SCCC Newsletter

January 16, 2013
Happy New Year from the Swiss Canadian Chamber (BC&AB)


In 1913 Switzerland opened the first Consulate in Western Canada and officially began cultivating relations. We are all very excited about the centennial anniversary and will keep you informed about the planned activities in our monthly e-newsletter. Our Chamber will leverage the anniversary by highlighting and strengthening the relationships and connections between Switzerland and Canada throughout the year.
The Consulate General of Switzerland in Vancouver has also started a wonderful campaign on different social media platforms. Find out how LIKE+++MINDED the two countries are by visiting the website (link below).

I am looking forward to seeing you at one of the upcoming events (January 29th, April 29th or June 20th).  


Enjoy reading our latest newsletter.


Sincerely Yours,

Vince Sciamanna


Swedish (not Swiss) Press Launch Event

To further add to the longstanding confusion between Sweden and Switzerland, all SCCC members are invited to the launch party of Swedish Press which will take place in the Conway Room at the Shangri-La Hotel, on January 29, 2013, from 3-5pm. Swedish Press is North America's exclusive source for all things Swedish and is published 10 times a year from its headquarters in Vancouver B.C.

Contributed by our member Claes Fredriksson:
Save the Date: Annual General Meeting, April 29, 2013

Please mark your calendar for our upcoming annual general meeting on Monday, April 29, 2013. The Swiss Canadian Chamber of Commerce will provide a lunch for all attendees, as the event will be held from 11:30am until 1:30pm.
Detailed information will be emailed to all our members
in time
Save the Date: Summer Night Reception, June 20, 2013

Please mark your calendar for our annual Summer Night Reception.
This is an RSVP event. Detailed information will be emailed to all invited guests prior to the event

The Consulate Celebrates 100 Years in Western Canada

2013 marks the centennial anniversary of official relations between Switzerland and Western Canada. 100 years of good relations has created the project LIKE+++MINDED. The Consulate General of Switzerland in Vancouver is proud to bring you this year of celebration. It promises to showcase what they believe connects Switzerland and Canada. Facebook and Twitter will be a way for everyone to connect and share their ideas for continued LIKE+++MINDED projects

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Contributed by the Consulate General in Vancouver:

SWATCH Group Acquires Harry Winston Diamond Corporation

The "King of Diamonds" and "Jeweler to the Stars", Harry Winston, is selling its luxury jewelry and watch division to Switzerland's Swatch Group AG in a $1 billion (U.S.) deal

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The Re-Emergence of Europe - a Free e-Book by the WEF Founder

Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, published a free e-book with the title "The Re-Emergence of Europe"

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Top 10 Things to Watch Out for in 2013

Oxford Economics lists 10 trends in their article, for example do they forecast a stock market recovery

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Profit from Our Corporate Rates at Le Germain Boutique-Hotels

The Le Germain Boutique-Hotels in Calgary, Toronto, Montréal and Québec offer our members special corporate rates. To learn more and to get the corporate code please contact
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WEF Davos Focuses on Health Issues and Resilient Dynamism

"Resilient Dynamism" is the main theme at the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting  that will be held in Davos, Switzerland, from January 23-27, 2013. 

"Health" will feature prominently. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim are expected, along with several health ministers and more than 25 heads of healthcare companies

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Immigration News
- Immigrant Investor Programs for High Net-Worth Individuals and their Families

As explained in the previous e-Newsletter, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) requires an applicant to invest in a new or existing business. While entrepreneurs mainly focus on the City of Vancouver and the Greater Vancouver Regional District area as possibilities, there are other cities in the Province looking to attract investors. The third installment of this series will detail one of these options: the City of Kamloops

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Contributed by our member Octavio Rodriguez:
Nothing Compares to the Swiss Lauberhorn Downhill Ski Race

This downhill race is the longest in the world and said to be the most picturesque and toughest with a top speed of 160km/h (100mph) and a race duration of approx. two and a half minutes.
Don't miss following the latest news and results this upcoming weekend

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Starbucks on Rails

It is no secret that the Swiss love coffee. And with some 5'000 km of rails, Switzerland has one of the most dense public transportation systems in the world. Hence, the collaboration among the Starbucks coffee chain and SBB seems like a match made in heaven

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Swiss Start-Up Aims to Find Your Talents through Endorsement is the brainchild of four University of St. Gallen students. 
The core belief is that classical resumes and online profiles on sites like LinkedIn and Xing are forms of self-promotion that do not always convey people's real talents.
The start-up aims to bring honesty back to our profiles and thereby help get more of us discovered and rediscovered for what we can really do. The social endorsement network was launched to the public in December 2012

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Salvation Army Band to Represent Switzerland at the Eurovision

A Salvation Army band has won the right to represent Switzerland at next year's Eurovision Song Contest in the Swedish town of Malmo with its English language ballad entitled "You and Me"

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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 February 10, 2013, thank you. Your contribution will help us to keep this newsletter an interesting source for your own benefit

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