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  • 01 Feb 2021 14:51 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Acquisition and Leveraged Finance Review, one of the guides of The Law Reviews, published by Law Business Research Limited, provides a business-focused legal analysis of and insight in the acquisition and leveraged finance practice in key jurisdictions worldwide. 

    Martijn Koot, partner in the banking and finance practice and the corporate law practice and Sandy van der Schaaf, senior associate in the banking and finance practice have contributed the "The Netherlands" chapter to the seventh edition of The Acquisition and Leveraged Finance Review, which is available as enclosed PDF.

    Read more at https://www.heussen-law.nl/

  • 29 Jan 2021 10:29 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Schiedam, the Netherlands / Paris, France, 19 January 2021Trammo DMCC, a subsidiary of Trammo, Inc., a leading global commodities merchandising and trading company, and Proton Ventures BV, an engineering company in the Netherlands specialised in ammonia technology, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) for joint cooperation on green ammonia projects.

    As part of the joint cooperation, Proton Ventures would construct green ammonia production units, storage facilities and import and export terminals (“NFuel Projects”) and subsequently supply the green ammonia produced through wind and solar energy to Trammo. Trammo, the world’s leading independent marketer and transporter of ammonia with more than 55 years of ammonia marketing and logistics experience, would offtake and market the green ammonia and transport it to customers around the world using its fleet of specialized refrigerated vessels.

    Christophe Savi, Head of Trammo’s Ammonia Division, said: “We are pleased and proud to use Trammo’s long-standing transportation and distribution expertise to develop green ammonia projects. Trammo strongly supports sustainable systems as well as environmentally friendly solutions and intends to participate actively, together with its existing suppliers and other participants, in the industry’s green transition. We believe that this innovative partnership with Proton Ventures will create great synergies between our respective companies, allowing us collectively to service the global decarbonization process while adding new key logistics solutions for many of our partners in the marketplace.”

    Hans Vrijenhoef, CEO of Proton Ventures, says: “We are thrilled with this MOU with Trammo. From a technical point of view Proton Ventures will take the lead to organize, design and execute NFuel Projects on behalf of our clients. We believe that the participation of Trammo as offtaker, with its extensive experience, reputation for reliability and global marketing network, will ensure the required offtake agreements for the projects.”

    About Trammo
    Trammo is a leading international merchandising and trading company that markets, trades, transports and distributes key raw materials used in industrial processes and fertilizer production globally.  The Company is a market leader in anhydrous ammonia, sulfur, sulfuric acid and petroleum coke.  In addition, Trammo is a producer and marketer of nitric acid in the United States.  The history of Trammo spans more than 55 years. For more information, visit: https://www.trammo.com/

    About Proton Ventures
    NCCC Patron member Proton Ventures, is a technology company that is working to make the global energy transition a reality.  The company specializes in ammonia related technologies and products, including storage concepts for chemical and liquid energy carriers. Proton Ventures designs and builds pressurised and refrigerated ammonia storage facilities, small scale ammonia production facilities ‘NFuel’ units as well as SCR processes. For more information visit: https://protonventures.com/

  • 11 Jan 2021 10:04 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Canada is holding consultations

    Implemented and administered by the department in accordance with the Export and Import Permits Act (EIPA), TRQs for dairy, poultry and egg products are a key pillar of Canada’s supply management system and make significant contributions to the national economy.

    With the implementation of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), the number of supply-managed TRQs administered by the department increased from 18 to 54. Given the significant increase, the department undertook this broad-based engagement exercise to hear from stakeholders.

    The feedback received from Phase II of the consultations will inform the decisions of the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade in developing long-term TRQ policies. The long-term allocation and administration policies for each TRQ will be published on September 1, 2021.

    Who should participate?

