Media Centre

Expert Sources

Members of our Board and staff are frequently called upon to provide expert commentary on breaking news and other issues. They are a key source for journalists looking for expert opinions - they know and understand the issues. Print, radio, and television news outlets have profiled COSTI in news stories dealing with immigration and settlement issues; language and skills training; specialized employment programs for youth, adults, and internationally trained professionals; problem gambling; housing support for families; mental health issues; and women and seniors' issues.

For more information, or to speak to one of our experts in a particular area, please call 647.827.1291.

Profiles

BRUNO M. SUPPA

President

Retired, Bruno formerly held the positions of Immigration Appeals Court Judge, and Citizenship Judge; and acted as Chair for the Toronto Catholic District School Board. Read More

MARIO J. CALLA

Executive Director

Mario J. Calla has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto. He has served as the Executive Director of COSTI Immigrant Services since 1987. Read More

JOSIE DI ZIO

Senior Director of Planning and Program Development

Josie joined COSTI in 1999 as the Director of Employment Services and is currently the Senior Director of Planning and Program Development.Read More

ROBERT CAZZOLA

Director Education and Information Technology

Robert Cazzola has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto, and has been a Director at COSTI since 1984. Prior to his current position, Robert was the Director of Social Services for COSTI. Read More

YASMINE DOSSAL

Director Social Services

Yasmine joined COSTI in her present position in 2002. Read More

VINCE PIETROPAOLO

General Manager Family and Mental Health Services

Vince has been with COSTI for 15 years. He is currently the General Manager of COSTI’s Family and Mental Health Services, and oversees COSTI’s Problem Gambling Services. Read More

CAROLINA GAJARDO

Manager Housing Help

A former refugee from Chile, Carolina has been with COSTI since 1990. Carolina presently manages COSTI’s North York Housing Help program. Read More

CARMELA PERNA

Clinical Counsellor

Carmela provides individual, couples, family and group counselling in the areas of mental health and problem gambling. Read More