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.
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
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 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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 b.foundation 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.
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
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