Annual General Meeting 2015

The purpose of this Annual General Meeting is to elect the new Board of Directors. Candidates for the Board may be viewed here.

Date: June 9, 2015, 6:00-9:00 pm
Location: Aird & Berlis LLP Brookfield Place, 181 Bay Street, Suite 1800, Toronto ON, M5J 2T9

Anyone interested in presenting themselves as a candidate for election to the Board of Directors must send notification to idalia@belgiumconnect.com no later than May 31, 2015.

Additional documents for the AGM:
BCBC AGM 2014 – Minutes
BCBA By-Laws 1997

Buy tickets here: (tickets include wine & appetizers) AGM 2015 :

Canada’s international trade, with focus on Belgium: the February 2015 statistics

Statistics Canada’s latest data shows that Canadian exports to Belgium, which amounted to $198 million in December and went down to $163 million in January, were down again to $96 million in February. Canadian imports from Belgium on the other hand, which came to $114 million in December and were down slightly in January to $110  million, went back up to $133 million in February. So as we can see from these figures, our bilateral trade fluctuates and it will be interesting to see how it will evolve in the coming months.

Overall, Canada’s imports declined 0.7% in February while exports were up 0.4%, compared to January, reducing the Canadian merchandise trade deficit with the world from $1.5 billion in January to $984 million in February. Continue reading

Hope for Hearts Gala

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Over and above the work and time they put into their roles at SickKids, Dr. Luc Mertens (originally from Belgium, and a member of the BCBC) and Dr. Barbara Cifra have volunteered to take on a new challenge – hosting a fundraiser in support of the Echocardiography Lab at SickKids. Promising to be an unforgettable experience, Hope for Hearts Gala will include a delicious dinner, abundant silent and live auctions, as well as great performances and special guests.

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Angel Investing in Canada

On March 4, the consulates of the three Bs – Belgium, Britain and Bulgaria invited Gerard Buckley to talk about accessing angel investing in Canada. We’d like to thank Ken Mark (ken.mark@rogers.com), Freelance Writer, for the following report; and Luca Viorel – YourAdOnline our professional photography services.

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The basic definition of angel investing is using personal funds to purchase equity or debt in early- or growth-stage companies. It is the first infusion of professional money, i.e. post-“love” or family money in such enterprises.

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Canada’s international trade with focus on Belgium, January 2015 statistics

By Christian Sivière, Import Export Logistics Solutions TM, Montréal
Statistics Canada’s latest data shows that Canadian exports to Belgium, which amounted to $354 million in November and were down substantially in December to $196 million, went down again to $163 million in January. Canadian imports from Belgium on the other hand, which came to $111 million in November and were up slightly to $114 million in December, were slightly down to $110 million in January. So as these figures demonstrate, our bilateral trade is fluctuating and it will be interesting to see its evolution in the months ahead. Continue reading

BCBC Executive Networking Luncheon

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“We value your feedback and suggestions to make a better BCBC on an ongoing basis, and we look forward to having you attend our upcoming events, especially in our “Belgians in Canada” series, and other initiatives such as company visits.” Dominiek Arnout, President, BCBC, VP Inkjet | GS/Inkjet, Agfa Graphics; at the BCBC Executive Networking Luncheon with H.E. Raoul Delcorde, Belgian Ambassador to Canada, and Belgian executives in Canada. Continue reading

Canada’s international trade with focus on Belgium, October 2014 statistics

The latest data from Statistics Canada reveals that Canadian exports to Belgium, which amounted to $295 million in August and were down substantially to $131 million in September, were back up to $176 million in October. Canadian imports from Belgium on the other hand, which amounted to $210 million in August and had gone down to $147 million in September, grew back up to $158 million in October. As this data shows, our bilateral trade fluctuates and it will be interesting to see how it will evolve in the months ahead. Continue reading

Belgians in Canada, Dec 10

Join us on Dec 10th for the 8th edition of our very successful “Belgians in Canada BIC” series.  Our keynote speakers are:

Drs. L. Mertens, Hospital for Sick Children – Sick Kids Foundation

Yvette Graham, Nourish the Children

Our BIC series allows BCBC members to share the key elements of their success.

In addition to the immediate benefits of the presentation, the goal is to foster an exchange of ideas and mutually-beneficial assistance between Belgian organizations, as well as to give potential newcomers to the Canadian market access to a large number of “old hands” well versed in the subtleties of doing business both in Belgium & Canada. In spirit of the holidays, we have invited 2 speakers from charitable organizations: Hospital for Sick Children – Sick Kids Foundation and Nourish the Children.

More info here