Welcome to our CEO, AnnaMaria Toppazzini!
On behalf of
the Search Task Force and Board of Directors, we are very pleased to announce
that Ms. AnnaMaria
Toppazzini, will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer of the
University of Manitoba Business School Foundation, effective
November 1, 2015.
was born and raised in Winnipeg, is a proud alumna of the University of
Manitoba, and has over 20 years of business experience. AnnaMaria brings a
proven track record of developing and growing membership based Organizations
through a recognition of the importance of broadening and increasing the
membership base, bringing innovative ideas relating to revenue generation and
recognizing the importance of collaborative partnerships in order to achieve
the Vision and Mission of the Foundation. AnnaMaria recognizes and
embraces the Foundation's broad vision of pursuing and implementing strategies
which will benefit the Asper School of Business and the Foundation and its
last 8 1/2 years, Anna Maria has worked for the University of Winnipeg as
Director of Alumni Affairs, Director of University Advancement and from 2012 - 2015 as the Senior Development Advisor, President's Office. She is
regarded as an experienced Organization development professional with a proven
track record of achieving ambitious goals that have transformed the University.
was the Founding Director and Executive Director of the Italian Chamber of
Commerce of Manitoba where, over a 7 year period, she transformed a small
not-for-profit into a sustainable revenue generating entity. She led
numerous initiatives on investment and trade and business with government and
leaders while contributing to both Italy's and Canada's economies.
her B.A. and a MPA from the University of Manitoba, she has also attained a
Master in Business Development from the MIB School of Management in Trieste,
was conferred with the Order - Onorificenza di Cavaliere, Ordine della Stella Della Solidarieta
Italiana, in recognition of the exceptional work in developing
trade between Italy and Canada (2006)
from the President of the Republic of Italy.
In her spare
time she has turned her interest in the wine industry into a small business
where she is currently representing and consulting eight Italian wineries, one
Canadian and one Greek winery. She is also the president of the Fogolar
Association a northern Italian organization, and board member of the Fogolar
Federation of Canada and its international umbrella group in Italy. She
enjoys traveling, reading, organizing events, cycling, tennis and is an avid
Winnipeg Jets and Blue Bombers fan.