RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants of 2020 announced

September 26, 2020

By Canadian Immigrant Magazine |

Tareq Hadhad, founder of Peace by Chocolate; Hamza Haq actor on the hit show Transplant and Michael Hurley, Mayor of Burnaby, B.C., have something in common — they have been named among the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award winners of 2020, along with other amazing community activists, entrepreneurs and academics from coast to coast. Presented by Canadian Immigrant magazine and sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada, this is the 12th anniversary of the only national awards program that celebrates the inspiring achievements of Canadian immigrants.

The COVID-19 crisis has shown the world that we are all interconnected despite race, culture or country of origin. During these challenging times, these prestigious national awards remain a symbol for diversity, resilience and the importance of coming together as Canadians. With the inclusion of this year’s 25 winners, a total of 300 newcomers have been honoured for their  incredible contributions and achievements in Canada.

“What an amazing year for the awards! We’ve had a record number of votes cast totalling more than 72,000 — which is a true testament to the important contributions immigrants make to this great nation of ours, and the need for us all to celebrate positive stories in these challenging times,” says Sanjay Agnihotri, Director, Canadian Immigrant magazine.

The program is proudly supported by title sponsor Royal Bank of Canada. In addition, of the Top 25 winners, two have been selected for special recognition, the Entrepreneur Award and the Youth Award.

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