Monday, July 4, 2016

Humber Alumnus Wins RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award

This article originally appeared in Humber Communique on June 29, 2016

Congratulations to Renan Orquiza (Alumnus of Humber's Engineering Bridging Program) on receiving the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award! 

Thanks to all those who voted for Renan and supported his amazing accomplishment! 

Cheers to a truly deserving candidate!

About the Award

RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards is an annual people's choice awards campaign that celebrates Canadian Immigrants.

Renan has beaten out stiff competition from across the country to make the Top 25. You know it's a big deal when you're on the same list as Canada's Minister of National Defence, Harjit Sajjan!

About Renan

Philippines-born Renan Orquiza arrived in Canada on May 31, 2013, and unlike other newcomers who were struggling in adapting and landing their desired job within their professional field, he seemed to have planned things out and was able to transition his life smoothly. 

While employed, Renan participated in the four-month Engineering Bridging Program offered at Humber College, which helps engineering students to upgrade their technical skills, as well as soft skills. 

Despite having arrived in Canada just 3 years ago, Renan has already made several significant contributions to the community. 

As a volunteer with Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), he helped facilitate a bridge building competition for high school students and was asked to assist in other events within the PEO. In early 2015, he was elected to become one of the executive board members and is currently appointed as the environmental committee chair. 

He also volunteers with Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) Authority promote their environmental programs and share information with the public about maintaining and preserving the conservation areas. Because of his efforts, he received a long hours service recognition from CVC. He was also selected as the 2014 recipient of the Newcomer Gem Volunteer Award. 

As a member of the grad panel of the Engineering Software Skills Enhancement Program at Humber College, he shares his advice and experiences with other newcomer students with the hope of aiding their professional development in Canada.

At present, he is a registered professional engineer (P.Eng.) within Ontario and working as a project manager at Watters Environmental Group Inc., an environmental consulting firm based in Vaughan, Ontario. 

All these contributions have resulted in Renan securing the prestigious RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award. We cannot be happier for Renan and take great pride in sharing this story.

We're sure this is just one of many more awards to come! 

Congratulations, Renan!

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