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Call for nominations

The call for nominations is now closed for the 8th Annual Immigrant Success Award. This year, we will be presenting awards in just one category, the RBC Champions of Immigrant Success. Find details on this award and the selection process below. 

RBC Champions of Immigrant Success



Both organizations and individuals are eligible for the RBC Champion of Immigrant Success awards. Up to four awards will be awarded annually, as determined by an independent selection committee on the basis of the following three criteria: 


Demonstrate leadership in immigrant employment and integration. Leadership can come in many forms and can include (but is not limited to):

  • Implementing best practices and innovative solutions to create an immigrant inclusive workplace
  • Driving change within the place of employment to build a more immigrant inclusive workplace
  • Serving as an advocate for immigrant employment and inclusion in the region, sector, profession, or other area
  • Implementing innovative solutions that lead to immigrant employment and integration


Demonstrate the impact of the leadership activities for both immigrant employment and business results. Impact can be demonstrated in many different ways and can include (but is not limited to):

Impact on immigrant employment

  • Immigrant participation in an initiative and related employment outcomes
  • Adoption of policies and procedures that support the recruitment and integration of skilled immigrants
  • Testimonials from immigrant employees on their satisfaction with their level of employment and inclusion within the workplace

Impact on business results

  • Link between business results and skilled immigrant employees, such as access to new markets (locally or globally), increased innovation and productivity, or increased revenues.
  • Describe the business case for the leadership activities
  • Justify the benefit of a program or initiative for a specific business, sector or the region more broadly
  • Increased recognition within a sector or profession of the business benefits of an immigrant-inclusive workplace


Demonstrate that the changes wrought through the leadership activities will persist. Sustainability can take many forms including (but not limited to):

  • Changes are embedded in the policies and procedures of the employer
  • Changes are embedded in the policies, programs or practices of a sector or profession
  • Leaders understand the business value of an immigrant inclusive workplace and it is embedded in the organization’s culture
  • Programs and initiatives have the structure and resources to be sustainable

Submit a nomination:

Applications and nominations for the RBC Champions of Immigrant Success were accepted online until January 15, 2014.
Individuals may nominate themselves, their organizations or another individual or organization. Each application must be submitted with the permission of the nominee.

Past IS winners are allowed to apply, as long as five years have passed since their last IS Award and they are now applying with a new initiative or practice. This does not preclude an applicant from submitting an entry that includes a previous winner as a partner, as long as the previous winner is not the primary applicant. This does exclude individuals who have won previously and individuals whose employers have won previously, if the application is related to their work on a previously winning initiative. Repeat applications from previous applicants who have not received an award are welcome.

What happens next:

Step 1
TRIEC will conduct telephone interviews with all nominees (January 6 – 20, 2014). The selection committee will determine the award shortlist (by February 7, 2014).

Step 2
TRIEC will conduct site visits with shortlisted nominees (February, 2014).

Step 3
The selection committee selects the winner(s) (by March 7, 2017) and all nominees notified (by March 15).

Step 4
Winners interviewed to develop promotional profiles. Video development also possible. (March, April 2014)

Step 5
Winners will be recognized at a high-profile networking event (May 2014). All winners should be available to speak to media before and after the event.

For any further inquiries please contact Jessica Hume: | 416-944-1946 x 271.

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