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With Ethno-cultural Honourees who have enriched and helped build a strong and vibrant Canadian society


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Remzie HuruglicaPresident and founder of the Albanian Canadian Women's Association; Albanian Canadian Excellence Award 2017; Albanian Woman in the World Honorary Award; Hope & Peace Award for Humanitarian Work, New York 2016.


Adrienne Clarkson – 26th Governor General of Canada (1999-2005).

Lillian Eva Dyck – Of Chinese and Cree heritage, appointed to the Senate in 2005.

Douglas Jung – First Chinese Canadian elected to Parliament (1957-1962), Order of Canada Recipient.

Norman Kwong – 16th Lieutenant Governor of Alberta (2005-2010).

David Lam – 25th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia (1988-1995).

Robert H Lee – Order of Canada 1999, Governor and Chancellor of University of British Columbia.

Jean Bessie Lumb – First Chinese to receive the Order of Canada in 1976.

Victor Oh – Appointed to the Senate in 2013.

Vivienne Poy – First Chinese Canadian appointed to the Senate (1998-2012).

Yuen Pau Woo – Appointed to the Senate in 2016.


Joseph Nonato - Raised in Brampton to Philippine immigrant parents, is the first Filipino Canadian to take command of the Royal Regiment of Canada.  Lieutenant-Colonel Nonato previously served Canada in missions to Afghanistan 2008 and South Sudan 2012. 


Cathal Boyd - A great friend of the community, a tireless helper and volunteer, who has recently lost his life in an industrial accident.

Geraldine Browne  - The Toronto Irish Players, the local theater group, with award winning productions. 

Patrick Canavan - Paddy is a former alderman from the City of York;  Operated his own social club ‘ Paddys Place’ for many years - a home away from home for many immigrants in the 70’s 80’s;  Head of The Irish Cultural Society.

Diane Flanagan - Responsible for the Darkness Into Light Toronto, a group dedicated to mental health awareness.

Norita Fleming - Now living in Ottawa has been a pillar in the Irish community in Toronto for a very long time and is now involved with the Irish in Ottawa.

Sean Harte  - Canadian President of the GAA (Gaelic Football Club based in Toronto).

Eithne Heffernan  - Eithne is an accomplished musician but she was instrumental in the Irish Community working with Syrian refugees.

Con O’Connell and Gerry O’Conner - Helping the Irish here in Ontario and Canada finding work and helping new arrivals.

Shaun Ruddy - He is currently the chair of The St. Patrick's Parade and has brought it to new heights. 


Laura AlbaneseMPP, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. 

Mayor Hubert Badanai  - First ethnic Mayor of Fort William Ontario;  MP for five years.

Carlo BaldassaraPresident and CEO of Greenpark Group, developer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, supporting many charities and fundraisers.

Salvatore BanchieriProfessor of Italian Studies at University of Toronto.

Ron BarbaroBusinessman, entrepreneur.  Saved the Metro Zoo and the Toronto Santa Claus Parade.

Maurizio BevilacquaMayor of Vaughan, and former MP;  Avid community supporter.

Senator Peter BosaCanadian Senator, businessman and entrepreneur.

Rudy BrattyDeveloper, lawyer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist.  His father, who immigrated to Toronto in 1921 was a bricklayer from Friuli, who began building one or two houses at a time.  Rudy saw the potential and started building and selling houses at 17 years of age in North York, starting with 8 lots, then 16, and then a much grander scale.  His father insisted he study law, and Bratty became one of the first Canadian-Italian law firms in the city, and continued his development and housing company Remington Group.  Rudy Bratty continues to be an avid community supporter of events and charities.

Eddy BurelloFormer president of the CIBPA, chartered accountant, philanthropist.

Charles CacciaFormer Senator, businessman, Caccia was born in 1930 in Milan, Italy.  Coming to Toronto, he became a professor of forestry at the University of Toronto.  He was a co-founder of COSTI in Toronto.

Mario J CallaMario Calla immigrated to Toronto in 1958 at age 8.  Growing up in Toronto, he saw at an early age the difficulties confronting immigrants to their new country.  He was instrumental in starting the Italian Immigrant Aid Society (now known as COSTI), offering dental exams, immunizations, ESL classes and children’s programs.  He became its Executive Director in 1987.  Calla has been honoured with the Ontario Newcomer Champion Award, the Calabria-America Prize and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal.

Rick CampanelliTV and Radio personality;  Campanelli was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario in a working class Italian-Canadian family;  He is involved with several charitable organizations.

Franca Damiani CarellaFounder of Vita Nova;  community volunteer.

Tony CarellaCouncillor for City of Vaughan.

Father Gianni CarparelliPriest and Founder of Caritas Toronto.  Inspirational leader of Italian community.

Joseph Carrero (Carrier)Founding father of Columbus Centre and Villa Charities.

Teresa CascioliEntrepreneur, philanthropist.

Dr. Luigi CasellaMedical doctor and community supporter.

Annamarie CastrilliProfessor, Lawyer, former MPP, Chancellor of the University of Toronto.

Lucia CataniaPresident of the Golden Age Academy, artist, and community supporter.

Joe ChiappettaLawyer, community supporter.

Ralph ChiodoFounder/Owner of Active Green & Ross;  philanthropist and extensive community work;  sits on several boards for fundraising including the Trillium Health Centre Foundation.

Frank and Max CiccoliniFounders of Masters Insurance, philanthropists and community supporters.

