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Everyone can name a great Canadian, but what does it mean to be in this group? The program

The search has uncovered 25 living citizens whose accomplishments answer that question. Through their vision, leadership and actions, each of these people has immeasurably improved the lives of others. This past fall, the Transformational Canadians program chose exceptional individuals drawn from across six fields: business, science and technology, the environment, education, health care and the community. All 25 combine a passion for positive change with the discipline and focus to achieve outstanding results.

The partners

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The Globe and Mail has partnered with CTV and Cyberpresse to celebrate Canadians who have sought to make a difference - not just by doing what they do, but through the demonstrable impact they've made on the world around them, whether in Canada or beyond. Driving the program as the exclusive sponsor is Cisco Canada. Willa Black, Cisco Canada's vice-president, corporate affairs says that for her organization, recognizing 25 people who exemplify the best of Canadian values is a meaningful way to celebrate Cisco's 25th anniversary.

The goal

The aim is to spark a coast-to-coast conversation. That's why the program sought nominations not only from its distinguished panel of six judges, but also from the public at large.

Nominations closed November 26 with a truly outstanding list of candidates. A final wrap up of all 25 winners, including their take on the next generation of Transformational Canadians, appears in the January 4, 2011 edition of The Globe and Mail.

"I hope we can tap into Canada's national consciousness and pride," Ms. Black says. "I hope we can share the idea that you don't have to be rich or powerful to make good things happen."

In recognition of the 25 Transformational Canadians' efforts, Cisco will donate up to $25,000 worth of technology to the non-profit or charitable organization of each winner's choice. The technology will be donated in partnership with Allstream.

Judge Seamus O'Regan was quick to lend a hand to the project. "I'm delighted to be involved in this because it gives us an opportunity to tell the stories of these transformational Canadians," says Mr. O'Regan, co-host of CTV's Canada AM. "What we want to do is inspire others, both of this generation and the next."

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