Important Message from the BCBC President

Dear BCBC Partners and Members,

Dear Friends of the BCBC,

We are facing a major global situation – a pandemic caused by COVID 19 virus.  As a result, and with a view to safeguarding  public health, we cannot maintain the BCBC events initially scheduled between now and  May 1. We regret this very much. Rest assured that your health, as well as the health of all our Partners and Members is essential. Therefore, we cannot take any risks in jeopardising your health.

BCBC will inform you of the new dates for its events.

As a business network where mutual assistance is one of the essential values,  we are as ever at your disposal to assist.  Please do not hesitate to contact us, should you have any questions.

Xavier Van Overmeire, President BCBC

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Christmas message from our President, Xavier Van Overmeire

Dearest members of the BCBC,

With 2019 coming to an end, I would like to take this as an opportunity to reflect on this year’s highlights.

The BCBC organized multiple networking events and presentations related to business involving Belgian-Canadian relations. First, the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Canada and the Delegation of the European Union to Canada celebrated CETA’s second year since its provisional implementation in an event which featured keynote speeches by Peteris Ustubs, Ambassador of the European Union to Canada, Michael Thompson, Deputy Mayor of City of Toronto and Head of Economic Committee and Stephen W. Green, Labour Mobility Expert and Senior Partner at Green and Spiegel.

The BCBC also organized a presentation on the subject of economic challenges facing the new federal government with Craig Alexander, Partner & Chief Economist at Deloitte Canada as keynote speaker. The talk was followed by a Belgian beer tasting with internationally-renowned beer expert Stephen Beaumont.

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BCBC’s Saint Nicolas Raffle

Thank you for your donations! we are able to help one more year the great work Dr. Luc Mertens does at the Echocardiography Lab at SickKids. D. Mertens is originally from Belgium, and a BCBC member.

And the winners of BCBC’s Saint Nicolas raffle are:

  • Grand Prize – One return plane ticket “Premium Economy” from Toronto to anywhere in Europe! graciously offered by Lufthansa – Winner: Dominique Janssens
  • $500 voucher from Trafalgar Travel Agency – Winner: Yannick Charette
  • One suitcase also from Trafalgar Travel Agency – Winner: Genevieve Brouyaux
  • One Chocolates from The Belgian Chocolate Shop (500 gr) – Winner: Xavier Van Overmeire
  • One box of Chocolates from The Belgian Chocolate Shop (250 gr) – Winner: Lambert Boenders
  • One box of Chocolates from The Belgian Chocolate Shop (250 gr) – Winner: Philippe Gonzalez
  • Tickets for performances from Alliance Française: Concert of pop / folk band Odezenne on December 10th at 8pm – Winner: Christian Frayssignes
  • Tickets for performances from Alliance Française – Concert Oktopus group, January 24 at 8pm – Winner: Brigitte Paquay
  • Tickets for performances from Alliance Française Theatre “Play Scenario” on February 7, at 8pm – Winner: Philippe Gonzalez
  • Tickets for performances from Théatre Français de Toronto: Gift certificate (2 tickets) for the 2019/2020 season for a public show – Winner: Jacques Castiaux
  • Tickets for performances from Théatre Français de Toronto: A “family” gift certificate for a children’s show – Winner: Joel Mandelbaum
  • One free ticket for the BCBC 4th Annual Wine Tasting and Membership Drive (valued at $100) (includes a one year individual membership to the BCBC and free entry to the Wine Tasting) on January 29, 2020. – Winner: Jose Ramón Gutiérrez-Fabres

Click here for BCBC’s Saint Nicolas events in previous years.

Invest in Europe!

At a breakfast meeting of the Belgian Canadian Business Chamber (BCBC) Business with Belgium Seminar Series on November 28, Gilles Brédas, Economic and Commercial Counselor, Consulate General of Belgium in Toronto outlined how his homeland is an ideal place for Canadian exporters, importers and investors to leverage the benefits of the recently signed Canada-EU Trade Agreement (CETA).

Thanks to its location at the heart of Europe, its capital city Brussels is the home of the European Council and the European Parliament as well as NATO headquarters. That helps make it is truly a global city since it also hosts more international organizations than Washington DC and almost as many embassies as New York, home of the United Nations. 

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Economic Challenges Facing the New Federal Government followed by A Guided Belgian Beer Tasting

On October 15, 2019 Craig Alexander, Partner & Chief Economist at Deloitte Canada
delivered a lecture on the Economic Challenges Facing the New Federal Government to the Belgian Canadian Business Chamber at the Dentons Canada Toronto Dominion Centre offices.

In his opening remarks, he stated “As we approach our national election, most politicians have focused on our internal economy. However, 60 per cent of our GDP involves international trade — imports and exports as well as financial services. Much depends on what happens outside our borders.”

Echoing other economists, he noted that the global economy shows signs of slowing down. Interest rates have fallen. In fact, long-term bonds from several major European countries offer negative interest rates, in essence charging investors parking fees for safeguarding their capital rather than paying them for the privilege.

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Canada’s merchandise trade with Belgium

Christian Sivière, Solimpex Montréal and Ottawa    ©August 2019

Canada’s merchandise trade balance with the world remained positive in June, posting a
$136 million surplus, following the near-record surplus of $556 million in May, with exports
down 5.1% and imports down 4.3%.

Total Canadian exports decreased to $50.3 billion, more than offsetting the strong gains
observed in May. There were widespread decreases throughout the product sections, with exports of energy products down 7.4% and non-energy products down 4.4%.

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Job Opening: Flemish Project Manager

LWT Communications is seeking a Flemish Project Manager to work in-house or from home for our Toronto office. The project coordinator will liaise with office in Brussels at will work as close as possible to Brussels time.

To apply for this position, you must be trilingual Flemish/French/English and have at least 3 years of experience in a similar role in the field of translation.

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Dentons’ Xavier Van Overmeire appointed President of the Belgian Canadian Business Chamber

Toronto – The Belgian Canadian Business Chamber (“BCBC”) is proud to announce that Xavier Van Overmeire, Regional Head of the International Trade Group (Montreal) of Dentons LLP, has been appointed President of the BCBC. The BCBC aims to foster contacts and relationships for its members who share an interest in developing business and trade opportunities between Canada and Belgium.

Xavier has an extensive expertise in multi-jurisdictional transactions, including international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and his wealth of experience representing notably Canadian and Belgian companies before international courts of law makes him an ideal candidate for this position. 

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