Sam CiccoliniPresident of Masters Insurance, Sam has been awarded the Order of Ontario, Order of Canada and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for exceptional contribution to public service.

Enrico ColantoniBorn in Toronto to immigrant Italian parents, Enrico is a Canadian Actor -  well known for his roles in Flashpoint, Just Shoot Me, Person of Interest and many more;  His star is on the Italian Walk of Fame;  Since 2011, Colantoni has been heavily involved with The Tema Conter Memorial Trust, an organization that assists first responders and other service personnel deal with post-traumatic stress disorder.  He became their official spokesperson and has been involved in their annual tribute gala in Toronto every year since.  He has also been involved in the Companion Animal Protection Society's campaign to boycott commercial pet stores, creating a video to raise awareness about the topic.  He attended the University of Toronto studying psychology and sociology, and then the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. 

Bobby CurtolaTeen idol in Canada during the early 1960s, Curtola, born to Italian immigrants in Port Arthur, Ont (Thunder Bay) made his mark internationally in 1962 with the hits “Fortune Teller” and “Aladdin.”  Named to the Order of Canada in 1997, Curtola was also known for his charity work, particularly for children.

Vittorio CocoOver 50 years as a radio personality, community supporter and Journalist.

Daniele CollaArtistic director for Coro San Marco.

Mario CortellucciOrder of Ontario, Grand Prior of the Knights of Malta, businessman, philanthropist

Michael CusimanoNeurosurgeon.

John CutrozzolaBusinessman, artist, developer in the city of Brampton.

Robert CazzolaDirector Education and Information Technology he has been a Director at COSTI since 1984.

Cusimano, Robert. JamesCardiovascular Surgeon, Toronto Hospital-General Division Associate Staff Cardiovascular Surgeon, Hospital for Sick Children Assistant Professor, University of Toronto.

Fred (Alfredo) DeGasperisPresident and CEO of Con-Drain, Philanthropist, Entrepreneur, supporting many charities and fundraisers.

Rita DeMontis - Award-winning journalist who has been with the Toronto Sun for more than three decades.  She is currently the senior national Lifestyle and Food Editor for the Sun Media chain, a division of Postmedia Network.  She was honoured in a national Canadian book celebrating 32 of the most influential Canadian women of Italian origin.

Caroline DiCoccoFormer Minister and MPP; community supporter.

John DeGasperisFounder of TAC construction, entrepreneur, and philanthropist.

Rocco Del SudThe most beloved Calabrese Folk Singer in Canada.

Primo De LucaDeveloper, entrepreneur, and philanthropist.

Del Zotto Brothers  - Angelo, Elvio, and Leo are the owners of Tridel Group, which is the largest builder of condominiums in the Toronto area.  Tridel was founded by their father Jack DelZotto, an Italian stonemason who came to Canada in 1927.

Vic DeZenPresident and CEO of Zzen Group, and the original company Royal Group Technologies, that was a large Canadian building supplies maker and plastics company based in Woodbridge, Ontario.

Mike Di DonatoPresident and CEO of Faema;  He immigrated to Canada in late 1956, originally hailing from San Nicola Baronia, Italy.  He opened his first coffee store which had also an in-store restaurant named "Caff'e San Marco on St.Clair in Toronto in 1957.  In 1962 Mr. Di Donato started importing the first Faema coffee machines and bar equipment from Italy introducing Faema to Canada. 

Nick Di DonatoPresident and CEO of Liberty Entertainment Group for over three decades.  The Liberty Group includes the Liberty Grand, Casa Loma, Rosewater, Spice Route, Cibo Wine Bar and U.S. locations in Coral Gable and Miami.

Pat Di DonatoExecutive Vice President and co-founder of the Liberty Entertainment Group.  With over 30 years of hospitality experience, Pat is an honor graduate in Hotel and Restaurant Management.

Alberto DiGiovanniFounder of Centro Scuola e Cultura Italiana.

Pal DiIulioPresident and CEO of Columbus Centre and Villa Charities Inc. from 1984-2015.  Currently Assoc. Editor Panoram Italia Magazine.

Enzo Di MauroMedia personality, journalist and community supporter.

Senator Con DiNinoSenator in the House of Commons, entrepreneur, community supporter.

Mario DiTommasoStaff Superintendent Metropolitan Toronto Police Service.

Mariano Antonio EliaBusinessman, philanthropist, community leader.

Phil Esposito & Tony EspositoCanadian Italian brothers, Phil was one of the greatest hockey forwards, and Tony one of the greatest goalies in the NHL;  Both are in the Hockey Hall of Fame;  Phil is on the Italian Walk of Fame.

Julian FantinoFormer MP, Former Chief of Police for OPP, Toronto, London and York Region.

Bob FarinaBest-known in the industry as a music programmer for radio nationwide and satellite and internet radio.

Enrico FarinaOne of Canada’s most popular Italo-Canadian singers.

Remo FerriOwner and founder of Remo Ferri Group;  Ferrari has always been Remo’s passion, every since he landed an apprenticeship with the Italian sports car brand in Italy in 1964.  He moved to Canada in 1967 and in 1976, he opened a Ferrari dealership in Vaughan and has continued to grow his auto empire ever since.

Orey  & Carlo FidaniThe Fidani legacy began back in 1948, when Carlo’s grandfather started the construction company Fidani and Sons.  With the passing of Orey Fidani in 2000, Carlo took the helm of the renamed business, Orlando Corp., and expanded into building development and property management.  Today, Orlando Corp. owns and manages over 40 million square feet of Toronto real estate.

