26th November 2019 was the date for our Annual Luncheon and Award Ceremony. Following positive feedback from last year regarding the food, location, parking and atmosphere, we once again chose the waterside restaurant Plantage 87.
A proud Eveline van Sandick, CEO of Attached - language intelligence, received our Business of the Year Award, which was presented by the Canadian Ambassador, H.E. Lisa Helfand, during a ceremony sponsored by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Already doing business in Canada and about to open an office in Toronto, their North American adventure has only just begun. "We consider the award a huge encouragement for the path we have chosen and look forward to the next steps on our road of international expansion" said Ms Sandick. Besides the award, Ms Sandick also received a return flight to Toronto from KLM.
Congratulations also went to Jessie Brockhoff of Handelsroute, winner of the Young Professional & Entrepreneur Award. Jessie has worked on a number of bi-lateral missions between Canada and the Netherlands. Although she has family in Canada, she very kindly chose to donate her free ticket from KLM to a Canadian WWII veteran who will be coming over next May for the 75th anniversary celebrations of the liberation of the Netherlands in Groesbeek.
This year we also gave a special 'Lifetime Achievement Award' to KLM for reaching the amazing milestone of 100 years of flying! The award was presented to Harm Kreulen, Senior Vice President, Commercial Division Benelux.
A Lucky Loonie was awarded to Judith Baguley who works for the Trade Commissioners department at the Canadian Embassy.
New members Margriet Dekkers of the University of Twente and Saskia van Steijn from WestJet were welcomed and presented with an NCCC plaque.
We were all treated to a free copy of a new book, What is Water?: How Young Leaders Can Thrive in an Uncertain World by Kayvan Kian.
All the pictures from the event can be found here.