SCCC Newsletter

April 27, 2017
Today we celebrate the 50th edition of our Email-Newsletter. A milestone achieved only thanks to the passion and dedication by our board member Jacqueline Banz. The 50th Newsletter will also be the last one edited by Jacqueline as she passes on the responsibility to Nina Bader. From all of us in and around the chamber we thank you, Jacqueline, for keeping us well informed over the past 50 months.

We hope to see many of you at our upcoming Annual General Meeting - May 4th. If you can't attend in person, we kindly ask you to submit your proxy document by email this week.

Enjoy this 50th Newsletter filled with interesting links to events and articles. In particular I would like to point out two articles by our members Bernadette Calonego and Sandra Phillips.  
Sincerely Yours,
Vince Sciamanna
President, Swiss Canadian Chamber of Commerce 
PS: Please feel free to send us your newsletter input, membership request or business inquiry to
April 29, 2017: See Roger Federer and Bill Gates Live in Seattle

Are you a tennis / Roger Federer fan? Take the opportunity to see Roger Federer play against ATP ranked player 23, John Isner, as well as Federer and Bill Gates in a doubles match against Isner and a surprise guest. Net proceeds from this 4th "Match for Africa" will go to the Roger Federer Foundation.

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May 4, 2017, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm: SCCC AGM Luncheon

Come join us for our AGM luncheon at our location sponsor's offices on 200 Burrard Street. Thank you, BLG, for providing us your conference rooms with a view. 

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May 30 - June 1: Building Lasting Change

This Green Building Conference is Canada's largest. "Building Actionable Solutions to Climate Change" is this year's focus, with the goal of engaging the industry in the fight to reduce GHG emissions.

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May 31, 2017: Chamber After-Work Pub Gathering

We hope you'll join us for an after-work drink at a downtown pub. Stay tuned for more details.

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BC Election 2017

A look at promises made by BC Liberals, BC NDP and BC Green parties.

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Our Member PARC Retirement Living in the News

At the groundbreaking event of PARC Retirement Living's latest retirement residence development in White Rock, Mayor Wayne Baldwin predicted the 23-storey high-rise will be the cornerstone of the city's planned revitalization along Johnston Road, in the heart of uptown White Rock.

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Vancouver Is Testing Battery-Powered Busses

As the world is moving towards battery-powered vehicles, a Metro Vancouver committee has recently approved almost $ 7 million to buy four electric busses and two charging systems as part of a TransLink pilot project.

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Strathcona Finally Opened their First VPL Library Branch

The Strathcona neighbourhood finally has a library with the indigenous name nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona. Strathcona is the oldest city neighbourhood and it was the only neighbourhood that didn't have a full service library branch so far. The new building on East Hastings St and Heatley Ave also includes some much needed social housing for mothers with their children.

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CETA to be Provisionally Implemented by July 2017

The CBC has reported that the Trudeau government wants to be able to provisionally apply the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (the Canada-EU CETA) by July 1st. The House of Commons had their three readings, while the Senate had their Second Reading on March 7th.

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Swiss Watch Brand Hublot to Open Its First Canadian Store

LVMH-owned Swiss luxury brand Hublot is opening its first freestanding Canadian store, and it is in Vancouver's 'luxury zone' on Alberni Street.

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The Best Country In the World

The annual survey results are broken down into a range of categories that include the most powerful country, the best country to invest in, and the best country for women, children and retirees. Both Switzerland and Canada can be proud of the results. 

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Interview with our Members Bernadette Calonego & Sandra Phillips

Check out our SCCC Blog and read "why people who buy Bernadette's books can travel in the footsteps of her heroines" and why Sandra thinks that "Vancouver is one of the most vibrant shared mobility markets".

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150 Years Canada - A Year of Celebrations

It should not come as news to you that 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Canada. What festivities are going on in the Vancouver area? Find out in the link below.

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Get Your Questions About Switzerland Answered in this Guide

Ever wondered what the visa requirements for Switzerland are, what a fair wage for a middle manager is, or how the Swiss political system works? The fabulous guide in the link below will give you answers.

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Ten Things You Need to Know about the Swiss Political System

Not sure how Switzerland's unique and famous direct democracy works or unsure how the Swiss president gets elected from within the seven federal councillors?

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Why the Swiss Burn a Snowman Every April

The Sechseläuten is one of Zurich's largest festivals of the year and dates back to the 16th century. Do you know what the original meaning of this old custom of burning a snowman is? Find out what it's all about.

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Four Books About Switzerland You Need to Read

Chantal Panozzo, a writer who has written about Switzerland for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Vox, CNN Travel, Fondor's, Die Zeit and many others, reviews several books to consider reading, whether you're a tourist, an expat, a Swiss or non-Swiss.

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Swiss Teenager Ranked No. 2 Among N.H.L. Draft Prospects

Halifax Mooseheads selected 18-year old Swiss Nico Hischier with the sixth overall pick in 2016. One year later, he is poised to become the highest Swiss born player selected at the draft, being ranked second by the scouting service ISS Hockey. In his first season with the Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, he led all rookies with 38 goals and 86 points and was 10th in league scoring. 

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Your Contribution to Our Next Newsletter   

We would like to encourage you to send us your interesting news story or article no later than May 19, 2017, thank you. Your contribution will help us to keep this newsletter an interesting source for your own benefit.

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