Gabriella Colussi Arthur is Professor Emerita and Senior Scholar from 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, applied the three voices of representation to Turcinovich Giuricin’s interview novel, Maddalena ha gli occhi viola (2019). She currently serves as President of ICAP and as a Board Member of the Ontario Historical Society.
1st Vice President
Roberta Iannacito-Provenzano is Full Professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures and Vice-Provost, Faculty Affairs at Ryerson University in Toronto. She was previously Associate Dean (Faculty Affairs) in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at York University (Toronto, Canada) and also Associate Professor of Italian Studies in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at York from 2006-2020. She earned her Ph.D. in Italian Studies at the University of Toronto (2000). Her research interests include southern Italian dialectology, Molisan dialect literature, and how ethnicity and identity are represented on social media. She has published several articles, a monograph and two edited collections in these areas. For the last few years she has been studying Italian food, branding and language; Italian food representations on social media and the notion of authenticity with regard to Italian food products especially in the diasporic context. With her colleague, Gabriele Scardellato, she organized an international conference titled “Italian Foodways Worldwide” in 2017 at York University and they recently co-edited Italian Foodways Worldwide: The Dispersal of Italian Cuisine(s) (Soleil, 2019). Roberta is currently President of the Canadian Association for Italian Studies (CAIS) and Vice-President of the Italian-Canadian Archives Project (ICAP).
2nd Vice President
Abril Liberatori is Assistant Professor and holder of The Mariano A. Elia Chair in Italian-Canadian Studies at York University. A historian by training, her research focuses on the experiences of Italian Canadians in the twentieth century. She is particularly interested in ethnic identity formation, as well as gender, transnational, and oral history. She has published on topics such as language, memory, music, and food among Italian immigrants in North and South America.
Maria Cioni teaches communications in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Toronto. She received her doctorate in sixteenth century social-legal history from Cambridge University and has published in anthologies in this field. Her career has been in senior levels of federal and Ontario government and university international education. Born and raised in Calgary Alberta, Maria researched and published Spaghetti Western: How my Father Brought Spaghetti to the West (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2006 and as a audiobook, 2018) on culture, cuisine and the Italian community in Calgary between 1926 and 1958, focusing on her father’s life and his culinary dream of opening an Italian restaurant in Calgary, the first one in March 1949. She presented Examining Ethnic Food in Early 20C Western Canada, at the University of Bologna (2014) and Introducing Calgary to Italy: The Impact of the First Italian Restaurant at Italian Foodways Worldwide” in 2017 at York University, published in Italian Foodways Worldwide: The Dispersal of Italian Cuisine(s) (Soleil, 2019). 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 Minister of Culture, on the 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. 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; is the founder of Legami Lontani and currently on its executive board with an active print and digital project underway. She is one of the founders the Italian-Canadian Archives Project (ICAP) and currently holds the position of Treasurer and past President.
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.
Professor Emeritus Konrad Eisenbichler, FRSC, OMRI, is the author, editor, or translator of more than 30 books, including Forgotten Italians: Julian-Dalmatian Writers and Artists in Canada (U. of Toronto Press, 2019) and An Italian Region in Canada: The Case of Friuli-Venezia Giulia (Multicultural History Society of Ontario, 1998). Most recently, he translated Gianni Angelo Grohovaz’s White Road (Arpa d’Or, 2021) and Claudia Sonia Colussi Corte, The Secret of Bald Island (Arpa d’Or, 2021). Within the Italian community, he is editor of the quarterly El Boletin, the newsletter of the Club Giuliano Dalmato di Toronto (1990-present), and founding Series Editor of “Arpa d’Or”, a book series that publishes works in English about diasporic Italians (especially Giuliano-Dalmati) and personal narratives of people from Venezia Giulia, Istria, Fiume, and Dalmatia. More broadly, 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). In recognition of his work for diasporic Italians in North America and Italian culture in general, in 2010 the President of Italy conferred upon him the rank of Commendatore (Knight Commander) in the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy.
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 has worked 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. Michael identifies as both Italian and Canadian. His paternal grandparents were born in Castelliri, Frosinone, and immigrated to Sarnia in 1960. His maternal grandparents farmed outside Sarnia, Ontario for 62 years, and are nearing their 75th 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 both in Medieval Studies and in French and Italian Studies at St. Jerome’s University/University of Waterloo. Before coming to Waterloo he taught at the University of Victoria and the University of Washington. In all these places he became very active in the Italian community. He has published extensively on 16th and 17th centuries Italian and French drama theory, a volume on Baroque comparative pastoral drama, as well as on women writers of the Italian Renaissance. He has edited two volumes on Italian Canadiana (Ricordi and Patterns of Nostos) and published a number of essays on Italian Canadian diaspora studies. He has received a number of cultural awards both in Italy and Canada for both his scholarly and community work. Sitting on Editorial and/or Advisory Boards of various literary journals in both countries he was and remains an active go-to community leader and cultural promoter in both the west coast, in the past, and in Ontario since 1984, where he has also served as Honorary Vice-Consul of Italy.
Sandra Parmegiani teaches Italian Studies and European Studies at the University of Guelph. She 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. In 2013 she was awarded a MITACS grant to supervise Dr. Roberta Cauchi Santoro’s postdoctoral work on “Mapping Intangible Cultural Resources through Reading Culture Analysis.” The project’s defined a methodology for identifying and mapping intangible cultural resources of the City of London (Ontario). Sandra Parmegiani co-created with Sharon Findlay the Guelph Italian Heritage Project, and the Italian Canadian Narratives Showcase site. She is currently the Editor of Quaderni d’Italianistica, the official journal of the Canadian Association for Italian Studies.
Cristina Perissinotto is Associate Professor of Italian Studies at the University of Ottawa, where for the past 15 years she directed (and still directs) the Italian program. She is Past President of the Canadian Association for Italian Studies and was also first Vice President of the Association of Professors of the University of Ottawa. She has dual citizenship, Italian and Canadian. Cristina published three poetry collections both in English and in Italian; as well as, publishing on Italian literature, Italian theater and the Italian cantautori. She is completing a book on Marco Paolini’s theater entitled: Marco Paolini: a Deep Map. With Charles Klopp she coedited a book on the Italian Northeast, entitled Cronache dal cielo stretto (Forum Editrice, Udine) and has also recently coedited a book with Patrizia Piredda entitled La dimensione etica nel teatro italiano (Guida Edizioni, Napoli).
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.
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