SCCC Newsletter

December 24, 2013
Greetings!

Our annual Pre-Christmas cocktail has been very popular this year and attracted a record number of guests. I would like to thank Michael Daerendinger from the Royal Bank of Canada for hosting our event. The view from the 36th floor was simply spectacular. I am also very proud to announce that thanks to your generous contribution at the event we were able to donate $500.00 to the Covent House. We have posted a few photos of our event on our website. The link to the photos is listed below.

Would you like to receive a 2014 Swiss Calendar, for free? This gift is brought to you by Switzerland Tourism and more information is listed below.

I would like to take this opportunity to inform you about our decission at the last Annual General Meeting to collect the annual membership fees in January of every year. Pro-rated and reduced invoices were issued in 2013, so that in January 2014, all our members can be invoiced for the full year. This will simplify our accounting and reduce the monthly administration.

In 2014 we will be have to amend our bylaws as required by the new Canada not-for-profit act. Our board will meet again in January to work on this topic and to set the date for our annual general meeting. We will keep you informed.

In the meantime, please enjoy the reading of our last Newsletter for 2013.


From all of our directors, we thank you for your support, your participation, your feedback and for your stories in 2013. Without you, our chamber wouldn't exist in Alberta and in British Columbia.

We wish you and your family a great time during the Holidays and a successful start to the New Year.

Sincerely Yours,

Vince Sciamanna

President


The Board of Directors of the Swiss Canadian Chamber of Commerce (British Columbia & Alberta), is wishing you and your family Happy Holidays!

December 24, 2013

EVENTS / NETWORKING
Event Photos of our Annual Pre-Christmas Cocktail Reception

Thank you for attending our event numerously! It was a very pleasant gathering! Have a look at the posted photos

Event Photos...
Today is the last day of Vancouver Christmas Market

Swiss Raclette, German Bratwurst, Gluhwein, traditional German Christmas merchandise, live entertainment and a great atmosphere are awaiting you

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LOCAL NEWS
Provincial Outlook 2014

A report provided by RBC's Economics Research department


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Contributed by our member Royal Bank of Canada www.rbcroyalbank.com
Economic and Financial Market Outlook 2014

A report provided by RBC's Economics Research department


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Contributed by our member Royal Bank of Canada www.rbcroyalbank.com
Outlook Brightens for Swiss Economy in 2014

"The Swiss economy is in a super-cycle, which is fueled by low interest rates and high immigration rates"


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INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Promising OECD Education Report, Known as "PISA Study"

Swiss and Canadian pupils achieve good scores in the international study

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2013/14 Global Competitiveness Report - Switzerland Ranks Top

The Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014 assesses the competitiveness landscape of 148 economies, providing insight into the drivers of their productivity and prosperity. The Report series remains the most comprehensive assessment of national competitiveness worldwide

Full Report...
Country Profile Highlights...
FEATURED STORY
Swiss Immigration to Canada Book Now Available on Amazon

On 240 pages, richly illustrated and in color, read about achievements, testimonies, and relations

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Contributed by the Swiss Consulate General in Vancouver www.eda.admin.ch/vancouver
OPPORTUNITY
Order Your 2014 Switzerland Calendar for Free

In cooperation with the ASO (Auslandschweizerorganisation / Swiss Living Abroad), Switzerland Tourism is offering a free calendar for 2014. (Please note that your postal code should be added without spacing)

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THIS & THAT
Young Swiss Sails on a Mini-Boat Across the Atlantic

Swiss Simon Koster, 25, successfully ended the "Mini Transat 2013" race, 2400 sea miles across the Atlantic, in 3rd place

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Swiss - Canada Online Shop

Mugs, mouse pads, t-shirts or luggage tags in a Swiss - Canada design for those of you who have a love for both countries

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You Know You've Turned Swiss If...

Some "stereotype" answers and some surprising ones...

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Canada's WestJet Airline Surprises Its Flying Customers

What a surprise! Merry Christmas to you all!

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