First female president for Canadian Tamils’ Chamber of Commerce

Dilini Gunarajah first female President of CTCC. (File Picture by Ravi Atchuthan)

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The members of the Canadian Tamils’ Chamber of Commerce (CTCC), made-up of almost entirely Sri Lankan origin Tamils in Canada, recently elected Dilani Gunarajah as the president. The lawyer, is the first female to head the 26 year-old organization in Canada.

“The Tamil business community has grown so vast in breadth and depth in Canada. I hope to attract entrepreneurs and business professionals from all cross-sections of our business community, including an already growing female membership presence,” said Ms. Gunarajah.

Also elected; Executive Vice President: Gajan Mahakanapathy, Vice President – Internal Affairs: Kubes Navaratnam, Vice President – Finance: Vinayagamoorthy (Vina) Devadas, Vice President – Community Relations: Venu (Kannan) Puvirasan, Vice President – Membership: Ramanan Santhirasegaramoorthy, Directors, Ram Krish and Thipan Raj.


The CTCC serves as the platform that connects Tamil entrepreneurs and business professionals through networking and philanthropic events. As representatives of an ethnic group that significantly contributes to the Canadian economy, the current Board of Directors are committed to enriching the development of Tamil businesses, create meaningful relationships with other Tamil organizations and business communities, and provide a platform for collaboration and networking in Canada and globally, the Chamber said in a statement.

With the addition of a full-time Executive Director role in May, the CTCC also plans to evolve from primarily an event-based organization to providing more programming, resources and services for our membership.

CTCC calls on all Tamil entrepreneurs and business professionals to join the Chambers’ and contribute to strengthening the Tamil business community.