Sugavanam Rajaram, fondly known as Sugi comes with 37 years of experience in the steel industry. He started his career as an Engineer in Metallurgy. Since then, he has worked in almost all kinds of roles in steel manufacturing at various steel rolling mills globally. He was internationally trained in Nucor Steel, Utah.
Sugi moved to Canada and has been living in Mississauga, Ontario, for over 15 years. With Covid-19 witnessing over 100,000 deaths since 2019, he realized the need and importance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Canada relied majorly on imports of face masks and respirators. With demand crossing over 1.8 billion units of PPE masks and supply at 0.3 billion, Sugi understood the dire need for local manufacturing. Under the initiative of Make in Canada, encouraged by the government of Canada, Sugi started V-Guard to manufacture 3 ply masks and KN95 respirators. He believes that he owes to Canada and its people, and he would like to give back to the country that welcomed him warmly two decades ago.