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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2018 Year-in-Review

January 2019

Dear Members and Friends,

As we start off 2019, I have the pleasure to share with you the highlights of a very busy and successful 2018 for the BCBC. For the fourth 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. 

For the second year in a row, we opened our “events season” with a “Wine & Food with the Belgians”, hosted by our friends at Dentons. This is a great opportunity to not only take care of your membership, but to also have a great time with your friends from the BCBC community and exploring different wines and cheeses. We will be hosting such an event again this January 24th, and I look forward to seeing each and every one of you there. This year’s Guest of Honour will be the Ambassador’s wife, Ms. Kathleen Billen, author of “.be our guest – the ambassadors of Belgian hospitality”, which highlights Belgium’s exquisite gastronomic products and features recipes from Michelin-starred Belgian chefs!

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