Hispanos: La fuerza que empuja la Clase Creativa de Canadá

REDACCION / TORONTO
Su Excelencia Allan Culham, nuevo Embajador de Canadá ante la Organización de Estados Americanos, reconoció a los ganadores del programa nacional “10 hispanos de mayor influencia en Canadá” – 2010 durante un evento organizado en el Toronto Board of Trade atendido por trescientas personas, cónsules de Argentina, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Perú, Panamá y Venezuela, y prensa canadiense e hispana. La asociación privada HispanicBusiness.ca maneja el evento – único premio nacional a hispanos desde 2007.

“Este año en que Canadá celebra su vigésimo aniversario como miembro de la Organización de Estados Americanos es idóneo también reconocer las valiosas y dinámicas contribuciones a la sociedad canadiense hechas por la comunidad Hispano-Canadiense. Los ganadores de este programa ciertamente reflejan tales contribuciones a nuestro bienestar económico y social”, indicó Su Excelencia Culham.

Los 10 hispanos de mayor influencia en Canadá, 2010 (en orden alfabético por nombre) son:
•    Alberto J. Aguayo (Argentina – QC): Nombrado Oficial del a Orden de Canadá por sus aportes científicos
•    Antonio De Santiago (Spain – ON): Vicepresidente ejecutivo, Infrastructure Ontario, maneja obras de infraestructura
•    Doris Grinspun (Chile – ON): Directora Ejecutiva de la Asociación de Enfermeras Registradas de Ontario
•    Elena Rivera (México – BC): Diseñadora que creó el logo oficial de los Juegos Olímpicos de Vancouver 2010
•    Francisco Díaz (México – ON): CEO de Variation Biotech, Jefe de Virología – Children’s Hospital Eastern Ontario
•    Jesús Ángel Miguel-García (España – MB): Fundador y director del Spanish Institute de Manitoba
•    Jorge Heine (Chile – ON): Director de Cátedra del programa Gobernación Global en la Universidad de Waterloo
•    Luis Seco (España – ON): CEO de Sigma Analysis & Management y profesor en la Universidad de Toronto
•    Pablo Rodríguez (Argentina – QC): Primer Miembro del Parlamento Canadiense de origen hispano (MP Quebec)
•    Raquel Del Carpio (Perú – ON): Vicerrectora de Radiología en la Universidad McGill University y Osler Fellow

Los premios son patrocinados por el gigante minero Barrick Gold Corp., Ingle Insurance, Centennial College, la escuela de inglés ILAC y la empresa de exploraciones Medoro Resources.“. Ingle provee soluciones de seguros de viaje y de salud a la comunidad hispana en Canadá y es el orgulloso patrocinador de 10 most influential Hispanic Canadians”, dijo su presidente Robin Ingle. El director del programa Mauricio Ospina comentó que “la increíble calidad de los nominados y ganadores no deja dudas: Los Hispanos son la fuerza que empuja la Clase Creativa de Canadá”. Ospina, quien recientemente terminó los exámenes de acreditación en bienes raíces, está liderando una iniciativa para que el 10% de la Villa Panamericana sea propiedad de los hispanos. Las 2.000 unidades residenciales que albergarán a los atletas serán ocupadas por el público al terminar los Juegos Panamericanos del 2015 en Toronto.

Los 26 nominados este año provienen de cinco provincias y representan nueve países de origen. Los galardonados fueron seleccionados por ganadores de las tres ediciones anteriores, y ejecutivos y periodistas provenientes de la Fundación Canadiense para las Américas (FOCAL), Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance, Canadian Council for the Americas, Canadian Hispanic Congress, Hispanic Press Association, CBC, Globe & Mail y Toronto Star.

El Primer Ministro de Canadá, Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, se reunió en mayo pasado, en Ottawa, con ganadores anteriores. La actividad, apoyada por Carlo Dade, Director Ejecutivo de FOCAL, espera repetirse el próximo año.

