Gabriella Colussi Arthur teaches in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, York University. Her main areas of expertise include teaching Italian language and culture from elementary to advanced levels, Italian language pedagogy, Italian-English translation, and Italian-Canadian Studies. Her publication, From Inspiration to Reality (2012), uses print and oral sources to document the efforts behind launching VLG Charities and planning and constructing the long-term care residence, Villa Leonardo Gambin. Her doctoral work dissertation, Methodological Reflections in Italian-Canadian Storytelling (2014), proposes a tripartite methodology—breadth, depth, and form—for the collection of immigrant family stories. She has published on the immigration of Friulani to British Columbia (Zoppola, Zoppolani and Migration to Western Canada: A Sample Study) and, most recently, on the three voices of representation in Turcinovich Giuricin’s interview novel, Maddalena ha gli occhi viola. For ICAP, she currently holds the position of President.
Roberta Iannacito-Provenzano holds a Ph.D. in Italian Studies from the University of Toronto. She is currently Associate Dean, Programs (Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies) and Associate Professor of Italian at York University. Her research interests centre on Italian dialectology and in particular, molisano historical linguistics and dialect literature. Roberta is also very interested in Italian food branding and language in North America in both real and virtual spaces, and the concept of authenticity as it relates to food products. She co-hosted an international conference on Italian Foodways Worldwide: The Dispersal of Italian Cuisine(s) (2017) and is completing a book on this topic with her co-host. Roberta hopes to partner with the City of Vaughan on a project involving the Italian community there.
Maria Cioni currently teaches communications at the University of Toronto. She received her doctorate in sixteenth century social-legal history from Cambridge University. She contributed to anthologies in this field until, in 2001, she began research on her father’s life, which had culminated in his culinary dream of opening an Italian restaurant in Calgary, the first one in March 1949. In 2006, Spaghetti Western: How my Father Brought Spaghetti to the West was published focusing on culture, cuisine and the Italian community in Calgary between 1926 and 1958. Maria is a founding member and current Secretary of The Italian-Canadian Archives Project (ICAP) established in 2010.
Caroline Di Cocco
Treasurer (& Past President)
Caroline Di Cocco has an ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto and B.A. Honours Specialization in Anthropology from the University of Western Ontario. Elected to municipal government in 1997, then elected as a Member of Provincial Parliament in Ontario from June, 1999 to October, 2007 as: She was Minister of Culture, on Management Board of Cabinet, Parliamentary Assistant to Premier and Chair of Women’s Caucus. In 2002 Caroline was bestowed the honour of “Cavalieri” from the Republic of Italy. Currently she sits on the board directors of The Ontario Historical Society, is a member of the President’s Circle of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario and holds the position of president of the Italian-Canadian Archives Project (ICAP).
Cristina Caracchini obtained a Masters degree in Italian literature at the University of Florence, and a Ph.D. at the Université de Montréal in Comparative Literature. She is Associate Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at the University of Western Ontario (UWO), and also, Vice President of the Canadian Association of Italian Studies. She is the author of Cognizione e discorso poetico (2009) and several articles on Italian-Canadian Writers and co-editor with Enrico Minardi of Volume Il Pensiero della poesia (2017). With colleagues in the Italian Studies Program, Cristina organized events UWO-London Italian-Canadian community events, hosting the ICAP National Conference in 2016.
Konrad Eisenbichler teaches in the Renaissance Studies Program and in the Department of Italian Studies at the University of Toronto (1981-present). He is the immediate past President of the Canadian Society for Italian Studies (2011-14). He has previously been a two-term director of the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies (1990-2000), president of the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (2001-02), president of the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies (2002-04), and Chair of the Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium (1983-84). Within the Italian community, he is editor of the quarterly El Boletin, the newsletter of the Club Giuliano Dalmato di Toronto (1990-present), he has served as Consultore Regionale for the Autonomous Region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia (1991-2004) and as President of the Federazione Giuliano-Dalmata Canadese (2004-2009).
Antonella Fanella was born in Milan, Italy and raised in Calgary, Alberta. She has a BA and a MA in History from the University of Calgary and has been an archivist for 25 years working at the Glenbow Museum and post secondary institutions. Currently, she is an archival consultant specializing in archival appraisal, collection development and migration of electronic records. Antonella has published historical works, With Heart and Soul, Calgary’s Italian Community and numerous articles.
