To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards, we are looking back at some of the past honourees over the years in this special “Where are they now” series.
Spotlight on Miroslav Reljic (RBC Top 25, 2017)
Miroslav Reljic’s beginnings in Canada were quite eventful. Not very fluent in English, Serbian Reljic boarded the wrong the plane in Montreal, almost going off to Halifax instead of his intended destination, Alberta!
Now, the much sought-after leadership coach is on firm footing in his adopted country, working and consulting for top Canadian oil and banking companies for the past decade. “My ability to stay proactive and embrace new challenges is what helped me become successful in Canada. When we are proactive, we are more agile, adaptive and flexible. When we are reactive, then we focus on the past and we may miss new opportunities. Staying proactive and focused while pursuing my goals has definitely helped me to succeed in my journey,” he said last year when he was named one of RBC’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrants.
Since then, Reljic has been featured in the 2017 Winter Edition of the reputed business publication, Edge Magazine, along with legendary journalist Barbara Walters. He was also the keynote speaker at the Global Petroleum Show in Calgary among other major events. Currently consulting and coaching for Berkshire Hathaway, owned by Warren Buffett, he is also co-authoring a book, Coaching Conversations, while facilitating “Powerful Conversations” nights where individuals can share stories about creating opportunities, change and transition.
In 2016, he created and facilitated numerous pro-bono workshops and volunteered with more than 1,000 newcomers at various immigrant-serving agencies in the city. He obviously believes in giving back to the country that gave him a platform to pursue his dreams. “When I moved to Canada in 1999 as a non-English speaking refugee, my new adopted country embraced me with safety and stability. From the day I arrived I had a clear vision of my success. I was able to achieve my goals of getting university education and consulting for top Canadian companies because I live in a country where entrepreneurial spirit is encouraged and our differences are celebrated,” he says.
Final question: What did receiving the Top25 award mean to you?
“To me the Top 25 award means three things: one, my commitment to Canada; two, my dedication to make a difference; and, three, validation of my hard work.”
It’s the 10th anniversary of the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards this year. Learn more about the 2018 awards program, now in its voting stage, here.