SCCC Newsletter

January 21, 2015


Happy New Year ! We hope you enjoyed a wonderful Holiday Season with your family and friends and wish you all the best for a successful 2015.

Switzerland did not wait long to make headlines early in the year. Last week, Switzerland's central bank, the Swiss National Bank (SNB), made the "surprise" announcement to no longer peg the Swiss Franc to the Euro. The monetary policy decision sent the Franc up double digits in intraday trading, a scale of movement that is unprecedented for a major currency in the modern era. Today you need approximately C$ 1.43 to buy one Swiss Franc. You will find plenty of opinions and articles on this subject. 

Our first newsletter of the year is full of fresh other news and stories. We take this opportunity to encourage you to share interesting news about your company and take proactive advantage of this communication tool. 

There are many interesting events coming up. I would like to mention one in particular; our Annual General Meeting. Please mark your calendar for Friday, April 10, 2015. I would be personally delighted to see you there, as I will be chairing my last AGM, ending my 4 year term as President of our wonderful chamber. Nominations for the 2015 / 2016 board positions are now open. Nomination forms as well as the event details will be sent out shortly.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for being a valuable member of our chamber and an interested reader of our newsletter. For your information: We will be sending out our annual membership invoice soon. Thank you in advance for your continuous support. If you're not a member, yet and would like to join our chamber, please feel free to visit our website for more information or contact us directly.  


Enjoy the this e-newsletter.


Sincerely Yours,


Vince Sciamanna



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Jan 28, 2015: Greater Vancouver Clean Technology Champion

Forty companies will gather in Surrey to pitch in a one day competition for the title of Greater Vancouver's Clean Technology Champion.  There will also be an expo area where the 40 companies showcase their technologies. 


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February 3, 2015: 2015 Vancouver Small Business Information Expo

You're invited to meet with over 40 government and non-profit program representatives who support small business in BC. Panel topics include Trade (10:00-10:45am),  Public Procurement (11:00-11:45am), Mentoring (1:00-1:45pm) and Financing (2:00-2:45pm). This free event is being hosted by Small Business BC and OSME. 9:30am - 4:00pm at Beatty Street Drill Hall. 


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March 17 - 19, 2015: Americana 2015, Environmental Conference

Québec will be hosting the 20th convention on environmental technologies. The focus will be on sustainable development, water, waste management, energy and climate change. Swiss companies get the opportunity to showcase their products and services at a "Swiss Pavilion". Interested? 


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Save the Date: April 10, 2015: Annual General Meeting  

Please mark your calendar for April 10th, 11:30am - 1:30pm, for our Annual General Meeting at the meeting facilities of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. It will be the last AGM chaired by our current President, Vince Sciamanna, as his 4 year term as a president of our chamber is up.

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New Luxury Brands that Enter the Vancouver Market in 2015

One of Vancouver's top real estate broker says that in the 22 years he's been in the business, he's never seen such a high level of interest from international luxury brands looking to open in Vancouver. 


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New Contemporary German Cuisine Restaurant to be Opened

Michelin Star Chef Stefan Hartmann and his General Manager Tim Adams will enrich Vancouver's food scene with the new Bauhaus Restaurant that is expected to open in Gastown in March 2015. 


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Study: Canada - Energy Efficiency in Buildings and Industry

Switzerland Global Enterprise with its Canadian Swiss Business Hub director Markus Reubi published this interesting study about the Canadian energy landscape.  
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World Economic Forum in Davos: Top 10 Global Risks 2015

From January 21th to 24th, world leaders will convene in the Swiss Alps at the 45th World Economic Forum to discuss the world's most pressing issues under the theme "The New Global Context".

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Swiss Federal Councillor Receives Swiss of the Year Award

Didier Burkhalter, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, has been awarded with the Swiss of the Year Award 2014.

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Swiss Virologist is Working on a Vaccine for All Flu Viruses

Virologist Lars Hangartner, who is a researcher at the University of Zurich, is making promising progress in the discovery of an effective long-term method of fighting the flu virus and preventing pandemics with a one-time vaccine.

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Expo 2015: Switzerland is Giving Away Towers of Free Products

Presence Switzerland presented their concept for the Swiss Pavilion at the Expo 2015 in Milan and explained why they're giving away "towers" filled with little sacks of salt, apple rings, Nespresso capsules and plastic cups.  
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The Most Eco-Friendly House on the Planet

This eco-friendly and stylish Norwegian house produces more than three times the energy it needs and might be considered the most eco-friendly house on the planet.

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Swiss Short Film: Finding My Father's Footsteps

Remember the story of Canadian-Swiss Allan Spahr, told in Bernadette's Take during the centennial anniversary year of the Consulate General of Switzerland in Vancouver in 2013? Well, Allan's story about following his father's roots touched so many of us, that he decided to produce a short-film.

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Nominate Your Top Canadian Immigrant 2015

The RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award, now in its 7th year, is a people's choice award that allows Canadians to nominate outstanding Canadian immigrants who have made a difference since their arrival in Canada. Nominations are open until February 26th, 11:59 pm EST. 
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WestJet Agreement Makes Flying to Germany Easier

Thanks to WestJet's expanded partnership with Frankfurt based German Airline Condor Airlines travellers will be able to fly on one itinerary as of early May 2015.  
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Jan 31 - Feb 8, 2015: Winter World Masters Games in Québec

So far over 1,500 winter sports lovers registered for the 2nd Winter World Masters Games in Québec City. Apparently, about 25% of all come from either Europe or Asia, amongst them several Swiss participants. One of them will be our board member Pierre Duflon, who will be participating in the biathlon category (age 45-50) racing 3 times (sprint, individual and relay).

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A 2015 Outlook by Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga

In an interview with swissinfo, Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga makes her case for a political culture that is "also based on respect for different beliefs".

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Switzerland's Largest Fully Funded Crowdfunding Campaign

Two young Swiss entrepreneurs developed the world's first GPS cat collar that makes tracing your lost cat easy. With the successful funding of their Indiegogo campaign the team is now ready for production.

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Did you Know it was a Swiss Romande who Invented the Velcro?

It all started back in 1941 on a hike with his dog when Swiss electrical engineer George de Mestral got inspired by nature and came up with the idea of a hook and loop fastener that he named Velcro, a combination of the two French words "velours" (velvet) and "crochet" (hook).

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Double-Congratulations, Roger Federer!

Swiss tennis player Roger Federer just achieved his 1,000th career win with his victory over Canadian Milos Raonic (ATP Singles Ranking 8). Congratulations on this extraordinary achievement. Another personal accomplishment is his luxurious new home at lake Zurich, Switzerland...

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What the Swiss Living Abroad Miss the Most

Is it bread, or Swiss punctuality and reliability, or maybe even cervelats?

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Nice Promo Video About Switzerland

25 reasons why Switzerland is a country to love.

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