The Cacciavillani Family

About Floyd Cacciavillani

Floyd Cacciavillani emigrated from Italy to Canada in 1948, at the age of 18. One of Floyd's first jobs in Canada was working on a fruit and vegetable farm in Leamington, Ontario owned by one of his uncles. After paying off his passage to Canada, Floyd successfully apprenticed to become a journeyman stonemason, bricklayer, and a certified electrician. In 1953, he married his wife Bruna, and settled on a farm in Leamington.

While still working in construction, Floyd built a small glasshouse on his farm using discarded materials from a job site. This greenhouse still stands today. Soon, Floyd's skill for building greenhouses was recognized across the county. Into the 1960s, he built greenhouses for friends and neighbors. In the mid-1960s, Floyd could no longer keep step with demand for greenhouse construction, so he moved into sales, working for Lord and Burnham for the next 35 years. It is estimated that by the 1970s, Floyd had helped construct almost half the greenhouses in the area.

One of the hallmarks of Floyd Cacciavillani's success is his understanding and investment in new technology. Floyd's philosophy on this point is very simple: Invest or fall behind the competition.

This ethic of investment also pervades Floyd's life away from the business—investing his time and energy in his community. Since his first years in Canada, Floyd assisted new immigrants in the area, acting as an interpreter for people who did not yet speak English during appointments with doctors, lawyers, and other professionals; and helping new Canadians fill out forms and applications, providing social and moral support.

Floyd was instrumental in helping launch a farmers' co-op and marketing board in the 1970s, to promote the region's greenhouse produce. Floyd also served on the Leamington District Memorial Hospital Board, including various committee positions, as well as vice president and president.

Having recently celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary, Floyd Cacciavillani remains quite active in his retirement, working with his son, Cole, on CF Greenhouses, and remaining involved in numerous charitable causes.

About Cole Cacciavillani

Cole Cacciavillani has been involved with his family business since graduating as an Industrial Engineer in 1978. Over the past five decades the family business has grown from Cacciavillani & F.M. Farms Ltd. to The CF Group of Companies of which Cole is Secretary-Treasurer.

Cole also enjoys a passion for fast cars and auto racing, which he has realized in the CF Racing Team—his son Cory races Go-carts at a track in the family's home town of Leamington, Ontario.

Like his father, Cole is heavily involved in his community, sitting on a number of charitable and associative boards:

  • Chairman of Board for Leamington Memorial District Hospital
  • Chairman of the L.D.M.H. Construction Committee
  • Chairman of Board of The Ontario Greenhouse Alliance (TOGA)
  • Chairman of Roma Club Building Committee
  • Appointed member to the board of The Agricultural Institute of Ontario (ARIO)
  • Member of the Greenhouse Labour Committee Representing Flower Growers
  • Member for the Ontario Greenhouse Industry
  • Member of Greenhouse Committee for designing Boiler Safety Course, in conjunction with the TSSA (Technical Standards and Safety Commission)
  • Member of the Chamber of Commerce for the Town of Leamington
  • Member Greenhouse Advisory Committee to City Officials Guest Speaker at Canadian Greenhouse Conference 2001 and 1987
  • Guest Speaker at Union Gas Greenhouse Seminars (Greenhouse Energy)
  • Past member of the board of directors F.V. Energy Co-op, (a natural gas buying group for Greenhouse operators)
  • Past member of the board for Leamington Economic Development Committee
  • Past member Police Services Board