Ontario Teachers’ CEO Ron Mock honoured by the Kingdom of Belgium

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Ontario Teachers’ CEO Ron Mock honoured by the Kingdom of Belgium June 14, 2018

(L to R): Belgian Ambassador Raoul Delcorde and Ontario Teachers’ CEO, Ron Mock

TORONTO – We are pleased to announce that Ron Mock, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (Ontario Teachers’), was today presented with Belgium’s Commander of the Order of the Crown, one of the highest distinctions in the national orders of the Kingdom of Belgium.

The award, an honorary order of knighthood, was conferred by Belgian Ambassador Raoul Delcorde at a ceremony in Toronto in recognition of meritorious service to the Belgian state.

“This prestigious decoration is bestowed on behalf of His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium,” said Ambassador Delcorde. “We are pleased to be able to recognize Mr. Mock for his friendship and contributions to the wellbeing of the Belgian people, reflecting the enduring connections that Ontario has with Belgium in the important sectors of education, commerce and culture.”

The ceremony occurred at Ontario Teachers’ Toronto headquarters, where Ambassador Delcorde was joined by Honorary Consul of Belgium for Ontario, Donald B. Johnston.

As of December 2017, Ontario Teachers’ had more than $1.7 billion invested in Belgium, including ownership of 39 per cent of the Brussels Airport. The Brussels Airport is the country’s second-largest economic driver, and one of its largest employers. With 20,000 direct and 40,000 indirect jobs, the airport is the largest private employer of Brussels residents.

“I am so proud to receive this honour,” said Mr. Mock. “I can think of no greater recognition of our strong and enduring partnership with the country of Belgium, its government, and His Majesty the King.”

The Order of the Crown is awarded for service to the Belgian state, including distinguished artistic, literary or scientific achievements or important contributions to the development of industry and trade. It is the second-highest Belgian Order of Knighthood.

About Ontario Teachers’

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (Ontario Teachers’) is Canada’s largest single-profession pension plan, with $189.5 billion in net assets at December 31, 2017. It holds a diverse global portfolio of assets, approximately 80% of which is managed in-house, and has earned an average annualized rate of return of 9.9% since the plan’s founding in 1990. Ontario Teachers’ is an independent organization headquartered in Toronto. Its Asia-Pacific region office is located in Hong Kong and its Europe, Middle East & Africa region office is in London. The defined-benefit plan, which is fully funded, invests and administers the pensions of the province of Ontario’s 323,000 active and retired teachers. For more information, visit otpp.com and follow us on Twitter @OtppInfo.

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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

Olivier de Spiegeleir at the Alliance Française

Our partners from the Alliance Française are organizing a concert with a Famous Belgian pianist.
The 6th person who presents themselves coming from the BCBC will win a free ticket!

CLAUDE DEBUSSY: SCANDAL AND MYSTERY OF FREEDOM OF SPEECH
For 20 years, Belgium pianist Olivier de Spiegeleir has travelled the world performing his “commentated recitals”, an original and enjoyable formula. During this concert, the pianist will celebrate the centenary of Claude Debussy’s death. Known as “Claude of France”, the revolutionary musician’s “scandalous” and mysterious creative liberty embodied the musical revolution of the twentieth century.

Get your tickets here : https://www.alliance-francaise.ca/en/culture/concerts/debussy-concert-spiegeler-en

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  •  Location: Spadina Theatre

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.

Canada to receive Their Majesties the King and Queen of the Belgians

The Governor General of Canada has announced a visit by Their Majesties the King and Queen of the Belgians this coming March. In addition to Their Majesties and several Ministers of the Belgian Federal Government, a number of senior executives representing a variety of Belgian companies with activities in Canada will be in attendance. We’re pleased to be working with the Belgian Diplomatic Corps to organize various activities during this visit, of which we will be posting details on our website.