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CONNECTING ITALY AND CANADA
THE MAGAZINE OF THE ITALIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN CANADA – VANCOUVER EDMONTON CALGARY
ALBERTA:
THE POTENTIAL
OF ENERGY
ALBERTA’S ABUNDANT
NATURAL RESOURCES
SHARING THE WEALTH
ALBERTA’S GROWING AND
UNRIVALLED WEALTH
SOAKING UP THE SUN
CALGARY’S SOLAR SUBURBS
GUEST FEATURE
PUTTING OUR ENERGY CAPABILITIES TO WORK
CLIMATE REPAIR
BALANCING ENERGY AND
THE ENVIRONMENT
features
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Energy and the Environment
Sharing the Wealth
REGIONAL FOCUS
Interviews with the Mayors of
Edmonton and Calgary
ASK THE EXPERTS
Dragonfly Surfaces
Ripple Effect Business Solutions
Cole Freight
Sealweld Corporation
BEST PRACTICE
Calgary’s Solar Suburbs
Nexos Consulting
GUEST FEATURE
Negotiating Gas Contracts
Putting Energy to Work
CHAMBER NEWS
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balancing energy
and the environment
Faster and faster humans are transferring
carbon from the surface of the earth into the
atmosphere. Scientists see the risks growing
so rapidly that carbon dioxide levels could
be double their 18th century value within the
next 50 years. Every increase in concentration
carries risks which lead to irreversible climate
changes. Human beings can emit only so much
carbon dioxide into the environment before we
severly disrupt the planet’s ecosystems.
Thousands of years ago an equilibrium was reached when the
heat escaping the earth’s atmosphere, and the energy coming
in from the sun, exactly balanced. So for thousands of years, the
temperature of earth has been stable. Minor fluctuations were
brought back to normal by the self-correcting mechanism of a
stable “greenhouse.”
But now there is 30 percent more carbon dioxide in our
greenhouse. (The concentration in the year 1750 was 280 parts
per million. Now it is 363 parts per million.) More of the heat
energy is now reflected back to earth. If the current concentrations were maintained indefinitely, a new equilibrium at a
higher temperature would eventually be reached. If, however,
concentrations continued to increase, so would warming, until
a point is reached where the system becomes unstable. The
result is a “runaway greenhouse effect” similar to the disastrous fate suffered by Venus; this planet now has surface
temperatures of thousands of degrees and is not capable of
supporting life as we know it.
Global warming is driving companies and governments to
work toward unprecedented change in the way we use fossil
fuels. Across the world regions are adopting policies to address
climate change. These actions include increasing renewable
energy generation, selling agricultural carbon sequestration
credits and encouraging energy efficiency.
A mechanism
Suggested for
battling climate
change has been
the idea of using
“Carbon Sinks” to
soak up carbon
dioxide.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
A mechanism suggested for battling climate change has been
the idea of using “Carbon Sinks” to soak up carbon dioxide. To
aid in this, reforestation, or planting of new forests, has been
proposed. This is a popular strategy for the logging industry
and for nations with large forest interests. While there may
be some potential in this solution, it cannot be effective on its
own. This is because it legitimizes continued destruction of
old-growth and pristine forests which are rich ecosystems, and
have an established biodiversity base that naturally maintain
the environment. Creating new forest areas would require the
creation of entire ecosystems. This method has been criticized
for being a quick fix that does not tackle the root causes effectively and does not lead to actual emissions reduction.
In September 2005, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change, a United Nations organization that includes scientists
from nearly every country in the world, released a report
estimating that two trillion tons of carbon dioxide could be captured and stored in old coal mines, abandoned oil and gas fields,
and in various other geologic formations around the world.
“The estimated storage capacity equals about 80 times the total
rate at which we make carbon dioxide from everything per year,”
said Robert Socolow, a Princeton University physicist who
co-heads its Carbon Mitigation Initiative. “Coal-power plants
account for about 25 percent of that carbon dioxide, so it’s 320
years of coal-power emissions.”
A long-term sequestration of carbon from forests comes from
the use of wood products such as “stick built” (with lumber)
homebuilding, the predominant form of home construction
in North America. Because most buildings are eventually
demolished, the carbon may be released into the atmosphere,
depending upon the fate of the scrap lumber. Reusing the lumber, or using it as fuel to replace a fossil fuel, avoids an increase
in atmospheric carbon.
For carbon dioxide to be sequestered artificially (not using the
natural processes of the carbon cycle) it must first be captured,
or at least be significantly delayed or prevented from being
re-released into the atmosphere from an existing carbonrich material, by being incorporated into an enduring usage (such
as in construction). Afterwards it
can be passively stored or remain
productively utilized over time in a
variety of ways.
RETURNING TO THE EARTH: (LEFT) Huge 380 tonne trucks at the Suncor oil
sands mine in Alberta help extract about 500,000 tonnes of oil sand per day.
(RIGHT) Carbon dioxide is injected underground using an enhanced oil recovery
technique at EnCana’s Weyburn Saskatchewan Oilfield, site of the world’s
largest greenhouse gas sequestration project.
the North Sea and re-injecting it back into empty wells.
ü British Petroleum is doing the same with an oil well in
Algeria and planning a similar project in California.
ü A coal-gasification utility in Beulah, North Dakota, is shipping approximately 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 each year
over 200 kilometres by pipeline to Weyburn, Saskatchewan
where it is being injected into an old oil field to help with
the recovery of new deposits.
Over a 20-year lifetime, each of these projects has the potential
to pull the equivalent of roughly five million cars off the road
for a year. But their real beauty is that they show carbon capture
can take place across the full range of energy production—from
extraction to electricity generation—which in Canada’s case
accounts for 82 percent of the greenhouse gases we pump into
the environment each year.
EnCana Petroleum of Calgary, Alberta is conducting North
America’s first large scale sequestration project. The company
buys carbon dioxide from an American
utility and pumps the gas underground
in southern Saskatchewan to force out
oil that would otherwise be unrecoverable. During the six years that the
project has been running, there have
been no signs that any of the gas is
escaping. EnCana ultimately expects to
store about 20 million tons of carbon dioxide underground.
Another project, in Salah, Algeria, expects to store 1.2 million
tons of carbon dioxide per year in natural gas wells.
For carbon to
be sequestered
artificially it must
first be captured.
For example, upon harvesting, wood
(as a carbon-rich material) can be
immediately burned or otherwise serve as a fuel, returning
its carbon to the atmosphere, or it can be incorporated into
construction or a range of other durable products, sequestering
its carbon over years or even centuries.
There are three big sequestration programs underway in the
world, not to mention scores of more modest pilot projects,
including many in Canada that have been on the go since the
late 1990s. The big three worldwide are:
ü Norway’s national oil company is stripping one million
tonnes a year of CO2 from the natural gas it is mining under
CONEXUS – SPRING 2007
The idea is simple: injecting compressed carbon dioxide into
the oilfield creates a carbon dioxide “flood” that forces the
remaining oil into a well where it can be harvested; the carbon dioxide remains behind, safely and permanently stored
beneath the earth’s surface. The project’s overriding goal is to
expand the knowledge of the capacity, transport rate and storage of carbon dioxide in geological formations associated with
enhanced oil recovery.
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Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage: Schematic diagram of
possible sources, processes and storage options for carbon dioxide.
Courtesy Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
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In the first phase of the research project, co-funded by the
Department of Energy, carbon dioxide was injected into the
Weyburn Oilfield in Saskatchewan. The project increased the
field’s oil production by an additional 10,000 barrels per day
and demonstrated the technical and economic feasibility of
permanent carbon sequestration.
Enhanced oil recovery (EOR), the technique used in the project,
has the potential to increase an oilfield’s ultimate oil recovery
by up to 60 percent and extend the oilfield’s life by decades.
Scientists project that by using knowledge gained from the
Weyburn Project, the oilfield will remain viable for another
20 years, produce an additional 130 million barrels of oil and
sequester as much as 30 million tons of carbon dioxide.
Next the Weyburn Project moves into Phase II where researchers will compile a best practices manual to serve as a worldclass industrial reference in the design and implementation
of carbon dioxide sequestration in conjunction with enhanced
oil recovery projects. They will also develop more rigorous
risk-assessment modeling techniques, improve injection efficiencies and monitor carbon dioxide flooding and storage with
a variety of methods, including seismic wave technologies and
geochemical surveys.
The Bush administration in Washington has just sped up its $2
billion Clean Coal initiative and says it wants a sequestration
strategy in place by 2012. As well, the UN’s Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change touts sequestration as one of the
important mitigating factors for climate change and points
out that Canada, with its wealth of tapped-out oil and gas wells,
provides a natural home.
“We’re going to get more ideas on where to put this stuff,” says
Socolow. “In a few decades, I think we’ll have a sense of the formations we can access, and the numbers will go up. Conceivably,
we may find that we were optimistic, and the numbers will go
down. But we’ve got to get going and learn the subject. It’s like
prospecting; you’ll get some unsuccessful ones and some good
ones. It’s ‘learn as you go’—but we’re ready to start!”
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What are
Greenhouse Gases?
Greenhouse gases are made out of:
ü Carbon dioxide, one of the most common
greenhouse gases, is released when wood
and fossil fuels including oil, natural gas,
and coal are burned.
ü Methane is emitted during the production
and transport of natural gas, coal and oil. It
is also released during the decomposition of
organic wastes in landfills, and from livestock.
ü Nitrous oxide emissions result from agricultural and industrial activities, as well as the
combustion of solid waste and fossil fuels.
ü Manmade compounds such as hydro-fluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, and chlorofluorocarbons (also linked with stratospheric ozone
depletion) from various industrial processes.
The prevailing scientific opinion on climate
change is that most of the warming observed over
the last 50 years is attributable to human activity.
CONEXUS – SPRING 2007 2000
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
ALBERTA:
SHARING THE
WEALTH
A pumpjack near Calgary, Alberta.
CONEXUS – SPRING 2007
ALBERTA’S
ABUNDANT
ENERGY
Alberta’s growing and unrivalled wealth—and the province’s
willingness to spend it—may disrupt the rest of Canada’s
economy and pose a tremendous political challenge to the
federal government according to Roger Gibbins, president and
chief executive of the independent policy research institute,
Canada West Foundation.
With money piling up by the day, Alberta’s spending power
has put the federal government in the daunting position of
assuring that the rest of the provinces realize similar financial
stability without taking huge amounts of cash away from the
oil-rich province.
A recent Ipsos Reid/CanWest Global survey of online Canadian
voters indicates citizens are divided over whether Alberta
CONEXUS – SPRING 2007 should share its oil windfall with the rest of Canada (55%) or
whether it should “keep the extra money to spend on provincial
priorities” (45%). Nevertheless, despite increasing concerns
regarding fiscal inequality between the provinces, most do
not believe that Alberta’s oil wealth poses a threat to Canada’s
federal system.
Recent figures from Statistics Canada reveal the province’s
population is increasing at more than five times the national
average, and there’s no end in sight to the migration.
The inherent problems associated with massive growth are
not limited to the metropolitan area of Calgary. Smaller communities need more doctors, nurses, police officers, firefighters,
teachers, nurses, bus drivers and other professionals to keep
up with the new pace. The president of medical staff in the
Grande Prairie region warned that northern Alberta’s healthcare has reached a crisis because of the increased demand and
decreased staff. In an interview, Dr. Miloslay Bozdech said it’s
unacceptable that the health system is so badly strained when
Alberta boasts multi-billion-dollar budget surpluses.
“Imagine someone having a heart attack or a car accident
requiring immediate medical attention, but unfortunately
there is no surgeon or specialist available,” writes Dr. Bozdech
in a letter to the Grande Prairie Herald-Tribune newspaper.
“We only have two doctors to service the entire population of
Grande Prairie, Peace River, Manning, Fox Creek, Grande Cache,
Fairview, Valleyview, McLennan, Beaverlodge and the rest of
the communities within our health region.”
Without the right people with the right training and in the right
jobs, Alberta is not going to be able to manage its economic growth,”
stated Alberta Human Resources and Employment Minister Mike
Cardinal when announcing the province’s labour strategy.
“Clearly, with more than 86,000 additional Alberta workers
needed over the next 10 years, we must take steps now to ensure
that we have a common plan—with our partners—for building
Alberta’s workforce. This strategy is about the leadership that is
needed to make sure we are all moving in the same direction.”
Housing all the newcomers represents yet another challenge.
The average selling price of a home in Calgary is now $305,000,
up almost 25 percent in one year. Contractors are short of
carpenters and other trades needed to build new homes, apartments, sewage and water systems. Real estate prices and rents
are climbing dramatically in many communities and rental
rates are among the highest in the country.
The province is working to meet the challenges of explosive
economic growth directly, but it’s hard to keep up when its
population of more than three million people grew by 25,000
in the third quarter of 2006 alone.
While the challenges are daunting, Darrell Toma, president of
the Alberta Chambers of Commerce, says he wouldn’t trade
Alberta’s situation for the problems of less economically robust
parts of Canada. “We have a debt-free economy and people are
fully employed. Wages and house prices are going up. It is a
great problem to have.”
Globally, the frenzied economic expansion in Alberta is almost
as strong as in China, which has the fastest rate among the
Alberta Oil sands: Petro-Canada’s MacKay River central
processing facility. Photo Courtesy of Petro-Canada.
world’s large economies. Since 2002, China has posted 14.8
percent average annual growth, compared with a 12.7 percent
average in Alberta.
The concern for the rest of the provinces of Canada is that
Alberta is engaging in what economists call “beggar-thy-neighbour” policies with regard to taxes. As they drive tax rates down,
other provinces feel compelled to follow, so that businesses are
not lured away. To stay “competitive” they risk seriously underfunding public services.
Unlike other provinces, Alberta has not needed to institute a
provincial sales tax. Alberta’s personal tax advantage results
from a low single rate tax system, including the highest basic
and spousal exemptions in the country, the lowest gasoline
tax rate among the provinces, and low property taxes. More
recently, Alberta’s surpluses have made it the only province in
the country to completely pay off its provincial debt.
In December 2006, Ed Stelmach was sworn in as the 13th
Premier of Alberta, taking reesponsibility for Alberta’s multibillion-dollar surpluses along with the dozens of problems
associated with managing the province’s explosive growth.
resources. He has also said that he wants to ensure as much of
Alberta’s raw materials as possible are processed close to home.
Of course, one of the most glaring issues the new premier
must handle is the province’s previous threats to drop out of
the federal government’s revenue-sharing deal with Canada’s
other provinces, if energy continues to be included in the
equalization formula.
Equalization payments are money the federal government gives
to poorer provinces to help narrow the gap between “have”
and “have-not” regions. Parliament and the government of
Canada are committed to the principle of making equalization
payments to ensure that provincial governments have sufficient revenues to provide reasonably comparable levels of
public services at reasonably comparable levels of taxation. To
determine who gets what, Ottawa compares more than 30 taxes
in each province. From this, a national standard is calculated
showing how much tax revenue a province should be able to
raise per capita. Any province that falls below the standard
gets money. Four decades ago, Alberta was among those who
received equalization payments. Possibly, these contributions
and other federal infrastructure investments helped shape
today’s Alberta.
According to Alberta’s new Premier; “there’s no such thing
as touching the brake” on the aggressive expansion of the oil
sands. Although the approval of $90 billion worth of projects
in the past decade has created labour shortages and inflated
construction costs across the country, Stelmach refuses to stop,
let alone slow down.
