CIIM celebrates Italian entrepreneurial spirit
Gala honours Claudio Cinà, Jennifer Corriero and Remo Ferri
By Simona Giacobbi
It was an evening dedicated to honouring the Italian entrepreneurs who have left their mark in Canada, in Italy, and throughout the world – individuals who have taken their pride of being Italian to all countries. The Confederazione degli Imprenditori Italiani nel Mondo (Confederation of Italian Entrepreneurs Worldwide) (CIIM) Canada 2008 Entrepreneurial Awards Gala Dinner held last week at Riviera Parque paid tribute for the second year in a row to individuals who were outstanding in their particular sector.
An acknowledgement to those who have improved the Canadian business system, and an emphasis on the importance of future generations in helping us emerge from the current economic crisis and how they can inspire the entire world thanks to their talent and entrepreneurial skills.
“We entrepreneurs,” explains CIIM Canada president Leonardo Kosarew, “play a very important role in the global and social economic network. We must continue to share our experience with others.”
Introducing the awards ceremony and naming the award nominees was MPP Mario Sergio, CIIM Honour Committee.
Distinguishing himself in his love and passion for his work was Claudio Cinà, chief of the Vascular Surgery department at St. Michael’s Hospital, who was awarded the 2008 CIIM Ambassador Award, was introduced by colleague Riccardo Ciancaglini.
Cinà, born in Gela in Caltanissetta province, Sicily, paid tribute to the Universal Youth Foundation – represented by OPP Chief Julian Fantino – a non-profit organization that offers assistance to poor children throughout the world through educational programs, “because through education,” emphasizes Cinà, “the world can be improved, even if this involves much patience and a lot of work. I had the opportunity to treat many people in various countries. It’s important that we spread our experience and ability through our role as ‘ambassadors’ in society.”
Winning the 2008 CIIM Caboto Award, presented by Maurizio Gherardini, vice president of the Toronto Raptors, was Jennifer Corriero, co-founder and director of TakingITGlobal, the non-profit organization that aims for dialogue through technology among world cultures, with 220,000 members in 220 countries.
“I thank my grandmother for having raised this wonderful family and to have kept me anchored to my Italian roots,” said Corriero to thunderous applause. “I had the opportunity to travel a lot. I’ve seen success stories but also suffering. But I’ve always come across those who showed that if you dream for a better world, you can attain it. We need to invest in youth,” urged the award winner, “and in their talents. Change is possible.”
Remo Ferri, president and founder of Remo Ferri Group of Automobiles, the company that brought the Ferrari, Maserati, and BMW icons to North America, was the winner of the 2008 CIIM Entrepreneurial Award of Excellence presented by Teresa Cascioli and Mario Cortellucci.
Many congratulatory messages: firstly from Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Offering congratulations on behalf of Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty was MPP Laura Albanese. The Italian Consul in Toronto, Veronica Ferrucci, then bestowed to Mike Di Donato, the president of Faema Company Ltd. who brought the Italian espresso-drinking custom to Toronto during the ’50s – the title of “Knight of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity.”