Retired Indo-Canadian Millworker Among 2018 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award winners


VANCOUVER – A retired Indo-Canadian millworker from BC is among a number of Indo-Canadians selected as winners in this year’s 10th annual RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards.

Harbhajan Singh Athwal, a retired millworker and  Priti Shah, an educator, facilitator, social justice activist and humanitarian, are part of the 25 being honoured this year.

For the last 10 years, the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards have highlighted stories of Canadian immigrants who have demonstrated incredible contributions and achievements in Canada. In addition to this year’s top 25 winners, 250 winners have been honoured over the last decade with this incredible achievement.

The RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award winners were honoured at ceremonies in Toronto in Vancouver this week. In addition to the top 25 winners, two winners will also be selected for special recognition, the RBC Entrepreneur Award, and the Youth Award.

Kundan Joshi is the fourth annual recipient of the RBC Entrepreneur Award for excellence in entrepreneurship.

Philippines-born Loizza Aquino, 18, is the second annual Youth Award winner. From Winnipeg, she is the founder of the youth-led non-profit organization called Peace of Mind, which focuses on mental health advocacy.

“The RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards celebrate the outstanding accomplishments and leadership of newcomers across Canada.  Now in its tenth year and with over 250 newcomers recognized, the Awards highlight our country’s diversity, and the contributions and positive impact newcomers have been making in our communities.  Congratulations to all winners and nominees,” says Ivy Chiu, Senior Director, Newcomer Strategy at RBC.

Hundreds of nominations were received, from which 75 finalists were shortlisted by a diverse judging panel of past winners. Nearly 60,000 online votes were cast. The 25 winners were chosen based on a combination of votes and the second round of judging.