2013 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards
Canada can now vote for the nation's most inspiring Immigrants
TORONTO, March 21, 2013 - Canadian Immigrant
magazine has kicked off the voting stage for the fifth annual
RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards, identifying and celebrating
the inspiring stories and achievements of Canadian immigrants
from all walks of life. The awards program draws nominations
from across Canada and is proudly supported by the title sponsor
RBC Royal Bank and associate sponsor Chevrolet.
A call for nominations garnered more than 600 entries over
the past two months. The nominations were reviewed by a diverse
judging panel, comprised of several past winners and contributors
to the magazine. The judges had the difficult task of sorting
through hundreds of worthy nominations to determine a short-list
of 75 inspiring immigrants who represent a variety of diverse
ethnic communities and cultures across Canada.
"It's time to vote!" says Margaret Jetelina, editor
of Canadian Immigrant. "For the last five years, we've
been amazed by the response our RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant
program has garnered at both the nominations and voting stage.
And the caliber of the shortlisted nominees this year is as
impressive as ever. From entrepreneurs to community volunteers
to artists, they are all deserving of recognition for inspiring
others and making Canada a better place."
Canadians can now vote for their favourite candidates online
until May 13, 2013.
"The RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant awards recognize
individuals from diverse communities who enrich Canada and
make it a better place to live. We encourage all Canadians
to support and vote for these extraordinary individuals who
are making a difference in their country and communities."
said Paul Sy, director, Multicultural Markets, RBC.
More than 30,000 Canadians voted in last year's awards program.
The winners included: famous rapper K'naan, whose journey
from Somalia to Canada is a compelling story; politician Olivia
Chow, who has been an example of strength and grace on the
political stage in recent years; leading-edge cardiologist
Dr. Vivian Rambihar, who has done groundbreaking research
on heart health issues among immigrants; and many more.
This year, Associate sponsor Chevrolet General Motors will
recognize one of the 25 winners with the Chevrolet Ingenuity
Award for showing exceptional creativity and skill in their
road to success.
"The people recognized by the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant
Awards have a true passion for our country, an inventive nature
and are an inspiration to many," said Marc Comeau, vice
president, sales, service and marketing for General Motors
of Canada. "It takes a significant amount of resourcefulness
and creativity to come to a new country and break cultural
and social barriers to achieve great success. The Chevrolet
Ingenuity Award was designed to recognize the efforts of a
truly inspirational individual."
All 25 winners will be announced in June 2013 and will be
recognized on canadianimmigrant.ca and in Canadian Immigrant
magazine. They will also receive a commemorative plaque and
$500 toward a charity of their choice provided by RBC. This
year's media partners are the Toronto Star, Metro, Sing Tao
and South Asian Focus.
About Canadian Immigrant and canadianimmigrant.ca
Attracting more than 287,000 readers each month and over 60,000
unique visits a month online, Canadian Immigrant is distributed
in Toronto and Vancouver and helps new Canadians build a successful
life and home in Canada. Its mandate to inform, educate and
motivate provides easy-to-access content for newcomers looking
for information from careers, education and settling in to
culture and business. Our website, canadianimmigrant.ca, offers
daily editorial, forums, tools and resources to help newcomers
across Canada. Canadian Immigrant is a division of Metroland
Media Group, a dynamic media company with more than 100 community
and daily newspapers in print and online, as well as innovative
websites including wheels.ca, goldbook.ca, flyerland.ca and
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, and
are among the largest banks in the world, based on market
capitalization. We are one of North America's leading diversified
financial services companies, and provide personal and commercial
banking, wealth management services, insurance, and investor
services and wholesale banking on a global basis. We employ
approximately 80,000 full- and part-time employees who serve
more than 15 million personal, business, public sector and
institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S.
and 49 other countries. For more information, please visit
RBC supports a broad range of community initiatives through
donations, sponsorships and employee volunteer activities.
In 2012, we contributed more than $95 million to causes worldwide,
including donations and community investments of more than
$64 million and $31 million in sponsorships.
About Chevrolet in Canada
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's
largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries
and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet
provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature
spirited performance, expressive design and high quality.
More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.ca,
on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/chevroletcanada or
by following @ChevroletCanada on Twitter.
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