2015 Annual General Meeting

2015 - 2016 Board of Directors

2015 – 2016 Board of Directors

The BCBC held our 2015 Annual General Meeting last night at the law offices of Aird & Berlis, closing out a very successful 2014-2015. President & CEO Dominiek Arnout provided a brief overview of the year and thanked our sponsors for their support as we’ve continued working to promote bilateral relationships between Belgium and Canada, as well as to raise awareness of Belgium in the economic and media capital of Canada.

President & CEO Dominiek Arnout

President & CEO Dominiek Arnout

This was followed by more in-depth reports on the operations and financial position of the Chamber, as well as reviews of our membership and events. Finally, the members of the BCBC elected a new board of directors for the 2015-2016 year. Not only did the majority of directors return to the board, we’ve also added five new directors to create a very dynamic board. Pictures of the AGM are courtesy of YAOL Canada.

We look forward to an exciting new year!

200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo

Waterloo - 200th Anniversary

In June 2015, be at the very heart of the grandiose reconstruction of an event which continues to speak to the collective imagination: the Battle of Waterloo! To commemorate the Bicentenary of this Battle that left Europe stunned and that was instrumental in determining the future of our regions, the ASBL ‘Bataille de Waterloo 1815’ is planning the most impressive reconstructions ever seen in Europe: 5000 re-enactors, 300 horses and 100 canons. Don’t miss this opportunity as the next edition won’t be until 2025!
Attend two exceptional re-enactments of two different phases of the Battle. These shows promise to be different, fun for all, and full of emotions – Come and participate from the very front line. You will also have the opportunity to visit the museums, take a wander through the bivouacs and discover life as it was for the troops 200 years ago.

The BCBC announces a new partnership with the Chamber of Commerce Canada-Belgium-Luxembourg

We’re pleased to announce that on February 26th, 2015 the Belgian Canadian Business Chamber (BCBC) entered into a new partnership with the Chamber of Commerce Canada-Belgium-Luxembourg (CanCham BeLux). This partnership was signed in Wevelgem (near Kortrijk) by Mr. Dominiek Arnout, President & Chief Executive Officer of the BCBC, and Mr. JP Tanghe, Chairman of CanCham BeLux.

Thanks to this new partnership, the BCBC and CanCham BeLux will defend the general interests of bilateral business between Belgium and Canada, and regularly exchange information of interest with a view to further promote bilateral economic links between Belgium and Canada. Members of each party who are visiting the jurisdiction of the counterpart organization shall have member access to the latter’s events.

If you would like more information on this partnership, please email us at info@belgiumconnect.com.

Partnership signing - BCBC CanCham BeLux

The BCBC announces a new partnership with the Alliance française de Toronto

We’re pleased to announce that on February 24th, 2015 the Belgian Canadian Business Chamber (BCBC) entered into a new partnership with the Alliance française de Toronto (AF). This partnership was signed at the monthly Frites Night networking event by Mr. André van der Heyden, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of the BCBC, and Mr. Thierry Lasserre, Executive Director of the AF.

Thanks to this new partnership, members of the BCBC will now have preferential rates on all AF cultural events, as well as a 15% reduction on all space rental (gallery, classrooms, and theatre), group French courses, and the Tests d’Evaluation de Français (TEF). If you would like more information on these benefits, please email us at info@belgiumconnect.com.Partnership signing

Canada’s international merchandise trade, October 2012, with a focus on trade with Belgium

This guest post by Christian Sivière, President at Solutions Import Export Logistique, comes from a recent article he published on Canada’s international trade, zooming in on trade with Belgium.  Reprinted with permission of the author.

Canada’s international merchandise trade, October 2012                                   Canada’s merchandise imports declined 1.2% while exports increased 1% in October, narrowing Canada’s trade deficit with the world narrowed from $1 billion in September to $169 million. Imports declined to $38.3 billion with volumes down 1.8%, as widespread decreases were recorded.  Exports increased Continue reading

Music For Miracles At Christmas

This concert evening has been organized by our long-time member, Mr. Warren Viegas, with all proceeds going to support the education of orphaned children in Zimbabwe.

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If you’d like to know more about the acts taking part in this concert, please view the following websites:

Bradley and the Bouncers: http://www.bradleyandthebouncers.com

Ballet Jörgen: http://www.balletjorgencanada.ca

Jonathan Lee: http://www.musicbyjohn.ca

You can also see their performances on these YouTube clips:

Bradley and the Bouncers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M142tssn9H4

Ballet Jörgen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvH9xPMl2CE

Jonathan Lee: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyicWqKJpGU

This holiday season, Belgians in Canada will have an extra reason to celebrate!

Available for a limited time, and in limited quantity, the LCBO will be getting some bottles of the ultra-rare Westvleteren 12 in time for the holidays.

http://www.torontolife.com/daily/daily-dish/bottoms/2012/11/30/westvleteren-12-lcbo/

The exact arrival date is a closely guarded secret, so keep checking the LCBO’s website for updates.

Canada’s international merchandise trade, September 2012, with a focus on trade with Belgium

This guest post by Christian Sivière, President at Solutions Import Export Logistique, comes from a recent article he published on Canada’s international trade, zooming in on trade with Belgium.  Reprinted with permission of the author.

Canada’s international merchandise trade, September 2012                                   Canada’s merchandise exports rose 1.9% and imports were unchanged in September. As a result, Canada’s international trade deficit with the world narrowed from $1.5 billion in August to $826 million in September. Exports rose to $38 billion, with energy products leading the overall gain.  Imports remained at $38.8 billion in September.  Overall, the increase in volumes offset the decrease in prices.  Metal and non-metallic mineral products registered the largest increase in imports, while consumer goods posted the largest decline.  Continue reading