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


2017 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
Chair

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.

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Daran Somasundaram
Director of Partnerships

Daran Somas is currently a Supervisor, within the City of Toronto Real Estate Services. Having graduated from York University's Schulich School of Business with his BBA. His primary responsibilities include providing assistance to City divisions with their real estate needs and managing the City's real estate assets. He counts himself fortunate to be able to contribute and be part of an organization that provides such a wide array of programs and services to the public. He also is a facilitator with the Youth Leadership Program, where he assists youths in developing their public speaking skills. In his spare time, he is an avid reader.

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Sujani Ganeshanantham
Director of Network Engagement

Sujani is currently working at the University Health Network as a research technician with the Toronto Organ Preservation Laboratory. In addition to the technical work, she manages the day to day operations, financials as well as the molecular biology capabilities of the lab. She graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto's Molecular Genetics and Microbiology program and completed graduate studies at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Outside of the lab, Sujani is an avid player of board games and regular attendee of fitness classes.

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Vinoth Vykunthan

Director of Emerging Professionals

Vinoth is currently as an Analyst for Moody's, a global credit rating agency. He graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Masters degree in Economics and from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelors Degree in Economics. He is responsible for planning professional development events for emerging professionals.

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Anu Sriskandarajah
Director of Networking

Anu Sriskandarajah is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Windsor. She graduated from the University of Windsor with a 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. Her biggest inspiration is her mother. Her patience, resilience, and above all else quiet sacrifice and selfless love informs all that she does. In her spare time, she is an avid consumer of internet memes.

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Mayu Thavarajah
Director of Finance & Sponsorship

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.

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Renuga Navaratnarajah
Director of Communications

Renuga Navaratnarajah is currently a Business Management Associate at HSBC Global Banking & Markets. Born and raised around Accountants in her family, she dreamt of becoming one herself since childhood. Only after graduating from York University with a degree in Accounting did she realize her true passion for strategic management and international business. If you ever notice she's been quiet for an unusually long period of time, you can probably find her very occupied editing a video or binge watching How To Get Away with Murder in German on Netflix.

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Arabi Sivananthalingam
Director of 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.

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Hares Sivanrupan
Director of Mentorship

Hares is currently working as a Marketing Manager at TELUS where he plays a key role on the Accessory Go-To Market team. He is responsible for developing strategies to drive growth for the Accessory category within TELUS retail locations. He previously worked as a Client Marketing Specialist at LoyaltyOne, the parent company of the AIR MILES Reward Program. Hares discovered his passion for Marketing & Strategy at the Schulich School of Business where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration. In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering, performing on the Miruthangam, and playing competitive basketball and volleyball. He is also an avid NBA fan.

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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.


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Santhiya Gunasekaran
Director of Governance


Santhiya currently assists with facilitating hearings at the
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. With an educational background in Legal Studies and English Literature Santhiya has an eye for detail and enjoys drafting and editing legal documents. Pen and paper are Santhiya’s go to nouns, she enjoys writing for leisure and performing spoken word poetry. Also let’s not forget her love for theatre, traveling and tea!

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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.

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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.