Born at Villa Cortellucci (Teramo) on August 11, 1949, Mario married Ginesia Bussoli.
They have four children: Maria 21, Pietro 20, Romina 18 and Stefano 16.
In 1971, with his brother Nick, founded his first construction company "Cortelli Construction Limited".
Mario has developed significant experience and entrepreneurial skills in the construction sector establishing, leading and directing a variety of diversified highly successful entities including:
MCF Concrete Forming Limited: Trade Contractor in residential concrete forming
Four Valley Grading & Excavating Limited: Trade Contractor in grading and excavating
Melody Homes et al: Residential Builder, First time homebuyers, in GTA
Fernbrook Homes et al: Residential Builder, first and second time homebuyers, in GTA
Zancor Homes et al: Residential Builder, First time homebuyers, in GTA
Eiram Developments Ltd: Land Developer - residential sites in GTA
MCN Financial Group Inc: Land Developer - Residential/Commercial sites in GTA
771955 Ontario Ltd: Land Developer, residential site, in Barrie
Hollywood Princess Convention & Banquet Centre Ltd.
Maplecor Seeds Inc. - Agricultural Seed Grower and Exporter
In addition to his strong entrepreneurial skills and business know-how, Mario exhibits strong leadership qualities in the political forum (very active in advisory and fundraising activities in: municipal, provincial and federal constituencies), as well as in social and cultural settings. Mario is a philanthropist and a champion of various charitable causes and a sponsor of Sports' events.
In 1969 co-founded the "Downsview Soccer Club," which won the National Championships for 5 consecutive years.
In 1988 he was a founding member of Montorio AI Vomano Social Club to promote the heritage and culture of his birthplace. Mario is also a past President of the Club.
In 1988 he sponsored the publication of "Antologia di Editi e Inediti Personali" by Don Pietro Marcellusi.
In 1989 he co-founded Corfer Production Inc. for the purpose of publishing a book on the Art and Poetry of Maestro Joseph Cusimano.
In 1992 as President of Corfer Production Inc. presented the first copy of "Passaggio in Canada, Voci ed Atmosfere della Tavolozza di Joseph Cusimano" by Prof. Giauco Pellegrini
In the winter 1999-2000 he sponsored the second edition of "Wind, Water, Rock, and Sky, the story of Cognashene, Georgian Bay". Published by The Cognashene Book Corporation.
Commissioned through the artist "Antonio Caruso" two bronze statues: Jean de Brebeuf and Joseph Chihoatenwa that were donated to the City of Vaughan with the unveiling on May 15, 2005.
The Albany Club
Associazione Nazionale Della Polizia di Stato
Associazione Nazionale Finanzieri D'Italia
Canadian International Police Association
Italian Chamber of Commerce of Toronto
Knights of Malta, order of St. John of Jerusalem
Life member of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Past member of the Board of Directors of Durham College Foundation
Past Director of The McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Past Board member of the York Regional Police Board
Charitable sponsorships include: The United Way, York Regional Hospital, Muki Baum Association, Ontario March of Dimes, The Variety Club, Vita Nova, The Universal Youth Foundation, The Shmuel Zahavy Cedar Chabad, The Jewish Funders Network, The Canadian Friends of Zefat, The Beth Chanat Israeli Community Centre, Spirit of Community.
Founder and Chairman of the Universal Youth Foundation, a Canadian registered charity, whose vision is to provide educational assistance to children and youth in need, throughout the world, with the goal of creating and inspiring a new generation of leaders
Co-chair of the annual "Heart to Heart Gala", an annual fundraising event sponsored in favour of the Toronto Sick Children's Hospital Foundation.
In 1989 he co-founded Corfer Production Inc. for the purpose of publishing a book on the Art and Poetry of Maestro Joeseph Cusimano.
Among the many awards received, the most treasured are:
The Queen Elizabeth 50th Anniversary Jubilee Gold Medal Award (nominated and granted by The Federal as well as the Ontario Provincial Governments)
The Order of Ontario
Valigia D'Oro Award
The Merit of Brotherhood