Nominations for the 15 th annual national edition of TLN 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians awards were declared open until July 12, 2023.
Nominations will be held online at www.tln.ca/top10, with eligible community partners and all members of the public able to select this year’s awardees. The awards ceremony will take place in a major Canadian city this fall.
The announcement was made during the 3rd Hispanic mission to Parliament Hill comprised of 40 leading community members from four provinces including past program awardees, community associations and media.
The Hispanic mission to Parliament Hill started with a briefing provided by Director General Jason Tolland, the Hon. Sylvie Bedard, and export advisor Beatriz Osorio from Global Affairs Canada, followed by a private tour and recognition during Question Period at the Canadian Parliament, continuing with meetings with Cabinet Ministers Hons. Pablo Rodriguez and Karina Gould, MP Julie Dzerowicz as well as with seven Senators including the Hon. Rosa Galvez.
The program ended with a reception hosted by the Embassy of Mexico and attended by Ambassadors from Spanish speaking countries. The mission was organized by the Canadian Hispanic Business Alliance with the support of Member of Parliament Julie Dzerowicz and GAC’s Latin American Network Group.
Created in 2007, the TLN 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians boasts 140 awardees in 7 provinces representing 18 countries of origin. The program, which has been recognized by Prime Ministers and mainstream local and international media, has taken place in Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, Saskatchewan, Calgary and Toronto. The awards program has raised $230,000 in scholarships while supporting community and mainstream initiatives.
The over one million Hispanics in Canada are five years younger and more likely to be university educated than other Canadians; more than 70% had arrived in the previous 25 years – this according to a Statistics Canada study.