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  • 23 Feb 2019 16:26 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The following news item is from the Dutch Agricultural Department. The report it references, The Opportunities for Collaboration between the Netherlands and Canada in the Food Processing Sector”, is available in English.


    Canada heeft wereldwijd een goede reputatie op het gebied van voedselveiligheid, kwaliteit en betrouwbaarheid. Echter, om concurrerend te blijven en op een goede manier door te kunnen groeien, is Canada genoodzaakt te moderniseren. De Canadese voedselverwerkingsindustrie is zeer arbeidsintensief en men loopt achter op het gebied van automatisering. Dit biedt kansen voor Nederlandse bedrijven.

    Wereldvraag naar voedsel

    Wereldwijd neemt de vraag naar voedsel toe. Zowel de overheid als de markt zal zich hierop moeten voorbereiden en veranderingen moeten doorvoeren om aan deze vraag te kunnen voldoen. De Canadese overheid streeft ernaar om Canada te positioneren als wereldwijde koploper op het gebied van voedingsmiddelen. De Canadese ‘supply chain’, van het verbouwen van producten tot het op tafel krijgen bij de uiteindelijke consument, zorgt volgens schattingen voor zo’n 2,3 miljoen banen (direct en indirect) en vertegenwoordigt een geschatte waarde van ruim $98 miljard. Opvallend is dat de waarden van de voedingsmiddelenindustrieën in Canada en Nederland dicht bij elkaar liggen (Nederland $83 miljard, Canada $98 miljard), maar dat Nederland dit met de helft van het aantal arbeidsplaatsen doet. Dit komt vooral door het gebruik en de integratie van geautomatiseerde systemen, de institutionele samenwerking van de Nederlandse Gouden Driehoek tussen de overheid, het bedrijfsleven en academia om te innoveren.

    Inzichten marktrapport

    Het marktrapport “The Opportunities for Collaboration between the Netherlands and Canada in the Food Processing Sector” is opgesteld in opdracht van het diplomatieke netwerk van Nederland in Canada, de Landbouwafdeling van de Nederlandse Ambassade in Washington (verantwoordelijk voor de VS en Canada) en RVO. Het rapport geeft het Nederlands bedrijfsleven de volgende inzichten:

    • One size does not fit all”. Een customized approach d.m.v. specifieke subsector-samenwerking in plaats van een algemene samenwerking met de gehele Canadese sector is noodzakelijk.
    • Canadese bedrijven innoveren uit een praktisch oogpunt, niet om het principe van innovatie zoals we dat gewend zijn in Nederland.
    • Canadezen willen hun huidige machines verbeteren of in stapjes moderniseren. Kansen voor het Nederlands bedrijfsleven liggen om deze reden in: de integratie van nieuwe Nederlandse technieken in bestaande Canadese machines en het aanbod van machines in verschillende modules, die na elkaar opgebouwd kunnen worden.
    • De praktische benadering vanuit Canada vereist dat een Nederlands bedrijf door middel van lokale expertise ter plekke in Canada technische, praktische ondersteuning kan bieden.

    Via onderstaande link kunt u het volledige Engelstalige marktrapport downloaden. Opportunities for Collaboration between the Netherlands and Canada in the Food Processing Sector 

    Voor vragen of meer informatie kunt u contact opnemen met Landbouwafdeling van de Nederlandse ambassade in Washington (WAS-LNV@minbuza.nl) en/of RVO (menno.schrok@rvo.nl).


  • 01 Feb 2019 07:47 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What did you do on Christmas Eve? Around 2500 people including more than 500 children, took time out from their celebrations to honour the Canadian soldiers who fought and died for their freedom.

    There are 2590 names on the headstones and 1029 names of missing soldiers on the Memorial Wall. And there are also headstones of unidentified casualties with only the words: ‘Known unto God’. Every Christmas Eve, a candle is placed in front of the graves at the Canadian Military Cemetery in Groesbeek. You can view a timelapse video of the event below. If you would like to make a donation towards this great cause, please visit the organisation Stichting Lichtjesavond Groesbeek  https://www.lichtjesavondgroesbeek.nl/


    Lives lived and never forgotten

    It is a moving tribute to the sacrifice many Canadians made for the liberation of the Dutch people. And the people of Groesbeek are determined that those lives are never forgotten. A volunteer organsation called Faces To Graves has been set up to remember the lives of the fallen. They want to pay tribute to those young soldiers who lost their lives so far away from home, fighting for the freedom of strangers.
    Given the years that have past, many of their comrades who survived are unable to make the long journey from Canada to pay their respects and bring their stories to life. The volunteers would like to recognize every single soldier with a photo and the story of his life, so that they will never be forgotten.