    The Government of Canada would like to hear from all stakeholders with an interest in this matter, including:

    • the Canadian public;
    • provincial and territorial governments;
    • producers, processors, further processors, distributors, retailers, importers;
    • national and provincial industry associations;
    • small- and medium-sized business owners;
    • national, provincial, territorial and regional associations;
    • international trading partners; and
    • any other interested stakeholders.

    Additional information

    Participants are encouraged to review the background information including the Summary Report on Public Consultations: Phase I.

    How to participate

    To participate in Phase II of the consultations, interested parties are asked to review the policy options and provide comments before the close of the consultation period ending on March 5, 2021.

    If you have any questions, please contact us for assistance:

    Supply-Managed Trade Controls Division
    Global Affairs Canada
    111 Sussex Drive,
    Ottawa ON K1A 0G2

    E-mail: TRQConsultation.ConsultationCT@international.gc.ca


  • 05 Jan 2021 17:39 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sphere 3D Corp. have announced that it entered into a definitive Share Purchase Agreement for the acquisition of NCCC member Rainmaker Holland BV (“RHBV” or “Rainmaker Holland”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Rainmaker Worldwide Inc. (“Rainmaker Worldwide” or “RAKR”) (OTC: RAKR). RHBV owns all of the RAKR intellectual property including its Air-to-Water and Water-to-Water technologies and current customer contracts and joint venture arrangements in Sri Lanka, The Bahamas and Jamaica, as well as a water distribution partnership with the Carlaw Group targeting Kenya, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.

    The consideration for the purchase of RHBV includes:

    • The issuance of 11,350,000 Series F preferred shares of the Company and the issuance of warrants to acquire 500,000 Series F preferred shares at an exercise price of $2.00 per share for a period of two years; each Series F preferred share is exchangeable on a one-for-one basis into common shares of the Company for no additional consideration, subject to receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals;
    • The holders of the Series F preferred shares will enter into a 36-month lock up agreement with a leak-out provision that permits an aggregate of 100,000 of the underlying common shares to be released monthly commencing on the 4th month following the closing date (the “Lock-up and Leak-out Agreement”);
    • Cash consideration of $1,960,000 payable to third parties to cancel certain royalty agreements as follows: $500,000 on the 10th day after the date of closing and the balance on the 90th day following the date of closing;
    • Sphere 3D has agreed to amend the $3.1 million secured advance it previously made to Rainmaker Worldwide to extend the repayment term to 48 months and reduce the face value by $362,000 in return for certain assets being transferred to the Company as part of the Purchase Agreement.
    • The Series F preferred shares provide that the maximum number of common shares that they can be exchanged for, without prior shareholder approval, is 1,572,000 common shares (inclusive of any shares subject to the Lock-up and Leak-out Agreement).

    The closing of the transaction is expected to occur on or about January 14, 2021, and is subject to NASDAQ approval and any other board and/or regulatory approvals, as applicable.  The previously announced merger transaction between the Company and RAKR has been mutually terminated, without any payments being made by either party.

    The Company further announces that upon closing of the transaction, Peter Tassiopoulos, the current CEO of Sphere 3D, will transition his role to Executive Chairman and will remain as a director.

    In addition, Michael Skinner has agreed to join the Company, post-closing, as the interim CEO to assist with the integration of RHBV.  Michael most recently served as CEO of Rainmaker Worldwide and was instrumental in transitioning Rainmaker from a product company to a Water-as-a-Service provider. Michael brings extensive expertise in corporate transformation and product commercialization from his experience as Founder and CEO of Operitel Corporation, previously one of Canada’s fastest growing E-Learning/E-Commerce providers which was sold to OpenText Corporation and CEO of the Innovation Cluster, a publicly funded business incubator supporting technology-driven companies in the fields of Cleantech, Healthcare and Digital Technology.  Michael currently serves as the Advisory Board Chair for the Centre for Advancement of Water and Wastewater Technologies (CAWT), an internationally recognized water and wastewater research institution

    Joost Oosterling, Rainmaker’s co-founder and Managing Director of Europe and Joost Dessing, Chief Technology Officer will continue in their roles with Rainmaker Holland BV.

