Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards of 2020 announced
Shady Salah – Media in Toronto
The RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award winners of 2020 have been announced.
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 Settlement Agency Award was introduced in 2018 to recognize the amazing work immigrant settlement agencies are doing to help newcomers integrate and succeed in Canada.
This year, nominations from across the country were invited and the nominated agencies were posted for an online voting process. After the votes were tabulated, one agency has been selected as the Settlement Agency Award winner for 2020 “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.
Tareq Hadhad, is the fifth annual recipient of the RBC Entrepreneur Award, which recognizes excellence in entrepreneurship. From Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Hadhad is the Founder and CEO of Peace By Chocolate, spreading peace, acceptance, resilience and love through a wide offering of sweets and treats.
Unlike many Canadians, Samer Bishay has had the opportunity to see diverse and remote parts of this vast country all the way to the Arctic. “I feel like I actually saw parts of Canada that I would have never thought even existed in Canada,” he says. “Having done that brought me closer to what Canadian really means, and it’s really all about diversity.” Bishay, who was born in Egypt and came to Canada at the age of 12, adds, “The different vantage points you get by simply interacting with other Canadians, whether they grew up here or grew up in different countries, it’s really a nice way to see the world differently.” But you can’t interact if you can’t connect. And connection is Bishay’s focus today as CEO and founder of Iristel, a telecommunications service provider, which also owns Sugar Mobile.
Maryam Yaqoob, is the fourth annual RBC Youth Award winner.
From Calgary, Alberta, she is currently a Doctor of Medicine student, who mentors refugee youth, co-founded the Calgary STEM Cell Chapter and volunteers to make Canada a better place.
The full list of the 25 winners can be found here