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ICCC NEWS: Announcing the ICCC’s Board of Directors; Breakfast Conference with Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon; and more…

May 2022

Dear members and partners,

In this edition of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada’s (ICCC) monthly newsletter, we will be discussing current affairs and updating you on the latest news pertaining to the ICCC. 


On April 27th, the ICCC’s Annual General Assembly was held in the BMO Bank of Montreal offices. During the course of the evening, the Chamber and its members celebrated recent accomplishments and cast their votes to select the new Board of Directors. The Board’s Director, M. Carmine D’Argenio, expressed his gratitude towards his colleagues, and acknowledged the resilience with which they maintained steady operations over these past two difficult years. Because of this continued engagement, the Chamber was able to uphold its leading status within the Assocamerestero’s 78 Italian chambers of commerce, effectively positioning itself as 3rd worldwide and 1st in North America. These admirable results would not have been possible without the relentless work, perseverance, and agility of the ICCC team, as well as the continuous support of partners, clients, and Italian institutional representatives.  

In the current context of economic recovery, the Chamber continues to play a vital role, both in Italy and in Quebec, in assessing potential merging opportunities and accompanying businesses in their internationalization process between Canada and Italy. The ICCC has worked diligently on fortifying its unique and exclusive platforms, such as the Canada-Italy Business Forum on Artificial Intelligence, which facilitates the granting of mandates and celebrates the value of both markets’ respective knowledge. The Wine and Travel Italy website makeover, the Chamber’s entrance into novelty, circular-economy-led, sustainable sectors, the launch of the Vantaggi Program – which offers member-exclusive rebates – as well as a wide array of events and business opportunities, have made 2021 a truly remarkable year.  


May 9th, 2022 – Discussion with Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of Economy and Innovation

Come meet the Minister of Economy and Innovation, Pierre Fitzgibbon, during a breakfast event organized by the ICCC, presented by BDO, and hosted by Federico Pasin, Director of the HEC Montreal. The Minister will discuss Quebec’s current challenges in terms of globalization, productivity, and innovation in the context of post-pandemic economic recovery. The event will end with a question period.  

Want to be in the running for 2 tickets aboard Air Canada’s new Montreal-Milan flight? Purchase your event tickets >>> here!  
[Monday, May 9th, 2022 – 7:30am to 9am | Sofitel Montreal, 1155 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal]

September 26th, 2022 – Golf Tournament

The ICCC is pleased to announce the grand return of its annual Golf Tournament, presided by the guest of honor Mr Sylvain Corbeil, at one of the country’s most prestigious courses: Club Laval-sur-le-lac. This event, sponsored by TD Bank, is the perfect opportunity to meet with other leaders and professionals in a relaxed setting. Furthermore, guests will be invited to partake in a gourmet dinner honoring the excellency of Made in Italy flavors. For tickets, please click here!
[Monday, September 26th, 2022 – 9am to 8pm | Laval-sur-le-lac, 150, rue Les Peupliers, Laval-sur-le-Lac, H7R 1G4]

October 18th, 2022 – Premio Venezia Laureates’ Evening

The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada will be celebrating the laureates of the 2022 Premio Venezia during a special ceremony on the 18th of October, sponsored by RBC Royal Bank. Already at its 17th edition, the Primo Venezia is a prize presented by the ICCC to celebrate the businesses and individuals that contribute to the enhancement of Canada-Italy business relations. For tickets and more information concerning visibility opportunities, please click here!
[Tuesday, October 18th, 2022 – 6pm to 9pm | Sofitel Montreal, 1155 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal]


Our members are the backbone of this organization, representing a dynamic and influential business association on a global scale. We are thrilled to welcome sector-leading businesses to our network.

Corporate Members

Groupe Rouleau, Private Patrimonial Management 

RBC Dominion’s Securities’ Groupe Rouleau Private Patrimonial Management has developed a caring, responsible, and personal approach to provide its clients with the utmost confidence in their future.

Macchi Inc.

Macchi Inc. specializes in the importation and distribution of refined Italian products, catering to large retail services and restaurants throughout Canada. 


Special Recognition for Mackie Vadacchino

Bioforce Canada Inc.’s CEO Mackie Vadacchino was granted the “Woman Influencer” award at this year’s CHFA. The ICCC sends its warmest congratulations to a woman of excellence who continuously paves the way for other women in the industry and encourages them to actively participate in change. The Chamber is pleased to count Mrs. Vadacchino, a former Board Administrator, among its members. Congratulations Mackie! 

AeroMontreal Receives Financial Support from the Quebec Government

AeroMontreal has obtained 12.8 million dollars from the Quebec government as part of its Aerospace Strategy concerning phase 2 of the MACH FAB 4.0 initiative. The announcement was made by the Minister of Innovation, Mr. Pierre Fitzgibbon during the organization’s annual general assembly. Aero Montreal’s mission is to support businesses in their digital transformation projects within the realms of MACH FAB 4.0’s first phase, while also contributing to its “favoured provider” approach. To learn more


Lombardy’s Textile Industry to Focus on Internationalization

The ICCC has recently contributed to the “Admantex2i” project which aims at promoting the synergy of Italian and Canadian expertise to contribute to the internationalization of Lombardy fabrics. The textile and clothing industry in Lombardy is made up of over 15,000 businesses and 97,000 employees located in the provinces of Milan, Varese, Brescia, and Como, each with its own regional specialty. To learn more. 

Italian Wine Exportation Increasing More Rapidly Than Its French and Spanish Counterparts

Over the last 10 years, Italy has registered a 51 per cent increase in wine exportation revenue – with France at 41 per cent and Spain at 20 per cent – making it the country with the highest exportation increase, according to the Italian Service Institute for Agri-Food Markets. Their report also outlined Italy’s continued leadership in terms of wine and sparkling wine production, which was recorded at over 50,000 hectolitres (3% more than in 2020). To learn more. 

Digitalization and the Agri-Food Industry: Sustainability, Traceability, and Security

The digital transformation process is rapidly affecting all Italian production chains, most of which recognize the necessity of introducing a new collaboration method between farmers and technology manufacturers and suppliers. Motivated by the latter premise, Anitec-Assinform e Confindustria Digitale has put together a workbook titled “Digital and Technological Innovation to Support the Italian Agri-Food Industry,” which outlines the role that innovation plays as a driving competitive force within the production chain. To learn more. 

NATO to Invest One Billion to Promote Startups and Fine-Point Technology Development

NATO has recently put forth its “Diana” project, which seeks to select, finance, and develop businesses that operate within EDT markets and towards innovative security and defence strategies. The goal is to encourage future industry champions, to financially support their ideas before out-of-alliance countries attempt to do so, and to fill in the gaps in terms of European military technology. To learn more. 


Cyber-conference: 10% Off for Two Days of Workshops, Roundtables, and Training

Digital transformation, teleworking, and the augmentation of cyberattacks and cybercrime have rendered cybersecurity a top concern in today’s increasingly digital world. Members and partners of the ICCC get 10% off the base fare with code CyberEco_fXu7_CCIC. Sign up for the event here

CETA Business Forum | Virtual Event on June 23rd and 24th

The goal of this event is to reinforce and improve commercial, industrial, technological, and educational relations between Europe and Canada. Sign up for the event here.  

Our team is always available to answer any questions or concerns. We encourage you to visit our website and social media platforms regularly for the most current updates.  

Thank you for your continued trust and support. 

The ICCC Team. |