    Peter Tassiopoulos, current CEO of Sphere 3D, stated “The acquisition of RHBV presents a great opportunity for our shareholders to invest in the growing global water market. With recent estimates from the WHO claiming about 2.1 billion people around the world lack access to clean drinking water¹, the need to provide new technologies and approaches to solving this crisis has never been greater.  We believe that the increased access to capital and resources available to the team at RHBV will allow us to collectively work towards supplying more communities affected by water scarcity with clean water. The accumulative years of experience in the technology and cleantech industries should help increase our collective capabilities to impact global water issues while leveraging a number of Sphere 3D’s current partners both here in the US and internationally.”

    ¹Source WHO | Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene

  • 09 Dec 2020 18:09 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Madrid, December 1st 2020 - Applus+, the Spanish based testing, inspection and certification company, is pleased to announce the acquisition of the entire share capital of Canadian company QPS Evaluation Services Inc (QPS), from the founding partners. 

    QPS is a product certification company for a wide range of industrial, medical and electrical and electronic (E&E) products including equipment and devices used in hazardous locations (explosive atmospheres). It has the technical expertise, resources and a wide range of relevant accreditations nationally, regionally and internationally to enable manufacturers worldwide to place and sell their products in over 50 countries with a focus on its home markets of Canada and the USA using its own officially recognised certification mark, and increasingly in the European Union. 

    QPS has 133 employees and an extensive presence throughout Canada including an advanced testing laboratory in Toronto, several key locations in the USA, four in Europe including Nijmegen, and manages Asia from its base in South Korea. Furthermore, it maintains an extensive global network of partner laboratories, of which Applus+ is one. 

    It was founded in Canada 25 years ago by the President and owned and operated by the current three senior managers all of whom are committed to remain with the business for several years to ensure a smooth integration with Applus+. 

    Revenue in 2019 was c. €16 million and grew organically at a double-digit rate over the previous year. After a small decrease in 2020 due to the disruption of business from the Coronavirus, it is expected to return to strong growth in the short and medium term. Given the highly specialised nature of business, coupled with a strong value proposition, high barriers to entry and an excellent reputation for outstanding service and technical expertise, the company is highly profitable with profit margins significantly above that of the Laboratories division. 

    The persistent increase in the number of products that now contain E&E components, together with increased regulations is driving rapid growth in the certification market for E&E. Combined with the wide range of certifications and approvals that Applus+ Laboratories holds for electromagnetic compatibility testing and for wireless communications, and using the Applus+ extensive global market presence, provides strong opportunities for growth beyond what either business alone can achieve. 


    Jordi Brufau, Executive Vice President of the Laboratories Division, said: "As a testing and certification partner of QPS over the last three years we have come to know them well and we have always been impressed with their professionalism, customer centric approach and prioritisation of service quality. We look forward to working closely with them and developing a global expansion plan that will better serve manufacturers by increasing the number of services provided for electrical products and developing new customers in countries across our network.”

    Fernando Basabe, Chief Executive Officer of the Applus+ Group, said: “We are pleased to be able to continue our acquisition strategy after the successful recent acquisitions of Reliable Analysis and Besikta. With QPS we have bought a third excellent company that is a good fit with Applus+ and aligned with our strategy to grow the Laboratories division into a global provider of testing, inspection and certification.” 

    John Gulino, President of QPS, said: “We are extremely proud of the dedication and professionalism of our staff and the achievements we have made in the Certification, Inspection and Testing field over the past 25 years. QPS has grown to become a major competitor in North America and joining forces with Applus+ will enable us to provide more comprehensive solutions on a more global basis.”

    For more information, contact NCCC member Maurice Hoendervangers
    Area Director, QPS Europe. 



