MEDIA ADVISORY - 4th Annual Ascend Canada Leadership Awards Gala

TORONTO, March 30, 2017 /CNW/ - Canada's business leaders will gather on April 4, 2017, to celebrate exceptional individuals at Ascend Canada's 4th Annual Leadership Awards Gala. Ascend Canada, one of North America's premier organizations for Pan-Asian professionals and leaders, is proud to honour five individuals for their personal dedication, career achievement, and contributions to the community.

In addition to the awards, there will be a fireside chat with featured guest John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO of BlackBerry. He will be in conversation with Miyo Yamashita, Chief Transformation Officer and Managing Partner, Talent – Deloitte Canada about his career journey, his views on diversity, and the importance of innovation.

"This year's gala reflects Ascend Canada's core mission of advancing Pan-Asian talent to its fullest potential. Each of this year's winners had a strong impact, not only in the workplace, but in the community. Their leadership is a testament to why diversity is crucial to success in an organization," said Kelvin Tran, President, Ascend Canada.

DATE: Tuesday April 4, 2017

TIME: 5 p.m.-9 p.m.

LOCATION: Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front St. W., Toronto – Concert Hall

AWARDS: Winners will be announced at a gala reception. Sponsors of individual awards are noted in brackets.

  • Ascend Volunteer of the Year
  • Rising Star of the Year (RBC)
  • Mentor of the Year (Manulife)
  • Executive of the Year (TD)
  • Ascend Lifetime Achievement Award

About Ascend Canada
Ascend Canada is a non-profit organization with the mission to develop and advance pan-Asian talent through partnership with other Canadian and like-minded organizations. With more than 3,000 members and 18 corporate partners, Ascend Canada's objectives are to develop the full potential of our members by leveraging our networks and providing programs and events that inspire, as well as educate. For more information on Ascend Canada, visit

SOURCE Ascend Canada

For further information: Ka Yan Ng, Director of Communications, Ascend Canada,, 647-625-8726


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