Javier P. Grossutti
Javier P. Grossutti was born in Argentina and graduated in Political Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires. He later moved to Italy where he obtained his PhD in Political and Economic Geography at the University of Trieste. His main fields of study include Italian and Friulian emigration, networks of ethnic entrepreneurship, return migration and problems connected to Italian and Friulian communities abroad, where he has conducted numerous surveys for the Universities of Trieste, Trento and Udine. He has carried out research in collaboration with the Universities of Columbia (New York, United States), Caen (France), Buenos Aires, Quilmes, Cuyo-Mendoza and Patagonia (Argentina) and Itajaí (Brazil). He has held courses on Italian emigration and return migration for the University of Udine and Trieste. In 2007 and 2008 he was invited as an Associate Research Scholar at The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University of New York. In 2014 he obtained a short-term fellowship from the Winterthur Museum (Winterthur, DE, U.S.). In the same year he was invited as Visiting Fellow at Swinburne University of Technology (SUT). Currently, he holds the position of Adjunct Research Fellow within the Faculty of Health, Arts and Design at SUT.
Michael Iannozzi is a graduate student at Western University. His research involves language documentation, sociolinguistics, and public outreach. The two primary areas of his research are the English dialect of Southwestern Ontario, and the Italian dialects spoken by Italian communities in Canada. Michael works with Caroline Di Cocco to record life histories of Sarnia’s Italian-Canadian community, including digitizing old photos and cassettes, and building a website to share these unique pieces of the Canadian story, which is supported by the Sarnia-Lambton Archives. Michael identifies strongly as both Italian-Canadian and small-town Canadian. His paternal grandparents were born in Castelliri, Frosinone, and immigrated to Sarnia in 1960. His maternal grandparents farmed for 62 years, and are nearing their 70th anniversary. Michael is honoured to work to document and preserve the stories of Italian-Canadians.
Nancy Marrelli is Archivist Emerita at Concordia University and is the Archivist of the emerging Italian-Canadian Community Archives of Quebec. She is also co-publisher of the Montreal publishing house Véhicule Press. She actively participates in professional archival activities in Canada, the United States, and internationally, working and publishing in English and French in the areas of copyright, preservation, dance legacy, various aspects of Montreal history, and audiovisual archives. She has been a speaker at a wide variety of workshops and conferences and currently gives a series of webinars in English and French on Copyright for the Canadian Council of Archives. Nancy is also active in publishing and writing circles.
Gabriel Niccoli has a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of British Columbia and is Professor Emeritus in Medieval Studies and French and Italian Studies at St. Jerome’s University, University of Waterloo where he chaired the Department for seventeen years and received the “Distinguished Teacher Award”. He has published extensively in 16-17C Italian and French drama theory and women writers of the Italian Renaissance. He edited a volume of Ricordi and published essays on Italian-Canadian immigration studies. Currently, he is editing a collection of critical essays on the concept of Nostos, journeying and returning. Prof. Niccoli has received awards in both Italy and Canada and was Honorary Vice-Consul of Italy in Ontario. He is an avid facilitator and cultural promoter in Italian-Canadian communities on the west coast and in Ontario.
Sandra Parmegiani teaches Italian Studies and European Studies at the University of Guelph, and is currently the President of the Canadian Society for Italian Studies (2014-2017). She has previously taught Italian language and literature at Trinity College Dublin and at the University of Western Ontario. Her research focuses on Eighteenth-century and contemporary Italian literature and culture. Since 2013 she has been awarded a MITACS grant to supervise postdoctoral work on “Mapping Intangible Cultural Resources through Reading Culture Analysis.” This project’s goal is to define a methodology for identifying and mapping intangible cultural resources, and to apply the proposed methodology to the intangible cultural assets of the City of London.
Gabriele Scardellato is an associate professor, York University. He is the chair holder of The Mariano A. Elia Chair in Italian-Canadian Studies at the same university. Dr Scardellato has served as editor or managing editor of several journals including Polyphony: The Bulletin of the Multicultural History Society of Ontario, Annali Accademici Canadesi, Italian Canadiana, Ontario History, and Quaderni d’italianistica, the journal of the Canadian Society for Italian Studies. He also has edited a number of immigrant and other memoirs and completed a number of translations. He has published widely both in Canadian ethnic studies as well as in Italian-Canadian immigration history including Within Our Temple: A History of the Order Sons of Italy of Ontario (Toronto, 1995) and with Manuela Scarci (eds.), A Monument For Italian-Canadians: Regional Migration from Italy to Canada (Toronto, 1997) and two special issues of Quaderni d’italianistica on Italian-Canadian topics. Most recently, with co-author Elio Costa, he has published the biography Lawrence Grassi: From Piedmont to the Rocky Mountains (Toronto, 2015).
Carrie-Ann Smith holds a MA in Library and Information Studies from Dalhousie University, Halifax. She joined the Pier 21 Society in the summer of 1998 and grew with the project to become the current Vice President of Audience Engagement at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Ms. Smith (don’t let the name fool you) is a descendant of Federico and Mabli Artuso from San Martino di Lupari and wrote a story on her Italian-Canadian experience growing up in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario in Mamma Mia: Good Italian Girls Talk Back (ECW Press). Carrie-Ann’s goal at the museum -- helping to collect, preserve and share the memories of immigrants to Canada-- also motivates her contribution to the work of ICAP.
Caterina Maria Bueti Sotiriadis
Caterina is currently the senior consultant for Sotiriadis Educational Services in Manitoba. An educator and writer, she has published material on second language learning with several Canadian publishers as well as producing animation series for young children. A specialist in curriculum and classroom material development, Caterina was the Core French consultant for the Department of Education, Training and Youth at the Bureau de l’éducation française for a number of years. During her career, she has also taught English, French, Spanish and Italian in the public and private systems from grades K to grade 12. Caterina has taught Italian in the Faculties of Arts as well as curriculum and methodology in the Faculties of Education at the Universities of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Université de St Boniface as well as in Caen, France. A past president of both the Societa’ Dante Alighieri di Winnipeg and the Order Sons of Italy, La Lupa di Roma Lodge, Caterina has worked extensively in the Italian Canadian community of her province. Caterina occupe actuellement le poste de consultante principale pour les Services éducatifs Sotiriadis du Manitoba. Une éducatrice et écrivaine, elle a publié du matériel dans le domaine de l’apprentissage des langues secondes avec plusieurs maisons d’éditions canadiennes ainsi que produit des séries d’animation pour les jeunes enfants. Une spécialiste dans le développement de matériel didactique et dans la production d’outils pédagogiques pour la salle de classe, Caterina était la conseillère pédagogique pour le français de base au Ministère de l’éducation, formation et jeunesse au Bureau de l’éducation française pendant de nombreuses années. Au cours de sa carrière, elle a également enseigné l’anglais, le français, l’espagnol et l’italien dans les systèmes publics et privés aux niveaux maternelle à la12e année. Caterina a enseigné l’italien dans les Facultés de lettres ainsi que la méthodologie aux Facultés d’éducation aux Universités de Winnipeg, du Manitoba, de St Boniface et à Caen en France. Ancienne présidente de la Société Dante Alighieri de Winnipeg et de l’Ordre des Fils d’Italie, La Lupa di Roma, Caterina a beaucoup œuvré dans la communauté italo-canadienne de sa province. Caterina è attualmente il consulente principale per Sotiriadis Servizi Educativi nel Manitoba. Una educatrice e scrittrice, lei ha pubblicato materiale sull’apprendimento di una seconda lingua con diverse case editrici canadesi e ha prodotto anche delle serie di animazioni per i bambini. Una specialista in programmi di studio e di sviluppo di materiale in aula, Caterina era il consulente francese di base per il Ministero di Istruzione, formazione e gioventù presso il Bureau de l’education française per tanti anni. Inoltre, durante la sua carriera ha insegnato inglese, francese, spagnolo e italiano nelle scuole pubbliche e private dall’ asilo fino al livello 12. Caterina ha insegnato italiano nella Facoltà di lettere e curriculum e metodologia nella Facoltà di Educazione presso le Università di Winnipeg, Manitoba, Université de San Boniface e Caen, Francia. Una ex-presidente della Società Dante Alighieri di Winnipeg e dell’Ordine Figli d’Italia, La Lupa di Roma Lodge, Caterina ha lavorato a lungo nella comunità italo-canadese della sua provincia.
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