“Alberta is in an enviable position,” Stelmach has said. “We
have the means to build a strong province and future. What
Albertans can expect from me is to keep my word and to keep an
open mind. And I promise an open, inclusive Alberta government that puts Albertans first.”
He has promised a review of Alberta’s oil sands royalty system,
which many feel doesn’t give the province a fair return on its
“The economy, growth: that will sort itself out. We just want to
make sure that we’re globally competitive.”
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REGIONAL FOCUS
Q&A
WITH MAYOR
DAVE BRONCONNIER
Q: Considering the tremendous
growth and building that is
happening in the city, what is
currently being done to maintain
green space?
D: Tenendo conto dell’ enorme
sviluppo a livello urbanistico che
sta avendo luogo nella città, che
cosa si sta effettivamente facendo
per mantenere lo spazio verde?
The City of Calgary Parks continues to
be one of the best park systems in North
America. We currently have over 600 km
of pathways and 20,000 acres of open
space, and our city Council recognizes the
importance of maintaining our existing
green space.
La citta’ di Calgary continua ad avere uno
dei migliori sistemi per i parchi di tutto il
Nord America. Possiamo godere di oltre
600 km di strade verdi e oltre 20,000 acri di
spazi aperti, e il nostro Consiglio cittadino
riconosce l’importanza di mantenere il
nostro gia’ esistente spazio verde.
As part of this effort, we have allocated
$60 million over three years for lifecycle
maintenance and redevelopment of existing
parks in Calgary. On top of this, we are
working to protect valuable and scarce open
space in the downtown as schools close,
and as part of our effort we recently agreed
to purchase one of these schools for an
estimated $5 million.
Come parte di questo sforzo, abbiamo
stanziato 60 milioni di Dollari i prossimi
tre anni per il mantenimento e la ricostruzione degli attuali parchi di Calgary.
A monte di cio’ stiamo lavorando per
proteggere l’importante ma scarso spazio
verde vicino alle scuole nel centro citta’ e
per permettere cio’ ci siamo recentemente
accordati per l’acquisto di una di queste
scuole per un valore stimato attorno ai 5
milioni di Dollari.
In addition to maintaining our current
open spaces, we have recognized the
importance of acquiring and preserving
key areas for future growth. As a result,
we have expanded our parkland outside
the boundaries of the city while land is
still affordable. We established a program
called The Enmax Legacy Park Program—
the largest of its kind in Canada—which
has allocated approximately $65 million
for land acquisition and park development
and re-development both within the city of
Calgary and outside the city boundaries in
future development corridors.
This program represents a long term vision
that signifies the importance that open
space and parks have now, and for future
generations to enjoy.
Al fine di preservare il nostro attuale spazio
verde, abbiamo riconosciuto l’importanza
di acquistare e proteggere queste aree
strategiche per una futura espansione. Di
conseguenza abbiamo esteso la nostra area
parchi al di fuori dei confini della citta’
quando la terra era ancora acquistabile.
Abbiamo dato vita ad un programma
chiamato The Enmax Legacy Park , il piu’
complesso nel suo genere in Canada, per
il quale sono stati allocati circa 65 milioni
di Dollari per l’acquisizione di terreni ma
anche per lo sviluppo e la riqualificazione
dei parchi sia all’interno dell’area cittadina
di Calgary che al di fuori dei confini in aree
dal potenziale sviluppo.
Questo programma rappresenta una visione
di lungo periodo mirata a sottolineare
l’importanza rivestita dagli spazi aperti e dai
parchi sia per le generazioni attuali che per
quelle futura.
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Q: In the past year, 25,000 people moved to
Calgary (about 70 people a day). What is being
done to keep up with the demand for property
without infringing on this green space?
City Council has a goal to increase density in the city, but not
at the expense of open space. In recognition of this goal, we
have developed several strategies, and there are three key
points to mention.
First, it is important to note that none of the City’s open
space has been used for development. This is critical because
it has ensured that our city-owned open spaces have been
maintained as open spaces, and not sacrificed for other forms
of development.
Second, developers are required to contribute 10% of developable land for parks in the city when new land is developed. This
ensures we will maintain a balance between residential expansion and park development.
Third, in the downtown—what we call the “Centre City”—we
have the highest residential densities and the lowest quantity
of open space, and we recognize that the value of land within
the Centre City can make it extremely difficult to acquire future
open space. With this in mind, we have endorsed a Centre City
Open Space Management Plan that focuses on accessibility and
quality and includes strategies to protect all current open space,
and further, to acquire open space in order to ensure local
residents are within 450 meters of a park, which is about a five
minute walk.
Calgary’s parks are a huge contributor to the quality of life
in Calgary, socially, environmentally and economically. This
world class system, along with close access to the mountains,
attracts companies, families and young workers to settle in
Calgary and ensures Calgarians continue to enjoy high quality
park and open space opportunities now and into the future.
Labour shortage:
Calgary experienced record growth in 2006. With the rapid
growth felt in the past year, challenges such as increased
housing prices and labour shortages in key sectors have come
to the forefront. Increased housing prices have an impact on
Calgary’s ability to attract labour and, attracting labour has an
impact on increasing housing prices. However, it is important
to keep in mind that Calgary remains one of the lowest major
Canadian centres for housing costs when you factor in property
tax and utilities.
In order to attract new people to Calgary we would like to see
additional rental housing come on-stream to help alleviate
some of the pressure. We also ask people to be informed
before they make the decision to move to Calgary. To ensure
a successful relocation to Calgary, we highly recommend that
they secure housing prior to moving or at least fully inform
themselves of the reality of Calgary’s real estate market. They
can visit www.calgaryeconomicdevelopment.com for information on moving to Calgary.
D: Nell’ ultimo anno si sono trasferite a Calgary
all’incirca 25,000 persone ( quasi 70 persone
al giorno). Che cosa e’ stato fatto per rimanere al
passo con le richieste di acquisto di immobili senza
infrangere gli spazi verdi?
Il Consiglio Cittadino ha come obiettivo quello di aumentare la
densita’ cittadina, ma non a spese dello spazio verde. In ragione
di cio’ abbiamo sviluppato diverse strategie e qui di seguito ne
verranno spiegati i punti principali.
Quale primo punto e’ importante sottolineare che nessuno spazio
aperto della citta’ e’ stato utilizzato per l’espansione demografica.
Tale punto e’ cruciale perche’ assicura che i nostri spazi verdi
sono stati mantenuti tali e non sono stati sacrificati per altre
forme di sviluppo.
Come secondo punto, sottolineo che agli sviluppatori viene richiesto di dedicare il 10% della terra edificabile in ciascun nuovo
progetto nella costruzione di parchi cittadini, Questo ci assicura
il mantenimento di un equilibrio fra l’espansione residenziale e
lo sviluppo dei parchi.
Quale terzo punto, nel centro cittadino abbiamo la piu’ alta
densita’ residenziale, ma la piu’ scarsa concentrazione di spazio
all’aperto e riconosciamo che il valore della terra all’interno del
centro citta’ puo’ rendere estremamente difficile l’acquisizione
di terre per il futuro spazio verde. A tal fine, abbiamo approvato
un programma denominato Centre City Open Space Management
che si focalizza sull’accessibilita’ e sulla qualita’ e che include
strategie volte a proteggere il corrente spazio aperto, ma che ci
permette anche di acquistare nuovi spazi aperti in modo da assicurare ai residenti la possibilita’ di raggiungere un parco in 450
metri, ovvero con una passeggiata di 5 minuti.
I parchi di Calgary costituiscono un grande contributo alla qualita’ della vita dal punto di vista sociale, ambientale ed economico.
Questo fattore, insieme alla vicinanza alle montagne, costituisce
un punto d’attrazione per molte aziende, giovani lavoratori ma
anche famiglie intenzionate a stabilirsi a Calgary e permette ai
cittadini di poter continuare ad approfittare sino in fondo delle
opportunita’ offerte da questi meravigliosi spazi verdi.
Carenza di manodopera:
Nel 2006 Calgary e’ stata protagonista di una crescita da record.
Problematiche come l’aumento dei prezzi delle case e la carenza di
manodopera in alcuni settori chiave stanno emergendo a seguito
di questa rapida crescita verificatasi nell’ ultimo anno. L’aumento
dei prezzi degli immobili ha un impatto sulla capacita’ di Calgary
di attrarre forza lavoro e il fatto di attrarre lavoro ha, a sua volta, un
impatto sulla crescita dei prezzi delle case. Comunque e’ importante ricordare che Calgary rimane una delle citta’ del Canada dove
i prezzi delle case si mantengono piu’ bassi per quanto riguarda le
spese di gestione e le tasse relative alla proprieta’.
Per poter attrarre nuovi cittadini a Calgary sarebbe auspicabile un
aumento del numero delle case in affitto per permettere di alleviare la situazione venutasi a creare. Chiediamo, inoltre, alle persone
che intendono trasferirsi a Calgary di informarsi anticipatamente.
Onde evitare spiacevoli sorprese raccomandiamo fortemente ai
cittadini che intendono trasferirsi di provvedere anticipatamente
ad una sistemazione o,al limite, di informarsi sulle reali caratteristiche del mercato immobiliare di Calgary.
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REGIONAL FOCUS
Q: Calgary’s housing prices are becoming out
of reach for many. Can you explain any low cost
housing initiatives?
D: Il mercato immobiliare di Calgary sta
diventando molto costoso. Potrebbe informarci
circa le iniziative piu’ economiche?
Affordable Housing
Case a prezzi abbordabili
While close to 70% of all Calgarians are home owners, Calgary
City Council recognizes the need to ensure that citizens have
access to safe and affordable housing. The City works in partnership with many local organizations to address the needs within
our community.
Nonostante quasi il 70% di tutti gli abitanti di Calgary sono
proprietari della propria casa, il Consiglio Comunale riconosce il
bisogno di assicurare ai cittadini una sistemazione sicura e a basso
costo. La citta’ lavora in partnership con molte organizzazioni
locali per rispondere ai bisogni all’interno della nostra comunita’.
Affordable housing is a City Council priority, with a target of
increasing the non-market rental affordable housing supply by
600 units from 2006 to 2008. Council unanimously approved
the commitment of $20 million to support this target over the
three year timeframe. In 2006, The City of Calgary participated
in the establishment of 214 affordable housing units through
partnership or direct development.
La necessita’ di garantire delle case popolari rappresenta una priorita’ per il consiglio cittadino che si e’ posto l’obiettivo di aumentare l’offerta degli alloggi popolari di 600 unta’ tra il 2006 e il 2008.
Il Consiglio ha approvato all’unanimita’ l’impiego di 20 milioni di
Dollari per supportare tale iniziativa nei prossimi tre anni. Nel 2006
la citta’ di Calgary ha partecipato, attraverso partnership o investimento diretto, alla creazione di 214 alloggi a prezzi abbordabili.
Q: How is the problem of homelessness
being managed?
D: Come viene gestito il problema dei senza tetto?
Homelessness
Nonostante i considerevoli sforzi negli ultimi 20 anni da parte
della citta’ di Calgary e da organizzazioni locali, il numero dei
senzatetto e’ in continua crescita.
Despite considerable efforts over the past two decades by The
City of Calgary and local organizations, the number of people
experiencing homelessness in Calgary continues to grow.
The City of Calgary’s response to homelessness is three-fold:
a focus on funding preventive programs through the Family and
Community Support Services (FCSS) program; a commitment to
increase the supply of safe and affordable housing (a key component to prevention and ending homelessness); and a focus on
research and advocacy.
On January 9, 2007, The Calgary Committee to End Homelessness
was established as a result of increasing community concern
for this issue and to go beyond managing the poblem to finding
a solution. The committee brings together all orders of government and all sectors of the community to develop a ten-year
plan to end homelessness that will be presented to Calgarians
in early 2008.
While the provision of homeless shelters is the responsibility
of other orders of government, The City frequently plays a role
in supporting emergency responses. This includes the recent
initiative by The City and community organization to implement a temporary solution for the 2006/07 winter months. City
Transit vehicles were used to provide “warming facilities”. The
Calgary Stampede Grandstand was temporarily opened as an
emergency response, and a temporary shelter was opened in
December that will be operated by a community agency until
the end of March 2007.
The City also contributes to the community’s knowledge of homelessness and related issues through the undertaking of research
projects (eg. Biennial Count of Homeless Persons in Calgary)
and reports on households at risk. This information is used by
The City and local organizations to assist in understanding the
current situation and address the needs of Calgarians.
14 CONEXUS – SPRING 2007
Senzatetto
La risposta della citta’ a questo problema e’ triplice: focalizzazione
sul finanziamento di programmi mirati alla prevenzione attraverso il Family and Community Support Services (FCSS); impegno ad
aumentare l’offerta di case popolari (componente fondamentale
per prevenire e diminuire il problema); focus sulla ricerca ed una
pressione maggiore verso queste tematiche
Il 9 Gennaio 2007 e’ stato stabilito il Comitato di Calgary su End
Homelessness come risposta all’aumento delle preoccupazioni
dei cittadini per questo problema e per riuscire ad andare oltre
alla semplice ricerca di una soluzione. Il Comitato riunisce tutti
gli organi di governo e tutti i settori della Comunita’ con lo scopo
di sviluppare un programma, che ha come fine quello di far
diminuire il problema dei senzatetto, della durata di 10 anni e
che sara’ presentato a Calgary all’inizio del 2008.
Mentre la fornitura di ripari ai senzatetto è di responsabilità
di altri ordini del governo, la città svolge frequentemente un
ruolo chiave nelle risposte a questa emergenza. Questo include
la recente iniziativa promossa dalla citta’ e dalle organizzazioni
della comunita’ per implementare una soluzione provvisoria da
attuare nei mesi invernali del 2006/2007. Alcuni veicoli per il
trasporto cittadino sono stati usati per garantire delle ‘’strutture
di riscaldamento’’, lo Stampede Grandstand di Calgary e’ stato
temporaneamente adibito come risposta all’emergenza e un
riparo provvisorio e’ stato aperto a Dicembre e sara’ gestito da
un’agenzia della comunita’ fino alla fine di Marzo 2007.
La citta’, inoltre, contribuisce alla diffusione di una maggiore
conoscenza in merito alla problematica relativa ai senzatetto
attraverso l’istituzione di progetti di ricerca (per esempio:
Biennial Count of Homeless Persons a Calgary) e di rapporti sulle
famiglie a rischio. Queste informazioni sono usate dalla citta’ e
dalle organizzazioni locali per aiutarci a capire la situazione corrente e per dare risposta ai bisogni dei Calgaritani.
Q&A
WITH MAYOR
STEPHEN MANDEL
Q: Considering the tremendous
growth and building that is
happening in the city, what is
currently being done to maintain
green space?
D: Tenendo conto dello sviluppo
e delle continue costruzioni che
stanno avendo luogo in citt, che
cosa si sta effettivamente facendo
per mantenere lo spazio verde?
Edmonton’s parks, trails, river valley and
natural areas connect Edmontonians to
their community, to the environment and
to one another. Open spaces provide yearround recreation, relaxation, natural beauty
and ecological integrity to Alberta’s capital
city. Our parks breathe life and sustainability into a vibrant urban environment.
