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Ascend Canada Leadership Awards Gala 2019
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When: April 17th, 2019
4:00 PM
Where: Ritz Carlton Hotel, Ballroom 2nd floor
181 Wellington Street West

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Leadership Awards Gala 2019

Be Bold, Be Different, Be You.


Every year, we honour individuals who exemplify personal dedication, professional achievement, and commitment to the community. Join over 300 other guests in celebration of the award recipients, who embody Ascend Canada’s vision of creating a diverse and inclusive community.



Registration and Cocktails 4:30 pm

Opening Remarks              5:30 pm

President Remarks            6:00 pm

Keynote Speaker               6:10 pm

Awards Ceremony             6:45 pm

Closing Remarks               8:00 pm


Keynote Speaker

Elio Luongo

Chief Executive Officer and Senior Partner,

KPMG Canada


Closing Remarks

Vincent Lee

Managing Director, FSG

Head of North America FX Institutional Sales

CIBC Capital Markets


Gala Awards Presented


Executive of the Year  

Sponsored by TD Financial Group

This award recognizes the leadership, organizational impact and innovation of an individual who has made a significant contribution to the success of his/her organization. The key criteria used to evaluate candidates include:

• Overall demonstration of leadership evidenced by the size of organization managed, the number of years in leadership position(s) and the commitment to mentorship

• Organizational impact evidenced by the achievement of business results, the improvement of the organization’s bottom line, and the effectiveness in execution or implementation of process

• Development and execution of new programs that challenge the status quo

• Impact of leading and developing diversity initiatives


Rising Star of the Year

Sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada

This award recognizes a Pan-Asian individual under 30 years of age who has demonstrated early leadership qualities through personal performance and commitment to professional, volunteer and educational opportunities.


Mentor of the Year

Sponsored by Manulife

This award recognizes the dedication, guidance and leadership of an individual who has made a significant contribution to several Pan-Asian individuals’ quality of life and professional development.


Innovator of the Year

Sponsored by Ascend Canada

This award recognizes a Pan-Asian individual who is identified as a disruptor in the industry through innovation; an individual who develops new or improves processes, methods, systems, products or services that have a meaningful impact in the workplace and community.


Volunteer of the Year

Sponsored by Ascend Canada

This award recognizes the exceptional commitment, support and leadership of an Ascend Canada volunteer whose dedicated service has made a significant contribution to the success of Ascend Canada.


Please note that this is an invite-only event.


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about Ascend

Ascend Canada was founded in 2012 to enhance the presence, visibility and influence of current and future Pan-Asian business leaders. Today, with the support of our more than 3,000 members and numerous corporate partners, our objectives are to develop the full potential of our members by leveraging our networks and providing programs and events that inspire, as well as educate. 

Vision: To have a diverse and inclusive Canada where pan-Asian talent can achieve its full potential.

Mission: Partner and progress with Canadian Organizations to develop and advance pan-Asian talent.

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