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CIIM Canada Awards Dinner Gala

CIIM Canada Awards Dinner Gala

Sponsored by
CIIM 2008 Awards Gala Sponsors

When: Thursday February 26, 2009
06:30 PM - 11:29 PM
Dining, Banquet and Convention Centre
2800 Hwy #7 West
Concord ON L4K 1W8

CIIM Canada, Universal Youth Foundation and OMNI TV, are honoured to present the CIIM Canada 2008 Awards Gala Dinner.

We believe it is important to recognize the tremendous positive impact that many Italians have made in Canada. We want to recognize the value of being Italian, outside of Italy, and award the professional contributions and ability of Italian/Canadians that achieve success in all aspects of professional life - trades, sports, charities and many more.

The CIIM awards are acknowledged and supported under the patronage of the office of the Italian Prime Minister.

The awards include:

  • 2008 Entrepreneurial Excellence Award
  • 2008 Ambassador Award
  • 2008 Giovanni Caboto Award for Future Leadership
The 2008 Entrepreneurial Excellence Award ballot has taken place and the winner for this year is Remo Ferri, President and Founder of the Remo Ferri Group of Automobiles. Ferrari, Maserati , BMW and Mini owe their success in North America to Remo and his passion for unparalleled customer service and brand marketing. Today his automotive empire stands tall waving banners of the world's most refined automobiles.

The 2008 Ambassador Award is being awarded this year to an outstanding Ambassador of the great Italian medical and scientifical traditions. Dr. Professor Cina, chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, is one of the leading researchers and masterminds in the field of vascular surgery.

The 2008 Giovanni Caboto Award is recognized to Jennifer Corriero, co-founder and Executive Director of TakingITGlobal, a non-profit organization with the aim of fostering cross-cultural dialogue, strengthening the capacity of youth as leaders and increasing awareness and involvement in global issues through the use of technology. She is the recipient for the Caboto Award for her qualities as innovator and leader, bringing tremendous insight into understanding, reaching and motivating youth.

Last year recipients were: for the 2007 Entrepreneurial Excellence Award Teresa Cascioli and Mario Cortellucci. Andrea Bargnani for the 2007 Ambassador Award and Frances Tibollo for the 2007 Giovanni Caboto Award.

The Gala is also a fundraiser for Universal Youth Foundation, committed to providing educational assistance to children and youth in need throughout the developing world by funding schools and teachers. Last year $ 18.405 were raised towards this goal and we hope to be able to do the same this year!


Reception Cocktail

Walter Simone, CIIM Canada Vice President

National Anthems
Angelica Di Castro

Greetings from CIIM President
Leonardo Kosarew

Greetings from Universal Youth Foundation
Mario Cortellucci

Pastor Carl Merenick

Awards Introduction
Mario Sergio, MPP, Honour Committee

CIIM 2008 Ambassador Award
Dr. Prof. Claudio Ciná
presented by presented by Consul General of Italy Gianni Bardini

Ciim 2008 Giovanni Caboto Award
Jennifer Corriero

First Course

Music and Entertainment
Low Level Flight

Knight of The Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity
Mike Di Donato presented by Consul of Italy Veronica Ferrucci

Main Course

Music and Entertainment 2
Low Level Flight and Angelica di Castro

Ciim 2008 Entrepreneurial Award of Excellence
Remo Ferri
presented by Teresa Cascioli and Mario Cortellucci (2007 recipients) and Consul general of Italy Gianni Bardini



Additional Info

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Ticket cost $ 200 plus taxes, Ciim Member $ 150 plus taxes, Corporate Table $ 3000 plus taxes. To purchase tickets or inquire about the Gala please contact us.