I parchi, le aree naturali, i fiumi e i
sentieri di Edmonton collegano gli
abitanti di Edmonton alla loro comunita’, all’ambiente e tra di loro. Gli spazi
all’aperto garantiscono la possibilita’ di
rilassarsi, di godere delle bellezze naturali
e dell’integrita’ ecologica offerta dalla capitale dell’ Alberta per tutto l’anno. I nostri
parchi infondono vita e sostenibilita’ in un
vibrante ambiente urbano.
The City of Edmonton recognizes the
importance of protecting and preserving
these natural treasures, and so we created
an “Urban Parks Management Plan” mapping out a plan to manage the City’s parkland through 2016 and beyond. It looks at
how the City will acquire, design, construct,
maintain, preserve and use parkland. This
vision for the future park system ensures
that all Edmontonians will benefit from the
rich, green legacy that we require and enjoy,
for generations to come.
Q: Edmonton is expected to
experience Canada’s biggest
hiring boom in 2007, how
will these positions be filled
considering the enormous
manpower shortages the
province is facing?
Filling all the jobs, even with the 200,000
newcomers expected to move to Edmonton
in the next decade, is going to be a challenge. Business and the economy will create
the jobs. Our challenge is to attract the
professionals, service-industry workers
and trades people—and their families—by
capitalizing on all the factors that make
Edmonton a desirable place to work, live
and raise their families.
La citta’ di Edmonton riconosce
l’importanza di proteggere e preservare
queste bellezze naturali e per questo abbiamo creato un “ Urban Parks Managment
Plan” che ha come obiettivo quello dare
origine ad un piano per la gestione dei
parchi cittadini fino al 2016 ed oltre. Tale
piano definisce come la citta’ acquisira’,
progettera’, costruira’, manterra’, preservera’ e utilizzera’ i parchi. Questa visione
per il futuro assicura che le prossime
generazioni beneficeranno di questa ricca e
verde eredita’.
D: Si preannuncia che Edmonton
sara’ protagonista del piu’
grande boom in Canada delle
assunzioni nel 2007, come si
pensa che questo verra’ gestito
considerando l’enorme carenza
di forza lavoro all’interno della
provincia?
Riuscire a coprire tutte le posizioni, anche
considerando i 200.000 nuovi abitanti
che secondo le previsioni si trasferiranno
ad Edmonton nei prossimi dieci anni,
rimane una sfida.Il commercio e l’economia
creeranno i posti di lavoro. La nostra sfida
CONEXUS – SPRING 2007 15
REGIONAL FOCUS
One strategy is finding ways to help immigrant and newcomer
populations fit in and quickly feel like Edmonton is “home”—
identifying some of the barriers to immigration and find ways to
relieve them.
e’ quella di attrarre professionisti, lavoratori nell’industria dei
servizi e operai specializzati, con relative famiglie, puntando su
tutti quei fattori che rendono Edmonton un paese felice in cui
lavorare, vivere e crescere la propria famiglia.
We’re also making sure Edmonton has the quality-of-life
elements that people expect and deserve—things like parks, art
galleries, entertainment and sports and recreation opportunities—that will make workers want to come here, bring their
families, and stay.
Una strategia risiede nel trovare delle soluzioni che possano
aiutare gli immigranti ed i nuovi arrivati ad integrarsi e ad identificare Edmonton come la propria “casa”, attraverso ad esempio
l’identificazione delle barriere all’immigrazione e di possibili
modi per superare questo problema.
Edmonton Economic Development Corporation is playing a role
with projects like “Images if Edmonton” magazine, focusing on
Edmonton’s enticing portfolio of “people” advantages: a diverse,
affordable quality of life; top-rated health care and education;
great recreational opportunities; and rich cultural amenities.
And their online initiatives like the “Tell Somebody” recruitment
campaign (www.tellsomebody.ca) and “Move to Edmonton”
(www.movetoedmonton.com) that tell people about the quality
of life in Edmonton, our health and education systems, housing
information, job searching and more.
Al contempo ci stiamo assicurando che Edmonton abbia gli
elementi di qualita’ di vita che le cittadini si aspettano e meritano: parchi, gallerie d’arte, divertimenti, opportunita’ di svago
e attivita’ sportive, che spingano i lavoratori a trasferirsi qui con
le proprie famiglie.
Q: A recent count of Edmonton’s homeless
population showed 2,600 people don’t have a
place to live, a 20 per cent increase from two
years ago. What is being done to deal with this?
The City has been working diligently to address affordable housing through initiatives like “Cornerstones” a five-year plan to help
increase affordable housing and ensure adequate and decent
housing for Edmontonians. The goal is to create 2500 more
affordable housing units in the next five years.
One aspect encourages developers to build affordable housing
units by the City reducing some of the development costs—
rebating municipal fees and charges (building permit fees,
water/sewer hook-up fees, water and gas servicing, electrical/
mechanical permits for example) when developers build affordable housing units.
We’ve already reached an agreement with a developer that has
agreed to make five percent of the units in a new project available to the city at 15 percent below list price or giving the city that
discount in cash.
We also launched a pilot project that offers a $200 per month
subsidy on 400 existing rental units for the next five years, making those units affordable to more Edmontonians.
Five million dollars has been allocated to the Cornerstones initiative.
Q: What type of urban planning is presently
being done to stop the urban sprawl and maintain
Edmonton`s green spaces?
Edmonton is changing the way the city develops. The City’s
“Smart Choices” initiative is designed to reduce urban sprawl,
make suburbs more energy efficient, encourage pedestrianfriendly communities and redevelop older neighbourhoods. It
includes policies that encourage redevelopment in existing
L’ Edmonton Economic Development Corporation sta avendo
un ruolo attivo in diversi progetti come la rivista “ Images of
Edmonton” e che si focalizza sull’intera gamma di elementi
positivi che le persone possono trovare ad Edmonton: una
qualita’ di vita differente ed accessibile; un sistema sanitario ed
educativo di livello superiore;una vasta gamma di opportunita’
di svago e di attivita’ culturali. Ma anche servizi disponibili
on-line, come la campagna per il recrutamento “Tell somebody”
(www.tellsomebody.ca) e www.movetoedmonton.com che
informa le persone sulla qualita’ di vita di Edmonton, sul
nostro sistema scolastico e sanitario, sulle informazioni per
cercare casa, un lavoro e molto altro.
D: Una recente stima circa la popolazione dei
senzatetto di Edmonton afferma che circa 2.600
persone non hanno un posto dove vivere, un
aumento del 20% rispetto a due anni fa. Cosa si
sta facendo per affrontare questa problematica?
La citta’ sta lavorando attivamente per per dare un alloggio a
queste persone attraverso diverse iniziative come, per esempio,
“Cornerstones’’ ovvero un piano di durata quinquiennale che ha
come obiettivo quello di aumentare il numero degli alloggi popolari e assicurare un alloggio decoroso agli abitanti di Edmonton.
L’obiettivo e’ la creazione di 2500 nuove sistemazioni economiche nei prossimi cinque anni.
Incoraggiamo i costruttori nella costruzione di queste unita’
abitative riducendo alcuni costi edilizi, sgravando gli oneri
municipali (tasse di licenza per la costruzione, per il collegamento alle fognature ed ai servizi di acqua e gas, ma anche
permessi per l’elettricita’ solo per citare alcuni esempi) ogni
volta che costruiscono unita’ abitative economiche.
Abbiano gia’ raggiunto un accordo con un costruttore che ha
accettato di destinare il 5% delle unita’ abitative di un nuovo
progetto, ad un valore inferiore al prezzo di mercato di circa il 15%
o donando alla citta’ un importo in contanti pari a tale risparmio.
Abbiamo anche lanciato un progetto pilota che offre un sussidio pari a 200$ al mese per 400 unita’ abitative da affittare,
rendendole economicamente accessibili per un maggior numero
di abitanti di Edmonton.
All’ iniziativa Cornerstones sono stati destinati 5 milioni di dollari.
16 CONEXUS – SPRING 2007
D: Che tipo di progetto urbano e’ stato
attualmente previsto per fermare l’espansione
urbana incontrollata e per garantire il
mantenimento degli spazi verdi di Edmonton?
Edmonton cambia a secondo di come la citta’ si sviluppa.
L’iniziativa cittadina denominata “Smart Choice” e’ stata progettata per ridurre l’incontrollata espansione cittadina, rendere i
sobborghi piu’ efficenti dal punto di vista energetico, incoraggiare la creazione di quartieri destinati unicamente ai pedoni e
per ricostruire i quartieri piu’ antichi. Include inoltre politiche
per la ristrutturazione dei quartieri gia’ esistenti, per costruire
case piu’ vicine al sistema dei trasporti ferroviario e stradale e
per avere quartieri e cittadini che possono vivere piu’ vicino al
centro cittadino.
I benefici che ne derivano sono molteplici: riusciamo a far
un miglior uso dei servizi e delle infrastrutture cittadine
gia’ esistenti e riduciamo la necessita’ di costose strade,
fogne, marciapiedi, scuole, parchi e ambienti ricreativi. Nel
momento in cui mettiamo a disposizione una piu’ ampia
scelta di abitazioni per le giovani famiglie creiamo anche una
citta’ piu’ sostenibile dal punto ambientale, piu’ vivibile a
piedi e meno dipendente dalle automobili.
neighbourhoods, housing that’s close to LRT and transit routes,
and having more neighbourhoods and more people living closer
to the city-core.
The benefits are numerous: we make better use of existing community facilities and infrastructure and we reduce the need for
costly new roads, sewers, sidewalks, schools, parks and recreation facilities. We also create a more environmentally sustainable
city that is more walkable and less automobile dependent while
providing greater housing choice for young families.
Q: Rapid population growth has led to heavier
demands being placed on the Edmonton Transit
System (ETS). The equipment is aging and
perhaps not sufficient. What type of funding and
other measures are being put in place to curtail
this growing problem?
Last year there were 57 million passengers on Edmonton’s buses,
trolleys and LRT trains—up 5.5 percent from 2005—the largest
annual rise in our history.
We’re looking at buying another 11 LRT cars to handle higher
volumes, and have approved funds to replace old buses and
enhance service with more than 200 new modern, more efficient
low-floor buses over the next 18 months.
D: La rapida crescita della popolazione ha
incrementato la domanda di disponibilita’ sul
sistema dei trasporti di Edmonton (ETS) . Il sistema
e’ vecchio e forse non ha capacita’ sufficiente.
Che tipi di finanziamenti ed altre misure state
prendendo per limitare questo crescente
problema?
Nell’ultimo anno sugli autobus, filobus e tr0eni di Edmonton
hanno viaggiato circa 57 milioni di passeggeri. Cio’ corrisponde
ad una crescita del 5.5% rispetto al 2005, il piu’ alto incremento
annuale della nostra storia.
Stiamo pensando di acquisire eleven nuovi vagoni ferroviari
per affrontare questa maggiore domanda e abbiamo approvato
i fondi necessari per sostituire i vecchi bus e potenziare il sistema nei prossimi 18 mesi con oltre 200 nuovi mezzi, moderni
e piu’ efficienti.
Inoltre, l’estensione del sistema ferroviario in direzione di
Century Park aiutera’ ad indirizzare la crescita nella zona a
Sud di Edmonton, e per assicurare una tranquilla gestione
della crescita futura, quest’anno assumeremo un consulente
che valuti i nostri bisogni in merito ai trasporti pubblici e che
sviluppi un piano quinquiennale con l’obiettivo di assicurare il
raggiungimento degli obiettivi preposti.
As well, the South LRT extension to Century Park will help
address growth in south Edmonton, and to ensure we keep pace
with future growth, this year we’ll hire a consultant to assess our
public transit needs and develop a five year plan to make sure we
can meet them.
CONEXUS – SPRING 2007 17
ASK THE EXPERTS
All leather is not created equal
Going cheap can cost you more in the end
Leather is arguably the most luxurious
and desirable upholstery material available. However, like anything in high
demand, the consumer must be wary.
With a recent explosion of inexpensive
leather furniture flooding local retail and
wholesale markets, it may have become
one of the most difficult to purchase
without getting ripped off.
What is so special about
quality leather?
Fine leather furniture is an investment
which can last a lifetime. The depth
of colour, rich textures, and resilient
strength are features any synthetic alternative is hard pressed to match. These
enviable characteristics are only found
in premium quality leather, most notably, leather created by Italian tanneries.
For centuries, Italian craftspeople have
been fine-tuning the art of leather tanning, passing down their well-guarded
knowledge to subsequent generations.
Their expertise in selecting the best raw
materials, their processes for tanning,
and of course, their
passion for design all
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A timeless classic, this
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Consequences of buying
cheap leather furniture
Taking advantage of the demand for
Italian leather furniture, low-cost
foreign manufacturers are producing cheap knock-offs which, to the
untrained eye, look very similar to the
real thing. Advertisements boasting
terms like “100% Leather” or “Real
Italian Leather” confuse consumers into
thinking that they are buying the same
premium leather products that sell for
many times the price. Because of weak
labelling requirements, none of these
terms actually indicate the true quality of
the leather being used.
a leather buying tip…
$1299 for a “Real Italian Leather” sofa? No
way. Raw materials alone would cost near
that amount, before import costs and retail
markup. The cost of your furniture is more
or less directly related to its quality and performance. Look to spend $3000 and up for a
quality, 3-person, real Italian leather sofa.
Be wary of cheap knockoffs; they may look nice
in the showroom but can
quickly fall apart with use
Low sticker price aside, consider the following realities of buying cheap leather:
ü cheap leather will “crack” or “pool”
in as little as a few months
ü colours will fade, and in some cases
even stain clothing
ü the leather grain (which is fake) will
quickly disappear in high wear areas.
Protecting yourself against
imitations and knock-offs
Ask questions and do your homework. Find out where the product was
manufactured, and then research the
manufacturer’s reputation and choice
of materials. Don’t be afraid to have
your furniture custom built locally with
materials you can pick yourself. See our
online resource for more information on
leather types and origins. Chances are,
if the retailer doesn’t know the answers
to your questions, you are probably not
getting what you want. You can find more
information on buying leather, recommended local manufacturers, and access
to unbiased leather experts that can
help provide practical answers to your
questions at www.dragonflysurfaces.
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importers of fine italian
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We are particularly proud of Cole’s extensive experience with large scale Capital
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Consumers expect superior quality from
Italian-made products. The emphasis is on
the engineering of goods with higher technology and more refined manufacturing
processes rather than widely distributed,
low-tech products. This strategy has made
Italy a perfect place to outsource the specialty machined components required for
the Canadian petroleum pipeline industry.
This kind of production strategy has given
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Western Canada has developed the most
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where the tar sands have an estimated
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the consumption needs of North America
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The hostile conditions of SAGD technology have forced operators to seek out the
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for use in this application. Wellhead
valves, full port plug and ball valves, body
vents, injection fittings and inner-check
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in the process. Surprisingly, minimum
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the tools that service personnel depend
on to maintain production safely and
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With the petroleum industry ever striving
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BEST PRACTICE
soaking up the sun
22 CONEXUS – SPRING 2007
NERGY
calgary’s solar suburbs
Nestled along the Sheep River
Valley in the heart of the
Alberta Foothills, the Town of
Okotoks is a young, vibrant and
welcoming community of 16,500.
