Satish Thakkar- FCPA, FCGA
Chair of Board of Directors & Organizing committee
Satish Thakkar is a serial entrepreneur and a serial philanthropist. A prominent and active member of the South Asian business and professional community in Canada, Satish has an enviable track record as an entrepreneur who has transformed intangible vision into tangible assets. He has extensive global experience in the financial services industry, business consulting and advisory, and also in commercial and residential real estate development. He is active board of governor of Canada-India Foundation (CIF) and past president of Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC). As a philanthropist, Satish recently raised $1million for the William Osler Health Systems Foundation. Satish is passionate about Vedic sciences and an avid yoga enthusiast.
Andres Pelenur is a Founding Partner of Borders Law Firm. Andres is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Citizenship & Immigration Law. He is also an attorney-at-law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Andres has been meditating and studying yogic scriptures for over twenty years. He is the founder of the Mahāsāra School of Meditation and a disciple of the meditation master Swami Nityananda of Ganeshpuri (1897–1961). Andres is also the author of The Essence of Meditation: Advanced Practices for New and Experienced Meditators.
Throughout his career, Tom has been in progressively senior roles as a Financial Manager and Consultant for various industries and organizations in the Public, Private, and Not-Profit Sectors. He became a Yoga student in the early 70s, and has continued his interest in this wonderful discipline for the past 15 years as a student, teacher, and Board Member of the Canadian Iyengar Yoga Association.
Ashutosh Sanghvi is a faculty with the Art of Living Foundation and teaches the Happiness program and the Sri Sri Yoga Program. He seeks to be an undying disciple of the Practice of Yoga and share his experience with others under the guidance of his Guru H.H. Sri Sri Ravishankarji. In his professional capacity, Ashutosh is employed as the Financial Controller and Director of Procurement with the City of Toronto Economic Development Corporation.
Director,(Isha Foundation) yoga enthusiast furthering the causes of Isha Foundation in Toronto
Kalyan is a seasoned IT leader with demonstrated success in managing large portfolios, programs / projects over 13 years. An active advocate for spirituality, Kalyan is active in promoting the Isha Foundation in Toronto and Canada. He is a key volunteer for the Foundation that has been formed to create an inclusive culture towards global harmony and progress. Its powerful yoga programs for inner transformation and inspiring projects for society and the environment are appreciated worldwide
Dharmendra is a Real Estate Broker at RE/MAX Crossroads Realty Inc., Brokerage working over 10 years in residential and commercial real estate. Dharmendra is a Karyavah (General Secretary) of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS). HSS works to develop strong character and leadership skills thru self-discipline, self-confidence and thru selfless service; we are inspired by the idea that the whole world is one family.
Saraswati is director of the Toronto Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center and one of the principal teachers of Sivananda Teachers Training Courses around the world .She lived and studied under the personal guidance of her guru, Swami Vishnudevananda, founder of International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers. Saraswati is also director of Sivananda Kids and Teen Yoga Camps and has developed yoga programs for Toronto District School Board and various youth agencies. She has been staff of Int Sivananda Yoga Organization for 26 years and is a lifelong student of Yoga.
A Graduate from Capilano University, Vancouver, British Columbia, she has worked in the Legal and Real Estate Industry and has been extensively involved in community service. She is a practitioner and a teacher of Rajyoga Meditation with the Brahma Kumaris. Her keen interest in spirituality resulted in her involvement with the Conference on Religion and Peace, Parliament of World Religions and Multifaith Action Society in various capacities which took her to many countries across the globe. Was instrumental in organizing many conferences and programs aimed at the betterment of the society and upliftment of mankind.