Veinticinco medios de cuatro provincias apoyaron este evento, dentro de los cuales se cuentan Radio Canadá Internacional, el patrocinador nacional de medios hispanos TLN; el canal de televisión de Quebec NuevoMundoTV y el programa Now What TV; HolaCalgary.com y el CanadianLatinoNewspaper.com de Calgary; los periódicos Correo Canadiense, El Centroamericano, El Popular y Latin Life; las estaciones de radio Ondas Hispanas y CIRV; revistas Abanico, Debate, Football International, La Guia de Toronto, Latidos, Mercado News, Sports Astros, Comercio Latino, Magazine Latino y Lulu; TorontoHispano.com e HispanosenCanada.ca; EcoLatino de Ottawa y La Prensa de Alberta.

La quinta edición del programa “10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians“ se realizará el 22 de noviembre del 2011 en una importante ciudad canadiense.  Contacto de prensa: Mauricio Ospina, Mauricio.Ospina@HispanicBusiness.ca

LOS GANADORES:

1. Dr. Alberto J. Aguayo (Argentina – QC),     Research (neuroscience)

Dr. Alberto J. Aguayo is a neuroscientist whose research has given people suffering from serious head and spinal cord injuries the hope of better lives. Argentinan-born Aguayo studied medicine at the University of Cordoba Medical School, trained in neurology at the University of Toronto and McGill University and was appointed director of McGill’s Centre for Research in Neuroscience in 1980. Dr. Aguayo was the scientific director for the Neuroscience Canadian Network of Centres of Excellence from 1990 to 2000. He is President of the International Brain Research Organization, a Paris-based society that represents more than 50,000 neuroscientists in 111 countries. He also served as President of the North American Society of Neuroscience. In 1992, Aguayo was named Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2005, he received the FNG Starr Award, the Canadian Medical Association’s highest honour. The University of Lund in Sweden conferred an honorary degree on him in 1987, an honour repeated by Queen’s University in 1995. He has served as a member of scientific advisory boards and committees of granting and philanthropic organizations in Canada, the US, Germany, Switzerland, Argentina and Japan.  In 1999, he was awarded a Killam Prize for his lifetime contribution to health sciences, and in 2000 he was awarded the Christopher Reeve Research Medal for Spinal Cord Repair. In 2003, Aguayo received the J.E. Purkinje Honorary Medal from the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic for Merit in the Biological Sciences.  He has received many other scientific awards in the US, France and Canada.

2.  Antonio de Santiago (Spain – ON), Engineering and government

Antonio de Santiago is the executive vice-president of Infrastructure Ontario, the agency that oversees the government’s public-private partnerships to build roads, hospitals, courthouses and jails. At Infrastructure Ontario, Mr. de Santiago oversees the strategy, planning and delivery of all infrastructure projects including ones in the social, civil and technical sectors. His responsibilities include those associated with infrastructural developments associated with the 2015 Pan-American Games in Toronto. He is also the former president and CEO of Highway 407, the world’s first all-electronic, barrier-free toll highway that stretches 108 km from Burlington to Pickering, Ontario. 407 International Inc. is owned by a consortium comprised of Cintra Concesiones de Infraestructuras de Transporte, Macquarie Infrastructure Group and SNC-Lavalin. De Santiago has more than 14 years of international experience in the transportation and construction industries. Prior to joining 407 ETR, he was CEO of Eurolink Motorway Operation, Manager of Portuguese Motorways for Cintra, and Area Manager for Agroman. As Chief Executive Officer of Eurolink Motorway, he was responsible for operating and maintaining the M4 Motorway in Ireland. De Santiago is a Civil Engineer, P. Eng and has earned an executive MBA. He is also a frequent guest speaker at industry conferences, seminars and university lectures. He was one of the speakers addressing the November 29, 2010 seminar for Hispanics on opportunities with the 2015 Pan-American Games in Toronto, organized by HispanicBusiness.ca

3. Dr. Doris Grinspun (Chile – ON), Nursing and community

Chilean-born Doris Grinspun has been the Executive Director of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) since 1996. The association represents registered nurses in the province of Ontario with a mandate to advocate for healthy public policy. Prior to that appointment, she was director of nursing at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto. Grinspun has an RN diploma from Hadassah School of Nursing in Israel; a baccalaureate degree from Tel Aviv University, Israel; a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan; and a PhD in sociology from York University. She has published and spoken extensively both in Canada and abroad. A forceful advocate of the Canadian healthcare system, she is regularly interviewed by Canada’s media. From 1996 to 1999, Grinspun was the Chair of the Acquired Brain Injury Network of Metropolitan Toronto, a network representing all publicly funded agencies. For the past two decades Grinspun has worked extensively on many international projects in Latin and Central America, China and most recently India.  Grinspun is an adjunct professor in Nursing at the University of Toronto and at York University; an associate member of the Centre for Health Promotion at the University of Toronto; an affiliate member of the Centre for Health Studies at York University; and an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CERLAC) at York University. Grinspun has received numerous professional and scholarly awards. In 2003, Grinspun received the Order of Ontario, the highest level of individual excellence and achievement in any field.