Okotoks is bordered by the Rocky Mountains
to its west and is situated only 18 kilometres
south of Calgary’s city limits.
The town has won multiple awards including the Silver Medal in the International
Award for Livable Communities (2005),
Federal Canadian Municipalities Sustainable Communities Award (2000), the
Alberta Emerald Award for Government
Institutions (1999, 2002 and 2005), the
Leadership in Sustainability Award (2006)
and the International Dubai Award for Top
100 Practices (2000). Okotoks’ sustainable
community program, called Sustainable
Okotoks, has attracted attention and admiration from small towns and communities
across Canada and the United States.
Notwithstanding the community’s other
accolades, it is when the sun rises over
Okotoks’ Drake Landing Solar Community
that results in the town’s most ambitious, ecologically-aware effort yet comes
to light—the ability to generate electricity
from sunlight.
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BEST PRACTICE
SETTING THE STANDARDS: The largest subdivision of single family homes in Canada
that are certified to the R-2000 energy-efficiency standard, each 30 percent more
efficient than conventionally built homes.
Solar heating systems work well in Canada because of the
significant amount of solar radiation the country receives.
The area of Okotoks receives almost as much solar energy as
both Italy and Greece. Because Alberta’s climate changes so
drastically during the winter months and the solar radiation is
much lower during this season, the solar space heating needs
to be stored. Normally captured solar energy is lost if it isn’t
used almost immediately. The Okotoks development is the
first in North America to store solar heat in an underground
reservoir and then release it in the winter for space heating.
Approximately 800 solar collectors (more than 2,300 square
metres in total area) are mounted on the roofs of interconnected garages and breezeways, generating up to 1.5 megawatts
of thermal power.
The borehole thermal energy storage system is an underground
structure for storing large quantities of solar heat collected in
summer for use later in winter. It is basically a large, underground heat exchanger. The borehole field consists of 144
holes stretching 37 metres below the ground and covering an
area 35 metres in diameter. This system consists of an array of
boreholes resembling standard drilled wells. After drilling, a
plastic pipe with a “U” bend at the bottom is inserted down the
borehole. As the heated water travels through the pipe work,
heat is transferred to the surrounding earth. The temperature
of the earth reaches about 80 degrees Celsius by the end of each
summer. To provide good thermal contact with the surrounding
soil, the borehole is then filled with a high thermal conductivity
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grouting material such as sand, high-density R-40 insulation,
a waterproof membrane, clay and other landscaping materials.
In addition to the district heating system, each Drake Landing
home includes an independent two-panel solar thermal system
to meet 60 percent of the domestic hot-water needs. The homes
encompass numerous energy-efficient and environmentally
friendly features, including superior insulation, low-flow plumbing fixtures, advanced appliances and low-impact landscaping.
They are certified to the R-2000 energy-efficiency standard
(the first R-2000 subdivision in Alberta and one of the largest in
Canada) and they are registered with the Built Green Alberta™
program at the Gold Level, which requires superior insulation
and windows, energy- and water-efficient appliances and the
use of non-toxic and recycled building materials.
Typical homes using natural gas generate six tonnes of
Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions per year. This neighbourhood combines solar space heating with solar domestic hot
water systems saving five tonnes of GHG emissions per year,
realizing an 83 percent savings per home.
All homes in the Drake Landing development, even those that
are not solar heated, are required to abide by The Town of
Okotoks water stewardship measures. The homes must have low
consumption toilets and ultra low flow showerheads, bathroom
faucets and kitchen faucets. All hot and most cold water lines
must be insulated. In larger homes where the distance from the
hot water tank to the furthest hot water tap exceeds 36 feet, a
recirculation pump is required. Homebuilders are even required
to supply an Energy Star®, low water consumption clothes washer
and dishwasher. Exterior water conservation is augmented with
a rain barrel, supplied for plant watering, incorporated into
the eaves trough downspout. Extra topsoil depth is supplied to
maintain moisture longer for landscaping needs and an outdoor
tap timer is in place to eliminate excess use. It is estimated the
subdivision will reduce greenhouse gas emissions for each house
by five tonnes, or 260 tonnes in total annually.
A building in the park called the Energy Centre houses the
mechanical equipment and controls the monitoring system
and large water tanks for short-term heat storage. At the front
of the Energy Centre is a display window, which shows how
the system works and provides actual, real-time data on the
system’s performance.
Inspired by similar efforts in Europe, supporters of the solarpowered suburb hope neighbourhoods everywhere will emulate
the project. Alberta Senator Tommy Banks, chairman of the
Upper Chamber’s Natural Resources Committee stated, “This
is an enormous achievement for Okotoks. It’ll set an example,
we hope, across the country for many years to come. If we’re
going to respond effectively to climate change, we need to get
more communities involved.”
The project makes perfect sense to Rick Quail, the town’s
infrastructure services manager. “You capture the solar energy,
store it in the Earth’s ‘furnace,’ and then use it during the heating
season. It’s a perfect mix of technology and renewable energy.”
The benefits of this project are far-reaching. By integrating
technologies, the Drake Landing Solar Community is accelerating the development of many of the systems being employed
and by eliminating the major seasonal barrier, this initiative
encourages future investments in the production of renewable
technologies—a prospect that benefits industry across the country. As a community project, it provides city officials and urban
planners in other municipalities an innovative model for solar
heating in their “cold climate” Canadian neighbourhoods.
As energy prices continue to rise the economics of this type of
system will become more and more attractive, and as replication
occurs, the design and construction costs will decrease. As this
happens, the environmental benefits will be multiplied. The
ultimate beauty of these homes is that they will forever reward
their owners and future generations with structural security
and fuel-free comfort, even if the climate changes in an as-yetunknown future.
In addition to the Drake Landing Community, the Town of
Okotoks has implemented many sustainable community initiatives throughout the municipality. Finding alternative energy
sources and retrofitting Town buildings with energy efficiency
equipment and lighting has been a key priority. All Municipal
facility installations now incorporate active solar heating. In
addition, eco-efficient features are now standard practice for
new facilities planning.
By implementing solar projects and reducing the use of nonrenewable fossil fuels, which produce harmful greenhouse gas
emissions, the Town has been able to keep its commitment to
leaving a healthier environment for future generations.
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e Valdobbiadene
Produced since Roman times in the Treviso hills, Prosecco has
found the optimum soil and climatic conditions in this area to
express its bouquet and unmistakable freshness to the fullest.
Whether you choose the still, semi-sparkling or sparkling, any
time of day is a good excuse for drinking a glass of Prosecco!
With 52 hectares of vineyards in the DOC Prosecco area of
Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, the Collalto estate considers
Prosecco to be the most representative wine of this territory and
one of the most significant from its own cellar.
Spumante Extra Dry CSPC #720618
Semi-Sparkling, Standard Cork CSPC #720619
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[email protected]
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BEST PRACTICE
Bridging the Employment Gap
In a marketplace that is characterized as a “war for talent,”
companies in every industry across Alberta are facing the most
difficult time in memory for attracting and retaining people. In
desperation, many employers will fill a position with a “warm
body” out of frustration at the lack of applicants available.
Ideally, when a company has a position to fill, the employers
want to be sure that they find the candidate most suited for the
job, the one whose skills and knowledge will help their company
grow. Human Resources Professional publication estimates
that hiring the wrong employee can cost companies hundreds
of thousands of dollars in direct costs and lost revenue.
Nexos Consulting Inc was formed in 2006 by Claudia Navarro
and Hernán Rodera who collectively recognized that the
increasing globalization of the marketplace was resulting in
an even larger increase in the shortage of skilled professionals.
They saw a gap in the market for providing high level candidates
to employers and took the opportunity to make large scale
changes to recruitment practices by specializing in recruiting
skilled employees internationally. The company specializes in
recruiting and settling foreign workers while complying with
all government requirements. The team’s deep knowledge of
the Mexican and Central and South American cultures and their
labour markets gives Nexos Consulting the advantage when
sourcing for qualified workers. The company has established
its head office in downtown Calgary and has a secondary
permanent recruitment office in Mexico City. Most of the
individuals that Nexos Consulting places with employers come
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from Mexico; however the company has also placed a number
of people from Peru, Salvador, Philippines, Argentina and the
United Kingdom.
Navarro, the CEO of the company, is herself a first generation
Canadian who immigrated to the country three years ago. As
an educated and trained professional with an MBA in Human
Resources and the previous Human Resources director of the
Pepsi Co. bottling group Mexico, she has been fortunate to
have an extremely satisfying career. However her own career
experiences led her to see the need to encourage greater
diversity across all industry sectors. Her aim is to improve
industry performance by attracting and keeping more of the
right women and men through better recruitment and training,
working conditions, career development and communications.
Since its inception, Nexos Consulting has grown into a reputable and efficient organization, representing various employers
in Alberta in the construction, engineering, hospitality and
services sectors. Because their job involves uprooting individuals and their families from their home countries, Nexos
Consulting emphasizes customer care for both the employer
and the new employee, and provides assistance before, during
and after the start of employment.
The company has launched an international skills register and
maintains a large database of high caliber candidates seeking
job opportunities in Canada. Nexos takes pride in its ability
to offer employers a credible, capable, ethical and committed
FILLING THE GAP: Foreign assistance is necessary to fill the gap on desperately
needed technicians, trades people, construction workers, hospitality and other
professions in the province.
service by personally searching and selecting the appropriate candidates for the clients’ positions before putting them
forward for consideration.
Nexos Consulting is experienced in working with clients of
all sizes and all industries, whether it’s a single vacancy or
a manufacturing recruitment drive. The company has the
resources and determination to match exactly the right people
with the right positions. “Our core objectives are to work in
partnership with our clients over the long-term as we believe
this enables us to continuously improve our understanding of
each client’s unique requirements, thus tailoring the service
appropriately.” Navarro explains. “Our reputation has been
built by understanding our clients’ requirements coupled with
our expertise in recognizing the right person for the job, and
this is an achievement upon which we pride ourselves.”
Diversity is a core competency for Nexos Consulting and a team
of professionals work with the clients to help them promote
such activities as diversity-positive recruitment, international
teamwork, cross-cultural communications and advancement
for women and minorities. The company will work with organizations to assist them in the ability to manage, develop and
leverage diversity for internal effectiveness. Navarro explains;
“I believe that successful companies have a diversity strategy
and they execute very well. They have achieved an alignment
between what the company requires to accomplish its strategy
and what it needs to reinforce its core values.”
Although many employers see the benefits of recruiting
overseas staff members, most feel overwhelmed with how
to proceed with the job offer, the Immigrant Visa, the work
permit, and other paperwork required. The team at Nexos
Consulting will ensure that the people they recruit for Canada
feel comfortable in all environments. The company integrates
all its services (recruiting, immigration and settlement) providing an unparalleled value. When the new employees arrive,
a team of representatives teach them everything they need to
know and provide them with an orientation about all the city
services. In addition, Nexos Consulting provides the necessary steps for newly recruited people to obtain the health
care, bank account and a Social Insurance Number. The
service does not end there; the Nexos team continues to be in
constant communication with the new employees to ensure
they have all the support they need.
As someone who went through the process herself, Navarro
comments, “I know how important is to have someone to call
when you need help. Personally, I can tell when I see a new
employee arriving in Canada that they are grateful to Nexos for
changing their life and making them successful. I am very proud
that we can make a difference in the life of each person. When I
hear from my clients that these people are the best workers that
they ever had that makes me feel successful too.”
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GUEST FEATURE
NEGOTIATION AND
DRAFTING OF GAS
CONTRACTS
IN THE EUROPEAN
GAS MARKET
Contributed by:
NCTM Studio Legale Associato
Avv. Paolo Quattrocchi
Avv. Carlo Grignani
Gas pipeline junction in Darmstadt Germany.
The first years of the 2000s have seen a raise in
the European gas contractual practice mainly
led by the following factors:
(1) The liberalisation of the European natural gas market, which
started at the end of the 1990s with EC Directives 98/30, have
led new players entering the gas market as well as a much larger
customer base having access to the free market of gas.
(2) As a result of (1) above, national players have started
operating on a cross border basis; this has been made either
through contracts entered into on a spot-basis or through long
term agreements with upstream gas suppliers mainly located in
Russia, Norway, Algeria and Libya. In this respect the trend of
all major gas operators has been to satisfy the bulk of their gas
requirements through long term agreements while to enter into
spot agreements in order to face temporary gas requirements or
to take advantage of local favourable market conditions.
(3) The early 2000s have further seen an increasing convergence between the electric and gas industries, such convergence being driven by a major expansion in the exploitation of
natural gas as a fuel for electricity power production. The factor
which has contributed to such expansion has been mainly the
technological development achieved by gas turbines and their
exploitation in combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plants. As a
matter of fact CCGT plants allow very high efficiencies (nearly
60%), limited emissions and environmental impact, rather low
investment costs (400$/kW) and building-up timing of less
than 2 years.
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In order to face the above trends, the European legal contractual practice in the gas sector has rapidly converged to rather
standard and harmonised contractual forms both in the spot
and in the term agreements, whose most relevant features may
be summarised as follows:
Take or pay obligations
Most of the GSPA are structured as take or pay agreements, this
meaning that the buyer undertakes to off-take certain minimum quantities of gas and undertakes to pay for such quantities
even if these are not taken in whole or in part. The minimum
off-take obligations are normally set on a yearly basis (for term
GSPA) but can also be set on a quarterly or daily basis. In case
the buyer fails to meet its minimum off-take obligations, it shall
pay the supplier a take or pay adjustment (usually calculated as
a percentage of the applicable contract price multiplied by the
quantities not taken by the buyer).
The take or pay obligation is normally imposed under upstream
gas agreements in order to ensure the upstream supplier a
steady off-take of gas from its gas fields; however, once agreed at
upstream level, the take or pay obligation is normally extended
back-to-back throughout the gas supply chain and normally
comes to apply also to spot GSPA.
Make-up gas and carry forward
Under a contractual stand point, how to structure the take
or pay obligation (and the relevant take or pay adjustments)
is crucial as the effect of such obligation can be mitigated by
granting the buyer the so called make-up and carry forward
The Max DCQ has proved to be a very effective tool for the
buyer to achieve flexibility in its off-take obligations and to
tailor the latter to its actual gas requirements.
Price review
While spot GSPAs normally provide for a fixed price, the purchase price under term GSPAs is usually determined based on
formulas linked to variable fuel indexes.
The dramatic increase of Brent-related indexes over the
last few years has led several buyers to try and obtain price
reviews under the relevant term GSPAs by triggering the
relevant price review clauses. In this respect, and based on
our experience, price review procedures under long term
GSPA have proved to be very little effective and have very
rarely led to significant benefits for the buyer (mainly due
to the oligopolistic structure of the upstream market and to
the reluctancy of the few upstream suppliers to concede any
discounts on existing rates).
The latter might have been an important factor in recent years
which led CCGT power projects to opt for (the safer structure
of) tolling agreements rather than relying on long term GSPA
(which do not allow the project owner to fully control the
largest and most volatile price factor in a power project, i.e.
the fuel price risk).
This article has been provided by NCTM Studio Legale Associato, one
of the top independent law firms in Italy and internationally.
options. By means of the make-up option, the buyer, after
any take or pay adjustment is triggered, is given the option
to off-take quantities of gas (in excess of the applicable
minimum off-take obligations) at discounted price (or even
free of`charge) in an amount equal to that already paid under
the take or pay adjustment.