  • 23 Nov 2020 15:38 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) Webinar Series, offers Canadian exporters lessons about how to develop online strategies, showcase their products virtually and find success in e‑commerce markets around the world.

    As well as focusing on leveraging e‑commerce platforms like Alibaba, Shopify, Etsy, Facebook and Instagram, the series has expanded to include special topics like online marketing opportunities and challenges in European markets. The European Union (EU) e‑commerce webinar was organized by Aliénor Fagette, the trade commissioner at the Mission of Canada to the EU in Brussels who is responsible for digital industries, helping Canadian companies understand and comply with the EU regulatory framework.

    Fagette, who covers e‑commerce, data protection, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence, as well as standards and certification for information and communications technologies, says that in the EU market, shopping online has “become a lifeline for many people.” This is likely to continue as lockdowns persist, she says, noting that older people who were traditionally less likely to shop online now realize its convenience, and they intend to keep it up in the future.

    “This means that the EU e‑commerce market, which was already experiencing high growth rates, is likely to expand more quickly, which means more business opportunities for Canadian exporters,” she says. Certain sectors are particularly benefiting from the pandemic, including health care, sports, groceries and consumer electronics, while fashion, tourism, travel and the event industry are suffering.

    She advises Canadian businesses looking to get into e‑commerce in Europe to undertake in‑depth market research, because the region is diverse and companies may need to adapt their market‑entry strategy for each country. They should also assess at an early stage what type of regulatory requirements they will need to meet in order to export their products and services to the EU via e‑commerce.

    The CanExport SMEs program has been revamped to allow SMEs and entrepreneurs to apply for funding toward e‑commerce business activities such as the adaptation of online marketing tools, including websites, and digital business consulting.

    Please read: Q&A: Focus on e‑commerce in the EU market

  • 16 Nov 2020 17:08 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear NCCC Members

    Ahead of Web Summit, the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service is pleased to invite you to meet the Canadian Delegation by registering in the Canada Lounge app. Please note this app is not part of Web Summit.

    The Canadian delegation will include companies, accelerators and incubators from a variety of sectors from across Canada.  To learn more about each company/organization and schedule B2B meetings please confirm your interest to  

    Melanie ter Meulen
    Trade Commissioner Investment & Digital
    E: melanie.termeulen@international.gc.ca

    Once registered, you will receive a code which will provide information on how to download the app and upload your profile to begin networking with the registered delegates.  Our app will go live November 16.

    Please do not hesitate to reach out should you have any questions.

    Thank you and best regards,

    Global Affairs Canada

     

     

     

  • 29 Oct 2020 12:55 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Full time indeterminate employment (37.5 hours per week) – LES 9

    Job summary

    Working in the international business development team of the Embassy of Canada to Belgium and Luxembourg in Brussels, Belgium, under the general direction of the Commercial Counsellor, the incumbent is a senior investment officer acting as the focal point responsible for liaising with companies based in the BENELUX territory to facilitate Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Canada.  The incumbent is responsible for the facilitation of large-scale greenfield and expansion investments in Canada. This includes developing strategies, relationships with key clients and providing expertise in the development of strategic, operational, annual business plans, goals, objectives and policies.  The incumbent:

    • Plans, develops and delivers business development strategies to attract investments from foreign companies and facilitate Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Canada
    • Provides advice, expertise and recommendations on investment opportunities and strategies, business environment, research and innovation, policies and market intelligence as well as opportunities and challenges aligned with the government economic growth strategy
    • Leads research and analysis, and scans the environment for intelligence and reports on changes, trends, local developments, emergent opportunities and sector priorities that could have an effect on Canadian interests.
    • Establishes and maintains a network of contacts and deepens relationships with local and foreign governments, local partners, municipal investment agencies as well as corporate investors.
    • Provides substantive input in communication that is required to advance Canadian interest and to have a detailed understanding of corporate leaders in their respective industry sectors, which may be appropriate targets for investment promotion.
    • Designs, plans and delivers investment promotion activities including budget management for such activities or projects such as: seminars, conferences, high level visits to/from Canada, roundtables, keynote speeches on issues of interest to the local business network, which includes relationships with local and Canadian partners and contracting with suppliers.

