Sam immigrated to Canada in 1956 from Pescosolido Frosinone, Italy and became a proud Canadian Citizen in 1958. He is fiercely proud of his dual heritage, a trait which shows up often in his community service and his involvement with charitable organizations. Sam and his wife Donna have lived in Vaughan for over 37 years. They are proud parents and grandparents of one son and their daughter Cristina who passed away in 1985 at the age of 10 and three grandchildren.
Sam has created several small and medium-sized businesses which now employ over one hundred hard-working Canadians. These businesses continue to prosper by organic growth, focusing on cost control, ongoing in house productivity improvements and relentless customer satisfaction.
In 2016, Masters Insurance Limited celebrated 50 years in the community, a company founded in partnership with two of Sam’s brothers, a close friend and ten of their children. Together they have built the company into a mid-size insurance brokerage firm specializing in various construction insurance, manufacturing and contract bonds across Canada and the United States.
Despite the demands on his many business interests, Sam is an active volunteer in the community in Co-Chairing and raising funds for over 80 groups, including services clubs, hospital and research organizations, provincial ministries, community health centres, municipalities, charitable foundations and scholarship funds, which have benefitted from his time and talents over the years. Some of the major areas of his record in community service include: Member of the Board of Trustees from 1989-1998 for The Hospital for Sick Children, Co-Chair organizing committee in 2005 for Toronto Police Service to honour Chief Fantino and Chairman of all volunteer services for Hockey Canada 2015 and 2017 World Junior Championship and Chairman of the OPP 100th Anniversary. The list goes on, thereby showing the true dedication and passion Sam Ciccolini has for the community.
Sam has been involved with Villa Charities since 1974 holding various positions such as Board Chair of Villa Colombo Vaughan/Di Poce Centre Long Term Care Facility and Construction Committee Member 2002-2007, Villa Charities Foundation Board Member since 2005, appointed Vice Chair of the Foundation in 2014 and Vice Chair, Redevelopment Committee in 2016. In March 2017, Co-Chairing Villa Charities Venetian Ball with Nick Torchetti.
Amateur Sports, Business and Political Activities:
Much of Sam’s free time is given to the youth of our community and business activities. Because of this love for the sport of hockey, Sam’s belief is that the youth of today can carry on and enhance Canada’s hockey tradition and become better citizens. His love is apparent through the high-level of involvement his displays. Just to name a few, Sam Ciccolini has been a member of the insurance committee for Hockey Canada from 1992-1997, Founder of the Vaughan Kings AAA Hockey Association 1989 to present, co-founder of the City of Vaughan Hockey 1991, Advisor and Consultant to Hockey Canada Insurance Committee 1993 to present, Member of the Olympic Hockey Team Administration in Torino 2006 and Sochi 2014, and Director of the Abruzzo Earthquake Fund (AERF) from 2009 to date, Director of TIERF 2016 to present (The Italy Earthquake Relief Fund) and Board member of the Hockey Canada Foundation Selection Committee 2015 to present.
Sam Ciccolini has been awarded both professionally and personally, for his countless hours and efforts put forth into the community by many various organizations. Some of his major accomplishments include: The Order of Merit from the International Youth Organization in 1997, The Order of Ontario in 1999, Commander of the Order of the Star of Solidarity in 2008 from the Government of Italy, a feature cover page Top Canadian Insurance Broker in October 2010, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 60th Anniversary Jubilee Medal Award from the Government of Canada in 2012, Order of Canada 2005 and the Order of Vaughan from the City of Vaughan in 2016. Honourary Inspector, Ontario Provincial Services 2009.
Sam Ciccolini is quite active within the community through involvement with youth, politics, amateur sports and by co-chairing and organizing many groups and events. He is very proud to be a part of organizations he believes in and to celebrate his Italian heritage in Canada.