    We need your help to build a virtual memorial.


    Did you have Canadian relatives who fought in the Netherlands? What about your neighbours? Ask around and encourage people to send photo’s, copies of documents, newspaper cuttings and stories of their family members, friends, comrades etc. You can send information to info@facestograves.nl

    Do you have a little spare time? We also need volunteers to help with researching the lives of the soldiers and collating the data.

    In order to make this happen, we also need funding to purchase a cloud-based database so that everyone can access and read about the wonderful men who will never go home. Even a few dollars or euros will go a long way because all the work is done by volunteers.

    Your help is really appreciated.

    Julie Allen


  • 29 Jan 2019 15:32 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A farmer, 40 cows, and robots to collect manure and distribute fodder – all floating on the water of the largest port in Europe. Not 'pie in the sky' but Floating Farm; the first self-sufficient floating farm in the world, which will shortly begin operation in the Merwe4 Haven of Rotterdam.

    Land scarcity, climate change, rapid population growth concentrated in and around the big cities, long distances between the sites of dairy production and consumers leading to increased transport and pollution… ‘ these are all important factors behind the Floating Farm project, led by Rotterdam based company Beladon.

    “There are many good reasons to bring dairy production as close to consumers as possible’, says Peter van Wingerden, CEO of Beladon and the initiator of the Floating Farm. “Ever more people live in the big cities, far away from the sites of dairy production. A massive amount of transport is required to deliver dairy products to consumers and this represents added pollution and a heavy burden on our infrastructure. If we can find a way to get dairy production off the ground in urban areas we will be able to reduce both transport and pollution.”

    From residues to milk

    In this case ‘getting off the ground’ is meant both in the literal and in the figurative sense.  “I know that this doesn’t make much sense to a lot of people, but it does to me. Because of the rapid population increase, land becomes ever scarcer. And therefore, so does the amount of land available for farming and producing food. Many large cities like Rotterdam are situated in delta areas, and in Rotterdam we can also benefit from residual flows from existing sources of production such as the waste products from breweries, mills and potato processing into the bargain. We can integrate these products into our cattle feed. And eventually, we can all enjoy the milk”, says Peter with a smile.

    Circular economy

    Circularity is an essential principle for the Floating Farm. Water supply and drainage, generation of energy, waste processing and feeding will all be dealt with in the Floating Farm's 'closed system'. The use of solar energy, the production of cattle fodder using LED lighting, the collection of urine and manure for recycling into compost, the cleaning and re-use of rain water; these all mean that the Floating Farm will not leave behind any negative footprint.

    For more information, please check the website of Floating Farm.

  • 12 Dec 2018 13:35 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    West-Canada biedt perspectief voor innovatieve Nederlandse agrofoodbedrijven. De westelijke provincie British Columbia (BC) is een van de grootste voedselproducerende provincies van het land. Agrofoodbedrijven in BC zoeken actief naar samenwerking en kennisuitwisseling; hun blik is daarbij gericht op bedrijven in de Nederlandse tuinbouw.

    Scoutrobot

    IRIS! Scoutrobot in tomatenkas. Beeld: ©Micothon / Micothon

    Nederlandse technologieën in de tuinbouw worden als trendsettend beschouwd en dragen bij aan een efficiënte en duurzame groei van de sector in BC.

    Nederlandse emigranten

    De samenwerking tussen Canadese en Nederlandse bedrijven in de tuinbouwsector groeit, maar is niet nieuw. Een groot aantal Nederlanders is in het midden van de 20e eeuw naar West-Canada gekomen. De tweede generatie Nederlanders drukt nog steeds een stempel op de landbouwontwikkelingen in BC, vooral in de glastuinbouw.

    De kassen zijn vaak nog in bezit van Nederlanders. De technologie in de kassen komen voornamelijk uit Nederland. De relaties met Nederland in deze sector zijn uitstekend.

