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  • 12 Dec 2019 11:42 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On the 9th of December 2019, The Hague hosted the launch of the headquarters for the world’s largest AI research network CLAIRE (Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe). CLAIRE was established in response to the pressing need for excellence in AI research and innovation that ensures that Europe remains competitive in AI and its applications. With CLAIRE, European partners are raising the bar significantly in terms of investment in talent, research, technology and innovation in AI.

    CLAIRE (Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe)

    “CLAIRE is the world’s largest network of AI research laboratories, and we are very happy and proud to have our headquarters in The Hague. Considering The Hague’s reputation as the city of Peace and Justice, The Hague, and the Netherlands in general, are an ideal home base for CLAIRE, which will shape the way AI is used in Europe. The Netherlands is a hotbed for AI research and innovation in Europe, and home to a large number of internationally leading experts in AI.”, says Dr. Holger Hoos, Professor of Machine learning at Leiden University and the co-initiator of CLAIRE.

    The CLAIRE headquarters in The Hague will support CLAIRE activities in Europe, coordinating the work of existing CLAIRE offices in Prague (CZ), Saarbrücken (DE), Rome (IT) and Oslo (NO), as well as offices soon to be opened in Brussels (BE), Zürich (CH), Paris (FR) and Cork (IE). The CLAIRE office in The Hague will also place special focus on AI in the public sector, AI computing and data infrastructure, and the development of a focus on AI for social good.

    CLAIRE & InnovationQuarter

    With the establishment of CLAIRE, the greater Rotterdam – The Hague area is strengthening its position as a “real life testing ground” for AI. This region has a unique position because excellent academic knowledge is concentrated here with promising areas of application for AI. Consider, for example, contributing to the energy transition in the port area, solving global food problems with horticulture and working on life sciences & health technology of the future. NCCC member InnovationQuarter will be involved in Claire as a partner for developing use-cases in collaborative projects with businesses and knowledge institutes.

    InnovationQuarter is currently working on an economic exploration of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Zuid-Holland, which will be completed early next year. For this we are in full discussion with companies and knowledge partners in the region. Ultimately, we aim to identify opportunities for collaboration on the implementation of AI in practice, and what knowledge and expertise (public and private) we already have in-house for this. When we start working on this next year, CLAIRE can play an important role.

    Find additional information about this initiative at CLAIRE.

  • 15 Nov 2019 16:52 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Welcome to the Netherlands’
    Greater Rotterdam – The Hague area! Onze prachtige regio krijgt eindelijk de spotlight die het verdient. Vorige week lanceerden wij een nieuwe website www.investinrotterdamthehaguearea.org die het Zuid-Hollandse vestigingsklimaat internationaal op de kaart zet. Neem snel een kijkje! 
    Lees meer >

  • 05 Oct 2019 16:31 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Corporate member Houser Henry & Syron LLP have produced this excellent guide for companies who are considering doing business in Ontario.

    HOW DO YOU......

    Establish a business in Ontario? Purchase a manufacturing plant or lease office space? Hire employees? Decide on the type of business entity to operate as? Acquire a local business?

    This guide has been developed to provide business owners, both from within Canada and outside of the country, with an overview of important business and legal issues to consider to successfully establish and operate a business in Ontario.We understand that there are many facets to starting a business in a new location. Our intention with this guide is to highlight the important information business owners should know as they begin the process. This publication examines the main areas critical to operating a business in the province: selecting the type of business entity, tax considerations,employment, and real estate. We hope it serves as a valuable primer to proceeding with your business plans.

    Doing Business in Ontario - Second Edition-1.pdf

    Also, in this link, you will find a webinar on “Doing Business in Canada” and “Buying or Selling a Business”. 


  • 01 Oct 2019 09:59 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    kubik creates award-winning corporate exhibits, events and environments. We transform ideas into unforgettable experiences that enthrall audiences and go beyond imagination. 


    Are you a 3D Exhibit Designer, based in The Netherlands and looking to take the next step in your career? We are looking for a Senior Designer who wants to create out of the box, cutting edge designs for trade shows and exhibits. As 3D Exhibit Designer you will play an integral part in providing creative solutions for meeting client’s needs and objectives.

    A kubik career breaks all the rules. Use your skills. Push your talent. Unleash your energy. Nurture your creativity. Be respected for your passion. And always have fun doing it

    In our Dutch office, located in Amsterdam Noord with a great view of the IJ and Amsterdam Marina, the design team develops concepts, detailed renderings and turn-key exhibition and experiential designs for clients like DSM, Eneco, HP, Philips and Shell. 

