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  • 25 Jun 2020 11:27 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Her Excellency Lisa Helfand, Ambassador of Canada to the Netherlands, and Frank Hart, Board Chair for Protein Industries Canada (PIC), opened the webinar by mentioning the great opportunities that lie ahead when the Netherlands and Canada, two of the largest agricultural exporters in the world, continue to work together to address food security and reduce the global footprint.

    Henk Snoeken, Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Vancouver, emphasized the innovative position of the Netherlands which, despite being a small country about the size of Vancouver Island, possesses more than 5000 agrifood companies. The Netherlands is innovative, ranks high in value-added products, has a strong supply chain, and also serves as an important European distribution hub.

    Connecting Dutch and Canadian companies

    Diederik Beutener, Trade Commissioner at the Embassy of Canada to the Netherlands, discussed how the Embassy can assist Canadian companies in doing business in the Netherlands, and vice versa. He placed special emphasis on the collaboration with the Holland International Distribution Council (HIDC), and the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency, which help companies streamline their logistical processes and solve any practical issues. He also highlighted four different cases that illustrate how Canadian companies have successfully entered the Dutch market and, subsequently, the European market.

    Bill Greuel, CEO of Protein Industries Canada (PIC), discussed Canada’s vision to be a world leader in plant protein. With 28 million hectares of arable land, Canada is a plant protein powerhouse. It is the largest pulse exporter in the world, the largest producer and exporter of canola, and has world-leading plant science and agricultural capabilities. PIC is in the middle of an ambitious program to transform the industry. Together with industry partners, CAD $300 million will be invested in the next four years.

    Jeroen Willemsen, Protein Shift Innovation Manager from The Protein Cluster (TPC) in the Netherlands shared the perspective from the industry. TPC helps companies with innovation in the plant protein sector through the provision of new technology, new ingredients, and new products. TPC contributes to a more sustainable protein production and consumption ecosystem in the Netherlands and abroad.

    Partners in Protein Industry

    This Protein Webinar underlined the need and opportunities for Dutch and Canadian parties to work together. The Netherlands can contribute to Canada’s industry with precision protein and product development, whereas Canada can contribute to the Dutch industry in terms of sourcing and delivering ingredients. Both countries can develop technological plant protein innovations together, and advance the protein sector as a whole.

    Read more here.

  • 11 Jun 2020 12:22 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    COVID-19 is changing things for all of us and one unexpected way NCCC member Fluevog has been able to contribute is through technology!

    The Fluevog Design Studio normally uses 3D printing technologies to prototype new heels and soles for upcoming collections. However when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, thanks to the genius and goodwill of our friends at LNG Studios, we quickly re-tasked our 3D printers to begin producing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for local healthcare workers. 

    In partnership with LNG Studios and in cooperation with the larger network of companies participating in the BC COVID-19 3D Printing Group, our printers ran continuously for weeks producing parts for the protective face shields that were in low supply at hospitals and clinics. Many hospitals faced dwindling supplies and with orders for extra equipment taking weeks to arrive, the ability to quickly produce parts at a local scale helped bridge the gap. After a few weeks, the needs of the local hospitals were met and the focus shifted to other areas of the country who were hit worse than BC including Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. As production increased, shields were sent to smaller clinics, shelters, and other essential service workers. 

    Through this initiative, more than 500 face shields and counting have been produced and distributed to hospitals and essential care workers in BC.

    “It was amazing to see all these companies and individuals come together to offer whatever help they could and the volume and swiftness of the response was incredible.” shares Fluevog 3D Designer Chris Hutchison. “The most rewarding moment for me was walking down my street in Gastown and seeing a health care worker coming out of the women’s shelter wearing one of the face shields we produced. It was nice to see it in action!” 

    To learn more about this project, visit our friends at LNG Studios!

  • 25 May 2020 12:16 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    During the past few weeks, NCCC member kubik shifted their manufacturing capabilities to essential services, to serve the temporary environments and protective needs of the community. This included manufacturing and donating over 15,000 face shields to frontline workers.

    As the curve flattens and we start to resume life in one form or another, many of us are wondering what our new work-life will look like, how we will interact with our colleagues and how to reconnect with our clients. kubik has taken a look at trends, approaches and timelines about what the future may bring.These approaches might help you to gear back-up, return to your places of work, and start to find potential ways to re-connect with your clients.

