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Meet the members of the Global Goans Association of Canada Team!

We are grateful to everyone who has agreed to volunteer their team in support of the goal of unifying Goan communities across Canada.  We are excited to launch the Association’s first events this summer in the Greater Toronto Area.

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Trevorlyn Menezes

Toronto, Ontario

Trevorlyn is Group CEO of Vonova/Mentra Logistics and the former CEO of DHL; and the leading force behind the GGAC.  He is dedicated to uniting Goan communities and their associations under a single umbrella, with a focus on promoting the Indian diaspora’s contributions to Canadian life in the fields of education; arts and culture; sports; and entrepreneurship.  He is passionate about nurturing the leaders of tomorrow.

What is Global Goan Association of Canada?

Uniting Goans worldwide. Celebrating culture, community, education, arts, and sports. Explore our educational programs, cultural events, artistic endeavors, and sports tournaments. Join GGAC and be a part of a global Goan family.

Goans and Gems Worldwide is dedicated to preserving the rich cultural heritage of Goans while celebrating the brilliance and diversity of all its members. Through global connections and local initiatives, we strive to unite, educate, and empower individuals worldwide, fostering a community where heritage is cherished, talents are nurtured, and opportunities for growth abound.

All of whom are committed to fostering a sense of unity among Goan and other Indian communities across Canada.

The work of Association would not be possible without our team of Advisors

Alan D'Souza

Alan is a Manager of Special Projects at Hertz Canada, who is recognized as a dynamic leader with expertise in project management. In addition to his professional skills, Alan is also a talented DJ, showcasing his passion for music.

Alan is a tireless contributor of energy and enthusiasm to the community. Alan's multifaceted talents and dedication make him a valued asset within both his professional endeavors and his involvement in promoting the Goan community in Canada.

Alan D'Souza

Mississauga, ON

Anoushka Fernandes

Anoushka is the Vice President – Growth & Development with X5 Management. She is a life-long community builder who has supported a number of non-profit organizations in leadership roles. She enjoys volunteering in event organization and communications capacities.

Anoushka is excited to support the increased profile of Canadians of Goan heritage across all sectors.

Anoushka Fernandes

Edmonton, AB

Colin D'Cruz

Colin is renowned as India's Jazz guru and holds a deep affection for his home state of Goa. His primary focus lies in nurturing and promoting young musical talents, particularly in the realm of jazz.

Colin is passionate about cultivating a vibrant jazz community in India and is keen on establishing a dedicated jazz school to provide formal education and training in this genre to aspiring musicians in India.

Colin D'Cruz

Goa, India

Cornel Desouza

Cornel is a Training Instructor for Air Canada. Beyond his aviation career, Cornel is a devoted music enthusiast, particularly a fan of the Beatles. He is passionate about unifying communities and developing the next generation of leaders.

Cornel wholeheartedly endorses the vision to unify various associations under a single voice and identity.

Cornel Desouza

Toronto, ON

Crystal Farrell

Crystal is the lead singer for A26, one of the most prominent bands in India. With her exceptional talent and unwavering passion for music, Crystal captivates audiences with her captivating vocals and stage presence.

Crystal wishes to share her dedication to her craft with a broader audience.

Crystal Farrell

Goa, India

Dionne D'Souza

Dionne is a Paraprofessional at Deloitte Canada. By day, she is an expert in project management and special event coordination; by night, she is a musician and DJ.

She is dedicated to assisting senior citizens within the Goan community, focusing her efforts on providing support and enhancing the well-being of older members.

Dionne D'Souza

Toronto, ON

Edna Dias

Edna's expertise spans across sales, marketing, customer service, finance, and event planning within the automotive industry.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Edna is also skilled in travel and tourism. She is deeply passionate about preserving and promoting the Goan language, culture, and heritage. Her dedication to her roots drives her to actively engage in initiatives that celebrate and preserve Goan traditions and identity within her community.

