BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Santha Panchalingam

President

Santha is a Business Entrepreneur who had his early education at Urumpirai Hindu College in Northern Sri Lanka. He migrated to France in 1982 and worked in France for a period of 5 years. He moved to Canada in 1986 and established his own business and formed his own company named “Santha Maintenance Ltd”, which provides Electrical, Plumbing and Drainage Services. He also undertook Residential and Commercial Renovation work and owned other businesses along with stores like Taco Bell and KFC (Kiss Groups of Company LTD). Santha received a CTCC award in 2002 for ten years of business entrepreneurship. Santha was also the recipient of the Award of Excellence in 2007 from the CTCC for his entrepreneur skills as he commands several leading enterprises among the mainstream market as his customers. Santha is married and the proud father of three daughters. As a business entrepreneur, Santha’s gospel motto in business is to “Do it Once and Do it Right”.

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Thipan Raj

Executive Vice President

Thipan Raj (Parthipan Rajandran) is a leading Entrepreneur, Event organizer and Realtor who as a community activist focuses on his strengths to support individuals in order that they may achieve their goals and dreams. Thipan has a passion towards volunteerism and a deep interest in helping those in need. He has dedicated himself towards community involvement and realizes the need for contributing towards social services in the community. He always believes that community service is the backbone to one’s happiness in a person’s personal life while offering his professional services to the public. He is also a firm believer that educational programs help to enhance the learning levels of children, especially in the war affected areas in Sri Lanka and has offered his time and energy to a project related to this programme.

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Murali Sivaguru

Vice President
Internal Affairs

With his experience in Hertz Canada Limited for almost 30 years and his exceptional management expertise and interpersonal skills, Murali Sivaguru is now the owner of two successful businesses. Murali is leadership minded and has an active interest in communication.Through this aptitude for leadership and communication, Murali efficiently manages his own Hertz branch in Mississauga. His capacity for multi-tasking and organization allows for him to run a gas station in Wingham Ontario along with training and recruitment of several employees. Despite his busy schedule, Murali takes the time to give back to his community. As a coach of the Boys Unionville-Milliken Soccer Club, he provides young adolescents with the opportunity to learn the essential skills of soccer.

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Ari.A.Ariaran

Vice President
Finance

Ari Ariaran is a Chartered Professional Accountant who served in many private sector organizations as a leader in Accounting, Finance and participating in the organization’s decision-making process. He presently owns a public practice firm in Scarborough that serves a very large business community within the GTA, providing accounting services and taxation needs. His clientele ranges from personal tax requests to large corporations. Ariaran is involved in many initiatives within the community. In 2003, along with four of his friends he founded the Sri Lankan Accountants Association of Canada (SAAC) which serves the community and has been its President, Vice President and Secretary-the position which he currently holds now. He has volunteered with various charities such as Thamil Isai Kalamanram of Ontario where he was an active board member and currently serves as the internal auditor. For the past 15 years he has served as the Treasurer for the Sri Sathya Sai Baba Centre of Middlefield. He was also the first President when Vadaliyaddippu Ontrium and has been actively involved in its social activities.

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Vina Devadas

Vice President
Membership

Vina Devadas is a Lawyer cum Accountant who focuses his skill coupled with experience in accounting related fields of law namely Tax Law, Business Law and Employment Law. In addition, his law firm deals in real estate law, family law and wills. He worked earlier as Senior Financial Analyst / Financial Analyst at CGI in Toronto for 6 years. Previously he functioned as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) for 8 years. Devadas is a Chartered Professional Accountant of Ontario and an Associate Member of CIMA United Kingdom. He obtained his MBA Degree with Merit from the University of Colombo. Devadas is actively involved in the community by way of sponsorships for events through his Law firm. He is the Immediate Past President of the Sri Lankan Accountants’ Association of Canada (SAAC) and is also the President of the Araly Cultural Organization, Canada. Devadas has also engaged himself in activities of his old schools, namely Royal College and Hindu College in Colombo.

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Christeen Seevaratnam

Vice President
Community Relations

Christeen is a host facilitator with T.D.S.B for many years and by profession a dedicated funer- al director, helping families at a most vulnerable time.

