About Us

The Italian Cultural Centre, or Il Centro, has been an essential part of Vancouver’s cultural landscape for more than three decades. It opened in 1977 when its founding members, 13 existing Italian Associations, came together “to promote Italian culture, values and heritage and to share these with other communities.”

We have since grown to more than 700 member families and regularly welcome individuals and groups from across the city. Whether for our exceptional catering and banqueting facilities, our language classes or our breadth of cultural activities, Il Centro is one of the most cherished event venues in Vancouver and a destination for those who appreciate authentic, cultural activities.

Through our collective love of art, food, wine, design, film, music and literature, we proudly share our culture with our community, and welcome all who wish to be part of our vibrant destination in Vancouver.

Our Mission
To promote Italian culture, heritage and values
and share these with other communities.

Mauro Vescera, Executive Director, [email protected]
Fabio Rasotto, Director of Catering, [email protected]
Giulio Recchioni, Cultural Director, [email protected]
Edda Onesti, School Director, [email protected]
Angela Clarke, Museum Curator, [email protected]
Jackson Noah, Executive Chef, [email protected]
Kelsey Marshall, Catering and Events Co-ordinator, [email protected]
Luca Conte, Librarian, [email protected]
Angela Hu, School Assistant, [email protected]
Costanza Testino, Community Engagement Co-ordinator, [email protected]
Lorenzo Schober, Communications Co-ordinator, [email protected]
Lara Ferraroti, Executive Assistant, [email protected]


Board of Directors

Luca Citton, President; Randy Rinaldo, Vice President; Mary McMullen, Treasurer; Deanna Lythgo, Secretary; Joe Finamore, Executive Member; Michael Cuccione, Mike Lombardi, Steven Comin, Lino Bussoli, Carla Finamore (Assembly of Delegates Representative).