Welcome! We hope you enjoy this update on the events we've hosted since the start of our season in September 2016. Our quarterly newsletter keeps you informed about our events if you are not able to attend, and is also an opportunity to share the event recaps and photos with friends, family and colleagues.
64th Annual CIBPA President's Ball
Our annual President's Ball was an extraordinary evening of celebration and achievement, honouring community, tradition and excellence.
As always, the focal point of our gala celebration, presented by Scotiabank was to honour exceptional individuals or groups in our community with Awards of Excellence. Congratulations to this year's award recipients, Nick Torchetti, Fred Santini, The Giampaolo Family, Alessia Cara and The Policaro Automotive Family. Thank you to each of them for their unique contributions to their industries. Each winner was kind enough to share their experience with us on the following videos:
64th Annual President's Ball 2016 Highlights
Congratulations to our 64th President's Ball President's Award Winner: Policaro Automotive Family
Congratulations to our 64th President's Ball Next Generation Award Winner: Alessia Cara
Congratulations to our 64th President's Ball Community Award Winner: Fred Santini
Congratulations to our 64th President's Ball Business Excellence Award Winner: The Giampaolo Family
Congratulations to our 64th President's Ball Professional Excellence Award Winner: Nick Torchetti
Thanks to CHIN TV for our 64th Annual President's Ball video!
Before the awards, our gala evening presented by Scotiabank began with a cocktail reception, sponsored by TD Bank,, in the beautiful garden of the Liberty Grand hosted by our venue sponsor, Liberty Entertainment Group.. Guests mingled, visited appetizer stations, enjoyed wine sponsored by Profile Wine Group, all while enjoying the background tunes of the live jazz band.
Once everyone was seated for the dinner reception, our Mistress of Ceremonies, Andrea Trentadue, Host of CHIN TV's Festival Italiano di Johnny Lombardi kicked off the evening's festivities. The Canadian and Italian national anthems were played honouring our proud heritage and each of the award recipients shared heartwarming speeches. After the multi-course dinner, guests enjoyed the entertainment of Saturday Night Jive as well as a mid-night snack and dessert buffet.
This event would not have been possible without the support of our Sponsors.
Presenting Sponsor - Scotiabank
Cocktail Reception Sponsor - TD Bank
Award of Excellence Sponsor - CIBC
Venue Sponsor - Liberty Entertainment Group
Valet Sponsor - Policaro Automotive Family
Wine Sponsor - Profile Wine Group
Award Videos/Media Sponsor - CHIN Radio/TV
Official Airline Sponsor - Air Canada, who contributed to the live auction, Water Sponsor - Puretap Water Distillers, Printing Sponsor - Pristine Printing, Media Sponsor - TLN .Thank you to the President's Ball organizing committee, volunteers, Co-Chairs Dianna Morello and Nino Pasquariello, for their tireless work, and to our Honourary Chairs, Nick and Nadia Di Donato.
Finally, thank you to all our honoured guests for attending and sharing this special evening with us.
Please visit our photo album for the event HERE.
We look forward to seeing you next year!
Eddy Burello, CIBPA Toronto President
SAVE THE DATE
65th Annual President's Ball
Friday, September 22, 2017
2016-2017 Season Kick-Off
The CIBPA Toronto welcomed back friends and members for another exciting season! The harvest-themed event, held at the Old Mill Toronto (newly acquired by long time CIBPA Member, Frank DeLuca) offered a networking reception on the beautiful terrace. Thank you to Pristine Fine Foods, Grande Cheese and Adamo Estate Winery for providing delicious appetizers and wine samplings at the reception.
Our dinner was an opportunity for members to reconnect after our summer break and enjoy a hearty harvest themed meal. During the meal, the guests not only heard about the exciting calendar of events the CIBPA has planned for 2017, they were also entertained by lively and engaging guest speakers.
