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  • 01 Apr 2020 10:30 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The government decided today that all measures taken in the Netherlands to combat coronavirus will be extended until Tuesday 28 April inclusive. In the week before 28 April, the government will assess what measures are necessary in the period after that date. The government urges people to stay at home during the Easter weekend.

    The extension means that sports facilities, establishments serving food and drink, childcare centres and other locations will remain closed until 28 April inclusive. Schools will remain closed until at least the end of the May school holidays. The ban on events still applies until 1 June.

    Extending the measures was necessary in order to control the spread of coronavirus, protect people in vulnerable groups and ensure that healthcare professionals and hospitals can handle the great pressure they face. Before it can be said with certainty that the epidemic is under control and the measures can therefore be reconsidered, there must be sufficient evidence that the number of hospital admissions is falling and that intensive care units have the necessary capacity.

    The Netherlands still has a long way to go. But we are headed in the right direction. The number of coronavirus patients is still increasing, but at a lower rate than it was several weeks ago, before any measures were announced. Anyone who currently has the virus is infecting fewer people on average than they would have been if no measures had been taken. This means that the measures are working. It will take several weeks before this translates into a fall in the number of coronavirus patients in hospitals. After all, there is a period of time between someone being infected, becoming ill and – in some cases – being admitted to hospital.

    What is important now is that everyone in the Netherlands continues to follow the measures. The risk of infection is still high. Compliance with the measures is crucial. Together, we’ll get corona under control.

  • 19 Mar 2020 17:39 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    In view of the recent developments of the global spread of COVID-19 and, after consulting its advisory board, key stakeholders, exhibitors and visitors of the horticulture technology industry, GreenTech Amsterdam will be rescheduled to 20 – 22 October 2020.

    The rapid spread of the Corona virus around the world has led to increased travel restrictions from authorities. These restrictions, as well as those imposed within companies, will result in reduced attendance of exhibitors and visitors of the show. 

    International character
    As a leading trade show in horticulture technologies, GreenTech brings together experts from the entire industry. From regional businesses from the Netherlands and surrounding countries, to international market leaders. To ensure all interested parties can attend, and to offer you the best possible benefit to meet with experts, GreenTech and RAI Amsterdam have decided to reschedule the event.

    We will continue our efforts to offer you a meeting place for horticulture professionals from all over the world, and in building bridges for successful cooperation and expertise across the industry. 

    What does this mean for your visit?
    Your ticket for GreenTech Amsterdam 2020 has automatically been transferred to the new dates. You don’t have to take any action.

    Mariska Dreschler, Director Horticulture - GreenTech:
    "Horticulture is of critical importance for global food safety and security. Efficient and sustainable cultivation is therefore a necessity. By moving the show to 20 - 22 October 2020, we offer our visitors the earliest possible opportunity to experience best practices and solutions first-hand, and to initiate business with their global peers. Especially in these challenging times we need expert views and discussions on how the world’s horticulture industries can be optimised so we can keep feeding the world.

    Our green hearts hurt for all affected, and we are ready to fight the challenges that lie ahead. For now, on behalf of the GreenTech team, we hope you stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you in October."

  • 16 Mar 2020 11:40 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    All bars, restaurants etc., in the Netherlands are now closed. Any events scheduled in the coming weeks are cancelled. Please check with the organisers if there are alternative dates booked or whether alternative arrangements have been made i.e. online.

    The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. The content on this page is provided for information only. While we make every effort to give you correct information, it is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, express or implied.

    This page provides an update from the Canadian Government.

    Het coronavirus leidt tot veel vragen, ook over de gevolgen voor Nederland. Organisaties werken samen om besmettingen te voorkomen en de gevolgen van het nieuwe virus te beperken. Op deze website staat actuele informatie.

    Heeft u vragen over het coronavirus? U kunt terecht bij het publieksinformatienummer 0800 - 1351 (tussen 08:00 en 20:00 uur). Vanuit het buitenland is het nummer te bereiken door te bellen naar +31 20 205 1351.