Vintage International Ltd.
As to the carry forward option, this allows the buyer to set
off any quantities of gas off-taken in excess of the minimum
contractual quantities with any future take or pay obligations.
Needless to say that the longer the period during which the
buyer can exercise the above make-up and carry forward
options, the more the take or pay obligation of the buyer shall
be mitigated.
Contractual quantities
The contractual quantities to be delivered under the GSPA are
normally determined by setting a daily contract quantity (DCQ,
which represents the average quantity of gas delivered in any
given day) which is to be used merely as a reference figure to
determine both the minimum off-take obligations of the buyer
as above as well as the maximum capacity that the supplier has
to deliver to the buyer if the latter so requires.
At the latter regard please consider that the buyer is normally
given the faculty to take, in each single day of duration of the
GSPA, a quantity of gas exceeding the DCQ (so called MaxDCQ),
whereby the MaxDCQ is normally determined by dividing the
DCQ by a pre-agreed load factor (the most common load factors
under upstream agreements ranging between 0.90 and 0.95).
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GUEST FEATURE
Putting Our Global Energy
Capability to Work for Clients
Canada’s largest bank and one of North
America’s leading diversified financial services companies, RBC has been an energy
banking specialist since 1947, serving clients
in Canada and around the world.
“The energy market is very important to RBC—
it’s one of the largest portfolios we have and
we’re one of the most experienced banks in the
world when it comes to oil sands financing,”
says Sonia Tibbatts, managing director, RBC
Capital Markets. “We have energy teams around
the world with offices in Canada, the U.S., the
U.K. and Australia. Our clients range from
exploration & production, oil field services and
pipelines to MLPs, refining and marketing.”
One of the reasons RBC is so strong in energy
is the skills of its people and their deep knowledge of a country’s energy history, resources
and opportunities. “Many of our bankers
come from the energy industry, our energy
research analysts are award winners, and we
have an outstanding commodities team,” says
Tibbatts. ”Combine this with our strength in
the capital markets, and there’s nothing we
can’t achieve for our clients.”
Every company active in energy, large or small,
can find value in an RBC relationship. “A big
part of our job is to meet with people to learn
about their business, their plans and their
dreams,” says Tibbatts. “Many of the small
growth companies today will be Canada’s
industry giants tomorrow, and we want to help
them get there.”
Strongly committed to the environment, RBC
believes that sustained economic growth
and a healthy environment are inextricably
linked. Recognizing the many opportunities
available in alternative energy resources, RBC
has financed dozens of wind farm projects in
the U.S., U.K., Italy and Canada since 2001.
To this end, RBC employs industry experts
in the U.K. and Canada who travel the world
for wind farm financing. Another example is
our search for ways to help our clients benefit
from carbon dioxide emissions trading over
the next few years.
One of Canada’s largest corporate donors,
RBC contributes to a select group of environment-related charitable causes through the
RBC Foundation. RBC funds environmental
education programs in conjunction with Ducks
Unlimited; supports the Alberta Ecotrust; and
co-sponsors the Environmental Stewardship
Award (TESA) to promote sustainable ranching
practices, in conjunction with the Saskatchewan
Stock Growers Association.
Since 2002, RBC has been named to the Dow
Jones Sustainability Index, which recognizes
the world’s financial, social and environmental corporate leaders.
These are just a few of the reasons why RBC
is a financial services leader. “One of the
biggest advantages we have, is the variety of
services and products that RBC has to offer
clients,” says Russell Barnes, Director, Energy
Services, Alberta. “We are able to present the
best options to companies and their employees. We’ve been here for everyone, through
the ups and downs, the good times and bad.
To a lot of companies, that continued support
is paramount. That’s the one thing people
know—that RBC will be there. You hear that
over and over again.”
Finding oil & gas is
always a gamble.
Finding a banker you can
rely on shouldn’t be.
Just ask Brian Krausert of Beaver Drilling. His father Sam bought
his first drilling rig in 1965. Today, Brian and his brother Keith have
built Beaver Drilling into one of Canada’s largest independent drilling
contractors. Over the last forty years, the family has seen the price of
oil and gas fluctuate like the temperature after a chinook. What
hasn’t wavered, however, is the commitment they’ve received from
their RBC® Relationship Managers. Like their father before them, the
two count on a specialized team that can help them manage many of
the risks associated with the industry and grow their business.
Industry expertise and commitment to the energy sector – it’s how
RBC puts you first.
ENERGY BANKING TEAM
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403-292-3435
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403-292-3796
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Messaggio
Message
dal Presidente
from the Executive Director
Lucio Sacchetti
Elizabeth Iachelli
President,
Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada −
Vancouver Edmonton Calgary
[email protected]
Executive Director,
Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada −
Vancouver Edmonton Calgary
[email protected]
Il Canada può essere definito un continente, sia per l’estensione,
sia per le materie prime. Io sono tanto italiano quanto canadese
e vedo in questi due paesi una complementarietà. L’Italia è una
nazione antica, e’ il paese dove il bello si crea, mentre il Canada
ha una bellezza territoriale che è scritta nel Creato.
When the Chamber began thinking about expanding its operations into Alberta over five years ago, the risks associated with
any new venture were balanced against the risks of maintaining
the status quo. We had come to the conclusion that a single
chamber in the Pacific Northwest faced two enormous obstacles
in its path towards establishing ties with Italy, attracting missions and generating revenues through providing services to
Italian delegations: the distance from Italy and the relatively
small size of its market.
L’abbondanza energetica dell’Alberta è forse l’ultimo capitolo del connubio fra risorse e capacità industriale in un paese
attrattore di manodopera, con criteri di ingresso strettamente
collegati all’inserimento lavorativo. Questo bisogno urgente
e immediato di personale specializzato, sta creando tensione
sociale e porrà il il Governo di fronte a problemi nuovi. La
popolazione rurale si trova a fare i conti con un progresso
sostenuto, con un flusso migratorio senza precedenti e con
l’inevitabile mutamento ambientale ed i rischi collegati alla
forte produzione industriale.
Per un curioso gioco del caso, le risorse energetiche sono state
ritrovate in aree governate da regimi poco democratici’ ora una
parte di questa patrimonio è stata trovato in paese pacifico,
rispettoso dell’uomo e amico dell’ambiente.
La legislazione canadese prevede che le materie prime siano
gestite direttamente dalle province di competenza. Questo significa che gli Albertans decidono in proprio come gestire questa
fortuna. Così sono nati i modelli di eccellenza nella ricerca e
nella formazione universitaria per la medicina, l’incentivazione
alle attività agricole. Un investimento nel benessere che riguarda
l’oggi, ma anche il domani, con la formazione di una classe
professionale e dirigente di grande spessore.
Gli italiani , un popolo capace di portare la loro inventiva e
capacità industriale in tutto il Mondo e l’Alberta, una terra
democratica e rispettosa del diritto. Un valore aggiunto in
un mondo dove la crescita vertiginosa di molti paesi non è
accompagnata dalla trasparenza che deve improntare sempre il
comportamento professionale.
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However, by representing Canada’s western provinces of BC
and Alberta, we have now doubled the market size and, given
the strong economic performance in both provinces, created
an extremely interesting business destination and potential
business partner for Italian companies and institutions.
Alberta, in particular, seems to be a magnet for many Italian
companies who have developed technology and expertise over
many decades and across the continents and who see the
province of Alberta as offering economic opportunities in an
extremely business-friendly environment.
One such company is SITIE Impianti Industriali based in
Ferrara, Italy, which has over 60 years’ experience in the
design and installation of electrical plants for the chemical,
petrochemical, oil and energy industries. Having identified the
Alberta oil sands as an area of great potential for their particular
expertise, SITIE set up operations in Edmonton earlier this
year after conducting considerable research and feasibility
studies that involved consultations with several of our member
businesses. We could say that the Chamber provided a one-stop
shop for SITIE by providing referrals for management consultants, lawyers, bankers, accountants, hospitality and a host of
related services. The sage advice for Italian companies seeking
to internationalize is “to find a local partner”. We wish SITIE
(Canada) every success and look forward to assisting other
Italian companies following in their footsteps.
Chamber
NE WS & EV E N T S
TOROC President shares his Olympic
experience at ICCC reception
On November 21st 2006, the ICCC in Vancouver held a private
reception in partnership with the RBC 2010 Legacies Now
Speaker Series at the Italian Cultural Centre with special guest
speaker and TOROC President, Valentino Castellani.
Professor Castellani’s talk on the successes and key lessons
that Torino businesses learned from hosting the 2006 Olympic
Winter Games offered the more than sixty guests present the
opportunity to reflect on our own upcoming 2010 Vancouver/
Whistler Olympics. His captivating and concise account evoked
the city of Torino’s transformation into an Olympic metropolis
and fuelled local enthusiasm as Vancouver becomes part of the
international Olympic family.
Frank Cosenza from Santa Maria Foods stood by with his
Lavazza espresso machine to generously provide fresh espresso
Saccomanno’s Pizza, Pasta & Deli
LEARNING FROM
THE SUCCESS OF
TORINO (left to
right): Joe Finamore,
President of Italian
Cultural Centre;
Lucio Sacchetti,
President of ICCC;
Valentino Castellani,
President of TOROC;
Betty McLeod,
RBC; Uberto Vanni
d’Archirafi, Consul
General of Italy.
as well as delicious meats and cheeses from San Daniele and
Mastro Foods, while Giuseppe’s Deli supplied fresh bread to
accompany this array of delicious foods and a variety of Italian
wines offered by the Chamber.
Italian Consul General, Uberto Vanni d’Archirafi honoured our
guests with his presence while everyone enjoyed networking
after the presentation.
Vancouver Chamber welcomes delegation
from the Region of Puglia
The Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre was home to a trade
exhibition showcasing a variety of agrifood products from the
Southern Italian Region of Puglia on November 23rd, 2006.
L’Antica Cantina exhibited and sampled their delicious San
Severo White and Red wines, while Agrinitti offered tastings
of their organic ready-made sauces, mushrooms conserved in
olive oil, preserves and various creams and dressings.
Saccomanno’s has been serving the Italian community of Edmonton
since 1966. We carry a variety of European foods, with Italian being our
specialty. We also have a tavola calda where we serve lunch and dinner
to the surrounding businesses. Our school lunch program is second to
none—we bring hot lunches to kids at various schools in the area.
10208 − 127 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta
tel: 780-478-2381
Fresh pasta, pizza dough, sauces, produce, meats and cheeses,
espresso bar, fully licensed, family atmosphere.
Other participants included the company Point Break who
promoted its specialty coffees, and Molino del Salento who
displayed an assortment of grain products including fresh and
dry pasta along with scrumptious baked goods. Family-run
Goccia di Sole exhibited its variety of extra virgin olive oil, and
Fattorie Chiarappa wowed visitors with their wide assortment
of ricotta, pecorino and Romano cheeses.
The day’s events were followed by an evening reception,
“Discover Italy – Discover Puglia”, held at the Opus Hotel in
Yaletown. Over 80 guests enjoyed a selection of the excellent
products provided by the delegation in the world-renowned
Opus Hotel.
A live DJ spun a crowd-pleasing variety of music as Opus Bar
staff served appetizing canapés to the packed room while guests
enjoyed the exceptional products and visitors from Puglia.
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Chamber
NE WS & EV E N T S
ICCC Vancouver celebrates
RBC Premium Membership renewal
The ICCC in Vancouver was pleased to celebrate the renewal
membership of its first Premium Member, RBC Royal Bank, on
February 15th in the Executive Boardroom of RBC Royal Tower.
Representatives of RBC described the countless advantages of
belonging to Royal Bank, pointing out that Chamber President
Lucio Sacchetti has himself been a dedicated customer for
over thirty years. The great benefits of a continuing partnership between RBC and the ICCC was the evening’s premise,
inspiring many of those present to consider making RBC their
personal and commercial banker.
Ambassador of Italy to Canada from Ottawa, His Excellency
Gabriele Sardo, Consul General Uberto Vanni d’Archirafi
together with representatives from the Italian Chambers of
Commerce in Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg were present.
RBC Olympian Andrea Holmes gave an account of her triumph
over her physical disability to reach Olympic success which
inspired all in attendance.
Guests enjoyed delectable Italian appetizers provided by
Patrick Corsi of Quattro Restaurants, while sipping delicious
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RBC MEMBERSHIP EVENT: (left) Italian Consul
General, Uberto Vanni d’Archirafi and Chamber
President, Lucio Sacchetti, flank Italian Ambassador
to Canada, Gabriele Sardo. (top) Russ Fox, Chamber
Director and Business Development Manager with
RBC, announces RBC’s renewal of their Premium
Membership with ICCC.
Italian wines poured by our other generous sponsor, Carmine
d’Onofrio of Stile Wines.
Effective networking, inspired by the encouraging speech of
Russ Fox, RBC Business Director and ICCC membership committee chair, was carried out while guests took in the breathtaking views of Vancouver’s harbour and mountain skyline from
the 36th floor.
CEO of luxury goods industry sector
visits Vancouver
The ICCC had the honour of arranging institutional meetings
for Matteo Cordero di Montezemolo, CEO of Charme Group, on
February 22nd and 23rd of this year.
2/13/07 1:01:40 PM
Charme Group, a prestigious supplier in the luxury goods
industry sector, includes various subsidiary companies including Poltrona Frau, one of the most recognized furniture designers and manufacturers in Italy. This Group is positioned at
the higher-end of the market, with a full range of styles from
classic to innovative.
Mr. Montezemolo was in Vancouver to meet with key local
contacts to discuss the kinds of possibilities that may arise
with the Charme Group’s expansion into North America. His
visit was an introduction of the Group prior to an economic
mission composed of its three most recognized subsidiary
companies, Poltrona Frau, Cassina and Cappellini, arriving
March 5th 2007.
Following his first day of meetings, Mr. Montezemolo was the
guest of honour at an evening reception hosted by Mr. Uberto
Vanni d’Archirafi, Consul General of Italy in Vancouver, at the
Istituto Italiano di Cultura in downtown Vancouver.
Pio Cesare wine tasting in Calgary
The ICCC, in partnership with BonVida Wines, organized a
tasting of Pio Cesare wines on Thursday October 19th, 2006 in
the stylish Milano Room of Osteria de Medici in Calgary.
Guests enjoyed Pio Cesare’s world-famous Barbarescos,
Barberas and Barolos while winery owner and Pio Cesare
descendent Alberto Boffa gave a brief overview of the company’s wines and wine-making techniques.
Family-owned and operated, Pio Cesare has been producing
wines since 1881 in the Northern Italian Region of Piemonte.
Its delicious red wines sampled at the event have won numerous international awards, and are consistently rated 90-plus
points by Wine Spectator magazine.
Flavours of Italy – Edmonton
On November 20th 2006, the fourth annual “Flavours of Italy”
event was held at the Edmonton Petroleum Club with a theme of
food and wines from the Southern Italian Region of Puglia.
The evening kicked off with a reception and winetasting generously sponsored by WineQuest,
after which more than 170 guests enjoyed the
distinct flavours of a three-course Pugliese
dinner accompanied by more delicious wines
from the Region.
