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Angela Baltkois, President

It’s a pleasure to introduce Angela’s impressive entrepreneurial journey and her significant contributions to the success of Connecting GTA.

Founding three award-winning businesses is a remarkable achievement, showcasing Angela’s expertise and commitment to excellence. Her experience in working with a diverse range of businesses, from small enterprises to large corporations, and her coaching of startups and established businesses across various sectors highlight her versatility and leadership.

Angela’s philanthropic efforts over the past twenty-five years, volunteering time and expertise for charities and non-profits, underscore her dedication to making a positive impact beyond the business world.

Being part of Connecting GTA for over four years and contributing to the club’s brand promotion throughout Ontario through truck advertising marketing is a noteworthy accomplishment. Wrapping over 13 trucks of all sizes with CGTA and its members’ ads demonstrates Angela’s innovative approach to marketing and her commitment to raising awareness for the club.


What we do together as Team can make a difference.

Suresh Kumar

As a mentor, coach and business consultant, his focus through both Connecting GTA and Kashden is to help entrepreneurs in small and medium-sized businesses to achieve their full potential to thrive in a demanding business environment, overcome business challenges and to exercise their passion to take their projects to the next level. He offers consultancy services such as business strategy, marketing solutions, technology solutions, project management services, process improvement, and mergers and acquisitions. As the business environment becomes increasingly complex and business longevity a challenge, the only way to remain afloat is by identifying and adapting to the changes and economical processes.

Raven Melo

Raven has been working as a Administrative Assistant for almost 3 years now, and she absolutely love it. Her passion for working with people and helping them be successful has led her to become an excellent collaborator and problem solver. Her extensive knowledge of corporate policies and procedures has afforded her the ability to execute projects efficiently, which is why she is able to communicate with our members so well. She believes that communication is key, whether it's talking with a client or speaking with a colleague, so she makes sure that she is always prepared with the right words at the right time. Raven is always available to assist in anyways possible. Please don’t be a stranger and contact anytime!

Edward Lam

Edward Lam is an entrepreneur and a business leader. He started A1 Automotive Connection in 1999 and has grown it to become one of the most referred car maintenance and repair companies in Durham Region. This is attributed to Lam’s extremely high level of customer service and hassle free business model: He picks up the cars for expert repair and returns them. Previously, Lam worked for 30 years as a licensed mechanic and collision specialist. He is a Big Brother, and a member of the Whitby Chamber of Commerce and the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade. Edward works with all CGTA members closely to support you to grow business. Edward always encourages everyone to attend entworking events.

Advisory Board Members

If you would like to join the Connecting GTA Networking Club, please click here to signup online or call 416-917-7617.
  • Professionals from diverse industries, leader-centric, solution oriented, passionate game changers, committed to success for everyone.
  • Please visit the member section to learn more about our club and our valued members.


It's all about the people who make up our network's nodes.

Goolam Begg
  • President
  • The Optical Lounge
Annie Tharani
  • Founder & President
  • Elevate Talent & Marketing
Angelo Pucci
  • Realtor
  • Sutton Group - Heritage Realty Inc.
Anthony Jagdeo
  • CEO
  • -
Thessa Dougan-Smith
  • CPA
  • -
Dinesh Kumar
  • Committee Member
  • Durham Tamil Association
Daisy Kaur
  • Owner/President
  • Express Employment Professionals
Mark Radha
  • Chief Brand Economist
  • Strata Insights Inc.
Claude Flint
  • Director of Sales and Operations
  • Addison Marketing Solutions


David Tsubouchi
  • Former Cabinet Minister
  • Government of Ontario
Lepa Jankovic
  • Sergeant Unit Commander
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Rosemarie Childhose
  • Health Care Leader & Advocate
  • Bausch Health Companies Inc.


Committee Members

Brian Kumarasamy
  • Director
  • My Web Advisors & Crashless
Ramana Shiva
  • Oasis LLP
Ian McCutcheon
  • Sales Executive
  • QJS Specialty Cleaning Inc.


Committee Members

Sharmaine Singh
  • Vice President, Finance & Administration
  • Surge Arrest Canada
Poorany Sornabala
  • Business Development
  • Pace Law Firm
Jasica Mahalingam
  • Recruitment Officer
  • Global Talent Nexus


Committee Members

Rex Mariadas
  • CEO
  • Apple Kitchen Cabinets
Nandan Kalyanpur
  • Vacation Consultant
  • Urban Vacations
Mark Jaipaul
  • President
  • DJ Markee Disc Jockey Service

Member Code of Conduct

Connecting GTA is a private networking organization that supports small and medium sized businesses. The goal of this networking group is to provide an environment for likeminded business individuals to develop professional relationships and to explore new business opportunities. Our objective is to assist with the growth of our members’ business networking and professional capabilities. As a Corporate/Individual member of Connecting GTA, I/we recognize that membership is a privilege and that a membership brings with it the responsibility to assure that all members also understand and commit to the following conduct:

  • Conduct business and professional activities in a reputable manner so as to reflect honourably upon Connecting GTA’s business community and fellow Board members.
  • Abide by the rules of Connecting GTA
  • Respect the reputation, profile and status of Connecting GTA and represent them accordingly.
  • Understand, support and promote Connecting GTA to the business community.
  • Members will always observe the highest principles of honesty, courtesy and fair practice towards all attendees of our events.
  • Where possible, participate in the functions and activities of Connecting GTA and lend my/our business and professional expertise.
  • Members will treat all information concerning the business affairs of other members as strictly confidential.
Our guidelines
  • Multi-level marketing: This includes any business where one receives income from their own sales of products and/or services and income from their recruited members.
  • Pyramid schemes: These schemes mainly ignore the actual selling of products and services, and focus on the income they may earn by recruiting new distributors.
  • Provide honest, skilled and conscientious service to my/our customers.
  • Present a true presentation in all advertising. Goods and services shall be advertised in accordance with all Municipal, Provincial and Federal legislation.
  • Conform to all laws established by Municipal, Provincial and Federal governments for the control of said business, where applicable.

Accepting this standard as the Member’s own, every Member pledges to observe the spirit of the code in all dealings and to conduct business in accordance with all By-Laws. Failure to do so may result in the termination of membership.


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