Fifty years ago, a small concrete and drain company was incorporated under the name of ConDrain Construction by Alfredo DeGasperis and his brothers who had arrived inToronto from their native Italy. Over the years this tiny family company has steadily evolved into one of the largest sewer and watermain installation companies in Canada and into a major operation within the land development industry, spawning many related companies along the way. From humble beginnings as a general labourer, his Con-Drain empire now includes road construction, industrial building and street lighting. As current head of Metrus Developments Inc. and Condrain Construction, Mr. DeGasperis has been recognized for his immense impact as a contractor, developer, builder and philanthropist. He has spent countless hours working to benefit charities and those they serve. The Alfredo and Teresa DeGasperis Chair in Heart Failure Surgery has been established in recognition of his generous support of theToronto General Hospital. He is also owner of Vineland Estates Winery.