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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.

2022 Jury

Presided by Paul E. Legault, partner at Miller Thomson, the 2022 Premio Venezia Jury includes: Rosetta Iacono, Director, Growth and Development 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

2022 Award Ceremony

The ICCC celebrated the 2022 recipients of the 17th edition of Premio Venezia awards October 18th, 2022 during a special award ceremony at the Sofitel Montreal, in front of over 200 distinguished guests from the business, academic and research communities.  

Ms. Lolita Guerrera, Vice-President, Commercial Financial Services, at RBC Royal Bank was the Honorary Chair of this evening. The 2022 recipients of the Premio Venezia distinguished themselves in their respective fields and demonstrated a remarkable spirit of innovation and expertise. Through their accomplishments, they have contributed in showcasing the excellences and the complementarity of Canada and Italy, beyond the borders of the two countries.

The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada extends a heartfelt thanks to its sponsors, whose continuous support and generous participation strongly contribute to raising the profile of this unique event: the official presenter, RBC Royal BankLes produits chimiques Delmar Inc.; Aéroports de Montréal; Air Canada; Alfagomma; BDO; Blakes; Fruiterie Milano; Investissement Québec; Genatec; Mecaer Amériques; Miller Thomson; Muraflex; Port of Montreal and Panoramitalia

Congratulations to the 2022 winners!

Premio Venezia categories:



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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