SCCC Newsletter

October 27, 2016
                                                   
 
Free trade agreements are a big topic these days in Canada. Changes to the NAFTA  agreement (Canada, Mexico and the United States) are being discussed frequently on the US campaign trail. At the same time, the EU and Canada are trying to finalize a trade deal right now. But let's not forget that Canada and the countries of the European EFTA, including Switzerland signed a free trade agreement already a few years ago. For more information on this topic, just send us an email and we will point you in the direction of an expert.

On November 29th we will host our popular, annual, pre-Christmas Reception & Fundraising event. We have received great auction items already but continue to look for many more. 
Items already donated include: signed photo from Swiss, Vancouver Canucks Luca Sbisa, 2-night stay at a great Log Cabin near Merrit, tickets to events, landmarks, restaurants, sailing course vauchers, and some very unique Swiss items. 
 
Looking forward to seeing many of you on November 29th. 
 
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 chamber@swissccc.com
EVENTS / NETWORKING
The Whistler Experience: World Class Training Service

Whistler is not just a place for brawn, it's also a place for brain. The Whistler Chamber of Commerce and the University of Victoria have teamed up to provide executive level service training opportunities for you. 

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November 7-10, 2016: WEB SUMMIT 2016

There will be over 50,000 attendees ranging from tech CEOs, startups, investors, exhibitors and more attending the Web Summit in Lisbon this year. Amongst the many speakers are Canadians and Swiss alike.

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November 18, 2016: B.C. Export Awards

The B.C. Export Awards are the province's most prestigious awards, celebrating the success of various B.C. export companies in 12 different categories.

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

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

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Dec 2-3, 2016: Banff Mountain Film Fest World Tour in Vancouver

Go on an adrenaline adventure and enjoy selected outdoor short films from the Banff Mountain Film Fest on the weekend of December 2nd and 3rd right here in Vancouver.

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LOCAL NEWS
IBM and Canadian University to Accelerate Growth in South Africa

The IBM Research Lab is collaborating with a South African and a Canadian University to accelerate startup incubation and growth opportunities for entrepreneurs, plus, a South African University Hub is planned to be built.

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Lonely Planet Names Canada Number One

Read up on the reasons why Lonely Planet (travel guide) has ranked Canada as Best Travel Destination 2017.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Yes to Canada-EU Trade Deal

A landmark free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada could be signed within days after the Belgian government overcame an impasse with its regional authorities on Thursday.

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Winners of the 2016 Sustainable Cities Index

The Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index ranks 100 global cities on three dimensions: People (social), Planet (environmental) and Profit (economic) sustainability. Here's the 2016 ranking.

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Power from Seawater to Become an Efficient Alternative?

People have been attempting to scale up "blue energy" since the 1950s. But now, a discovery from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) could finally make energy from the ocean an efficient alternative to fossil fuel.

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FEATURED STORY
Big Honour for Our Former Member Christophe Bonzon

Our former member Christophe Bonzon, owner of Chez Christophe Chocolaterie Patisserie in Burnaby, was recently named to premium French chocolate Cacao Barry's prestigious International Ambassadors Club. He joins more than 100 pastry chefs and chocolatiers from over 20 countries as the 14th Canadian. 

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THIS & THAT
The Late Thai King's Relationship to Switzerland

Did you know that king Bhumibol Adulyadej, who recently passed away, lived on and off in Switzerland for approximately 25 years? According to sources close to the family, his studies of the Swiss Constitution and democracy helped him develop Thailand's democratic system.

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Why Switzerland is a Place of Choice for International Arbitration

Why would a client choose to conduct arbitration in Switzerland? What are the benefits?

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What the World Will Be Like in 2045 According to Scientists

New materials as strong as steel, but as light as carbon fibre, as well as using thoughts to control our environment are only a few ideas that DARPA predicts to be the future.

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Maple Leafs Rookie from Zurich Club ZSC Lions 

Rookie Auston Matthews became the first player in NHL history to score four goals in his NHL debut. Nice detail: the 19-year-old played with the Swiss club ZSC Lions last season.

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What to do for Halloween?

A list of things to do with Halloween being just around the corner.

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Your Contribution to Our Next Newsletter   

We would like to encourage you to send us your interesting news story or article no later than November 18, 2016, thank you. Your contribution will help us to keep this newsletter an interesting source for your own benefit.

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