Girish Agrawal featured in RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants ‘Where are they now?’ seriesSubmitted by Agrawal Associates on May 29th, 2018
May 30, 2018
“Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege.” ―John D. Rockefeller Jr.
In 2009, Girish Agrawal was recognized as one of the inaugural RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants. The coveted peoples’ choice award program was launched to recognize and celebrate inspirational immigrants who have made a positive impact in their communities since their arrival to Canada. From entrepreneurs to artists, academics, community volunteers and athletes, the nominees and winners form an admirable group of Canadians.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the awards, Girish was featured by Canadian Immigrant Magazine in the “Where are they now” series, which looks at where some of the past honourees are today and how the award has impacted them.
For Girish, the recognition was monumental. “It was a great recognition that still stands out in my mind. It is even more special being the inaugural winner with other influential personalities across Canada, including two Governor Generals. I feel like I need to make sure that I live my life in such a manner that the prestige of this award is always maintained,” he said.
Since then, his resolve to give back has only grown. In fact, through Agrawal Associates Private Wealth Management, Girish has made consistent efforts to connect with newcomers, holding numerous free events for immigrants who are seeking to gain a firm financial footing in their adopted country. As a proud member of the Calgary community, Agrawal Associates regularly supports worthy causes related to education and health.
For Agrawal, there’s no mountain too high when it comes to what you can achieve when you give back – literally. In his most recent initiative, he embarked on an inspiring climb up Mt. Aconcagua, in support of the Aga Khan Foundation of Canada. Proceeds from the climb went toward building a maternity hospital in Kisii, Kenya. In 2016, he also climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to raise funds for sanitation systems for schools in India.
Reflecting on the achievements, he notes, “the Top 25 award made me a better person, one who is more committed to contribute to the community and to people’s growth. I hope I can motivate people to do likewise.”
Congratulations on this achievement!