Discover our 2021 Partners

Dear friends of the BCBC, 

On the occasion of the first days of Spring, the BCBC is pleased to present you with the list of its private sector partners for the year 2021.

We are proud to be able to count on so many quality private partners from multiple sectors of activity, allowing us to interest a large business community.

This newsletter is a way to thank our partners for their support and their confidence in our chamber of commerce in 2021: ArcoInfo, Degroof Petercam, Dentons, CIBC, Mazars, Nourish Marketing, Zone Franche. As such, throughout the year each partner will share their experience and expertise in a newsletter dedicated to them.

This is also an opportunity to remind each of you, as friends of the BCBC, that our community needs and counts on your support and membership. By becoming a member of the BCBC, you will be part of two business communities that share the same ambition of “joining forces” to develop our business (the BCBC in Toronto and the CABQ in Montreal). Do not miss-out on the chance to become an individual or corporate member of our business community by clicking here.

We do not lose hope that this year will be marked by the return of face-to-face events, so that we may hold an outdoor general assembly in the colours of summer, a beer tasting event for our National holiday and a “business award ceremony” to close the year in 2021. In the meantime, we will continue to be creative, innovative and resourceful so that baring that, you may enjoy the BCBC events in the comfort of your home or office.

Please feel free to contact us and make yourself known to our community.

Yours sincerely,

Xavier Van Overmeire, BCBC President

January 26: Economic Outlook for 2021 + New Year Party

2021officially opens on January 26th with an Economic Outlook, a Virtual Beer Tasting, and a celebration with an Individual Membership with the BCBC plus Le Cercle d’Affaires Belgique-Québec (CABQ)!

What you get:

  • An Individual Membership with the BCBC and Le Cercle d’Affaires Belgique-Québec (CABQ) for 2021
  • A Virtual Economic Outlook for 2021 with Craig Alexander, Chief Economist at Deloitte Canada
  • A Virtual Beer Tasting with “Beer Knight” Guy McClelland of McClelland Premium Imports
  • A Beer Tasting Kit with 5 Belgian beers (Guillotine (33cL), Averbode (33cL), Lindemans Kriek (355mL), Delirium Tremens (33cL), Chimay Grande Reserve (Blue 33cL), matching glassware, Belgian cheese & treats; details to be announced.

Date: January 26, 2021, Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM EST

Ticket A) $99.00 ~ Includes all of the above.

Ticket B) $65.00 ~ Includes all of the above except Membership.

Few tickets available for the Greater Toronto Area, get your tickets now!

Personal delivery not available. Available for safe curbside pick up ~ 1460 The Queensway, Etobicoke, Ontario from January 22-23, 2021.

Get your tickets here

We thank our key partner for this event:

CIBC Business Advise Centre COVID-19 support

The Post-Covid Future at a Glance: Changes in Four Key Industries

In partnership with CanCham BeLux, the Belgian Canadian Business Chamber presents “The Post-Covid Future at a Glance: Changes in Four Key Industries” webinar.
Join us to find out about changes happening in Canada and our world today, including such topics as where investors are moving their money now, how COVID is changing our food system, technologies bringing forest air to the indoors, and trends on communications and social media.

David Downey, Partner at ArconInfo Inc.
Jérôme van der Bruggen, Head of Investments Private Banking at Degroof Petercam
Jo-Ann McArthur, President at Nourish Food Marketing
Marie-Françoise Hervieu, President of Zone Franche

Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2020. Register here
Time: 11:30 AM EST – Canada 17:30 Belgium

Attend this webinar and win tickets to watch La Bonne Épouse (online from November 22 – 28, 2020) co-presented in partnership with Cinéfranco. Note: limited tickets available. 


Cinéfranco, a charitable organization, through the use of film art media as a tool for learning, for discovery and entertainment, aims at developing the mutual understanding and awareness of a common heritage rooted in the use of the French language and the continuous fulfillment of historical and cultural values of francophone communities in minority settings. 

The Festival’s Main Program is the most important international francophone film festivals in English Canada. It is comprised of up to 40 francophone films and brings together thousands of fans.  The films reflect the richness and diversity of filmmakers from Canada, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Algeria, Morocco. Tunisia, Senegal and other countries. 

EUFF European Union Film Festival

Extraordinary circumstances, such as those we are living in today, call for new and creative ways to experience life and the arts – and cinema is no exception.The Canadian Film Institute, the European Union Film Festival in Toronto, and The Cinematheque in Vancouver have joined forces with the Delegation of the European Union and the Embassies and Consulates of EU Member States to present the first-ever online edition of the European Union Film Festival (EUFF) in Canada.This year’s festival represents an unprecedented collaboration aimed at rewarding our devoted fans for their support over the years while, at the same time, providing cinéphiles across Canada an opportunity to explore the best contemporary European cinema.The programme includes an exclusive collection of recent films from across the European Union.

Mark the dates 13-29 November down in your calendar and make sure to join us on this new virtual cinematic adventure! More info here.

Fall 2020

Dear Belgian and Canadian friends and BCBC members and partners.

I hope you enjoyed the summer and were able to take some time off for much needed vacations. 

We know that social distancing will remain a constant for some time to come, and we harbour hope that a vaccine is just around the corner. In the meantime, we have discovered not only new technology and techniques, but also a certain tenacity in staying connected and keeping in touch with one another, treasuring even more than before every moment we spend together.

Panel discussion: CETA – Three years after, working together for economic recovery

CETA: Three years after, working together for the economic recovery

To review the implementation of the agreement which entered into force three years ago on September 21st 2017, EUCCAN will moderate a panel discussion.

The opening remarks will be given by Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade. Christian Burgsmueller, the Chargé d’affaires of the EU delegation to Canada and Christopher Cooter, Chargé d’affaires of the Mission of Canada to the EU will then give updates on the agreement. They will also present how CETA can be a great and viable opportunity for companies from Canada and the EU in the present and post COVID economic recovery context.

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From NAFTA to CUSMA: opportunities for EU companies

CUSMA, the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement, came into effect on July 1st perfectly in time for Canada day, replacing NAFTA. In Canada, it’s called CUSMA but in the US, it’s USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement) and TMEC (Tratato Mexico-Estados Unidos-Canada) in Mexico.

In effect since January 1st, 1994, the Trump Administration’s main reason for renegotiating NAFTA was to stop the flow of automobile assembly lines heading to Mexico. NAFTA had replaced the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement of 1988, itself broadening the scope of its predecessor, the Auto Pact of 1965. The Auto Pact began the integration of the Canadian and American automobile industries. Trump had declared NAFTA the worse-ever Free Trade Agreement signed by the United States and now declared USMCA (CUSMA), the best ever. This could lead us to believe that the new Agreement is very different from the original one but nothing is further from the truth.

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