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  • 30 Jan 2018 12:05 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Through foreign direct investment 357 foreign companies, including Netflix, Merck Performance Materials and Jellice, generated 12,686 additional jobs in the Netherlands last year contributing 1.67 billion euros to the economy. These impressive results are credited to the Invest in Holland collective, which consists of the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA), an operational unit of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, together with various regional partners.

    Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Eric Wiebes, commented: “The presence of foreign companies is important for our country. Some 1.4 million Dutch people have a job directly or indirectly thanks to these companies. The excellent annual NFIA results confirm that we benefit from a good investment climate. Our highly educated population, good infrastructure, pleasant housing and living conditions and competitive fiscal climate attract foreign companies and employees. For our future economic growth and employment it is important that the Dutch business climate remains attractive. We all benefit from that. ”

    Sigrid Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, under whose responsibility the NFIA falls as well, commented: “The Netherlands has an attractive business climate, and the Dutch economy is in good shape. Also, with a view to Brexit, there is increasing interest from international companies to move activities to the Netherlands or to establish themselves in the Netherlands. It is therefore important that the NFIA, Dutch embassies and consulates overseas continue to put the Netherlands on the map abroad.”

    Distribution centers and headquarters
    Within the Invest in Holland network, the NFIA was directly responsible for 8,158 of the 12,686 jobs. In 2017, the NFIA registered 224 foreign direct investment projects for the Netherlands, corresponding to 1.23 billion euros in investments. The NFIA results show that most new jobs were created in distribution centers (1,864), at headquarters (1,345), in marketing & sales offices (1,316), R&D (1,259) and production sites (1,081). To illustrate, Netflix expanded its European headquarters in Amsterdam with a customer contact center of 400 jobs. Merck Performance Materials invested 15 million euros in its production plant for so-called liquid crystal glass in Veldhoven. Meanwhile, Japanese gelatin producer Jellice expanded its production plant in Emmen, resulting in 25 additional jobs.

    US companies lead employment creation
    As in 2016, the majority of ‘foreign’ jobs were created by companies from the United States. NFIA results for 2017 indicate some 2,516 jobs created by US companies, bringing 110 million euros in investments. Companies from within Europe also provided a substantial number of jobs (2,879), including the UK (872). Japan and India provided 655 and 423 jobs, respectively. Majority of jobs from foreign investments in 2017 came from creative industries such as fashion and entertainment & media (2,126). Additional jobs by sector include agrifood (1,788), IT (1,219), life sciences & health (600) and business services (457).

    Within the Invest in Holland network, special attention was on Brexit last year. The NFIA is in contact with more than 200 foreign companies that are considering a switch to the Netherlands in the wake of Brexit. Many companies choose to wait before they announce their plans for the future, due to the lack of clarity about the new relationship between the UK and the EU. In 2017, 18 companies made a Brexit-related move to the Netherlands. These re-locations accounted for 483 jobs and 19 million euros added to the Dutch economy. In these results, the relocation of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to Amsterdam is not yet included.

  • 17 Jan 2018 12:13 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The CETA Market Access Program for EU Business was launched in the context of the signature of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada with the main objective of enabling EU companies to take full advantage of the trade deal. The main services offered to EU companies through the Program are featured in the brochure here attached. The Program is being managed by DEVELOPMENT Solutions and the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Canada (EUCCAN).

    As part of the Program they have recently re-launched a Market Access Survey, which results will feed into studies for the EU Delegation to Canada on the existing market access barriers that EU companies face in entering the Canadian market. These reports will be shared with all EU Member States as a key informational resource. Dutch companies are requested to participate in the survey on any market access related-issues. If members know of other Dutch companies who have faced market access barriers that may wish to contribute, we would appreciate you passing on the below link:


  • 08 Dec 2017 20:09 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) will relocate to Amsterdam in the Netherlands. This decision was taken in November by the EU 27 Member States in the margins of the General Affairs Council (Art. 50). The Agency now has just over 16 months to prepare for the move and take up its operations in Amsterdam on 30 March 2019 at the latest.

    “We welcome today’s decision on the new location of EMA. Now that we finally know where our journey is taking us, we can take concrete actions for a successful move,” said EMA Executive Director Guido Rasi.

    “Amsterdam ticks many of our boxes,” he continued. “It offers excellent connectivity and a building that can be shaped according to our needs. I am very grateful that the Member States took into account our requirements for business continuity and gave priority to the protection of public and animal health.

