May 30, TORONTO – The CPAC Institute presented its first two Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Awards on May 29, 2022. Jennifer Tory, a former corporate executive at the Royal Bank of Canada, and Dr. Joseph Y. K. Wong, a family physician in Toronto and well know community leader and philanthropist, were honoured at a special ceremony attended by friends, former colleagues and dozens of community leaders, at the Sheraton Parkway Hotel in Richmond Hill.
The CPAC Institute’s EDI Award recognizes outstanding Canadians who have made significant contributions to the advancement of human rights, equal access, racial equity, diversity, and inclusion within an organization, a community or nationally.
“By recognizing the remarkable work of these champions, we hope to amplify their impact to inspire more individuals from racialized communities and those who are currently in positions of power to take urgent action to acknowledge, confront, and eventually eradicate racism and all forms discrimination from Canadian society,” said Ti Wang, the Institute’s President.
Ms. Tory retired in 2019 as RBC’s Chief Administrative Officer is currently the Chair of the Toronto International Film Festival. She has been a champion and trailblazer for the advancement of women, LGBTQ+ and BIPOC individuals in RBC and the broader community.
Dr. Wong has devoted his life to humanitarian and social justice causes, serving and advocating for marginalized populations in the community for over 40 years. He is the founding chair of three well known equity affirming organizations, CCNC, Yee Hong and ALPHA Education.
As part of the celebration of Asian Heritage Month, CPAC Institute also released an Anti-Racism Community Information Handbook at the event. The handbook is the first comprehensive tool for the Asian communities to recognize and combat various forms of racism and discrimination. The handbook will be available for public pick-up at various Asian community partner organizations and supermarkets in the following weeks.
About CPAC Institute
The CPAC Institute is an independent research, education and training organization that provides research-based support for understanding and eliminating systemic barriers to equity, diversity, inclusion, and for addressing specific issues concerning the well-being of Chinese Canadians. For more information, please visit https://cpac-canada.ca/about-cpac-institute/
01 CPAC President Ti Wang presents the inaugural Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Award to Jennifer Tory
02 CPAC President Ti Wang presents the inaugural Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Award to Dr. Joseph Y. K. Wong (right)
03 Award recipients having a group photo with colleagues and CPAC board members
04 The CPAC Institute released its Anti-Racism Community Information Handbook at the event