Canada Italy Intercultural Consultant



Italy is a country of remarkable beauty, a land of historical pride and cultural achievements. Italian products, fashion, design and cooking are all popular in Canada, and the economic and travel relationships between the two countries grow every year.

We are from Milan in Italy’s north. Now living in Kelowna, British Columbia, we bring Italy to you, and you to Italy!

In Italy culture permeates every aspect of life, especially in the way business is done. But Italian culture is so rich and wonderful that it can be overwhelming to know where to start when organizing a trip, learning the language, discovering the art and food, and especially when it comes to developing a business relationship. Our wealth of experience in Italian business, government and education can give you a winning edge.

CanadaItaly is here to help- whether you are developing or strengthening business connections, or are interested in learning more about Italian cooking, language, or art and culture. We love giving our clients a better understanding and deeper knowledge of the Italian culture to help them achieve their goals in business, travel, leisure and lifelong learning. We enjoy working with Canadians and appreciate your deep interests in learning about and respecting other cultures.


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If you want to learn more about Italian culture, language, food, etiquette, and business practices contact us. Whatever your reasons for approaching Italian culture might be, we will customize our services to guide and assist you.

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Marianna Pezzoli

Born and raised in Milan, one of the most vibrant cities in Europe, I have lived in the beautiful Okanagan Valley in Kelowna, B.C, since 2015. I began my acculturation to Canada by earning a diploma in business from the renowned business school at Okanagan College.

In Italy, I completed a degree in political science with a specialization in International Relations. I managed the family construction business, and then got involved in politics, becoming mayor of a small village in the Province of Bergamo in the Italian Alps, where I worked on an ambitious project of local economic and social development. In another position as a council member for the Department of Culture in Peschiera Borromeo, I was responsible for school, music and art.

I have three children, of whom I am very proud. My husband and I decided to move our family to Canada so our children could benefit from a similar experience that I had in my teens as an international exchange student. The desire and the passion to maintain my love for Italy and the Italian language and culture, and to share it with others, led me to start this business.



Business Diploma, Okanagan College, BC, Canada 2017

Diploma in International Affairs and Diplomatic Career, ISPI, Milan, Italy 1999

Bachelor Degree in Political Science, Major in International Affairs, Universita’ Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy 1998

AFS International Program, Exchange student in the USA, 1993


Mayor, (2004-2009) City of Vedeseta, Bergamo, Italy

Project Manager- Event Coordinator Itaca Comunicazione, Milan, Italy

Councilor for Culture and Education, City of Peschiera Borromeo, Milan, Italy

Italian Cultural Advisor, KCIC Kelowna Canadian Italian Club, Kelowna, BC, Canada

President of the Valtaleggio Ecomuseum Association, Bergamo, Italy

Import Department, Valoroso Foods Ltd, Kelowna, BC, Canada

Administrative Officer Heirloom Custom Homes Ltd, Kelowna, BC, Canada

Owner Construction Company, Edilmapi Srl, Milan, Italy