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A call for nominations for the Top 25 Canadian Immigrants of 2010

2010 national award celebrates achievements of Canadian newcomers

TORONTO, November 5, 2009 — Canadian Immigrant magazine and RBC announced today they are now accepting nominations for the "Top 25 Canadian Immigrants of 2010." The second annual awards program seeks to celebrate the stories and achievements of outstanding Canadian Immigrants from coast to coast to coast.

"With 20 per cent of the Canadian population foreign-born, it's important that we acknowledge the achievements of such a large group of people that make up our country— many of whom have made great contributions to Canada and their communities," said Nick Noorani, founder and publisher of Canadian Immigrant. "Immigrants need positive role models who motivate them to succeed in a new country as they journey through their new lives in Canada."

This national people's choice award is unique in that it allows Canadians to vote directly for individuals from all walks of life who have made a difference since their arrival to Canada.

"RBC has a longstanding commitment to making it easier for newcomers to get settled, established and succeed in Canada," said Camon Mak, director, Multicultural Markets, RBC. "New immigrants strive to be part of the social and economic fabric of this country and it is important to RBC to recognize their accomplishments and contributions to Canada."

A nominee can be someone who has moved to Canada from another country and, since immigrating, has contributed to the diversity and success of this country. Achievements can be either professional or personal, and nominees must hold landed immigrant or citizen status in Canada.

More than 10,000 votes from across Canada were cast in the inaugural awards program in 2009.

From now until Jan. 29, 2010, Canadians can submit nominations at canadianimmigrant.ca/top25. A distinguished panel will review all nominees and present a short list of finalists will be placed online where all Canadians can vote for their favourites, starting in February 2010.

The top 25 winners will be announced in May 2010 and will be recognized in Canadian Immigrant magazine. As well, they will receive a commemorative plaque and a $500 donation from RBC toward an authorized Canadian charity of their choice.

About Canadian Immigrant and canadianimmigrant.ca
Attracting over 275,000 readers each month, Canadian Immigrant helps new Canadians build a successful life and home during their first years in Canada. Its mandate to inform, educate and motivate provides hands-on, easy-to-access content for newcomers looking for information - from careers, education and settling in to culture, money and business. The monthly print publication is distributed in Toronto and Vancouver. www.canadianimmigrant.ca reaches immigrants nationwide, offering tools and resources that help newcomers settle into their new communities - connecting immigrants with each other as well as with immigrant experts and prospective employers. Canadian Immigrant is a division of Star Media Group, which is broadly based with interests in print, digital and broadcast media, led by its flagship property, the Toronto Star, Canada's largest newspaper, which is read in print and online (thestar.com) by 2.9 million readers every week.

About RBC
Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) and its subsidiaries operate under the master brand name RBC. We are Canada's largest bank as measured by assets and market capitalization, one of North America's leading diversified financial services companies and among the largest banks in the world, as measured by market capitalization. We provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management services, insurance, corporate and investment banking and transaction processing services on a global basis. We employ approximately 80,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 18 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 53 other countries. For more information, please visit ww.rbc.com.

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For more information contact:

Canadian Immigrant
Sanjay Agnihotri,
416-596-4393, sagnihotri@starmediagroup.ca

RBC
Suzanne Willers,
416-974-2727, suzanne.willers@rbc.com

 



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