The Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association of Toronto (CIBPA) is a non-profit member organization founded in 1952. Since then, we have earned a reputation with Greater Toronto Area communities and government for representing the interests and views of Canadians of Italian heritage.
Our mandate is to promote and cultivate the business, professional, cultural and social interests of our members, and to serve as their local voice, as well as representing the Italian-Canadian community at large. We build and foster forums for the exchange of business and civic ideas and to encourage the growth of close-knit communities. Our organization provides much more than the simple practice of networking or exchanging business cards. We create events and opportunities to build sustainable professional relationships.
And, as our way of giving back to the community and investing in future generations, we provide bursaries and scholarships to students in need through our dedicated education fund.
Our membership consists of a broad spectrum of Canadian business and professional leaders of Italian heritage. They include entrepreneurs, business owners, designated professionals and senior partners of professional firms, corporate executives, as well as college and university students and new graduates. To connect our members, we hold thematic dinner meetings, produce a variety of special events and functions and provide business promotion and development opportunities for them. Also available to our younger members is a mentorship program, a business resource centre and a business incubator system and an intra-member communications portal.
Continuously building our strong networks, the CIBPA of Toronto works closely with a variety of other community-based organizations to foster business and professional opportunities for our members. We do this by forming strategic alliances and producing joint programs and events with other associations.
One of our most rewarding initiatives was to work with the CIBPA of Montreal in 1983 to form the National Federation of CIBPAs, which has since grown to also include CIBPA chapters in Hamilton, London, Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Vancouver, Windsor, and Winnipeg.
- To initiate and foster programs and activities for the welfare and betterment of the Canadian Italian Communities
- To promote and strengthen the image of the Canadian Italian Community within Toronto and Canada
- To initiate and foster social and cultural interest and activities among its members and the Canadian Italian Community
- To provide a forum whereby its members can cultivate and develop their business, professional and social interests
- To promote and encourage a spirit of goodwill, fairness and equity among its members
- To do all such other things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of these objectives, which objectives are more particularly set out in the Charter of Incorporation.