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  • 06 Dec 2018 10:19 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Magnet Forensics, winner of this year’s NCCC Business of the Year Award.

    The Award was presented to Marco de Moulin by H.E. Ambassador Nolke during the NCCC Annual Luncheon on 13th November.
    Magnet Forensics Inc are based in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and are a global leader in developing digital investigative software for smartphone, cloud, and computer examinations. Their flagship product, Internet Evidence Finder, has become the standard for digital investigations related to terrorism, child exploitation and cybercrimes. Their products are used by over 2,500 agencies across 92 countries, primarily serving the public sector. The company was founded in 2011 and has grown to 85 FTE. Magnet Forensics is included in the PROFIT 500 listing and was ranked 9th place in its first year. They recently acquired the Dutch company Tracks Inspector, which offers an intuitive, web-based solution that puts digital investigations into the hands of detectives, analysts, and case officers, enabling easy review of digital evidence early in an investigation and allowing forensic specialists to conduct targeted forensic analysis. Magnet Forensics adds a robust review platform for non-technical stakeholders of an investigation to its product portfolio and has opened its main European office within the Hague Security Delta, including a technical department providing new jobs in the near future.
    Read more here

    Further congratulations go to Hans van ‘t Woud, Founder of Blackshore, this year’s winner of the NCCC Young Professionals Award.


    The Award, presented by NCCC Chair Sandra Brandenburg, recognises individuals up to 35 years old, who have advanced (or are in the process of) the relationship between Canada and the Netherlands.
    BlackShore
    is a Geospatial Information and Data company that uses satellite imagery and a gaming interface to solve problems. They use the ‘power of the crowd’ to deliver fast and accurate translation of satellite, aerial and microscopic data into functional maps and analysis. For example, immediately after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippine island of Bantayan, BlackShore launched Cerberus on Facebook. The game went viral and 1200 players produced operational maps of the island in record time. The maps were shared with relief support teams from Cordaid; a development organisation involved in disaster response. While enjoying the game in itself, people also got a sense of fulfilment by taking part in the relief efforts in the Philippines.

    Through the crowdsourcing game Cerberus, players are able to detect houses, people, roads, rivers, and other features on the raw images provided to them. From identifying refugees stranded near the end of a dried river bed or diseased crops, to the rate of deforestation in the Amazon, the projects are varied and diverse. They work with companies on illegal fishing, agriculture, emergency rescue and relief, defence, environmental monitoring, telemedicine and planetary exploration.

    During the pre-lunch networking, members and guests were invited to taste some of Canada's bounty. Products from Maple and More were available for sampling. Please visit their website if you wish to purchase their products for yourself or as corporate gifts.

    For more photos from this wonderful event, please visit http://nccc.trade/Annual-Luncheon-2018

  • 09 Oct 2018 21:21 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On October 25, 2018 Prime Minister Rutte of the Netherlands will visit Canada to meet with Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada.


    Parallel to this visit, a business program for companies from the Netherlands will be organized. The program will be hosted by The Embassy of the Netherlands to Canada and The Consulate General of the Netherlands in Toronto, in close collaboration with the NCCC.

    Before joining the Prime Minister in Ottawa, the delegation will visit Toronto on October 23rd and 24th for a business program and individual meetings.

    After visiting Toronto, the delegation will travel to Ottawa where more individual introductions will be made. Following that, the delegation will join Prime Minister Rutte for a bespoke event. This event will be recorded and made available online. During this event selected companies will be asked to share their bilateral trade experiences. The day ends with either an optional Woman In Tech or Climate Adaptation event.

    Sponsorship opportunities for the recording are available for NCCC members. For more information, please contact Julie Allen
  • 28 Jun 2018 16:24 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Welcome to our new member Rainmaker Worldwide Inc. 

    The company is headquartered in Peterborough, Canada, with an innovation and manufacturing center in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Their patented water technology provides economical drinking water at scale wherever it’s needed. Rainmaker builds two types of energy-efficient, fresh water-producing technologies:

    Air-to-Water, which harvests fresh water from the air

    Water-to-Water, which transforms seawater or polluted water into drinking water

    The technology is both wind and solar powered, is deployable anywhere, and leaves no carbon traces. They also offer options for hybrid, grid and diesel-powered models.

    For more information, see http://www.rainmakerww.com.

  • 31 May 2018 13:38 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Last nights event at Fluevog Shoes in Amsterdam was a great success. Meeting founder John Fluevog and listening to his stories was a real honor. Luck, or dogged determination, (or both) stopped him from going under - not once but twice. This is a tale often told by creative entrepreneurs. I for one, am glad that he not only survives, but thrives.


    I must say that the shoe designs were amazing. I hadn't really thought about the way we walk and how most shoes fight against our natural way of walking and our posture. But trying on some of these shoes made me really consider that, and how a 'decent' pair of shoes can help.

    The official opening in Amsterdam marks a new chapter for this Vancouver based company. Global expansion plans are being developed and keeping an eye on Dutch fashion and design can only inspire them more. I look forward to seeing how a foothold in Europe will affect their collections.

    You can see more pictures from the evening here.

