10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians 2013 – NEWS RELEASE
7th National Hispanic Awards Launched at FolkFest with Saskatoon Mayor
Nominations for influential Hispanics open until August 15, 2013
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. July 20, 2013 – Last night at Folkfest’s RBC Gala in Saskatoon, nominations for the 7th annual edition of the “10 most influential Hispanic Canadians” national awards program were declared open. With five hundred guests including Saskatoon Mayor Donald J. Atchison, the RBC Gala kicks off SaskatoonFolkFest.ca. The province’s largest multicultural festival attracts 30,000 people from August 15-17.
Neil Irvine, President of the festival, said “Folkfest would like to take this opportunity to officially announce that nominations are open until August 15 for the ‘10 most influential Hispanic Canadians’ 2013, only annual national program within the Hispanic community since 2007. The program has been personally and publicly recognized by Prime Minister Harper. Details can be found at HispanicBusiness.ca”. Dr. Julio Torres-Recinos, FolkFest board member and professor at the University of Saskatchewan is a “10 most” 2008 winner. Judges for the awards include past winners as well as executives and journalists from the 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 University of Ottawa. The awards ceremony, which has received national and international media coverage, will take place in November in Toronto. “Copa Airlines celebrates the achievements of Hispanic Canadians and is proud to support these prestigious awards for the third year,” said Laura Marin, Sales Manager for Canada at Copa Airlines, national sponsor of the awards. “At ILAC we support this initiative that promotes our community by providing English education and employment to newcomers to Canada“,said Bernardo Riveros, co-founder and Executive Director of the award-winning English school ILAC and a 2012 program winner. The other two national sponsors are Ingle Insurance and York University. Two regional sponsorship opportunities are still available.
The “10 most” has had a presence in Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and now Saskatchewan. The program has been personally recognized by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. “Since 2007, we’ve had sixty winners from seven provinces, including Saskatchewan, home to more than 7,160 Hispanics in 2006 and growing,” said program director Mauricio Ospina from private sector group Hispanic Business Association. Ospina is working on securing Hispanic ownership of the Pan-American Village in Toronto, which is being built for the 2015 Pan-American Games. 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. Media across the country are invited to spread the word about the nominations. Anyone can nominate a Hispanic who lives in Canada at the time of nomination and serves as a model for the community. Selection factors include Influence in the Canadian mainstream, Education, Achievements & awards, Support of the Hispanic community and Volunteerism, and Entrepreneurship. No one should nominate themselves and being nominated does not constitute an achievement. Nominations must be 250 words and include name, telephone and email address of both the nominee and the nominator. Only one nomination per nominee; do not engage in a letter writing campaign. Supporting documentation may be required to complete the nomination. Organizers reserve editing rights. Nominees will be asked to accept the nomination. Nominees from previous years can only be nominated two years after their last nomination. Please visit www.HispanicBusiness.ca for information on how to nominate someone before August 15, 2013.
Media Contact: Mauricio Ospina, Mauricio.Ospina@HispanicBusiness.ca