In addition to a silent auction, guests also competed in a live auction where one of the most attractive items was a signed jersey donated by Edmonton
Oilers celebrity Fernando Pisani. Other kind sponsors
included BonVida Wines and Sorgente Dell’Amore. Serving as
the Chamber’s annual fundraiser, both auctions were great
successes with a percentage of the proceeds contributed to this
year’s local charity, The Edmonton School Lunch Program.
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M E MBERSHI P D I R E C T O R Y
RBC ROYAL ⁄BANK
FINANCIAL GROUP
MERCEDES-BENZ
CANADA INC
RUSS FOX
PREMIUM
VANCOUVER, BC
604-665-5223
www.rbc.com
Financial
DAMON DAMIANI
PREFERRED BUSINESS PARTNER
VANCOUVER, BC
604-639-3292
www.mbvancouver.ca
Automotive
A. BOSA & CO. LTD.
BORDEN LADNER
GERVAIS
RON BOZZER
PREMIUM
VANCOUVER, BC
604-687-5744
www.blgcanada.com
Legal
BRUNO BENEDET
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-253-5578
www.bosafoods.com
Food
ABC BRIDAL
GEORGINA METCALFE
CORPORATE
EDMONTON, AB
780-474-5727
www.abcbridal.com
Wedding
COLE FREIGHT INC
TIM TYMKO
PREFERRED BUSINESS PARTNER
RICHMOND, BC
604-273-5161
www.cole.ca
Transport
LEXUS OF EDMONTON
BRUCE KIRKLAND
PREFERRED BUSINESS PARTNER
EDMONTON, AB
780-466-8300
www.lexusofedmonton.ca
Automotive
AGA WROBEL CIR REALTORS
ANIA STACHNIAK
CORPORATE
CALGARY, AB
403-818-8827
www.cirrealtors.com
Real estate
AIC GLOBAL
COMMUNICATIONS INC.
VICTOR FUNG
CORPORATE
BURNABY, BC
604-708-3899
www.aicom.com
Communications
Top Quality Craftsmanship
& Installation
AL PORTO RISTORANTE
ARREDO LUCE S.A.L.
AVILA TOURS LTD
ALBERTA ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT
ARRIVA RISTORANTE
ITALIANO
BANK VONTOBEL AG
JEAN CLAUDE LO CICERO
SUSTAINING
VANCOUVER, BC
604-683-8376
www.alporto.ca
Dine Italia Restaurant
SUSTAINING
EDMONTON, AB
780-415-1319
www.alberta-canada.com
Government
ALBERTO ROMANO
FILIPPO ALBANESE
SUSTAINING
CITTA S. ANGELO, IT
011-085-959173
www.arredolucersrl.it
Furniture
PAOLO FRAU
SUSTAINING
VANCOUVER, BC
604-251-1177
www.arrivaristorante.ca
Dine Italia Restaurant
CARLOS PECHTEL DE AVILA
CORPORATE
EDMONTON, AB
780-482-3427
www.avilatours.ca
Tourism
THOMAS E. AMGWERD
INDIVIDUAL
VANCOUVER, BC
604-688-1122
Financial
BELLA CATERING
ADRIANA VESCOVI
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-325-9668
www.bella-catering.com
Food
ALBERTO ROMANO
CORPORATE
CALGARY, AB
403-461-1134
www.albertoromano.ca
Accounting
ART FROM THE HEART
AMARCORD RISTORANTE
ARTLAND HOLDINGS LTD
AMBROZIA RESTAURANT
ASSOCIAZONE LAZIO
BENNETT MILLWORK
WESTERN LTD.
ARBUTUS COLLEGE
AVANTI INTERNATIONAL
BEVERAGE INTERNATIONAL
DISTRIBUTORS
MANLIO L.. MOCCHI
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-681-6500
www.amarcord.ca
Dine Italia Restaurant
STEPHAN MINCHEV
SUSTAINING
VANCOUVER, BC
604-685-8840
www.ambroziarestaurant.com
Dine Italia Restaurant
JINDRA REPA
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-681-7701
www.arbutuscollege.com
School
SHARON DANHELKA
INDIVIDUAL
VANCOUVER, BC
604-253-8453
Art
LENA LIU
INDIVIDUAL
VANCOUVER, BC
604-688-7070
[email protected]
Real estate
GIUSEPPE MORICONI
CORPORATE
EDMONTON, AB
780-461-1372
www.lazio-edmonton.com
Association
TIMOTHY TAMMAM
CORPORATE
CALGARY, AB
403-614-3442
www.avanti.com
Import/Export
BELLANO CERAMIC
TILE CO. LTD.
RITA BELLANO
INDIVIDUAL
BURNABY, BC
604-294-2736
www.bellanoceramictile.com
Ceramics, tiles
LUIGI MANGONE
SUSTAINING
CALGARY, AB
403-276-1121
Construction
DARREL DOLA
CORPORATE
GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB
780-532-9463
www.bid-wine.ca
Wine
Architectural
Custom Millwork
Bennett Millwork Western Ltd. is a leading custom
millwork shop with in-house woodwork capabilities.
Many architects and designers trust us to bring their concepts to reality, on time and within budget.
403.276.1121
Luigi Mangone | Andrea Frank Fabiano
Bennett Millwork Western Ltd.
3805 – 2 Street N.E.
Calgary, Alberta T2E 3H8
www.bmwwestern.com
[email protected]
EMPLOYMENT: we are looking for experienced Cabinet Makers and are willing
to pay top wages along with attractive
benefits for suitable candidates.
36 CONEXUS – SPRING 2007
MEMBERS H I P D I R E C T O R Y
BIAMONTE CAIRO &
SHORTREED LLP
BONATTI SPA
CASTELLI ROBERTO
SUSTAINING
PARMA, IT
39 0521 6091
www.bonatti.it
TERRY W. ANTONELLO
INDIVIDUAL
EDMONTON, AB
403-425-5800
www.biamonte.com
Legal
BONVIDA CORPORATION
ANNA PATRIZIA HLYMBICKY
CORPORATE
CALGARY, AB
403-245-5827
www.bonvidawines.com
Wine
BIANCA ANNA VIARIZZO
BIANCA ANNA VIARIZZO
INDIVIDUAL
CAPOTERRA, IT
011-39-70-725017
BORTOLOTTO & ASSOCIATES
BILL SMITH &
ASSOCIATES INC
MICHAEL BORTOLOTTO
CORPORATE
NANAIMO, BC
250-483-6779
www.positiverebel.ca
Speaker
BILL SMITH
INDIVIDUAL
EDMONTON, AB
780-424-2004
Consulting
BING THOM ARCHITECTS
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-682-1881
www.btagroup.com
Architecture
BLACK STALLION SPIRITS
KARINA MASLOVA
CORPORATE
CALGARY, AB
403-875-4430
www.blackstallionspirits.com
Wine
BOCCACCIO INVESTMENTS
PETER SEWARD
CORPORATE
DELTA, BC
604-733-1700
www.boccacciowines.com
Wine
BRIOCHE URBAN BAKING
& CATERING
EDUARDO BICARDELLO
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-682-4037
www.brioche.ca
Food
BRITISH COLUMBIA
FASHION WEEK
DEBRA WALKER
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-688-8741
www.bcfashionweek.com
Fashion
BROWN FORMAN WINES
INTERNATIONAL
BROWNLEE LLP
PAUL STOCCO
INDIVIDUAL
EDMONTON, AB
780-497-4884
www.brownleelaw.com
Law
CAFE IL NIDO
FRANCO FELICE
SUSTAINING
VANCOUVER, BC
604-685-6436
www.cafeilnido.com
Dine Italia Restaurant
CAFFE D’ARTE LLC
JOE MANCUSO
SUSTAINING
SEATTLE, WA
206-762-4381
www.caffedarte.com
Coffee Equipment
CAFFE DE MEDICI
JOE BOREAN
SUSTAINING
VANCOUVER, BC
604-669-9322
www.caffedemedici.com
Dine Italia Restaurant
CAFFE TECH
JOE PARROTTINO
CORPORATE
EDMONTON, AB
780-414-1200
www.caffetech.com
Coffee Equipment
TANNIS ELLIOT
CORPORATE
CALGARY, AB
403-202-7227
Wine
Consolato d’Italia a Edmonton
Circoscrizione: le Province dell’Alberta e del Saskatchewan
Orario: 9.30 - 12.45 (lun - ven); 14.30 - 16.30 (lun)
CALGARY ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT
CANADIAN WESTERN BANK
CORPORATE
CALGARY, AB
403-221-7890
www.calgaryeconomicdevelopment.com
Association
JOE ANGHELONE
CORPORATE
EDMONTON, AB
780-423-8888
www.cwbank.com
Financial
CAMERA DI COMMERCIO
DI PARMA
CAPONES RESTAURANT &
LIVE JAZZ CLUB
DANIELE ALFIERI
SUSTAINING
PARMA, IT
011-39-0521-2101
www.pr.camcom.it
Association
CAMERA DI COMMERCIO
DI PIACENZA
GIUSEPPE PARENTI
SUSTAINING
PIACENZA, IT
011-39-052-338-6252
www.pc.camcom.it
Association
CANADIAN ACADEMIC
TRAVEL SERVICES INC.
NORMAN CLARKE
INDIVIDUAL
SURREY, BC
604-572-5027
Tourism
CANADIAN IMAGING
SUPPLIES INC.
DONALD W. LITTLE
CORPORATE
EDMONTON, AB
780-455-3030
www.canadianimaging.ca
Medical
AMANDA GODIN
SUSTAINING
VANCOUVER, BC
604-684-7900
www.caponesrestaurant.net
Dine Italia Restaurant
CAPPELLETTO DESIGN GROUP
IVANA CAPPELLETTO
INDIVIDUAL
SECHELT, BC
604-708-9337
www.cappelletto.ca
Design
CARON & PARTNERS
TIMOTHY PLATNICH
SUSTAINING
CALGARY, AB
403-262-3000
www.caronpartners.com
Legal
CARRINGTON CONSULTING
FRANZ HAMMERSCHMIDT
CORPORATE
GALIANO ISLAND, BC
250-704-9992
Consulting
Consulate of Italy in Edmonton
Jurisdiction: the Provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan
Hours: 9.30 - 12.45 (Monday - Friday); 14.30 - 16.30 (Monday)
In una realta’ florida, dinamica e con eccellenti prospettive di sviluppo
economico, vive una popolazione di origine italiana di oltre 67.000 persone,
concentrata in particolare nelle citta’ di Edmonton e Calgary. A questi, ed
anche ai canadesi interessati, il Consolato fornisce assitenza e servizi nei
settori consolare, commerciale e culturale.
In a prosperous and dynamic reality with excellent prospects of economic
development, lives a population of Italian origin which numbers more
than 67,000 people, concentrated mostly in the cities of Edmonton and
Calgary. The Consulate provides consular, commercial and cultural services
to this community as well as to interested Canadians.
Il nuovo sito internet, www.consedmonton.esteri.it, contiene le principali
informazioni sulle attivita’ del Consolato e con i suoi molteplici collegamenti
a siti di interesse culturale, commerciale e turistico, rappresenta un utile
strumento per tutti coloro che vogliano proiettarsi virtualmente sull’Italia.
The Consulate’s new website, www.consedmonton.esteri.it, with its
many links to cultural, commercial and tourism sites of interest, is a useful tool for those wishing to make a virtual visit to Italy.
1970 Commerce Place, 10155 - 102 street
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4G8, Canada
Telefono: +1 780 423.5153 Fax: +1 780 423.5214
email: [email protected]
1970 Commerce Place, 10155 - 102 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4G8, Canada
Telephone: +1 780 423.5153 Fax: +1 780 423.5214
email: [email protected]
CONEXUS – SPRING 2007 37
M E MBERSHI P D I R E C T O R Y
FRANCO PERO
SUSTAINING
PORT MOODY, BC
604-461-7888
www.casadolce.com
Food
CCIE ORISTANO
CIOPPINO MEDITERRANEAN
GRILL
CONSOLATO GENERALE
D’ITALIA
PINO POSTERARO
INDIVIDUAL
VANCOUVER, BC
604-662-3361
www.cioppinosyaletown.com
Restaurant
UBERTO VANNI D’ARCHIRAFI
HONORARY
VANCOUVER, BC
604-684-7288
www.italianconsulate.bc.ca
Government
PIETRINO SCANU
SUSTAINING
ORISTANO, IT
www.or.camcom.it
Association
CITY OF CALGARY
CENTINI RESTAURANT
CLARICA/SUN LIFE FINANCIAL
CORKSCREW MEDIA
CMC ENGINEERING &
MANAGEMENT LTD
CREATIVE DISPLAY
CHANNEL M
BRUCE HAMLIN
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-678-3909
www.channelm.ca
Media
CIAO TOURS
SANDY PARK
CORPORATE
CALGARY, AB
250-426-8088
www.ciaotours.com
Tourism
CIOFFI’S MEAT MARKET
& DELI
RINO CIOFFI
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-291-9373
Food
SUSTAINING
CALGARY, AB
403-268-5622
www.calgary.ca
Government
ARNALDO MINUTI
HONORARY
EDMONTON, AB
780-421-4488
Government
WILLIAM DI LORENZO
INDIVIDUAL
VANCOUVER, BC
604-435-9779
Insurance/Financial
LUCIO B. SACCHETTI
CORPORATE
BURNABY, BC
604-294-6483
www.cmcengineering.ca
Engineering
COLLINS BARROW
JOE PRIMERANO
INDIVIDUAL
VANCOUVER, BC
604-685-0564
Financial
COMMUNITY NATURAL
FOODS LTD
FRANK SARRO
SUSTAINING
CALGARY, AB
403-252-0011
www.communitynaturalfoods.com
Food
MARCO VERDICCHIO
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
www.creativedisplay.ca
604-421-1321
Exhibits, displays
DARIO’S LA PIAZZA
RISTORANTE
DIRECT SOURCE
INTERNATIONAL
FRANCO TRASOLINI
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-687-9444
www.davis.ca
Legal
DELTA BOW VALLEY
HASHEM MELHAM
SUSTAINING
CALGARY, AB
403-266-1980
www.deltabowvalley.com
Hotel
SINISA CALIC
SUSTAINING
CALGARY, AB
403-287-3705
Video Surveillance Equipment
ROBERT LANDUCCI
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-915-7178
Real estate
DERKS FORMALS &
MENSWEAR
WILLIAM CAMERON
CORPORATE
EDMONTON, AB
780-429-0144
www.ponteggidalmine.it
Construction
INDIVIDUAL
WEST VANCOUVER, BC
604-230-8109
CLAUDIO RANALLO
SUSTAINING
VANCOUVER, BC
604-430-2195
www.lapiazzadario.bc.ca
Dine Italia Restaurant
DELTATECH
CRESCENT VIEW
INVESTMENTS LTD
DALCANADA LTD
DIANE JING
INDIVIDUAL
VANCOUVER, BC
604-272-2351
DAVIS & COMPANY
SCOTT HENUSET
CORPORATE
CALGARY, AB
403-451-4484
www.corkscrewmedia.net
Television Production
NEW MEMBER
FABIO CENTINI
SUSTAINING
CALGARY, AB
403-269-1600
www.centini.com
Hospitality
CONSULATE OF ITALY
DANIEL CABANA
DARRELL DERK
CORPORATE
EDMONTON, AB
780-433-4600
www.derksformals.com
Fashion
FRANCESCO PAOLINI
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-733-1700
Wine
NEW MEMBER
CASA DOLCE
DRAGONFLY SURFACES
JAN STENC
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-628-4557
www.dragonflysurfaces.com
Leather
DURANTE LAW FIRM
CHIARA GALASSO
SUSTAINING
MONTEBELLUNA, IT
011-39 392/3958973
Italian Law
DUSO ENTERPRISES
GEORGE DUSO
CORPORATE
PORT COQUITLAM, BC
604-464-8101
www.dusos.com
Food
ECM ESPRESSO COFFEE
MACHINES CO.
