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  • 05 Feb 2018 10:54 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2018 started with a cocktail networking session at the Official Residence on 1st February 2018. The event was held slightly later than our usual New Year Reception. This was so that we could take advantage of meeting 2 visiting VIP's from Canada. Former Ambassador and GAC Assistant Deputy Minister Jill Stirk and University of Waterloo researcher Dr. Bessma Momami of the Centre for International Governance Innovation and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation coauthored a recent study called Diversity Dividend: Canada's Global Advantage. During the evening, they gave a summary of the findings and the recommendations they concluded. For those of you who missed the event, you can read the full report by following this link.


    As usual, the NCCC were warmly received by the Canadian Ambassador, Ms Sabine Nolke and her staff. We were also treated to seeing wild deer on the property that were grazing quite close to the house.

    You can see pictures from the event here.

  • 27 Nov 2017 18:10 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Congratulations to Houtimport Gras, winner of this years NCCC Business of the Year Award.

    The Award was presented to Harry Gras by H.E. Ambassador Nolke during the NCCC Annual Luncheon on 17th November.
    Houtimport Gras is a family owned company of which there are now 6 generations (Harry being the 5th).

    The company started with 2 windmills to saw logs, but since 1917 they have focused on trade. They import softwood from Canada, including Western Red Cedar (BC). Although the majority of their timber comes from Canada, they also import from Scandinavia, Germany and the Baltic States, and more recently, a small amount from Russia.

    Earlier this year, Harry was also awarded to the “Ridder in de Orde van Oranje Nassau” because of a lifetime of promoting the trade of national and international timber and advancing the use of sustainably produced wood.

    Further congratulations go to @Restart_Network, this years winner of the NCCC Air Canada Young Professionals Award. Frederick Rustler is seen here receiving 2 tickets to Canada from Gina Verkouter of Air Canada.

    Restart Network is a non-profit coding school based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, that makes tuition-free world-class education available to refugees, minorities and low-income students. They keep the program tuition-free thanks to a pay-it-forward model: for every student a company intakes as an intern, a donation of 5000 Euro is made to Restart Network that allows them to empower two more people. 

    Looking to their first international expansion, cities like Toronto and Montreal could host the perfect environment for a proof-of-concept bootcamp of 3 months. This Award would enable a scouting mission since they would like to probe expansion possibilities soon. In accepting the Award, Frederick said "We believe the Netherlands-Canada Chamber of Commerce to be a force multiplier where we can seek advice in support of our ambitions. In return, we hope the Chamber and its members find value in our proposition and the people we educate on a daily basis.


    Our guest speaker this year was Bas van de Haterd and he really focused our minds on the theme of Talent & Technology. 

    As he explained, on average, the top 1% of your employees create 10% of your output. The top 5% creates 25% and the top 20% generates 80% of your turnover. Selecting the best talent is essential for your company - no matter the size. And yet we select people by the two means that science has not been able to attribute value too in identifying talent; a resume and a job interviewSo how do you recruit and select the best talent using the newest technology out there? Through examples and stories, he showcased some ways that new technology can help you recruit better people. 

    During the pre-lunch networking, members and guests were invited to taste some of Canada's bounty. Products from members Maple and More and Coastal Delight Fine Food and Drinks were available for sampling. Please visit their websites if you wish to purchase their products for yourself or as corporate gifts.

    For more photos from this wonderful event, please visit http://nccc.trade/Annual-Luncheon-2017

  • 08 Nov 2017 13:27 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Yesterday evening, the Canadian Ambassador hosted our valued Patron Members at the Official Residence. The dinner was designed to thank them for their continued support of the Chamber, provide an intimate platform to share experiences, concerns and challenges amongst each other  and to get to know the Ambassador and the NCCC Board better.

    Thanks to the Ambassador and staff of the Official Residence. The evening was very well received and of course, the food and wine were excellent.

  • 03 Oct 2017 01:04 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Thursday, 28th September during our special CETA event at the Canadian Ambassadors Official Residence, Melanie term Meulen and Diederik Beutener were awarded Lucky Loonies for their efforts in bringing new members to the NCCC.

    The commemorative coins and certificates were presented by Ambassador Nolke and NCCC Chair Sandra Brandenburg.

