Inspire and empower Canadian youth to pursue their dreams through sharing of experiences and advice by Canadian leaders.
- Engage Canadian youth
- Provide Canadian youth with exposure to live case studies from Canadians who have achieved success in their chosen profession
- Share experiences in an interactive format where youth have direct access to leaders
- Give Canadian leaders a venue through which to communicate to our youth in a mentorship capacity
Rick Campanelli (host of ET Canada)
Rita DeMontis (National Food Editor at Sun Media)
Enrico Colantoni (Hollywood actor)
Alex Rechichi (President of Extreme Brands)
Luciano is Owner and Managing Partner of SLV International, a Toronto-based company, which specializes in the production and export of high quality Canadian food products to European, Asian and Latin American country markets. In 2011, SLV will be officially launching its in-house brand of Canadian food products, under the label can-Nature™.
Luciano is also a regular part-time instructor at York University and Rotman Commerce in Toronto, specializing in International Marketing, Principles of Marketing and Strategic Management. He holds an International MBA (1999) from the Schulich School of Business in Toronto, which included a year of study and work in Milan, Italy.
Luciano remains involved in the community as an active Mentor to University of Toronto and York University business students and alumni and he is the Founder and organizer of a successful annual professional speaker series focused on providing career guidance to graduating high-school students at St. Michael's College in Toronto.
Lawrence La Pianta
Lawrence currently serves as owner and operator of Locate Location Services a company that finds and secures locations for both feature and commercial filming projects. As well as coordinating the logistics involved for the production he also serves as the face of the production to the community and is responsible for addressing issues or concerns from the public during production.
It was while attending the University of Toronto that Lawrence discovered his passion for film while taking a course in Italian cinema during his second year. From there the love of film flourished and a chance meeting with a television producer sparked a change in career orientation that would lead him through the next decade of his life. The Location Department is an often forgotten yet integral department in the creation of any motion picture or commercial, it is only when things go wrong that the Location Manager gets any recognition. Lawrence prides himself in never being recognized.
Robert is a Principal at Cooler Solutions, a Toronto-based design innovation consultancy that specializes in developing products, services and user experiences that address unarticulated needs of users in the consumer and healthcare sectors.
Robert's prior experience includes working as a private equity investor at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, as a strategy consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, and in the investment field with global asset management firm BlackRock. Robert holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Princeton University, and a MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Robert is actively involved in a wide range of community-oriented activities, ranging from mentoring programs to the RISE program, a Toronto-based microfinance organization encouraging, supporting and funding entrepreneurial ventures among people with mental illness and/or addiction.
Gianni currently serves as the Vice President of Globalive Communications, a telecommunications company with brands including YAK, WIND Mobile, and OneConnect. In his role, Gianni manages the OneConnect division and is responsible for interacting with existing and new customers to deliver products and services customized to suit their needs. Using the experience he's gained at Globalive, as well as over ten years in the telecom industry, Gianni brings together the variety of products and services offered by Globalive and its affiliate companies to satisfy customer demand.
Prior to his current position, Gianni acted as Chief Technology Officer for both Globalive and OneConnect. In that capacity, Gianni developed Globalive's proprietary softswitching and application technologies, built new applications, and established Globalive's technology roadmap and strategy.
Gianni is an Honours graduate from the University of Toronto's Computer Engineering Program and helped to launch Globalive in 1998.
Rino Spano, founder & COO of Carino Digital Inc. is a trailblazer and leading expert when it comes to all things digital. Long before online marketing was mainstream, Rino recognized the overwhelming importance of strategically branding a business from an online perspective. As a result, Carino Digital's cutting edge strategies have resulted in substantial growth and success for clients. Rino's philosophy is based on a mix of online marketing and strategic public relations outreach.
Daniela currently serves as legal counsel to TD Bank Financial Group. In her role, Daniela advises the wealth management businesses, including the TD Mutual Funds. She is responsible for reviewing new and existing investment fund products, advising on regulatory compliance and negotiating sub-advisory contracts. She also volunteers with TD's United Way fundraising campaign.
From 2005 to 2012, Daniela served as counsel to the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) with a focus on investment fund products. Daniela implemented Stage 1 of the Point of Sale project which introduced the Fund Facts document - a 2-page, easy to read guide about your mutual fund. She has extensive experience in statutory drafting and public policy management. She has worked with securities regulators across Canada to find solutions to assist investors. Prior to joining the OSC, Daniela articled with and was an associate at Fasken Martineau from 2002 to 2004.
Daniela graduated from St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto with a BA (International Relations) in 1999. She completed her legal studies at Western University in 2002.
Peter Giampuzzi, Chair of Inspire Student Committee
Brandon Sousa, Media & PR Advisor
Melissa Adinolfi, Social Media & Event Coordinator
Nicoleta Micle, Social Media & Event Coordinator
Ram Accoumeh, Event & Logistics Coordinator
Hussein Yassin, Sponsorship Coordinator
Canadians of Italian heritage are proud of their contributions to the Province of Ontario and will continue their commitment to making Canada a rich and diverse cultural mosaic for the benefit of all its citizens.
ICCO Forward is a division of the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario designed for people under 40 committed to promoting economic and cultural synergies locally and worldwide between business, government and individuals.
ICCO Forward is dedicated to:
- Facilitating excellence, opportunity and knowledge sharing
- Connecting people with Italy
- Promoting innovative networking events
- Enhancing synergies between various business and culture organizations
- Establishing a mentorship program
- Creating a scholarship program for needs-based students pursuing Italian studies.
To recognize and reward Italian-Canadian youth for their personal achievements, Forza Giovani: Greater Toronto Italian Canadian Youth Organization aims to encourage Italian Canadians to positively contribute towards the development of Canadian Society, while simultaneously maintaining and embracing the Italian cultural heritage in the present and promoting its continued significance in the establishment of the identities of all Italian Canadian youth in the future.
The Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association of Toronto (CIBPA) has been in existence since 1952, and has earned an enviable reputation as the premier non-profit membership association that best represents the business and professional interests of Canadian-Italians in the Greater Toronto area.
Our mandate is to promote and cultivate the business, professional, cultural and social interests of our members, and to be the recognized lobbying voice of the Canadian-Italian community at large. We continue to be the pre-eminent forum for the exchange of ideas and viewpoints, and are focused on the development of business and professional contacts beyond the simple practice of networking or exchanging business cards.
The Italian Walk of Fame pays tribute to the extraordinary achievements of Italians in all fields with stars placed permanently in the sidewalk of Toronto's Little Italy, the city that is home to the largest community of Italians outside of Italy, This year's red carpet star unveiling ceremony and awards gala will take place on Monday, September 5th, 2011. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.italianwalkoffame.com or call 416-941-9905.
The National Congress of Italian Canadians represents apporoximately 1,350,000 Canadians of Italian Heritage across Canada. Toronto is represented by the NCIC-Toronto District and is a strong supporter of youth initiatives which seek to bond our youth and build bridges into the wider community. It is the belief of the Congress that through the preservation of culture and heritage regardless of ethnicity we build a stronger, more inclusive Canada.
If you would like to sponsor one of our events, we'd love to hear from you.
Phone: 416 460 5587