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Origins & History

On the 10th of June 1940, Benito Mussolini declared war on France and Great Britain. That declaration of war was quickly followed with the Canadian government’s declaration of war against Italy. That declaration of war set into effect a quick chain of events which had devastating effects for many Italians living in this city as well as throughout this country. 

Declared enemy aliens living within Canada, thousands were arrested in sweeps throughout Canada’s major cities where Italians lived. While most were released within a week, some 700 or so Italians were detained in internment camps. Thousands of others faced discrimination and anger from Canadians at large. Properties were at times confiscated; workers lay off, the unemployed not hired. 

The war years destroyed much of the leadership in the community, and seriously damaged the reputations of many associations which represented Italians prior to the war. Stereotypes centered on images of Italian criminality, disloyalty and distrustfulness were serious obstacles working against Italian businessmen and professionals. 

To counter this image, many within the community felt there needed to be a new association not tainted by the war years which could work at rebuilding a positive image of the community as well as lobbying for the interests of its members. It was in this particular context that the CIBPA was born. 

 

The Canadian Italian Business and  Professional Association (CIBPA) was officially incorporated on June 10, 1949.

The members, of which 70 were present, held their first annual general meeting soon after, chaired by William Remiggi .
The first Board of Directors elected had Mr. T. Colombo as its President, and was further composed by the following members:

Mr. M. D’Ambrosio, Mr. S. Violante, Mr. P. Di Maulo, Mr. A. Gagliardi, Mr. S. Papa, Mr. P. Giuliani, Mr. L. Panaccio, Mr. A. Zampini, and Mr. L. Martinelli. 

The minutes record the founding President‘s pledge to do his utmost to fulfill the aims and objectives of the association.

CIBPA logos over the years:

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Past Presidents

1. William Remiggi 

1949-1950

2. Colombo Teodori

1950-1952

3. Laurent Molini

1952-1954

4. Antonio Capobianco

1954-1957

5. ME Raphael Esposito

1957-1960

6. Dr. Victor Panaccio

1960-1962

7. Don Safolio

1962-1964

8. Frank Vincelli

1964-1966

9. Dante Panni

1966-1968

10. Aldo Dello Sbarba

1968-1970

11. Mario Bari

1970-1971

12. Léopold Moretti

1971-1973

13. Tony Marciano

1973-1975

14. Don Belvedere

1975-1978

15. ME Armando Fargnoli

1978-1980

16. Joseph Reda

1980-1982

17. Tony Iacobaccio

1982-1984

18. Guido D'Argensio, CPA, CA

1984-1986

19. Franco L. Ruccolo, ARCH.

1986-1988

20. Raymond Massi, CPA, CA

1988-1990

21. Pasquale Minicucci

1990-1992

22. Nicola Franceschini

1992-1994

23. Michael Stante

1994-1996

24. ME Consolato Gattuso, CPA, CA

1996-1998

25. Nino Colavecchio

1998-2000

26. Salvatore Mariani

2000-2002

27. Luciano D'Ignazio

2002-2004

28. Rocco Caruso

2005-2010

29. Giovanni Chieffallo

2010-2012

30. Roberto Rinaldi

2012-2014

31. Mike Goriani

2014-2016

32. Salvatore Cimmino

2016-