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Canadian Immigrant and RBC launch popular vote to uncover Canada's top inspirational immigrants

Canadians can now cast their vote for the Top 25 Canadian immigrants of 2010

TORONTO, February 22, 2010— Canadian Immigrant magazine, in partnership with RBC, has kicked off the voting for the second annual Top 25 Canadian Immigrants awards.

Canadians can go online at www.canadianimmigrant.ca/top25 until April 16, 2010, to cast their vote for their favorite candidate among the 75 finalists, who represent diverse ethnic communities and cultures across Canada.

All voters are automatically entered to win one of two $500 Visa gift cards issued by RBC. Full contest rules are available at CanadianImmigrant.ca.

More than 10,000 Canadians voted in last year's inaugural awards program. Among the winners were Governor General Michaëlle Jean and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Deepa Mehta. The program, which is also supported by Rogers Wireless, serves to uncover and celebrate the inspiring stories and remarkable achievements of Canadian immigrants from all walks of life who strive to make this country a better place.

"We want to shine a spotlight on those unsung heroes who have quietly helped build Canada," said Nick Noorani, founder and publisher of Canadian Immigrant. "We want the Top 25 winners' stories to inspire other immigrants to make their dreams a reality, while at the same time make Canada a country we can all be proud of."

The awards program was launched in November 2009 with a call-for-nominations phase that garnered hundreds of submissions over a three-month period.

"These awards are a great opportunity for the community to recognize all new Canadians who have contributed greatly to this country's success," said Camon Mak, director of RBC Multicultural Markets. "We encourage Canadians to go online and vote for their top Canadian immigrant."

The Top 25 Canadian Immigrants of 2010 will be announced in May. They will receive a commemorative plaque and a $500 donation from RBC toward a registered Canadian charity of their choice.

About Canadian Immigrant Magazine and canadianimmigrant.ca
Attracting more than 275,000 readers each month, Canadian Immigrant Magazine helps new Canadians build a successful life and home during their first years in Canada. Its mandate is to inform, educate and motivate by providing 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.

Our website, canadianimmigrant.ca offers tools and resources that help newcomers across Canada. 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 2.8 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 rbc.com.

For more information, contact:

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

Jill Quinn, 416-313-8121, jill.quinn@rbc.com


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