinkedIn, The White House and Google to enrich the breadth and depth of your professional knowledge. Walk away with tools to do your job better and inspiration to do great things.

Upcoming Events

10th Annual Black & White Affair Gala

December 28 2018 | 7PM-1AM | Scarborough Convention Centre
20 Torham Place (Neilson & Finch), Toronto, Ontario M1X 0B3

10th Annual Black and White Affair Gala

The Canadian Tamil Professionals Association (CTPA) is pleased to present its annual fundraising gala, the Black & White Affair! You will be in for an exciting evening of great entertainment, networking, dancing, cocktails and a lavish dinner buffet.


All proceeds from this event will be used to fund and subsidize CTPA events and initiatives for 2019. Additionally, $5 from each ticket sale will be donated to fund Tamil Chair Inc. and the Canadian Tamil Congress' initiative to establish a Tamil chair at the University of Toronto. Visit http://torontotamilchair.ca for more information.

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Real Estate Investment 2.0

November 10, 2018 | 7595 Markham Road, Unit 19 | 11AM-1PM

Real Estate Investment 2.0

A discussion focusing on first time home buyers and providing you with information on how to navigate the real estate market as you seek to build your wealth portfolio.

Since this will be a more intimate event, there is a $10 refundable deposit once a person checks in to ensure attendance

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Past events

September 19, 2018

PreparED: Exploring the Education Industry

Join our conversation as we focus on important topics as a Tamil Professional in the Educational Services Industry! Topics of discussion include include equity and inclusivity, management and leadership opportunities, modern learning, and Tamil heritage. In partnership with YRDSB's Inclusive School and Community Services.

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August 10, 2018

Toast to Success 2018

CTPA introduces you to a night of opportunities to expand the horizons of networking and celebrate the inspiring achievements of professionals in our community. Reaching a monumental step in our organization we are beyond excited to present the 10th annual Toast to Success. Toast to Success stands as our signature networking mixer where over 200+ Tamil Professionals, like yourself, join us to build strong connections through meaningful interactions for the growth of their respective careers.

As a highlight of the event we will soon be announcing our ** Special Guest Speaker ** who will share their personal experiences with professional development and their pathways to growth.

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July 14, 2018

Let's Make Networking Awkward Again

Have you always wanted to attend a networking event, but could never find time due to your busy schedule? Household duties, children, and the pure awkwardness of a networking event can hinder most professionals from making an appearance. Fear no more! Canadian Tamil Professionals Association (CTPA) will be hosting its first outdoor event: Let's Make Networking Awkward Again, Ondrukoodal Style FT Soccer Tournament! These are the reasons why most don't even attend their Ondrukoodal events. We want to help change the reality and fear of networking by creating a space that is fun, natural and keeps everyone under the sun with a game of soccer! There’s no better way to network easily and quickly, than on the field. Come out and enjoy some popcorn, cotton candy and get involved in some casual mixers, while the kids are getting their faces painted! This is a family friendly event.

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May 5, 2018

Paalam 2018: Bridging Connections

The workshop will include a seminar conducted by our guest speaker Travis Ratnam, CEO at Knowledgehook. Travis will be sharing his experiences as well as his approach to career management and the human history of work.


Registration will take place between 10:00 am - 10:30 am.The workshop will also include a networking session where potential mentors and mentees will be able to meet and connect with one another. Lunch will be provided during this time.

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March 18, 2018

Empowering Tamil Immigrants Through Cultural Capital

Join us on Sunday March 18th for a dinner and discussion on how we can empower Tamil immigrants through cultural capital.

We have a lineup of keynote speakers from world renowned novelist Mohammed Naseehu Ali to University of Toronto Professor A.J.V. Chandrakanthan.

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February 2nd 2018 [WEBINAR]

Are you excited for a bright 2018?

A new year means new resolutions right?

Whether that’s a new job, career transition – or starting your own side business, we want to help make 2018 amazing and full of results!

Join us for this online workshop and give yourself the time to gain some focus and momentum on what you want for 2018. Leadership Coach Sandra Sabaratnam will be our Guest Speaker who will share with you how to build an action-plan with a framework that aims to achieve your dream year.

