கனேடிய தமிழர் பேரவை

  • Uphold Canadian values of human rights, multiculturalism, religious and cultural diversity, gender equality, pluralism and volunteerism
  • Promote the participation of Tamil Canadians in activities of local, regional, provincial and national importance
  • Work with various levels of Governments in Canada to highlight and resolve issues impacting Tamil Canadians
  • Cooperate with Canadian and international organizations in alleviating the suffering and provide humanitarian assistance to Tamils worldwide
  • Champion for equality, equality rights and equal opportunity for all diverse groups, in particular gender equality, by working towards the elimination of all forms of discrimination and intolerance
  • Recognize and support the social, cultural and political aspirations of the Tamils in the island of Sri Lanka and worldwide
  • Advance the research, study and usage of the Tamil language and culture
  • Develop and enhance working relationships with other ethnocultural groups in Canada

PRESIDENT     R. Sri Ranjan, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Dr. Sri Ranjan is a Professor in the Department of Biosystems Engineering at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Manitoba. After receiving his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Colorado State University, USA, he worked at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, for a year and then joined the University of Manitoba as a faculty member in 1990. He is internationally known in the area of Water Management and Soil and Groundwater Remediation and has over 80 publications. He has been invited to speak at several international conferences and contribute to book chapters. Ranjan has been mentoring students and new immigrants to choose appropriate career paths and has been advising them on getting their credentials recognized. He has great passion for sustainable international development.
Ranjan lives in Winnipeg with his wife Dr. Sri Navaratnam, a Medical Oncologist with the University of Manitoba/CancerCare Manitoba, and two sons, Neelan and Vaelan.
VICE-PRESIDENT     Kanagaratnam Jeevakumar
Dr. Kanagaratnam Jeevakumar has an Engineering background. He received his B.Eng (Electronic Engineering) degree from University of Galway and Ph.D. (Digital Signal Processing) degree from Dublin City University in Ireland. After his graduation from DCU in 1993, he worked as a Research Officer at the University of Ulster, N.Ireland.
He immigrated to Ottawa, Canada in 1995. He has been active in community work since his move to Canada.
Jeeva lives in Ottawa with his wife Shahila and two sons Athavan and Kavi.
SECRETARY     Suntharamoorthy Umasuthan
Mr. Suntharamoorthy Umasuthan is a Chartered Accountant from Srilanka and a Certified member of the Society of Management Accountants of Ontario. Umasuthan has over 30 years of experience in Accounting, Tax and Management from various parts of the world, including Srilanka, Zambia, Saudi Arabia and Canada. Umasuthan is currently working for Canada Revenue Agency in Toronto.
Umasuthan is also involved in many Community Organizations. He has served as President of few NPOs including Sithankerny Ontrium Cultural Association of Ontario, Jaffna College Alumni Association of Toronto, Canadian Association of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Srilanka, and Past General Secretary of the Thamil Isai Kalaamanram of Ontario.
Umasuthan lives in Toronto with his wife and daughter.
TREASURER     Meera Selvakone
Dr. Meera Selvakone is a Family Physician in Richmond Hill, Ontario. She attended medical school at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver. Meera completed her Family Medicine Residency at St. Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto, in 2003. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacology.
Born in the U.K., Meera has always held a keen interest in Tamil community affairs. She has been a member of the Canadian Tamil Congress since 2001, serving on its Board of Directors for the last two years. Meera has spoken at various Tamil community events. Following the 2004 Tsunami disaster, Meera traveled to North-East Sri Lanka with a team from the International Medical Health Organization (IMHO) to provide medical assistance to tsunami survivors.
Today, Meera enjoys a diverse family practice, serving all ages and ethnicities. Meera lives in Scarborough with husband Umesh and sons, Mithran and Navin.
BOARD OF DIRECTOR     Ranjit Tharmalingam
Mr. Ranjit Tharmalingam, P.Eng., works for the Government of Alberta as a Director within the Transportation & Civil Engineering Division. He is also the current president of the CTC Edmonton Chapter. Ranjit received his B.Sc (Hons) in Civil Engineering from Middlesex Polytechnic, United Kingdom in 1978. After graduation, he worked for four years in UK as Structural Engineer before immigrating to Edmonton, Canada in 1982. He served as Treasurer of the Ellam Tamil Association of Alberta in the early 1980s and was one of the founding member of Tamil Digest, the first Tamil newsletter from Western Canada. Ranjit and his wife live in Edmonton and have two children, Praveen and Anjana.
BOARD OF DIRECTOR     Piragal Thiru
Mr. Piragal Thiru is a Transit Planner and Facilities Manager with the Regional Municipality of York, who will be completing his Masters on Public Policy and Administration in July 2010. He graduated from York University with a Social Science and Political Science degree. For the last several years, he has actively worked on many CTC campaigns. Piragal has been part of United Way York Region Campaign team for the last two years.
BOARD OF DIRECTOR     Sumudini Sathi
Ms. Sumudini Sathi is the first Tamil Case Coordinator for the Community and Social Services Department at the Municipality of York. She previously worked as an Operations Officer at TD Canada Trust and as an Employment Consultant at the Tamil Eelam Society of Canada. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Medical Anthropology. A former Tamil Students Association President at the University of Toronto, Sumu recently volunteered to help children in poverty at an orphanage in Vellore, India. She is a graduate of the United Way City Leadership Program and has volunteered as a mentor at the Scarborough Women’s Centre.