Community Sponsors

Air Canada is Canada’s largest airline and the largest provider of scheduled passenger services in the Canadian market,
the Canada-U.S. transborder market and in the international market to and from Canada. In 2018, Air Canada, together with its Air Canada Express regional partners, carried nearly 51 million passengers, offering direct passenger service to more than 220 destinations on six continents. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance™, providing the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network.

Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a four-star ranking according to independent U.K research firm Skytrax, which also named Air Canada the 2018 Best Airline in North America.

Founded in 1977, the Italian Cultural Centre’s mission is “to promote Italian language, culture and heritage and to share these with other communities”. Created by volunteers, the Centre serves as a vital reference and focal point for the Lower Mainland’s Italian Canadian Community. The Italian Cultural Centre’s (il Centro) programs and activities include: an Italian language school, a heritage museum and art gallery, a library and resource Centre, performing arts presentations, film screenings, literary events, public lecture series, banquet and catering services, wine tastings, cooking classes, and other culinary events.

Il Centro has operated for 40 years and presents a broad spectrum of cultural programming, events and activities on an annual basis. In addition, to our cultural program and activities, Il Centro also houses 30 member associations (representing Italian regions, activities, and cities), a resident Montessori School (Westside Montessori Academy, grades: K to 7), a tenant restaurant (La Piazza Dario’s Ristorante Italiano), and has developed two separate housing complexes; Casa Serena, a seniors housing complex, and Villa Carital an assisted living centre for seniors.

The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada–West (ICCCW) has operated since 1992 as a private, non-profit, membership organization with the mandate of promoting and enhancing business, trade and investment exchanges between Italy and Western Canada. Wine and food tastings, fashion shows, press conferences, educational and business seminars or presentations, business round tables and networking receptions represent some of the regular events that the Chamber organizes to promote specific Italian products, selected Italian Regions and Provinces or to promote “Made in Italy” in general. These events help both our members and Italian companies, build new business relationships and generate new business opportunities in Western Canada and in the international markets.

The Authentic Italian Table at Italian Day is organized by the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada–West, bringing the best of authentic Italian food and wine products to the Drive.

With roots in Valpolicella Classica, Masi produces and distributes Amarone and other premium wines inspired by the values of the Venetian territories. The use of native grapes and autochthonous methods, and the research and experimentation carried out by its Technical Group, make it one of the most famous producers of high-quality Italian wines in the world. The Masi story began in 1772, when the Boscaini family acquired prestigious vineyards in the small valley called “Vaio dei Masi”, which is the origin of the company’s name. After more than 200 years of passionate winemaking the company is still in family hands, run by the sixth and seventh generations. A benchmark in the art of producing Amarone at a world level, Masi constantly innovates and passes on its expertise in the Appassimento method, which has been practised since the time of the Ancient Romans.

For more than forty years, Masi has carried out an ambitious project of development for historic wineries, collaborating with:

Conti Serego Alighieri, descendants of the poet Dante and owners of the Valpolicella estate with the longest history and tradition Conti Bossi Fedrigotti, the prestigious brand from Trentino Canevel, producers of top-quality sparkling wines in Valdobbiadene Masi also owns the organically run estates of Poderi del Bello Ovile in Tuscany and Masi Tupungato in Argentina. The Group makes wines that are recognized and appreciated in more than 120 countries. Masi is also a partner in groups and associations that promote high quality Italian products internationally, such as: Fondazione Altagamma, Comitato Leonardo, Istituto Grandi Marchi, and Amarone Families.

Milani Plumbing is British Columbia’s largest Plumbing, Drainage, Heating, and Air Conditioning Service Company. With more than 100 service trucks on the road and more than 60 years as a local Italian family-owned business, Milani is proud to offer exceptional residential and commercial service in Vancouver and the entire Lower Mainland.

Milani is a BBB Accredited Business and has won various prestigious awards including:

  • 2019 Top Choice Award for Best Air Conditioning and Heating Company in Vancouver
  • 2019 HomeStars Best of Award
  • 2019 Consumers Choice Award for Best Drainage & Sewer Services
  • 2019 Consumers Choice Award for Best Air Conditioning & Heating Contractors
  • 2019 Consumers Choice Award for Best Plumbing Contractor in Vancouver

The Port of Vancouver is Canada’s largest port, facilitating trade between Canada and more than 170 world economies and enabling trade of approximately $200 billion in goods. Located in a naturally beautiful setting on Canada’s west coast, the port authority is responsible for the efficient and reliable movement of goods and passengers, integrating environmental, social and economic sustainability initiatives into all areas of port operations. The port supports over 50 community events each year.

Woven into the fabric of the RE/MAX organization is a deep commitment to community. Your local RE/MAX agents are proud to support Italian Day on the Drive – a festival that brings together people from all over the Lower Mainland. RE/MAX real estate professionals are leaders in their local communities devoting their own personal time and raising dollars for countless charities and causes where they live, work and play.