CPAC Annual Gala to Raise Funds for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Nov. 1, TORONTO – CPAC, a multi-dimensional organization that is an association of professionals, a career service provider, and a developing think tank for equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI), will hold its 2023 Annual fundraising Gala on December 3, 2023, at the Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre & Spa.

With the theme of “Advancing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion,” the event will raise funds for CPAC’s research, training, and public education initiatives, to raise awareness of and combat anti-Asian racism and advance racial equity, diversity and inclusion.

An important part of the evening is to celebrate immigrant success through the presentation of the CPAC Professional Achievement Award (PAA) and Young Achiever Award (YAA). These awards recognize the professional and community contributions of outstanding individuals and provide role models for members of the immigrant community.

The recipients of the 2023 CPAC PAA are medical professor Tianqing Peng, and police chief Yung-Kai Liu. Dr. Peng is a professor of medicine at Western University and a scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute of London Health Sciences Centre, who has established himself as a world-renowned innovator in the field of cardiovascular science.  

Chief Yung-Kai Liu is an award-winning police leader and a strong advocate for Human Rights. He was Ottawa Police Service’s first Asian police officer, Canada’s first Chief of Police of Taiwanese decent, and the country’s youngest Chief of Police. He served as the Chief of Police at the Treaty Three Police Service, an Indigenous Police Service providing policing to 23 First Nations in Northwestern Ontario, in the last four years, and has been the president of the Indigenous Police Chief of Ontario (IPCO) and of the National First Nation Chiefs of Police Association (FNCPA).

This year’s YAA recipient is Mr. Nam Pham, the youngest senior executive of a Vancouver-based high-tech company. As VP and then CFO of the company, Mr. Pham is shattering the ‘age-ceiling’ and making a step change in the under-representation of Asian Canadians in senior leadership roles. He has also founded the Zimbabwe Relief Committee Society to facilitate education in Zimbabwe.

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. The audience will be delighted with episodes of the critically acclaimed fantasy dance drama, My Mulan. A warehouse sale of luxury designer goods will also be on-site along with a silent auction, to raise additional funds for the organization’s EDI cause. 

CPAC gratefully acknowledges the generous donors and sponsors of the 2023 Annual Gala, particularly the Presenting Sponsor TD Insurance, Diamond Sponsor RBC, Platinum Sponsors CIBC, Scotiabank, HSBC Bank Canada and CPA Ontario.

Individuals, businesses, and community organizations are cordially invited to join the celebration and support CPAC’s charitable initiatives.

2023 CPAC Gala Event Details:

Date:   Sunday, December 3, 2023

Time:   5:00 pm Reception, 6:00 pm Dinner

Venue:  Conference Centre

  Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre & Spa

  8500 Warden Ave., Markham, ON


            $228 per regular ticket  

             $500 per VIP ticket  

            Charity donation receipts will be provided to all ticket buyers.

Charity registration number: 86430 6626 RR0001

About CPAC
CPAC, formerly known as the Chinese Professionals Association of Canada, is a multi-dimensional organization that is an association of professionals, a career service provider, and a developing think tank. For over 30 years, CPAC has been serving the community of internationally educated professionals with their credential recognition, licensure, skills upgrading, cultural integration, employment, professional development and leadership development. The organization now has close to 31,000 members from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds with a wide range of professional training and skills. CPAC also facilitates, through CPAC Institute, the understanding and elimination of systemic racism and barriers to equity, diversity and inclusion, through research, education and training, with the goal of achieving the full potential of a diverse and inclusive Canadian society.