St. Clair College Hosts First 2024 CIBPA Monthly Dinner Meeting | St. Clair College
Wednesday, January 10, 2024
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St. Clair College played host to the first monthly dinner meeting of the Canadian Italian Business & Professional Association (CIBPA) in 2024. The event, held at the St. Clair College Centre for the Arts, brought together members and guests for an evening of networking, reflection, and discussions on the ongoing partnership between the College, CIBPA, and the St. Clair College Alumni Association.

The gathering provided a platform for St. Clair College to share some of its strategic directions and initiatives, emphasizing its commitment to collaboration with the local business community. Attendees had the opportunity to delve into the College's vision and ongoing partnerships, particularly with CIBPA, and the ways in which they contribute to the broader Windsor Essex community.

The evening's keynote speaker, President France, took the stage to reminisce about the longstanding relationships between CIBPA members and their significant contributions to both the College and the community. President France's address highlighted the importance of fostering strong ties between the business community and educational institutions for mutual growth and success.

“The pride in one’s heritage is admirable, but it is the effort to promote that heritage and apply its positive qualities and its energy within the mosaic of the community as a whole to contribute to the well-being of all of our neighbours and fellow citizens which truly merits recognition and praise. The CIPBA checks all of those boxes, which is why it is such a treasured and important leader in this region.” President Patti France.

President-elect Michael Silvaggi also addressed the audience, sharing his personal experiences and upbringing in the vibrant Italian community of Windsor. Silvaggi encouraged all CIBPA members to actively engage with the College, emphasizing its role as both a valuable business partner and a key player in community development.

The venue, St. Clair College Centre for the Arts, added a touch of elegance to the event, providing a fitting backdrop for the gathering. Attendees were treated to a delightful five-course Italian style meal, enhancing the overall experience of the evening.

Expressing their enthusiasm, the College staff and alumni affirmed their commitment to supporting the growth and active participation of CIBPA in the Windsor Essex region. The collaboration between St. Clair College and CIBPA stands as a testament to the power of partnerships in fostering community development and professional success.  As the evening concluded, the participants left with a renewed sense of purpose, inspired by the shared commitment to excellence and the prospect of further collaboration between the College and CIBPA in the future. The event marked a significant milestone in the ongoing relationship between St. Clair College and the Canadian Italian Business & Professional Association.

CIBPA Windsor Mission & Objectives

To promote and support cultural, educational and charitable endeavours on behalf of the Canadian Italian business and professional community of Windsor and Essex County.

To represent the Italian business and professional community of Windsor and Essex County on issues impacting the Italian community and/or community in general.

To provide a forum for networking amongst the members of CIBPA and to encourage the transaction of business amongst the members of CIBPA on a local, national and international level.

To solicit and receive donations, bequests, legacies, and grants to establish and maintain a fund or funds and to disburse all or part of the capital of the fund or funds and their income to carry out the objects of CIBPA.