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December 30th 2017

#BWAffair2017

Annual Fundraising Gala

The Canadian Tamil Professionals Association (CTPA) presented its annual fundraising gala, the Black & White Affair! Guests enjoyed an exciting evening of great entertainment, networking, dancing, cocktails and a lavish dinner buffet. All proceeds from this event will be used to fund and subsidize CTPA events and initiatives for 2018.

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November 25th 2017

Healthy Cooking for the Tamil Professional

Healthy Cooking for the Tamil Professional

An intimate workshop on healthy cooking for the Tamil professional. We learned from PlatedbySangee on how to stir up some easy, delicious meals for yourself and your family, but still keep health top-of-mind.

For this event, Canadian Tamil Professionals Association focused on work-life balance and maintaining a healthy living to fuel both our personal and professional lives.

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November 4th 2017

FREE WORKSHOP

Attendees will learn about emotional intelligence, gain awareness of their own emotional intelligence and understand how relationships and communication impact effective their lives. The emotional intelligence workshop will be run by Juli Rasanayagam, M.A., R.P.(q), an Anger Management Expert. If you are not concerned with emotions, it will dramatically limit your ability to be successful personally and in your career. So, how can we be intelligent about emotions?

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September 29th 2017

Emerging Health Professionals

Canadian Tamil Medical Association and Canadian Tamil Professional Association join forces to present to you: Emerging Health Professionals Networking Event

Join us for an intimate social gathering, as we discuss balancing work-life and personal wellness.

Guest speakers include Dr. Meera Selvakone, Dr. Tharshan Sivakumar and Sandra Sabaratnam. There will be opportunity for conversation and inspiration.

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September 10th 2017

Meet 200+ Tamil Professionals

Toast to Success is CTPA’s signature networking mixer, celebrating professional achievements in our community.

Join us on Friday August 18th, 2017 at the Toronto Board of Trade, First Canadian Place in downtown Toronto for a night filled with exciting networking opportunities, delicious hors d'oeuvres and more!

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June 11, 2017

The Housing Equation

Learn about the various types of real estate investments, the economics, legal considerations and financing opportunities at The Housing Equation on June 11, 2017.

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March 25, 2017

Money: How to save it, invest it & plan for the future

CTPA presents to you Money: How to Save It, Invest It and Plan for the Future. In this workshop you will learn how to: – use tools and techniques to plan your finances to meet your goals and obligations – approach savings and ways to keep your spending habits disciplined – diversify your investment portfolios by familiarizing yourself with various instruments such as stocks, mutual funds, real estate, etc. and understanding how to leverage them to meet your financial goals

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August 5, 2016

Toast to Success 2016

“Succeeding in business is all about making connections” – Richard Branson Join CTPA on August 5th at our signature networking mixer, Toast to Success! This year we are proud to present Dave Howlett, the highly decorated speaker and author of #1 best seller “Connect Like a Real Human Being”. With over 30 years of experience in sales, business development and leadership; Dave Howlett will share his 3-step secret to knocking down silos and making real human connections. Take a break from routine to enjoy an evening of delicious canapes catered by Oliver & Bonacini and gain invaluable insights for your personal and professional advancement! Then apply these lessons while networking with some of the movers and shakers within the Tamil community

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May 29, 2016

Paalam Launch

Paalam, CTPA’s Mentorship Program, provides individuals at any stage of their career with the resources, guidance and training required for a meaningful mentoring experience. The workshop will include a seminar by Saeed Selvam, founder of Me Power (http://mepwr.com/). Saeed is a recognized leadership consultant, motivational speaker and former candidate for public office.

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March 29, 2016

The Spring Connection

Vital at any age or stage in your career, good etiquette is a sign of professionalism and respect for others. It builds character, improves self-esteem and helps to create a positive environment. It can help you make a strong first impression, while building trust, establishing relationships and advancing in your career. Offering an interactive presentation with a real emphasis on acquiring modern skills, Lisa’s focus is on practical, applicable etiquette skills that allow her clients to eat and greet with style and confidence wherever they are in the world.

January 31, 2016

Master the Art of Public Speaking

By mastering the art of public speaking, it can build your reputation, boost your self-confidence, opens opportunities and can make you more comfortable around other people. The Canadian Tamil Professionals Association (CTPA) is partnering with the Centre for Leadership and Innovation (CFLI) to bring you this workshop. CFLI is a non-profit aimed at promoting leadership skills, research and innovation. The experienced facilitators from CFLI’s program Centre Stage will be teaching you techniques to help build your confidence when speaking to an audience.