Edna Dias

Scarborough, ON

Elvis Dias

Elvis is the founder and Director of AMO Communications Pvt Ltd in India and AMOGROUP Branding Inc. in Canada. Elvis has over two decades of experience in branding and design; and is also considered a destination marketing specialist. He has designed and strategized numerous state festivals in culture and food.

Whether in Goa or Toronto, Elvis is dedicated to orchestrating successful events and forging valuable connections within his network.

Elvis Dias

Toronto, ON & Goa, India

George Rodrigues

George is the Human Resources Office Manager for Wester Colour & Coatings Ltd. He is currently a volunteer in many different capacities for the Goan community in the City of Calgary.

George’s deep connection to Goan heritage has always been a guiding force in his life; he is passionate about highlighting the richness of Goan culture and talent, aiming to showcase its beauty to a wider audience.

George Rodrigues

Calgary, AB

Hemaa Sardesai

Hemaa is a name that has shone within India and around the world. A rockstar with an unparalleled charismatic stage presence and versatility, she is multi-talented and multi-award winning. Hemaa has received praise on her patriotic performances from five former Prime Ministers of India. Internationally, other than winning the international Grand Prix and Audience Darling Awards in Germany, she has performed live for UNICEF in Europe. She has worked in Hollywood with Grammy Award Winners, Tony Mercedes and Jared Lee Gossilin. From her hundred well-known songs in Bollywood, two have been gigantic blockbusters. She has sung duets with some of the biggest superstars of Bollywood, including Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan.

Hemaa's continued selfless social acitivity for the betterment of Goans, her contribution towards promoting Konkani and Goan Culture, is revered in Goa. She will be lending her talents and profile to the work of the GGAC to promote the cause of Goans who have made notable contributions to arts and culture in Canada and around the world.

Hemaa Sardesai

Goa, India

Lester Rodrigues

Lester is a chef by profession and also serves as the Band Leader for A26, one of the most prominent bands in India. With his expertise in both culinary arts and music, Lester is a true master of several management skills.

Lester is deeply passionate about his homeland of Goa and is dedicated to nurturing new talent within the region.

Lester Rodrigues

Goa, India

Mackvin “Mack” Dias

Mackin works as a Consultant, Business Effectiveness for one of Canada’s Big 5 Banks. Beyond his banking career, Mack is a talented multi-instrumentalist who portrays a professional level of proficiency at private and corporate events, showcasing his vibrant personality. He has great respect for efforts to promote cultural and community diversity.

Mack's love for Goa inspires him to utilize this platform to be a champion of new and upcoming talent across North America.

Mackvin “Mack” Dias

Mississauga, ON

Milena Zacharias

Milena is an entrepreneur and visionary founder of Radiomango Canada, dedicated to amplifying the richness of Goan heritage through various media platforms.

Milena has a fervent passion for promoting Goan language and culture; and fostering greater awareness and appreciation for Goan traditions, language, and culture among the diaspora community in Canada and beyond.

Milena Zacharias

Toronto, ON

Mitra Shreeram

Mitra is the Marketing Coordinator for the Museum London. A creative professional, Mitra is deeply passionate about music and the arts.

Mitra looks forward to leveraging his experience to support the work of building bridges among Goan communities across Canada.

Mitra Shreeram

London, ON

Ruth Saldana

Ruth is a Consultant. She boasts a demonstrated history of success in business development and revenue enhancement, leveraging her skills in strategic planning and execution. Additionally, Ruth is recognized for her talent as a musician and performer.

Ruth is a dedicated partner in the efforts to unify Goan communities across Canada.

Ruth Saldana

Halifax, NS

Thejas Sharivathsan

Thejas is a new immigrant to Canada, driven by a strong sense of community. With a skillset honed in marketing and sales, Thejas excels in connecting with people and promoting products or services effectively.

He is committed to contributing positively to his new community and leveraging his expertise to make meaningful contributions in Toronto and beyond.

Thejas Sharivathsan

Toronto, ON

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Idli Street Restaurant
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Mississauga City
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