2013 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards

2013 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards 
Canada can now vote for the nation's most inspiring Immigrants 
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 03/21/13 -- Canadian Immigrant
magazine has kicked off the voting stage for the fifth annual RBC Top
25 Canadian Immigrant Awards. The program serves to uncover and
celebrate the inspiring stories and remarkable achievements of
Canadian immigrants from all walks of life who motivate fellow
Canadians. The 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 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 at
www.canadianimmigrant.ca/rbctop25 until May 13, 2013.  
"The RBC Top 25 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 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 the 25 winners will be announced in June, 2013, and will be
recognized on www.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, www.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 110 community and daily newspapers in print
and online, as well as innovative websites such as www.wheels.ca. 
About RBC 
Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY)(NYSE:RY) 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 www.rbc.com.  
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.
Canadian Immigrant
Sanjay Agnihotri
905-454-4344 Ext 227
Matt Gierasimczuk
Adria MacKenzie
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