    Voorbeeld van samenwerking

    Succesvol voorbeeld van een recente samenwerking is die tussen het Canadese Ecoation (Vancouver) en de Nederlandse bedrijven Metazet (Wateringen) en Micothon (Mijdrecht).

    Dit internationale samenwerkingsverband van hightechbedrijven in de tuinbouw heeft een slimme robot op de markt gebracht – merknaam: IRIS! Scoutrobot – waarmee in tuinbouwkassen in een vroeg stadium onder meer ziekten in het gewas kunnen worden gedetecteerd.

    Kas

    Nederlandse AgriTech-delegatie in regio Vancouver 2018. Beeld: ©CG Vancouver / CG Vancouver

    Tuinders kunnen zo besparen op arbeid en gewasbeschermingsmiddelen. De robot van het Canadees-Nederlandse samenwerkingsverband won de prestigieuze GreenTech Innovation Concept Award tijdens de jongste editie van de tuinbouwvakbeurs Greentech 2018 in Amsterdam.

    Meer samenwerking door missie

    De bilaterale samenwerking kreeg een impuls tijdens de missie van Nederlandse hightechbedrijven aan British Colombia eerder dit jaar. In maart bezocht een delegatie van Nederlandse bedrijven de regio Vancouver. De deelnemers spraken onder meer met vertegenwoordigers van het ministerie van Landbouw in BC, met de agrarische afdeling van de University of Fraser Valley uit Abbotsford en met verschillende hightechbedrijven uit de sector.

    Tijdens verschillende workshops en presentaties werden contacten gelegd met Canadese bedrijven en zijn de mogelijkheden verkend voor structurele samenwerking op de langere termijn. Begin oktober bezocht een Canadese delegatie Nederland voor een tegenbezoek. De deelnemers brachten ook een bezoek aan de Innovatie Expo in Rotterdam.

    Ecoation

    Saber Miresmailli van Ecoation. Beeld: ©Ecoation / Ecoation

    Canada in Eurostars

    Eind 2016 is Canada lid geworden van het Eurostars-programma. Eurostars is een Europees subsidieprogramma dat internationale samenwerking tussen R&D-bedrijven en kennisinstellingen ondersteunt. In de zomer van 2018 was er vanuit dit programma een speciale Agrofood Promotional Call om de samenwerking tussen Canadese en Nederlandse partners een extra impuls te geven.

    Afzetmarkt voor innovatieve bedrijven

    Volgens de economische afdeling op het Nederlandse Consulaat in Vancouver kan British Columbia een prima afzetmarkt bieden voor innovatieve Nederlandse tuinbouwbedrijven. Het consulaat kan contacten tot stand brengen en ondersteunt partijen in het Eurostars-proces. Voor het vinden van partners in Canada of voor meer informatie over het Eurostars-programma, kunt u contact opnemen met het consulaat in Vancouver.

    Voor meer informatie:

    Economische afdeling Nederlands Consulaat in Vancouver

    Ima Nahumury en Maarten den Ouden: van-ez@minbuza.nl

    Meer informatie over Eurostars

    Article reprinted with thanks from RVO.nl Netherlands Enterprise Agency

  • 27 Nov 2018 10:45 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It’s a great tool for Canadian businesses to expand their export markets as well as their supplier base 

    CETA, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union has now been in effect a year, as it was provisionally implemented on September 21st, 2017.

    Most of its provisions are in effect since that date, particularly the reduction of tariffs or Customs duties, the opening of government procurement, the mutual recognition of standards and the facilitation of the movement of professionals. It’s a great tool for Canadian businesses to expand their export markets as well as their supplier base, thereby lessening our dependence on the United States.

    While its overall impact, particularly on services and investment is hard to measure at this relatively early stage, looking at our statistics on the trade of goods with the EU should tell us how popular CETA is with Canadian exporters. There are different ways to calculate exports but the figures commonly quoted by Global Affairs Canada indicate European exporters have been faster than us, as up to July 2018, Canadian exports to the EU have grown by a mere one per cent while our imports from the EU have increased by a whopping 12 per cent.

