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  • 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.

    Quotes

    “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.

    COMPANIES
    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


  • 14 Apr 2017 13:36 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ottawa, April 7, 2017—The Canadian Chamber of Commerce strongly applauds the new Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) announced by Canada’s federal and provincial governments. The CFTA, which will come into force on July 1, 2017, will allow for freer trade within Canada and start a process of eliminating regulatory barriers between provinces and territories. This has been a long-standing demand of the Canadian Chamber, outlined most recently in its Ten Ways to Build a Canada that Wins 2017.

    “The new Canada Free Trade Agreement is a huge win for business. Eliminating inter-provincial barriers to trade has long been a priority of the Canadian Chamber,” said the Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. “As Canada pushes back against growing protectionist sentiment around the world it is crucial that we get our own house in order and the CFTA puts us on a path to do that.”

    The agreement points to significant changes in the way the provinces work with each other on inter-provincial trade, which are sure to benefit business, consumers and governments across the country. The CFTA will move inter-provincial trade to a ‘negative list’ approach, where only exclusions are listed. All other goods and services will be automatically included.

    “Prior to this agreement, a Canadian business could be disadvantaged compared to a European or American business when competing for government contracts within our own country. Today’s announcement of a new Canada Free Trade Agreement propels us into a new era of internal trade that will benefit all Canadians and strengthen our economy,” said Mr. Beatty. “As trade between provinces becomes more open and accessible, Canadian companies will be able to expand across the country, encouraging job creation and economic growth.”

    “The success of the CFTA depends on the new regulatory reconciliation and cooperation process in the agreement. Most of the trade barriers between provinces are regulatory in nature and this agreement is a promise to start aligning these regulatory differences. We strongly encourage all provinces to work closely with business and move aggressively to start eliminating these unnecessary and prohibitive barriers to internal trade,” said Mr. Beatty.

  • 04 Apr 2017 17:25 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The attached fact sheet (in English) was provided by the Government of the Netherlands. factsheetCETA.pdf

    It gives an overview of the benefits of the CETA agreement and includes trading facts such as;

    The Netherlands' economy is open to trade and the Netherlands and Canada already have a close trading and investment relationship

    Over 1,000,000 Dutch jobs rely on exports outside Europe

    Canada is the Netherlands' 10th biggest trade partner outside the EU

    The value of the Netherlands' trade surplus in goods and services with Canada is €1.3bn

    The value of Dutch exports to Canada is €4.4 bn

    The value of Dutch imports from Canada is €3.1 bn

    For more information, visit the Government (Rijksoverheid) website.

  • 15 Mar 2017 22:19 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    (Toronto, 15 March 2017) Women entrepreneurs aren’t getting the support, financing and sponsorship they need to grow their businesses into market leaders at the same rate as men. But EY is looking to change that. Today, the firm announced nominations are open for its 2017 North American Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ program.

    “There’s a big gender disparity in entrepreneurship – and we’re not okay with that,” says Carrie Marchitto, EY’s Entrepreneurial Winning Women Leader in Canada. “Entrepreneurial Winning Women is one way we’ve committed to helping achieve gender parity. It’s something we know is more than just a ‘nice to have’ – it’s an economic imperative.”

    The EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women program is an annual competition and executive leadership program that identifies a select group of high-potential women entrepreneurs whose businesses show real potential to scale — and then helps them do it. Currently in its tenth year, the North America program is open to businesses in Canada and the US.

    The program encompasses ongoing educational programs, events, networks and media exposure — on both national and regional levels — designed to provide actionable guidance, contacts, tools and resources for leadership development and business growth. The program is evergeen, meaning entrepreneurs selected to participate are welcome to remain engaged in Entrepreneurial Winning Women for as long as it benefits them.

    “The success of this program is indisputable,” says Marchitto. “According to an independent impact assessment directed by the Babson College Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership, North America program participant companies’ total 2014 revenue was 54% higher than their total revenues in the years before they joined the program. On top of that, individual participants average 20% revenue growth annually after participating in the program.”

    In a recent blog, François Tellier, EY’s Canadian Growth Markets Leader and National Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director, highlighted that women can grow their companies at a rate comparable to men – they just need the right support.

    Are you a woman entrepreneur with big plans? Do you know a woman with the vision and passion for growing her company? Could your company be a multi-hundred-million- or billion-dollar enterprise? Nominate a deserving woman today.

    The application deadline is June 9, 2017. For updates follow @EY_WFF and #winningwomen

  • 13 Mar 2017 16:51 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Beginning January 1st, 2015, the Dutch government made it easier for ambitious entrepreneurs to start a business in The Netherlands through what is called a 'Startup Visa'. This visa grants you a one year period to build an innovative company in The Netherlands.

    Startup Visa Facilitator

    One of the requirements for the visa is that the startup finds an approved facilitator. The role of the facilitator is to support the startup in their specific needs, for example introducing them to relevant connections in our network or advising on new business opportunities. CIC Rotterdam, in partnership with Venture Café Rotterdam, is such a facilitator. They are specifically focused on helping experienced entrepreneurs from around the world found and grow their companies.

    Other Startup Visa Facilitators in the West Holland area are: YES!Delft (Delft, PortXL (Rotterdam) and 15KM (Den Haag, Leiden and Rotterdam). See also the information via the Dutch government www.english.rvo.nl.

    CIC Rotterdam

    The Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) helps entrepreneurs grow better and faster. We do this by building large scale communities of startups, investors, and innovative companies in premium flexible shared office and co-working space. Their current community is made up of over 1.500 companies, 75% of them startups. CIC companies have collectively raised close over € 3 billion in venture capital and their publicly disclosed IPOs total more than € 3.5 billion.

    CIC Rotterdam is CIC’s first international location, helping Dutch and foreign entrepreneurs grow into the next generation of successful businesses. CIC is not an incubator or accelerator - but rather a location and community in which startups and scale ups have the best chance of success.

    What CIC Rotterdam is looking for?

    To best match our facilitation, CIC is looking for a startup with the following criteria:

    • An experienced team of at least 2 and up to 4 founders;
    • At least one of the founders has a proven track record of successfully building (and exiting) a company before;
    • Working on a IP based and scalable business;
    • Planning to hire 5 FTE’s in coming 3 years;
    • Working on a global expansion strategy;
    • The team will domicile in the Netherlands and will use CIC as the base of operation.

    How to apply

    The first step in the process is filling in the introductory application online. This will give us a sense of the founding team and the company and based on this, we will determine if there is a good match between you and CIC. Once you have filled in the form, CIC Rotterdam will get back to you within 2 weeks.

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