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Person of the Year

The Person of the Year project originated in 1967 for the purpose of paying tribute to outstanding individuals for the exceptional dedication and tireless efforts in contributing towards the public's welfare.

This initiative is not limited to a specific function or field, but the contribution of the recipient is seriously considered, whatever his field of action.

CIBPA believes that this project is necessary to give evidence of public recognition to a meritorious person, as we know that self-devotion beyond the regular daily chores must be recognized by groups representing in part or as a whole the general public.

The first to be elected to this hommage was Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau, in 1967, for his contribution to the success of EXPO '67.

In 2019 the name of Vincenzo Guzzo has been added to the list. Mr. Guzzo is a Canadian entrepreneur, philanthropist and television personality. He currently serves as CEO of Cinémas Guzzo, Groupe Guzzo Construction inc., Guzzo Medical and Guzzo Hospitality.

He has become also a restaurateur with the opening of a chain of Neapolitan pizzerias called Giulietta in Montreal. He and his wife raise money for charities through the Guzzo Family Foundation. Mr. Guzzo was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, he was knighted by the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic and is a member of the Order of Malta.


Mr. Guzzo received national attention in 2018 and 2019 when he joined the cast of the CBC Television business reality show Dragons' Den as one of the investor "Dragons" in season 13 and season 14.

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Jean Drapeau
1967 Person of the Year
Vincenzo Guzzo
2019 Person of the Year 

 

List of CIBPA's Person of the year

DRAPEAU, JEAN - 1967
GRONDIN, DR.PIERRE - 1968
BRONFMAN, CHARLES - 1969
SAULNIER, LUCIEN - 1970
BELIVEAU, JEAN - 1971
CARRIERE, MARC - 1972
CAMPO, ALFREDO F. - 1973
DONOLO, LOUIS - 1973
FRANCESCHINI, LEONARD - 1973
STANCZWKOWSKI, CASIMIR G. - 1973
DI ZAZZO, JEAN - 1974
RIZZUTO, SEN. PIETRO - 1977
BERGER, SAM - 1978
MACEROLA, YVAN - 1979
D’ERRICO, TOMMY - 1981
VINCELLI, FRANK - 1982
CIACCIA, JOHN - 1983
MINICOZZI, ALFONSO - 1984
DI BATTISTA, GIUSEPPE - 1986
GRILLI, MARIO - 1987
CACCIATORE, VINCENT - 1988
TADDEO, DOMINIC - 1989
GAGLIARDI, CAROLE - 1990
D’ALESSANDRO, DOMENIC - 1991
GIANNETTI, IRENE - 1992
SAPUTO, JOEY - 1993
GAGLIANO, ALFONSO - 1994
BELLINI, DR. FRANCESCO - 1995
BUSSANDRI, CLAUDIO - 1997
FERRARO, DR. PASQUALE - 1998
LISIO, CAMILIO - 1999
ZACCARDELLI, GIULIANO - 2000
DE ROSE, SILVIO - 2001
BUFFONI, JUGE JEAN-FRANÇOIS - 2002
GALLUCCIO, STEVE - 2003
SCALIA, SAM - 2004
CECERE, DR. RENZO - 2005
MANCINI, GABY - 2006
TREMBLAY, MARCEL - 2007
FUMANTI, GIORGIA - 2008
BIELLO, MAURO - 2009
DI TEMPORA, NICHOLAS - 2010
DE SANTIS, RITA Lc - 2011
DE CAROLIS, MARIANO - 2012
IMBRIGLIO, EMILIO - 2013
BOMBARDIERI, IVANA - 2014
MACIOCIA, DANNY - 2015
MIRKO GILARDINO - 2016
JOHN ZEPPETELLI - 2017
TONY LOFFREDA 2018
VINCENZO GUZZO - 2019