Antwerp-Canada Connecting Worlds, Moving to Solid Partnerships

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 antwerp2017@fitagency.com.

Join Brussels Airlines on October 7th to kick off Bike For Africa!

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.

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WORKSHOPS FOR EU BUSINESS

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

The Nitty-Gritty of EU Trade Barriers Before and After CETA

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

Brussels Airlines – Bike for Africa

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North America 2017 – Niagara Falls, Canada to Brooklyn Bridge, NYC

The first ever Bike For Africa, North America Edition will take place in October 2017. This edition will be a road biking adventure from Niagra Falls to New York City over about five days of wind in your hair, sun in your face biking. The first edition will be raising funds to support the Georgie Badiel Foundation, which builds wells to provide clean drinking water to the nation of Burkina Faso, and Malaika, which builds educational programs for girls, parents and community members in the Congo (DRC).

What’s in it?

  1. Road biking tour between Niagra Falls (Buffalo – US border) and NYC Brooklyn Bridge
  2. Dates : 8-13 October 2017 (3-days or 6-days package available)
  3. Fund raising through the King Baudouin Foundation in Belgium and the U.S.
  4. Belcham Belgian Night upon arrival in Manhattan connecting the happy riders with the NYC community.

Bike For Africa – North America Partners:

  • Fund raising partner in US and BE: King Baudouin Foundation US and Belgium
  • Ambassadors in North America:
    • Noella Coursaris : International Model & Founder of Malaika (DRC)
    • Georgie Badiel : Miss Africa 2005 & Founder of Georgie Badiel Foundation (Burkina Faso)
    • Their respective foundations have been selected as beneficiaries of the charity
  • Biking Tour operator: Arizona Outback Adventures
  • Belcham : Business partner and supporter of Bike For Africa, Africa and North America editions
  • Media/communication partners :
    • * in US : Face 2 Face Africa – digital marketing platform
    • * in Canada : Afrofest (main African festival in Toronto)

If you are interested in joining us for this exciting edition please email bikeforafrica.na@brusselsairlines.com

Fundraising

If you would like to support without breaking a sweat in North America, please see the instructions for to make a gift to Bike For Africa (U.S.) with tax deduction in Belgium:

Koning Boudewijnstichting – Fondation Roi Baudouin
Brussels, Belgium
IBAN – BE10 0000 0000 0404
Communication – ***123/8000/02179***

Or follow this link for online donations.

 

 

Georgie Badiel Foundation

At the Georgie Badiel Foundation every dollar received goes towards providing clean water in Burkina Faso.  This includes digging wells, water treatment facilities as well as education for women and children. In less than 1 year, the Georgie Badiel Foundation restored 13 wells, built 2 new wells and 10 new sanitation systems.  In total, the foundation has provided access to clean drinking water to over 75,000 people in Burkina Faso.

Malaika

Founded in 2007 by Noella Coursaris Musunka, the mission of Malaika is to empower Congolese girls and their communities through education.  Based in New York, the organization operates in the village of Kalebuka, in the Southeastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo where the Malaika School provides quality education for 253 girls. The organization is fuelling a generation of change-agents by building girls’ leadership capacities so that they may give back to their communities and have a positive, long-term impact on the future of the DRC.

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CETA News

From the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Canada:

As you might know, the G20 Summit took place in Hamburg, Germany on July 7-8, 2017, with the purpose of addressing major global economic challenges and to contribute to prosperity and well-being.
Amongst many other topics,  the new developments and commitments of The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between EU and Canada was also a central topic of discussion. As new progress has been marked, attached to this email, you will find an official document from the European Union Press Release with the latest update on CETA.

 

Teodora Boca

Project Manager

European Union Chamber of Commerce in Canada

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Partnership with Nourish food marketing

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Canada’s only full service marketing agency working exclusively for food, beverage and agricultural clients.
partnership w nourishOn May 3rd we signed a partnership with Nourish food marketing at SIAL. Nourish can help you with anything from translating European flavours for North American market relevancy, to award winning packaging, to creating influencing campaigns, believe us, they are the experts!
Contact us to book a chalkboard session ~ a free consultation with Nourish that will help you catapult your food & beverage business.
Note: this offer is available only for BCBC members.

New partnership with OWIT

In our efforts to provide our members with more benefits we have established a partnership with OWIT – the Organization of Women in International Trade.

OWIT is a non-profit professional organization designed to promote women doing business in international trade by providing networking and educational opportunities and comprised of 30+ local chapters across Central, North and South America, Western Europe, Africa, and Asia, as well as a Virtual Chapter for professionals involved in international trade without a local chapter where they reside or work. Continue reading

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