32nd Governors’ Ball – THE PARTY
32nd Governors’ Ball – On Friday, May 12, 2017, at the historic Windsor Station in Montreal, the Italian-Canadian Community Foundation’s 32nd Governors’ Ball, a.k.a. THE PARTY, took place with great success. The event was organized under the presidency and innovative vision of Emilio B. Imbriglio, President and CEO of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton.
Newly branded as THE PARTY, this was the first time a Governors’ Ball was held in the spring rather than in the fall, an adaptation proposed by Mr. Imbriglio. The evening served as a celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Leonardo da Vinci Centre and to raise awareness about the Unitas initiative, as well as a symbolic rebirth for the Foundation. The goal was to bridge the gap between the older and the younger generations and to engage the new generation of leaders. This change was felt immensely, with waves of giddy excitement electrifying the sold-out crowd, floral patterns on bright display and a trendy incorporation of social media.
During his address, Joey Saputo, FCCI President, explained the evolving philanthropic model of Unitas and its mandate of uniting five cherished Italian-Canadian community groups in Montreal to work together for the greater good. The coalition between the FCCI, the CIBPA, the Leonardo Da Vinci Centre, the Casa D’Italia and the National Congress of Italian Canadians served as an important backdrop to an evening that brought new and established community leaders together in a celebratory mood.
The FCCI also took this prestigious opportunity to introduce two New Governors: Me Richard Laramée (Partner, Kaufman Laramée), John Marcovecchio (Chief Executive Officer, Magil Contruction Canada); and four Successors: Franco De Lauri (Owner and President, Elio Pizzeria and Buffet Anna Maria), Rosario Ruggeri Jr. (Vice-President, Miracle Entretien D’Immeubles), Mark-Anthony Serri (Managing Director, Mid-Market M&A, Royal Bank of Canada), Marco Tozzi (Vice-President, Les Entreprises Laurentien Électrique).
The Italian-Canadian Community Foundation had the pleasure of welcoming guests of honour: Martin Coiteux (Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security, Minister responsible for the Montreal region), Marco Riccardo Rusconi (Consul General of Italy in Montreal), Lucien Bouchard (27th Premier of Quebec), Nicola Di Iorio (MP, Saint-Léonard – Saint-Michel riding, Liberal Party of Canada), Angelo Iacono (MP, Alfred-Pellan riding, Liberal Party of Canada), David De Cotis (Deputy Mayor and Vice-Chairman of the executive committee of Laval), Michel Bissonnet (Borough Mayor of Saint-Léonard), Marisa Ferretti-Barth (former Senator for Repentigny), Giuseppe Borsellino (President, Groupe Petra and Founder of the Governors’ Ball).
The FCCI would like to thank Joey Saputo (President, Montreal Impact/Stade Saputo), Emilio B. Imbriglio (President and CEO, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and President of the Governors’ Ball), Anna Giampà (Executive Director, FCCI), the members of the Board of Fiduciaries, THE PARTY Committee, the Foundation’s Governors and all those who attended and contributed to the event.
Warm thanks go to Master of Ceremony Carole Gagliardi, to DJ Vito V and to the Montreal Rhapsody Orchestra who provided great entertainment for THE PARTY and to all other collaborators who helped make the event a great success.