Volume 58 | December 29, 2017
December 2017 Newsletter
Dear Members and Friends of the Chamber,

We are very thankful that so many of you attended our annual Pre-Christmas & Fundraising event. With your support, we were able to raise well over $4,000.00. The funds will be used to cover our operational costs for 2017. To see our event photographs, click on the link in our article below.
 
We will be kicking off the New Year with a social networking event: Our 3rd annual cheese fondue evening in collaboration with the Swiss Canadian Mountain Range Association will be held on Saturday, January 20th. You will find the event details in the article below.
 
On behalf of all our directors, we thank you for your continuous support and wish you a successful and happy New Year.


Sincerely Yours,
 
Vince Sciamanna
President, Swiss Canadian Chamber of Commerce

EVENTS/NETWORKING
Thank you 2017!
The Swiss Canadian Chamber of Commerce is looking back on a successful year full of interesting events. In our latest article we are looking back on all the events of 2017 and we also would like to give you an outlook on 2018.

Fondue Night - Save the Date - January 20, 2018
Once again, we will kick off the new year with our popular Fondue Night. Together with the Swiss Canadian Mountain Range Association we will organize a Swiss night for everyone who is craving a good cheese fondue.

Pre-Christmas Reception and Fundraising Event
At the end of November, the Swiss Canadian Chamber of Commerce invited for the annual Pre-Christmas Reception and Fundraising Event. Read the article which includes lots of pictures of the event.

LOCAL NEWS
Meetings Industry Report Ranks Vancouver Top Destination in North America
Out of 40 North American cities, Vancouver is the highest-rated destination for a business meeting, according to a comprehensive study of meeting professionals and the meetings market in North America.

Canada is Becoming the "Switzerland of North America"
Canada is becoming the ‘Switzerland of North America’ for global commercial real estate. Canadian commercial-property investment is on track to break last year’s record, according to CBRE Group Inc.


Photo Credit: Lyle Aspinall/Postmedia Network
Will You Do the Polar Bear Swim?
Will you follow this Vancouver tradition and jump into the ice-cold water of English Bay on January 1, 2018? Join thousands of fellow swimmers and spectators on January 1st at 2:30 pm for the Park Board’s 98th annual Polar Bear Swim in English Bay.


Photo Credit: City of Vancouver
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Travel from Zurich to Geneva in 15 Minutes
A team of students from the ETH Zurich is revolutionizing land transport with the development of carriages for a subsonic levitation train capable of speeds of up to 1,200 km/hour, traveling through vacuum tunnels.

Review of the Year: How Switzerland Made International Headlines in 2017
Another year is nearly over, and it’s been an eventful one in Switzerland. Arguments over cowbells, record-breaking engineering projects and one small village’s repopulation plan were among the many stories that made international headlines this year.


Photo Credit: The Local
St. Moritz Becomes First Swiss Ski Resort to Accept Bitcoin
Ski lifts in and around St. Moritz in the Engadine Valley have started accepting Bitcoins as payment for passes. It is the first Swiss lift company to recognize payments with cryptocurrencies.


Photo Credit: Keystone
Switzerland Thrives on Apprenticeship Tradition
As Europe’s economy recovers, companies and investors across the continent are gearing up for new opportunities by taking advantage of its hidden strengths: education, skills and innovative people. This article looks at how the Swiss vocational training system helps it to top global competitiveness tables.


Photo Credit: Keystone
THIS & THAT
Celebrating Christmas Abroad
Thousands of Swiss people spent the holiday season abroad. However, many of them embrace the Swiss culture and celebrate with Swiss traditions.


Photo Credit: Instagram Swiss Club Toronto
The Consequences of Climate Change for Polar Bears
A new video from Northern Canada shows drastically the consequences of climate change for polar bears. The scene was documented by a National Geographic photographer.


Photo Credit: Christina Mittermeier/Sea Legacy
Life in the Wilderness
Kim Pasche, born and raised in Switzerland, is a trapper in the Northwest of Canada. He is exploring if human can find their true happiness in nature. The article is in German.


Photo Credit: Bruno Augsburger
New Year's Resolutions 2018
How does the quote say "New Year, New Me"? Did you already set your goals for the new year? If you need some inspiration, check the last nine New Year's resolutions of Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook.

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