Business with Belgium, April 29, 2016

Christian Frayssignes, Vice-President, Belgian Canadian Business Chamber set the overall tone for the Business with Belgium seminar by reminding attendees that as a small, stable and geographically strategic marketplace, Belgium is an ideal entry point for Canadian exporters to expand into the European Union.

In her brief comments on how the EU functions, Nadiya Nychay, Partner, Dentons Europe LLP, explained that the European Union consists of 28 member countries, 19 of which share a common currency, the Euro and is home to 500 million consumers. Unlike NAFTA, the EU is a customs union with an integrated system of trade and business regulations. However, individual member states still have their own legislation regarding areas over which they hold domestic competency.


Regarding the topic of choosing a strategy for expanding into Europe, Xavier Van Overmeire, Regional Head of the International Trade Group, Dentons Canada LLP suggested three basic approaches  — direct representation through distributors or agents, licensing technology or formal partnerships. Each brings with it various legal challenges, which can be further complicated by the European civil law regime, similar to the one used in Quebec. It is different from the English common-law tradition found in the rest of Canada. Continue reading

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)

Subscribe here:

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

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CETA and its impact on global trade

The European Union Chamber of Commerce in Toronto cordially invites you to a seminar on CETA and its impact on trade during Europe Now

We are looking forward to welcoming the following speakers:
– Ralph Cuervo-Lorens, Partner, Blaney McMurtry LLP
– Rafal Lapkowski, Trade Advisor and Second Secretary, EU Delegation to Canada
– Ana Renart, Deputy Chief Negotiator Canada-European Union, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
– Bernard M. Wolf (PhD), Director, International Business Designation, Professor of Economics and International Business, Schulich School of Business, York University
Agenda may be found here.

Light lunch will be available. Please note that the space is limited and this event is first come, first served.

If you would like to visit the show, please visit Europe Now’s website and use the following code: CETA100.
Friday, September 28, 2012
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Direct Energy Centre
100 Princes’ Boulevard, Toronto

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:

Belgians In Business (Agfa & epam)

Logo Belgians in BusinessJoin us at the Courtyard Marriott on September 12th at 6:30pm for the second edition of our very successful “Belgians in Business” series.  Our keynote speaker will be Michael Green, President & CEO Americas Region at Agfa HealthCare, followed by Gino Marckx, Director Agile Practice Canada at EPAM Systems.

Agfa HealthCare

About Agfa

The Agfa-Gevaert Group is one of the world’s leading companies in imaging and information technology. Agfa develops manufactures and markets analogue and digital systems for the printing industry (Agfa Graphics), for the healthcare sector (Agfa HealthCare), and for specific industrial applications (Agfa Materials).

About Agfa HealthCare

Agfa HealthCare, a member of the Agfa-Gevaert Group, is a leading global provider of diagnostic imaging and healthcare IT solutions.

For more information on Agfa HealthCare, please visit


Established in 1993, EPAM Systems, Inc. (NYSE:EPAM) is a leading global software engineering and IT consulting provider with software development centers throughout Central and Eastern Europe. EPAM employs over 7,700 IT professionals and provides services to clients worldwide .

EPAM is recognized among the top companies in IAOP’s “The 2012 Global Outsourcing 100”, featuring EPAM in a variety of sub-lists, including “Leaders – Technology (Hardware & Software)” and “Leaders – Entertainment & Media”.

For more information on EPAM visit .

Tickets are $30 for members, and $40 for non-members. (Snacks provided)

Register here:

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BBQ success!

Thank you for joining us at our annual National Day Celebration on July 22nd. A great time was had by all during our BBQ at the Mooredale Sailing Club, despite a brief rainfall – but then, it wouldn’t have been a true Belgian celebration without a little rain! Thank you once again to the Consulate for supplying beverages. We hope to see all of you at our next ‘Belgians In Business’ event on September 13th!”

Some pictures taken during the BBQ:

Multicultural Networking Event by Toronto Board of Trade June 27

The Toronto Region is home to one of the world’s most diverse and vibrant business
communities. Develop key connections and grow your business through an evening of casual networking and business development at the Japanese Canadian
Cultural Centre (JCCC), one of the world’s largest Japanese cultural centres.
This is your opportunity to connect with more than 150 prospects and potential
collaborators. Promote your business and profile while discovering new business
Join us for an exciting evening of culture, cocktails and connections. Visit

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
6 Garamond Court, Toronto

Don’t forget your business cards!
$30 for BCBC members ($50 for non-members).
Register Now:
call 416.862.4500 and mention BCBC to receive the membership rate.

Toronto Board of Trade Networking event June 27 flyer