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.
1967 Person of the Year
2019 Person of the Year
List of CIBPA's Person of the year
|CAMPO, ALFREDO F.||-||1973|
|STANCZWKOWSKI, CASIMIR G.||-||1973|
|DI ZAZZO, JEAN||-||1974|
|RIZZUTO, SEN. PIETRO||-||1977|
|DI BATTISTA, GIUSEPPE||-||1986|
|BELLINI, DR. FRANCESCO||-||1995|
|FERRARO, DR. PASQUALE||-||1998|
|DE ROSE, SILVIO||-||2001|
|BUFFONI, JUGE JEAN-FRANÇOIS||-||2002|
|CECERE, DR. RENZO||-||2005|
|DI TEMPORA, NICHOLAS||-||2010|
|DE SANTIS, RITA Lc||-||2011|
|DE CAROLIS, MARIANO||-||2012|