Dr. Antonio (Tony) FinelliOne of Toronto’s leading surgical oncologists and the recipient of Prostate Cancer Canada’s 2015 Mark Dailey Award recognizing his pioneering work in minimally invasive robotic surgery.

Vincent FranceschiniOwner of Dufferin Cement, pioneer of the Italian community;  Dufferin Construction was founded in 1912 by James F. Francheschini. 

Anthony FuscoEntrepreneur and founding father of Columbus Centre.

Phil GaglardiPhilip Arthur Gaglardi, sometimes known as Flying Phil was a politician in the Canadian province of British Columbia.  He is best known for his service as Minister of Highways in the BC government from 1955 to 1968.

Maria GalipoPresident and CEO of Sicilian Ice Cream.  Community supporter and volunteer.

Vito GalloroEntrepreneur, owner of Gracious Living, philanthropist.

Luigi GambinCommunity supporter, founder of Famee Furlan.

Angela GauthierDirector of Education for the Toronto Catholic District School Board, community  and Italian language advocate.

John GennaroFounding father of Columbus Centre, Villa Charities.

Bruno GerussiCanadian actor, born in Medicine Hat Alberta to Italian immigrant parents.  He is best known for his Canadian series Beachcombers.  Bruno was a Gemini nominee and a recipient of the Geminis' Earle Grey Award.

Henry IacobelliFounder and President of Sun-Brite, he purchased Primo Foods in 1993 and in 1997 Unico Inc. The Iacobelli family is a great supporter of the Italian community.

Frank IacobucciJustice of the Supreme Court of Canada, lawyer, community supporter.

Dan IanuzziFounder of Corriere Canadese and CFMT, the first multicultural television station.

Grace IsgroCommunity Supporter, chairperson of the National Congress of Italian Canadians

Laureano LeonePast president of the National Congress of Italian Canadians, founding president of the Canadian Ethnocultural Counsel, and member of the Order of Canada.

Michael LettieriCurrent vice-dean of Erindale College U of T Mississauga.  Founding chair of the department of language studies;  Associate Dean in Humanities.

Marie Jeanne Leccisi-NewberyWas born in Montreal to a French Canadian and Italian family.  With a strong multicultural environment.  She was admitted to L’Ecole des Beaux Art by Arthur Lismer of the Group of Seven.  

Carmela LiparotiCo-founder of MICBA and president of MICBA Forum Italia.

Johnny LombardiConsidered by many as the father of multicultural broadcasting in Canada with CHIN Radio International.  Awarded Order of Canada, Order of Ontario, Broadcaster of the Year, Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and many many more;  He was a supporter of many charities and fundraisers throughout his lifetime (1915-2002).

Lenny LombardiPresident and CEO of CHIN Radio/TV International, strengthening the reach of CHIN Radio to 100 cultural communities through four CHIN frequencies in the GTA and Ottawa.  Supporting many charities and fundraisers.   Awarded Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal;  Knight of the Republic of Italy;  The Business Excellence Award by the ICCO. 

Richard Lovat  - Riccardo was born in 1928 in a village near Sedico, in the Veneto region of Italy.  It was in Belluno that he attended the Instituto Tecnico Industriale di Belluno, a technical school and became a mechanic.  He is the Founder and President of Lovat Inc.  Mr Lovat developed Tunnelling machines that prevent high compressed air that caused many deaths in the early 60’s-70’s to sewer and subway construction workers.  His LOVAT TBM machines are used worldwide.

Gus LongoFounding brother of Longo’s Supermarkets.

Rosanna MagnottaPresident of Magnotta Wineries.  Rossana carries on the business started by her and husband Gabe Magnotta.  Rosanna founded The G. Magnotta Foundation for Vector-Borne Diseases in honour of husband Gabe who passed away from Lyme Disease.

Umberto MancaOver 50 years as a radio personality, journalist and community supporter.

Joe MancinelliPresident of LiUNA international, community supporter.

Sergio MarchionnePresident and CEO of Fiat and Chrysler.

Roberto MartellaOwner, Grano Restaurant, and community supporter.

Fr. Vito Marzilliano  - Priest of St Patrick’s Parish, community supporter.

Domenic MeffeEntrepreneur, owner of Monte Carlo Inn.

Matthew MelchiorPresident of Famee Furlan, businessman, community leader, responsible for the development of the Famee Furlan campus in Vaughan.

Marco MuzzoA plasterer by trade at the time of his immigration from Friuli Italy to Toronto.  Mr. Muzzo soon became a prominent developer in Toronto.  He helped found the Villa Charities in 1977 and continued his philanthropic generosity to charities until his passing.

Lou Myles (“Luigi Cocomile”)Well known Toronto designer, businessman, and philanthropist.

Nico NavarraOver 50 years as a radio personality and community supporter.

Nancy Fern OlivieriNancy Fern Olivieri, MD, FRCPC, is a prominent Toronto haematologist and researcher with an interest in the treatment of haemoglobinopathies.

Corrado PainaExecutive director of the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario - ICCO – Mr. Paina moved to Toronto from Milan Italy in 1987.  He is an author, artist, and avid community supporter.

Al PalladiniPast Member of Provincial Parliament;  Founder of the iconic Al Palladini Car Dealership in Vaughan.

Josephine PalumboPast president of NCIC-Ottawa, lawyer, and avid community supporter.

Joe PantaloneFormer Councillor in the City of Toronto and avid community supporter.

Edward PasqualeFounder of Unico Foods and importer of quality Italian food products.

