Toronto Builder -Summer 2009 - (Page 18)
29TH ANNUAL BILD AWARDS ALFREDO DEGASPERIS HONOURED WITH LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Noted for his impact as contractor, developer, builder and philanthropist By Carlie Oreskovich EVEN BEFORE A video describing the work of Alfredo DeGasperis, head of Metrus Properties and ConDrain Construction was finished, the audience of 800 builders and developers attending the 29 th annual BILD Awards held April 24th in Vaughan, stood to give him a stirring ovation. DeGasperis, who came to Canada as a young boy in 1952, was recognized for his immense impact on Alfredo DeGasperis. ABOVE. DeGasperis and his granddaughters. LEFT. With family, Julian, DeGasperis and Freddy. TOP LEFT. the region as a contractor, developer, builder and philanthropist. Stephen Dupuis, BILD President and CEO . said honouring Mr. DeGasperis was the “magic moment” of the night. He noted that as soon as DeGasperis came to Canada he gravitated towards the construction trades and “seized on the opportunities available to anybody willing to work very hard, take risks, create jobs and give back to the community every step of the way.” Some of that giving back is seen in the DeGasperis’ $7 million gift to the Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation. 18 • Toronto Builder • Summer 2009
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