Passing of Corrado Paina – ICCO Executive Director

It’s with great sadness that we pass along news of the loss of a much-respected leader in the Italian-Canadian community and devoted champion of Italian culture. Corrado Paina, longtime Executive Director of the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario has passed away in hospital.

In addition to being a respected businessman and community leader, Corrado was also an accomplished writer and artist. He received the “Menzione civica – Ambrogino d’oro” award from the City of Milan for his work twinning the cities of Toronto and Milan. In 2016 he was been appointed Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy.

The ICCCW Board of Directors and our Team extend our deepest condolences to Corrado’s family and our friends at the ICCO.

Read the full press release from the ICCO here: English | Italiano

Notice of 2024 Annual General Meeting & Election of Directors

Dear Members:

Please be advised that the Annual General Meeting of Members of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada – West will be held at 5.30 p.m. on March 20th, 2024.  


Watson Goepel Office – Salt Spring Board Room – 1075 W Georgia St Suite 1200, Vancouver, BC V6E 3C9 

If you are attending in person, please kindly RSVP via email at by March 18, 2024


Members that wish to connect remotely can participate in the meeting via the following link on Zoom:

Meeting ID: 895 0010 5288
Passcode: 013318
One tap mobile:
+13092053325,,89500105288#,,,,*013318# US


If you are not able to attend, please CLICK HERE for proxy procedures. 


For more information about the election including election rules, please CLICK HERE.


To view the official notice of the Annual General Meeting, please CLICK HERE.

Discover Amazing Opportunities in the Green Building Sectors in Canada and Italy.

In collaboration with the Italian Embassy in Ottawa, Italian Trade Agency, Bennett Jones, Confindustria, CNA and CDP, the ICCCW is proud to present ‘The Canada – Italy Green Building Forum‘, February 14th to 15th, 2024. This series of events will take place on-stage at the Buildex Vancouver show as well as online and will explore unique opportunities in the green building and ‘smart cities’ sectors in both Italy and Canada.

Join us either in person at Buildex Vancouver (February 14th- 15th, 2024) or at the online events, and learn about success stories, and new opportunities in the green building and smart-cities sectors in Italy and Canada.

  • February 14-15th, Buildex Vancouver (Vancouver Convention Center West)

You can find the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada West team and the Italian attendees at booth 710.

  • February 14th (3.30-4.30pm), Buildex Vancouver (Vancouver Convention Center West) @ Tradeshow Floor: Demo Stage (Booth 201)

“The Canada – Italy Green Building Forum: success stories and new opportunities”. A new bilateral hub to connect, network and do business with new partners, customers and suppliers. Stay with us after the event and join the Buildex official opening reception (4.30-6.00pm).

Featured speakers:

  • Phillip Greenfield, Technical Sales Representative, Rothoblaas
  • Michal Lesiak, Owner Polished Stucco / NovaColor
  • Matteo Camerra, COO – Heating division, Warmset
  • February 15th (7.30- 9.00am), Webinar

Catch up with CDP – Business Matching: A conversation on Green Building and Smart Cities for

Italian and Canadian Companies at Buildex and Globe 2024.

All events are FREE to attend. To register, click  HERE.

Download your Buildex Pass: 2024.

An overview of EU-Italy-Canada relations, with a view to Italy’s ratification of EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)

By Paolo Quattrocchi
Lawyer, Vice-President of ICCCW, Director of the Centro Studi Italia-Canada and Partner at ADVANT Nctm Law Firm in Rome

In 2016, the European Union (EU) and Canada entered into two pivotal agreements: the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA), aimed at strategic matters, and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), focused on economic and commercial aspects.

