SCCC Newsletter

October 28, 2014

While Switzerland already ended the daylight saving time, most of Canada will only switch this coming weekend. For one week we are one hour closer to Switzerland.  

We selected some interesting, upcoming events, including events hosted by our collaboration partner chamber in Whistler. We are also working on the December networking event and kindly ask you to save the date for our annual Pre-Christmas Cocktail reception, currently scheduled for Tuesday, December 9, 2014.

With Halloween coming up this Friday, we also included a fun article about the world's largest pumpkin.  

This and much more in this month's newsletter. We hope that you enjoy it.

Sincerely Yours, and Happy Halloween, 


Vince Sciamanna



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October 22, 2014 - February 20, 2015: Carl Lutz Exhibition 

"Carl Lutz and the Legendary Glass House in Budapest" is an exhibition of a Swiss diplomat who issued thousands of safe passes and provided asylum to Jews threatened with deportation inside the Glass House during the Holocaust in Hungary.

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November 12, 2014: BCAMA's Marketer of the Year Award 

Tourism Victoria will be presented with the 44th annual BCAMA Marketer of the Year Award at a gala, including a 3-course dinner and your chance to win one of five two-night stays in Victoria

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November 14, 2014: Access to Europe: WestJet Makes the Journey 

The Ireland-Canada Centre for Commerce in Calgary is pleased to invite you to a luncheon with Gregg Saretsky (President and CEO of WestJet) and His Excellency, Dr. Ray Bassett (Irish Ambassador to Canada).

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Upcoming Whistler Chamber of Commerce Events in November  

The Whistler Chamber has some interesting events coming up in November, for example the Women of Whistler on November 12th and The Whistler Experience event on November 20th, with guest speaker Vikram Vij.

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Save the Date: December 9, 2014: SCCC Pre-Christmas Cocktail 

As every year, we're having an annual Pre-Christmas Cocktail reception in the beginning of December. Please mark Tuesday, December 9th, 5:30pm to 7:30pm in your agenda. We will gather at RBC's meeting facilities on the 36th floor at 1055 West Georgia Street. Invitations will get sent out in November.

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FortisBC Starts their $400 Million Expansion of their LNG Plant

FortisBC is investing in a $400 million expansion of its existing liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage facility in Delta, B.C., to serve a growing domestic demand for LNG by the trucking and marine industries. 

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How will the New Vancouver Art Gallery Look Like?

Two representatives of the architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron were in Vancouver earlier this month to speak to residents in the sold-out Vogue Theatre about the future Art Gallery

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Swiss Defenceman Luca Sbisa Shot his 1st Goal for the Canucks

24-year-old Luca Sbisa is an Italian-born Swiss ice hockey defenseman who got traded this summer as part of the deal that sent Ryan Kesler to the Anaheim Ducks. Sbisa has played for the Swiss national team at the 2010 Winter Olympics. 

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Reuters' Swiss Stocks Outlook after Q3 Results Are Published

How is the Swiss blue-chip SMI reacting to the recently published Q3 company results of UBS, Novartis, Holcim and others?

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Switzerland Votes on November 30, 2014

Three initiatives are up for vote on November 30th. One of them is the federal referendum on the initiative to abolish lump-sum taxation in Switzerland ("Stop the tax privileges for Millionaires").

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Switzerland as a Global Sustainability Hub

The Business School of Lausanne invited to the annual Business-for-Society Forum, which was attended by 500 people from over 40 countries, to discuss positioning Switzerland as a global sustainability hub.

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Geneva Wins Prestigious Gold European Energy Award

Geneva has won the Gold European Energy Award, issued every four years, for its visionary energy policies that are both realistic and integrated.

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Che Guevara Photographer René Burri Died at the Age of 81

Swiss photographer René Burri was known for documenting the major political events of the 20th century. His most famous photographs showed revolutionary leader Che Guevara, Le Corbusier and artist Pablo Picasso.

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The First Timer's Guide to Switzerland

International Traveller Magazine, in collaboration with Switzerland Tourism, put together a "five-minute travel guide with all the must see and do's".

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Stories of Joe Businger, a Swiss Emmigrant to Canada

Fun stories and insights in Joe Businger's life as a Swiss emmigrant to Canada.

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How Many Pumpkin Pies Would the World's Largest Pumpkin Make?

The world's largest pumpkin was grown in Switzerland and weighs as much as a small car. Happy Halloween everybody!

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3 Swiss Bikes on a Mission around the World: Juna Bicycle Project

The idea behind this project by young Swiss guys from Ticino is to pass on the bikes from friend to friend, highlighting the principle of sharing in general, and letting the bikes travel around the world. Each of the three vintage bikes will have to accomplish 100 missions before returning home.

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Swiss Company "On" Revolutionizes the Running Shoe Market

Former top athlete Olivier Bernhard his two friends had a mission: to develop the perfect running shoe. The revolutionary product by Swiss company On is the beginning of a huge success story, including the win of the ISPO Brandnew Award.

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