Tres colombianos destacados en Canada recientemente: Three hundred executives, media, diplomats from most Spanish speaking countries and community members attended this national program organized by…

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Three hundred executives, media, diplomats from most Spanish speaking countries and community members attended this national program organized by Ann-Marie Mediwake and Dwight Drummond from CBC News emceed the ceremony. Nominations were declared opened in Vancouver with His Worship Greg Robertson, Mayor of the city in June. In 2010, Prime Minister Stephen Harper met with past awardees; a similar meeting is in the works.


“It has been a privilege to join the recipients of this year’s awards on this memorable evening,” said His Excellency Rishchynski, who was himself a ’10 most’ awardee in 2008. “The contributions made by Hispanic Canadians are a tribute to their commitment to Canada and to our multicultural country. I am extremely proud of each nominee, and salute their dedication to advancing further the Hispanic community. Felicidades a todos.” The 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians 2012 in alphabetical order by last name are:


    • Francisco Alvarez (Colombia, ON): Artist, Director, Institute for Contemporary Culture - Royal Ontario Museum

    • Dr. Maurice Bitran (Chile, ON): Assistant Deputy Minister, Negotiator, Ontario Fellow - University of Toronto

    • Mario Canseco (Mexico, BC): International expert in polls and surveys - VP, Angus Reid, civic supporter

    • Dr. Rafael E. Castan (Dominican Republic, QC): Cardiologist at Jean-Talon Hospital, hero to 1,400 people

    • Victor J. Garcia (Argentina, ON): Tech visionary, former Chief Technology Officer with HP Canada

    • Dr. Rosario Gomez (Ecuador, ON): Linguistics scholar and researcher - Guelph University

    • Dr. Alejandro Marangoni (Ecuador, ON): Award-winning food scientist and entrepreneur - Guelph University

    • Jose Ortega (Ecuador, ON): Award-winning artist, civic supporter and entrepreneur - Lula Lounge

    • Gil Penalosa (Colombia, ON): Expert on urban planning and healthy cities, Director of 8-80 Cities

    • Bernardo Riveros (Colombia, ON): Co-founder of largest award-winning private school ILAC, civic supporter



Copa Airlines, Ingle Insurance and TLN TV were national sponsors of the event. Supporting sponsors were Seneca College, tech companies ISU Corp. and Tenet Computer, international shipping company Omega Trading Cargo and engineering firm ArchitectureUnfolded. “Ingle International has offered travel insurance products to the Hispanic community in Canada for over 85 years. We are honoured to support a community that positively impacts Canada,” said Robin Ingle, Chairman of the company. Laura Marin, Sales Manager for Canada at Copa Airlines commented that “Copa Airlines celebrates the achievements of Hispanic Canadians and is proud to support these prestigious awards for the second year.”


Since 2007, sixty Hispanics from seven provinces and 13 countries of origin have been selected by past winners and executives from the CBC, Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, Canadian Aboriginal & Minority Supplier Council, Canadian Council for the Americas, Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance and the University of Ottawa. “As Canada’s Creative Class, Hispanics are making history,” asserted Mauricio Ospina, director of the program. Ospina lobbied for the diversity policy in place for the Toronto 2015 Pan-American Games, and is seeking 10 per cent Hispanic ownership of the Pan-American Village being built for the athletes and sold to the public before the games.

 Canada 's 740,061 Hispanics are five years younger and more likely to be university educated than other Canadians. Most Hispanics live in the Greater Toronto Area and over 70 per cent have arrived in the last twenty five years, according to a Statistics Canada study based on the 2006 census. A recent FOCAL study puts Spanish as the third most commonly spoken language in Canada.


The launch of nominations for the 2013 “10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians” is scheduled for June with awards ceremonies taking place on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 in two major Canadian cities. Sponsorship opportunities are now available.

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