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Thursday February 7, 2008

CIIM Canada announce the 2007 Entrepreneurial Awards Gala Dinner next February 19th 2008

Toronto, February 5th 2008 – for immediate release

 CIIM Canada, Confederation of Italian Entrepreneurs Worldwide, the pre-eminent business association focused on develop a global business network linking Italian business communities abroad with businesses operating in Italy announced today that, on February 19th, it is hosting its 2007 Awards Gala.

The awards are given under the High Patronage of the Office of the Italian Prime Minister and the recipients have been chosen by electronic vote cast by email.

Recipients of the awards for 2007 Entrepreneurial Excellence are Mario Cortellucci, Chairman Cortellucci Group of Companies  and Teresa Cascioli, former CEO Lakeport Brewery. CIIM will also present the Ambassador Award to Andrea Bargnani, the Toronto Raptors star, and the Giovanni Caboto Award for Future Leader to Frances Tibollo, Founder of The Oakland Foundation.

All recipients are attending the event.

Confirmed guests at the event will be, among others: Hon. Dalton McGuinty, Ontario Prime Minister, Hon. Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance Canada, Julian Fantino, Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police and Maurizio Gherardini, Vice President and Assistant GM Toronto Raptors.

Special entertainment for the evening will include Michelangelo Carbonara, an immensely talented Italian pianist who made his successful debut at Carnegie Hall,  last summer where he distinguished himself on the international scene with his rare performing qualities and adventurous repertoire. Denis Gagne, the well known to the public singer for his impeccable portrayal of a young Peter Gabriel that stuns audiences and critics alike in the remake of the world-renowned show, THE MUSICAL BOX, played to over half million fans, will join Michelangelo on stage for a music extravaganza.

2007 Ciim Awards Gala is also raising funds for the Universal Youth Foundation, a charitable organization committed to providing educational assistance to children and youth in need throughout the developing world by funding schools and teachers.

The Gala will be held on February 19th, 2008 Cocktail 6.30pm – Dinner 7.30pm at:

Dining, Banquet and Convention Centre
2800 Hwy #7 West
ON L4K 1W8

More informations about the event are available on

For press pass and other informations, please contact Donata Morandi, Event Coordinator: