Year in Review

January 2018

Dear Members and Friends,

As we start off 2018, I have the pleasure to share with you the highlights of a very busy and successful 2017 for the BCBC. For the third year in a row, we have held a significant number of high-caliber events, and have continued to build on new initiatives to serve you better.

We have continued to seek out new partnerships adding Nourish Food Marketing and the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) to our repertoire of partners, and we continue to explore several exciting opportunities. We have also engaged in a number of activities with our various partners this year, including supporting Brussels Airlines in the inaugural North American edition of their Bike 4 Africa charity fundraiser. Please visit our website to find out the great benefits these partnerships can offer you. Continue reading

Happy Holidays!

We send you warmest wishes for a happy Holiday Season and prosperous New Year!
Nous vous souhaitons des très Joyeuses Fêtes et une Bonne Année 2018!
We sturen u de warmste wensen voor een gelukkig vakantieseizoen en een goede nieuwjaar.
Belgian Canadian Business Chamber

Thank you!

Thank you to our sponsors, donors, and friends throughout the Belgian community in the GTA, our 3rd Annual Saint Nicolas Fundraiser benefiting the Labatt Family Heart Centre at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) was a great success. For the third year in a row, we’ve managed to beat our previous year’s record, raising $1800 for SickKids Foundation. The continued success of this annual fundraiser is thanks to the participation of our friends and the generous donations from our sponsors!

“Because of the support SickKids receives from this event and community initiatives like it, important advances have been made in child health research, new life-saving medical equipment has been purchased for our clinics and operating rooms, and our young patients continue to receive the best care that science, technology, and compassion have to offer.”  Brianne Fodey, SickKids Foundation

Please accept our deepest gratitude.

BCBC Organizing Team




Civic Theatres Toronto, Le Papillon on Front Restaurant, Hot House Restaurant and Bar, Théâtre Français de Toronto, OWIT, Hemingway’s Restaurant and Patio, Whitehouse Meats, Nadège Cédras Events & Gifts, Leo Baduria Artisan Baker.

Click here to see all pictures of Saint Nicolas 2017: 

Mr. Bart De Wever Mayor of Antwerp visits Toronto

From Sunday, October 22nd to Friday, October 27th the city of Antwerp headed a trade mission to Canada. On the programme were Toronto (22-24 October) and Montreal (25-27 October).

The delegation consisted of over 70 people from the private and public sector and was  led by Mayor Mr Bart De Wever.

Flanders Investment & Trade partnered with the City of Antwerp and organized individual business meetings for several companies (including Antwerp Management School, Antwerp Theatre Company, Brewery The Musketeers, Silk Diamonds, Bopro and several logistics companies).

“To become the Capital of Things, that is the ambition of the City of Antwerp; our Capital of Things will be a smart city that embraces e-health, industry 4.0, a smart port and circular economy” indicated Mr. Bart De Wever Mayor of Antwerp, the diamond capital of the world, No.2 port in Europe, and the retail capital of Belgium while heading a Trade Mission to Toronto.
Click here to see more pictures. Click here or more information about how to do business with Antwerp or email us and we will connect you with the right person.

Belgica – Belgian Film at EU Film Festival, Nov 11

Join us for a reception and to watch “Belgica” – the Belgian film at the European Union Film Festival. Belgica is the story of two brothers: charismatic and temperamental Frank – a husband, father, and incurable womaniser – and his ambitious younger brother Jo, who owns a bar called Belgica. They become business partners and quickly Belgica becomes the place to be for great music, beautiful people, and debauched fun – until they learn that running a business is more complicated than they realised (note: they should have joined the BCBC for advise…), and their relationships and personal lives suffer.
Saturday November 11, 2017, from 6:30 to 10:30 pm
We will start at Birreria Volo (612 College Street) then go to the Royal Cinema.
Cost: $30 BCBC Members, $45 Non-Members.
Tickets include: appetizers, 1 drink, and VIP entrance to the film. Register here

Antwerp-Canada Connecting Worlds, Moving to Solid Partnerships

From Sunday, October 22nd to Friday, October 27th the city of Antwerp will be on a mission to Cananda. On the programme is  Toronto (22-24 October) and Montreal (25-27 October).

The delegation consists of over 70 people from the private and public sector and will be headed by Mayor Mr Bart De Wever.

Flanders Investment & Trade partners with the City of Antwerp and is organizing individual business meetings for several companies (including Antwerp Management School, Antwerp Theatre Company, Brewery The Musketeers, Silk Diamonds, Bopro and several logistics companies).

It is not too late to register for the Business Seminar that will take place on Tuesday morning October 24th at the Omni Hotel in Toronto. The themes are Internet of Things and Smart Cities and there is also a start-up pitch competition foreseen in the program. The seminar is free of charge but registration is mandatory via email

Join Brussels Airlines on October 7th to kick off Bike For Africa!