REMO BRESCIANI
CORPORATE
BURNABY, BC
604-291-6363
www.ecm.bc.ca
Food equipment & machinery
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EDWARD JONES
INVESTMENTS
ERNESTO SALVI
INDIVIDUAL
VANCOUVER, BC
604-420-6919
www.edwardjones.com
Financial
ELISABETTA VISSCHER
INDIVIDUAL
VANCOUVER, BC
604-261-8338
Translation & Interpreting
EMERY JAMIESON LLP
FEDERICO’S SUPPER CLUB
FEDERICO FUOCO
SUSTAINING
VANCOUVER, BC
604-251-3473
www.federicossupperclub.com
Dine Italia Restaurant
FERRARI MASERATI OF
VANCOUVER
ENERPRO INSULATION LTD.
FINGEST SRL
UMBERTO GIARDINO
CORPORATE
ATHABASCA, AB
780-675-2166
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Manufacturing
MARIACRISTINA.COINCHIPPERFIELD
SUSTAINING
BOLZANO, IT
011-39-047-1382463
Real estate
ENOTECA BACCO
FRANCO J. ANGLESIO
INDIVIDUAL
NORTH VANCOUVER, BC
604 3511063
Hospitality
ERMINIO PUCCI
CORPORATE
PRINCE RUPERT, BC
250-627-8696
Consulting
ESPRIT LIBRE TOURS
ERICA ZOIA
SUSTAINING
PADOVA, IT
049-7800871
www.espritviaggi.it
Travel
EUROGAMMA SRL
ANTONIO BARBAGALLO
SUSTAINING
CALENZANO, IT
011-39-55881511
www.eurogamma.com
Mobile Lifting Jacks
EVANCIC PERRAULT
ROBERTSON
ANDREA AGNOLONI
INDIVIDUAL
NORTH VANCOUVER, BC
604-987-8101
www.epr.ca
Financial
EXPRESS TRAVEL
SYLVIE AMBROSINO
CORPORATE
CALGARY, AB
888-333-4554
Travel
FAIRMONT HOTEL
MACDONALD
JOHANNE JOHNSON
CORPORATE
EDMONTON, AB
780-429-6403
www.fairmont.com
Hotel
GEORGE A. PIETROBON INC.
ASSUNTA MAROZZI
CORPORATE
EDMONTON, AB
780-478-8033
www.fantasiagelati.com
Gelato
NATALIE SALVALAGGIO
INDIVIDUAL
EDMONTON, AB
780-426-5220
www.emeryjamieson.com
Law
ERMINIO PUCCI &
ASSOCIATES
GG FRANCISCO
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-821-1301
www.generalnoli.com
Transport
FANTASIA GELATI
CRAIG PARSONS
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-215-8778
www.ferrarimaseratiofvancouver.com
Automotive
NATINO BELLANTINO
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-254-1137
Wine
GENERAL NOLI CANADA INC.
GUIDO TINABURRI
CORPORATE
NORTH VANCOUVER, BC
604-929-5711
Food importer
FJA & ASSOCIATES
FLORA MANUFACTURING &
DISTRIBUTING LTD.
ANDRZEJ (ANDREW) MARKOWSKI
SUSTAINING
BURNABY, BC
604-456-2018
www.florahealth.com
Healthcare
FOOTEPRINT
COMMUNICATIONS
BRENT FOOTE
CORPORATE
DELTA, BC
604-948-1002
www.footeprint.com
Graphic Design
GALLOWAY BOTTESELLE
& COMPANY
AL BOTTESELLE
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-736-6581
www.porterhetu.com
Accounting
GALPERTI CANADA
BRANDIE WRAY
INDIVIDUAL
EDMONTON, AB
780-466-4790
www.galperti.com
Oil Well Equipment & Supplies
GE POWER SYSTEMS
MAURICE PAQUETTE
CORPORATE
CALGARY, AB
403-266-6675
Oil, Gas & Energy
GEAWAY TOUR OPERATOR
RAFAELLA BRAMBILLA
SUSTAINING
AGRATE BRIANZA, IT
011-39-039-6894440
www.geaway.it
Tourism
INDIVIDUAL
VANCOUVER, BC
604-689-1324
Financial
GEORGIA ENTERPRISES LTD.
Alla Wagner
Corporate
Calgary, AB
403 254 1305
www.maraniwines.com
Wine
GILBERT TONELLO
INDIVIDUAL
VANCOUVER, BC
Wine
GIOVANNI TRANSLATION
GIOVANNI DE MARIA
INDIVIDUAL
CALGARY, AB
403-225-2956
Translation & Interpreting
GIUSEPPE’S BREAD & DELI
VITO NARDIELLO
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-299-2316
www.lucanoimports.com
Food
GOSSELIN PIPE & STEEL
BARRY GOSSELIN
CORPORATE
WAINWRIGHT, AB
780-842-5705
www.gosselinpipe.com
Oil Well Equipment & Supplies
GRADY WINE MARKETING
PETER LINDENLAUB
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-264-0554
www.gradywinemarketing.ca
Wine
GRAMERCY GRILL
SUSAN LEUANDOSKI
SUSTAINING
VANCOUVER, BC
604-730-5666
Dine Italia Restaurant
HAIMAC DISTRIBUTORS LTD.
ENRICO POLACCO
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-687-2911
Research
HAWTHORNE PIGGOT
& COMPANY
ARMAND A. PETRONIO
INDIVIDUAL
BURNABY, BC
604-299-8371
Financial
HERITAGE COMMUNITY
FOUNDATION
ADRIANA DAVIES
CORPORATE
EDMONTON, AB
780-424-6523
www.heritagecommunityfdn.org
Foundation
HOME OWNER BUY & SELL
KENNY WONG
INDIVIDUAL
CALGARY, AB
403-875-1383
Real estate
HSBC
KPMG PEAT MARWICK
THORNE
ADRIAN CHAN
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-685-1000
www.hsbc.ca
Financial
WALTER ROSAZZA PELA
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-691-3000
www.kpmg.ca
Financial
i3 IMPORTS
DOUG TAUB
SUSTAINING
CALGARY, AB
403-923-8741
KUEHNE & NAGEL
INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
MARKUS SCHIECK
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-684-4531
www.kn-portal.com
Shipping
ID FOODS
FRANK GALLUCCI
SUSTAINING
CALGARY, AB
403-236-7871
www.idfoods.com
Food
LA ROCCA RISTORANTE
ITALIANO
ROGER LENZI
SUSTAINING
VANCOUVER, BC
604-253-2884
www.laroccavancouver.com
Dine Italia Restaurant
IL FORNO
RALPH MAIO
CORPORATE
EDMONTON, AB
780-455-0443
Food
LA RUSTICA
ROBERT TANG
SUSTAINING
VANCOUVER, BC
604-525-6355
www.larustica.ca
Dine Italia Restaurant
ITALIAN CENTRE
SHOP LTD
TERESA SPINELLI
CORPORATE
EDMONTON, AB
780-424-4620
www.italiancentre.ca
Food importer
LA TERRAZZA
GIULIO MICHELI
SUSTAINING
VANCOUVER, BC
604-899-4449
www.laterrazza.ca
Restaurant
ITALO FIONDA
ITALO FIONDA
CORPORATE
BURNABY, BC
604-657-6647
www.italo.com
Real estate
LAMBORGHINI VANCOUVER
ASGAR VIRGI
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-738-3911
www.weissach.com
Automotive
JAMES FENSOM
ARCHITECTURE
JAMES FENSOM
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-733-2100
Architecture
LAMOUREUX ARCHITECT
INCORPORATED
BRAD LAMOUREUX
CORPORATE
WEST VANCOUVER, BC
604-925-5170
www.lamoureuxarchitect.ca
Architecture
JAMP PHARMA
CORPORATION
dennis joaquin
CORPORATE
CHILLIWACK, BC
604-857-5222
www.jampcanada.com
Health Food
L’ARTE DEL GELATO INC.
GIANNI BOMBELLI
CORPORATE
WEST VANCOUVER, BC
604-925-4133
Food
JENTEX TECHNOLOGIES
JEFF FRANCHINI
INDIVIDUAL
COQUITLAM, BC
604-515-0451
www.jentex.com
Electronic Ticket Dispensers
LAWSON LUNDELL LLP
JOHN BERTAGNOLI
INDIVIDUAL
CALGARY, AB
403-279-3127
RITA C. ANDREONE
INDIVIDUAL
VANCOUVER, BC
604-685-3456
www.lawsonlundell.com
Legal
KELLY ABLOG MORRANT
LE REVE
INDIVIDUAL
VANCOUVER, BC
604-790-3676
KENSINGTON
RIVERSIDE INN
LINDA GREEN
CORPORATE
CALGARY, AB
403-228-4442
www.kensingtonriversideinn.com
Hotel
NEW MEMBER
CORPORATE
EDMONTON, AB
780-424-9191
www.edmonton.com
Government
FALESCA IMPORTING LTD
NEW MEMBER
EDMONTON ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT
CORPORATION
STEFANO GAY
CORPORATE
ITALY
399-068-620-4970
604-764-9531
Jewelry
LEVA CAPPUCCINO BAR
ANTONIO BILOTTA
CORPORATE
EDMONTON, AB
780-433-5382
Coffee Equipment
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MALARY’S FASHION
NETWORK LTD
Peter J.F. Ferrari
INDIVIDUAL
Vancouver, BC
604-649-9427
www.lklaw.ca
Legal
YVONNE HOGENES
CORPORATE
CLOVERDALE, BC
604-574-6402
www.malarys.com
Fashion
LINGUISTI KIDS
FRANCESCO PATAFI
INDIVIDUAL
CALGARY, AB
403-244-6060
Foreign Language Literature
LK DINING LOUNGE
BRITTA JOYCE
SUSTAINING
VANCOUVER, BC
604-687-5885
www.lkdininglounge.com
Dine Italia Restaurant
MARCELLO’S PIZZERIA &
RISTORANTE
INDIVIDUAL
NORTH VANCOUVER, BC
604-986-4354
Legal
PETER SEKULIC
CORPORATE
EDMONTON, AB
780-446-5544
Consulting
NATURAL WESTERN
CANADA TOURS LTD
NOVA BRIDGE INVESTMENT
GROUP OF CANADA
MURRAY GOLDMAN LTD.
DINO CAIRO
SUSTAINING
EDMONTON, AB
780-429-4407
www.marvelcollege.com
Education
INDIVIDUAL
NORTH VANCOUVER, BC
604-924-1344
Consulting
ANTJE GRUENBECK
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-683-1313
www.lufthansa.com
Airline
MOJA COFFEE
CORPORATION
MARGO’S FLOWERS
MAURO BAESSATO
LUFTHANSA GERMAN
AIRLINES
NORTHLANDS PARK
MARCELLO LOMBARDO
SUSTAINING
VANCOUVER, BC
604-512-7760
Dine Italia Restaurant
MARVEL COLLEGE
LOVINAC CORPORATION
NATIONAL IMPORTERS
DARLENE MILONI
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-254-1510
www.miloni.com
Food importer
DOUG FINLEY
CORPORATE
NORTH VANCOUVER, BC
604-983-6652
www.mojacoffee.com
Coffee
LIDIA WALUS
CORPORATE
EDMONTON, AB
780-432-1119
www.margosflowersandgifts.com
Florist
LOUIS PLAZZER
MILONI TRADING
MICHAEL ANTHONY
JEWELLERS
REG SHAH
CORPORATE
EDMONTON, AB
780-479-2740
Jewellery
DAVID GOLDMAN
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-687-4447
www.boysco.com
Fashion & Clothing
NATASHA’S PASSION
NATASHA FELDMAN
SUSTAINING
EDMONTON, AB
780-484-1011
Fashion
NATIONAL CONGRESS
OF ITALIAN CANADIANSEDMONTON DISTRICT
CARLO AMODIO
INDIVIDUAL
EDMONTON, AB
780-427-8788
www.canadese.org
Government
MURRAY BELL
CORPORATE
NEW WESTMINSTER, BC
604-520-9162
www.nationalimporters.com
Food
NEW MEMBER
Lindsay Kenney LLP
NEW MEMBER
NEW MEMBER
M E MBERSHI P D I R E C T O R Y
RENZO CHIAPOLINI
CORPORATE
WEST VANCOUVER, BC
604-733-5896
www.nwct-ltd.com
Travel
NCTM NEGRI-CLEMENTI
TOFFOLETTO MONTIRONI
& SOCI
PAOLO MONTIRONI
SUSTAINING
ROME, IT
011-39-066-784977
www.nctm.it
Legal
NEWSLINK
JOSEPHINE SICOLI
CORPORATE
EDMONTON, AB
780-414-4645
www.cywebp.com
NORTH AMERICA SPORTS
ENTERPRISES LTD
FERRUCCIO SUSIN
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-299-1721
Sports equipment
PAUL LUCAS
SUSTAINING
EDMONTON, AB
780-471-7210
www.northlands.com
Facility Rental
TIEJUN LI
CORPORATE
NORTH VANCOUVER, BC
604-987-1122
Investment
NOVAM VENTURES LTD.
PAOLO PELA
CORPORATE
WEST VANCOUVER, BC
604-913-8400
Real estate
OBERTO OBERTI INC. /
PHEIDAS PROJECT MNG.
CORP
OBERTO OBERTI
INDIVIDUAL
VANCOUVER, BC
604-662-7796
www.obertiarchitecture.com
Architecture
OBONI RISKOPE
ASSOCIATES INC
FRANCO OBONI
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
877-747-5776
www.oboni.com
Management Consultant
“People who understand about
food and quality come to us,
and keep coming back”
Franco Cosentino,
Owner & Head Chef
opening in march
The colours of our décor, the natural lighting from
our windows and the warmth of our fireplaces convey
an authentic Tuscan ambiance; perfect for sipping
wine and enjoying traditional Italian food.
Lunch Specials: Monday to Friday 11:30am to 2:00pm.
Dinner: Monday to Friday 5:30pm to 10:00pm.
Private rooms available for weddings, corporate
functions or private parties for groups of 16, 30 or 120.
