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In Celebration of Canada’s 153rd birthday at the Terrace of the Pullman Riga Old Town Hotel on Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 at 18.00 02.07.2020

Dear CanCham Members and Friends,

Finally! A chance to meet in person - outdoors, of course, observing COVID-19 restrictions.

We invite you to share in the celebration of Canada’s 153rd birthday on the terrace of the Pullman Riga Old Town Hotel. This is the perfect opportunity to meet Canadians from Canada, Canadians from Latvia and Latvians who want to meet Canadians. 

Enjoy a typical Canadian BBQ event with hamburgers, foil wrapped potatoes, corn on the cob also wrapped in foil, a salad and a welcome beer/wine/juice. A special menu of hamburger, french fries and a soft drink is available for children 6 to 14 years old. Summer casual attire recommended. A cash bar will be available.

We thank our sponsors:

Families are most welcome.

Canadian Armed Forces personnel and their families are most welcome to attend at the member rates.

Because of the need to respect social distancing, etc., attendance is limited, so please register early.
Date:Thursday, July 2nd,  2020
Place:Pullman Riga Old Town Hotel, Jçkaba iela 24, Riga, www.pullmanrigaoldtown.lv/
Register: please register here
Cost€25.00 for members, children 6 to 14 years old - €7.00, 5 and under - no charge 
 others pay €35.00

To join as a member, use the following link: http://cancham.lv/about-cancham/application

Yours Sincerely,
Ed Kalvins, Chairman 

We encourage early registration. Advance payment is required to reserve you place. Preference will be given to paid guests. Unpaid registrations may be cancelled should the venue be fully booked. CanCham reserves the right to charge registered persons who do not cancel their reservations by Wednesday, July 1st at 17.00.

In order to conform to new privacy laws, attendees are advised that all proceedings during an event could be photographed, and that these photographs could be placed in public view in social media sites or web sites accessible to the public as reports of these events. Should attendees not wish their photo to appear in the public space, please advise the organizers accordingly in the notes section of the registration form.



Upcoming Events as of June 13th, 2020 25.06.2020



 To participate in any or all of our upcoming ZOOM meetings, please register here. 
Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 at 18.00 - Canada Day Celebration please register here
 Pullman Riga Old Town Hotel, Jçkaba iela 24, Riga, www.pullmanrigaoldtown.lv/  
06.08 Thursday, August 6th, 2020 - save the date - info coming 
 The Canadian Embassy in Iecava with the Iecava municipal council and local manufacturers 
 and the celebration of the CanCham's 20th anniversary  
02.09 Wednesday, Sept. 2nd, 2020 18.30 CanCham’s Health & Leisure Group Zoom meeting 
08.09 Tuesday, Sept. 8th, 2020 18.30 CanCham’s Construction Related Services Group Zoom meeting 
10.09 Thursday, Sept. 10th, 2020 18.30 CanCham’s Trade Facilitation & Export Group Zoom meeting 
Monday, October 5th, 2020 at 18.30 – AGM
Riga Business School, 11 Skolas iela.
Monday, October 12th, 2020 at 18.30 – Canadian Thanksgiving Dinner
Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel, Elizabetes iela 73, 
 CanCham Focus on Canada and the Canadian Embassy  
 with H.E. Kevin Rex, Canadian Government Ambassador to Latvia. 
Please note that dates are tentative until events are publicized, and may be subject to change.
Please follow http://cancham.lv/events and http://cancham.lv/news for updates.


Report on Focus on Canada: Trade, Business & Export Development 06.02.2020

For pictures, see

The CanCham was pleased to welcome Mr Michael Eyestone, Canada’s Senior Trade Commissioner for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to Riga and his first CanCham event. This signals a new stage in the development of opportunities for CanCham members.

Mr Eyestone is the first Canadian Trade Commissioner appointed by the Canadian Government to this region since 2002, and is stationed in Estonia filling the role of Canada’s representative in Tallinn reporting to H.E. Kevin Rex, Canadian Ambassador to Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Although he took up this position in October, 2019, the first months were occupied arranging the state visit of Canada’s Governor General to Estonia and Lithuania late last year. Hence, work on enhancing Canada-Latvia economic and commercial relations began this year. 

Introductions to CanCham started with a “Late Lunch” with CanCham’s Board and Corporate members at 16.00, followed by the Focus on Canada: Trade, Business & Export Development event at 18.30, all taking place at the Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel. 

Mr Eyestone’s presentation can be reviewed at Senior Trade Commissioner where he reviewed the role and objectives of Global Affairs Canada and the Canadian Embassy. Mr Eyestone is currently formulating a strategy by which to implement Canadian Government policy and to enhance Canada-Latvia economic and commercial relations which could include:

  • encouraging partnerships between Canadian and Latvian entrepreneurs and companies,
  • working with partners (including the CanCham!) and leverage existing relationships,
  • exploiting diaspora connections,
  • raising awareness, attract attention and educate entrepreneurs about business cultures in Canada and Latvia: Seminars, trade missions, high-level visits
  • connecting Canadian and Latvian firms at trade shows in Europe and Canada
  • the need to focus on areas of particular promise and opportunity

This provides the CanCham with an excellent opportunity to fulfil its objective and participate in activities which will benefit its members and develop closer ties between Canada and Latvia.

Mr Eyestone’s presentation was followed by our new Corporate Contributing member, Savoie Arbitration’s owner Mr Pierre-Olivier Savoie’s presentation which can be reviewed at Savoie_Arbitration - CETA. Mr Savoie was involved in preparing CETA from the Canadian side, and provided some insight of what was considered when negotiating CETA and how it all developed, and outlined opportunities for SMEs in Canada and Latvia. Two facts were highlighted:

  • SME’s are not using the full advantages offered by CETA,
  • there are mechanisms within CETA to encourage its use.

These are opportunities that can and should be used, and the CanCham looks forward to doing so with the help of the Embassy.

We then had a special treat: a memorable wine tasting experience compliments of the Embassy of Canada to Latvia and presented by Tinto’s Arturs Buss for those with a taste for business and good wine. This was well received.

Announcements (see Announcements) preceded the above.

  • Corporate Contributing Members – Savoie Arbitration and the Exupery International School, and Senior Corporate Members Singh’s Restaurants and Indian Raja were recognized.
  • The following new members were introduced: Corporate Contributing - Savoie Arbitration, Senior Corporate – Indian Raja, Corporate – Enera, Ametros, Business – Latsweets, Riga Apartments, Riga Decorative Paining Workshop.
  • We thanked Medigas for the table decorations / pansies, the Canadian Embassy for sponsoring the wine tasting, and Latsweets for providing a wafer snack for all the guests.

Please follow http://cancham.lv/news for updates, http://cancham.lv/events for upcoming events and http://cancham.lv/cancham-members/presentations for this event’s and previous presentations.


Upcoming Events

AGM on October 7th at 18.30, Thanksgiving Dinner on October 14th at 18.30.

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