The Canadian Tamils’ Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 10th Annual Awards Gala Ceremony at the Hilton Suites Hotel in Toronto Markham on April 21, 2007.
CTCC has fostered entrepreneurship in the Canadian Tamil community for the last 16 years. The Awards Gala is symbolic of how members of the Tamil community are contributing immensely to the very fabric that makes up Canada’s multicultural society.
Several distinguished guests were in attendance. Federal Minister for Human Resources and Social Development, Hon. Monte Solberg, was the Chief Guest. The Guests of Honor included, Ontario Minster for Government Services Hon. Gerry Phillips, Ontario Conservative Opposition leader Hon. John Tory, and Ontario Minster for Children and Youth Services Hon. Mary Anne Chambers.
Mr. Logan Velumailum, President of the CTCC, welcomed everyone to the event:
“This is our sweet sixteen. This night is a celebration of fulfilled dreams and continuing aspirations. Stories of individual success fill this room in its entirety. We are gathered here today to celebrate your achievements. But equally, this night is to celebrate the Chamber, and all of you who make up this organization.”
[Hon. Minister Monte Solberg]
Hon. Minister Solberg brought greetings from the Prime Minister:
“He has asked that I bring greetings on his behalf to recognize not only the Tamil Chamber of Commerce 10th Anniversary Awards Gala Dinner, as important as that is. But he also asked that I bring greetings this evening to acknowledge the tremendous contribution the Tamil Community to this country, not only for the economic contribution you make to this country, but to the contribution you make as citizens, the cultural contribution you make that makes Canada such a great country.”
[Hon. Minister Gerry Phillips]
Hon. Minister Gerry Phillips shared his experiences with the Tamil Community: “One of the schools in my area is called L’Amaroueux Collegiate; probably the best honour you can get is to be valedictorian. 3 of the last 4 valedictorians in that school were from the Tamil community. My own staff I have 20 staff, and 4 of them are from the Tamil community. That’s 20 percent. Why do I hire them, because they are the best and brightest”.
[Hon. John Tory]
Hon. John Tory talked about his trip to Sri Lanka. He described the contribution of the Tamil business community to the greater Canadian economy: “You are through your efforts, through your excellence, creating jobs, creating employment and economic activity. That employment and economic activity creates money for the healthcare, and roads and services that the government provides”.
Since its inauguration, CTCC has awarded 46 winners in various categories. This year the Chamber recognized six entrepreneurs for service and contribution in the business world. The distinguished award-winning recipients for 2007 are:
Best Entrepreneur: Sinnadurai Jeyakumar, Sriram Sivagnanam and Sundaramoorthy Vinayagamoorthy, co-owners of Innovative Detailing Services Inc. sponsored by RBC and presented by Regional Vice President Lisa Gallacher.
Young Entrepreneur Award: Bharathy Matheeswaran, co-owner of Alankar Décor, sponsored by Scotiabank and presented by District Vice President Christine Williams.
Award of Excellence: Santha Panchalingam, owner of Santha’s Electrical and Plumbing Services, sponsored by ICICI Bank and presented by Vice President Retail Banking Rajesh Ramakrishnan.
Most Outstanding Professional Award: I. Francis Xavier, a renowned and celebrated human rights lawyer and activist, sponsored by CTCC and presented by The Scarborough Hospital Foundation Vice President Christine Williams and Hon. Mary Ann Chambers, Ontario Minister for Children and Youth Services.
Best Woman Entrepreneur Award: Logi Mariathasan, a highly regarded Bridal Consultant. Sponsored by TD Canada Trust and presented by Senior Vice President Jim Coccimiglio.
Most Outstanding Community Service Person: Dr. Pushpa and Frank Seevaratnam, co-founders of Home for Hope, which has helped rebuild the lives of many Tsunami survivors in Sri Lanka, sponsored by TD Canada Trust and presented by Senior Vice President Jim Coccimiglio.
[Logan Velumailum, President of the CTCC]
To see the photos from the event, visit: CTCC Photogallery
Photos By: Gnane Gnanendran
[Full Text of CTCC Press Release]