    A typical day:
    -Be an active member of the design process to produce engaging and effective trade shows exhibit designs and interactive exhibits
    -Work collaboratively with multiple departments towards the successful development and timely completion of projects
    -Review and research project objectives and client brands
    -Develop multiple ideas quickly and efficiently through rapid sketching ability
    -Attend internal and external project planning meetings and client presentations
    -Generate creative packages for client submission

    Who we are looking for:
    -Post-secondary education in a major field of (interior) design/engineering
    -Minimum of 3 years of experience in a relevant field of design
    -Experience with 3D design of interiors, trade shows and exhibits
    -Able to prioritize, handle multiple tasks and work well with deadlines
    -Strong communication and presentation skills
    -Knowledge of manufacturing and design principles with a strong emphasis on human factors and UI/UX development and marketing.
    -Adobe Suite, MS Office
    -SketchUp, Vectorworks and/or Blender

    Send us your resume and portfolio and tell us a bit about you. 

    To learn more visit us at:

    We thank all applicants in advance for their interest, but only those applicants who are to be considered will be contacted.

    Posted Monday, September 30, 2019

  • 22 Sep 2019 10:28 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Tuesday 17 September 2019, a Canadian delegation accompanied His Worship Mayor Jim Watson from Ottawa, visited The Hague Security Delta (HSD). The visit was in the context of promoting and continuing the collaboration between both countries which gives businesses the facility to participate in a Soft landing program. A continuation agreement was signed by Mayor Watson, NCCC member Chris van Voorden (InnovationQuarter) and Joris den Bruinen (HSD) to strengthen this collaboration for the future. The visit was organised in close cooperation with InnovationQuarter, Invest Ottawa and the Embassy of Canada.

    The programme included several introductions from the organising partners, a presentation by former soft landing participant Magnet Forensics and an open discussion on further collaboration between Ottawa and the greater Rotterdam-The Hague area. Inspired by Mayor Watson’s visit, the partners are motivated to support more businesses to explore market opportunities across the ocean and participate in one of the soft landing programs.

    Soft Landing Programme

    The Canada-Netherlands Cyber and Security Technologies Soft Landing Platform was set up in 2013 by Invest Ottawa, the Dutch Embassy in Ottawa, the Canadian Embassy to the Netherlands, InnovationQuarter and HSD. This soft landing program supports businesses from Ottawa to set up an office here in the Netherlands and Dutch business to set up office in Ottawa. HSD SME partners interested in exploring the North American market get a unique market introduction for a trial period. Based in Ottawa, Canada’s national hub for the cyber, defence and security sectors, the location offers easy access to the entire North American market. Canadian SMEs get the opportunity to land in the greater Rotterdam-The Hague area.

    By participating in the program, each firm will be provided with access to key resources and support by Invest Ottawa and HSD to build a strong regional network in the market and make strategic connections. Whilst providing a low risk entry trial to Canadian and Dutch companies entering a new international market, ultimately the program is conceived to help firms possibly set up a permanent presence in the market.

    Interested in doing business in The Netherlands or Canada?

    There are plenty of opportunities to explore the Dutch and Canadian markets. A soft landing programme offers a unique introduction to HSD’s partner-ecosystems for a trial period. For companies and entrepreneurs thinking of entering a new international market, access to the resources they need and the  ability to assess the market 'on the ground' is an invaluable opportunity.

    If you are interested and want to learn more about the soft landing platform in Canada, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    If you are a Canadian company interested in exploring possibilities in the Netherlands, then contact Martijn van Hoogenhuijze, Senior Account Manager Safety & Security, InnovationQuarter
    Tel: +31 6 533 04 281
    e-mail Martijn

  • 24 May 2019 19:33 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Pierre-Luc Desgagné

    The Executive Council of Québec have appointed Pierre-Luc Desgagné as Québec’s Delegate General in Brussels. He will take up his post on 17 June 2019.

    Mr Desgagné succeeds Michel Audet, who has held the position since December 2014. Mr Audet has been appointed Personal Representative of the Québec Premier for the Francophonie and Special Envoy for Africa.  

    Biography of Pierre-Luc Desgagné 

    Pierre-Luc Desgagné is a partner in the business law group at the law firm Langlois and a member of the firm’s Board of Directors. He has extensive experience in the governmental and political spheres and recognised expertise in crisis management and public affairs. He has acquired a profound understanding of issues relating to social acceptability for development projects. He was previously deputy chief of staff to former Québec Premier Lucien Bouchard and a member of senior management at Hydro-Québec, where he was Vice President – Corporate Affairs and Secretary General among other positions.