    Julie Allen

  • 01 May 2018 07:29 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The NCCC is pleased to welcome the following new members;

    Kevin Ootman, Stantec
    Monika Sanders, PSPS Consultants
    Petrea Davis, Fluevog Shoes
    Mariette Lutgerink, Lowlands Trade Services
    Stef van Boekel, YPE Member
    Michelle Paauwe,YPE Member

  • 05 Feb 2018 10:54 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2018 started with a cocktail networking session at the Official Residence on 1st February 2018. The event was held slightly later than our usual New Year Reception. This was so that we could take advantage of meeting 2 visiting VIP's from Canada. Former Ambassador and GAC Assistant Deputy Minister Jill Stirk and University of Waterloo researcher Dr. Bessma Momami of the Centre for International Governance Innovation and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation coauthored a recent study called Diversity Dividend: Canada's Global Advantage. During the evening, they gave a summary of the findings and the recommendations they concluded. For those of you who missed the event, you can read the full report by following this link.

    https://www.cigionline.org/publications/diversity-dividend-canadas-global-advantage

    As usual, the NCCC were warmly received by the Canadian Ambassador, Ms Sabine Nolke and her staff. We were also treated to seeing wild deer on the property that were grazing quite close to the house.

    You can see pictures from the event here.

  • 27 Nov 2017 18:10 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Awards

    Congratulations to Houtimport Gras, winner of this years NCCC Business of the Year Award.


    The Award was presented to Harry Gras by H.E. Ambassador Nolke during the NCCC Annual Luncheon on 17th November.
    Houtimport Gras is a family owned company of which there are now 6 generations (Harry being the 5th).


    The company started with 2 windmills to saw logs, but since 1917 they have focused on trade. They import softwood from Canada, including Western Red Cedar (BC). Although the majority of their timber comes from Canada, they also import from Scandinavia, Germany and the Baltic States, and more recently, a small amount from Russia.


    Earlier this year, Harry was also awarded to the “Ridder in de Orde van Oranje Nassau” because of a lifetime of promoting the trade of national and international timber and advancing the use of sustainably produced wood.


    Further congratulations go to @Restart_Network, this years winner of the NCCC Air Canada Young Professionals Award. Frederick Rustler is seen here receiving 2 tickets to Canada from Gina Verkouter of Air Canada.

    Restart Network is a non-profit coding school based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, that makes tuition-free world-class education available to refugees, minorities and low-income students. They keep the program tuition-free thanks to a pay-it-forward model: for every student a company intakes as an intern, a donation of 5000 Euro is made to Restart Network that allows them to empower two more people. 

    Looking to their first international expansion, cities like Toronto and Montreal could host the perfect environment for a proof-of-concept bootcamp of 3 months. This Award would enable a scouting mission since they would like to probe expansion possibilities soon. In accepting the Award, Frederick said "We believe the Netherlands-Canada Chamber of Commerce to be a force multiplier where we can seek advice in support of our ambitions. In return, we hope the Chamber and its members find value in our proposition and the people we educate on a daily basis.

    Theme


    Our guest speaker this year was Bas van de Haterd and he really focused our minds on the theme of Talent & Technology. 

    As he explained, on average, the top 1% of your employees create 10% of your output. The top 5% creates 25% and the top 20% generates 80% of your turnover. Selecting the best talent is essential for your company - no matter the size. And yet we select people by the two means that science has not been able to attribute value too in identifying talent; a resume and a job interviewSo how do you recruit and select the best talent using the newest technology out there? Through examples and stories, he showcased some ways that new technology can help you recruit better people. 

    During the pre-lunch networking, members and guests were invited to taste some of Canada's bounty. Products from members Maple and More and Coastal Delight Fine Food and Drinks were available for sampling. Please visit their websites if you wish to purchase their products for yourself or as corporate gifts.

    For more photos from this wonderful event, please visit http://nccc.trade/Annual-Luncheon-2017

  • 08 Nov 2017 13:27 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Yesterday evening, the Canadian Ambassador hosted our valued Patron Members at the Official Residence. The dinner was designed to thank them for their continued support of the Chamber, provide an intimate platform to share experiences, concerns and challenges amongst each other  and to get to know the Ambassador and the NCCC Board better.

    Thanks to the Ambassador and staff of the Official Residence. The evening was very well received and of course, the food and wine were excellent.


  • 03 Oct 2017 01:04 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Thursday, 28th September during our special CETA event at the Canadian Ambassadors Official Residence, Melanie term Meulen and Diederik Beutener were awarded Lucky Loonies for their efforts in bringing new members to the NCCC.


    The commemorative coins and certificates were presented by Ambassador Nolke and NCCC Chair Sandra Brandenburg.

    If you would like to earn your own Lucky Loonie, you can find out how here.

  • 21 Sep 2017 16:45 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) aims to reinforce the relationship between Canada and the European Union and to encourage a continual positive collaboration in respect to trade and investment. This agreement will have a tremendous impact on a range of sectors and will affect all European businesses in Canada, and of course Canadian businesses in Europe.

    CETA has been negotiated and re-negotiated for some time now, and a CETA implementation date is finally set and ready to go! September 21st marks an important day for the EU-Canada economic cooperation.
    What are the benefits we can look forward to? CETA is set to eliminate 98% of tariffs, leading to an increased exchange of goods and services, greater market access, creation of jobs as well as labor mobility and free movement of professionals. As of September 21st, 2017, all EU companies will be eligible to bid on government contracts at both federal and provincial level in Canada and vice versa. These are just a few of the benefits and opportunities brought by CETA, a closer look at this agreement will enhance this list a great deal.
    CETA is, what many call, the most progressive trade agreement ever signed and it represents a reinforcement of a great relationship between Canada and EU.  The advantages and benefits created as a result of this implementation enable endless possibilities towards a fruitful and sustainable collaboration.


    The European Commission has developed extensive informational resources on CETA for EU businesses, read more on the dedicated section of their website here.

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