Belgians in Canada – Thank you for joining us!!

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The fifth edition of our very successful “Belgians in Canada – BIC” (formerly Belgians in Business) series took place on Sept 10th.  With keynote speakers:

Rodolphe de Radiguès, Assistant Director of Sales, Steigenberger Grandhotel Brussels (formerly the Hotel Conrad)

Sébastien Dillien, Bilingual Promotions Assistant, AMtoFM Promotions

Our BIC series allow BCBC members to share with other executives the key elements of their success, providing them with information and tools that will help them succeed in Canada and Europe. To see all the Picturesclick here

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Canada’s international trade, June 2013 data

Canada’s merchandise exports grew 1.4% in June, while imports only increased 0.6%, narrowing our trade deficit with the world from $781 million in May to $469 million in June.

Exports rose to $39.6 billion, led by unwrought precious metals and precious metal alloys, passenger cars, light trucks and aircrafts. Imports increased to $40 billion, an increase in imports of crude oil and bitumen and aircrafts being partially offset by lower imports of lubricants and other petroleum products, communications, audio and video equipment, pharmaceutical and medicinal products. Continue reading

And this is how we celebrated!!

To celebrate the most special occasion of the year: our “National Day”, more than 50 Belgians and friends of Belgium got together on July 23rd for a bbq, with live music, Belgian gelato and of course Belgian beers!!

We as Guests of Honour two recently arrived Trade Commissioners: Frank Murari of the Agence Wallon de l’Exportation et aux Investissements (AWEX), based in Toronto, and Bart Schobben of Brussels Invest & Export (BIE), based in Vancouver. Of course, our best supporter Mr Johan Casaer, Consul of Belgium in Toronto.

We’d like to thank AB InBev and Be Good Gelato for their sponsorship which helped us to provide this magnificent event, your support is much appreciated!!!!