She is a very passionate individual who puts her heart and soul into all her undertak- ings. She volunteers for many worthy causes and has been awarded the Volunteer award by Ont Govt. Served as the president of the Toronto catholic association , has been involved since 1999 and is a major contributor and organized and executed many events including the annual Midland church pilgrimage etc.

Christine has also served as a member of the CTC board for 4 years and has been involved with this major community organization for the past 10 years. She serves in the board for many charitable organizations. Among them she has served as Event chair for the CTCC. Her dedication and guidance has led to many of these events become memorable and helped to create more awareness.

Christeen is an exemplary compassionate humanitarian and professional in all her ventures.

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Sumi Prabaharan

Director

I am delighted to put my name forward for the position of Director at CTCC. My extensive experience in both the non-proft sector & the private sector will allow me to contribute to the growth and development of CTCC. I am the proud owner of Pradon Silks and I have also owned and managed two stores in SL for over 35 yrs. I have managed the Small Business Center in Markham where I supervised 6 business coaches and ofered high quality business start up services. Also as a professional fundraiser for the YMCA of GT, I have raised millions of dollars through corporate gifts & signature events. Breakfast of Champions, a high profle annual event featuring Toronto's top celebrities such as Darryl Sittler, Mike Clements, Pinball Clements, Mark Tewksbury etc, hosted by Suhana Mecharchand & Peter Kent is one of my key accomplishments. I have also organized both national and international conferences, including YMCA's 150th International Confer- ence/Gala in Vancouver. I have always been a volunteer in the community which includes, United way of GT, UWay of York Region, Markham Board of Trade, Markham Economist & Sun, Markham Stoufville Hospital, Markham Seniors Coalition, SACEM, York South Simcoe Training & Adjustment board & York Region Character Community Council and many more. Should you require any references, please feel free to contact me. Looking forward to working with the board and the members of CTCC. Thank you.

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Thirusenthuran Sivapatham

Director

Thiru Sivapatham, is a Licensed Paralegal with the Law Society of Ontario and currently an associate with Victor S. Legal Services Professional Corporation. He has extensive experience in Small claims, Landlord and Tenant issues and Refugee Claims. He successfully completed the paralegal course and received his certifcate from Seneca College. In 2010 he received B.A. with Honours in Political Science from the University of Jafna. In 2013 he completed M.A. in International Relations from the University of Colombo. Aside from his paralegal profes- sion, Thiru is involved in Community Services and is an active member of the Markham-Unionville Rotary Club. He enjoys fundraising and supporting local community events.

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William Kennedy Bernadius

Director

I am William Kennedy Bernadius – A dedicated professional and social worker who consis- tently goes above beyond for my customers. I am a practicing lawyer in Ontario, Canada (Bar- rister and Solicitor), also an Attorney at Law from Sri Lanka and a Life member of Bar Associa- tion of Sri Lanka. I am holding Degree of Barrister of Law and L.L. B. I have 20 years of com- bined legal experience in Sri Lanka and Canada. I studied at the University of Colombo and Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada. I am a Gold medal winner from the faculty of Law in Colombo. I am running my own Law ofce called KENNEDY LAW OFFICE at Scarborough (ONT).

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Dilani Gunarajah

Past President

Dilani Gunarajah, Barrister and Solicitor, was a lawyer from Sri Lanka who was called to the Bar in Ontario in July 2005.Dilani started her own law practice named Dilani Gunarajah Law Office. Dilani works tirelessly to resolve her clients’ issues in a cost-efficient and effective manner. Dilani served as a Director at the Family Law Association in 2014 and has been assisting self-represented family clients as a Family Duty Counsel at the Newmarket Court House. She has also served as Director at the West Scarborough Community Legal Services and was employed at the Ministry of Attorney – General office for over a decade. Dilani was involved with several community organizations conducting seminars on issues relating to Family Law, and Estate Law. Dilani volunteered her time to the CTCC,held progressive positions as a Director, Vice-President – Membership, Vice-President – Finance, Executive Vice President and finally President, the first woman President in the Chamber’s history. These positions have provided her with leadership qualities and ability to function effectively under pressure. She works hard to give the best of herself to her clients, her community and the family she adores.

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