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A reception to honour the "10 Most Influential Hispanics" awards recipients upon their visit to Ottawa

What: Reception to honour the recipients of the "10 Most Influential Hispanics" awards. Welcoming remarks were made by: Randy Hoback, MP, Chair of the Canadian Section of FIPA; Mauricio Ospina, Director of the Awards Program and Hispanic Business Association; Carlo Dade, Executive Director of FOCAL. The event featured a video presentation of the findings of the Spanish as the Third Most Spoken Language in Canada study. The Canadian Section of the Inter-Parliamentary Forum of the Americas (FIPA) co-hosted the event. 

When: May 27, 2010

Where: 131 Queen St., room 8-51, Ottawa

Who: The “10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians" is an annual national awards program operating since 2007 to recognize the contributions of Hispanics to Canada. Past winners that travelled to Ottawa for the reception are:

Dr. Ivar Mendez (Bolivia – Nova Scotia), Director of the Neural Transplantation Laboratory, Dalhousie University

Dr. Carlos Morillo (Colombia – Ontario), Professor of Medicine and Director of the Arrhythmia Service, McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences

Dr. Julio Torres-Recinos (El Salvador – Saskatchewan), Associate Professor of Spanish and Literature, University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Marlinda Freire (Chile – Ontario), Psychiatrist focused on assisting victims of human rights violations

Johnny Campuzano (Ecuador – Ontario), Police constable dedicated to being a positive role model and leader

Mario Pérez (Cuba  – Ontario), University professor and software developer

Oscar A. Jofre Jr. (Chile – Ontario), Entrepreneur and IT innovator, founder of Babel Fish

Esteban Lasso (Ecuador – Ontario),  Leader of Transforming Faces Worldwide (TFW)

Dr. Mary Carmen Romero (Spain – Ontario), Teacher and principal

Dr. Marco A. Guzman (Bolivia – Ontario), Executive Director of Frontiers Foundation Inc.

Lita González-Dickey (Peru – Ontario), Spanish Community Relations Officer, Toronto Catholic District School Board

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