Matteo Cremonese

Occupation: Dentist Age: 28 Generation: Second Dad’s side from: Cinto Caomaggiore, Venice, Vento and Isola del Gran Sasso, Abruzzo Mom from: Pegli Genova, Liguria Raised in: Toronto Speaks: Italian and English

What would someone be surprised to know about you? I received my undergraduate degree in kinesiology and neuroscience and wanted to pursue a career as a medical neurologist.

How will Italian culture change in Canada over the next 10 years? As long as the second generation Italian-Canadians continue to contribute to Italian traditions the community will grow and strengthen.

What do you hope never changes? The importance of family and friends

Best thing about being Italian-Canadian: I have the best of both worlds; I am proud to support both my countries and would not change that for the world.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Always finish what you started, and be the best you can be at whatever you pursue.

What job would you be terrible at? Photography

What Italian stereotype do you completely live up to? Being a mamma’s boy!

Photography by Stephen Gaitan, Makeup by Camila Notari