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About the CF Group

60Years in business

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CF Group is a multi-faceted enterprise that grew out of CF Greenhouses, founded by Floyd Cacciavillani in Leamington, Ontario in 1953. Co-operated by Floyd’s son, Cole, CF Group consists of five separate business that provide industrial, energy, and real estate opportunities for local, national, and multinational organizations.

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Third Generation

Cory Cacciavillani

Cory Cacciavillani represents the next generation of this family business. He has worked in the family business for several years, in multiple roles. The experience he gained by working in a variety of different departments, from operations to finance, has been a driving force for him as the business continues to pivot to support their customers. Cory graduated from the University of Western with a degree in business management and a specialization in finance. He then spent time working in the industry at Aphria for three years, again tackling various roles. Cory then moved on to work at Aphria Diamond, where his expertise allowed him to lead the Aphria Diamond team to license the largest single-site cannabis facility in the world. Now, back in Canada and working with CF Industrial, he looks to bring his culminated experience and knowledge to support the business through their next evolution.

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Second Generation

Cole Cacciavillani

Cole Cacciavillani has been a key member in his family business since graduating as an Industrial Engineer in 1978. With 35 years of experience in the greenhouse and horticulture industry, he is an expert in how to best utilize nature’s light and proprietary growing techniques, along with technologies to create competitive, safe and cost-effective products. This expertise serves him well in the CF Groups businesses, and in the work he does in his community. Like his father, Cole is heavily involved in his community, sitting on several charitable and associative boards and was a founding chair of The Ontario Greenhouse Alliance. This dedication to his community and this industry has rewarded him with various awards of recognition including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, which honours significant contributions and achievements by Canadians, and the Ontario Greenhouse Industry’s first service award.

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First Generation

Floyd Cacciavillani

Floyd Cacciavillani, while retired, remains quite active in the company working with his son, Cole, and grandson, Cory, on CF Greenhouses, as well as being involved in numerous charitable causes.

One of the hallmarks of Floyd’s success is his understanding and investment in new technology – which remains a pillar of the company today. His philosophy on this point is straightforward: Invest or fall behind the competition.

This ethic of investment is also visible in Floyd’s life away from the business—investing his time and energy in his community. He has always spent time assisting new immigrants in the area and was instrumental in helping launch a farmers’ co-op and marketing board in the 1970s, to promote the region’s greenhouse produce.

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1940s
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.
1950s
In 1953 Floyd Cacciavillani 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.
1960s
Into the 1960s, he built greenhouses for friends and neighbors. In the mid-1960s, Floyd could no longer keep up with demand for greenhouse construction, so he moved into sales, working for Lord and Burnham for the next 35 years.
1970s
It is estimated that by the 1970s, Floyd had helped construct almost half the greenhouses in the area. 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.

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