4. Elena Rivera MacGregor (Mexico – BC), Advertising and design

Award-winning Mexican designer Elena Rivera MacGregor is a creative director with 15 years of experience as a graphic designer and illustrator. She began her formal training at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design where she received an honours diploma in fine arts with a major in graphic design. In 2005, Rivera MacGregor beat out 1,600 other designers to win the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Emblem Design Competition. Her entry, featuring a multicoloured inukshuk (a traditional stone statue used by Canada’s Inuit people) and the Olympic rings, became the logo of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. Rivera MacGregor’s many design clients include universities, hospitals and government. The quality of her work is routinely recognized. For annual reports she designed for the British Colombia Automobile Association, she received the prestigious StoraEnso Design Excellence Award two years in a row. She received a Western Silver Award from Neenah Paper for the design of letterhead for B.C.’s Children’s Hospital Foundation.  And, she won competitions to design promotional materials for the Faculty Exhibition at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and to develop a graphic identity for Presentations House Theatre and Photography Gallery in North Vancouver.

5. Dr. Francisco Diaz Mitoma (Mexico – ON), Business and Medicine  

Dr. Francisco Diaz Mitoma is Chief, Regional Virology Laboratory at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and professor in the Departments of Microbiology & Immunology, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, and Paediatrics at the University of Ottawa. Diaz-Mitoma received his medical degree from the University of Guadalajara in Mexico. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences (Virology) and a fellowship in Medical Microbiology from the University of Alberta, with a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Manitoba. He has served as an infectious disease and clinical virology consultant for the Ottawa Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Diaz-Mitoma’s main areas of research include: antivirals and diagnosis of viral infections, pathogenesis of Hepatitis C and HIV and creating intelligent vaccines for HIV, influenza, dengue and other viruses. His research has been published in more than 100 peer-reviewed international journals. In 1987, The American Society for Microbiology presented him with a Young Investigator Award for his work on the Epstein-Barr virus in immunocompromised patients. Diaz-Mitoma is founder of vaccine company Variation Biotechnologies, Inc. with offices in Massachusetts, Ottawa, and Québec. He has over 22 years vaccine research, development and management experience, and has led more than sixty clinical trials.

6. Dr. Jesús Ángel Miguel-García (Spain – MB), Literature and business

Jesús Ángel Miguel-García is founder and director of The Spanish Institute of Manitoba which provides Spanish courses, translation and interpretation. Miguel-García was born in Burgos, Spain. He graduated with top honours in Education, finishing first in his class. He went on to study linguistics and literature at Valladolid University, Spain, and was awarded the prestigious Erasmus scholarship from the European Union to study at Newcastle University, U.K., where he received his M.A. in language teaching. He went on to study for his Ph.D. in knowledge management and e-learning.  Miguel-García has been lecturing for over 16 years in Spain, Great Britain and Canada. He also taught at Newcastle Central High School, one of England’s top five girls schools. Miguel-García received the prestigious MTS Pioneer Business Award and was awarded the Star of the City Hospitality Award by the Mayor of Winnipeg. He was a nominee for the Canada’s Top 40 under 40™ Award, the Award for Excellence in Teaching at the University of Winnipeg and the Lieutenant Governor’s Award. In 2005, he founded in Winnipeg Translators Without Frontiers™, translating for NGOs such as Amnesty International. A former member of the Speakers Bureau of the Canadian Club, he has volunteered for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s Community Health Advisory Council, UNICEF, Red Cross and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. He is member of the Canadian Association of Hispanists; Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics; Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education; Linguistic Circle of Manitoba and North Dakota.

