This year's top 25 Canadian immigrants have been announced—and several individuals from Metro Vancouver are among the names.
The ninth annual RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants is presented by Canadian Immigrant magazine.
Hundreds of nominations were received from which 75 names were shortlisted by a judging panel. The top 25 finalists were chosen by a combination of online votes and the judging panel.
The winners will receive a commemorative plaque and a $500 donation will be made towards a registered Canadian charity of their choice. Winners will also be featured in the July print edition of Canadian Immigrant magazine.
British Columbian winners include:
• Chan Hon Goh (Vancouver/China): a celebrated former principal dancer with National Ballet of Canada and now the director of the Goh Ballet School. She also has her own line of ballet pointe shoes called Principal.
• Raghwa Gopal (Kelowna/Fiji): CEO of technology accelerator Accelerate Okanagan and a notable entrepreneur, investor, business mentor, philanthropist and community builder.
• Trish Tarisai Mandewo (Coquitlam/Zimbabwe): owner of Vancouver Tumblebus, founder and CEO of Sensabus Society of BC and co-founder of Tri-Cities Women's Collaborative Leadership Hub.
• Dr. Muhammad Morshed (Vancouver/Bangladesh): a public health clinical scientist at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control in Vancouver, where he is program head of zoonotic and emerging pathogens. He is also a clinical professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia.
• Shahrzad Rafati (Vancouver/Iran): the entrepreneur behind Broadband TV. She is credited with pioneering both the technology and business model that made peace between large entertainment entities and their fans that were uploading premium content online.
• Ahmad Danny Ramadan (Vancouver/Syria): an international journalist, a volunteer specialist at the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, and a former community outreach co-ordinator of Qmunity, B.C.'s queer resource centre. He also volunteers with Rainbow Refugee Society. The Clothesline Swing, his first novel in English, was published in May 2017.
• Senator Yuen Pau Woo (Vancouver/Malaysia): an independent member of the Senate of Canada. Previously, he was president of HQ Vancouver, a public-private partnership, and president and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.
The winners were honoured in Toronto on June 27 and will be also honoured in Vancouver tomorrow (June 29). The full list of 2017 winners is available at the Canadian Immigrant website.