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ICCC NEWS: The ICCC at BuyWine in Florence; Canadian investments in aerospace; etc…


Dear partners and members, 

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.


The ICCC accompanies Canadian delegation to BuyWine 2023

Once again this year, the CCIC is participating in the most important event dedicated to Tuscan wine – Buy Wine 2023 – with a delegation of 16 agents. Tuscan wine is particularly appreciated in Québec, with demand and consumption constantly growing.

In 2022, the turnover of Tuscan wines was over 145 million CAD, just in the province of Québec. Among red wines, it was Brunello di Montalcino that recorded the most significant increase. Nonetheless, the category of white wines is growing strongly, in line with the general trend of consumption. Yet there still remains space to position Tuscan wines in the province.

The current demand is strongly oriented towards organic wines, in all categories. In fact, in just a few years, the percentage of organic Tuscan wines represents 20% of the total offer. See pictures here.

Premio Venezia Call for Nominations

La Chambre de commerce italienne au Canada est fière de lancer l’appel aux candidatures pour la 18e édition du prestigieux Premio Venezia. Ce prix annuel de la CCIC reconnait les entreprises, les institutions et les individus qui se sont démarqués en créant de la valeur dans les relations d’affaires entre le Canada et l’Italie. 

The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada is proud to launch the call for applications for the 18th edition of the prestigious Premio Venezia. This annual ICCC award recognizes companies, institutions and individuals who have distinguished themselves by creating value in business relations between Canada and Italy.

For details on the categories and criteria, click here. You have until March 15th, 2023 to confirm your interest.

Nomination at the ICCC

The ICCC is proud to announce that Ms. Mélyssande Anaïs Valentini has joined its team as Digital Marketing and Social Media Specialist.

Ms. Valentini will be responsible for developing and implementing digital campaigns according to the objectives of the ICCC’s clients and managing the platforms associated with Wine and Travel Italy, namely the website and social media.

With a Master’s degree in Digital Strategies in Marketing, E-commerce and Web Marketing, Ms. Valentini is a digital marketing specialist, with relevant experience working with international clients in several industries.

You will certainly have the opportunity to meet her very soon, during the activities of the ICCC.


April 26 – Annual General Meeting

ICCC members are summoned to the Annual General Meeting, which will be held at the offices of Blakes.  The meeting will be followed by a cocktail reception.  RSVP : Connie Russo. 
Wednesday, April 26th, 2023 – 5h30pm | Blakes, 1 Place Ville Marie #3000, Montreal,  H3B 4N8

August 21 – Golf Tournament and Gastronomic Dinner

The ICCC’s Golf Tournament returns to one of the most prestigious courses in the country, Club Laval-sur-le-lac. This activity is an opportunity to meet other business leaders and professionals in a friendly atmosphere, with part of the proceeds from the day being donated to a charitable cause. In addition, guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner featuring the flavors of Made in Italy excellence.  We look forward to seeing you in the course!
Monday, August 21st, 2023 – 9am to 8pm | Club Laval-sur-le-lac, 150, rue Les Peupliers, Laval-sur-le-Lac

October 24 – Premio Venezia Award Ceremony

The 2023 recipients of the 2023 Premio Venezia will be honoured at a special awards ceremony, attended by distinguished guests from the business community.  To buy your tickets, click here >>>
Tuesday, October 24th, 2023 – 6pm to 9pm | Sofitel Montréal, 1155 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal

November 7 – 5th Canada-Italy Forum on AI

The 5th edition of the Forum will bring together Canadian and Italian government agencies, technology clusters, universities, large companies, SMEs and technology start-ups, as well as expert speakers and panelists. See the program and conferences of the 2022 edition, click here >>>
Week of November 6th , 2023 | Montréal, Canada


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. 

Leonardo develops multi-domain capabilities in the aerospace, defence and security sector.  The company plays a leading role in major international strategic programs and is a trusted technology partner of governments, defense agencies, institutions and companies. Innovation, continuous research, digital manufacturing and sustainability are the cornerstones of Leonardo’s activities worldwide.

Operating in Canada for more than 50 years, Leonardo’s Canadian subsidiary is based in Ottawa and has 400 highly qualified employees at five operating sites.  Find out more.


Free webinar : Artificial Intelligence (AI) in logistics and freight transport  

On March 20th, CargoM is organizing, in collaboration with IVADO Labs and SCALE AI, a webinar on artificial intelligence in logistics and freight transport. Come and discover how AI can transform the sector’s operations and how these types of projects can be financed. Find out more.

Leonardo Canada is awarded 1B$ contract 

Canada’s Department of National Defence has awarded Leonardo a C$1 billion (€690 million) contract for the AW101/CH-149 “Cormorant” (CMLU) mid-life upgrade project for a total of 16 aircraft, including 13 Cormorant search and rescue helicopters currently in service and the addition of three new aircrafts.  Find out more.



Renewable Energy : 250M$ project in Italy

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted a EUR 50 million loan to Turin-based Asja Ambiente Italia to co-finance the construction of nine photovoltaic and wind power plants in Basilicata, Campania, Sardinia and Sicily. The plants are expected to be operational by 2027 and will have a total capacity of 238 MWp, generating a total of around 460 GWh of energy per year. Find out more.


Ottawa injects $40M into artificial intelligence projects 

The federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, François-Philippe Champagne, announced that Ottawa will inject $40 million to support fifteen artificial intelligence projects in a variety of sectors, such as food, aeronautics and construction.  The investments will be made through the Scale-AI cluster .  Find out more.

Canada announces purchase of F-35 fleet

After months of closed-door negotiations, Canada reached an agreement with the United States, manufacturer Lockheed Martin and engine manufacturer Pratt and Whitney to buy 88 F-35 fighter jets, which will replace the aging CF-18s of the Royal Canadian Air Force.  An initial order for 16 aircrafts, the first of which will be delivered to the Canadian Army in 2026. The remaining 72 will be delivered gradually over the following years. Find out more.

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 |