Italy and Europe have profound historical ties with Canada that trace back to the colonial period. Originally established as a French colony in the early 17th century, the geographical area now encompassing modern-day Canada was later ceded to the British Empire by the French following the conclusion of the Seven Years’ War in 1763. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, Canada witnessed successive waves of European immigration. The Canadian government actively promoted immigration through various initiatives, such as the Dominion Lands Act of 1872 and the Canadian Pacific Railway’s recruitment campaigns. This period saw significant immigration from Central and Eastern Europe, including Ukraine, Poland, Italy, and the Baltic states. Moreover, in the same period, there was a huge immigration from China, and, later on, after World War II, Canada gradually saw a more diverse influx of immigrants from Asia, including countries such as India, the Philippines, Korea, and Pakistan.

Read the full article here:

Join Our Team! ICCCW is Hiring!

Job Title: Office Assistant – Part Time

We are thrilled to announce an exceptional opportunity to join the Italian Chamber of Commerce in your role as Office Assistant.

The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada West is one of the most active and respected bilateral trade organizations in Western Canada with offices in Vancouver, Calgary and Rome, a dynamic hub fostering business relationships between Italy and Canada. 

As an integral part of our organization, you will be responsible for performing a variety of administrative and clerical tasks to ensure smooth and efficient operations.

You will be working from our Vancouver downtown office 20 hours/ week. 

Please note this is a fully in-person position. 


– Manage incoming calls, emails, and correspondence with professionalism and courtesy.

– Assist in organizing and scheduling appointments, meetings, and events.

– Maintain and organize office files, documents, and records.

– Coordinate office supplies, restocking as needed, and ensuring a well-maintained workspace.

– Provide administrative support to team members as required.

– Handle bookkeeping tasks, such as invoicing and expense tracking.


– Fluency in English (written and spoken) is essential.

– Fluency in Italian (written and spoken) is a strong asset.

– Strong organizational and multitasking abilities.

– Excellent communication skills with a commitment to maintaining confidentiality.

– Detail-oriented with a proactive approach to problem-solving.

– Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team.

– Excellent communication skills with a commitment to maintaining confidentiality.

– Detail-oriented with a proactive approach to problem-solving.

– Proficiency in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).

– Proficiency in Quickbooks or similar accounting tools is a strong asset.

– Proficiency in CRM (Salesforce), email marketing platforms (Constant contact or similar), and graphic tools (Canva) is a strong asset

If you are a motivated individual with a keen eye for detail and excellent organizational skills, we invite you to apply for this exciting opportunity. 

Join us in making a significant impact on the Italian-Canadian business landscape: we look forward to receiving your application!


From CAD25,000 – CAD30,000/yr  based on experience. 

How to apply:

Please send your resume and cover letter to with the subject “Office Assistant application” by January 27, 2024

Please note that you need to be legally able to work in Canada to apply for this position.

We are unfortunately unable to provide immigration sponsorship for this position.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Opportunity for young Friulani (apply by March 5th)

We are forwarding an opportunity from the Association Friulani nel Mondo for foreigner residents of Friuli descendants for a sponsored 1month course in Italy at the University of Udine.

If you are:

  • A resident of a Country other than Italy AND also descendant of immigrants from Friuli
  • Under the age of 35
  • Holder of a University degree

Click HERE to learn more.

Vancouver Community College: a new Partner School in ALMA’s international network

VANCOUVER, November 29, 2022 – When one thinks of the best cuisines in the world, Italian is often at the top of many people’s list. Thanks to a new partnership between Vancouver Community College (VCC) and ALMA – The School of Italian Culinary Arts, budding chefs in VCC’s Culinary Arts program will have more opportunities to learn the art of Italian cuisine.

On November 25, a memorandum of understanding was signed between ALMA and VCC establishing a relationship of cooperation aimed at promoting the education and culture of Italian cuisine.

In ALMA’s vocation, ever since its creation, there has always been the desire and need to bring true Italian cuisine to the world, which is original, i.e. linked to a culture, and contemporary, i.e. linked to current events,” says Andrea Sinigaglia General Manager ALMA – The School of Italian Culinary Arts. “To celebrate such an important occasion, we are proud to have reached a new prestigious partner such as Vancouver Community College. This new partnership outlines the possibility of shared values of the beauty and history of authentic food Italian heritage is known for.”

Read Full article HERE