    EMA has been based in London, UK, since it was established in 1995. It currently employs nearly 900 staff members at its headquarters in Canary Wharf, London.

    "Our internal surveys have shown that a large majority of EMA staff would be willing to move with the Agency to Amsterdam. However even in this case, our activities will be impacted and we need to plan for this now to avoid the creation of gaps in knowledge and expertise.”

    EMA has to relocate due to the United Kingdom’s decision to withdraw from the EU. Amsterdam was one of 19 offers to host EMA submitted by the Member States at the end of July 2017. Today’s decision on EMA’s new location follows an assessment of the bids by the European Commission and EMA.

    “My staff and I are very honoured that so many Member States showed an interest in hosting EMA,” Professor Rasi commented. “The huge effort invested by the bidding countries to put together their proposals is a reflection of the Agency’s important role in the protection of public and animal health and the stimulation of a vibrant and innovative pharmaceutical industry.”

    The decision today marks the official start of a challenging joint relocation project that will have to be delivered within extremely tight timelines whereby the relocation has to be completed by 30 March 2019.

  • 19 Oct 2017 19:35 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Mmm, bitterballen...

    A new Dutch snack bar and restaurant is coming soon to The Danforth, giving a permanent, bricks and mortar home to a pop-up restaurant series that started as "a casual annual get-together" almost 10 years ago.

    "Borrel is a term the Dutch use to describe an informal gathering of friends for a drink and some snacks," reads the restaurant's website. "Our bar and restaurant aims to provide the perfect setting for you to enjoy just that!" 

    Inspired by Holland's historic brown cafés, Borrel's menu includes plenty of hard-to-pronounce – but delicious sounding – traditional Dutch dishes like Erwtensoep (pea soup with smoked ham hock and sausage),  Poffertjes (mini puffed pancakes) and Draadjesvlees (slow-cooked seasoned “threaded beef”).

    Bitterballen is described as "deep-fried balls of goodness served with mustard from Zaandam," which I think justifies my propensity to keep repeating the Mmmm sound.

    The entire menu is worth taking a gander at, really. The illustrations alone will make you smile.

    Borrel's owners say that they want to maintain "the dutch ethos of gezellig" with the new restaurant's atmosphere, similar to the "cozy and relaxed Sunday afternoon affairs" they've been hosting as pop-ups.

    An opening date has yet to be announced, but we do know that spot is located just steps from Greenwood Station and that it's going to have some very cool art on the walls courtesy of Dutch-American artist Nanna Koekoek.

    Story Originally posted on ://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2017/10/toronto-getting-dutch-snack-bar-and-restaurant/ 

    For more information: www.borrel.ca

  • 21 Sep 2017 16:52 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In a potato field near the Netherlands’ border with Belgium, Dutch farmer Jacob van den Borne is seated in the cabin of an immense harvester before an instrument panel worthy of the starship Enterprise.

    From his perch 10 feet above the ground, he’s monitoring two drones—a driverless tractor roaming the fields and a quadcopter in the air—that provide detailed readings on soil chemistry, water content, nutrients, and growth, measuring the progress of every plant down to the individual potato. Van den Borne’s production numbers testify to the power of this “precision farming,” as it’s known. The global average yield of potatoes per acre is about nine tons. Van den Borne’s fields reliably produce more than 20.

    That copious output is made all the more remarkable by the other side of the balance sheet: inputs. Almost two decades ago, the Dutch made a national commitment to sustainable agriculture under the rallying cry “Twice as much food using half as many resources.” Since 2000, van den Borne and many of his fellow farmers have reduced dependence on water for key crops by as much as 90 percent. They’ve almost completely eliminated the use of chemical pesticides on plants in greenhouses, and since 2009 Dutch poultry and livestock producers have cut their use of antibiotics by as much as 60 percent.

    One more reason to marvel: The Netherlands is a small, densely populated country, with more than 1,300 inhabitants per square mile. It’s bereft of almost every resource long thought to be necessary for large-scale agriculture. Yet it’s the globe’s number two exporter of food as measured by value, second only to the United States, which has 270 times its landmass. How on Earth have the Dutch done it?

    This story appears in the September 2017 issue of National Geographic magazine. Read the full article on www.nationalgeographic.com.

