SCCC Newsletter

February 25, 2016
                                   

 

The leadership summit for sustainable business, GLOBE 2016,  will be held next week here in Vancouver from March 2-4. Switzerland is represented with a SWISS Pavilion and we have a few FREE expo-only tickets left for you, just reply to this email and we will sign you up.

On Friday March 11th we hope to see you for our first Fondue night organized with our friends from the Swiss Canadian Mountain Range.

Important: Our annual membership invoices are being sent out this week. If  you wish to pay by credit card, just let us know. We thank you in advance for your continued support.


 

Sincerely Yours,

 

Vince Sciamanna

President

  

 
PS: Please feel free to send us your newsletter input, membership request or business inquiry to chamber@swissccc.com
EVENTS / NETWORKING
March 2-4, 2016: Swiss Pavilion at GLOBE 2016

Switzerland will be present at the GLOBE 2016 with a Swiss Pavilion organized by T-Link and swisscleantech, with 6 exhibiting companies and a delegation of more than 15 participants. The Swiss Pavillion and related business development activities are realized in close collaboration with the Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA), Switzerland Global Enterprise (SGE), Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI), the Swiss representations in Canada (Consulate General of Switzerland in Vancouver, Swiss Business Hub Canada) and SCCC.
 
Meet the Swiss delegation at GLOBE 2016 - for expo-only tickets contact us today. We have a few FREE expo-only tickets left. 


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March 11, 2016: Fondue Night in Traditional Setting

Save the date for a cosy evening with Swiss Fondue together with our friends from the Swiss Canadian Mountain Range Association at their clubhouse chalet in Coquitlam. 

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March 31, 2016: BCAMA Vision Conference

This conference for Marketing professionals offers high-class speakers plus interactive workshops.

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April 28, 2016: SCCC Annual General Meeting

Please mark your calendar for April 28th, 11:30am - 1:30pm, for our Annual General Meeting at the meeting facilities of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, 12th floor. Invitations and relevant documents will be sent out to all our members in March.  

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LOCAL NEWS
Canada and Switzerland to Exchange Financial Account Information

Canada has signed a Joint Declaration with Switzerland which expresses the intent of both countries to engage in the automatic exchange of financial account information as per the OECD's Common Reporting Standard (CRS). 

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Watch Justin Trudeau's Speech at the World Economic Forum

"My predecessor wanted you to know Canada for its resources. I want you to know Canadians for our resourcefulness," was one of the things Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

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Where are we at with Bringing in Syrian Refugees?

The Canadian Government promised to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees. See all the key figures on their website #WelcomeRefugees. 

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Canadians Invent World's First Bendable Smartphone

Researchers at Queen's University's Human Media Lab have developed the world's first full-colour, high-resolution and wireless flexible smartphone to combine multitouch with bend input. The phone called ReFlex allows users to flip pages by bending the phone, feeling the sensation of the page moving.

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Could you Live on 2,000 Watts a Day? Switzerland Begins Transition

Can people halve their energy consumption and still live comfortably? In Switzerland, the first neighbourhoods are being built according to the "2,000-watt society" principle, which aims to conserve resources without compromising living standards. At the moment, only 2% of the Swiss population lives on less than 2,000 watts. In the US the per capita energy demand is over 10,000 watts a day.

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Canada and Switzerland Still Strong in Worldwide Ranking

When it comes to global quality of life, both Canada and Switzerland have proven to be steady contestants for top five positions. The top U.S. city ranks 28th.

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FEATURED STORY
Canadian Singer Rykka is Representing Switzerland at Eurovision

How come Vancouver native Rykka is representing Switzerland in the finals of the Eurovision song contest in May? Does the singer have Swiss roots?

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THIS & THAT
Lessons Learned at TED Vancouver 2016

From February 15th to 19th, Vancouver was hosting TED Talks in the city. No talks were being held in Whistler this year. Read about some big ideas and past highlights.

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A $25 Stand-Up Desk Launched by Hootsuite's CEO Ryan Holmes

With the help of two designers, Holmes came up with Oristand, a recyclable cardboard laptop stand that's assembled in less than 10 seconds. 

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Super Battery by Swatch and ETH

A new kind of battery with a 30% better performance is expected to make billions, says Nick Hayek.

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Stockholm's Underground Garbage System as a Role Model

Compressed-air pipes that transport waste underground, like they do in a Stockholm neighbourhood, caught the interest of the city of Lucerne (Switzerland). 

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Charly Chaplin Museum to Open in his Former Swiss Home 

Chaplin's World is showcasing the life and works of film legend Charly Chaplin. The museum was a labour of love, with over 15 years of planning. It's set up in the actor's former Swiss home in Corsier-sur-Vevey. Doors will open on April 17th, a day after what would have been Chaplin's 127th birthday.

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