You are invited to join Brussels Airlines in celebrating the Kick Off to the very first North America Edition of Bike For Africa, a charity road bike tour from Niagara Falls to New York City.

October 7th, 2017, 4pm – 5:30pm, 5775 River Road, Niagara Falls, ON L2G3K9

Brussels Airlines is passionate about Africa and the continent holds a special place in the heart of the company. That’s why Brussels Airlines decided to give back to the local communities through its for Africa, the company’s Social Responsibility Programme created in 2010, to give a helping hand to a number of NGOs and humanitarian projects that have the same passion for Africa as Brussels Airlines does. In 2011 the Bike For Africa series began, bringing people together through bike tours in Africa to celebrate various NGOs and humanitarian projects benefiting the continent of Africa.

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As part of the CETA Market Access Program for EU Business, two Workshops will be organized, with the aim of providing strategic insights for EU business on the opportunities and challenges of the Canadian market and enabling and expanding a sustainable information sharing network amongst EU stakeholders.  These EU Workshops will bring together selected industry leaders and EU networks for closed door discussions, to share insights on the business climate for EU businesses in Canada.

The first Workshop will be held in Toronto on October 19th 2017, more information on this event is provided below. The second Workshop will be held in Vancouver in the second half of 2018. Continue reading

The Nitty-Gritty of EU Trade Barriers Before and After CETA

EDC consulted trade consultant and expert-for-hire Christian Sivière, of Solimpex, on what Canadians can expect when facing EU trade barriers.

When the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) comes into force, a number of trade barriers will change for Canadians exporting to Europe, but there are some that won’t.

Tariff barriers—basically duties collected on goods when they arrive at the European border—will be cut or at least reduced, and some non-tariff barriers, such as standards and regulations, will remain although they’ll be easier to overcome. In addition, Canadian companies will have access to some EU government contracts, a significant and unprecedented change. Read more here

Brussels Airlines – Bike for Africa


North America 2017 – Niagara Falls, Canada to Brooklyn Bridge, NYC

The first ever Bike For Africa, North America Edition will take place in October 2017. This edition will be a road biking adventure from Niagra Falls to New York City over about five days of wind in your hair, sun in your face biking. The first edition will be raising funds to support the Georgie Badiel Foundation, which builds wells to provide clean drinking water to the nation of Burkina Faso, and Malaika, which builds educational programs for girls, parents and community members in the Congo (DRC).

What’s in it?

  1. Road biking tour between Niagra Falls (Buffalo – US border) and NYC Brooklyn Bridge
  2. Dates : 8-13 October 2017 (3-days or 6-days package available)
  3. Fund raising through the King Baudouin Foundation in Belgium and the U.S.
  4. Belcham Belgian Night upon arrival in Manhattan connecting the happy riders with the NYC community.

Bike For Africa – North America Partners:

  • Fund raising partner in US and BE: King Baudouin Foundation US and Belgium
  • Ambassadors in North America:
    • Noella Coursaris : International Model & Founder of Malaika (DRC)
    • Georgie Badiel : Miss Africa 2005 & Founder of Georgie Badiel Foundation (Burkina Faso)
    • Their respective foundations have been selected as beneficiaries of the charity
  • Biking Tour operator: Arizona Outback Adventures
  • Belcham : Business partner and supporter of Bike For Africa, Africa and North America editions
  • Media/communication partners :
    • * in US : Face 2 Face Africa – digital marketing platform
    • * in Canada : Afrofest (main African festival in Toronto)

If you are interested in joining us for this exciting edition please email


If you would like to support without breaking a sweat in North America, please see the instructions for to make a gift to Bike For Africa (U.S.) with tax deduction in Belgium:

Koning Boudewijnstichting – Fondation Roi Baudouin
Brussels, Belgium
IBAN – BE10 0000 0000 0404
Communication – ***123/8000/02179***

Or follow this link for online donations.



Georgie Badiel Foundation

At the Georgie Badiel Foundation every dollar received goes towards providing clean water in Burkina Faso.  This includes digging wells, water treatment facilities as well as education for women and children. In less than 1 year, the Georgie Badiel Foundation restored 13 wells, built 2 new wells and 10 new sanitation systems.  In total, the foundation has provided access to clean drinking water to over 75,000 people in Burkina Faso.


Founded in 2007 by Noella Coursaris Musunka, the mission of Malaika is to empower Congolese girls and their communities through education.  Based in New York, the organization operates in the village of Kalebuka, in the Southeastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo where the Malaika School provides quality education for 253 girls. The organization is fuelling a generation of change-agents by building girls’ leadership capacities so that they may give back to their communities and have a positive, long-term impact on the future of the DRC.

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