Gianna PatriarcaAward winning author of books and poetry.

Giuseppe PivettaBorn in Villenouvelle, France to Italian parents in 1938, Pivetta came to Canada in 1957.  He studied art, taught, and has been exhibiting since 1972 in various juried and group shows.

Mario PauraPast president of CIPBA, lawyer and community supporter.

Cav Pavia (Tony Pavia)Prominent photographer in the Italian-Canadian community, who can be seen supporting every Italian community event.

Silvia PecotaToronto-born, Silvia Pecota, is an award-winning artist and photographer whose work covers the four corners of the world.  She has exhibited Worldwide, and since 1985, her photographs have appeared internationally in several top publications.  In 2008, she sculpted a relief, dedicated to the Fallen, of which there are two bronze copies.  One at the Royal Canadian Air Force Museum in Trenton, Ontario and the other at the Canadian Cenotaph in Kandahar, Afghanistan.  In 2012, Silvia was commissioned by the Class of the United States Army War College to create artwork representing “Fallen Comrades.”  She was the first female and non-American artist to have been selected in its 110 year history.  Since 2013, she has been commissioned by the Royal Canadian Mint to design several commemorative coins of which two coins were nominated for the International “COTY” (Coin of the Year) in 2016.

Rina PellitieriRegional VP of Royal Bank of Canada for Vaughan-King Township, Caledon, and New Tecumseth;  avid community supporter.

Damiano PietropaoloIndependent Broadcast Media Professional, Graduate Centre for Study of Drama, University of Toronto,  Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Basile PolicaroEntrepreneur and philanthropist and avid community supporter.

Tony PorettaCommunity supporter, founder of AMICI museum, and owner of Patronato Epasa.

Sam PrimucciFounder of Pizza Nova, philanthropist and supporter of many charities and foundations.

Franco ProvadelloOwner, Centro Restaurant;  Community supporter of many charities and foundations.

Dina PuglieseTV and media personality.

Guido PuglieseProfessor at University of Toronto department of Italian Studies.

Joe PullaFounder of John Vince Foods.

Nino RicciWell-known photographer, chronicling the Italian community through photography.

Gino RosatiRegional Councillor City of Vaughan.

Jackie RosatiBorn in Abruzzo, Rosati immigrated to Welland, Ontario, with her parents and three siblings in 1932.  Years later, she became a nurse practitioner and was the first person to win a scholarship in the operating room at St. Michael’s Hospital.  For fifteen years she worked with Children’s Aid and Red Cross.  Rosati co-founded the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Canadian-Italian Business and Professional Association(CIBPA) and has helped many women immigrants establish themselves in Canada;  Now age 91, she continues as a diabetic instructor, teaching in both English and Italian.  

Rocco RossiChairman of Prostate Canada, community supporter.

Gino Gigliola RussignanFounders of Café Barzula.

Laura SabiaOrder of Canada recipient, was a Canadian social activist and feminist.

Bob SaccoFormer president of the CIBPA, president of the National CIBPA, and avid community supporter.

Louie SantaguidaBusinessman, entrepreneur, environmental supporter.

Ontario SarraciniFounder of Sarracini Travel and radio show personality.

Frank ScarpittiMayor City of Markham.

Mario SergioMPP responsible for bringing forward declaration of Italian Heritage Month in Ontario.

Frank SerpaEntrepreneur, owner of Serpa car dealerships; community supporter.

Tony SilipoMPP, and community supporter.

Walter SimoneBusinessman, philanthropist, past president of CIBPA and NCIC-TD.

Cav Giuseppe SimonettaFounder of the Good Friday Procession, recipient of the Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana.

Ben SoaveFormer commissioner of the RCMP.

Greg SorbaraLawyer, Former Minister of Finance for the Province, Chancellor of York University.

Bruno SuppaFounder of COSTI which was created to serve the needs of immigrants in Canada.

Carlo Tersigni - President of Belmont Concrete, community leader and volunteer.

Silvana TibolloFirst female president of the National Congress of Italian Canadians Toronto District.

Michael A TibolloLawyer, businessman, philanthropist and founder of Italian Heritage Month.  Founder of the Festival of Lights in the City of Vaughan;  Chairman of Caritas School of Life and Caritas Foundation.

Marino ToppanFounder of the Fallen Workers Memorial;  Avid labour and community supporter.

Anna Maria TremontiTalk show host on CBC Radio.

Frank TrevisanBorn in Italy Frank immigrated to Canada in 1963.  He established the Mississauga Italian Canadian Benevolent Association more than 20 years ago to support seniors in his community, MICBA organization built Forum Italia in Mississauga serving seniors needs.

Vincenzo Tripodi  -  First president and founder of Italian Week Ottawa.  Vincenzo Tripodi, professor and author, was visiting professor at the University of Ottawa, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Academy in Ottawa.

Nunzio Tumino - Founder of Aurora Importing and Distributing.

Emilia Valentini - Owner of Camara’s and community volunteer.

Tony ValeriFormer president of the Italian Chamber of Commerce, community supporter.

Dr. Gina ValleEducator, advocate for multiculturalism, founder of Diversity Matters.

Franco ValliOver 50 years as a radio personality and community supporter.

Gino VanelliBorn in Montreal to Italian immigrant parents, Gino went on to become one of Canada’s best known singers, winning several Juno awards and nominations.

Tony VaroneOwner of Montecassino Place and philanthropist, and avid community supporter of charities and events.

