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
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+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.

A Life Dedicated to Service and Honour: Our Tribute to Consul General Marco Nobili (1966 – 2024)

Over the past few days, we have been grappling with the unexpected loss of a truly remarkable individual, our dear friend Consul General Marco Nobili, who passed away on January 12th, at the age of 57. Marco was not only a diplomat but a visionary, a passionate advocate for cultural exchange, and a true friend to our community.

Born in 1966 in Montebelluna in the region of Veneto, Marco’s life of service began as a traffic policeman while pursuing the first of four master degrees. His dedication to continuous education reflected his insatiable curiosity and commitment to personal growth.

Marco’s diplomatic journey took him across the globe, from his early days as Deputy Ambassador in Sudan, then as Consul in Croatia, United States, Argentina, Switzerland and finally, here in Vancouver. Arriving in our city in September, he embraced his position with infectious energy, eager to foster connections between Italy and Western Canada.

In just a few months, Marco left an indelible mark on our community. Despite his busy schedule, he attended our events, engaging with our Board, Staff, and everyone he encountered. His visionary outlook identified immense opportunities for trade and cultural collaboration, and he generously offered advice and support to our projects.

As we mourn his passing, we remember Marco not only for his professional achievements but for the warmth and camaraderie he brought to every interaction. His sudden departure leaves a void in our hearts and in the diplomatic landscape.

A prayer service in memory of Consul General Marco Nobili will be held on Friday, January 19th, at 7 pm in the Grand Ballroom of the Italian Cultural Centre at 3075 Slocan Street in Vancouver.

Our most sincere thoughts and prayers go out to his grieving wife, two children, his sister and all who had the privilege of knowing this incredibly exceptional man. His legacy of service and friendship will forever be remembered.

Caro Marco, La tua presenza sarà sempre sentida, come el soffio del vento sul mar.

(Venetian, “Dear Marco, Your presence will always be felt, like the breath of the wind on the sea.”)

Q&A: Ilaria Baldan of the Italian Chamber of Commerce – West on keeping Italy alive and well in British Columbia

The Executive Director of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada-West, Ilaria Baldan, sits down with BCBusiness to discuss the Chamber’s role in connecting Western Canadians with authentic Italian brands and artisans.

The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada – West has operated since 1992 as a private, non-profit, membership organization with the mandate of promoting and enhancing business, trade and investment exchanges between Italy and Western Canada.

Obituary Paolo Rosazza Pela

The very sad news of the death of the Founding President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Vancouver, Paolo Pela, brings to the fore his enormous contribution towards creating a dynamic, flourishing entrepreneurial business organization linking Italy and Western Canada. However, it took time for the association to reach “flying quota”, as Paolo defined it, and the years leading up to the formal recognition of the Italian Chamber of Commerce of British Columbia in 1992 were full of drama and struggles, with the role played by Paolo being decisive and perhaps not very well known.

At the time, both the already established Italian Chambers in Toronto and Montreal each had ambitions to create their own branch office in Vancouver. I had been engaged to assist the Montreal Chamber in the organization of the grand launch in Vancouver of Fiera Milano in Canada and the Toronto Chamber had a local representative recruiting members on their behalf. However, ultimately, both Chambers renounced their territorial ambitions leaving the fledgling Vancouver organization to sink or swim, after which the two branches amalgamated and Paolo became the first and founding President.

The kernel of the organization was just beginning: armed with a list of 30 or so companies doing business with Italy provided by Tom Santosham, head of the Europe desk at BCTrade, I began to try and recruit members and found varying degrees of receptivity. I also sought support from  Italians who had settled in Vancouver and started successful businesses but, discouragingly, a recurrent refrain seemed to be “I made it on my own – why should I help anyone else?”

However, Tom encouraged me to contact the Pela brothers at Novam Development, whom he described as low-profile entrepreneurs of impeccable reputation. Paolo agreed to meet me and, despite what I am sure was initial bemusement at the entire enterprise, he decided to become involved and began almost two decades of dedicated engagement that fundamentally shaped the Chamber as it is today.

As the founding President, Paolo understood the pivotal role of the Chambers in Italy and from the start was insistent on creating his vision for a Vancouver chamber, without the “folkloristic” components of “pizza e tarantella”, as he termed it. He saw it as a means of linking the country of his birth and his adopted home and as a way to represent the very best of Italian business : its entrepreneurial spirit, its drive to achieve excellence, harnessing leading edge technology with centuries of artisan expertise, the aesthetic imperative of even the humblest of products. And, of course, Paolo was himself a prime exemplar of Italian entrepreneurial excellence : principled, fiercely intelligent, creative, determined, fair.

