Prakash Venkataraman has registered for this fall's municipal election to represent Cambridge at Waterloo Regional Council.
“Our city and region are facing tremendous challenges. Residents and businesses have said to me a capable and confident voice is needed to bring real and practical solutions,” said Venkataraman in a press release announcing his bid for a regional council seat.
“The range of challenges are significant on affordability, addictions and mental health, senior and child care, public safety, transportation, and housing among many others”
Venkataraman is a small business owner and says he understands the stresses employers in Cambridge and Waterloo Region are experiencing with increasing costs, unnecessary local by-laws and ordinances, and the need to improve local governance.
“I came to Cambridge and started a family here as the best place in the province and Canada to live, work, and raise a family. I’ve been fortunate in my businesses to employ many, support families, and fundraise large amounts for worthwhile local causes,” added Venkataraman
Prakash and his dedicated team are very excited to launch the campaign in the weeks following the conclusion of the provincial election on June 2nd.
Born in India, Prakash immigrated to Canada in 2000. He married his wife Suneetha in 1998. Together they have two children, both born at Cambridge Memorial Hospital. The family has lived in Cambridge for more than two decades.
An engineer by training, with post graduation diplomas in multiple disciplines, Venkataraman is an entrepreneur whose business interests have had revenues, operations, and market capitalization in the millions of dollars.
He was awarded the Ernst & Young Canada Entrepreneur of the Year, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award, was named a Region of Waterloo Cultural Diversity Champion, and is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.
Venkataraman has also received multiple international awards and recognition for his significant contributions to business and cultural communities and as a renowned performer and promoter of classical Indian music, arts, and dance.