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 or her 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.

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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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CIBPA Person of the Year Recipients


 1 DRAPEAU, JEAN   1967
 2 GRONDIN, DR. PIERRE   1968
 3 BRONFMAN, CHARLES   1969
 4 SAULNIER, LUCIEN   1970
 5 BELIVEAU, JEAN   1971
 6 CARRIERE, MARC   1972
 7 CAMPO, ALFREDO F.   1973
 8 DONOLO, LOUIS   1973
 9 FRANCESCHINI, LEONARD   1973
10 STANCZWKOWSKI, CASIMIR G.   1973
11 DI ZAZZO, JEAN   1974
12 RIZZUTO, SEN. PIETRO   1977
13 BERGER, SAM   1978
14 MACEROLA, YVAN   1979
15 D’ERRICO, TOMMY   1981
16 VINCELLI, FRANK   1982
17 CIACCIA, JOHN   1983
18 MINICOZZI, ALFONSO   1984
19 DI BATTISTA, GIUSEPPE   1986
20 GRILLI, MARIO   1987
21 CACCIATORE, VINCENT   1988
22 TADDEO, DOMINIC   1989
23 GAGLIARDI, CAROLE   1990
24 D’ALESSANDRO, DOMENIC   1991
25 GIANNETTI, IRENE   1992
26 SAPUTO, JOEY   1993
27 GAGLIANO, ALFONSO   1994
28 BELLINI, DR. FRANCESCO   1995
29 BUSSANDRI, CLAUDIO   1997
30 FERRARO, DR. PASQUALE   1998
31 LISIO, CAMILIO   1999
32 ZACCARDELLI, GIULIANO   2000
33 DE ROSE, SILVIO   2001
34 BUFFONI, JEAN-FRANÇOIS   2002
35 GALLUCCIO, STEVE   2003
36 SCALIA, SAM   2004
37 CECERE, DR. RENZO   2005
38 MANCINI, GABY   2006
39 TREMBLAY, MARCEL   2007
40 FUMANTI, GIORGIA   2008
41 BIELLO, MAURO   2009
42 DI TEMPORA, NICHOLAS   2010
43 DE SANTIS, RITA Lc   2011
44 DE CAROLIS, MARIANO   2012
45 IMBRIGLIO, EMILIO   2013
46 BOMBARDIERI, IVANA   2014
47 MACIOCIA, DANNY   2015
48 MIRKO GILARDINO   2016
49 JOHN ZEPPETELLI   2017
50 TONY LOFFREDA   2018
51 VINCENZO GUZZO   2019