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Upcoming Events as of July 10th, 2020 10.07.2020

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 To participate in any or all of our upcoming ZOOM meetings, please register here. 
   
06.08 Thursday, August 6th, 2020 - save the date - info coming 
 The Canadian Embassy and CanCham in Iecava with the Iecava municipal council and local manufacturers and members 
   
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 
   
05.10 
Monday, October 5th, 2020 at 18.30 – AGM
 
 
Riga Business School, 11 Skolas iela.
 
   
12.10 
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 Canada’s 153rd birthday with the CanCham in Latvia 05.07.2020

37 members and friends attended CanCham’s Canada’s 153rd birthday celebration on Thursday, July 2nd on the Terrace of the Pullman Riga Old Town Hotel, Jçkaba iela 24, Riga, www.pullmanrigaoldtown.lv/.  Finally! We had a chance to meet in person since February and the start of the COVID-19 state of emergency - outdoors, and of course, observing COVID-19 restrictions.

In his welcoming remarks, Ed Kalvins recognized CanCham’s Corporate Contributing members,  Exupery International School (https://exupery.lv/) represented by Nigel Leigh Schofield and Aleksandra Oguroka, and Savoie Arbitration (https://savoiearbitration.com/), and Senior Corporate members Indian Raja represented by Sunny Motwany (http://indianraja.lv/), Singh’s Restaurants (http://www.singhs.lv/) and Energolukss (www.energolukss.lv).

We were pleased to be joined by H.E. Kevin Rex, the Canadian Government Ambassador to Latvia and family. Before his toast to Canada, the Ambassador explained the effect of the COVID-19 situation on embassy operations, and that this had, in fact, affected embassy operations and the in-person Canada Day celebrations resulting in the biggest #CanadaDay party outside of Canada with a virtual celebration this year titled “Avec Amour du Canada / Love From Canada”. The Ambassador also presented the CanCham with eight elegant Canadian table flags that we will proudly display in future meetings. 

A bouquet of flowers was presented to Isla Rex (daughter of the Ambassador) on the occasion of her Canada Day birthday.

We thank our sponsors:

 

And so, 153 years of Canada is behind us, and we look forward to the next year.

Please follow 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.

 








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