    Mr Desgagné holds a bachelor’s degree in Law from Laval University and is a member of the Québec Bar.

    Farewell Michel

    The NCCC would like to take this opportunity to thank Michel for all of his support and engagement with the Chamber and its members. We wish him every success in his new challenge.

    Julie Allen


  • 20 Apr 2019 10:06 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NCCC member kubikhttps://thinkubik.com/ was fundamental in the creation of 5 of the 7 galleries in the new Royal Alberta Museum. Each gallery holds unique notable features and required its own specialized approach.

    The 320 pound rock, Manitou Asinîy is of great spiritual significance to Indigenous peoples in Alberta and Saskatchewan. It is located in a stand-alone space on the second floor of the museum and is designed to encourage reflection and quiet discussion. The Iron Creek meteorite, a round pitted stone made from the purest iron, is believed to hold great spiritual power. Viewed from a certain angle, the stone reveals the profile of a face believed by some native groups to resemble the Creator. Due to it’s sacred nature to the indigenous people, pictures or video are not allowed in this area of the museum, but many come by to pay homage and leave spiritual offerings.

    The 4.5-billion-year-old stone is symbolic of RAM’s commitment to weave Indigenous stories throughout all six of its human history galleries. As lead fabricator and installer of the environment and the sacred stone, kubik’s experience with sacred artifacts enabled special care and accommodation for the culturally sensitivity required of this program. kubik team members were honored to participate in the smudging and pipe ceremony during the installation of this spiritually significant artifact.

    As principal fabricator, kubik spent the last four years of the seven-year project embedded with the RAM and the other partners of the gallery design team offering; design build, fabrication and project management expertise to many of the intricate and complex galleries and exhibitions throughout the 127,700 square metres (419,000 square feet) building. Sam Kohn, President of kubik commented, “our significant connections to vendors and specialist tradespeople, along with our extensive experience in large scale fabrication projects bringing Human History and First Peoples content to life, allowed us to take on a wide scope of activities and projects within this massive enterprise.”

    The museum includes 24,990 square metres (82,000 square feet) of exhibition space – twice the size of the former museum. The wide-ranging collection and research activities maintained by the RAM demonstrates its dedication to collecting, preserving, researching, interpreting, and exhibiting objects of interest that capture the rich history of Alberta. There are more than 2.4 million objects in the Royal Alberta Museum collection with more than 5,300 objects on display throughout the newly invented galleries.


  • 12 Apr 2019 12:35 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Last week, Toronto based MaRS and NCCC member InnovationQuarter signed an MoU, signifying the start of a collaboration. The two organisations will explore options for setting up a market expansion programme in support of cleantech businesses looking to set foot on the ground in the market across the ocean.

    The common goal of MaRS and InnovationQuarter is to set up a reciprocal program that enables entrepreneurs and innovators in the cleantech space to gain access to the Dutch or Canadian market for companies looking to accelerate their growth in the region across the ocean. This  program will assist growth-stage cleantech ventures with market expansion through partnerships and funding opportunities in either the Toronto or the West Holland region.

    MaRS works with startups and scale-ups and offers a range of services that help founders increase revenue and fuel their competitive advantage. With an extensive network that spans over 1,200 companies across the country, MaRS can help turn breakthrough ideas into products and services with global impact. MaRS is North America’s largest urban innovation hub occupying 1.5 million square feet in downtown Toronto. It is a diverse community of more than 120 tenants, including research labs and global tech companies, each selected to create a community that is collaborating on real solutions to important problems.

    The collaboration will give Dutch companies access to the services of MaRs, such as advisory support and connections to talent, access to investors as well as connections to partners.

    InnovationQuarter will assist Canadian cleantech companies in their business expansion into Europe and accelerate their growth. This collaboration should result in a market expansion program similar to previously set up programmes, such as the BOSteRDAM program, which is set up in collaboration  with Greentown Labs in Boston. Here foreign companies are offered the opportunity to spend two weeks working in our region, engaging with locals as a local.

    The specifics of the collaboration will be determined by both MaRS and InnovationQuarter over the coming months. If your company is considering expansion to the Canadian market, please get in touch, we would be glad to discuss the possibilities the collaboration can offer.

    Interested in joining this program?

    Please don’t hesitate to contact Innovation Quarter.

    Loek Becker Hoff

    Senior Account Manager Cleantech

    Bel: +31 6 122 26 907

  • 01 Apr 2019 11:33 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Oost-Nederland NV (Oost NL) zoekt ervaren investmentmanagers (32 - 40 uur) voor onze business unit Capital team Tech (en innovatieve maakindustrie). Je bent ondernemersgericht, vindt nieuwe technische initiatieven en producten boeiend en wil samen met ondernemers succesvol zijn binnen de maatschappelijke doelstellingen van Oost NL.

