Italy and Canada Showcase the Strength of their Relationship with Inaugural IT@CA Event

Italy and Canada showcase the strength of their relationship with inaugural IT@CA event

The program will feature some of Italy’s greatest business and cultural success stories

Toronto, Ontario – September 30, 2019 – The Embassy of Italy to Canada, Consulate General of Italy in Toronto, Italian Trade Agency, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Italian National Tourist Board and Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario officially announce the first-ever IT@CA event highlighting the cultural and commercial connections between Italy and Canada. Taking place on October 25, 2019 at the Toronto Design Exchange, IT@CA boasts a lineup of renowned speakers highlighting the best that Italy has to offer. The speakers represent many different industries and will appeal to the event’s wide range of attendees regardless of background, occupation or areas of interest.

“Traditionally, relations between Italy and Canada have been excellent, politically, as well as at the commercial, cultural and scientific levels,” said Claudio Taffuri, the Ambassador of Italy to Canada. “With IT@CA our goal is to offer a new opportunity to get to know our country, from the perspective and through the stories of seven successful individuals from different sectors, who will share with the Canadian public their vision of Italy today: modern, dynamic, ready for innovation, and with a wealth of excellence in all fields.”

IT@CA’s format will allow each speaker to share their background and experiences withthe audience before ultimately participating in a roundtable discussion moderated by CBC’s Rome correspondent, Megan Williams. The event itself will be hosted by TV personality, Laura Albanese. The cast of speakers will include:

  • Michele De Lucchi (Architecture & Design) – Renowned architect and prominent figure in stylistic movements like Alchimia and Memphis. He was also the editor-in-chief of Domus in 2018.
  • Rosanna Purchia (Culture) – Superintendent of the San Carlo Theatre in Naples.
  • Riccardo Illy (Entrepreneurship) – Italian businessman who first launched the illy Caffè global sales force and is the current Chairman of Polo del Gusto Srl.
  • Angelo Gaja (Wine) – Owner and President of Gaja Winery in the Piedmont region of Italy.
  • Oscar Farinetti (Investment) – Founder and creator of Eataly, the largest Italian retail and dining experience in the world.
  • Oliviero Toscani (Photography) – Italian photographer internationally known as a creative force behind the most famous newspapers and brands in the world such as Esprit, Chanel and many more.
  • Antonio Meloni (Science) – President of the National Scientific Committee for Antarctica (CSNA).

IT@CA was strategically planned to occur during the 500-year Anniversary of the death of one of Italy’s great innovators, Leonardo Da Vinci, and will look to capture the same creative and magical spirit espoused by the Renaissance figure. All of the leading institutions and organizations contributing to the event serve to promote economic and developmental growth between the two nations. IT@CA will be the latest in a long line of events and programs that the institutions have developed that highlight everything that makes Italy unique from its storied history to all of its modern offerings, and will illuminate how those strong qualities can serve to further enrich the Canadian connection that has been strong for many decades.

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About Embassy of Italy to Canada

The core functions of the Embassy of Italy are to represent Italy in Canada, to protect Italy’s interests and those of its citizens within the limits of international law, to negotiate with the Government of Canada, to gather information (through legal means) on conditions and events in Canada, and to continue to build friendly ties and develop economic, cultural and scientific relations. The Embassy includes a Consular Office that has territorial jurisdiction for the City of Ottawa, the Counties of Carleton, Dundas, Glengarry, Grenville, Prescott, Russell, and Stormont in Ontario and the Outaouais Region of Québec. The Embassy also coordinates a subordinate network of three Consulate Generals (in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver), two Italian Cultural Institutes (in Montreal and Toronto) and the Italian Trade Commission and the Italian National Tourist Board.

About Consulate General of Italy in Toronto

The Consulate General of Italy in Toronto is an office of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The Consulate protects the interests of Italians living in Ontario, Manitoba and Western Territories and provides services and resources to Italian citizens. The Consulate also promotes bilateral trade, Italian culture and language, as well as bilateral scientific cooperation and intercultural exchange.

About ITA – Italian Trade Agency

The Italian Trade Agency is the governmental agency that supports the business development of Italian companies abroad and promotes the attraction of foreign investments in Italy. It operates through a worldwide network of 79 offices in 65 countries, including two in Canada located in Toronto and Montreal. ITA acts to assert the excellence of Made in Italy and provides a wide range of services: information, assistance, consulting and promotion to Italian and Canadian companies willing to establish business relationships.

About Istituto Italiano di Cultura

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Toronto is an office of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. It is the cultural section of the Consulate General of Italy in Toronto. The Istituto is a centre for cultural and academic activities, a source of information about contemporary Italy, its regions and its multilayered cultural heritage, as well as a venue for art exhibitions, lectures, concerts, and video screenings. It provides the opportunity for collaboration between Italian and Canadian cultural organizations and facilitates exchanges in the fields of art, theatre, music and cinema.

About Italian National Tourist Board

The Italian National Tourist Board – ENIT Ente Nazionale Italiano per il Turismo established in 1919, is one of the oldest Tourist Boards in the world and its current structure includes a Head Office in Rome and a global network of 28 Offices in 25 countries.Its institutional function is the promotion of Italy as a Tourist Destination through the following activities: developing strategiesfor promoting Italia Brand on the national and international levels,providing information, supporting Tour Operators, Travel Agents and Media, as well as marketing of Italian tourism products for MICE and Leisure.

About Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario

Since it was founded in 1961, the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario (ICCO) has been a facilitator of business, a seeker of investment and a builder of commercial relationships. The ICCO is an independent, non-profit organization whose aim is to enhance and promote investments, business, trade and cultural relations between Canada and Italy. Furthermore, the ICCO also aims to promote the values of the Italian culture both in professional and social contexts. Among its many tasks, the ICCO works as a consultant for a number of local and regional governmental agencies in Canada and Italy, as well as in the field of commercial mediation. In addition to Toronto, ICCO has Italian offices in Milan, Verona and Udine. For more information visit

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