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  • 22 Feb 2021 17:15 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Videos of February Lightning Talks

    In case you missed our February 12th edition of Lightning Talks, you can find the videos from The Netherlands Ambassador to Canada, the Founder of the Alinker and a VAT update from Briddge BV here.

    Lightning Talks Playlist

  • 01 Feb 2021 12:50 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Canada - Mandatory COVID-19 testing

    To be allowed to board a flight to Canada, all air passengers 5 years of age or older, including Canadians, are required to show a negative COVID-19 molecular test result taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their scheduled departure to Canada or a positive COVID-19 molecular test taken between 14 and 90 days prior to departure.

    Further, effective midnight (11:59 PM EST) February 3, 2021, in addition to proof of a negative pre-departure test, Transport Canada will expand the existing international flight restrictions which funnel scheduled international commercial passenger flights into four Canadian airports: Montréal-Trudeau International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Calgary International Airport, and Vancouver International Airport. The new restrictions will include scheduled commercial passenger flights arriving from the United States, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and South America, which were exempted from the previous restriction. Private/Business and charter flights from all countries will also be required to land at the four airports. Flights from Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon and cargo-only flights will remain exempt.

    As soon as possible in the coming weeks, all air travellers arriving in Canada, with very limited exceptions, must reserve a room in a Government of Canada-approved hotel for three nights at their own cost, and take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival at their own cost. More details will be available in the coming days.

  • 13 Jan 2021 13:06 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Videos of January Lightning Talks

    In case you missed our January 8th edition of Lighting Talks, you can find the videos from The Netherlands British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) and Jurgen van der Vlugt here.

    Lightning Talks Playlist

    The slides are available to download below.

    NBCC Netherlands Canada Chamber of Commerce slides 8th Jan 2021 final.pptx

    NCCC webinar 2021 01 08 Ransomware.pptx

    The 2nd Friday of every month we will invite members and guests to give us lightning presentations of 5 minutes. It can be something you are passionate about, have done to help you cope with Covid, are struggling with or simply want to share. Work, sports, hobbies or dreams. Factful, fanciful or funny - all contributions are welcome!

    Our next event will take place on 12th February 2021. 
  • 15 Dec 2020 13:57 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In case you missed our December 11 edition of Lighting Talks, you can find the videos from the Good Light Group and Canuck Beverages here.

    Lightning Talks Playlist

    The Brainport Region PSV Vitality platform can be found here.

    The 2nd Friday of every month we will invite members and guests to give us lightning presentations of 5 minutes. It can be something you are passionate about, have done to help you cope with Covid, are struggling with or simply want to share. Work, sports, hobbies or dreams. Factful, fanciful or funny - all contributions are welcome!

    Our next event will take place on 8th January 2021. 

  • 02 Dec 2020 15:23 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On November 26th, 2020, our Annual Luncheon should have taken place. Unfortunately, due to current Covid 19 restrictions, that was not possible. Instead, our Netherlands located members received a hand delivered gift package containing Canadian goodies to enjoy in the comfort of their home.

    It also marked the kick-off of our new monthly Lightning Talks - short presentations of various topics of interest to our members. We began with a welcome from our Chair, Sandra Brandenburg, followed by some reflections of the past year from the Canadian Ambassador to the Netherlands, Lisa Helfand. Two presentations followed. The first was from Martin Reelick, President of RCL 005, who told us about the work of the Royal Canadian Legion in the Netherlands.


    NCCC member Michael Henry, of Houser Henry & Syron LLP, discussed the results of their 2020 mid-market report and the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on mid-sized businesses.


    Jan Westra of Priva also shared information about a project partly funded by the Provence of Zuid Holland and Greenport NL. The project (only available in Dutch), looks at 4 scenarios of what the future might look like 10 years after the global pandemic.

    Our next event will take place on Friday, 11th December at 16.00

  • 29 Oct 2020 13:45 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This years' DDW was certainly much different than in the past. In 2019, the NCCC supported RVO, the Consulates General of The Netherlands in Toronto and Vancouver & Handelsroute.nl to host Canadian designers in Eindhoven. The global pandemic meant that all the plans for this year had to be cancelled. However, not doing anything at all was simply not an option so with determination, technology, a studio and some enterprising designers, a virtual trade mission went ahead.

    The Virtual Expert Program on Health and Circular Design Challenges was organized to ignite the discussion between decision makers, thought leaders and design experts from the Netherlands and Canada. The Expert program was organized by the Consulates General of The Netherlands in Toronto and Vancouver, RVO.nl, Dutch Design Week and Handelsroute.nl. The focus was Health on Day 1 and the Circular economy on Day 2.