    How to apply

    All persons interested in this offer shall notify their interest by completing the online application form on this link :

    http://wfca-tpce.com/vacancyView.php?requirementId=4229&

    where all conditions and selection criteria are stipulated. Candidates must submit a cover letter and a CV. A french version of this announcement is also available via the above link.

    Deadline for application : November 8th 2020

  • 27 Oct 2020 12:48 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Virtual, NL Rotterdam, ZH, NL

    OPENTEXT - THE INFORMATION COMPANY

    As the Information Company, our mission at OpenText is to create software solutions and deliver services that redefine the future of digital. Be part of a winning team that leads the way in Enterprise Information Management.  

    The opportunity:

    The InfoArchive group of OpenText Enterprise Content Management platforms division is focusing on development and maintenance of the InfoArchive product line. InfoArchive is a unified enterprise archiving platform that stores related structured data and unstructured content in a single, consolidated repository. This product enables corporations to preserve the value of enterprise information in a single, easily accessible, unified archive. You will join the founding members of the InfoArchive Server team and will become responsible for part of the product. This is a virtual position, but you should be around Rotterdam to meet the team in Rotterdam from time to time.

    As a Senior Manager, Software Engineering, you will play a key role in the continuing success and design of the InfoArchive product line. You will work within general practices; implement features for a wide range of complex software modules in Java. To ensure product functionality completeness and the highest quality of work, you will work closely with product managers, QA engineers, technical writers, support engineers and other engineering teams worldwide. Assignments may include new products as well as upgrades, and enhancements of or fixes to existing products.

    You are great at:

    • Implementing excellent code employing best practices and applicable design patterns while validating it with unit tests and integration tests. We do expect you to be very hands-on in development process together with the rest of the team.
    • Leading design specs, architectural reviews and code reviews.
    • Working on unusually complex and sensitive problems and provide state-of-the art solutions that are highly creative.
    • Acting as lead contributor to the team and the organization as a whole. Not hesitating to be involved in developing, mentoring or coaching others. 
    • Being accountable for delivery of entire subsystems, anticipating issues and addressing them proactively.

    What it takes:

    • BS, MS or PhD in CS or a related field with 4 years in project management or management position.
    • Strong knowledge and experience with Java development of highly concurrent systems
    • Strong knowledge of data structures, distributed systems, multithreading programming, performance optimization
    • Strong communication skills in English, both verbal and written
    • Working knowledge of XML related standards (e.g. XSD, XQuery, parsing techniques) 

    Desired
    • Practical experience with Perforce, Jira, TeamCity, Maven, Gradle
    • Practical experience with profiling Java code
    • Practical experience with Agile/Lean software development methodologies

    Apply here.

    At OpenText we understand and value diversity in our employees and are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • 22 Oct 2020 12:05 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Vermilion has an excellent opportunity for a Senior HR Systems Specialist - Workday. Based in Calgary, this position will report to the Team Lead, Global HR Systems and will be responsible for providing integrations expertise and supporting the maintenance, optimization and development of integrations to/from Workday.  This is a critical role within the Human Resources team, and Vermilion, with the expectation that the successful candidate will fully contribute to providing global support for Vermilion’s HRIS (Workday) and other related systems, as well as assisting team members with ongoing administration, maintenance and management of Workday.

