Who We Are

When an earthquake strikes Italy, it’s felt in Canada.

According to the 2016 Canadian census, approximately 1.5 million Canadians – representing more than 4 percent of the country’s population – claim full or partial Italian ancestry.

TIERF was founded by members of Greater Toronto’s Italian Canadian community, who can trace their roots back to the very soil being ravaged by earthquakes. When these Canadians see their friends, cousins and countrymen devastated by natural disasters, they open their hearts – and their wallets – to help.

TIERF’s Executive Team and Board of Directors consists of leaders in the Italian Canadian community who have generously agreed to give their time to this important cause.

Board of Directors

Honourary Chairs

Hon. Frank Iacobucci
Sergio Marchionne(†)


Hon. Consiglio Di Nino


Ralph Chiodo
Pal Di Iulio
Joanne De Laurentiis
Eligio Gaudio
Mario Paura
Madeline Zito

Executive Team


Toni Varone

Vice Presidents

Sam Ciccolini
Corrado Paina

Corporate Secretary

Bob Sacco


Eddy Burello


Giuseppe Pastorelli
Laura Albanese
Barb Collins
Julian Fantino
Remo Ferri
Fausto Gaudio
Elio Luongo
Joe Mancinelli
Rocco Maragna
Paul Pelligrini
Basil Policaro
Tony Poretta
Nick Torchetti