“Year 2016 is a very important milestone for the Canadian Tamils’ Chamber of Commerce as it celebrates the 25th anniversary”, says Silver Jubilee Program Director Roshan Thavaratnam
By Siva Sivapragasam
The forthcoming 25th Silver Jubilee celebrations of the Canadian Tamils’ Chamber of Commerce in September is expected to mark a milestone in the history of the Tamil community in Canada.
The proposed two day event on September 8th & 9th at two prestigious venues-Metro Convention Centre downtown and Markham Suites Hotel will showcase twenty-five years of continued business excellence of the CTCC and the Canadian Tamil business sector. The event will recognize the skills and talents of the Tamil community’s champions of business entrepreneurship.
The 300,000 strong Tamil community in Canada migrated from Sri Lanka mainly after 1983 due to the unsettled conditions and the absence of a level playing field for their future in their country of origin. It is estimated that this number will exceed 500,000 at the end of the 21st century. Since their migration, Canadian Tamils have integrated well with the main stream communities in furthering their business accomplishments in a country where the climate and culture were different from their country of origin.
“This year marks a very important milestone for the Canadian Tamils’ Chamber Commerce as we celebrate our 25th anniversary”, an enthusiastic and dynamic program Director for the Anniversary celebrations Roshan Thavaratnam remarked when he addressed the Media Launch last month. To celebrate this great achievement, we will be hosting a two-day event, on September 9th and the 10th”, he stated.
President Ajith Sabaratnam who welcomed the Media and those present at the event briefly outlined details of the forthcoming event and requested support for the success of the jubilee celebrations.
Lawyer Meleni David, one of the successful women entrepreneurs among the Canadian Tamil professional and business community praised the CTCC for it’s activities in promoting the Tamil community’s business sector and requested the support of the media for the forthcoming event. She was the winner of CTCC’s Woman Entrepreneur Award few years ago.
On September 9th at the Hilton Markham Suites, CTCC will feature the inaugural of the Global Business Expo. The Global Business expo will serve as a platform to connect, educate and motivate local aspiring entrepreneurs on global business trends, barriers and opportunities. It will feature various vendors, keynote presentations and panel discussions from distinguished business professionals.
On September 10th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, CTCC will be hosting the Grand Silver Jubilee awards Gala. The Gala will celebrate and reflect on the efforts of successful entrepreneurs, businesses and leaders from the Tamil community. The gala will be attended by over 1,200 professionals, business persons and international world leaders. During these events the accomplishments of Tamil businesses and entrepreneurs who have thrived in the Canadian global economy will be honoured. The first day will be a daytime event and will take the form of a business forum with international participants. The second day will be an evening function with a reception, networking address by the keynote speaker and cultural events followed by dinner.
Sponsorships are still available to business concerns to help market their products and services. Those interested should contact Program Director Roshan Thavaratnam at 416 561 5733. The forthcoming 25th Silver Jubilee event will certainly be an important and effective communication link to businesses who wish to reach the 300,000 strong Canadian Tamil community to market their products and services.
A dinner to raise funds for the Scarborough Hospital Foundation followed the Media event. CTCC has over the years raised over $ 250,000 dollars for the Hospital during the annual walkathons.