Celebrating Belgium’s National Holiday

On July 21st, several directors of the BCBC celebrated Belgium’s National Day in Ottawa with H.E. Raoul Delcorde, Ambassador of Belgium to Canada. We were also joined by fellow Belgian, H.E. Marie-Anne Coninsx, Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union to Canada.

Don Johnston, Jonas De Meyer, Taïs Bangala, Oliver Heijmans, Christian Frayssignes, H.E. Raoul Delcorde, H.E. Marie-Anne Coninsx, Frank Murari, André van der Heyden, Julien Lecomte

Don Johnston, Jonas De Meyer, Taïs Bangala, Oliver Heijmans, Christian Frayssignes, H.E. Raoul Delcorde, H.E. Marie-Anne Coninsx, Frank Murari, André van der Heyden, Julien Lecomte

Belgian National Day

The Belgian Canadian Business Chamber
is honored to invite you to its first Garden Party
Garden Party
in celebration of the
Belgian National Day in Toronto
on July 18th from 12 to 6 PM
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Tickets include
Barbecue | Beverages | Refreshments & Sweets | Entertainment for kids

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Canada’s international trade, with focus on Belgium, March 2015 statistics

Statistics Canada’s latest data shows that Canadian exports to Belgium, which amounted to $310 million in January and went way down to $96 million in February, were back up to $141 million in March. Canadian imports from Belgium on the other hand, which came to $110 million in January and were up in February to $135 million, went back down to $126 million in March. As we can see from this, our bilateral trade fluctuates a lot and it will be interesting to see how it will evolve. Continue reading

Canada’s international trade, with focus on Belgium: the February 2015 statistics

Statistics Canada’s latest data shows that Canadian exports to Belgium, which amounted to $198 million in December and went down to $163 million in January, were down again to $96 million in February. Canadian imports from Belgium on the other hand, which came to $114 million in December and were down slightly in January to $110  million, went back up to $133 million in February. So as we can see from these figures, our bilateral trade fluctuates and it will be interesting to see how it will evolve in the coming months.

Overall, Canada’s imports declined 0.7% in February while exports were up 0.4%, compared to January, reducing the Canadian merchandise trade deficit with the world from $1.5 billion in January to $984 million in February. Continue reading

Angel Investing in Canada

On March 4, the consulates of the three Bs – Belgium, Britain and Bulgaria invited Gerard Buckley to talk about accessing angel investing in Canada. We’d like to thank Ken Mark (ken.mark@rogers.com), Freelance Writer, for the following report; and Luca Viorel – YourAdOnline our professional photography services.

Frank March 3

The basic definition of angel investing is using personal funds to purchase equity or debt in early- or growth-stage companies. It is the first infusion of professional money, i.e. post-“love” or family money in such enterprises.

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Canada’s international trade with focus on Belgium, January 2015 statistics

By Christian Sivière, Import Export Logistics Solutions TM, Montréal
Statistics Canada’s latest data shows that Canadian exports to Belgium, which amounted to $354 million in November and were down substantially in December to $196 million, went down again to $163 million in January. Canadian imports from Belgium on the other hand, which came to $111 million in November and were up slightly to $114 million in December, were slightly down to $110 million in January. So as these figures demonstrate, our bilateral trade is fluctuating and it will be interesting to see its evolution in the months ahead. Continue reading

Canada’s international trade with focus on Belgium, October 2014 statistics

The latest data from Statistics Canada reveals that Canadian exports to Belgium, which amounted to $295 million in August and were down substantially to $131 million in September, were back up to $176 million in October. Canadian imports from Belgium on the other hand, which amounted to $210 million in August and had gone down to $147 million in September, grew back up to $158 million in October. As this data shows, our bilateral trade fluctuates and it will be interesting to see how it will evolve in the months ahead. Continue reading

Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions

At the request of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Belgian Canadian Business Chamber is making available these documents on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions, which Belgium has adhered to since 1999.

This Convention establishes legally binding standards to criminalise bribery of foreign public officials in international business transactions and provides for a host of related measures that make this effective. It is the first and only international anti-corruption instrument focused on the ‘supply side’ of the bribery transaction. Please click on the following links for more details on this Convention.

http://www.oecd.org/corruption/oecdantibriberyconvention.htm