SCCC Newsletter

September 29, 2016
Earlier this month we held our annual summer night reception in Vancouver and had the pleasure to welcome our newly appointed Consul General of Switzerland. The beautiful location was made available by Borden Ladner Gervais ( and the great Swiss Wine selection was courtesy of the Consulate of Switzerland.
Our next highlight is scheduled for Tuesday, November 29th. We have again a wonderful location and similar to last year, a full selection of items and gifts to auction. A personal invitation for you and your guest will be sent out next week. We are still looking for one sponsor and will start to accept auction prizes as of tomorrow.

Below you will see links to a selection of Swiss / Canadian articles as well as the details to the upcoming events. 
Information on past events, together with a few photos can be found on our website at 
We hope to see you at one or all of the events listed below. 
In the meantime please enjoy this newsletter and don't hesitate to contact us.
For any questions, simply reply to this email.
Sincerely Yours,
Vince Sciamanna
President, Swiss Canadian Chamber of Commerce 
PS: Please feel free to send us your newsletter input, membership request or business inquiry to
September 13, 2016: SCCC Late Summer Night Reception

We and approximately 50 guests had the pleasure of welcoming our new Consul General of Switzerland in Vancouver, Mr. Pascal Bornoz, at the annual Late Summer Night Reception at Borden Ladner Gervais. We thank our sponsors, members and guests for the support.

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September 30, 2016: Closing Event Vancouver Startup Week

This year's closing event of the Vancouver Startup Week, called "0 to 100: Growth Showcase", features entrepreneurs sharing their experience in how to grow a company and some of the latest and greatest promising local start-ups.

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October 4, 2016: Join Swiss MBA Students for a Facility Tour

It has become a tradition in the recent years that MBA students from the University of Applied Sciences and Art in Lucerne are visiting Garaventa in Surrey for a factory tour to learn about managing cross-cultural workplaces. 

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October 13, 2016: Palme Bleue Small Business Award

Our friends at the Chambre de Commerce Francophone are inviting you for the 4th time to their annual gala event. Hosted during the Small Business Month in Canada, the Palme Bleue Small Business Award recognizes the entrepreneurial excellence and the achievements of local SMEs. 

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October 20, 2016: Mega Mind VIP Business Mentoring by J. Kirkwood

Mega Mind brings top entrepreneurs and thought-leaders to Whistler to provide VIP business advice in one-on-one mentor sessions and roundtable discussions with local businesses.

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November 29, 2016: Pre-Christmas Reception & Fundraising Event

This year's annual Pre-Christmas Reception will include again our popular Silent Auction filled with very unique items. A personal invitation will be sent out soon - let us know if you would like to contribute a prize to support the chamber and promote your business!

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2016 Forty Under 40 Winners Announced

B.C's Forty Under 40 winners, entrepreneurs and executives born after 1976, have demonstrated excellence in business and leadership as well as community contribution. See the full list of this year's winners.

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2016 Marketer of the Year Shortlist

From Content to Experiential Marketing and PR; BCAMA has short listed the best marketers in several categories, and are handing over the Marketing Excellence Award at their gala event on October 19th.

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Sir John Franklin's Shipwreck Found after 170 Years

Parks Canada confirmed a shipwreck found off the shores of Nunavut's King William Island is indeed "HMS Terror", Sir John Franklin's expedition ship that got stuck in the polar ice in 1845 and later sank. The expedition to find the Northwest Passage resulted in the deaths of 129 men, amongst them the captain.

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First Ever Cybathlon to be Held in Switzerland

Zurich will be the host of an event called the Cybathlon, where disabled athletes compete using bionic assistive technology. Amongst the competitors is an athlete from Maple Ridge, B.C. A SFU Research Team is presenting a first of its kind technology in the world at this 'olympic' event.

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Why Switzerland is Top When it Comes to Innovation

For the sixth time in a row, Switzerland ranked top in an index ranking by the World Intellectual Property Organization WIPO. Five reasons that make the country innovative are given in this link below.

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Swiss Energy and Climate Summit in Review

Every year, over 700 decision-makers from the industry, energy, finance, insurance and construction sector, as well as NGOs showcase cutting-edge technologies from energy and environmental technology that play a key role in climate protection.

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Tightened Rules on Swiss Immigration Law

Switzerland's National Council voted in favour of strict new rules on Swiss residency permits.

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December 28th - January 6th: Kids Winter Camp in Switzerland 

The Foundation for Young Swiss Abroad organizes a winter camp in Sedrun for 8 to 14 year old Swiss kids living abroad. Besides offering a week of skiing / snowboarding and other winter sports, this week of winter fun is also a perfect opportunity to make friends from all over the world. All levels welcome

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How to Do Business Like the Swiss

When starting a business in a foreign country you need to know local best practises, rules and regulations. Find out what the Swiss approach of doing business may be.

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Keeping Data Safe in a Swiss Mountain

One of the safest places to keep all the bytes of data and information stored may be in a bunker, located inside a Swiss mountain.

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Sneak Peak Inside a Secret Swiss Military Bunker

Not sure how to imagine a 'hollow' mountain (see article above)? Find some impressions in this article about one of the 20,000 secret military bunker that apparently exist in Switzerland.

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About the Royal Visit to Canada

Read where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are headed in B.C..

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Fun Canadian Trivia

How well do you know Canada? Take this quiz.

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We would like to encourage you to send us your interesting news story or article no later than October 21, 2016, thank you. Your contribution will help us to keep this newsletter an interesting source for your own benefit.

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