  • 10 Mar 2020 09:13 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Stan de Caluwe, Senior Manager Supply Chain Solutions, Holland International Distribution Council, was recently in Montreal and met with Export Development Canada (EDC). They discussed opportunities for Canadian companies to export to Europe via the Netherlands.

    As e-commerce exporters know, Europe is a great market with enthusiastic consumers. But they’re also demanding—they want their purchases fast and are demanding shorter and shorter wait times. Next-day delivery and free returns across Europe are increasingly becoming the norm. Given these trends, Canadian exporters need to be responsive to succeed. Using the Netherlands as a gateway to e-commerce in Europe is an effective way to do just that. 

    Europe is an e-commerce haven

    Statistics from the Holland International Distribution Council show that 268 million Europeans shopped online in 2018, spending a total of 198 euros ($289 billion). In the same year, 200 million Europeans made online purchases from abroad, which bodes well for Canadian e-commerce exporters. One way for Canadians to capture part of that market is by warehousing in Europe.

    You can read the full article here.

  • 07 Mar 2020 08:40 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Given the uncertainty facing a large number of public events around the world due to the progression of Covid-19, we have made the very difficult decision to postpone Collision 2020 from physically taking place until June 2021.

    Although we won't be in Toronto this June, one thing remains true. There’s a simple power in people coming together.


    We've decided to launch Collision from Home

    Think of it like working from home: Collision from Home attendees will participate from wherever they are in the world, livestreaming talks from tech CEOs, international policymakers and global cultural figures. They’ll chat and connect with each other through the bespoke Collision from Home app and they’ll engage with some of the world’s most influential companies and fastest growing startups. 

    We’ve built our own software over many years, which drives all our events. Though the software was originally built to enhance attendees’ offline experience, we believe we can develop it to a point where we can host Collision 2020 online.

    We’re true believers in the magic of real-world meetings. We also think we can bring some of that magic online. 

    We’ll share more details about Collision from Home soon. If you are interested in being a part of Collision from Home 2020, please register your interest by clicking below.

  • 06 Mar 2020 10:41 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    5 March 2020 – Ottawa, ON – Veterans Affairs Canada

    Liberating the Netherlands was Canada’s last major push towards the Allied victory in Europe during the Second World War. As many as 175,000 Canadians took part in the campaign and more than 7,600 of them lost their lives.

    Today, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence unveiled the official poster to mark Canada’s commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands and the Allied victory in Europe – also known as VE-Day.

    The poster features Second World War Veteran Sergeant (Ret’d) Norman Kirby who took part in the public unveiling in Vancouver alongside Minister MacAulay and Henk Snoeken, Consul General for the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

    Sergeant (Ret’d) Norman Kirby, a Veteran of the North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment, and his platoon helped liberate many Dutch towns in the final weeks of fighting before V‑E Day was declared on 8 May 1945. The poster’s background features Canadian soldiers being warmly welcomed by liberated Dutch citizens in the town of Zwolle in April 1945.

    In Halifax, Nova Scotia, Darrell Samson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, unveiled the poster to Veterans at Camp Hill Veteran Memorial Building.

    The unveilings today are the first in a series of in‑Canada and overseas events taking place over the coming months to highlight the stories of the brave Canadians who contributed, at home and overseas, to the Liberation of the Netherlands and the end of the Second World War in Europe.

    Quotes

    “Liberating the Netherlands 75 years ago created a special bond between Canada and the Dutch people – a friendship that endures to today. As we unveil this poster featuring Sergeant (Ret’d) Norman Kirby, we remember him, and all the Canadians, who fought on land, on the seas and in the skies for peace and freedom 75 years ago, for the Dutch and the world.”

    The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

    “I am extremely honoured to be on the poster commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands and the end of the Second World War in Europe. It’s a privilege to be in this position, and nice to know that a younger generation of Canadians will continue to remember.”

