Voting for the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards has begun

The online voting phase for Canadian Immigrant magazine’s ninth annual RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards is underway. The public can vote for up to three individuals from the list of 75 candidates at rbctop25.com until May 22, 2017. The winners will be announced on June 27, 2017

From a list of hundreds of worthy candidates, a panel of past winners has chosen 75 distinguished individuals. Among the finalists, is New Horizons Media Executive Producer Gerard Keledjian who has been recognised for his work in helping immigrants stay informed via his media outlet NEW CANADIANS.

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“The RBC Top 25 Immigrant Awards celebrate the unique and diverse makeup of Canada by profiling some truly inspirational newcomers who themselves have made a mark in Canada,” said Ivy Chiu, Senior Director, Cultural Markets, RBC.

“The RBC Top 25 Immigrant Awards celebrate the unique and diverse makeup of Canada by profiling some truly inspirational newcomers who themselves have made a mark in Canada.” – Ivy Chiu, Senior Director, Cultural Markets, RBC

In honour of Canada’s 150th, this year will see the introduction of a Youth Award. It will be conferred upon individuals between 15 and 30 years of age who are making a difference in their adopted country. It will be an additional honour and no separate votes are required.

Margaret Jetlina, editor of Canadian Immigrant believes these awards highlight the strength of Canada.“ At a time when Canada’s position as a global leader in diversity and immigration is more important than ever, these awards are a symbol of what Canada is about. It is a country that has been shaped by immigration, from early settlers to today’s modern immigrants. We are pleased to provide such positive examples of immigrants and their contributions to their adopted land,” she says.

Each winner will also receive a commemorative plaque and $500 toward a charity of their choice provided by RBC. This year’s media partners are Toronto Star, Metro Newspaper, CBC Toronto, Sing Tao and South Asian Focus.