SCCC Newsletter

November 25, 2016
Next Tuesday, November 29th we will host our annual Pre-Christmas & Fundraising event. With your support, we were able to collect over 30 very attractive prizes. You can click here to download the full Silent Auction Prize Catalogue - Download.
If you are out of town or out of province next Tuesday, you can place your bids by phone, text or email starting today: By text or phone (778 998 2145) or by email ( The Silent Auction closes on Tuesday, November 29th at 8:00 PM.

The event is sold out. However, if you didn't RSVP in time, please reply to this email today.
We are looking forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday.
In the meantime, enjoy the many interesting articles featured in this Newsletter.  
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
November 18-30, 2016: European Film Festival

This year's festival showcases entries from 23 EU members.

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November 26 - December 31, 2016: Vancouver Christmas Market

The beloved annual Vancouver Christmas Market opens for its seventh season, this year at the Jack Poole Plaza next to the Convention Centre. SCCC members get a free cup of tea and a discount on tea purchases at the Sonnentor Tea Hut. Contact us to get the coupon.

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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. The prize catalogue has been posted today on our website. Please note that the event is sold out, contact us today in case you didn't RSVP in time.

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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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January 21, 2017: Fondue Night with SCMRA

After last year's success, we'll organize another Swiss Fondue Night in collaboration with the Swiss Canadian Mountain Range Association (SCMRA), who will be hosting the event again at their lovely chalet in Coquitlam.

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$ 90M Investment in Surrey SFU Energy Tech Building

"This once-in-a-generation investment is a historic leap to position Canada as a global centre for innovation" said Justin Trudeau. 

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Ottawa Proposes a $1,320 Minimum Income for Everyone 

The provincial advisor wants the province of Ontario to test the merits of boosting incomes for the working poor and replacing social assistance with a no-strings attached $1,320 minimum payment a month.

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New Avalanche Control System Provided by Swiss Company

The new avalanche control system by Swiss company Wyssen Avalanche Control is supposed to minimize road closures on the Trans Canada highway. 

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An Epic Guide to Vancouver's Entrepreneurial and Tech Scene

VanTechJournal put together a worksheet with over 100 entries, showing who's doing what in the Vancouver tech scene. 

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How to Buy a Home the Australian Way

Should Canada follow Australia's model when it comes to real estate purchasing? 

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Bill Gates Travels to Switzerland to Learn about the Science of Scent

Would more of the 2.5 billion people that currently don't use toilets (in developing countries) use them more often if they weren't all that smelly?

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Swiss Economic Award

The most important prize for young entrepreneurs in Switzerland will be awarded during the Swiss Economic Forum in June 2017, where over 1,000 CEOs will gather in Interlaken. Seize the opportunity to nominate your favourite now and learn more about the forum.

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Ensuring Drug Safety with Blockchain Technology

Swiss startup is the winner of the 'Kickstart Accelerator' prize. The three UZH students found a technical solution to control the temperature during the transport of drugs.

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List of the Most Innovative Countries 

Innovation continues to be a crucial building block for successful economies. The 2016/17 report published by the World Economic Forum assessed 138 economies.

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Economic and Social Opportunities of Climate Change

In time for the COP22 summit in Marrakesh ProClim published a 200-page report called "Spotlight on Swiss Climate". The report highlights the economic and social opportunities that climate change adaptions can bring.

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Swiss and Canadians Meet to Discuss Sustainable Building

Our own board member, Bernhard Gafner, is traveling to Switzerland in order to participate in an event organized by S-GE for a knowledge transfer on sustainable building practices. On the speakers panel with him are Vancouver's Architect Michael Green, known for promoting wooden high-rises, as well as Markus Reubi, Head of Swiss Business Hub Canada.

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Your Monthly Swiss Food Box Delivered to Your House

Do you ever crave Elmer Citro, Munzli or other Swiss treats you can't buy in Canada? Swiss Food Box will deliver you a surprise box every month.

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Helvetia by Night

Some wonderful timelaps footage showing a spectacular moon rise, moving clouds and cities awakening will make you feel that you want to travel to Switzerland.

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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 January 20, 2017, thank you. Your contribution will help us to keep this newsletter an interesting source for your own benefit.

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