    If you would like to earn your own Lucky Loonie, you can find out how here.

  • 21 Sep 2017 16:45 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) aims to reinforce the relationship between Canada and the European Union and to encourage a continual positive collaboration in respect to trade and investment. This agreement will have a tremendous impact on a range of sectors and will affect all European businesses in Canada, and of course Canadian businesses in Europe.

    CETA has been negotiated and re-negotiated for some time now, and a CETA implementation date is finally set and ready to go! September 21st marks an important day for the EU-Canada economic cooperation.
    What are the benefits we can look forward to? CETA is set to eliminate 98% of tariffs, leading to an increased exchange of goods and services, greater market access, creation of jobs as well as labor mobility and free movement of professionals. As of September 21st, 2017, all EU companies will be eligible to bid on government contracts at both federal and provincial level in Canada and vice versa. These are just a few of the benefits and opportunities brought by CETA, a closer look at this agreement will enhance this list a great deal.
    CETA is, what many call, the most progressive trade agreement ever signed and it represents a reinforcement of a great relationship between Canada and EU.  The advantages and benefits created as a result of this implementation enable endless possibilities towards a fruitful and sustainable collaboration.

    The European Commission has developed extensive informational resources on CETA for EU businesses, read more on the dedicated section of their website here.

  • 18 Aug 2017 17:25 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Board of Directors yesterday voted Board Member Sandra Brandenburg, Founder Partner of Handelsroute, to the position of (Interim) Chairman of the Board. This follows the resignation of Jelke Schaafsma who has stepped down due to personal reasons.

    Executive Director, Julie Allen said "I am really pleased that Sandra has agreed to take this position. She has a wealth of practical experience and has been a long time supporter of the Chamber. Her extensive network will be a great asset to the organisation. "

    This year, the Netherlands-Canada Chamber of Commerce (NCCC) is celebrating 25 years of being registered as a non-profit organization with the Kamer van Koophandel. But of course, it’s history stretches back much further.

    Sandra welcomes the input of members, affiliates and other interested parties saying; "together we will continue to professionalize and grow the NCCC and ensure its future for the next 25 years".

    Sandra can be reached at this email address.

  • 20 Jun 2017 15:49 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Canadian Ambassador Ms Sabine Nölke is scheduled to visit the University of Twente on Monday 26 June. During the lunch break (12.30-13.30) Ambassador Nölke will give a lecture entitled “Canada 150”. The location is IDEATE in the DesignLab. Attendance is free of charge for University of Twente students and employees and the ambassador will answer questions from the audience.

    Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. The Canadian embassy in the Netherlands wishes to strengthen ties with Dutch students and universities. Ambassador Nölke will discuss the importance of internationalization, gender diversity and the role of the Canadian government in these matters.

    During her visit to the University of Twente, Ms Nölke will also meet with Executive Board President Victor van der Chijs and university Internationalization Officers. She will also speak with the board of study association Astatine (Advanced Technology degree programme) and their programme director. Members of Astatine will be going on a study tour to Canada this summer.

    Date of visit: Monday 26 June
    Time of lecture: 12.30 – 13.30
    Location: DesignLab University of Twente
    Introduction and moderation: prof. Dave Blank
    Contact: Margriet Dekkers, Country Coordinator for the USA, Canada and Germany

  • 17 Mar 2017 22:04 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Long time Corporate Member and Chamber supporter Priva have decided to upgrade their membership level to Patron.

    The Board of Directors wish to thank Priva for their continuing support of the NCCC.
  • 28 Feb 2017 22:09 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The NCCC is pleased to welcome the following new members;

    Karen Valkenaars, Le Bon Mot Vertalingen
    Shaun Padulo, Private Member
    Joost Hasperhoven, Private Member
    Luigi Presta, Canadian Association of Marketing Professionals
    Karina Ruffo Leduc, Something Else Communications
    Don Paauwe, Canuck Beverage Dispensing Equipment

  • 10 Feb 2017 09:18 | Deleted user

    Last Thursday Base Cyber Security, The Swedish Chamber of Commerce and the Netherlands Canada Chamber of Commerce held a well attended event called "We've all been hacked". It addressed the security challenges of an increasingly digital professional and private life. The event was held at the Venture Cafe in Rotterdam.

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