    Photo by Luca Locatelli

  • 16 Aug 2017 11:43 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Whether delving into the development of advanced medical technologies, or investigating new uses for farming waste, researchers need state-of-the-art labs and equipment to make discoveries and to innovate. Today at Laurentian University,
    the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, acknowledged this with a Government of Canada investment of more than $52 million in 220 new infrastructure projects at 51 universities across Canada. The funding, provided through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s
    (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF), will allow universities and researchers across Canada to carry out ground-breaking research in world-class facilities.

    Laurentian University is receiving more than $500,000 for two projects, one of which is a new field and lab analysis facility that will help Dr. Nadia Mykytczuk and her team find new options to address the high financial and environmental costs of mining. Dr. Mykytczuk’s work, which focuses on developing alternative mine waste management technologies, especially for a colder northern climate, contributes to making the mining industry cleaner, safer and more efficient.

    Dr. Thomas Merritt is a recipient of a previous JELF award and a collaborator on the second project at Laurentian, which studies molecular complexity and protein function to tackle a range of challenges, from metabolic disease and biological stress to industrial waste clean-up.

    The JELF plays an important research support role for Canadian universities, helping them to attract and retain top talent — particularly early-career researchers — with the state-of-the-art equipment they need to excel in their field.


    “Our scientists need the best tools and equipment for ground-breaking research and discovery and we are committed to ensuring they have them,” said the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science. “Their successes will lead to an improved economy and will fuel an active research community here in Canada and internationally.”

    “State-of-the-art equipment and facilities play a central role in ensuring the new generation of researchers can make breakthrough discoveries and fuel Canadian innovation,” said Dr. Roseann Runte, President and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation. “These facilities will also act as magnets for international collaborations and for the recruitment of the best students and post-doctoral fellows from around the world.”

    “Laurentian is proud of its role in performing world-leading research and generating breakthrough ideas,” said Dr. Rui Wang, Vice-President, Research at Laurentian University. “Funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation is critical in supporting the infrastructure needed to expand our research intensity and continue to attract the top researchers and highly qualified personnel to Laurentian University and Sudbury.”

    “The JELF award is a critical investment that will help accelerate my research from scientific questions to meaningful results,” said Dr. Nadia Mykytczuk, NOHFC Industrial Research Chair in Biomining Bioremediation and Science Communication at Laurentian University. “Without infrastructure support like this, getting a new research program off the ground in a way that allows us to start tackling our scientific questions would not be possible.”

    Quick facts

    • Dr. Nadia Mykytczuk is an environmental microbiologist from Laurentian University’s Vale Living with Lakes Centre. Her studies focus on extreme and disturbed environments – especially related to acid mine drainage, metal contaminated sites and high Arctic microbial communities.
    • The JELF helps a select number of exceptional researchers at institutions across the country to conduct leading-edge research by giving them the tools and equipment they need to be or become leaders in their field.
    • The total capital funding for this announcement is $40,013,015. An additional $12,003,905 was awarded under the CFI’s Infrastructure Operating Fund (IOF) to help institutions with the incremental operating and maintenance costs associated with the acquisition of new infrastructure. The total, including the IOF is $52,016,920.
  • 25 Jul 2017 16:46 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Company: Martinus Dekker Consulting Inc.
    Position: Special Events Planner NOC 1226
    Terms of Employment: Permanent (40 hours per week)
    Business address: 38 Niagara Street, Toronto ON, M5V 3X1, Canada
    Location of work: Dufferin Street, Toronto ON, M6K 2A3, Canada
    Wage: $22.50 to $25.00 per hour.
    Benefits: Eligible for bonuses and/or salary increases as per company policies
    Language of Work: English

    Job Duties and Responsibilities:

    Meet with sponsors and organizing committees to plan scope and format of events, to establish and monitor budgets and to review administrative procedures and progress of events;