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November 7, 2015

Tamil Women at the Top

This is an intimate networking event to connect established female leaders. Attendees will find great value in conversing and networking with other successful and driven Tamil women in a meaningful setting. This is an intimate event designed to bring together a small group of powerful women and foster meaningful connections through the provoking topic about the rise of Tamil women in leadership. This is a forum for powerful thought leaders to share thoughts on how Tamil women can continue to overcome various obstacles in achieving their goals and dreams.

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September 20, 2015

What’s your EQ: EI for Success

The workshop will explore the correlation between emotional intelligence and optimal work performance. It will also focus on the application and practice of effective strategies for developing emotional intelligence. Participants will discover what emotional intelligence is and its significance as well as learn how to leverage emotional strengths that build effective market driven relationships. SPEAKER: Janice Medland Jan Medland is a performance coach and organizational effectiveness consultant.

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June 13, 2015

Lasting Impressions on Social Media

CTPA’s “Lasting Impression on Social Media” workshop will provide attendees with expert advise on creating a powerful social media presence. Leading social media strategist and principal consultant with Volterra Consulting, Andrew Jenkins, will discuss effective strategies in creating and expanding your network on LinkedIn. Anna Withrow, a marketing and communications consultant, will discuss the importance of building your personal brand and how to effectively build your network using Twitter.

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March 26, 2015

CTPA’s Professional Mixer by the Lake

Join us for an evening of networking and socializing amongst established and emerging professionals from various industries. The mixer will feature fun networking activities, delicious appetizers, and a wide selection of drinks at one of Toronto’s most happening venues, The Amsterdam BrewHouse by the Lake. Let’s also not forget all the great prizes you can take home.

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February 28, 2015

Toast to Success 2015

Interested in learning more about the CPA Designation? Join Canadian Tamil Professionals Association and CPA Ontario on Feb 28th, and have all your questions answered at our Information Session.

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June 23, 2018

The Fellowship of the Iron Ring

The Engineering event is a networking opportunity between emerging and established professionals of various specializations. The event will include both one-on-one sessions along with guided networking opportunities within groups for both established and emerging professionals to discuss career paths, aspirations, resume critiquing and networking opportunities. Additionally, speakers from a wide array of Engineering specializations will discuss resume building, networking, and expanding beyond the conventional career approaches.

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April 28 2018

Financial Hustle: Is Your Money Working For You?

Join CTPA as we discuss the importance of being financially literate. This workshop will focus on equipping attendees with the knowledge and techniques required to build a firm financial foundation.

We will specifically discuss the importance of planning, budgeting, saving and most importantly making your money work for you.

Get excited for an incredible speaker lineup we'll be announcing soon and being hosted at Wealthsimple's beautiful Toronto office!

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March 22, 2018

Best Face Forward

Canadian Tamil Professionals Association (CTPA) and Ninety9Thirty join forces to present to you: Best Face Forward (In Collab with Smile for a Cause). Take a professional headshot while networking with other career-focused professionals over some light refreshments. Whether you’re seeking a new job or simply want to elevate your personal brand - a high quality, up-to date headshot will make a great first impression on recruiters. Each individual will receive 2 high quality edited headshots. We’ll also be featuring a guest speaker to demonstrate how to optimize LinkedIn for networking purposes.

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February 24, 2018

AI: Is The Future Now?

Join industry leading panelists as they discuss the impact AI has, and will have, on how we live and work. We'll also explore how AI is changing the way we develop personally and professionally - and how to keep pace.

Is the future now?

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January 26th 2018

Tamil Heritage Month Mixer

CTPA is proud to present our very first event in celebration of Tamil Heritage Month.

Join us for an intimate networking mixer as we honour and nourish our roots.

There will be tons of appetizers snacks, trivia games and guided networking challenges.

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October 20th 2017

Game for a Cause

Come out and socialize over some board game fun with your fellow Tamil Professionals! Top all the fun with a good cause because CTPA will be donating all proceeds to a community charity called INCOME.

Eat, drink, play, meet new people and be socially responsible!

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September 10th 2017

Exploring Your Career Options in the Sciences

Are you about to graduate with a BSc and don't know your next step? Are you a new BSc grad looking for the right opportunity? Are you an emerging professional looking to change careers?