    Please click the “Staying Connected” image to find out more about ideas to get you started. 

  • 20 May 2020 17:48 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Yesterday, Ambassador Helfand and Stephane Lambert, Counsellor and Head of Trade of the Mission of Canada to the EU, addressed the Dutch Senate about CETA.

    The Ambassador spoke about the difficult times caused by the pandemic and how the two countries need each other - now more than ever.

    "CETA will play an integral role in accelerating our economic recovery, rebuilding and strengthening resilience in our domestic economies, and diversifying and expanding trade in the European Union and Canada" she said.

  • 20 May 2020 17:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The hydrogen economy is quickly gathering momentum after NCCC Member Shell, announced its plans to take a green hydrogen plant into operation as early as 2023. This plant will be constructed at Maasvlakte 2. From here, the produced hydrogen will be transported via a pipeline to Shell’s refinery in Pernis. Gasunie and the Port of Rotterdam Authority intend to realise the new pipeline in a joint venture.

    Rotterdam boosts hydrogen economy with new infrastructure

    Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority: ‘We are currently expediting our plans to construct a public hydrogen network in the port area. The work on this backbone for Rotterdam’s industrial sector will be rounded off concurrently with Shell’s electrolyser. A main transport network like this can be used to connect producers and users. This in turn helps to create a market and boosts the production and consumption of hydrogen. Besides accommodating production, in the longer term Rotterdam will also play a crucial part in the import of hydrogen thanks to the realisation of multiple hydrogen terminals. Hydrogen promises to become the energy carrier of the 21st century.

    Hydrogen pipeline

    The Port Authority and Gasunie plan to jointly construct and operate the hydrogen pipeline, which will run parallel with the A15 motorway between Maasvlakte and Pernis. The parties plan to take the definite decision to greenlight construction in the first half of 2021. In the near future, Rotterdam’s hydrogen pipeline will be hooked up to the national hydrogen network developed by Gasunie.

    Shell will be constructing its hydrogen plant at a dedicated industrial site realised by the Port Authority at Maasvlakte for electrolysers operated by various companies. Another project planned at this site is H2-Fifty (the construction of a 250 MW electrolyser operated by BP and Nouryon). This facility is expected to become operational in 2025. Situated on the coast of the North Sea, this special industrial site (named a ‘conversion farm’) uses offshore wind power to produce hydrogen. The hydrogen produced at the plant will be transported to users via a pipeline.

    Blue and green

    Apart from these two mega electrolysers, various companies in the port area are working on plans for smaller models with capacities ranging from 5 to 100 MW (for the sake of comparison: the largest electrolyser currently operating in the Netherlands has a capacity of 1 MW). In addition, a consortium is working on plans for the production of the hydrogen variant known as blue hydrogen. The objective within this H-vision project is to produce hydrogen from gas sourced from refineries or natural gas, while capturing the carbon released by this process and storing it under the North Sea seabed. The large-scale production of blue hydrogen could be set up well before 2030. By contrast, the production of green hydrogen via electrolysis requires a huge volume of green electric power – which will at any rate be in short supply for another decade.

    Another project that has therefore been initiated is the realisation of 2 GW of extra offshore wind capacity (extra when compared to the existing plans for wind farms out on the North Sea) that will be reserved for the production of green hydrogen. This has been recognised as an option in the government’s Climate Agreement, and the Port Authority is currently conferring with the national authorities regarding the landing of this project. The electrolysers that will be sourcing this offshore power can be set up at the Maasvlakte conversion park.

    Carbon reduction

    The H-Vision project will yield around 2.2 to 4.3 Mt in carbon savings. The 2 GW electrolysis ‘conversion park’ will reduce carbon emissions by 3.3 Mt (based on the electrolysers running 8,000 hours per year, and compared to the production of grey hydrogen).

    Large-scale import

    Northwest Europe consumes far more power than can be generated locally from renewable sources. That is why the region is required to import hydrogen (or hydrogen bonds like ammonia) on a large scale. The national government has asked the Port Authority to map out the various options to import hydrogen from abroad, so the port of Rotterdam can retain its pivotal role in international power transport. Similar to how the port presently imports large volumes of oil and coal for the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium, in the near future, Rotterdam will serve as a major hub for renewable energy flows.