    • Working with clients to identify their needs and ensure customer satisfaction;
    • Propose ideas to improve provided services and event quality;
    • Specify staff requirements and coordinate their activities;
    • Provide feedback and periodic reports to stakeholders;
    • Co-ordinate services for events, such as accommodation and transportation for participants, conferences and other facilities, catering, signage, displays, translation, special needs requirements, audio-visual equipment, printing and security;
    • Organize registration of participants, prepare programs and promotional material, and publicize events;
    • Plan entertainment and social gatherings for participants;
    • Hire, train and supervise support staff required for events;
    • Ensure compliance with required by-laws;
    • Negotiate contracts for services, approve suppliers' invoices, maintain financial records, review final billing submitted to clients for events and prepare reports.
    • Organize parties for SetinStyle;
    • Responsible corresponding with and greeting Dutch/European guests such as various European DJs and other performers;
    • Receive albums from photographers and put up day after event;
    • Have artwork for each night in place 7 days prior to each event via designer or venue marketing coordinator;
    • Post new events on Facebook and Instagram and add/tag the promotion team to that event;
    • Responsible for promoting events on social media (i.e. Facebook and Instagram);
    • Reach out to new team members to join the promotion and sales team via photo albums from targeted events;
    • Coordinate street promotions in Bay St., retail/malls, model agencies, hotels, schools;
    • Gather promotion totals from all promoters bi-weekly via Alfiee;
    • Handle logistical coordination for events;
    • Create sponsorship decks and reach out to potential sponsors;
    • July and September (TIFF special) community event management;
    • Contact special event venues for Halloween and NYE events; and
    • Coordinate DJ bookings with agents. 

    Required Skills + Experience:

    • 1-2 years of experience in events planning and/or the hospitality industry;
    • A university degree or college diploma in International Communications, Hospitality Administration or related field;
    • Ability to communicate in Dutch is an asset but not a requirement;
    • Ability to communicate and work well with Dutch stakeholders and clients;
    • In-depth understanding of Dutch culture and customs including general business practices;
    • Ability to manage multiple projects independently;
    • Excellent time management and communication skills; and
    • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.

    How to Apply: please apply via email, niels@nielsdekker.com

  • 15 Jul 2017 13:56 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    TIME 2017

    The International Marketing Expedition (TIME) is a foundation that has the goal to conduct international market research of academic quality for Dutch companies that are interested in doing business in a foreign market.

    This year a team of talented students from the Tilburg University will conduct the international market research on location in Canada for four weeks. By October/November 2017 the TIME researchers will conduct their research and will be supported by experienced academic researchers.

    For companies, participating in TIME is a great opportunity to do research abroad against cost price. Where bigger organizations have to deal with fixed costs like offices and employee payments, TIME is run voluntarily by students of Tilburg University. Another advantage is that TIME does not have an interest in profit maximization. The aim of TIME is to deliver sound marketing research in order to gain the business of its clients. Also, the content of the researches is not restricted to marketing related topics. The researchers can do all kinds of market researches. It all depends on the wishes and needs of the participating companies. During the whole project, the participating companies will be informed well by the researchers. Consequently, custom research can be delivered.

    For more information and examples of past studies, visit the website.

    Please, feel free to contact us at any time in case you have questions. Tilburg University , Room E.102 | Warandelaan 2, Tilburg, Noord-Brabant | 5037 AB The Netherlands | Phone: +31(0)13 - 466 3044 | Mail: info@time-tilburg.nl

  • 08 Jul 2017 16:45 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Joint Statement by the Prime Minister and the President of the European Commission on reaching a date for the provisional application of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

    July 8, 2017
    Hamburg, Germany

    The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, today issued the following joint statement:

    “The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement marks a new chapter in the relationship between the European Union (EU) and Canada.

    “It is by opening up to each other, by working closely with those who share the same values that we will shape and harness globalisation.

    “It is important that our companies and citizens, the real winners with this agreement, start reaping its benefits without further ado.

    “Both at the EU level and in Canada, the necessary steps were taken to ratify the agreement.

    “Meeting at the G20 in Hamburg, reconfirming our joint commitment to the rules-based international trading system, we agreed to set the date of September 21, 2017 to start the provisional application of the agreement, thus allowing for all the necessary implementing measures to be taken before that date.

    “The agreement will now be provisionally applied and will enter definitively into force once the parliaments in all Member States of the EU ratify the text according to their respective domestic constitutional requirements.”

  • 02 Jun 2017 16:04 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thursday June 15, 2017 the (Dutch) Chamber of Commerce welcomes a delegation of Canadian entrepreneurs.
    Participating companies are looking for trade contacts with Dutch entrepreneurs.

    To download the profiles of the Canadian companies, click on the link: https://www.kvk.nl/download/Atlantic-Canada-EU-Trade-Mission-Delegate-Profiles_tcm109-438941.pdf

    Are you interested in meeting these Canadian companies, please register via the following link: www.kvk.nl/inkomendehandelsmissiecanada

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