Our Story

Delivering value since 1994.

The Hellenic Canadian Board of Trade was founded 27 years ago with a mission to convene Hellenes and Philhellenes for the purpose of advancing their business interests in Toronto. Over the years, it has delivered successful events that have convened cumulatively almost a thousand Hellenes and Philhellenes in Canada, such as: the Annual Business Awards, the Flavours of Greece, the Christmas Networking Party, the Student Mentorship Day, and the Eurobank Trade Mission. 

The COVID-19 pandemic created a unique opportunity for the HCBT to revisit its objectives and scope.  Through a long process of strategic planning and re-organization, the HCBT is now pursuing a national reach within Canada and deepening its presence in Greece through strategic partnerships with local organizations.  In the organization's long history, there has always been one constant: a dedicated group of volunteers and sponsors that support the operations and growth of the HCBT.

 Our Leadership History

2015 - 2021, Michael Gekas  

2009 - 2015,  Aggy Apostolopoulos

2004 - 2009,  George Matheacakis

2002 - 2004,  Aristotle "Telly" Christou

1998 - 2002,  Greg Kanargelidis

1996 - 1998,  George Christopoulos

1994 - 1996,  Ken Stathakis

Over the Years, the HCBT has Recognized Greek-Canadian Leaders with our Annual Business Awards   

Award Winners

Daniel Argiros
President and CEO of Conundrum Capital Corporation
Dr. Foteini Agrafioti
Chief Science Officer at RBC and Head of Borealis AI
Elias Demangos
President of Fortigo Freight Services

2020
Award Winners

Tom Drivas
CEO of Romios Gold Resources and Appia Energy Corp
Lee Polydor
CEO of Queen Street Partners
Peter Tsebelis and Gus Giazitzidis
Founders, King Street Food Company

2019
Award Winners

Andreas Apostolopoulos
CEO of Triple Group of Companies
Jimmy Antonopoulos
CEO of Jimmy The Greek
Lana Paton
National Tax Leader at PwC Canada

2018
Award Winners

Nick Thalassinos
Founder & CEO, Silverware POS Inc.
Yiannis and Kostas Koveos
Owner and President, Schinoussa Sea Vegetables

2017
Award Winners

Constantine Karayannopoulos
Chief Executive Officer, Neo Performance Materials
Steve Mirkopoulos
President of Cinespace Film Studios
Chris Goulakos

Managing Director, Balius Partners
2016
Award Winners

John Poulos
Founder and CEO, Dominion Voting
Andreas Souvaliotis
Social Entrepreneur, Author, and Public Speaker

2015
Award Winners

George Raios
President and CEO, Mr. Greek Restaurants
Emily Psimoulis
Founder and President, Thinkbox National

2014
Award Winner

Art Mandalas
President and Founder, Pulp & Fiber Inc.

2013
Award Winners

Steve Kriaris
Founder and CEO, Kolonaki Group
George Seretis
Founder and CEO, Easy Plastic Containers

2012
Award Winners

Terry Tsianos
Founder, Pegasus Group
John Pasalis
Realosophy

2011
Award Winners

Tony Lourakis
Commplete Innovations Inc.
Tom and Zabeta Dimakopoulos
Ellas Banquet Hall

2010
Award Winner

Joanne Papari
Founder, Biochem Environmental Solutions

2009
Award Winner

Tom Michalopoulos
Founder, Chairman's Brands

2008
Award Winners

Cliff Missios
Missios Imports
Stratos Papachristopoulos
Founder, Dine.TO
Telly Damoulianos
Co-Founder, Dine.TO and Director, TouchBistro

2007
Award Winners

John Sotos
Founder and Managing Partner, Sotos LLP

2006
Award Winners

Dennis Fotinos
President and CEO, Enwave Energy Corporation

2005