Joe VitaleOwner of Ital Pasta, entrepreneur, philanthropist.

Joe Zanchin - President & CEO of Zanchin Automotive Group. 

Joe ZentilEntrepreneur, owner of Zentil plumbing, philanthropist


Leonard Norman CohenLeonard Cohen was a Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, and painter.  Cohen was born in Westmount, Quebec, into a middle-class Canadian Jewish family.  Cohen was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  He was made a Companion of the Order of Canada.  One of his greatest songs, “Hallelujah" was first released by Cohen in 1984.  "Hallelujah" has been performed by almost 200 artists in several  languages since then.

Barbara FrumBarbara Frum, OC (1937 –1992) grew up in Niagara Falls, Ontario  with her Jewish parents and siblings.  She became an acclaimed Canadian radio and television journalist, notably by her interviews for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Frum received four ACTRA Awards, won the National Press Club of Canada Award for Outstanding Contribution to Canadian Journalism in 1975, and was named to the Order of Canada in 1979.

Lawrence "Larry" Sheldon GrossmanLarry Grossman, OOnt (1943-1997) served in the Legislative Assembly as a Progressive Conservative from 1975 to 1987, and leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives from 1985 to 1987.  Grossman was born in Toronto to a family of Polish-Jewish origin.

Bora LaskinBora Laskin, PC CC FRSC (1912 –1984) was a Canadian lawyer, academic and judge.  He served on the Supreme Court of Canada for fourteen years, including a decade as the 14th Chief Justice of Canada.  Laskin was born in Fort William (Thunder Bay), Ontario to Jewish parents.

Melvin Douglas "Mel" LastmanMel Lastman was born in Toronto in 1933, the son of Jewish immigrants from Poland.  He is the founder of the Bad Boy Furniture chain and he served as the mayor of the former city of North York, Ontario, Canada from 1973 until 1997. 

Edwin "Honest Ed" MirvishEdwin "Honest Ed" Mirvish, OC CBE OOnt (1914 –2007) was the son of Jewish immigrants from Lithuania that settled in Washington D.C., and moved in 1923 to Toronto.  Ed Mirvish became a Canadian businessman, philanthropist and theatrical impresario who is known for his flagship business, Honest Ed's, a landmark discount store in downtown Toronto, and as a patron of the arts, instrumental in revitalizing the theatre scene in Toronto, starting with the Royal Alexandra Theatre.  He is the recipient of the Officer of the Order of Canada, Commander of the Order of the British Empire, and Canada's Distinguished Canadian Retailer of the Year Award.

Louis RasminskyLouis Rasminsky, CC CBE (1908 –1998) was the third Governor of the Bank of Canada from 1961 to 1973.  Born in Montreal, he was raised in Toronto, attending Harbord Collegiate and U. of T.  In 1968, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada.

Goodwin George "Goody" RosenGoody" Rosen (1912-1994) was born in Toronto to Russian Jewish immigrants.  He became a center fielder in Major League Baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants during the 30’s-40’s.  Rosen was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984.

Moshe SafdieMoshe Safdie, CC, FAIA) was born in Haifa to a Syrian Jewish family.  His family moved to Montreal, Canada, in 1954.  He is architect, urban designer, educator, theorist, and author.  He is most identified with Habitat 67, which paved the way for his international career.  He has received the Companion of the Order of Canada, and Gold Medal from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Wayne and ShusterWayne and Shuster were a Canadian comedy duo formed by Johnny Wayne and Frank Shuster, both born in Toronto to Jewish families.  They were active professionally from the early 1940s until the late 1980s.  They were well known in Canada through their CBC comedy shows, and were Ed Sullivan's most frequently recurring guests, appearing a record 67 times on his show. 

Sam YuchtmanSam Yuchtman (1910–1979) was a Toronto broadcaster, entertainer and cantor best known for hosting one of Canada’s first radio shows in Yiddish and English oriented to the Jewish community.  He first aired his shows in 1948 on CKFH and then brought the show to CHIN multicultural radio when it was launched in 1966 and Yuchtman was hired as the station's first producer. 


René Angélil - René Angélil, CM, OQ, (1942 –2016), was born in Montreal, of Syrian and Lebanese parents.  René became a Canadian music producer, talent manager and singer.  He was the manager (1981–2014) and husband (1994 to his death) of singer Celine Dion.  Recipient of Order of Canada and Order of Quebec.

Paul AnkaPaul Anka was born in Ottawa, Ontario, to Lebanese parents.  His song   "Diana" is one of the best selling singles ever by a Canadian recording artist.  Paul Anka's talent include writing the theme for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Tom Jones's "She's a Lady", and the English lyrics to "My Way", Frank Sinatra's signature song. Paul Anka's star is on Canada's Walk of Fame.

Senator Pierre De BanéPierre De Bané, PC, QC, LL.L, BA, DOC.SC.ADM. (Hon) is a retired Canadian senator.  He was the first person of Arab descent to be elected to the Canadian House of Commons and is a former member of the Canadian Cabinet.  De Bané was named to the Senate by PM Trudeau and retired in 2013.

Abdo El Tassi, Ll.D. - A recipient of the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals, Mr. El Tassi is also a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Manitoba.  The University of Manitoba awarded Abdo El Tassi an Honorary Doctor of Laws.

