01.02.2024 The CanCham Update for February 1st, 2024

Dear CanCham Members and Friends,
The CanCham is up and running (again). The restart meeting of January 22nd elected a new Board and Audit Committee with the following:


  • Ed Kalvins, Chairman & President / President & CEO of “TP Riga” SIA (Technical Partners)
  • Una Brūna, Vice-President / Director, Health & Welfare / Executive Director at Latvian American Eye Center
  • Indra Sproģe-Kalviņa, Director, Finance & Administration / Director, Administration of “TP Riga” SIA
  • Mark Watson, Director, Communications / Business & Finance Consultant,  representative of Riga Apartments
  • Normunds Kupcis, Director, Sports & Recreation / Director, European Recreational and Oldtimers Hockey Association (EROHA)
  • Baiba Krūmiņa, Director of Membership Development / Corporate Mindfulness Trainer, Ametros Consultancy
  • Ieva Mežule, Director, Liaison with Canadians / Content Writer / Editor / Proof-reader / Communications Coach
  • Sam Davidovich, Director – Canada (Toronto) / Owner of Transcontinental Consulting Company
  • Andris Ķesteris, Director – Canada (Ottawa) / President of the Latvian Canadian Council

Audit Committee:

  • Dzintra Renigere, General Manager and Owner at “R Birojs” SIA
  • Astrida Bola, Owner at Astrette Baltic States
  • Sintija Frienberga, Owner at Vat4U

We are also pleased to announce the Mr Nicolas Lepage, Senior Trade Commissioner at the Embassy of Canada, will serve as an Ex-Officio Member of the Board, and will be working with us to develop a meaningful program for both Canadians doing business in the Baltics and CanCham members in Latvia. He is the first Canadian Diplomat to serve in that role since Sean Boyd in the first two years of the CanCham’s existence.

The development of commercial activities between Canada and Latvia is our common objective. This includes attracting Canadian business to the Baltic region and providing support to Canadians who wish to enter this market through a network of local contacts. This network, curated by CanCham will facilitate the development of business opportunities. The development of this network is a significant contribution that the CanCham can offer to fulfilling the Embassy’s trade and investment (commercial) objectives. This is also in keeping with the established objective of the CanCham in developing strategic partnerships between Canadian and Latvian businesses in Latvia. However, it should be noted, that the CanCham will be referring those Latvians companies interested in doing business in Canada to the relevant organizations.

The emphasis will, therefore, be on developing business focussed networking opportunities, with some also being of a more social nature. Both the Embassy and the CanCham are committed to supporting one another in the appropriate situations.

In the next weeks, we will attend to administrative details and develop a program moving forward. An official CanCham re-launch event hosted by the Embassy of Canada will be one of our first events, then we will resume the traditional events celebrating Canada Day on or around July 1st and the Canadian Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October. Our intention is to supplement this program with other value-added business networking events for our members and friends.

Ed Kalvins,
Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Latvia


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