Italy in the spotlight!
Italy was 2019's country of honor, all for the pleasure of our taste buds! The Dolce Vita was enjoyed around the aisles but so much more!
Indeed, the official inauguration of the show was held under the colors of the Italian flag honoring national and international dignitaries during their various speeches. Among them were:
Mr. Ernie Hardeman, OMAFRA’s Minister
Mr. André Lamontagne, Mapaq’s Minister
Mr. Claudio Taffuri, Ambassador of Italy in Canada
M. Picariello, ICE’s Executive Director
Mr. Jean-Claude Poissant, Parliamentary Secretary in lieu of Federal Minister of Agriculture
Marie-Claude Bibeau, Michael Thomspon, Deputy Mayor of the City of Toronto
Mr. André Coutu, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Agri-Food Export Group
Mr. Nicolas Trentesaux, SIAL Network Director
Mr. Xavier Poncin, SIAL Canada’s Executive Director
It should be noted that for the first time at SIAL Canada, the 3 levels of government were represented at the same time: federal, provincial and municipal.