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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Sathy Pathmanathan

Vice President
Membership

Sathy is a dynamic professional and entrepreneur with years of experience in Business development , Human Resources and Counselling. He has acquired certifications in hospitality and tourism management and counselling. Sathy has worked as a training and employment consultant in the hospitality industry and for the employment Ontario, and has vast knowledge and experience in conducting seminars and public speaking. Sathy is now in a leadership role as a director for TNEXT Communication Inc as well director of human resource in Trinitytech Inc. Sathy is passionate in taking the start up companies to the next level and he has proven with TN EXT Communication Inc.

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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 funeral Counsellor, 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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Balamuralee Nagarajah

Director

Balamurale Nagarajah (Balan Homes) is a Realtor by profession and an ardent community activist whose strengths include supporting individuals, negotiating, financing, etc. His keen passion and enthusiasm for volunteerism has made him contribute his volunteer services for a variety of organizations. His participation in social services and willingness to help others in need are some of his valuable assets. He is proud of being a long-term member of CTCC as he has dedicated over 10 years of service to this organization. His great strengths are his compassion for others and his ability to unite people together. With the necessary support, he brings these strengths to the CTCC. Balan, as he is more popularly known among his friends and contacts is very excited and encouraged to bring a new perspective and generation of leadership to the Chamber. He is also looking forward to bringing more young entrepreneurs to CTCC as members. .

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Rukshan Para

Director

Rukshan Para is an investment banking consultant who has been in the banking industry for the past 15 years. He managed projects in equity markets, lending and borrowing, derivatives, forex, money markets and now is a part of the business innovation and strategy team in Investment Banking. He has headed and implemented multi million dollar projects that are strategically aligned for the business and its stakeholders. He is also an alternative and an angel investor. He is an experienced consultant with an outstanding history of achieving operational efficiency within banking industries specializing in business process improvement, data governance, and transformation. He is currently the Managing Director of 3C3 Consulting Solutions Inc. and Principal of Rukshan Para Consulting Services. He also manages AGR Financials and A4 Active Learning Centre. He sits on the President Advisory Council for Markham Stouffville Hospital providing branding and community advice to the President and CEO.

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Vithusan Ramachandran

Director

Vithusan Ramachandran is a lawyer, small business owner, an avid social capitalist and community organizer. When not trying to grow his firm, Ramachandran Law Professional Corporation, or his financial services business, Vithu tries to spend his remaining time with his young family, golfing or by volunteering through various different community organizations. Vithu sits as one of the Directors of the Tamil Community Centre and has participated in many committees with the Chamber. Vithu believes that his experience, youthfulness, and expertise makes him a valuable candidate for the position of a Director with the Canadian Tamils' Chamber of Commerce.

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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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