The International Language Academy of Canada (ILAC) was a proud sponsor of the 10th edition of TD Bank’s “10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians” award ceremony. The awards were presented by His Excellency Luis Almagro Lemes, Secretary General of the Organization of American States.
ILAC’s Co-President, Ilan Cohen, introduced the ceremony sponsors and showed ILAC’s support to the Hispanic community in Canada.
Ilan Cohen, ILAC’s Co-President at the 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians Award Ceremony
Ten outstanding community members from Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, Spain, Mexico, Ecuador, and El Salvador, took home an award that represents the continuous hard work and dedication put into their respective careers, ranging from being the President of the International Society of Electrocardiology to the first and only Hispanic member of the Ontario Court of Justice.
TD Bank’s 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians – 2016:
- Dr. Adrian Baranchuk – Argentina: President of the International Society of Electrocardiology (2015)
- Dr. Alicia Viloria-Petit – Venezuela: Cancer researcher and professor, University of Guelph
- Ana Dominguez – Colombia: President of Campbell Company of Canada
- Dr. Andres Lozano – Spain: World authority in deep brain stimulation, University of Toronto
- Dr. Antonio Caycedo – Colombia: Colorectal surgery innovator, HSN Scientist
- Eva Martinez – Spain: Vice President, Women in Aerospace Canada
- Fr. Hernan Astudillo – Ecuador: Priest, musician and humanist, San Lorenzo Community Centre
- Hon. Joseph Bovard – El Salvador: First and only Hispanic member of the Ontario Court of Justice
- Dr. Guillermo Rocha – Mexico: President, Canadian Ophthalmological Society
- Dr. Julio Montaner – Argentina: Director, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS
His excellency raised awareness of the challenges immigrants face while integrating to a new community, and the OAS’s goal to provide equal rights to all citizens. “We cannot sit quietly and accept that opportunities to move ahead are denied to those who come from a poor family or are born outside the city, or face discrimination due to their race, gender, or sexual orientation. On the contrary, we must fight and ensure that all citizens have equal rights.“
Jimmy Battaglia, ILAC’s Marketing Director, and His Excellency Luis Almagro Lemes, Secretary General of the OAS
The event was a great networking opportunity for Hispanics in Canada, learning about different initiatives and organizations for the improvement of the community.
To learn more about TD Bank’s 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians, visit hispanicbusiness.ca