THA and CTPA present "What to do with your BSc?" An interactive seminar centred around bringing unconventional yet exciting careers in Science and Healthcare, to you!

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July 22, 2017

How to Sell yourself with a red hot elevator pitch

Come join our interactive workshop to understand what to focus on when developing your elevator pitch and networking with people for the first time, so you leave a strong first impression. Learn to identify your strengths and passion and weave it into a captivating story.

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June 17, 2017

Golf Clinic 2017

It is no secret that building professional relationships matter in every industry, and golf has proven to be a very effective tool for networking. This sport is the perfect opportunity to mix business with pleasure and CTPA is excited to create an event for professionals to learn and improve their golf skills while making meaningful connections with other leaders and professionals in the community.

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June 3, 2017

Paalam | பாலம் 2017: Discover Your Potential with Mentorship

Paalam, CTPA’s Mentorship Program, provides individuals at any stage of their career with the resources, guidance and training required for a meaningful mentoring experience. We are excited to launch 2017’s program with a workshop catered toward mentorship by delving into the challenges often faced by mentees and mentors.
The workshop will include a seminar by Julie Federman, Customer Success Manager at LinkedIn.

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December 30, 2016

Black & White Affair 2016

The Canadian Tamil Professionals Association (CTPA) is pleased to present its annual fundraising gala, the Black & White Affair! You will be in for an exciting evening of great entertainment, networking, dancing, cocktails and a lavish dinner buffet.

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July 9, 2016

Golf Clinic 2016

It is no secret that building professional relationships matter in every industry, and golf has proven to be a very effective tool for networking. This sport is the perfect opportunity to mix business with pleasure and CTPA is excited to create an event for professionals to learn and improve their golf skills while making meaningful connections with other leaders and professionals in the community.

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May 14, 2016

The Legal Profession

The Canadian Tamil Professionals Association invites you to a panel discussion designed specifically for those interested in the field of law. The morning session will consist of a discussion with current law students, who will share their experiences on the application process for law school, as well as what to expect once you’re in. The afternoon session will highlight the experiences of established lawyers, with the opportunity to engage in conversation with these individuals. We have a great line up of panelists who are excited to share their story and provide advice to help you pursue your dream to become a successful lawyer!

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April 23, 2016

Making a Difference: Careers in Social Science

Please join us and our panel of successful individuals in various stages of their career journeys within the social work industry. We will be discussing tips to succeed and challenges facing this industry, suggestions on growing your network, as well as a chance to answer any of your questions, followed by an opportunity to network with other attendees and the members of the panel.

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February 28, 2016

Leaders of Tomorrow in Healthcare

Get inspired by our panel discussion with leading professionals within the healthcare industries, as they share their story of how they succeeded in their career journey and what it took to get them there! We will also further discuss on tips to succeed, challenges facing the industry, as well as suggestions on growing your network. Stay tuned as we release the profiles of these amazing panelists over the next few weeks!

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December 27, 2015

Black & White Affair 2015

The Canadian Tamil Professionals Association is pleased to present its annual fundraising gala, the Black & White Affair, on December 27th, 2015. Join us during the long weekend to celebrate the end of 2015 in style! You will be in for an exciting night of mixing and mingle with other professionals, a variety of great entertainment and a lavish dinner buffet.

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October 15, 2015

The Fall Encounter

“The Fall Encounter” brought to you by Ideal Developments will bring together emerging and established professionals from various industries in a modern and lively atmosphere. Tickets are available for purchase at $15.00. However, spaces are limited so don’t hold off on purchasing!

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August 7, 2015

Toast to Success 2015

CTPA is excited to present our premier summer networking event, Toast to Success!

Now in its fifth year, Toast to Success is an exciting night of networking and socializing amongst established and emerging professionals from all industries and specialties. Whether you’re an entrepreneur or an artist, Toast to Success is an excellent opportunity to mix and mingle, share ideas, and gain great insight into other fields.

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April 26, 2015

Career Transition-Strategic Networking

CTPA’s “Career Transition & Strategic Networking” workshop will provide an engaging panel discussion by four prominent and successful professionals from the community. Attendees will get a chance to gain first hand insight on the exciting career paths and transitions our panelists have maneuvered. Omar Benedir, CEO of Executive 2000 Institute will also be providing attendees with tips on networking which will be followed by a speed networking session.

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