Achieve and Aspire · CPAC Gala Celebrates Achievement Awards and Raises Funds for Racial Equity

Nov 29, TORONTO – CPAC, a multi-dimensional organization that is an association of internationally educated professionals, a career and skills development service provider, and a developing think tank that provides research-based support for the understanding and elimination of systemic barriers to equity, diversity, celebrated its 30th Anniversary at its 2022 Annual Gala on November 27th, 2022 at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North.

With the theme of “Achieve and Aspire,” the event also raised funds for its research, training and public education initiatives to raise awareness of and combat anti-Asian racism and advance racial equity, diversity and inclusion.

The annual CPAC Gala is a premier social event in the GTA Asian communities. The event offers an excellent opportunity to engage with some of Toronto’s foremost business and community leaders amongst the Chinese, Asian and global communities.

A highlight of the gala event was the presentation of the CPAC Professional Achievement Award (PAA) and Young Achiever’s Award (YAA). These awards highlight the professional and community contributions of outstanding individuals and provide role models for members of the immigrant community.

The recipients of the 2022 CPAC Professional Achievement Award were internationally renowned scientist Gang Zheng and musician George Gao. Dr. Zheng is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Cancer Nanomedicine and Professor at the University of Toronto, and also a Senior Scientist and Associate Research Director at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

Mr. George Gao is a Germini-award nominated Canadian musician and world-famous erhu player. He has written and arranged music for films, TV and Broadway musicals, and has guest- performed around the world.

This year’s YAA recipient is Miss Chen Chen, a Master’s student at the University of Toronto’s Department of Molecular Genetics. As Co-President of the McMaster chapter of ALPHA, she led and inspired an enthusiastic team of volunteers to raise awareness of WWII atrocities in Asia and of such important issues as war crimes and justice, individual and state responsibilities, human experimentation, and biochemical warfare.

CPAC gratefully acknowledges the generous donors and sponsors of the 2022 Annual Gala, particularly the Presenting Sponsor TD Insurance, Platinum Sponsors CIBC Bank, CPA Ontario, HSBC bank, Scotiabank, and Shenglin Financial Group.

Donations to support CPAC’s equity and anti-racism initiatives can be made at:

About CPAC

CPAC is a professionals’ association with over 30,000 members, a career service provider for new immigrants and youth from underserved communities, and a research, training and education organization that facilitates the understanding and elimination of systemic barriers to equity, diversity and inclusion. While advocating for human rights and social justice, CPAC serves the community of internationally educated professionals and underprivileged youth with their credential recognition, cultural integration, skills training, employment, and career and leadership development.


【2022 CPAC Gala 01_PAA YAA winners】

From left: Dr. Adrian Cheung, 2022 CPAC Gala Co-Chair, Trustee of CPAC Foundation, Dr. Ti Wang, CPAC President, George Gao, 2022 CPAC Professional Achievement Award Winner, Gang Zheng, 2022 CPAC Professional Achievement Award Winner, Chen Chen, 2022 CPAC Young Achiever’s Award winner, Bess Song, 2022 CPAC Gala Co-Chair, Vice President of CPAC

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