    • Je bent verantwoordelijk voor de analyse, voorbereiding en het aangaan van nieuwe investeringen, het beheer van lopende participaties en exit-trajecten, binnen de gestelde financiële kaders en eisen, in lijn met het beleid van Oost NL;
    • Je bent een gesprekspartner voor ondernemers en bent inlevend in hun plannen rekening houdend met de mogelijkheden van Oost NL;
    • Je beoordeelt bedrijven en hun innovatieve plannen/projecten op hun toekomstperspectief, duurzaamheid en innovatieve karakter;
    • Je onderzoekt of verstrekking van risicodragend vermogen verantwoord is binnen het beleid van Oost NL;
    • Je begeleidt/beheert leads/projecten en portfoliobedrijven in het realiseren van hun doelstellingen en bewaakt het proces van waardecreatie;
    • Je zoekt de samenwerking met de andere business units van Oost NL zodat we de ondernemer Oost NL breed kunnen ondersteunen;
    • Je monitort de operationele ontwikkeling en financiële voortgang van de leads/projecten;
    • Je houdt rapportages bij m.b.t. de voortgang van nieuwe en bestaande investeringen.

    Je overtuigt ons met:

    • Zeker 5 jaar relevante (financiële of technische) werkervaring als investment- of accountmanager;
    • Affiniteit/ervaring en kennis van het vakgebied nieuwe techniek, high tech, innovatieve maakindustrie, etc;
    • Een goed gevoel voor bestuurlijke verhoudingen, organisatiesensitiviteit, goed netwerk en een natuurlijke voorkeur voor samenwerken;
    • Een afgeronde hbo- of universitaire opleiding, sterk cijfermatig/financieel inzicht, analytisch vermogen en een gezonde kritische houding;
    • Een positieve, proactieve, commerciële, oplossings- en resultaatgerichte werkhouding;
    • Kansen zien met oog voor risico’s, die aan durven gaan en te vertalen naar goede leads;
    • Een zeer goede beheersing van de Nederlandse en Engelse taal in woord en geschrift.

    Als persoon ben je…  

    • Nieuwsgierig, oplossings- en doelgericht, omgevingsbewust, enthousiast om in gesprek te gaan met ondernemers;
    • Maatschappelijk betrokken en koppelt dit aan economische uitgangspunten welke vanuit ons perspectief juist heel goed samen moeten gaan;
    • Benieuwd naar hoe je onze organisatie goed kunt vertegenwoordigen in onze regio.

    Hoe doen wij ons werk?

    De kernwaarden van Oost NL zijn betrokken, integer en vindingrijk. Deze uitgangspunten zijn voor ons net zo belangrijk als cijfers. Maatschappelijk rendement staat voorop, zo dragen wij óók bij aan de economie en werkgelegenheid in Gelderland en Overijssel.

    Prettig werken vinden we belangrijk. Je kunt dan ook rekenen op aantrekkelijke arbeidsvoorwaarden en een flexibele werkomgeving. Je krijgt een eigen laptop en smartphone zodat je in principe overal kunt werken. Met een thuiswerkvergoeding, een extra vergoeding voor kinderopvang en de mogelijkheid om parttime te werken is er een goede werk- en privébalans. Wij hebben een mooie regeling voor vergoeding van zowel de woon- werk als zakelijke kilometers. Je kunt natuurlijk ook gebruik maken van het openbaar vervoer dat 100% wordt vergoed.

    Over Oost NL

    Oost NL is dé ontwikkelingsmaatschappij voor de provincies Gelderland en Overijssel (Oost-Nederland) en het Ministerie van Economische Zaken en Klimaat. Wij zijn een publieke onderneming, hebben geen commercieel belang en nemen een onafhankelijke positie in tussen overheden, kennisinstellingen en ondernemers.

    Ons doel is een bijdrage te leveren aan oplossingen voor maatschappelijke uitdagingen. Wij investeren daarom in onze economie en werkgelegenheid in Gelderland en Overijssel. Oost NL helpt ondernemers in Gelderland en Overijssel te innoveren, investeren en internationaliseren. We doen dit door samenwerken en kennisdelen tussen ondernemers te stimuleren, innovatieprojecten te begeleiden, (buitenlandse) bedrijven aan te trekken, campussen, open innovatiecentra en fieldlabs te ontwikkelen en risicodragend te investeren in kansrijke en innovatieve ondernemingen.

