Business with Belgium ~ It’s all about CETA

The Belgian Canadian Business Chamber together with the Canadian International Council (CIC) and the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) brought together numerous experts to for a session on “It’s all about CETA” on May 18th, 2018

Pasquale Madonna, senior consultant, Trade & Customs practice KPMG led off with an update on increased second -generation, public-sector contract deals under CETA. In the past, sales of goods, projects and services to all three levels of government were subject to local content rules that discouraged or excluded foreign bidders. CETA has eliminated most of those barriers.  Smaller contracts are still set aside for local suppliers.

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Belgian Treasurers Entrepreneurs

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The Belgians In Canada series allows BCBC (Belgian Canadian Business Chamber) 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.

Presenting: “Belgian Treasurers Entrepreneurs” Date: TBA

Belgians In Canada’s speakers will share their business stories, challenges and adventures. They will also provide advice and tips to those interested in being entrepreneurs, especially in the business of Belgian products! Continue reading

Royal Afternoon Tea

The Belgian, British and Dutch chambers kindly invite you to our first Royal Afternoon Tea at the Windsor Arms. Did you know that multiple European royals have their birthdays in the month of April?

In order to celebrate those birthdays the Belgian, British and Dutch chamber come together for an elegant afternoon of indulgence of tea. There will be a variety of teas, both savoury and sweet bites as well as a glass of sparkling wine. Click here for our Afternoon tea menu

So let’s celebrate the birthdays of King Philippe (Filip), Queen Elizabeth, and King Willem Alexander at the Windsor Arms Hotel.

Registration for this event is $60. Everyone is welcome to register ~ click here.

Date / time: April 27th, 2018, 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Location: Windsor Arms Hotel, 18 St. Thomas Street Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 3E7

Belgian State Visit Comes to Toronto

BCBC Vice-Presidents André van der Heyden & Christian Frayssignes with Their Majesties King Philippe & Queen Mathilde of Belgium; The Honourable Reza Moridi, Ontario Minister of Research, Innovationan and Science; and His Excellency Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium and Minister of Foreign Affairs

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium visited Toronto during an historic State Visit to Canada. Amidst the Centennial Celebrations of key battles of the Great War which laid the groundwork for a lasting relationship between Canada and Belgium, Their Majesties are leading a delegation of nearly 200 of Belgium’s senior political, business, and academic figures on a visit which started in Ottawa before heading to Toronto, and finishing in Montreal. After visiting with Ontario dignitaries at Queen’s Park, Ontario’s Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science hosted the delegation at MaRS, with a showcase of some of the incubator’s Rising Stars, followed by a networking luncheon and several presentations.

Their Majesties visiting the Showcase at MaRS

Queen Mathilde also received a tour of nearby SickKids Hospital from Dr. Luc Mertens, Head of Pediatric Echocardiography and long-time member of the BCBC.

Canada to receive Their Majesties the King and Queen of the Belgians

The Governor General of Canada has announced a visit by Their Majesties the King and Queen of the Belgians this coming March. In addition to Their Majesties and several Ministers of the Belgian Federal Government, a number of senior executives representing a variety of Belgian companies with activities in Canada will be in attendance. We’re pleased to be working with the Belgian Diplomatic Corps to organize various activities during this visit, of which we will be posting details on our website.

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: https://photos.app.goo.gl/MMRzC1qVqrDcJtlB3 

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.