    Day 1

    Day 2

    You can see more of the videos from both days here.
  • 14 Oct 2020 20:02 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    October 13, 2020 - Ottawa, Ontario – Her Excellency Ines Coppoolse, the new Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Canada, presented the Letters of Credence, signed by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, to Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, during a virtual ceremony today.

    The welcoming of new Heads of Missions usually takes place during an in-person ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. However, to ensure the health and safety of the participants during the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was adapted to take place virtually.

    Ambassador Coppoolse studied History/International Relations at the University of Amsterdam and commenced her career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1992. Prior to being appointed Ambassador to Canada, she was the Dutch Ambassador to Sweden.

    In regards to her new posting in Canada, the Ambassador states: “Canada and the Netherlands have always shared a deep and enduring bond. During the Second World War, Canadian troops played a pivotal role in the liberation of the Netherlands and Canada provided shelter to members of our Royal Family. This forged a very special and unique relationship that still continues in the present.

    Ambassador Ines Coppoolse ©Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

    She continues: “More than 1 million Canadians are of Dutch descent. Both Dutch and Canadians share many of the same common values, including democracy based on the rules of law, the protection of human rights, and the fostering of an inclusive society. Our trade and investment relations are strong and we recognize that global challenges can only be tackled if we all work together.”

    “When I joined the Dutch Diplomatic service, a posting in Canada was very high on my wish list. So I am really grateful that I now have the opportunity to contribute to the unique and special ties between our two countries during my assignment. The COVID-19 pandemic is of course a complicating factor for a new Ambassador, but I am sure that we will find pragmatic and creative ways to adapt. I look forward to get to know this fantastic country and meet as many people as possible. Digital or in person!”

  • 06 Oct 2020 14:02 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Do you want to give your opinion on EU trade policies and influence their direction?

    Take part in shaping European policy by responding to the EU’s commission consultations. They are interested in hearing your views and learning from your experience.

    Consultation on the Trade Policy Review

    • Policy field: Trade
    • Target group: All interested stakeholders
    • Closing Date: 15/11/2020

    Objective of the consultation

    The European Commission launched a major review of the European Union’s trade policy, including a public consultation seeking input from the European Parliament, Member States, stakeholders and civil society. The Commission’s objective is to build a consensus around a fresh medium-term direction for EU trade policy, responding to a variety of new global challenges and taking into account the lessons learned from the coronavirus crisis.

    The consultation covers all relevant topics to the EU trade policy. The results of this consultation will feed into a communication to be published towards the end of the year.

    To the consultation (also available in all EU languages)

  • 22 Sep 2020 11:38 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CETA, the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union came into provisional effect after almost a decade of negotiations on September 21st 2017. As we celebrate the third anniversary, we take a look at the impact it has had on trade.

    Customs duties or tariffs were eliminated on most products and the Agreement opened opportunities for manufacturers, exporters, importers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers on both sides of the ocean. In addition to making European and Canadian products more competitive in our mutual markets, it created new openings for services and public procurement in both directions, both at the national and provincial level.

    Dutch exports to Canada rose 16% in the first two years. Canadian exports to the Netherlands rose a massive 68% during the same period.

    You can see the figures for all of the EU countries here.

  • 19 Jun 2020 16:04 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Also known as Blueberry Grunt, this cobbler is delicious served with a scoop of ice cream! Canada is the largest producer and exporter of lowbush (wild) blueberries. Wild blueberries are grown primarily in the Maritimes, Quebec and Ontario, while B.C. grows 93% of the highbush (cultivated) blueberries!

    Image of a blueberry cobbler in a white dish


    • 3 cups (750 ml) blueberries, fresh or frozen
    • ¼ cup (60 ml) maple syrup
    • ¼ tsp (1.25 ml) ground cinnamon
    • 1 ½ cups (375 ml) all purpose flour
    • ¼ cup (60 ml) sugar
    • 2 tsp (10 ml) baking powder
    • ¼ tsp (1.25 ml) salt
    • 4 tbsp (60 ml) cold butter, diced
    • ½ cup (125 ml) milk


    Preheat oven to 350ºF (175ºC). Spray a 9.5 in (24 cm) round pie plate.

    In a medium bowl, combine the blueberries, the maple syrup and the cinnamon. Stir to combine. Transfer to the round pie plate

    Prepare the batter. In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut the butter in using a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Slowly add the milk and stir just until combined. The batter will be thick. Spread the batter over the blueberry mixture. It won’t cover completely.

    Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the top is slightly golden. Serve warm, with a scoop of ice cream if desired.

    For more ideas to celebrate Canada Day, visit canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/canada-day.html

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