    Source: Port of Rotterdam

  • 15 May 2020 12:20 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Vermilion Energy wint in Nederland al vele jaren gas uit kleine velden op een veilige en verantwoordelijke wijze. Gas is, volgens het kabinet, nog minimaal nodig tot en met 2050 om Nederland te voorzien van zekere en betaalbare energie. Het Ministerie van Economische Zaken en Klimaat heeft een video gepubliceerd waarin wordt uitgelegd waarom er in Nederland nog gas wordt gewonnen uit kleine velden.

    Vermilion Energy take their responsibility for contributing to the nation's domestic energy supply seriously. Vermilion has extracted gas from small fields in the Netherlands for many years in a safe and responsible way. According to the Cabinet, gas is essential until 2050 to provide gas in an affordable and reliable manner. For more information, The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate has published a video that explains why gas is still extracted from small fields within the Netherlands.


  • 15 May 2020 09:40 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is having a major impact on global business operations, with production stoppages, staff shortages, major event cancellations and concerns about supply chain stability.

    Restrictions such as no physical meetings, have quite some implications for speeding up the Digital Transformation agenda while it also reveals some very basic needs around collaboration of a remote workforce and the need for digital signatures & approvals. This is forcing organizations to embrace a new way of working to ensure business continuity and minimize impact on company performance. Businesses must remain secure, intelligent and connected, even (or perhaps, especially) in times of crisis.

    A cloud-based Information Management environment provides the digital foundation required for all employees to have secure access to essential business information and systems, collaborate effectively with dispersed internal and external stakeholders, synthesize data into timely insights and maintain supply chain visibility.

    Government-imposed lockdowns during the pandemic are leading to many employees working from home and needing remote access to business resources and information. As a result, companies need a new way to work that empowers employees to manage and collaborate on information anywhere, anytime and from any device. Even when the current pandemic is over, companies are likely to embrace work from home practices on a more permanent basis. There will be a new normal - we just don't know the extent of it right now.

    Opentext - a new way to work

    This paper, produced by Patron member Opentext, discusses practical Information Management solutions that support organizations as they deal with significant disruptions to “business as usual.”

  • 14 May 2020 11:10 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you experienced in managing a service team, detail-oriented, energetic, flexible and ready for a new challenge? Then Priva Canada are looking for you! 

    We currently have an opening for the position of Service Manager. Reporting to the General Manager, Commercial. We are looking for a personable, detail-oriented service manager to join our growing organization. In this position, you will lead the service team by providing excellent customer service experiences .You must be a positive, energetic leader who excels in working in a collaborative environment.

    Responsibilities Include:

    • Oversee all service employees
    • Delegate and direct service tasks; monitor the progress of all current and pending projects
    • Consistently deliver incredible customer service experiences by offering knowledge, advice, and answering questions and concerns
    • Act as the highest source of information for all service, inventory, and product-knowledge concerns and work process matters (for both employees and customers)
    • Contribute to overall strategy and direction of the service department
    • Monitor employee work and provide frequent progress reports in order to improve employee satisfaction and ensure continual employee development

    The successful candidate will have:

    • University degree in a related field of study
    • Previous experience in a innovative, technology driven environment
    • Technical aptitude
    • A dynamic leader with a proven track record in customer service
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills
    • Works well under pressure and manages stressful situations with ease
    • Organized, efficient, and results-driven
    • Strong customer service and salesmanship skills
    • Previous experience in horticulture considered an asset

    Why consider Priva?

    • Competitive compensation
    • A rewarding work environment that will challenge you and help you grow your career.
    • We are a global company with local roots.
    • We are committed to designing a better future for our clients.
    • We are an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace.
    For more information and to apply, visit the website.
  • 08 May 2020 11:58 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands, the Canadian Tulip Festival will open its 68th edition on-line this Friday, May 8th.

    The Festival, which has its “roots” in the Dutch liberation during the Second World War, is normally a major public spring event celebrated among 300,000 tulip blooms that are part of the tulip tradition in Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, Ontario.

    That city’s tulip tradition was initiated by Her Royal Highness Queen Wilhelmina as a gesture of gratitude for Canada’s harbouring of then Crown Princess Juliana and her family in Ottawa from 1940 until 1945. HRH Princess Margriet was born in Ottawa during that period. Within months following the May 5th, 1945 German surrender to Canadians in Wageningen, the Queen sent a “thank you” gift of 100,000 tulip bulbs to Canada’s Capital.

