CPAC Calls for Nominations for 2023 Achievement Awards

August 2, Toronto – CPAC invites the community of professionals to nominate candidates for its two annual awards, the Professional Achievement Award and Young Achiever Award.  

CPAC Professional Achievement Award (PAA)

The PAA was established in 2009 to recognize and celebrate the achievements of immigrant professionals who have achieved outstanding success and prominent status in recognized professions. Past recipients include exceptional individuals such as Enhui Yang (scientist), Kelvin Tran (executive) and George Gao (artist).  

A Candidate for the award must be:

  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is an immigrant to Canada; and
  • A recognized leader in their profession or in a professional field outside of their occupation (e.g., a celebrated author whose occupation is engineering).

Nominations are encouraged from individuals across all professions and all regions of Canada.

CPAC Young Achiever Award (YAA)

The CPAC YAA honours an outstanding young individual, aged 29 or younger, to celebrate their community contributions or professional or business achievements, locally or abroad. The award recognizes the individual’s work based on its distinction and/or positive social impact.

To be eligible for the award, the nominee must be:

  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada; and
  • Aged 29 years or younger on October 1, 2023

Eligible activities for consideration include but are not limited to:

  • Professional or business successes
  • Academic or technological discoveries, innovations or contributions
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Community or social leadership  

Please note:

  • The nominee’s main activities/accomplishments must have taken place within the last two years of the nomination deadline.
  • Academic grades are not an influencing factor.

Nomination and Selection Process

The nomination packages can be downloaded at

The completed Nomination Form, together with other materials, are required to be submitted through email to by October 1, 2023,Attention Awards Selection Committee. The Selection Committee is composed primarily of academic, professional and community leaders outside of CPAC.

The winning nominees will be notified by late October 2023.

The awards will be presented at the CPAC Annual Gala on Sunday, December 3, 2023, at Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre & Spa.

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.


Joe Yang

Manager of Operations

(416) 298-7885 ext. 120