    Of course, Canadian businesses have their eyes riveted on what’s happening with NAFTA, since so much of our trade is with the U.S. and this explains why they have not yet rushed to the conquest of the European market. Ironically, for European businesses, the Canadian market is small but still has good potential, as we are so close to the huge U.S. market.

    Whatever the reason for the current imbalance, it is interesting to look at what’s happening at the individual country level. Canadian exports to the UK, by far our first European market, were down three per cent, as we exported $15.240 billion worth of goods there from September 2017 to July 2018, compared to $15.789 the year before. Exports to our third European market, France, were down eight per cent from $3.085 billion to $2.827 billion and to Belgium down five per cent from $2.674 billion to $2.537 billion.

    On the plus side of the ledger, exports to our second European market, Germany, were up six per cent, from $3.358 billion to $3.556 billion. Exports to the Netherlands were up 23 per cent from $2.420 billion to $2.965 billion, and those to Italy climbed by 19 per cent from $2.120 billion to $2.536 billion.

    Canadian exports with notable growth included aluminum, automobile parts, chemicals, cranberries, and maple syrup. Most of these products are exported by ocean and the Port of Montréal, Canada’s gateway to Europe, reported a four per cent growth in its European container traffic from January to August 2018 versus the same period in 2017.

    As to CETA’s final implementation, twelve European countries out of 28 have ratified it, the latest one being Austria in June 2018. The process continues, albeit slowly. Its only provisions that are pending final ratification of all EU member parliaments concern investor-state dispute settlement and portfolio investment.

    Meantime, trade remains wide open under CETA’s provisional implementation and our exporters should bring Europe closer to the top of their agenda.

    Written by Christian Siviere and re-printed with kind permission from Inside Logistics

  • 19 Nov 2018 17:23 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A study from the Information and Communications Technology Council indicates that Canada will need to fill approximately 216,000 tech-related positions by 2021.

    A report compiled by Indeed shows which tech jobs have been the hardest to fill so far in 2018, and according to them, “many employers struggle to fill tech-related positions, with some positions remaining open for more than 60 days.”

    “As the industry continues to grow and more start-ups enter the Canadian tech landscape, finding talent will continue to be a challenge,” said Jodi Kasten, managing director at Indeed Canada. “And we know that the longer a role is left open, the bigger the impact to the company’s bottom line. For tech employers, the importance of expanding their talent pool and finding the right balance of incentives to attract top talent is imperative.”

    Title

    % of jobs open for 60+ days

    Computer Vision Engineer

    56

    Penetration Tester

    51

    Ruby on Rails Developer

    43

    Operations Engineer

    41

    Release Engineer

    40

    C Developer

    37

    Machine Learning Engineer

    37

    System Engineer

    35

    Chief Engineer

    34

    Security Engineer

    33


    Furthermore, using the two cornerstones of salary and growth as a basis, they identified the best jobs in Canada in 2018. The list was based on jobs that have a salary of over $70,000 and have witnessed consistent growth in share of job postings from 2014-2017.

    Tech jobs dominate the list

    Nine of the top ten best jobs in Canada were tech related. As companies continue to undergo digital transformations, demand for tech talent has persisted.

    Machine learning engineer; a programmer who develops complex algorithms that enable machines and systems to run on artificial intelligence (AI), tops the list of the 10 Best Jobs of 2018. With a 634% increase in share of job postings, this field will be a contributor to job creation as well as a significant player in Canada’s tech landscape.

    Following machine learning engineer, the jobs rounding out the top three are full stack developer (+601%), a versatile developer comfortable with both back-end and front-end technologies, and development operations engineer (+460%), who is responsible for a company’s development infrastructure and works with various IT staff to oversee code releases.

  • 24 Sep 2018 10:48 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    21 September will mark the first anniversary of the provisional entry into force of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada. Early signs show that the agreement is already starting to deliver for EU exporters. Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström will visit Canada on 26 and 27 September to take stock of progress.

    Commissioner Malmström said: “The EU-Canada trade agreement has now been in action for a year and I'm pleased with the progress made so far. The preliminary data shows there is plenty to celebrate, even at this stage. Exports are up overall and many sectors have seen impressive increases. This is great news for European businesses, big and small. As ever with these agreements, there are certain areas where we have to make sure that we thoroughly implement what has been agreed, making sure that citizens and companies can fully benefit from the new opportunities. This is something I intend to discuss with my Canadian counterparts at the Joint Committee next week. I'm happy to say that our partnership with Canada is stronger than ever – strategically as well as economically. Together, we are standing up for an open and rules-based international trading order. CETA is a clear demonstration of that.”

