Niagara Falls, Canada
Angelo’s father, Peter, began his time in Canada by spending 6 months on a visitor permit here, and when he returned back to Greece he decided that he would immigrate his family to Canada to give his children an opportunity to prosper in this new young country. Angelo, along with his parents and siblings, immigrated to Canada from Macedonia, Greece in March 1968, for a better life. They settled in Toronto for 7 years and then made the move to Niagara in 1975, where there was more opportunity to be found.
Now having lived in Niagara for 42 years and working in the Hospitality Industry, he is in partnership with his four brothers who continue to own and operate a number of hotels today: Holiday Inn & Suites Parkway Conference Center, Best Western Hotel, and Days Inn Hotel. In addition to the hotels, they also own J.J.Kapps Backyard B.B.Q; Timothy’s World Coffee; Wrigley’s Sports Bar and Perkin’s Family Restaurant.
The Nitsopoulos Family is also the recipient of the 2002 Niagara Entrepreneur KPMG Family Enterprise Award. Angelo is a member of the St. Catharines Ad and Sales Club, The Lions Club, was a past Trustee board member of Brock University, Niagara College advisory committee, and St. Catharines/Thorold Chamber of Commerce board member.
Angelo has been married to Mary for 40 years and resides in St. Catharines. They have three adult children, and five grandchildren. Their eldest son, Mike, is a graduate of the University of Toronto in Engineering; second son, Tom is a graduate of Ryerson University in Hospitality & Tourism; and their youngest, Jennifer, is a graduate of the University of Toronto in Pharmacy.
His wife, Mary was born in Canada as well as their children and grandchildren. They are all very proud of their heritage but most of all, their country, Canada. The land of opportunity.
Where is your favourite place in Canada?
My home – Niagara!
Where would you most like to travel to in Canada that you haven’t been to yet?
I have not seen the West Coast. I’ve been east, but I haven’t seen Banff, Victoria, Jasper, or the Vancouver area and I would love to go out that way.
What would you like to see Canada do over our next 150 years?
I’d really like to see Canada stay on course. What Canada is and what Canada has become is incredible. Let’s keep our focus on bringing people here through proper immigration channels and just continue to be a multicultural country. We have been leaders in our humanitarian efforts and it has brought us into prosperity, and we should continue down that path. My family came here as immigrants, sponsored by my mom’s family, some of whom were already here, and now after we have made a life for ourselves we give everything we can back to the country that took us in and Canada should continue this wonderful program.