Business with Belgium and Farewell Reception for H.E. Marie-Anne Coninsx

In his brief opening remarks at the Belgian Canadian Business Chamber seminar held at the Dentons LLP Toronto offices on May 29, H.E. Raoul Delcorde, Belgium’s ambassador to Canada noted that the long and detailed CETA negotiations were necessary to ensure a thorough and path-breaking trade agreement.

As H.E. Marie-Anne Coninsx prepares to return home to Brussels at the end of the summer after serving as EU Ambassador to Canada for four years, she shared some of her personal thoughts and recollections about her stay in Ottawa. It was a critical time in Canada-EU relations as both sides ratified the Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement (CETA) after eight years of negotiation.

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She described the successful conclusion CETA as “a momentous achievement – the most ambitious free trade agreement that either Canada or the EU have ever signed (with anyone), a real “gold standard” of free trade agreements.” Continue reading

OWIT – Canada at 150

Canada at 150: Women Beacons of Hope in Global Trade & Business – Reserve Today

  • Thursday, June 15, 2017
  • 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Toronto Board Of Trade

Award presentations will take place at our 13th Annual Awards Gala being held on June 15, 2017

Be sure to mark off your calendar and join us for an evening of thought-provoking discussion and high calibre networking as we honour our award winners.

This year’s theme is Canada at 150: Women Beacons of Hope in Global Trade & Business”, featuring a fireside chat with a panel of dynamic and accomplished women in impressive leadership roles:

Panelists will include:

  • Kelli Saunders, President of Morai Logistics and 2016 OWIT Exporter of the Year winner
  • Joy Nott, 2015 winner of the Joanna Townsend Excellence Leadership in International Trade Award President and CEO. Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters (I.E.Canada)
  • Jami Kilpatrick, Vice President, Business Development. UPS Canada

Date:   June 15, 2017

Time:  5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location:  Toronto Region Board of Trade 77 Adelaide Street West, Toronto ON M5X 1C1

Tickets:  Early bird - CAD$ 90 (until May 22 only)   

Reserve your spot today for this inspirational evening and take advantage of our early-bird rate. The first 25 registrants will receive a Free Sterling Silver Crystal Chain, courtesy of Jewels 4Ever

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Les derniers développements du CETA

Xavier Van Overmeire est avocat en droit des affaires et du commerce international chez Dentons, Fellow au Centre d’études et de recherches internationales de l’Université de Montréal (CÉRIUM), et directeur du Belgian Canadian Business Chamber (BCBC).

Dans cet entretien de la série “Planète Terre”, il explique les derniers développements du CETA, dont le parlement européen à pris vote dernièrement. Pour en savoir encore plus sur le CETA, consultez “Les grandes lignes de l’Accord économique et commercial global entre le Canada et l’Union européenne

Women in Business, March 8

WOMEN for CC On March 8th, join the Belgian and British Canadian Chambers for a celebration of Women in Business. We will be joined by friends from many other Chambers, representing a global community. Regardless of where you are in your career, come along for the opportunity to expand your network and meet many interesting people, from entrepreneurs to CEOs. Men are encouraged to join us too!The evening will feature a colourful, vibrant showcase of the Chambers’ talents alongside wonderful food, wine and music as well as great raffle and door prizes!

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Our first Wine Tasting!

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On January 25th the BCBC had its first wine tasting paired with great food and Belgian sweets! Our guests were treated with a great selection of wines from France, Italy, Spain, California, most of them not available at the LCBO (also including a “bubbly” and a great Cognac!).

This private selection has been made by our partners’ wine agents:

Nokhrin Wines

Nicholas Pearce Wines (NP Wines)

Marchands des Amériques

& www.ChristianWineConsulting.com

In a friendly environment, our guests circulated with their tasting glass from agent to agent, spoke with them and learned about the wines they offer, asked questions, and expressed their interests. Each guest had their own wine booklet which enabled them to get detailed information of each wine, pairing suggestions, and make their own notes, you can download a copy of the booklet here: Booklet BCBC Wines. Continue reading

EU and Canada signed CETA

After the Belgian government managed successfully to get Wallonia on board, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) sets high standards for global trade.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and European Council President Donald Tusk signed two landmark agreements: the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) during the European Union-Canada Leaders’ Summit in Brussels, Belgium.
The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement will generate economic growth and jobs on both sides of the Atlantic and reflects both sides’ commitment to free, fair and progressive trade, for the benefit of nearly 550 million EU and Canadian citizens. A Joint interpretative instrument, which further explains and clarifies the provisions of CETA was also adopted by the leaders, and an agreement was reached to work jointly towards the establishment of an independent and impartial multilateral investment court.
The signature of the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) lays the foundations for the further strengthening of political dialogue and cooperation between the European Union and Canada. The Agreement will institutionalise and enrich the partnership across a wide range of areas, from foreign and security policy to research and innovation; and from tackling climate change and terrorism to working together in the fields of development cooperation and consular protection.

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BWB – Business with Belgium Dec 6, 2016

To open the information session at Toronto’s Alliance Française Theatre on December 6, André van der Heyden, VP & COO, Belgian Canadian Business Chamber delivered a brief welcoming statement from H.E. Raoul Delcorde, Ambassador of Belgium to Canada. Click here to see the full statement: message-from-he-delcorde-docx.

Click here for the Agenda: 2016-12-06-bwb-draft-agenda.

Despite recent news stories about the uncertain future of world trade, Joy Nott, President, Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters Inc. (IE Canada), stressed that Canadian exporters must continue developing their strategies to leverage the opportunities arising from CETA (Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement) with the European Union and its affluent consumers. Click here for Joy Nott’s presentation: belgium-joy-nott Continue reading

Thank you 2016

Dear Members and Friends,

As 2016 comes to a close, I have the pleasure to share with you the highlights of a very busy and successful year for the BCBC. For the second 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 added a partnership with CHOQ-FM/GrandToronto.ca and Aline Ayoub HR to those signed previously with the Alliance Française, CanCham BeLux, and MTFX, and we are exploring several others as well.

2016 has been a tumultuous year for Belgians worldwide, and in Toronto in particular. It began with some great news, as just before the New Year, Brussels Airlines announced that they would be launching a new direct flight between Brussels and Toronto; they further approached the BCBC to help with the promotion of this new flight, beginning with an Executive Luncheon in January. We continued to work closely with Brussels Airlines in anticipated March 27th launch of this new service.

Alas, as we all know, March 22nd was a dark day for Belgians as Brussels was the target of coordinated terrorist attacks striking Brussels Airport and the Maelbeek metro station in downtown Brussels. That evening, the BCBC organized a press conference and candlelight vigil at Nathan Phillips Square during which we shared statements from H.E. Raoul Delcorde and ourselves, followed by Mayor John Tory sharing a few words of his own; we are particularly grateful to Mayor Tory for having taken time away from the memorial for his predecessor, Rob Ford, which took place simultaneously at City Hall. The following week, our media partner, CHOQ-FM, provided members of our community with the opportunity to reflect on these atrocities and what it means for Belgians, both at home and abroad.

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