In the Italian tradition, Fina Scroppo, author of The Healthy Italian, and Julie Miguel, producer of Daily Tiramisu blog, shared tips on how to take the best of what the season offers and turn it into year-round staples. And John Paul Adamo of Adamo Estate Winery took the audience through the entrepreneurial journey of how his young winery has carried on old business and family traditions.
At the end of this wonderful evening, guests left with Homestyle Tomato Sauce courtesy of Primucci Products. Imported Italian tomatoes vine-ripened to perfection, then cooked with extra virgin olive oil, roasted garlic, fresh basil and sea salt, Pizza Nova invites you to "taste the difference." Thank you Pizza Nova for your continued support.
Please visit our photo album from the event HERE.
CIBPA Education Foundation Bursary Awards Dinner 2016
Deserving students selected by the CIBPA Education Foundation committee, chaired by Foundation President, Mr. Robert Sacco were recognized once again in 2016 for their academic achievements.
The award-winning students had the opportunity to meet and thank some of the generous donors that participated in the program, and supported the foundation through their sponsorship of the 2016 President's Ball.
A special thank you to our guest speaker, Bruno Magliocchetti, Professor at University of Toronto for his words of wisdom. He congratulated the selected students and thanked the CIBPA Education Foundation for their continued financial support to past, present and future students.
The goal of the CIBPA Education Foundation is to support the academic achievements of young Canadians of Italian heritage or in Italian studies.
Please visit our photo album for the event HERE
2017 BURSARY INFORMATION
The CIBPA EDUCATION FOUNDATION Bursary is open to full-time college and/or university students at the undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate levels who are Canadian citizens or Landed Immigrants permanently residing in Canada, and are of Italian origin. It also provides assistance for students who are not of Italian heritage, if they are pursuing curriculum majors in Italian studies.
DO YOU KNOW A STUDENT WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM THE CIBPA EDUCATION FOUNDATION?
Applications for 2017 scholarships will be accepted after August 30, 2017.
Traditional Christmas Dinner 2016
CIBPA Toronto came together with members and guests in the spirit of Christmas. The CIBPA also extended an invitation to the residents of Villa Colombo, which they look forward to every year. The evening was filled with food, laughter and great conversation as the talented Tony Astri played his accordion for us throughout the evening. For the first time, we were pleased to host Santa Claus himself and also entertain the families who attended with arts and crafts tables for the children.
A special thank you to those that contributed to the Toy Drive and the raffle, Faema Corporation, Marriott Toronto Eaton Centre, RBC Royal Bank, Longos, Kaneff Corportion, Pristine Fine Foods, Luca and Jon Paul Santoli. Proceeds have been donated to the CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish.
CIBPA Director, Sandro Giannini with his lovely wife and daughter (Anna and Vanessa) volunteering at the CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish warehouse. Thank you Giannini family for representing the CIBPA for such a worthy cause.
Please visit our photo album for the event HERE
FEBRUARY - Theme....Cyber Security
Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 6:00pm-9:00pm
Dinner 7:00pm SHARP!
Location - Columbus Centre, 901 Lawrence Avenue West
Cost: Members $65.00 Non-Members $80.00
Cost includes: dinner, wine and presentation.
The information security landscape is constantly evolving. Dealing with the cyber threat is a complex challenge. Public and private organizations in various sectors acknowledge that cyber attacks are one of the most prevalent risks they face.
Join CIBPA as we find out how to reduce cyber risk in business.
MARCH - International Women's Day
Women in Business
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Location - Chateau Le Parc, 1745 Langstaff Rd, Vaughan
Cost: Members $85.00 Non-Members $99.00
Cost includes: dinner, wine and presentation.
Join friends and colleagues as CIBPA welcomes a distinguished panel of accomplished women. Connect and share ideas with female leaders in the business community. CIBPA brings prominent corporate professional leaders together to inspire a new generation of women in business.