    Sergeant (Ret’d) Norman Kirby

    Quick facts

    • The Canadians who fought in the campaign to liberate the Netherlands were among the more than 1,000,000 Canadians who served during the Second World War. More than 45,000 gave their lives in all campaigns. More than 7,600 Canadians died in the nine‑month campaign to liberate the Netherlands.

    • Following the Second World War, the Dutch royal family gifted tulips to Canada as a symbol of gratitude and international friendship.

    Associated links

  • 19 Feb 2020 10:23 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Yesterday marked the historic first step in ratifying CETA in the Netherlands.

    This is important for Dutch SME's who can be more competitive in the Canadian market. As Chris Herrius of climate designers Jaga explains, "#CETA suddenly gave us an additional 8% negotiating space during contract discussions".


    Next step is for CETA to be debated and voted on in the Eerste Kamer.
  • 12 Feb 2020 16:57 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Today, the Consider Canada City Alliance (CCCA) announced the appointment of Niloo Boroun as its new Executive Director. Ms. Boroun has already assumed the role and will be based out of Toronto.

    “I am honoured to be leading the Consider Canada City Alliance and look forward to working along side our vibrant membership as we promote our cities and regions to an international audience,” said Ms. Boroun. “The rich partnerships between the CCCA, the Prime Minister’s Office, various ministries within the federal government and a close working relationship with Invest in Canada is deeply encouraging and has already produced a number of strategic initiatives for 2020.”

    Among her years of work in both the public and private sector, Ms. Boroun notably has held roles in the Office of the Premier (Ontario) as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Premier, a Senior Policy Advisor and Public Appointments to the Minister of Research and Innovation (Ontario) and as Manager, and Acting Director, of Investment Services and Global Markets for Toronto Global (formally Invest Toronto). Ms. Boroun is also the Principal and Founder of the private sector based LCG Consulting. In this role, Ms. Boroun has undertaken project work for a wide range of clients across Canada and international markets such as Asia, North and South America and designs, implements and mobilizes international delegation strategies- focused in the tech sector. 
     
     “On behalf of our Board of Directors from across Canada, I warmly welcome Niloo to our team and look forward to achieving great things together,” said CCCA Board Chair Malcolm Bruce. “We are thrilled that an individual of her calibre is now part of the CCCA. We go into our Winter meetings later this month with a clear direction forward to gain even more foreign direct investment wins for Canada’s leading cities and regions.”

    Picture​The Consider Canada City Alliance (CCCA) unites 12 of Canada’s largest municipal regions—Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, London, Hamilton, Waterloo, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City and Halifax—to build a sustainable and globally competitive national economy built upon the collective strength of each member's ecosystem.

    As an established network of Investment Promotion Agencies from coast to coast, the CCCA works with national and international networks of partners to make Canada the preferred location for foreign investment and trade.

  • 18 Jan 2020 17:41 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Compusult, a world-leading Canadian geospatial software firm, has opened its European Headquarters in The Hague. The festive opening event took place on Friday the 17th of January 2020.

    The company was founded in 1985, and from its humble beginnings, co-founders Barry O’Rourke and Paul Mitten have grown the company to 100 employees. When they were selected to develop the Core GIS Increment 3 for the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency), Compusult decided to open a European office, with headquarters remaining in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador.

    “For years, we have been involved in business outside of Canada and have spent much time in Europe. Opening this new office was a natural progression”, says Mr. Mitten, Compusult’s vice president.

    Assistance by local network

    When the Canadian Embassy in the Netherlands got involved in the expansion plans of Compusult, they called in the support of their partner for market expansion services in the region; InnovationQuarter. As partners in a Softlanding Program, the regional economic development agency for the greater Rotterdam – The Hague area was enthusiastic to help. InnovationQuarter, together with the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency and Steenworp assisted with guidance on how to set up a company in the Netherlands and finding the right premises for Compusult.

