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Message from the ICCC: A look back at the 3rd Canada-Italy Business Forum on AI; the Premio Venezia Award Ceremony; the ICCC’s webinars; and more…

December 15, 2021

Dear Members and Parrtners,

In this edition of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada’s (ICCC) monthly newsletter, we share with you the latest news items which could be of interest to you and the ICCC’s most recent events, including our first face-to-face event this fall.


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AI as an accelerator of sustainability

The ICCC held its 3rd Canada-Italy International Forum on Artificial Intelligence, dedicated this year to its role in accelerating the ecological transition for a better future, particularily in the fields of digital health, sustainable mobility, sustainable energy and the circular economy. 65 world-class speakers and panelists spoke on the subject during 5 thematic sessions, which you can watch in full: click here.

An evening to honor the 2021 Premio Venezia recpients

On November 30, the ICCC celebrated the winners of the 16th edition of the Premio Venezia, the award that recognizes companies and individuals who have distinguished themselves by creating value in Canada-Italy business relationships. Congratulations to: Dr. Francesco Bellini; NouvLR and Rizzani de Eccher; Xebec Adsorption; Labomar; and the International Joint Unit of Université Laval and the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR). This evening welcomed nearly 230 representatives of the Quebec and Italian business community and represented the 1st face-to-face event of the CCIC since 2019. We present the winners of the Premio Venezia: click here

The ICCC hosts its 1st in-person mission

In recent weeks, the ICCC welcomed an Italian client in the sector of environment and renewable energy, who has embarked on an internationalization strategy on the Quebec market. It was a first in-person mission since November 2019, and a positive sign for the year 2022.

A look back at the ICCC’s webinars

The Fall was particularly busy at the ICCC, with several webinars organized on themes of great interest to Italy and Quebec, in innovative and traditional sectors. The webinars will soon be available, in their entirety, on the ICCC’s various platforms. Here is a look back at our recent activities.

Smart and Sustainable Farming: Good Practices and Co-operation Pathways

On 22 November 2021, the ICCC organized the webinar “Smart and Sustainable Farming: Good Practices and Co-operation Pathways”, which was held within the framework of the 2nd Forum for Sustainable Development of the Lombardy Region. The event brought together experts from the province of Quebec and the Lombardy region to discuss important issues such as the potential of bio-economy in Lombardy and Quebec; the most significant innovations in digital and sustainable farming; the development of circularity processes and the potential for integration and collaboration between the two regions for businesses, research centers and industry stakeholders. Check out the webinar program here.

Québec Aerospace Industry: Emerging Trends and Opportunities

The ICCC, in collaboration with AéroMontréal, Centro Studi Italia Canada and the Umbria Aerospace Cluster, organized a webinar for Italian companies in the aerospace supply chain, with the aim of facilitating the sharing of information on the Canadian market, and in particular, that of Montreal. The keywords of the webinar were: investment and innovation. Through major investment projects in research and development, the aerospace industry is successfully keeping pace with the industry’s sustainable transition. Suzanne Benoit, President of AéroMontréal, stressed the importance for the aerospace industry to move towards carbon neutrality and the transition to hydrogen, affirming AéroMontréal’s willingness to cooperate more with Italian clusters in terms of sustainable development.

Discover Soave’s new “crus”

Master Sommelier Pier-Alexis Soulière, crowned Canada’s Best Sommelier in 2021, presented Soave’s new “crus” in a dedicated webinar. For the tasting part, he was joined by journalists Nathalie Richard and Michelle Bouffard. Soave is a well-known white wine made in Veneto, province of Verona, and consists of at least 70% Garganega grapes and the rest from Chardonnay and Trebbiano di Soave. The Soave Wine Consortium announced last year the creation of 33 new “crus” covering 38% of the total area of the denomination. To learn more about Soave, click here.

The Wine and Travel Italy – Voyage Vin Italie website gets a makeover!

After several months of reflection, planning, writing and programming…we are pleased to present our new website! Much more than a simple “makeover”, it is a thorough redesign that has been carried out. More eye-catching, more intuitive, more interactive, this new site will meet the expectations of users and consumers curious to know more about all that Italy has to offer, whether it is the multitude of oeno-gastronomic discoveries during a trip or those to be made locally in shops, restaurants, cafes and at events that are happening nearby. Rediscover the new site here.

Take advantage of the Vantaggi Program

It’s the holiday season…take advantage of the exclusive discounts offered by your ICCC membership with the Vantaggi Program. You can do your Christmas shopping and benefit from interesting discounts! Click here!


Mapei’s significant investment in Quebec

Carmine D’Argenio, President of the ICCC, and Danielle Virone, Executive Director of the ICCC, were present at the groundbreaking ceremony marking the official start of work on a new powder production plant and distribution facility of Mapei in Laval. This Italian subsidiary, whose key to success lies in innovation, has already invested heavily in Quebec over the years. The construction of the new plant will therefore be in addition to the existing facility that serves as the headquarters of Mapei Inc., whose adjacent plant also produces polymers, adhesives and, more recently, concrete admixtures. The additional space will include a new research and development laboratory for concrete admixtures, which will make the Laval manufacturing facility one of the most efficient plants – in terms of technology, capacity and complexity – within the Mapei North America network. Read the press release here.


Partnership agreement between the University of Bari Aldo Moro and ÉTS on digital technology

Resolutely focused on the role of digital technology in a context of sustainable development, a Memorandum of Understanding has been concluded between the Italian University of Bari Aldo Moro (UniBa) and the École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS). Sharing a practical and innovative approach, ÉTS and UniBa will collaborate on teaching, research and tertiary education projects and activities. They will set up processes of industrial cooperation and sharing of effective practices on global issues in the field of sustainability including the development of digital technologies, food security, the management of natural resources and production and consumption processes applied to the business world, as well as education for sustainable development. Read the press release here.

Creation of the Ministry of Cybersecurity and Digital Technology

The National Assembly of Québec has adopted Bill 6, an act to create the Ministère de la Cybersécurité et du Numérique, which will come into force on January 1, 2022. By now being a field of intervention of the Province in its own right, digital technology is becoming essential and, above all, a priority for the government. The fight against cyber threats and cyberattacks is now a priority mission of the Province, which will ensure optimal protection during the circulation of public data. Read the official announcement here.

Québec invests $35M in personalized medicine and artificial intelligence

The Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation du Québec announced that four new projects in the life sciences sector will receive $35 million in support from the Government of Quebec. With the support of some forty private partners, the aid totals $74 million over three years, of which $35 million comes from the government through the Fonds d’acceleration des collaborations en santé (FACS) company, whose mission is to support the development of projects that meet concrete needs. Read all the details here.

Our team remains available to answer all your questions. We invite you to visit our website and social media platforms frequently for the latest updates.

Thank you for your trust.

The ICCC Team |