    Oost NL telt drie business units (Capital, Business Development en International) met ieder een aantal teams.                                        


    WerkgebiedGelderland en Overijssel

    SalarisHet bruto maandsalaris voor een ervaren investment manager is uiteraard afhankelijk van relevante kennis en ervaring deze ligt doorgaans tussen de € 5.100,- en de € 5.800,-.

    Wil je meer informatie?

    Neem dan gerust contact op met Joris de Theije (teammanager Tech): of 06 - 50 25 39 56 (eventueel via WhatsApp).


    We nodigen je van harte uit om voor 14 april  2019 te reageren. Je kunt hier je CV en motivatiebrief hier uploaden.

  • 29 Mar 2019 12:47 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Digital Evidence

    It was the pedometer that gave him away. Tennis coach Mark de J. was suspected of killing entrepreneur Koen Everink. De J. claimed that at the time of the murder he was being held in a back seat, but his pedometer told a different story. Just one example of digital evidence helping to solve a case. Hans Henseler and Carl Tinker of Magnet Forensics expect this type of information will in future be part of all police investigations. It is therefore high time that not only digital forensics specialists but also regular investigators had the opportunity to review digital evidence. Magnet’s intuitive assessment tool – Magnet REVIEW – makes this possible.

    What makes Magnet Forensics so innovative?

    “What makes Magnet REVIEW so good is that the tool works intuitively,” says Carl Tinker, sales director at Magnet Forensics. “For instance, anyone can order a football shirt on Amazon. You select the correct size and the right colour, team and fabric. Magnet REVIEW is equally user-friendly. In the left column, investigators can click on e-mail, chat, photos and documents. It lets them easily examine the digital evidence and assess its relevance to the case.”

    Tinker adds, “When digital forensics first emerged, a group of experts sat in a corner and that’s where you would send the digital evidence. Nowadays, these experts still unlock the raw data, but the detectives are the ones that assess the evidence because they have knowledge of the suspects and the timeline of events.”

    In 2018, the Canadian company Magnet Forensics acquired the product Tracks Inspector as well as the team of the Dutch firm that went by the same name. Tracks Inspector had, among other things, developed the well-known chatbot Sweetie for researchers at Terre des Hommes. With Magnet Forensics, Tracks Inspector has now become Magnet REVIEW.

    How has InnovationQuarter contributed to the establishment of Magnet Forensics in The Hague?

    “About 20 months ago when in Canada, we met Chris van Voorden, head of Foreign Investments at InnovationQuarter,” says Carl Tinker. “Chris told us about the soft landing programme that InnovationQuarter organises in conjunction with the Canadian embassy. This initiative is for Canadian companies that want to become acquainted with the West Holland ecosystem.”

    Tinker explains that Magnetic Forensics was at the time still thinking of the United Kingdom as the location for its EMEA headquarters: “Although we had clients in the Netherlands, we did not have any strategic contact until Chris and account manager Philip introduced us to the Ministry of Justice, potential partners and The Hague Security Delta. We then started scratching our heads because access to the European market is much better from the Netherlands than from the UK. And Brexit was coming too.”

    So, the company decided to settle in The Hague.

    “InnovationQuarter made us feel that there really was a support structure for us here,” says Tinker. “We were introduced not only to strategic partners and government bodies but to various commercial leads as well. For example, it was at an event recommended to us by InnovationQuarter that we met our Romanian partner. We are now doing substantial business with them.”

    What is the social impact of Magnet Forensics?

    Magnet Forensics began life on the work floor. The Canadian police officer Jad Saliba, who himself has a background in IT, was disturbed by the fact that his colleagues worked so little with digital evidence. Digital specialists were overloaded and investigators had not mastered the complex digital forensics tools that were available.

    Saliba therefore built a tool that allowed non-technical colleagues to analyse digital evidence. His company, Magnet Forensics, now employs 220 people. But in his heart, Saliba is still a law enforcement officer with a strong social mission: seeking justice and protecting the innocent.

    What does the future look like?

    “We want to grow,” replies Hans Henseler, co-founder of Tracks Inspector and now director of Magnet REVIEW at Magnet Forensics. “We hope to increase our turnover fivefold, but we are also growing in terms of staff: this year, we will go from five to nine FTEs. And if we add staff for support and training, we need to think along the lines of 12 employees in total.”

    Henseler lectures on digital forensics at Leiden University of Applied Sciences one day a week. He says, “What Magnet does will only become more relevant over time as there are many things that people are quite poor at but which machines excel at. You cannot stop the current trend.”

    Magnet Forensics were the winner of the NCCC's Business of the Year Award in 2018, presented by Canadian Ambassador Sabine Nolke.

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