7. Dr. Jorge Heine (Chile – ON), Law and diplomacy

Jorge Heine is an author and professor of political science at Wilfrid Laurier University, holds the chair in Global Governance at Waterloo’s Balsillie School of International Affairs, and is a distinguished fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). His areas of expertise include multilateralism, democratic transitions, transitional justice, Latin American politics and diplomacy. Heine has a law degree from the University of Chile and a Master’s and PhD from Stanford University in California. From 2006 to 2009, Heine served as vice-president of the International Political Science Association, whose XXI World Congress of Political Science, with 2,450 participants from 75 countries, was held in his native Santiago in July 2009.  From 2003 to 2007 he was the Chilean ambassador to India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. From 1994 to 1999 he served as ambassador to South Africa. In 1997 and 1998, Johannesburg’s leading daily, The Star, listed him among the 100 most influential personalities in South Africa. Heine has also served as a Cabinet Minister and Deputy Minister in the Chilean Government.  He has been a visiting fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford and a research associate at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC. He is author, co-author or editor of ten books and has published some seventy journal articles and book chapters. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post and The International Herald Tribune.

8. Dr. Luis Seco (Spain – ON), Mathematics and business

In 2007, Dr. Luis Seco was honoured by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada for his work in bringing university research to the marketplace.  His partnership with Toronto-based company Algorithmics, a recognized financial risk management software provider, has yielded financial software that identifies and manages the risks involved in complex financial instruments. Seco and Algorithmics were the first to apply financial engineering – the confluence of math and computer science – to practical challenges within the financial industry. Seco is director of the University of Toronto RiskLab, sponsored by Algorithmics, which conducts  university-industry research initiatives in the mathematical sciences for risk management. He is also president and CEO of Sigma Analysis & Management Ltd., where he helps investors design their portfolios.  Seco holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University and a B.Sc. from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He is a professor in the University of Toronto Department of Mathematics and at the Rotman School of Management. His awards include: Fields Institute Fellow (2002), Sloan Fellowship (1996), Connaught Fellowship (1992), Sloan Foundation Graduate Dissertation Fellowship (1985) and the Spanish Mathematical Society Fellowship (1980).

9. Hon. Pablo Rodríguez    (Argentina – QB), Politics

Born in Argentina, Rodríguez was a communications and management consultant before being elected as a Liberal to the Canadian House of Commons for the Quebec riding of Honoré-Mercier in 2004, 2006 and 2008. Rodríguez has been Chair of the Standing Committee on Official Languages, and opposition critic for Public Works and Government Services Canada. He is currently the opposition critic for Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. In 2007, Rodriguez introduced a bill that would give the Conservative government 60 days to come up with a plan to respect Canada’s engagements under the Kyoto protocol. The bill passed. He is the Past President of the Quebec wing of the Liberal Party of Canada. He was the Quebec Chair of the Michael Ignatieff candidacy during his campaign for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada. Throughout his career, Rodríguez has dedicated much of his time to humanitarian causes and he was a Vice-President of Oxfam-Québec for nearly four years.

10. Dr. Raquel del Carpio-O’Donovan (Peru – ON), Sector: Medicine and community

A native of Peru, Dr. del Carpio-O’Donovan came to Canada to study radiology in 1976. Today, she is Professor of Radiology, Vice Chair of Radiology at McGill University and Associate Chief of the McGill University Hospitals Radiology Department and an Osler Fellow. She has mentored hundreds of medical students from around the world and offers advice to young, professional immigrants who wish to start practicing in Canada and/or begin a new life here. She has published hundreds of articles, supervised more than 50 McGill medical residents and more than 100 post graduate MDs in Neuroradiology. As a Canadian representative of the Inter American School of Radiology, del Carpio-O’Donovan advocates for closer educational ties between Canada and Latin America to educate and implement best standards of practice of Radiology. As Coordinator for Latin America for the Global Outreach Program of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, she organizes visits to Latin America by the world’s most distinguished experts in the field. These visits build the capacity of professionals and learners who do not always have the financial means to seek training abroad.

Foto: Courtesia de Tatiana Alba (tatis1154@hotmail.com)
Frente: I-D: Mauricio Ospina (director), Elena Rivera, Dr. Raquel del Carpio, Dr. Francisco Diaz
Atras I-D: Dr. Jorge Heine, Hon. Pablo Rodriguez, Jesús Ángel Miguel-García, Ambassador Allan Culham, Dr. Luis Seco, Antonio de Santiago.

 

 

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