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2016 Immigrants of Distinction Awards - Announcing Dignitaries

Calgary, AB, March 1, 2016 – Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) is pleased to announce the names of federal, provincial and municipal dignitaries who will be attending the Immigrants of Distinction Awards gala.

The gala, which will be held on March 11th, 2016 at the Westin Calgary Hotel, celebrates the outstanding achievements and contributions of immigrants to Calgary in the categories of Achievement Under 35; Arts and Culture; Community Service; Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Hadassah Ksienski Lifetime Achievement; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math; Organizational Diversity and Youth Scholarships. The event is expected to host over 600 guests including representation from government, the corporate community, and the voluntary sector.


Immigrant Services Calgary is delighted to be hosting:

  • Hon. Thanh Hai Ngo - Senator
  • Hon. Victor Oh - Senator
  • Hon. Irfan Sabir – Minister of Human Services
  • Hon. Joe Ceci - Minister of Finance
  • Hon. Ricardo Miranda - Minister of Culture and Tourism
  • His Worship, Naheed Nenshi - Mayor of Calgary
  • Calgary Police Service Chief, Roger Chaffin
  • Deputy Chief of Police, Trevor Daroux

ISC is also pleased to announce Mazhar Shaikh, Senator-in-Waiting, President of M. H. Shaikh Professional Corporation and past Chair of the Calgary Police Commission as the Honourary Chair and Wayne Chiu, Founder and CEO of Trico Homes as the Keynote Speaker of the gala.

The emcees for the event will be Doug Dirks - CBC Calgary, and Linda Olsen – Global News.

We look forward to sharing this special evening with our distinguished guests and all in attendance.

ISC is proud to celebrate its 20th Annual Immigrants of Distinction Awards (IDA) - “Fostering a Legacy of Excellence”. The theme this year focuses on the legacy, achievements and life stories of the Calgary's most committed and community-minded individuals who represent the immigrant and refugee population. Tickets to the gala are now available for purchase via the event website at

ABOUT IMMIGRANT SERVICES CALGARY: ISC is a comprehensive settlement and integration agency that provides a wide range of programs and services to Calgary’s immigrant and refugee population. We are committed to working together with immigrants and their families to make Canada home.


For additional information, please contact:


Jamie Carrick                                               

Special Event Associate

Immigrant Services Calgary                                

(403) 538-8358


Maria Freire

Communications Coordinator

Immigrant Services Calgary

(403) 705-8892