Yet, in order to be able promote this vision of Italy, the Chamber needed to be officially recognized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs which, in turn, required three years of activity, events, and a substantial membership base in order to demonstrate viability. So without any funding, we set forth on a wing and a prayer with Paolo offering rent-free for several years a small office space in one of Novam’s downtown buildings. Paolo drew on his extensive network of business contacts and friends to boost membership and we organized some glorious events in other Novam properties such as the Birks  building, the setting for fashion shows, wine tastings and operatic evenings. And somehow, Paolo also found the time to take on the thankless task of translating the Chamber’s Constitution and Bylaws from English into Italian as part of the documentation required for the Ministry.

Once recognition was granted, we were on somewhat firmer footing. Paolo continued as President, flanked by Vice-President Franco Anglesio, like Paolo a native of Piedmont, and we started to welcome economic missions and to organize  business matching forums, speaker meetings, gala evenings. At the centre of all these activities was Paolo, with his elegant, patrician bearing and old-world courtesy, his thoughtful  demeanour leavened often by a twinkle in his eye and sometimes a mischievous grin. Yet  despite all his accomplishments, he was a very modest and self-deprecating man and I am sure that it was with some relief, having assured himself that the Chamber was in good hands, that he eventually bowed out of the spotlight and became the elder statesman. Some years later, however, he did not hesitate to step back into a leadership role when the Chamber risked veering into perilous waters, marshalling his keen mind and shrewd strategic instincts to ensure that we got back on course.

The Chamber owes Paolo a huge debt of gratitude – without his vision, dedication, generosity, wisdom and support, the outcome would have been vastly different.

“We shall not look upon his like again”.

5 Businesses that introduce the Italian Aesthetic to Vancouver

For the last few years, the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada – West has organized an Italian Design Week in partnership with the Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver that spotlights made-in-Italy fashion and design with speakers, events, and seminars.

This year’s design week takes place from October 27 to November 3 with the theme of regeneration and sustainability. It will welcome major historical design firms from Italy, such as Pininfarina, a car and coachbuilder, which will be showcasing rare vintage cars, in addition to local retailers that are either Italian by nature or celebrate Italian design.



“Thank you to our invited guests, Consorzio Prosciutto di Parma, Frankie’s Italian Kitchen, Chef Roberto Fracchioni, Revelry Imports, Stile Brands, CoBees Enterprise, Crush Imports, and Cioffi’s.”

The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada-West would like to THANK YOU FOR JOINING US AT THE PROSCIUTTO DI PARMA MASTERCLASS Monday, September 27, 2021.

We really hope you had fun, enjoyed the Prosciutto di Parma themed finely paired authentic Italian launch and wine pairing and that the event increased your knowledge and understanding of the Prosciutto di Parma.

Special thanks to Frankie’s Italian Kitchen for hosting the masterclass and their authentic and delicious Italian lunch.

Thank you Revelry Imports, Stile Brands, CoBees Enterprise and Crush Imports for offering wines that paired perfectly with Prosciutto di Parma, and thank you Cioffi’s Meat Market & Deli for supplying the prosciutto di Parma for this event.

Chef Roberto Fracchioni thank you for your interesting and insightful lecture.

Last but not least, heartfelt thanks to Consorzio Prosciutto di Parma for supporting this by-invitation only initiative and the participants.

We look forward to meeting you again at our upcoming event!

This Masterclass is organized within the True Italian Taste Project, a project aimed at promoting authentic Italian food and wine products worldwide.


CILS Exam Consultation and Private Lessons

Get Ready for Your CILS Exam!

While preparing for a CILS exam, you will also have the opportunity to simulate an exam session using old CILS exam papers. This will help you get used to the exam, its sequence, and the amount of time provided during testing. Furthermore, your score can also be checked easily.

Private Lessons

Private lessons to prepare for CILS exams are available. Lessons will be tailored to your needs. Our instructors are trained by the CILS Centre and the test commission and they have extensive knowledge of the test format and they can provide a solid background to achieve the best result.

Complimentary Consultation

We offer FREE CILS Consultation where one of our instructors can help you choose the learning path that best suits your needs in preparing for the CILS exam. We will then help you understand if you just need a refresher or if you are still far from the level you would like to be and therefore need a more intensive course.

To book your consultation, please email us at and one of our instructors will help you choose the learning path that best suits your needs in preparing for your CILS exam.

CILS – Certificate your Italian to get the Italian citizenship

The Vancouver Italian Language School has been officially accredited as an authorized examination center for the CILS exams (Certification of Italian as a Second Language). 

The accreditation has entered among the University for Foreigners of Siena with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and our School.

The CILS certification is a qualification that declares the level of linguistic and communicative competencies in Italian as a foreign language. The exams are designed to assess how learners use Italian to communicate in real-life situations. 

