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ICCO highlights history at Christmas event


December 14, 2018
By Canadian Pizza

Toronto – Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario members gathered at Faema Canada’s showroom in Toronto for their annual Christmas party on Dec. 12.

An evening of prosecco, pasta, pizza and other culinary delights informally highlighted the rich history of family companies such as Olivieri Foods, Faema and Pizza Nova.

The Chamber’s executive director, Corrado Paina, introduced Alain Locqueneux, general manager of Olivieri Foods, a company specializing in retail pasta products that has been in operation since 1957. Locqueneux spoke of the company’s long history and commitment to quality.


Faema Canada’s Di Donato family, who provided the party’s venue, were celebrating 60 successful years since founder Mike Di Donato started the business. Di Donato addressed the audience of about 100, recalling his start in the business and stressing the importance of family.

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The ICCO was encouraging and accepting donations to the Calabrian Benevolent Association of Ontario Seniors Day Program, which helps seniors develop their skills and abilities.

The ICCO, which has operated since 1961, develops connections between its Italian commercial partners and local companies and investors, and promote the values of the Italian culture. The organizatoin holds educational and networking events several times a year in the Toronto area, including Centitalia in November.