2017 Business Excellence Awards

The Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario (ICCO) hosted the 15th annual Business Excellence Awards (BEA) on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at the Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex, Toronto.

The 2017 edition of the awards marked the 15th Anniversary of the event as well as celebrated Canada’s Sesquicentennial (150th) as well as showcase dindividuals who have changed the economic landscape of Ontario, and given a competitive edge to their business.

As part of the celebration, ICCO members, friends, and prominent leaders of business, politics, and culture gathered together in order to commemorate the engagement and leadership of the award recipients. This prestigious event also served as a chance to thank them for their outstanding efforts towards our community’s ongoing prosperity.

600 entrepreneur celebrated the contribution of the Canadian community of Italian origin to the building of Canada.  The 150th anniversary was remembered with seven awards and a magnificent speech by hon. Frank Iacobucci:


When Corrado Paina asked me to offer some remarks this evening, we both thought it appropriate for me to share some reflections on Italian Canadians especially since we are celebrating the sesquicentennial of Canada.  Now I am not 150 years old but I am over one half that age and have witnessed great changes for Italian Canadians – much for the better.

I thought I’d give a brief overview of the settling in Canada of Italians interspersed with personal experiences of my family and myself.  My personal experiences are not meant to be unique but simply to illustrate the events that occurred and the transformation that has taken place.  Now for a little history.



Also, an exclusive interview with Canada’s Minister of International Trade, Francois-Philippe Champagne.
Click here to see some photographs from this amazing event.


ICCO Business Excellence

Lenny Lombardi
President & CEO
CHIN Radio

Scotiabank ICCO Environmental Leadership Award

Luigi Ferrara
Dean of the Centre for Arts, Design & Information Technology and Director
George Brown College

Mike Soragnese

PwC ICCO Next Generation

Mike Soragnese
Creative Director & Producer
Render Media Inc.

ICCO Arts, Science and Culture Award

Cristiano De Florentiis & Maurizio Magnifico
Italian Contemporary Film Festival

ICCO Italy-Canada

Nicola Capomasi
Vice President
Thor & Partners Inc.

KPMG ICCO Community Building

Daniele Zanotti
President & CEO
United Way Toronto & York Region


Closing the Gap
Scotiabank Sponsor
Unico Sponsor
City of Vaughan Sponsor
Air Canada
RBC Sponsor
PWC Sponsor
Milano Sponsor
Scotiabank Sponsor
Liberty Entertainment Group
Masters Insurance
Pizza Nova Sponsor
Centennial College
Royal LePage
City of Toronto
Stem Wine Group


May 25, 2017
Cocktail Reception: 5 pm
Dinner Gala Reception: 7 pm
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Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex
25 British Columbia Road
Toronto, ON M6K 3C3


Tanya Phillipps
Mary Chirico
416.789.7169 x210

Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex