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The Chosen Top 10 most influential Hispanic Canadians for 2015

The Chosen Top 10 most influential Hispanic Canadians for 2015

Posted by PanamericanWorld on July 16, 2015

Michael Coteau and David Peterson presented awards to this year’s 10 most influential Hispanic Canadians in the Distillery Historic District; the Prime Minister of Canada sent official greetings. The awards program was a key component of programming at the Latin American Pavilion, which is hosting musical performances, arts and cultural activities at the Distillery District during the Toronto 2015 PanAm/ParaPan American Games from July 11 to 26. The pavilion is supported by the Ontario Government. Awards sponsors included ILAC, Ingle Insurance, Copa Airlines, Seneca College and Citizenship and Immigration Canada. is the national ethnic media partner.

The 300 people in attendance included media, diplomats, entrepreneurs, community leaders, as well nominees from four provinces representing eight countries of origin. Amanda Martinez was the Master of Ceremonies. The Hispanic Canadian Congress and the Hispanic Business Alliance presented the program. The winners, in alphabetical order by first name, are:

· Dr. Alejandro Adem Mathematician, CEO Mitacs Mexico, B.C.

· Fernando Garcia General Counsel, Nissan & Infiniti Canada Argentina, ON

· Isabel Inclan Journalist, correspondent Mexico, ON

· Javier Aizersztein Entrepreneur, The Spanish Center Argentina, ON

· Jennifer Ditchburn Journalist, Canadian Press Guatemala, ON

· Laura Fernandez Artist, Singer, Pianist, Songwriter Spain, ON

· Dr. Martha Batiz Author and translator Mexico, ON

· Ricardo Pascoe EVP, National Bank of Canada Mexico, ON

· Rodrigo Piñeros Publisher, La Guía magazine Colombia, ON

· Victor Hugo Fernandez Hero firefighter, founder CAFSA Chile, AB

Ingle International Business Development Manager, Mónica Aguirre, indicated that “the Hispanic community plays a significant role in the economic, cultural, and social aspects of Canadian culture. Ingle International has been supporting this community since 1946 by offering travel health insurance and services for them and their loved ones”. ILAC Principal, Jonathan Kolber, added “every time we help Hispanic students to learn English and reach their goals we do it with excellence and passion to make them succeed. We are proud to support this event and to be sponsors of the achievements of Hispanics in Canada”.

Mauricio Ospina, director of the awards, concluded ”doing our 9 th annual national awards ceremony in front of the athletes village at the Distillery District, at the start of the Pan am Games, and with Hons. Mr. Coteau and Mr. Peterson, was the ideal way to recognize our community’s contributions to Canada and to motivate our community”. Since 2009, the “10 most influential Hispanic Canadians” recognizes 10 outstanding community members from across Canada. The program, which was personally recognized by Prime Minister Harper, has now 90 winners in 7 provinces with a presence in Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, Saskatchewan, Calgary and Toronto, and  Judges for the awards include past winners as well as executives and journalists from the Calgary’s Canada West Foundation, Globe & Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, CBC, Toronto 2015 Pan American Games, Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance, Canadian Council for the Americas, Canadian Aboriginal & Minority Supplier Council, Diversity Business Network, and the North American Association of Asian Professionals.

The 741,760 Hispanics living in Canada in 2006 were five years younger and more likely to be university educated than other Canadians. More than 70 per cent had arrived in the previous 25 years – this according to a Statistics Canada study based on the 2006 census. Spanish is the third most widely spoken language in the country as indicated on a study from the Canadian Foundation for the Americas FOCAL. The Latin American Pavilion, July 11 to 26 at the Distillery District, is supported by Voces Latinas 1610 AM (

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