Dear CanCham Members and Friends,

The new “season” has started with the first series of ZOOM meetings defining the activities to be undertaken in the coming months.
Upcoming events
  • Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 18.30 CanCham’s Health & Leisure Group Zoom meeting. Register
  • Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 18.30 CanCham’s Trade Facilitation & Export Group Zoom meeting. Register
  • Thursday, September 24th, 2020 18.30 CanCham’s Construction Related Services Group Zoom meeting. Register
  • Monday, October 5th at 18.30 – AGM, Unity Business Centre, 109 Vienîbas gatve) Register
  • Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 18.30 CanCham’s Trade Facilitation & Export Group Zoom meeting.
  • Thursday, October 8th, 2020 18.30 CanCham’s Construction Related Services Group Zoom meeting.
  • 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.
  • Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 18.30 CanCham’s Health & Leisure Group Zoom meeting.
  • Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 18.30 CanCham’s Trade Facilitation & Export Group Zoom meeting.
  • Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 18.30 CanCham’s Construction Related Services Group Zoom meeting.
  • Monday, October 26th, 2020 at 18.30 – “Show & Tell” Construction Related Services member presentations evening
  • Monday, November 9th, 2020 at 18.30 – “Show & Tell” Trade Facilitation & Export member presentations evening.
  • Monday, November 30th, 2020 at 16.00 – “Show & Tell” Health & Leisure member presentations evening with a social event (dinner, zole & spa) at the Baltic Beach Hotel & Spa
  • Monday, December 7th, 2020 at 18.30 CanCham Christmas at the Baltic Beach Hotel & Spa
Recent Past Events
Season starting ZOOM meetings for the Health & Leisure Group, the Trade Facilitation & Export Group and the Construction Related Services Group.
Annual General Meeting (AGM)
This year’s AGM takes place on Monday, October 5th at 18.30. Meeting notifications have been sent to members. Register here to attend. If you did not receive the notification, please inform
Special Recognition
We wish to recognize those members who advance CanCham’s objectives by having signed up at enhanced membership levels:

“Show & Tell” event schedule has been set. 

  • Monday, October 26th, 18.30 – Construction Related Services 
  • Monday, November 9th, 18.30 - Trade Facilitation & Export featuring presentations on the DMC system by Evija Baula explaining how the DMV system works and how exporters from both Canada and Latvia can benefit from the system, and Ed Kalvins will present the regions of Canada and where best to enter the Canadian market.
  • Monday, November 30th, 16.00 – “Show & Tell” Health & Leisure featuring a social evening after presentations. Topics will include remote medical consultations, medical tourism and planned conferences.

These events allow members and those interested in presenting to the CanCham to provide a five minute ppt presentation to both members and those interested in the particular subject. We will also invite Canadian companies to present via ZOOM. Four events are planned in the coming months.

General areas of discussion in ZOOM meetings included:

  • promoting the DMC system and how to “educate” our members on how to use it,
  • developing strategic partnerships between Canada and Latvia businesses,
  • the use of social networking sites to promote CanCham initiatives,
  • coordinating activities with the Latvian Investment & Development Agency, the Canadian Embassy in Latvia, the Latvian Embassy in Canada, and other business organizations interested in Latvia / Canada cooperation.
  • work with chambers of commerce / organizations in Canada,
  • marketing CanCham members through presentation evening and social media,
  • commercial out-reach initiatives to better understand Latvia’s manufacturers and service providers,
  • supporting the ISR Shadow program

Some objectives of the CRS Group were revised and defined as:

  • listing active and potential projects allowing members to be informed of potential business opportunities,
  • identifying member needs and possibilities between members to meet these needs,
  • identifying technology transfer possibilities and requirements

The TF&E Group addressed the following:

  • concentrate work with several members to achieve exports and/or develop strategic partnerships,

The Health & Leisure Group concentrated on :

  • developing remote Medical Services / Medical Tourism amongst members,
  • organization of conferences for 2021 (International Life Sciences Ass’n / ICNODAT conference, LAAC Conference).

Shadow program: The International School of Riga is promoting internships, CAS and other volunteer opportunities for its older students. The CanCham has agreed to support this initiative and has named it “the Shadow program”. As the program develops, students will participate in CanCham in-person and ZOOM events. Member companies who wish to do so can arrange for students to be involved in their companies. 

Issue/Solution Process to be continued. This identifies member issues that should be presented to government deputies and officials for resolution using the method established by the CanCham.
Other information
CanCham will also be involved in the organization of two health related conferences, one in May related to a Life Sciences organization facilitated by one of our Canadian DMCs, and an ophthalmology conference spearheaded by our member, the Latvian American Eye Centre.
Par CanCham latvieđu valodâ – a presentation describing the CanCham in the Latvian language has been prepared by br.ook interior architecture. We thank Ligita Breěe and Baiba Rűíe for putting this together.