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Premio Venezia

The Premio Venezia is a prestigious prize which recognizes annually outstanding Canadian businesses, people and institutions that maintain or develop working or business relations with Italy.

Call for Nominations

The ICCC has launched the call for nomination for the 2023 Premio Venezia. If you wish to submit your application for consideration, you can complete this form and return it to us before March 15, 2023. You will find the description of the categories below.

2023 Jury

Presided by Paul E. Legault, partner at Miller Thomson, the 2023 Premio Venezia Jury includes: Rosetta Iacono, Director, Growth and Commercial Relations at the Port of Montreal; Anthony Marinelli, Partner at BDO; Mark Anthony Serri, Managing Director, RBC Mid-Market M&A, RBC Royal Bank; and Vito Piazza, Member of the ICCC Board of Directors.

2022 Recipients

  • Italian Heritage: Guerrera Family
  • Economic Catalyst: Mark Galardo, Air Canada
  • Made in Québec: Brainbox AI
  • Made in Italy: Pirelli
  • Scientific Collaboration: Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital – Istituto Neurologico Carlo Besta

2023 Award Ceremony

The winners will be honoured at a special awards ceremony on October 24th at 6 p.m., in the presence of distinguished guests from the business world, at Sofitel Montréal.

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An individual or a firm who invested in an Italian company or a Canadian company, with the objective to penetrate a new market (EU or NAFTA), to complete its products/services portfolio, to access new, value-added technologies, etc.


A company who contributes to the promotion of the Made in Italy or Made in Canada know-how and expertise in the industrial sector, and considers it a value-added for the success of the company (e.g. Italian equipment in a Canadian plant and vice versa).


An individual or company who promotes Made
in Italy or Made in Canada in terms of innovation,
creativity, quality, and design (consumer goods,
fashion, design, etc.)

Made in Italy

A company who promotes the quality and authenticity of Made in Italy products and relies on this notoriety for its success.

Academic Collaborations

Universities and academic institutions which collaborate on projects with Italian partners (sharing knowledge, personnel, summer schools, etc.)

Scientific Collaborations

Universities, laboratories and research centers which collaborate on research projects and technological development projects with Italian partners (sharing of know-how, equipment, personnel, technologies, etc.)

Grand Ambassador

Influential person recognized for creating economic value and enhancing business relations between Canada and Italy, throughout his/her career.

Italian Heritage

An accomplished individual or family of Italian descent that has contributed significantly to the economic development of Québec and/or Canada.

Young Entrepreneur

Entrepreneur, under 40 years-old, who has distinguished himself in his field while promoting Made in Italy or Made in Canada products/services/expertise/innovation.

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