    Key Responsibilities

    Integration Responsibilities:

    • Support inbound and outbound integrations, including (1) the maintenance and optimization of existing integrations; and (2) the development of new integrations (gather requirements, design, develop, test and deploy)
    • Work jointly with internal and external stakeholders to ensure integration configurations are accurate, efficient and compliant, using best practices for customizations
    • Create and/or update integration documentation
    • Provide subject matter expertise for Workday integration delivery and support activities using Workday Studio, Core Connectors, Web Services and Enterprise Interface Builders (EIBs)

    General Workday Responsibilities:

    • Support the ongoing administration, maintenance and management of Vermilion's subscribed Workday products/modules, including Human Capital Management (HCM), Canadian Payroll, Benefits, Compensation, Absence, Time Tracking, Talent & Performance, Recruiting, Onboarding and Planning
    • Provide technical support to staff and other stakeholders to troubleshoot and resolve issues while maintaining data integrity and consistency with HR programs
    • Create, modify and/or optimize custom reports, dashboards and integrations to meet the changing needs of Vermilion’s global operations
    • Work collaboratively with HR, IT, Finance and other functional areas to provide guidance, identify opportunities to improve operational efficiencies and/or to adapt to new business requirements
    • Assist with testing across various Workday modules for semi-annual Workday releases, internal technology changes and/or implementation projects
    • Maintain an awareness of current and developing trends with relevant technologies and best practices by being an active member of the Workday Community
    • Effectively communicate status updates and risk assessments to the team
    • Work as an integral member of a cohesive and collaborative team, while also acting as a self starter that is eager to learn and able to translate business requirements into strategies and solutions

    Essential Experience & Skills

    • A minimum of 8-10 years progressive, applicable experience
    • A minimum of five years’ experience specific to Integration work
    • Workday configuration experience, including (but not limited to):
      • Security
      • Business Processes
      • Reporting and Analytics
    • Workday integrations experience:
      • Advanced knowledge of Workday's integration architecture and Workday Studio
      • Advanced XML and XSLT skills
      • Demonstrated proficiency with web technologies, including WSDL, REST, JSON, SOAP, HTTP, SSL, PGP, SAML, etc.
      • Experience with Workday's Core Connectors
      • Experience with Workday EIBs
    • Advanced Excel skills
    • Advanced VBA skills to maintain reports for integrations and EIBs
    • Strong problem solving, analytical and troubleshooting skills with the ability to exercise mature judgement
    • Aptitude and ability for learning new technologies and technical skills quickly
    • Strong interpersonal, communication, leadership and critical analysis skills, with the ability to work in a collaborative manner with diverse groups of individuals
    • Ability to work effectively, confidentially and professionally in a rapidly changing business environment
    • Strong team player with the ability to build relationships and work constructively with others to achieve business goals
    • Results oriented individual with the ability to work independently, prioritize work and multi-task effectively

    Education

    • Bachelor's Degree or Post-secondary certificate in Management Information Systems or similar, is considered an asset

    Attributes & Characteristics

    • Open and honest team player
    • Positive and engaging personality
    • Flexible, influential and assertive when required
    • Able to make great decisions in the midst of uncertainty without excessive agonizing
    • Proven ability to accomplish tremendous amounts of work that translates into exceptional results
    • Ability to create new ideas and challenge existing assumptions

    Vermilion Attractions

    • International company, headquartered in Alberta, Canada 
    • Diverse asset base in Europe, Australia, US and Canada
    • 20-year history of market outperformance
    • Ranked among the Top 10 Best Workplaces in Canada and The Netherlands
    • Challenging and inspiring environment that embraces teamwork and collaboration
    • Strong community investment and committed to giving back to the communities where our people live and work

    Vermilion is committed to ensuring we conduct our activities in a manner that will protect the health and safety of our employees, contractors and the public. Our HSE vision is to fully integrate Health, Safety and Environment into our business, where our culture is recognized as a model by industry and stakeholders, resulting in a healthy workplace free of incidents.  All positions at Vermilion require a commitment to high levels of excellence in respect to HSE, reinforcing our corporate Core Values of Excellence, Trust, Respect, and Responsibility.

    Outstanding People. Outstanding Opportunities.


    Apply here.

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