Immigrant professionals honored
Outstanding immigrant professionals and youth were awarded during 2016 Crosscultural Professionals Association of Canada (CPAC) Gala co-hosted by CPAC and CPAC Foundation last Sunday in Richmond Hill.
The two recipients of the 2016 CPAC Professional Achievement Awards are Dr. Andy Sun, research chair for the development of nanomaterials for clean energy at Western University and Dr. Changhui Peng, research chair in the UQAM Institute of Environment Science.
Andy Sun is a full professor and Canada Research Chair for the development of nanomaterials for clean energy at the University of Western Ontario. He was elected as a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2016.
His research focus is on advanced nanostructured materials for energy conversion and storage including fuel cells and Li batteries. He is the author and co-author of more than 260 journals with citations of over 10,000 times.
Peng Changhui is the inventor of the TRIPLEX ecosystem model and the founder of the Montreal Confucius School. He serves as the Asian Ecology Section Chair of Ecology Society of American, the board director of Chinese Ecologist Association Oversea, and he is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Outstanding Young Scientist Award, Regent Rushmore Faculty CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, Canada Research Chair Award.
CPAC Young Achiever’s Award established this year is a complement to the Professional Achievement Awards to celebrate outstanding success by an immigrant under the age of 29. The recipient for this inaugural award is Annie Zhang, a manager in the Capital Markets and Accounting Advisory Services Group of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. She works closely with clients guiding them through complex technical accounting standards and assists them toward effective adoption of new accounting standards.
“We are very proud to support immigrant professionals, as well as youth who have made their marks here in Canada,” remarked Richard Lim, president of CPAC Foundation.
In addition to celebrate the accomplishments of outstanding immigrant individuals, the function also raised funds to support their services provided by CPAC and CPAC Foundation.
Recipients and presenters pose at the 2016 CPAC Professionals and Young Achiever’s Awards gala last Sunday in Richmond Hill, from left: President of CPAC Foundation Richard Lim, Award recipients Peng Changhui, Andy Sun, Annie Zhang, and CPAC President Eric Xiao.