Wadih FaresWadih Fares escaped the civil war in Lebanon as a teenager, and settled in Nova Scotia.  He combined architecture, engineering, construction and property management into one company that has transformed Halifax’s landscape and helped boost the local economy.  Awarded Order of Canada, Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal;  Diamond Jubilee Medal;  Award of Excellence by the Canadian Lebanese Community;  Red Cross Humanitarian Award; 

Joe GhizJoseph Atallah "Joe" Ghiz (1945 –1996) was the 27th Premier of Prince Edward Island from 1986 to 1993, an educator of law and a justice of the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island.  He was the father of Robert Ghiz, the 31st Premier of Prince Edward Island

Ed Hatoum - Edward Hatoum (born in Beirut, Lebanon) is the first Lebanese Canadian to play in the NHL.  Hatoum started his National Hockey League career with the Detroit Red Wings and then Vancouver Canucks, 1969 to 1971. 

Helen MussallemIn 1969, Helen was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Companion in 1992;  Born in Prince Rupert, British Columbia of Lebanese descent, Mussallem studied at the School of Nursing.  From 1989–91 she was the President of the Victorian Order of Nurses;  Awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal by the International Red Cross;  Appointed Dame of Grace of the Venerable Order of Saint John.  Mussallem passed in Ottawa at age 97 in 2012.

Kevin O'leary (Lebanese Irish)Terence Thomas Kevin O'Leary is a Canadian businessman, author, television personality.  He co-founded O'Leary Funds and SoftKey.  He has appeared on various Canadian television shows, including SqueezePlay and The Lang and O'Leary Exchange;  Reality television shows Dragons' Den and Redemption Inc.;  Discovery Channel's Project Earth, and ABC's Shark Tank. 

29 Lebanese On The Titanic Off The Shores Of Nova Scotia125 Lebanese emigrants lost their lives and 29 survived the sinking of the Titanic in April of 1912.  They are the men and women of Lebanon, who would be remembered as heroes of the Titanic disaster.  To the 29 that survived and made their home here in Canada, started their families here and contributed to this great land, we salute and remember you.


Basia BulatBarbara Josephine Bulat, (Basia Bulat) is a Canadian folk singer-songwriter.  Member of the Canadian Polonia.

Tadeusz BiernotTadeusz Biernot was born in 1954 in Czechowice-Dziedzice, Poland.  He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland in 1979. In 1990 he moved to Canada.  He received the award for Typeface Design – “Mecanorma” a font used by millions.  2010 Award for Chicago Tribune Campaign Applied Arts Awards, Toronto, Canada;  2002 Bessies Award for Commercials, and Best Canadian Movie Poster“The Hanging Garden” at the Toronto International Film Festival.  His paintings are found in private and corporate collections throughout the world.

Bonnie Crombie  - Bonnie Crombie was born to Polish/Ukrainian-Canadian immigrants in 1960.  She is a Canadian politician who from 2008 to 2011 was a Liberal Member of Parliament for the riding of Mississauga—Streetsville.  Bonnie has been the Mayor of Mississauga, Ontario since 2014.   

Anna CyzonAnna Cyzon (born Anna Czyszczoń in Kraków, Poland), is a Polish Canadian recording artist, actress, former Canadian MTV/etalk personality and co-host of the Todd Shapiro show on Sirius Satellite Radio. 

Wayne GretzkyOne the greatest hockey players of all time; Born and raised in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, his legendary athletic prowess came from his Polish roots.  His paternal grandfather, Anton Gretzky immigrated to Canada with his wife Mary before the onset of World War I, settling down in Canning, Ontario, where Walter Gretzky was born. 

Michal GutowskiOne of the most famous Polish generals he fought in World War II for Poland, winning the Virtuti Militari Cross, the highest Polish military award for valor.  Emigrated to Canada, where he became the coach of the Canadian National Equestrian Eventing team and re-established the Cavalry Parade Squadron.

Peter John Gzowski  (1934 - 2002)Peter Gzowski's contributions to Canadian media were unparalleled, with enormous accomplishments in the fields of broadcasting, writing and journalism, foremost his renowned work on the CBC radio show, Morningside.  With his friendly, yet inimitable style, Gzowski conducted over 27,000 interviews - the likes which make rival broadcasters' pale in comparison. 

Sir Casimir Stanislaus GzowskiCasimir Gzowski was born in St Petersburg 1813, to a Polish family of nobility.  In 1890, he was knighted by Queen Victoria, and served as Lieutenant Governor in Ontario (1896-1897).

Stanley Haidasz  - PC, MD (March 4, 1923 – August 6, 2009) was a Canadian politician and doctor.  Haidasz was born to Polish parents who immigrated to Canada in 1910.  Iin the 1957 election, became the Liberal Member of Parliament for the Toronto riding of Trinity.  During his career, Haidasz was instrumental in the passage of Medicare, the Canada Pension Plan and Income Supplement.

Karol Józef KrótkiKarol Józef Krótki, FRSC (15 May 1922 – 6 July 2007) was a renowned Polish Canadian demographer who was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 1979.

Chris Korwin-KuczynskiChris Korwin-Kuczynski (born 1953) is a former Canadian municipal politician.  He is a former director of the Polish-Canadian Congress, and has served as a special assistant to the federal Minister of State for Multiculturalism.

Wladyslaw LizonIn May of 2011, Wladyslaw Lizon became Canada’s first Polish born Member of Parliament, for  Mississauga East-Cooksville.  While serving as a Member of Parliament he founded the Canada-Poland Parliamentary Friendship Group. 

Donald Frank Mazenkowski, Pc, Oc, AoeMazankowski was born in Alberta to Polish parents.  He served in the capacity of Cabinet Minister under Prime Ministers Joe Clark, and Brian Mulroney, and appointed Deputy Prime Minister under Mulroney's administration.

