Belgian passport – Belgisch paspoort – Passeport belge / Toronto – 07+08/11/2018

BELANGRIJK –  IMPORTANT

Do you need a new passport in the coming months and do you wish to have your biometric data taken in during a visit from the Flying Kit in Toronto on 7 and 8 November 2018? This link will explain you how to proceed.

Hebt u in de volgende maanden een nieuw paspoort nodig en wenst u uw biometrische gegevens te laten opnemen tijdens het bezoek van de Flying Kit  in Toronto op 7 en 8 november 2018? U vindt de procedure in deze link.

Vous avez besoin d’un nouveau passeport dans les mois à venir ? Il vous est possible de faire enregistrer vos données biométriques lors de la visite du « flying kit » à Toronto les 7 et 8 novembre 2018? Toutes les informations sont disponibles dans ce lien.

Francophonie en Fête

Francophonie en Fête unveils its program for our Annual Francophone Music Festival which runs Sept 20-29 2018.
The 13th edition of the Francophonie en Fête Festival is a week-long celebration including two full weekends of the francophone diversity that Toronto enjoys, brought together on stages across Toronto in a series of free and paid concerts. Through the Festival period an in-school educational program will be delivered to French-language schools across Toronto.

Check the website for the performance schedule and details:

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David Goffin in Toronto

David Goffin will be playing in the Rogers Cup alongside the best tennis players in the world.

Great news – David is scheduled to play Canadian, Milos Raonic on Centre Court on Monday night!

This will be a packed house so David will need all the support he can get!
Tennis Canada would like to extend an invitation to the Belgian community in Toronto and area to allow an opportunity to see him play live and fill the stadium for his match via a discounted ticket program.
Click here to get discounted tickets.
PS – Make sure to tell your group to bring their Belgian flags and wave them proudly!!

BRUSSELS FOOD FAIR Salon de l’Alimentation

BRUSSELS FOOD FAIR
Salon de l’Alimentation
The biggest covered market in Belgium

13 – 21 October 2018 ~ https://www.salonalimentation.be

Meet more than 115,000 buyers !

 The 89th edition of the « Salon de l’Alimentation » is a big covered
market with restaurants, where small craftsmen’s work meets
products entertainment !
 Salon de l’Alimentation is a large exhibition representing multiple
sectors:
 Gastronomy (restaurants, bars, food trucks, traditional booths,…)
 Fashion, jewelry, beauty products,…
 Home decoration and living
 Craftsmen’s from all over the world (Senegal, Japan, Morocco, Vietnam,…)
 Demonstration (championship of apprentice bakers, cooking shows,…)
 9 days including 2 weekends – no conflict with the school holidays
 National Fair with a strong media plan: radio, daily press, free
press,…

Salon de l’Alimentation > facts :

 This popular national event held in Brussels welcomed:

 115,000 visitors in 9 days (2017)
 280 Belgian and foreign exhibitors

 35,000 sqm of exhibition space – 4 halls
 Average purchase of 80€/visitor
 Target group: (shoppers who want to discover and test new artisanal products)

 Couples and groups of 50+ weekdays
 Families on the weekends
 58% Women

 

Belgium vs France

“Two of the world’s premier teams face off on Tuesday in the 2018 World Cup semifinals as Belgium and France meet at 2 p.m. ET. It’s just the third time these two squads have met in a World Cup. France won a 1986 meeting on penalty kicks and cruised 3-1 way back in 1938. Belgium won a 4-3 friendly in 2015, the last time these nations met on the pitch. The winner heads to the 2018 World Cup final on July 15. France is the 2018 World Cup favorite to win it all at 2-1 odds, while Belgium is the second-biggest favorite at 5-2.”

But we know who’s going to win, right?

Join us on Tuesday July 10th at 2 pm at Le Petit Dejeuner (191 King Street East, Toronto, ON)

Go Red Devils Go!!!!

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.