View photo album from last year HERE
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CIBPA Immediate Past President, Mario Paura inducted into the (ACMA)
On September 23, 2016 at ACMA’s annual meeting in Newport Beach, California, Mario Paura, Partner at Stikeman Elliott (CIBPA Corporate Member) and CIBPA Immediate Past President, was inducted into the Fellows of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys (ACMA). Formed in 1974, ACMA is a college of just over 400 lawyers in North America, of which fewer than 25 are Canadian, all of whom are recognized experts in the mortgage law industry. Fellows have distinguished themselves as practitioners in the field of real estate mortgages through their bar association activities, lecturing, authoring articles and program materials, participation in the legislative process, and writing briefs and/or arguing cases that are significant to mortgage transactions. Mario shares this award with a few other Stikeman lawyers. Stikeman Elliott will has more ACMA Fellows than any other Canadian law firm.
Newest Corporate Member (Reach Toronto) invites you to their first Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Fundraiser
Reach Toronto, a member of CIBPA and not for profit organization, provides training to youth and adults with autism and other intellectual disabilities. As there is little to no funding for these clients, Reach Toronto gets most of their support from corporate donations, which allows them to provide funding and programs to clients who are in desperate need.
Please join Reach Toronto for their first annual Wine, Cheese and Chocolate fundraiser! Come for fun, great food and an amazing cause! Cost of Ticket $99.00/person. For more information please contact Reach Toronto Executive Director, Mary Salerno at 416-929-1670 or 647-809-3430.
CIBPA Director, John Amendola - Receives the Order of Vaughan
Amica at Villa Da Vinci-Enhanced Care Services Now Being Offered!
CIBPA Corporate Member, Franco Tagliacozzo, General Manager, Amica at Villa Da Vinci, is proud and excited to introduce its new Enhanced Care Services. Serving the Italian community since 2001, Amica at Villa Da Vinci is first-class retirement living offering independent living and assisted living with professional care and support services available 24/7.
Choose care and support services tailored to your unique needs, preferences and budget. Enjoy the benefits of a Personalized Wellness Plan, customized to your lifestyle, care and support preferences.
For further information regarding Amica at Villa Da Vinci and its expanded care and support options, please contact Franco Tagliacozzo at 905-264-9119, or visit amica.ca/villadavinci.
Happy Retirement - Bill Clementi
Mr. Bill Clementi served on the CIBPA Toronto Board in the early 2000's and then later when Bill became President of the CIBPA National Federation. Bill has been our RBC Board representative and CIBPA champion. Bill along with Charlie Coffee EVP (retired) was a key driver in helping establish a CIBPA Winnipeg, Hamilton and Niagara Chapter. We have the start of a CIBPA Calgary Chapter and Bill has introduced our CIBPA Calgary Team to Jeff Boyd RBC so that RBC can help launch this new chapter.
RBC has been a steadfast partner for over 25 years and was key in kick starting the CIBPA Bursary / Scholarship program in Toronto with a $10,000 donation in 2001. In fact Bill and Charlie were instrumental in helping obtain a RBC Sponsorship of $50,000 in 2000 to celebrate the CIBPA's 50th Anniversary. This support in 2000 launched the next phase of the CIBPA mandate. It was never about the money. RBC and their Executives such as Charlie and Elisabetta Bigsby believed in the CIBPA mandate and showed support by helping financially as well encouraging and supporting people like Bill and Rina Pillitteri.
The CIBPA Education Foundation of Toronto now has approximately $320,000 in endowments at York University, University of Toronto and Ryerson and has distributed $739,500 to 902 students. RBC was there at the launch of the Foundation.
Charlie always opened up his speeches at our National Federation meetings saying that supporting the CIBPA was not just good for the community it was good for RBC business. Walter Simone, Adam Sorrenti and all would agree that without Bill we would have a different RBC relationship.
Gina, we know that behind every great man there is a great woman. Thank you for allowing Bill to participate and making family sacrifices to advance the CIBPA vision.
Enjoy your golden years Bill! They are well deserved.
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