About Toast to Success

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Toast to Success is the Canadian Tamil Professionals Association’s (CTPA) signature networking mixer that recognizes and celebrates the achievements of professionals in the Tamil community. Each year, a guest speaker is invited to share their personal experiences in professional development and discuss their journey. Through “big talk” and informal networking, over 200+ attendees, like yourself, will be able to interact with people from a broad range of industries and careers over delicious hors d’oeuvres.

To commemorate CTPA’s 10th anniversary last year, we launched an awards component to the event. The Toast to Success Awards of Professional Excellence honour two remarkable professionals in the Tamil community who have demonstrated professional growth and strong commitment to community. The two streams of nominations for the awards include: Emerging Professional and Established Professional.

Past Keynote Speakers

Roy Ratnavel
Executive Vice President,
Head of Sales at CI Investments.

Roy Ratnavel’s remarkable story of immigrating to a new country alone at the age of 18 with just $50, to now leading a national sales team overseeing $165 billion of retail assets across Canada; I think it’s safe to say he’s come a long way. He’s also involved in philanthropic efforts, including raising funds to support those affected by mental health through his upcoming climb of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Praveen Arichandran
Director of Growth at Tesla

Praveen Arichandran is a technology executive, investor, and advisor. Born in Scarborough to Sri Lankan Tamil immigrant parents, he is passionate about deploying technology to positively impact our quality of life.

He is currently the Director of Growth at Tesla, where he was recruited by Elon Musk in 2016, becoming the youngest executive in Tesla’s history. He leads a team using virality, artificial intelligence, and shared mobility to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.

View 2018 Event Photos

Krishanthi Vignarajah
Former Policy Director to Michelle Obama

Born in Sri Lanka, Vignarajah escaped humble beginnings and a civil war to immigrate to America, where she succeeded at the most elite institutions and forged a career that has spanned business, law, and government, and which has included acting as a State Department Senior Advisor under both Secretary Clinton and Secretary Kerry. She is also the powerhouse behind initiatives like Michelle Obama’s Let Girls Learn, and her firm, Generation Impact.

View 2017 Event Photos

Check out our 2019 Toast to Success Digital Event Brochure!

Are you ready to enhance your professional development at the 10th Annual Toast to Success?

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Missed out? View our Toast to Success Brochures from previous years!