Peter MilczynPeter Milczyn is a politician in Ontario, Canada.  He is a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario who was elected in 2014.  He represents the riding of Etobicoke-Lakeshore.  He was a city councillor in Toronto, Ontario from 2000 to 2014.

Kinga MitrowskaKinga Mitrowska, soprano, acclaimed in countries on three continents for her exquisite and unique voice, was born in Montreal.  She began her musical studies at the Faculty of Theatre in Marianopolis College in Montreal.  In Canada she has had lead performances with the Toronto Operetta, Opera in Concert, as well as many concerts in Toronto.

Zig Misiak (Born Zygmunt Marian Misiak)As President of Real People’s History, Zig has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers, Shining Star Award, the George and Oliver Siebel Award, and Life-time achievement award for his contributions and support of the Six Nations, to name a few.

Walter NatynczykGeneral Walter John Natynczyk, CMM, MSC, CD, is the former Chief of the Defence Staff of the Canadian Forces.  Born in Manitoba he joined the Canadian army in August 1975.  He served on a UN peacekeeping tour in Cyprus;  and as Vice Chief of the Defence Staff in Ottawa.

Ted OpitzTed J. Opitz, CD is a former Canadian politician and a retired Canadian Forces Lieutenant-Colonel who represented the Toronto riding of Etobicoke Centre.

Miroslaw PolatynskiArtistic Director, CEO & Founder.  Miro holds an MFA in Acting from the National Film, TV & Theatre School in Lodz, Poland. In June 2007, he obtained an MFA in Directing from the Centre for Film and Theatre at York University in Toronto and founded Atlas Stage Productions Canada.

Andrzej RozbickiAndrzej Rozbicki (born in Lidzbark Warmiński, Poland), also known as Andrew Rozbicki, is a Polish-Canadian conductor, music educator, producer and promoter of Polish music in Canada and Canadian music in Poland.  He is the founder and Artistic Director of Celebrity Symphony Orchestra.  He is a Music Educator with Toronto Catholic District School Board.

Adam SkorekAdam Skorek is a Full Professor and Former Head  of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivieres.  Member of the Board of Governors of the University of Quebec (2011-2014). 

Nicole Tomczak-JaegermannNicole Tomczak-Jaegermann FRSC is a Polish Canadian mathematician, a professor of mathematics at the University of Alberta, and the holder of the Canada Research Chair in Geometric Analysis.  In 1999 she won the Krieger–Nelson Prize for outstanding female Canadian mathematician.  She was the winner of the 2006 CRM-Fields-PIMS prize for exceptional research in mathematics. 

Janusz ZurakowskiJanusz Zurakowski, born in 1909, was a famous Polish fighter pilot and test pilot.  On December 18, 1952, he dove his CF-100 fighter to be the first pilot to break the sound barrier.  In 1973, Zurakowski was inducted into Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame.  In 1996 the Royal Canadian Mint issued a commemorative coin, the "Avro Canada CF-100 Canuk" featuring an image of Janusz Zurakowski.


Tony BelasTony immigrated to Canada with his parents in 1971.  Hard work and dedication were driving forces for Tony, who in 1973 quit school to join his parents’ business, and in turn, two years later, purchased and ran his own supermarket.   In 1979 he and his family purchased Ferma and by 2003 Tony became sole owner of four Ferma locations.  

Meaghan BenfeitoMeaghan was born in Montreal to Portuguese parents.  She began diving for Team Canada in 2005 and won bronze at the 2007 PanAm Games in 3m Synchronized diving with Kelly MacDonald.  In the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics she and Roseline Filion won bronze in the 10m platform synchro events.  Meaghan also won bronze in the individual diving event in the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Renata Brum BozziRenata Brum Bozzi was appointed Senior Citizenship Judge in 2013, heading the Citizenship Commission of Judges across Canada.  Born in the Azores Portugal, she came to Canada as a child with her family.  She earned a BA in Criminology, an MA from the Toronto School of Theology, and a certificate in Public Relations from the U of T.

Shawn DesmanShawn Bosco Fernandes is better known by his stage name Shawn Desman.  He is a Canadian op/R&B singer, songwriter, dancer, TV personality and actor of Portuguese parentage.  He is signed to Universal Music Canada.  He has won a 2006 Juno Award, 2011 Video of the Year award, 2011 SOCAN #1 Award, and 2013 Best outstanding short film at Reel World Film Festival for ALIVE.

Nelly FurtadoNelly Kim Furtado is a Portuguese-Canadian singer and songwriter. Furtado is famous for her hit songs "I'm Like a Bird," "Turn Off the Light," and “Powerless (Say What You Want)."  Her third album Loose (2006) became her best selling album with 12 million copies sold worldwide. Furtado has sold over 40 million records worldwide, making her one of the most successful Canadian artists.  She has won several awards including a Grammy Award, a Latin Grammy Award, ten Juno Awards, one BRIT Award, a Billboard Music Award, an MTV Europe Music Award, a World Music Award and three Much Music Video Awards.  Furtado has a star on Canada's Walk of Fame and was awarded Commander of the Order of Prince Henry in Toronto by Aníbal Cavaco Silva, the former President of Portugal.