    NCI Agency

    The main reason the company choose for the Netherlands and more precisely The Hague, is the prominent presence of the NCI Agency here. Mr. O’Rourke, Compusult’s president, is involved in project management and software design with the agency. Compusult’s permanent Europe office will allow for even more effective client support. “This strategic decision will allow us to better serve NATO, and have a base for even more business operations in Europe and around the world.”

    Compusult’s flagship product is Web Enterprise Suite (WES) – a comprehensive software solution to help organizations manage, organize and access data, so they can make more well-informed decisions. WES and its companion products use industry standards to keep geospatial information safe, current, and organized. Compusult has established a strong reputation by providing products and services in the defence, aerospace and environmental sectors.

    In addition to its office in The Hague, Compusult has four offices and subsidiary offices across North America, and employs 100 information technology professionals.

    NCCC

    A member of Compusults' staff also attended the NCCC New Year Kick-off event last week at the Ambassadors Residence. It was a great way to get to know other Canadians and start the networking process.

  • 05 Jan 2020 11:21 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    May 4, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands at the end of World War II by Canadian and Allied Forces. Several Winnipeg and Manitoba based units served in the Netherlands including Lord Strathcona’s Horse, 12th Manitoba Dragoons, The Fort Garry Horse, Royal Winnipeg Rifles, The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, and 402 (City of Winnipeg) Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Almost 6000 Canadian soldiers are buried in the Netherlands and Canada is still fondly remembered by the Dutch for ending their occupation and oppression during the war. The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is invited to the Netherlands to perform in a historic tour to commemorate this important milestone anniversary.

    You can join us on this once in a lifetime adventure!

    Sunday, May 3 – Arnhem, Musis Sacrum | TICKETS
    Monday, May 4 – Amsterdam, Concertgebouw | TICKETS
    Tuesday, May 5* – Rotterdam, de Doelen | TICKETS
    Wednesday, May 6 – Groningen, Oosterpoort | TICKETS
    Thursday, May 7 – Antwerp, de Singel | TICKETS
    Friday, May 8 – Utrecht, Tivoli Vredenburg | TICKETS
    Saturday, May 9 – Heerlen, Parkstad Theater | TICKETS

    *Rotterdam Gala Dinner & Concert
    Join us as we celebrate the WSO’s first European concert series with a Gala Dinner and post-concert reception at the de Doelen Concert Hall in Rotterdam on May 5. Gala, concert and reception ticket packages are $300 CAD per person and very limited. Gala tickets available exclusively by calling Natalie at Great Canadian Travel at (204) 949-0199.

     

    The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is community funded. More than 33% of our operating funding comes from fundraising. Our donors and sponsors ensure that the WSO continues to survive and thrive. We can’t do it without you. Your support of one or more of our musicians will help make this tour a reality. By adopting a musician you will help give the WSO the opportunity to embark on their first ever European tour, while also celebrating this important event in world history, an event that stands out as a defining moment for all Canadians. The WSO May 2020 Tour will take place in some of the Netherland’s most iconic halls. From the Musis Sacrem in Arnhem, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the de Doelen in Rotterdam, the Oosterpoort in Groningen, the de Singel in Antwerp, Parkstad Theatre in Heerlen, to the Tivoli in Utrecht, this tour will also be a defining moment for the WSO. The WSO will perform celebrated works on the tour by Beethoven, Symphony no. 5 and Berlioz, Messe Solennelle, along with a piece composed especially for the tour by well-known Canadian composer Matthew Whittall. Two soloists from the Netherlands, Renate Arends, Soprano and Henk Neven, Baritone will join Canadian soloist Andrew Naji on the stage along with the Winnipeg Singers, Toonkunst Koor Amsterdam, and the WSO.

    Download the Netherlands Tour brochure

    To Adopt A Musician, click here.
    For more information on our Adopt A Musician program, contact Beth Proven, VP Development at (204) 949-3989, email bproven@wso.mb.ca.

    To make a general donation in support of the Netherlands Tour, click here.

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