CILS is the first certification of Italian as a foreign language to have adopted the system of six levels of linguistic and communicative competence proposed by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

For candidates who require certification for Italian citizenship purposes (whether they are married to an Italian or are resident in Italy), CILS B1 Citizenship/ B1 Cittadinanza is the examination intended for them. Other B1 Level exams will not qualify for citizenship application. For more information about how to get Italian citizenship please visit the Consolato Generale d’Italia in Vancouver website. Exams are for all international students, Italian citizens residing abroad (descendants of Italian emigrants) and foreign immigrants to Italy. No particular academic title is required to take the exam.

Cils exam dates 2023

  • APRIL11 2024 – B1, B2, C1 Registrations will close on March 7

  • JUNE 5 2024 – B1, B2, C1 Registrations will close on April 22

  • JULY 18 2024 – B1 Registrations will close on June 12

  • OCTOBER 17 2024 – B1 Registrations will close on September 10

  • DECEMBER 5 2024 – B1, B2, C1 Registrations will close on October 18

Exam Fee

The cost for CILS B1 or B2 or C Citizenship will be 290$ + GST. This price includes the enrollment fee that will be paid directly to the University for Foreigners of Siena. An Early bird fee of 250 + GST will be available 

How to register

  • Register here and send the receipt according to the instructions contained in the email.
  • Send an email with your personal details (Last Name, First Name, Date, City and Country of Birth, Nationality, Second Nationality if any, A COPY is also required OF A RECOGNITION DOCUMENT – Passport, Identity card with photo – in PDF format ( ev. JPG) to
  • If you are interested in 

About our CILS Test

More info about the test:

  • The exam will be activated with a minimum of 5 candidates for all levels.
  • The exams will be in person in a test center located in Vancouver downtown.
  • Our exam administrators and teachers are trained by the CILS Centre.
  • The exams are held as per the schedule established by the University for Foreigners of Siena, which is also responsible for the preparation and correction of the exams.
  • We highly encourage anyone wishing to sit the B1 Cittadinanza exam to attend a 5-week preparatory course. The course is designed to consolidate knowledge and boost exam confidence, practicing and improving exam techniques. You will be asked if you would like to attend the course when registering for the exam.

CILS is a founding member of CLIQ (Italian Certification of Quality) and a member of EALTA (European Association for Language Testing and Assessment), the European association that aims to promote knowledge of testing and language assessment in Europe. In this way, the CILS Centre is committed to ensure the ethical management of the evaluation process.

Certification Processing

Please notice that it will take up to 60 days (CILS B1 Cittadinanza) to get the exam results and that we are not able to post certificates. Certificates have to be collected by yourself in person or by someone on your behalf with a copy of your ID and an authorization approval form. Certificates will arrive about 3/4 months after the results.


For more info please send an email to or call our office at 604.682.1410 (M – F, 10 am – 4 pm)


Prosecco DOC Rose Masterclass Vancouver Canada True Italian Taste Italian Chamber Of Commerce

Thank you to our invited guests, wine educator Jenna Briscoe, BiBo Pizzeria con Cucina, D’oro Gelato e Caffe, and the Consorzio of Prosecco.

The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada-West would like to THANK YOU FOR JOINING US AT THE PROSECCO DOC ROSE’ MASTERCLASS Wednesday, July 14, 2021.

We really hope you had fun, enjoyed the Prosecco DOC Rose’ wines and the finely paired authentic Italian launch and that the event increased your knowledge and understanding of the Prosecco DOC Rose’.

Special thanks to BiBo Pizzeria con Cucina for hosting the masterclass and their authentic and delicious Italian lunch.

Thank you D’oro Gelato e Caffe for your tasty gelato to accompany the desert.

Jenna Briscoe from Medina Café, thank you for being such an awesome speaker and instructor for this Masterclass.

Last but not least, heartfelt thanks to Consorzio of Prosecco for supporting this by-invitation only initiative and the participants.


We look foward to meeting within the True Italian Taste Project, a project aimed at promoting authentic italian food and wine products world wide


Italian Design Day Italian Car Design

Thank you to our guests, keynote speaker Arch. Luisa Bocchietto, Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver, Consul General of Italy Fabio Messineo, President of the Chamber Celso Boscariol, and the incredible team of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada West.

The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada-West would like to THANK YOU FOR JOINING US AT THE ITALIAN DESIGN DAY 2021 Thursday, July 09, 2021.

We really hope you had fun, enjoyed exploring a new design approach with us and that the event increased your knowledge and understanding of the Italian Design.

Special thanks to our esteemed keynote speaker, Arch. Luisa Bocchietto, for her interesting and insightful presentation.  

Thank you Consul General Fabio Messineo and the Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver for organizing this successful edition of IDD with us.

Last but not least, thanks to our president, Celso Boscariol, our interim GM, Alex Martyniak, our project Manager, Stefano Dal Farra and the rest of our incredible team at the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada West for their continuous hard work and dedication.

See you in the fall for the third edition of the Italian Design Days to keep celebrating the Italian design and Made in Italy & we look forward to meeting you again at our upcoming event