On September 15th, 2023, a tribute to H.E. The President of The Portuguese Republic  held a remarkable event showcasing the strength of international diplomacy and corporate collaboration at The National Club, Toronto, Canada. The President of The Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and members of the Portuguese Delegation, Secretary of State for Portuguese Communities Paulo Cafôfo, City Councillor Ana Bailao, Portuguese Ambassador to Canada Antonio Leao Rocha, attended this epic event and state visit, organized by the Portugal Diaspora Council in Canada. 

A Diplomatic Milestone 

Within the scope of its mission and purpose, the Portuguese Diaspora Council seeks to support bilateral relations and the development of economic, commercial and cultural ties between these two countries.  

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the entrance of the first sizable wave of Portuguese immigrants, Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. 

One of the main activities developed to support this mission is the realization of high-level institutional events where, among others, business relations, contacts and quality networking with the most relevant and prominent personalities of the political, business and cultural life between Portugal and Canada. 

The Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa with Triumph Group of Companies' CEO Mario Ribeiro and President Frank Ribeiro

The Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa with Triumph Group of Companies’ CEO Mario Ribeiro and President Frank Ribeiro

The leaders emphasized the long history of mutually beneficial relationships between their nations, which is based on common values. The Portuguese communities’ distinctive contributions to Canada’s cultural fabric were acknowledged by Prime Minister Trudeau. 

The Prime Minister and the President restated their opposition to Russia’s unlawful aggression against Ukraine and their shared resolve to support Ukraine through whatever it takes. 

President Rebelo de Sousa received a thank you from Prime Minister Trudeau for Portugal’s assistance in helping Canada fight this summer’s wildfires. The leaders focused on ways that Canada and Portugal might cooperate to safeguard the environment and boost the development of clean energy as they spoke about the significance of ongoing bilateral cooperation to combat the effects of climate change. 

The two leaders also talked on how important it is to work together to safeguard the oceans and exploit ocean resources sustainably for economic development. They emphasized chances for cooperation in other fields of shared interest, such business, investing, innovation, and security and defense. The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union has strengthened trade between the two nations and opened opportunities for people and businesses on both sides of the Atlantic, and Prime Minister Trudeau expressed his gratitude for Portugal’s resolute and early support for the agreement. 

The Prime Minister and the President emphasized Portugal’s and Canada’s respective participation in the Indo-Pacific, underlining their shared desire to be active and involved partners in the region. 

Triumph Group of Companies: A Leading Corporate Player 

Triumph Group of Companies, a prominent conglomerate with diversified business interests, proudly participated as one of the sponsors of this outstanding & diplomatic visit. Triumph’s exceptional reputation for its commitment to excellence, innovation, and community engagement made it an ideal partner for an event of international significance. Triumph Group of Companies showcased its dedication not only to corporate success but also to making a meaningful impact on the global stage. 

A Beacon of Community Engagement 

Triumph Group of Companies’ involvement in sponsoring the President’s visit underscores its commitment to community engagement and global diplomacy. Forward-thinking corporations like Triumph understand the potential positive effects that strong international relations can have on local economies, presenting opportunities for mutual growth and cooperation. 

The President’s Visit: A Platform for Networking and Collaboration 

The President of The Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and Triumph Group of Companies CEO Mario Ribeiro

The President of The Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and Triumph Group of Companies CEO Mario Ribeiro

As a sponsor of the President’s visit, Triumph Group of Companies had the unique opportunity to participate in various high-profile events and meetings, facilitating connections with influential figures, entrepreneurs, and diplomats. This networking opportunity opens doors for potential collaborations, not only within the group’s diversified portfolio but also across sectors where Canadian businesses can reap the benefits of international partnerships. 


The visit of the H.E. The President of the Portuguese Republic in Canada serves as a remarkable testament to the power of diplomacy and corporate engagement on the global stage. Triumph’s sponsorship of this historic event exemplifies the vital role that businesses can play in fostering meaningful international relations while enhancing their own global presence. This collaboration between diplomatic endeavors and corporate sponsorship highlights how corporations like Triumph Group of Companies can make a significant impact on the world stage while remaining deeply rooted in their commitment to local communities and global partnerships.