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Nov 14, 2014

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Vancouver, November 13, 2014 – The Hon. Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Canada’s Minister of National Revenue and in charge of the Canada Revenue Agency, presented awards last night to the “10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians” 2014. Also present was the Hon. Bal Gossal, Canada’s Minister of State (Sport).

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This is the eighth annual edition of this national program. Executives, media, diplomats, past winners and community members attended this national program created and run by the Canadian Hispanic Business Alliance and organized this year by Latincouver. Nominations were declared opened in Calgary in July. Prime Minister Stephen Harper met with past awardees.

This year’s 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians come from three provinces representing five countries of origin. In alphabetical order by first name, the four woman and six men Most Influential Hispanic Canadians are:

  • Adolfo J. de Bold, Dr.: Researcher, Order of Canada Officer  -  Argentina, QC
  • Amanda Martinez: Singer, producer, co-Chair Toronto 2015  - Mexico, ON
  • Carmen Aguirre: Actor, director, writer  - Chile, BC
  • Dr. Jorge Andrés Correa: Researcher, Technical Director, Canadian Meat Council - Colombia, ON
  • Luis Contreras: History-making professional jockey - México, ON
  • Dr. Manuel Gomez: Researcher, Director (fr), St. John’s rehab program  -  Colombia, ON
  • Margarita Caropresi: Founder, Atoctli and Comunicacion Multicultural - Mexico, ON
  • Martin Movilla: RCI Journalist, producer, analyst - Colombia, QC
  • Osvaldo Nuñez: First Hispanic Member of Parliament, lawyer, writer - Chile, QC
  • Dr. Sophie Lavieri: Chemistry professor, community innovator - Venezuela, BC

Laura Marin, Sales Manager Canada of Copa Airlines – the airline that connects the Americas through its hub in Panama, congratulated all nominees and winners and encouraged the community to continue its good work for the country. Other sponsors include leading English school ILAC, Simon Fraser University, the Government of British Columbia - Trade and Invest B.C., and international marketing agency Mirrai. The Hispanic television national media sponsor was TLN Television with News11:30 and JackFM as regional media sponsors as well as Latin media Noticias Montreal, Sin Fronteras News, CBN Noticias, and magazines The Immigrants, Spanglish and Latinos.

Since 2007, eighty Hispanics from eight provinces and 17 countries of origin have been selected by past winners and executives 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, the University of Ottawa and the North American Association of Asian Professionals. The “10 most” has had a presence in Montreal, Saskatoon, Calgary, Ottawa, Vancouver and Toronto.

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

The launch of nominations for the 2015 “10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians” is scheduled for June with awards ceremonies taking place in November 2014 in two major Canadian cities. Sponsorship opportunities are now available.

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 Media Contact: Mauricio Ospina, Mauricio.Ospina@HispanicBusiness.ca


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