TORONTO, June 23, 2015 /CNW/ - Two celebrity chefs/restaurateurs, Vikram Vij and Susur Lee, have been named among this year's RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants, the people's choice program that celebrates inspiring Canadian immigrants. Presented by Canadian Immigrant magazine, other winners from the food world include Shasha Navazesh, who founded ShaSha Co., Canada's leading artisan bakery, and John Chang, proprietor of award-winning Lulu Island Winery.
Nearly all of this year's winners arrived in their new home country more than a decade ago and made a significant contribution to Canada since their arrival. They've built their skills and expertise, and went on to successful endeavours. Several have received international acclaim for achievements in their fields, including cancer researcher Dr. Tak Wah Mak who discovered the T-cell receptor, often described as the "Holy Grail of immunology."
"There is no limit to what an immigrant can achieve in Canada, and these 25 winners are a testament to that," says Margaret Jetelina, editor of Canadian Immigrant magazine. "We congratulate the winners, who come from diverse backgrounds and experiences, and thank everyone who nominated or voted for this amazing list of difference-makers."
The winners will be honoured at a celebration in Toronto today, and in Vancouver on June 25. The program is proudly supported by title sponsor RBC Royal Bank and associate sponsor Chevrolet. RBC and Chevrolet are each presenting an award for individual achievement. The awards program is also supported by the Toronto Star, Metro Newspaper, Sing Tao, CBC Toronto and South Asian Focus newspaper.
Alice Chung, owner of Alive Health Centre in Vancouver, is the first recipient of the RBC Entrepreneur Award for excellence in entrepreneurship. Vikram Vij will receive the Chevrolet Ingenuity Award for showing exceptional creativity and skill on his road to success.
"Newcomers bring a diversity of talent that helps Canada shine both here and abroad. Today, all of this year's RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant winners have reached yet another success milestone in their lives and we celebrate their outstanding contributions to their communities," said Christine Shisler, director, Multicultural Markets, RBC. "In addition, RBC applauds the entrepreneurial spirit and is a proud partner of many business owners across the country who are making their dreams come true."
More than 650 nominations were received in less than two months, from which 75 finalists were shortlisted by a diverse judging panel that included several past winners. Over 45,000 online votes were cast, making it the most popular year in the award's history. The final 25 were chosen based on a combination of votes and a second round of judging.
"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 Paul Bailey, Advertising Manager, Chevrolet. "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."
The RBC Top 25 award winners will receive a commemorative plaque and a $500 donation will be made towards a registered Canadian charity of their choice. Winners will also be featured online at canadianimmigrant.ca/rbctop25 and in the July print edition of Canadian Immigrant magazine.
The RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award winners of 2015 are listed in alphabetical order below and include current city residence and home country in parentheses. Full biographies are available on the Canadian Immigrant website.
About Canadian Immigrant and canadianimmigrant.ca
Attracting more than 400,000 readers each month and over 100,000 visitors every 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 content for newcomers looking for information on 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 Limited, 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 localwork.ca.
Royal Bank of Canada is Canada's largest bank, and one of 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, insurance, investor services and capital markets products and services on a global basis. We employ approximately 78,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 39 other countries. For more information, please visit rbc.com. RBC supports a broad range of community initiatives through donations, sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. In 2014, we contributed more than $111 million to causes worldwide, including donations and community investments of more than $76 million and $35 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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