The President of the Government of the Azores, José Manuel Bolieiro, will travel to Canada, at the invitation of the Federation of Portuguese Canadian Business & Professionals (FPCBP), to participate in the 39th Annual Scholarships & Excellence Awards Gala of the organization.
The official visit, which takes place on May 28, at the Pearson Convention Centre, in Brampton, Ontario, will recognize five community leaders and entrepreneurs, and will award 35 scholarships to Portuguese Canadian students.
President Bolieiro will be the guest of honor at the event where Louis de Melo, Health Foundation Executive Director (CEO), will be the keynote speaker at the ceremony also celebrating the FPCBP 40th anniversary, attended by about 300 guests.
Vice president of the Pearson Convention Centre, Fernando Branco, will be distinguished with the Business Excellence Award; Attorney Kim Ferreira will be recognized with the Professional Excellence Award; Philanthropist Ema Dantas, will be honored with the Humanitarian Award; Musician and singer Shawn Desman, winner of a Canadian Music Award (Juno Award) in 2006, will be the recipient of the New Generation Award; and Educator Celina de Melo, a teacher of Portuguese, will receive the Civic Commitment Award.
The mission of the Federation of Portuguese Canadian Business & Professionals is to promote business activity, foster professionalism, develop networking opportunities, enhance political visibility, encourage academic excellence and collectively advocate for the prominence of our members within and outside the Portuguese Canadian Business and Professional community
President José Manuel Bolieiro was elected President of the Government of the Azores, on November 2020, replacing President Vasco Cordeiro (2012-2020). A career politician, he served as the Mayor of Ponta Delgada city from 2012 to 2020. A graduated in Law from the University of Coimbra, he was assistant to the Regional Under-Secretary for Social Communication (1989-1995); legal advisor to the President of the Regional Government of the Azores (1996); deputy to the Legislative Assembly of the Autonomous Region of the Azores (1998-2009), exercising the functions of President of the Parliamentary Group PSD and chairman of the Permanent Commission for General Policy. He was also president of the Municipal Assembly of Povoação form 2002 to 2009.
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