SCCC Newsletter

January 26, 2017
Many of us in the business community in Switzerland and Canada are monitoring closely the economic consequences of the Brexit vote and the post Obama administration. Once again, companies will have to react fast and adapt their business approach in order to remain competitive and benefit from this new area.
Let us know if you want to discuss this topic in a smaller or larger group. We will be happy to facilitate a round table discussion.

With the new year, we also made a change in our administration and hired Nina Bader from the beautiful "Kanton of Thurgau" in Switzerland.
Nina will take over the position of Thomas Andrey who has taken on the role as global marketing co-ordinator for the Garaventa Lift Group. Thomas will continue to work part-time for the chamber supporting our projects and events. 
On Saturday we organised a social, Swiss cheese fondue evening in collaboration with the Swiss Canadian Mountain Range Association. You can find photos of this successful, 2nd annual event and many more interesting articles in this Newsletter below.

We take this opportunity to wish you, your family and your business a fantastic 2017. 
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
January 21, 2017: Fondue Night with SCMRA

More than 70 people came out to the Swiss Canadian Mountain Range Association (SCMRA) chalet in Coquitlam last Saturday to attend our second annual fondue night. A very special thank you to all volunteers who helped to make this event a success and to Chris from Lindt who kindly donated Lindor chocolate for the best trivia team. 

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Save the Date: May 4, 2017: SCCC AGM

Please mark your calendar for May 4th, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, for our annual chamber AGM luncheon. Detailed information will be sent to all our members about one month prior.

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More Business Events in Vancouver

Business in Vancouver lists a variety of interesting upcoming events on their website. '2016 40 Under 40' and 'Influential Women in Business Awards' are just two of the many that are listed.

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Canada Economy Forecast

Here are five reasons why the Canadian economy could see an upswing in 2017.

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Trudeau's Biggest Economic Challenges

Read how the inauguration of a new U.S. president may affect Trudeau's tax and energy plans.

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UBC Student Makes Forbes' Top 30 Under 30 List

19-year-old UBC student Ann Makosinski has been inventing two things that sparked enough interest to nominate her for the Forbes Top 30 Under 30 list: a flashlight powered by body heat and a coffee mug that charges mobile phones.

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A Recap of the World Economic Forum in Davos

The Guardian put together an interesting list of things learned at the WEF 2017.

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ETH Lausanne Creates Agile Drone that Flies Like a Bird

The unique thing about this invention is that the drone, equipped with wings and feathers like a bird, can do narrow turns on a high speed.

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Free Parks Canada Pass

In time for Canada's 150-year celebration the Government of Canada has put together a fabulous program. Amongst the perks for their citizens is a free Discovery Pass 2017, allowing you free admission to Canada's National Parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas.

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Become one of Western Canada's Honorary Representatives

The Council of the Swiss Abroad (CSA) counts 140 delegates. Canada has a total of five delegates in the Council, two of which represent Western Canada. Interested candidates who would like to run for this honorary position should contact Mr. Karl Strickler, President of the Edmonton Swiss Society. Application deadline is January 30, 2017.

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Get a ThinkSwiss Scholarship

Find out how highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students can get research experience or participate in a summer school course in Switzerland.

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CNN to Launch TV Channel with Swiss News 

CNNMoney Switzerland will be the first nationwide TV channel dedicated to business news for and about Switzerland and will be produced at two offices in Zurich as well as Geneva. 

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Fun Things to Look Forward to in 2017

Canadians, here are five reasons to get excited about 2017.

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10 Best New Metro Vancouver Restaurants of 2016

It shouldn't come as a surprise that six out of the ten selected best new restaurants in Metro Vancouver feature Asian cuisine, mirroring our cultural diversity.

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

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