Nomination Date: 04/04/2019
Alex Bracci was born in Montréal, Québec to Egidio and Luciana Bracci who had immigrated to Canada in the 1950s from Italy.
Alex grew up in the Mercier- Est neighbourhood of Montreal, and graduated in 1985 from Loyola High School. He then attended Champlain Regional College (Cegep) in St. Lambert Qc. In 1991, he graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.
After a brief stint as a laborer with the City of Montreal, Alex began his career in the financial services industry where he worked as an advisor for a life insurance brokerage firm located in Westmount, QC.
In 1996, he moved to Toronto to start work with Invesco Canada, where he remained until 2003.
In 2003, he pursued a dream of owning a small inn and restaurant. His family moved to Gambo, Newfoundland and began working on a small inn and bistro. Freshwater Inn and Bistro opened in June 2004. Although it was a small establishment in a fairly remote part of the island, the inn saw guests from all over the world.
In 2006, Freshwater Inn was sold and Alex moved to Gander. In December of that year, Alex opened Bistro on Roe, a fine dining establishment. The restaurant served French and Italian dishes and soon became a hit in the town and surrounding area. For several years the restaurant received the award of excellence from TripAdvisor. With Alex as co-owner and head chef, the restaurant was ranked as the top restaurant in Gander.
In 2018, Alex sold his portion of the restaurant and returned to the financial services industry. In November of that year he took a financial advisor position with Scotiabank in Twillingate, NL.
Alex enjoys cooking, baking and playing tennis. Alex is a proud member of his community and is an active blood donor, having donated over 70 times in his life. Alex is fluent in French and Italian.