    Early days but positive trends

    In addition to removing virtually all customs duties, CETA has given a boost to the business climate between the EU and Canada, offering valuable legal certainty for EU companies looking to export. Although it is too early to draw any firm conclusions, the initial trade results are pointing in the right direction. Across the EU, the latest statistics available, covering the October 2017 to June 2018 period, suggest that exports are up by over 7% year on year.

    Of these, certain sectors are doing especially well. Machinery and mechanical appliances, which make up one fifth of EU exports to Canada, are up by over 8%. Pharmaceuticals, which account for 10% of the EU exports to Canada and are up by 10%. Other important EU exports are also on the rise: furniture by 10%, perfumes/cosmetics by 11%, footwear by 8% and clothing by 11%.

    In terms of agricultural products, there are also some encouraging figures: exports of fruit and nuts increased by 29%, chocolate by 34%, sparkling wine by 11% and whisky by 5%.

    Read more here.

  • 24 Aug 2018 13:17 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Is success in a foreign country your dream? Do you strongly believe in your product or service and want to introduce it abroad? More and more Dutch entrepreneurs are achieving their dreams beyond the Netherlands’ dikes. Export is indispensable for the Dutch economy. Dutch companies can be found all over the world, we facilitate growth and create jobs. If you want to be part of this, but are not capable of achieving it on your own? This is your chance!

    Each year, the Oranje Handelsmissiefonds helps 10 SMEs achieve their international ambitions. Thanks to our international network, knowledge and experience, we can help your company successfully enter new foreign markets.

    International trade facilitation

    The Oranje Handelsmissiefonds is an initiative by ING, KLM, MKB-Nederland and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. Since King Willem-Alexander took to the throne on 30 April 2013, his interest in expanding and lending royal support to trade missions has marked a turning point. His interest is a boost to international trade for the Netherlands. Now is the ultimate time for startups to combine their initiatives with the knowledge and experience of established companies and go global.

    Can you, as a founder/director of a Dutch SME, convince us of the power of your idea? Then we will help you become successful in a country by your choice. We select ten companies that we support and provide with advice for an entire year. Do you have a good idea? Don’t hesitate, apply! Be quick, you can only apply until September 9, 2018.

  • 23 Aug 2018 09:41 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Through the CETA Market Access Program, an EU funded SURVEY is being conducted to gather input on existing market access barriers encountered by EU companies when entering the Canadian market. This survey aims to provide recommendations for EU institutions, business associations, networks, and chambers to define adequate mitigation strategies.

    CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY!

  • 06 May 2018 17:41 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Last Thursday afternoon, Princess Margriet opened a new exhibition in the Openlucht Museum in Arnhem.

    De presentatie in de Friese boerderij Midlum vertelt het verhaal van de emigratiegolf van Nederlanders naar Canada in de jaren 50. Nederlanders die het geluk overzee zochten maar ook voor lastige en emotionele keuzes kwamen te staan. Men moest alles achterlaten en opnieuw beginnen. De presentatie laat deze dilemma’s op verschillende manieren zien. Prinses Margriet houdt een korte toespraak en verricht aansluitend de openingshandeling.

    Hoop versus angst
    De tentoonstelling 'Wij gaan naar Canada' laat de emoties zien waar veel gezinnen mee te maken kregen. Het ene gezinslid zag het vertrek naar Canada als een mogelijkheid, hoop op een beter bestaan. Maar tegelijkertijd werd het vertrek naar Canada door een ander gezinslid juist ervaren als angst. Want wat laat je allemaal achter? De tentoonstelling bevat nieuwe technieken die zorgen dat de bezoeker betrokken wordt bij deze dilemma's en emoties.

    Aanwezigheid Koninklijk Huis
    De koninklijke familie heeft een sterke band met het land. Tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog vonden kroonprinses Juliana en haar dochters namelijk onderdak in Ottawa, waar prinses Margriet in 1943 geboren is.

    You can find more information about this fascinating museum here.


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