    In the fall of 1945, those 100,000 bulbs were planted on the front lawn of Canada’s Parliament Buildings. When they bloomed the next spring, “The tulips brought a splash of colour into what was still a very grey post-war world,” according to Canadian Tulip Festival founder and renowned landscape photographer, Malak Karsh.

    “People loved those flowers,” said Karsh. The Prime Minister, William Lyon MacKenzie King, loved them and the agency responsible for beautifying the capital, now the National Capital Commission, planted more and more tulips around the city each year. And more and more people came each spring to “see the tulips”.

    In 1953, the local Chamber of Commerce founded the Canadian Tulip Festival to inform and facilitate the throngs of visitors that arrived in the city for tulips each May.

    Due to the current global health situation, the organizers of this year’s 68th edition of the Canadian Tulip Festival moved the event “on-line”. People are being invited to attend from May 8th – 18th at www.tulipfestival.ca. What they see there will have a very Dutch flavour and will be a fitting addition to the celebration of 75 years of freedom in the Netherlands.

    On-line programming of Dutch interest will include:

    • “Songs of Liberation – 1945”, a series of 11 presentations assembled and hosted by Dr. Frank Mehring of Raboud University in Nijmegen
    • “TulipToons”, a set of 11 original cartoons created by the Festival with most of them based on Dutch fairy tales
    • “Project 44 : The Road to Liberation”, a visual military history of Canada’s 1944 -1945 liberation efforts
    • “Towns of Liberation75”– an exploration of 6 Dutch towns and villages liberated by Canadian-led forces
    • “Music & Tulips” 11 part series that features the Utrecht String Quartet and ties all performances to the Second World War era.
    “A meaningful advantage of bringing our festival on-line this year,” states event President Grant Hooker, “is that we can share our celebration of the Canadian victory of May 5th, 1945 with Canada’s friends in the Netherlands. We hope there will be a Dutch audience for our presentation and we’d love to hear from them at info@tulipfestival.ca.”
  • 04 May 2020 12:22 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly spread across the globe in the early months of 2020, the Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) responded by launching a major clinical study to test a potential treatment for the illness. Funded by the Government of Quebec, the new study, called COLCORONA, began on March 23, 2020.

    More specifically, the MHI set out to evaluate the effectiveness of Colchicine, an anti-inflammatory medicine used for other conditions, in treating adults with severe COVID-19 complications with the goal of reducing hospitalizations and deaths. 

    To carry out the study, MHI sought to recruit and select COVID-19 patients—approximately 6,000—to follow for 30 days. The challenge was to manage the recruitment, selection and evaluation processes quickly and securely using digital technology. MHI turned to Patron Member CGI for help. 

    A race against time

    With COVID-19 infections on the rise, MHI wanted to move aggressively in starting and completing the study. Technology wise, its key objective was to implement quickly a digital recruitment and monitoring platform. The platform needed to meet the following requirements:

    • Collect participant consent rapidly and securely
    • Be accessible remotely by all potential participants to the study
    • Allow nurses to explain the research protocol in a “user-friendly” way
    • Manage informed consent forms and approvals for a sub-study 

    A team of nearly 50 CGI members took on the challenge, working around the clock to design, develop and deliver the secure, robust platform MHI needed.

    Registering participants in record time

    The platform delivered by CGI is helping MHI to reach its 6,000-participant goal in record time. The platform’s user-friendly website allows patients diagnosed with COVID-19 to register remotely and securely. It also securely synchronizes consent forms between participants and nurses. In addition, for selected patients, the website facilitates and accelerates their participation, while at the same time, protecting their data privacy. 

    MHI is using the platform to support clinical study trials across the province of Quebec. Then, in April 2020, it announced strategic partnerships with the Vancouver Infectious Diseases Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia and the NYU Grossman School of Medicine in New York City to bring the study to COVID-19 patients in both British Columbia and New York. 

    The CGI team helped the MHI to not only respond quickly to the COVID-19 pandemic, but also rebound from it with a state-of-the-art digital clinical study management platform for conducting clinical studies more effectively in the future. In addition, with its customizable architecture, other health institutions worldwide also will be able to use the platform to manage clinical studies, whether related to the pandemic or other critical health issues.  

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