Successful “Business with Belgium” Trade & Investment Seminar

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More than 45 attendees from a diverse and high-end background came together to hear four interesting presentations that included many practical tips and information on the development of business between Canada and Belgium.  Presenters came from Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT), Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) and our sponsors Deloitte and Baker & McKenzie. Continue reading

Business with Belgium: Trade & Investment Seminar October 25

The Belgian Canadian Business Chamber is pleased to announce a three-part series that will explore the growing opportunities in Belgium, the challenges companies may encounter, as well as the resources and strategies to succeed.

The first seminar will discuss the opportunities in Flanders for Canadian companies, Canadian resources for Europeans coming to Canada, and practical advice from leading global law and accounting firms.

  • Official Welcome , Johan Casaer, Consul of Belgium in Toronto on behalf of His Excellency Bruno van der Pluijm, Ambassador of Belgium to Canada
  • Mieke Pynnaert, Flanders Investment & Trade – Why Flanders is attractive for Canadian investors
  • Bill Macheras, Foreign Affairs & International Trade Canada – “Belgian opportunities and growth sectors for Canadian companies”
  • David Bunn, Deloitte- Expanding Abroad:  Belgium as a holding, financing or operating jurisdiction.”
  • Roel Meers/Luc Meeus, Baker & McKenzie LLP- Legal Tips for Setting Up a Business in Belgium

When and Where:

Click here for more details. (Presentations between 7.30 and 9.45am at Baker & McKenzie LLP)

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BCBC and EUCOCIT members $5 Non-members $10.

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Business With Belgium Trade & Investment Seminars

We are pleased to introduce a new breakfast series geared towards Canadian companies wishing to establish themselves and/or grow their business in Belgium, the “Crossroads of Western Europe”, as well as Belgian/European companies wishing to do the same in Canada.

This three-part series will include guest speakers from the various trade & investment agencies of Belgium & Canada, expert advice from the legal & financial communities, as well as first-hand accounts from companies who have experienced recent successes in these endeavors.

Registration & breakfast will begin at 7:30 am, with presentations from 8:15 – 9:45 am.

3 sessions will be organised:

Economic Club breakfast with Agfa-Gevaert N.V. (Agfa)

Transforming Europe’s Largest Imaging Company from Analogue to Digital

May 17, 2012
7:45 am – 9:00 am

The Hilton Toronto
145 Richmond Street W , Toronto
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As Canada focuses on economic development in challenging times, provincial advantages to leveraging global industry have become apparent in a variety of industries.  Christian Reinaudo, CEO of Agfa Gevaert NV, will talk about the challenge of taking a 100 year old company with its roots entrenched in consumer, industrial, and technical film manufacturing, to the digital age of healthcare IT and digital publishing. Agfa has spearheaded this process of change with investment in Ontario technology companies and links to local Universities, benefiting from the area’s innovative and highly skilled workforce.  The benefits of locally-developed innovation are multiplied, both in economic activity as well as an alignment of emerging solutions for local needs, such as improved, cost-effective healthcare.  Mr. Reinaudo will discuss this process and the new Ontario-native products that are being used to enhance the company’s competitiveness in today’s global market.