Being bold and different is a leadership challenge that doesn’t come easy to most people, but there were many shining examples at the 2019 Ascend Canada Leadership Awards reception.
Kelvin Tran, President, Ascend Canada, welcomed more than 300 leaders from corporate Canada to celebrate five individuals who have shown exemplary leadership, career achievement, and contributions to the Pan-Asian community.
He also asked the audience to “Be Bold, Be Different, Be You” a challenge to live up to Ascend Canada’s chosen theme this year and take individual leadership to make an impact in our communities.
It wasn’t hard to be inspired by the evening’s award recipients and speakers.
Applauded by his peers for his honesty and astute business sense, K. Rai Sahi, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Morguard Corp., was named Executive of the Year. This award recognizes a strong leader who has made outstanding contributions to their business and community, and served as a catalyst to growth and innovation excellence.
“My family has played a big role in my journey. Without their support this would have not been possible,” Rai said, as he accepted the award. “Equally important is my team, some of whom have been with the organization for the last 20 years. Recognize your ecosystem, as they will become your biggest supporters and advocates.”