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Western President among finalists for RBC Top 25 immigrants in Canada honour

March 25, 2014

Western University President Amit Chakma has been chosen as a finalist for the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award for 2014.

The annual awards, given out by Canadian Immigrant Magazine in partnership with RBC Royal Bank since 2009, is the first Canadian national award program that recognizes immigrants' achievements from all walks of life.

Chakma, who was born in Bangladesh and arrived in Canada in 1983, was chosen as one of 75 finalists from more than 630 nominees by a panel of judges, consisting of Canadian Immigrant Magazine editorial staff, and immigrant and ethnic community leaders.

The top 25 will be determined through online voting until May 15 at http://canadianimmigrant.ca/canadas-top-25-immigrants/vote and winners will be announced in June.

"The inspired stories of my fellow finalists are what make up the fabric of this great country and I am truly humbled to be honoured alongside them," says Chakma. "We are all proud Canadians who are grateful for the opportunities we've had to make our lives in a society that celebrates diversity."

Past RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant award winners include former Governor Generals Adrienne Clarkson and Michaelle Jean; filmmaker Deepa Mehta; the CBC's Ian Hanomansing; and NBA All-Star and philanthropist Steve Nash.

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