For reservations: 403-263-3445
916 - 1st. Avenue NE, Calgary
40 CONEXUS – SPRING 2007
MEMBERS H I P D I R E C T O R Y
PASSIONATE GOURMET LTD
(LILIKOI SPECIALTY FOODS)
LISE MAGEE
SUSTAINING
VANCOUVER, BC
604-661-1400
www.odoulsrestaurant.com
Dine Italia Restaurant
ROBERT GIARDINO
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-841-3216
www.thepassionategourmet.com
Food
ORCHIDEA FISSA SRL
PEPPINO CATERING
GIACOMINI GIAMPIERO
SUSTAINING
BOLOGNA, IT
39-051-247076
www.orchideafissa.it
Architecture
OSTERIA NAPOLI
JOE LECCE
CORPORATE
CALGARY, AB
403-283-5350
Food
PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS
LLP
GIUSEPPE BRIFFA
SUSTAINING
VANCOUVER, BC
604-255-6441
Dine Italia Restaurant
JOHN DE LUCCHI
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-806-7000
www.pwcglobal.com/ca
Financial
PANTHER MANAGEMENT
PRINCESS IMPORTS
DAVID JAMES
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-681-1298
www.panthermanagement.com
Project Management
PAPI’S RISTORANTE
KENNETH IACI
SUSTAINING
VANCOUVER, BC
604-275-8355
Dine Italia Restaurant
PARKSIDE RESTAURANT
CHRIS STEWART
SUSTAINING
VANCOUVER, BC
604-683-6912
www.parksiderestaurant.ca
Dine Italia Restaurant
MAURIZIO TERRIGNO
SUSTAINING
CALGARY, AB
403-606-8869
www.osteria.ca/www.princessimports.ca
PULCINELLA
RESTAURANT INC
DOMENIK TUDDA
SUSTAINING
CALGARY, AB
403-619-6102
Restaurant
QUATTRO RESTAURANTS
PATRICK CORSI
SUSTAINING
VANCOUVER, BC
604-924-4444
www.quattrorestaurants.com
Dine Italia Restaurant
REAL STONE WORKS
FILIPPO MAIORANA
CORPORATE
EDMONTON, AB
780-447-5600
www.realstoneworks.com
Ceramic Tiles & Stones
NEW MEMBER
O’DOUL’S RESTAURANT
& BAR
RELISH THE RESTAURANT
& LOUNGE
DANTE LUCIANI
SUSTAINING
CALGARY, AB
403-269-2220
www.vespacalgary.com
Leisure
SEACOVE GROUP
INDIVIDUAL
VANCOUVER, BC
604-873-4302
Language service & education
WERNER SCHONBERGER
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-687-8199
www.selectwines.ca
Wine
SHERATON VANCOUVER
WALL CENTRE HOTEL
ROYAL PARK REALTY
GIOVANNI ALFIERI
INDIVIDUAL
EDMONTON, AB
780-423-7590
www.royalparkrealty.com
Real estate
DIANA ZOPPA
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-331-1000
www.sheratonvancouver.com
Hotel
SACCOMANNO BROS LTD
SICES S.p.A.
FRANK SACCOMANNO
SUSTAINING
EDMONTON, AB
780-478-2381
Food
OTTAVIO SAPORITI
SUSTAINING
VARESE, IT
39-0331-819111
www.sices-group.com
SDV LOGISTICS CANADA INC
ALBERTO MONDANI
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-207-2421
www.sdv.ca
Logistics
JACK SEGAL
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-240-5773
www.seacove.com
Wine
SELECT WINES MERCHANT
ROSANNA FRASSON
MURPHY ED
SUSTAINING
VANCOUVER, BC
604 689 9211
www.renaissancevancouver.com
Hotel
REVOLUZIONE CYCLE
IMPORTS/ VESPA
DOMINIC TASSONE
CORPORATE
KELOWNA, BC
250-870-7683
Recreational Equipment
KIM MOORE
SUSTAINING
VANCOUVER, BC
604-689-4334
www.macgrillbc.com
Dine Italia Restaurant
RENAISSANCE VANCOUVER
HOTEL HARBOURSIDE
NEIL ZANATTA
INDIVIDUAL
SURREY, BC
604-576-2339
www.restwellmattressco.com
Home Decor
SEA SUN ITALIA
CRISTINA Ambrosi
INDIVIDUAL
VANCOUVER
www.rippleffectbizsol.com
604-209-1125
Consulting
ROMANO’S MACARONI GRILL
MATT LANDIN
SUSTAINING
VANCOUVER, BC
604-669-1962
www.relishrestaurants.com
Dine Italia Restaurant
RESTWELL MATTRESS
RIPPLE EFFECT BUSINESS
SOLUTIONS INC
SIMONE CAVALLO
INDIVIDUAL
VANCOUVER, BC
604-434-6154
Automotive
Distributors of the best known
Italian foods.
www.italiancentre.ca
Italian Centre Shop Ltd.
PASTA • TOMATOES • SAUCES • CHEESE
OILS & VINEGAR • MEAT • COFFEE • BAKERY
10878 95 Street, Edmonton, Alberta
780-424-4869
5028 104 A Street, Edmonton, Alberta
780-989-4869
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M E MBERSHI P D I R E C T O R Y
SINCLAIR DENTAL
COMPANY LTD.
STORELLI SMITH FINANCIAL
SERVICES
SITIE CANADA LTD
ANDREA BARZETTI
SUSTAINING
EDMONTON, AB
604-294-6483
www.sitie.it
Oil Well Equipment & Supplies
SNAMPROGETTI
CANADA INC
LUCIANO IANNIELLO
SUSTAINING
CALGARY, AB
403-261-6610
www.snclavalin.com
Services
SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS
AUTHORS & MUSIC
PUBLISHERS OF CANADA
KAREN B. PIGHIN
INDIVIDUAL
BURNABY, BC
604-669-5569
www.socan.ca
Film & Entertainment
SORRENTINO’S DOWNTOWN
CARMELO RAGO
CORPORATE
EDMONTON, AB
780-477-2789
www.sorrentinos.com
Hospitality
SPOLUMBO’S
NEW MEMBER
TONY SPOLETINI
CORPORATE
CALGARY, AB
403-264-6452
www.spolumbos.com
Restaurant
SSID INC
RAJESH TANEJA
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
800-688-1868
www.ssid.net
Technology
STANTEC ARCHITECTURE LTD
DEAN BENVENUTO
SUSTAINING
EDMONTON, AB
780-917-6877
www.stantec.com
Architecture
STILE WINES
NEW MEMBER
CARMINE D’ONOFRIO JR
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-255-2518
www.stilewines.com
Wine
STONECREEK RESORTS
ROMOLO VERNA
SUSTAINING
CALGARY, AB
866-837-7097
www.stonecreekproperties.com
Resort
STONGS MARKET LTD.
CORI BONINA
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-266-5191
www.stongs.com
Food
42 CONEXUS – SPRING 2007
PINO STORELLI
INDIVIDUAL
BURNABY, BC
604-294-5451
Financial
NEW MEMBER
NEW MEMBER
AMIR NOWTASH
INDIVIDUAL
VANCOUVER, BC
604-986-1544
www.sinclairdental.com
Dental Supply
SUNBELT PACIFIC
BUSINESS BROKERS INC
PINO BACINELLO
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-696-6111
www.sunbeltpacific.ca
Brokers
SUTTON PLACE HOTEL
TOP GEAR LIFESTYLES VESPA
WOLFE HATHAWAY
CORPORATE
EDMONTON, AB
780-438-8399
www.top-gear.ca
Transport
TOP PRINTING CENTRE
OSWALD ROTTINO
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-737-0818
Printing
TOS INSURANCE
SERVICES LTD
JEAN PAUL BRASCA
CORPORATE
EDMONTON, AB
780-428-7111
www.suttonplace.com
Hospitality
VICTOR MONTAGLIANI
CORPORATE
BURNABY, BC
604-293-1481
www.tos.ca
Insurance
SUTTON WESTCOAST REALTY
TRAFALGARS BISTRO
FIORETTA WILINOFSKY
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-267-3800
www.suttonsales.net
Real estate
TEATRO
DARIO BERLONI
SUSTAINING
CALGARY, AB
403-263-0261
www.teatro-rest.com
Restaurant
TERESA CENTANNI CENTURY
21 BAMBER REALTY LTD
TERESA CENTANNI
CORPORATE
CALGARY, AB
403-828-9596
Real estate
TERMINAL CITY TOWER
DAVID LONG
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-488-8603
www.tctowerhotel.com
Hotel
THE COAST EDMONTON
PLAZA HOTEL
HANS VON BLOEDAU
CORPORATE
EDMONTON, AB
780-423-4811
www.coasthotels.com/home/sites/
edmontonplaza/
Tourism
THE NARDONE TEAM
PIETRO NARDONE
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-714-1700
www.homesinbc.com
Real estate
SPA CLUB
ROBERTO CAPUTO
CORPORATE
EDMONTON, AB
780-437-7722
Spa
TOM LEE MUSIC
CHUCK GORLING
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-685-8471
www.tomleemusic.ca
Retail
STEPHEN GREENHAM
SUSTAINING
VANCOUVER, BC
604-739-0555
www.trafalgars.com
Dine Italia Restaurant
TRANS ATLANTIC
IMPORT CO. INC
ALAN HILGARTNER
CORPORATE
WETASKIWIN, AB
780.352.9228
www.oldfashionfaucets.com
Bathroom
TRI-METAL
FABRICATORS LTD
JOE TOSO
INDIVIDUAL
DELTA, BC
604-531-5518
www.trimetalfans.com
Engineering
TRIUMF
PHILIP GARDNER
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-222-1047
www.triumf.ca
Institution
TUSCAN COOKING DI
GIUSEPPE MAZZOCCHI
GIUSEPPE MAZZOCCHI
SUSTAINING
NIEVOLE MONTECATINI TERME, IT
39.0572.67225
www.tuscancooking.it
Food
UNGARO PIERO
SUSTAINING
MILANO, IT
39-328-357-9695
Restaurant
UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
STEFANO GIANNINI
INDIVIDUAL
CALGARY, AB
403-220-5304
www.fis.ucalgary.ca
Education
UPPER CRUST CAFE
SHEILA RICH
CORPORATE
EDMONTON, AB
780-433-0810
www.cafeuppercrust.ca
Hospitality
URSZULA SULINSKA
INDIVIDUAL
WEST VANCOUVER, BC
604-922-7697
Consulting
VALOROSO FOODS
JOE SR. VALOROSO
CORPORATE
KELOWNA, BC
250.860.3641
Food Importers
VANCITY CAPITAL
CORPORATION
ROBERT NAPOLI
SUSTAINING
VANCOUVER, BC
604-877-6565
www.vancity.com
Financial
VANCOUVER BOARD
OF TRADE
BLAIR QUALEY
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-681-2111
www.boardoftrade.com
Association
VANCOUVER ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
TANJA MCQUEEN
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-632-9668
www.vancouvereconomic.com
Not-for-Profit Organization
VILLA DEL LUPO
NIKOLAS MANOUSSAKIS
SUSTAINING
VANCOUVER, BC
604-688-7436
www.villadellupo.com
Dine Italia Restaurant
VINCORP MARKETING
CONSULTANTS LTD.
WATSON GOEPEL MALEDY
CELSO A. BOSCARIOL
INDIVIDUAL
VANCOUVER, BC
604-688-1301
www.wgmlaw.com
Legal
WESTCOAST LIQUOR .LCO
JOHN TETI
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-683-6506
www.sharkclubs.com
Hospitality
WHITEHALL AGENCIES
CYNTHIA OPSAL
CORPORATE
CALGARY, AB
403-244-2569
Wine
WILLOW PARK WINES &
SPIRITS
SUE WILLOX
SUSTAINING
CALGARY, AB
403-296-1640
www.wilowpark.net
Wine
WINE QUEST WINE & SPIRIT
BROKERS INC
BARBARA GIACOMIN
CORPORATE
EDMONTON, AB
780-488-4372
Wine
WINE RHAPSODY LTD
GEORGE BAUGH
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-682-4879
Hospitality
WINES & SPIRITS
WAREHOUSE - COST PLUS
DALE ORTON
CORPORATE
ST ALBERT, AB
780-460-1170
Wine
GURVINDER S. BHATIA
CORPORATE
EDMONTON, AB
780-448-7973
www.vinomaniawines.com
Wine
VINEA WINES LTD
WORLDWIDE FOODS
ITALO FIONDA
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-628-3868
www.vinea.ca
Wine
VINI ITALIANI IMPORTS LTD.
PIETRO NARDONE
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-797-0490
www.viniitalianiimports.com
Wine
VINO ALLEGRO WINE
IMPORTS
VICKY AINLEY
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-608-1892
www.vinoallegro.com
Wine
VINTAGE INTERNATIONAL
ANTONIO GLORIA
CORPORATE
CALGARY, AB
403-243-9952
Wine
WARDS TRAVEL
ADELAIDE BOTTICELLI
INDIVIDUAL
EDMONTON, AB
403-483-2573
www.wardstravel.com
Tourism
TONY JAMES
CORPORATE
CALGARY, AB
403-255-6262
Food Importers
YALETOWN GELATO
SALVATORE GALLO
CORPORATE
VANCOUVER, BC
604-689-8531
www.yaletowngelato.com
Gelato
YGARTUA ORIGINAL ART
PAUL YGARTUA
INDIVIDUAL
VANCOUVER, BC
604-685-5632
www.ygartua.com
Art
ITALIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN CANADA
vancouver edmonton calgary
The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada – Vancouver Edmonton Calgary is a non-profit, membership based
organization with a mandate of facilitating trade and investment between Italy and Canada with a special focus on
British Columbia and Alberta.
PRESIDENT
Lucio Sacchetti
CMC Engineering &
Management Ltd.
VICEPRESIDENT
Franco
Mammarella
TRIUMF
TREASURER
Al Botteselle
Galloway Botteselle
and Co.
DIRECTORS
Rita Bellano
Bellano Ceramic Tile Co. Ltd.
Ron Bozzer
Borden Ladner Gervais
Russ Fox
Royal Bank Financial Group
Linda Green
Kensington Riverside Inn
Diane Jing
Sharplong Investments
(Canada)
DIRECTORS
Bruce Kirkland
Lexus of Edmonton
Jim Murray
Westlink Innovation
Network Ltd.
Oberto Oberti
Oberto Oberti Inc.
Paolo Quattrocchi
NCTM Studio Legale
(Rome)
Paul Stocco
Brownlee LLP
STAFF
Elizabeth Iachelli
Executive Director
Alex Martyniak
Business Development
Director
Joe Ganci
Membership Services
Director
Claire Tourigny
Office Administrator
Elena Ontiveros
Commercial Officer
Giovanni Varano
Project Manager
ITALIAN CULTURAL
STAFF
Dusan Rnjak
Regional Director
Alberta
Milena Santoro
Edmonton Office
Manager
Rachele Grazioli
Trade Analyst
Elena Reghini
Trade Analyst
Bianca Viarizzo
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Leading the pack in all-wheel drive technology.
IT’S ALL ABOUT CONTROL. The Mercedes-Benz award-winning 4MATIC ™ permanent all-wheel
drive system is engaged at all times. It constantly monitors your wheels, sending power to each one
as needed, ensuring maximum control and handling in all seasons and all road conditions. 4MATIC™ technology is available
on our entire SUV lineup: the R - Class, G - Class, M - Class and GL- Class. The GL- Class just won the AJAC and Motor Trend
Sport /Utility of the year, and the M - Class has been awarded a 5-star crash test rating by the NHTSA. Control like this
has to be experienced. Visit your local Mercedes-Benz dealer for a test drive today.
VANCOUVER
1395 West Broadway
604-736-7411
NORTH SHORE
1375 Marine Drive
604-984-9351
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BURNABY
1325 Boundary Road
604-639-3300
RICHMOND AUTO MALL
5691 Parkwood Way
604-278-7662

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