Sean MendesSean was born in Toronto, his father Portuguese, his mother English.  He learned to play guitar by watchin YouTube tutorials, and soon started posting cover videos.  By 2014 he was the 3rd most-followed musician on Vine.  He has had several recordings released, and he was the youngest to debut in the top 25 on US Billboard Hot 100;  Mendes was listed among Time’s 25 Most Influential Teens in 2014 and 2015.  He made the Forbes list with its annual “30 Under 30” for 2016.  He’s received two MTV Europe Music Awards, three Much Music Video Awards, and the 2015 SOCAN Breakout Award.

Jack OliveiraJack has been a member of LiUNA Local 183 for over 33 years.  Under his strong leadership, Local 183 has seen the largest growth in the shortest time along with massive improvements benefiting the membership and retirees of Local 183.  He is currently Business Manager of the Ontario Provincial District Council, which is in addition to his role as Business Manager of LiUNA! Local 183.

Jack PrazeresJack is the newest member of the Peel Regional Police Services Board;  He has served as Chair of Carassauga, President of the Portuguese Cultural Centre of Mississauga, and President of the Luso Canadian Charitable Society.

John TavaresJohn is a Canadian NHL player, who was 1st overall in the 2009 draft, going to the New York Islanders.  He is currently Captain of the NYI.  John was born and raised in Mississauga, his parents of Polish and Portuguese heritage.

Isabel VincentRaised in Toronto with her Portuguese family, Isabel attended U. of T., interned for Globe and Mail and later became youngest bureau chiefs in Rio de Janeiro for Latin America;  She returned to Canada and became foreign correspondent for the National Post, and then Latin America editor for Maclean’s Magazine.  Isabel is a writer, author, and investigative reporter, Isabel won the Canadian Assoc. of Journalists’ Award for excellence in investigative journalism.  

South Asian

Mr. Surendra Kumar Sharma - Is a religious preacher.  He worked very hard to raise money to build a Hindu temple -  The HINDU HERITAGE Center - on Mississauga Road just north of Steeles in Mississauga, where thousands of people go every week and practice their faith.

Mr. Nav Bhatia - Is a very successful businessman.  He is a huge promoter of the Raptors and Basketball and has tirelessly promoted the game to his community’s youth, in order to keep them engaged and away from poor choices.  Mr. Bhatia works closely with the Raptors, and is known as their Super Fan.

Gurbax Singh Malhi  - Opened the way for our community in Canadian politics.  He is the first SIKH to be elected as a Canadian Member of Parliament, and indeed to be wearing a turban while doing so.  


Calin RovinescuBorn in Bucharest, Romania, Rovinescu immigrated to Canada with his parents and sister when he was five years old.  He is the President and CEO of Air Canada, Canada’s largest domestic and international airline, having led the company since April 1, 2009.


Ajith SabaratnamAjith has been a member of the Canadian Tamil Chamber of commerce for 10 years.  He is recognized as one of the top ten financial advisors in Canada, earning accolades and respect from the Tamil communities he serves.

Luxmi VasanLuxmi arrived from Sri Lanka with her one year old son, as a refugee.  Although she was a lawyer in Sri Lanka, it took several years before she was accredited in 2005.   She has been active in helping refugees and has received a Certification of Recognition in September 2011 by the Canadian Bar Association of British Columbia – Immigration Section for outstanding contribution. 

Melani DavidMeleni immigrated to Canada in 1995 with two children.  Continuing her education, she was called to the Bar in 2005 and has become a prominent civil litigation lawyer, striving to provide opportunities to many new immigrants.  She has been awarded the Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award in 2012, Community Service Award from the Canada-Sri Lanka Business Council;  The Canadian Tamil Chamber of Commerce Award;  And the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada Award from the Lieutenant Governor.

Sugumar GanesanMr. Ganesan Sugumar is CEO of Sugshe Group of Companies.  He is a Gold and Diamond Jubilee medal holder from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Kumar ThuraisamyPooranakumar Thuraisamy (Kumar) is the owner of 747 Autoparts. 

Mathan Shan TeknoMathan Shanmugarasa is the President and CEO of Tekno Media Inc.  Tekno Media Inc donates significantly to charitable organizations, most notably, Pushpa Education Foundation to help with children’s education.

Dr. Ravi Kugathasan  - Ravi Gukathasan is CEO and founder of Digital Specialty Chemicals, which was started in 1987.  Ravi has led DSC through global expansion and significant financial success.  DSC today has operations on three continents and has become a company where financial results, human development, and environmental sustainability share equal importance.

Uthayakumar AlagaratnamKumar is the owner of Dynevor Express and has today to his credit 300 trucks and over 1000 trailers;  Six terminals in Fort Worth and Laredo, Texas, Memphis, Tennessee, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, and Chicago, in addition to the six warehouses in the GTA and one in Montreal.

Logan KanapathiCouncillor Logan Kanapathi made headlines when elected Councillor for Markham Ward 7 in 2006.  The Toronto Star said, he is “a new face for a new era.”  He is now serving his third term when he was elected with overwhelming support.  As a long-time community activist and a successful entrepreneur, Councillor Kanapathi has been an advocate for increased open spaces, fiscal responsibility and policies that foster diversity and inclusivity. 

Thayalan/Stan MuthulingamThayalan (Monty) and Stan Muthulingam are brothers who own Cableshoppe Inc. which will mark its 25th anniversary this year in the telecom industry.  Both Monty & Stan received Queen Elizabeth II  Diamond Jubilee medals in 2012. 

Rajeevikaran MuthuramanRajeevikaran Muthuraman is President and Partner of RJ Multi LithoInc. and he has received many awards for his contributions to the community. 




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