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  • 22 Oct 2021 11:14 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Job Ref: 4672

    Job Title: Trade Commissioner Assistant

    Salary: €40,007 full-time, excluding vacation allowance

    Term Details: This position is an LES (Locally Engaged Staff) position, subject to the Terms and Conditions of Employment for LES in the Netherlands.

    Level: Assistant

    Location: The Hague, Netherlands

    Closing date for applications: 01-11-2021 at 23:59 UTC+1 / GMT+1

    Summary of position:

    The Trade Commissioner Assistant reports to the Senior Trade Commissioner. The incumbent contributes to the delivery of an integrative trade program in the Netherlands by providing administrative, financial, scheduling, and research support, as well as other related services.

    The incumbent performs:
    • Information flow management and quality control of documentation;
    • Budget tracking and financial administration procedures;
    • Event planning and organization;
    • Meeting management;
    • Communications/ promotional services;
    • Point of contact duties for visitors and callers;
    • Updating of the mission client management tool (TRIO2);
    • Research and input to reports and briefings;
    • Routine maintenance and utilization of electronic tools;
    • Other duties, as required, such as, maintaining working files; coordinating leave schedules; maintaining database systems; organizing the purchase of office supplies, etc.

    As directed by the Senior Trade Commissioner, the incumbent may also be responsible for the delivery of international business development, investment, and science, technology & innovation services to Canadian clients in the mission territory.

    Essential qualifications:

    Candidates will initially be screened against the essential qualifications relating to education, experience and language. It is insufficient to state that one simply meets the listed qualifications. Candidates must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter and CV how they meet each of these essential qualifications. Only candidates who meet all the Essential Requirements will proceed to the next stage of the process.

    Bachelor's degree or higher from a recognized university or equivalent experience (equivalence means significant experience developing the skills and competencies as stated below).

    • Fluency in English (oral and written)
    • Fluency in Dutch (oral and written)

    • Extensive administrative experience supporting a team;
    • Recent experience in a job or jobs with the following duties:
    o Working with external clients responding to queries and providing information;
    o Contacts and record management, and working with client record management tools;
    o Administrative support related to budgets, and to accounting and contracting procedures;
    o Event and meeting coordination, such as venue and attendee logistics, agenda, and promotional activities (social media, banners, etc).

    Rated Requirements:
    The Rated Requirements relating to knowledge, abilities and competencies will also be assessed. Methods of assessment may include, but are not limited to, a written examination, an oral interview, role-play, practical tests, presentations and/or psychometric assessment.

    • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
    • Knowledge of standard office procedures and practices

    • Effective interactive communication – oral and written
    • Organizational skills
    • Adaptability and flexibility
    • Client focus
    • Thoroughness
    • Self-confidence
    • Interpersonal skills
    • Teamwork and cooperation
    • Creativity/ Innovation
    • Problem-solving

    Asset Qualifications:

    Preference may be given to candidates who meet the Asset Qualifications. Where applicable, candidates must clearly demonstrate how they meet any asset qualifications in their cover letter and CV.
    • Degree in business administration or commerce, or an acceptable combination of education, training, and work experience in international trade
    • Working knowledge of French (oral & written)
    • Experience with digital communication and virtual event planning
    • Experience working for an international organization or diplomatic mission;
    • Experience working with private sector clients.
    • Experience using SAP

    Organizational Needs:

    Operational Requirements:

    • Must be willing to work occasional irregular hours and overtime, and sometimes be available on call outside normal business hours
      Able to travel and attend off-site meetings.

    Condition(s) of Employment:

    • Right to work in the Netherlands
      Able to obtain and retain an enhanced reliability security clearance
      Possession of a valid passport.
      All new hires on or after the effective date of October 6, 2021 are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment and to attest that they are fully vaccinated prior to their starting date unless accommodation measures are granted.

    Area of selection:

    Open to applicants who have the right to reside and work in the Netherlands, who meet all of the essential qualifications, and whose applications are received by the closing date. Please note that the Embassy of Canada to the Netherlands does not sponsor work authorizations directly or indirectly. The Government of Canada is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from diverse sections of the community. Candidates will be considered on merit. Our organization offers an inclusive workplace where respect, teamwork, and collaboration are part of our culture. Canada’s missions abroad are committed to promoting and supporting an environment free from harassment and discrimination, as well as encouraging and supporting employees to learn and develop their skills and competencies.

    Important Notes:

    How to apply:
    • Please follow the link http://wfca-tpce.com/vacancyView.php?requirementId=4672& and complete the online application form.
    • Candidates are also required to upload a cover letter and CV in English or French. Applications which do not include all of the requested documents or information will be rejected.
    • Candidates who are unable to submit their application due to technical difficulties must report these to: LES-E-Recruitment-LDN@international.gc.ca prior to the closing date. Failure to so will result in the application being rejected.

    Important notes :
    • Please do not use a tablet or cell phone to submit your application, as mobile browsers are not supported by our on-line portal. Candidates should only apply using a laptop or desktop computer.
    • Only applications submitted in one of the official languages of Canada will be accepted (English or French). Candidates are entitled to participate in the recruitment process in the official language of their choice and to indicate their preferred official language in their application.
    • Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidates to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required.
    • Candidates who apply to this vacancy should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users and regularly check their email, including spam folder.
    • Reference checks will be sought for candidates that reach interview stage and may form part of the selection process.
    • The Embassy of Canada in the Netherlands does not reimburse any travel costs to and from interviews/exams nor does it reimburse any relocation costs.
    • Candidates requiring any special assistance in attending exams or interviews are requested to inform us.
    • The results of this recruitment process may also be used to establish an eligibility list of qualified candidates for similar openings at the Embassy of Canada in the Netherlands which might arise in the 12 months following the completion of this recruitment process, with various tenures including indeterminate or term.
    • If you have any questions at any stage of the recruitment process, please send an email to: LES-E-Recruitment-LDN@international.gc.ca

  • 15 Oct 2021 11:51 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Air Canada Has Unveiled Plans For Its Summer 2022 Schedule To Europe, Africa, The Middle East and India

    The Airline will offer seasonal services to nearly 30 destinations across the Atlantic Ocean including plans to resume year-round service to Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Lyon, Madrid, and Milan

    NCCC members visit the new Signature Class cabin with lie flat seats, mattress pads and an amazing array of in-flight entertainment options.

    MONTREAL, Oct. 14, 2021 - Air Canada today unveiled its planned Summer 2022schedule for Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and India. In addition to its established year-round services, the airline announced its return to key summer seasonal destinations such as Barcelona,Venice, Nice, Manchester, Edinburgh, and Reykjavik.Seasonal services to Athens, Rome and Lisbon resumed in 2021 and will return next spring,alongside Air Canada's recently launched service to Cairo.

    "As we continue to rebuild our global network, Air Canada is excited to plan its return to these popular leisure destinations across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, offering its customers to explore the world again, said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada. "Our schedule will enable convenient onward travel through our Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary hubs to and from our global destinations. Start planning ahead and book with confidence. We are sincerely looking forward to welcoming you onboard."

    Flights from Toronto to Amsterdam will resume on December 16th 2021.

  • 14 Oct 2021 10:37 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Tapping into new markets beyond national borders: for many companies it sounds like a logical and promising step. But this is still often underestimated, notes NCCC member Chris van Voorden, Head of Internationalization at InnovationQuarter. “Our advisory meetings regularly show that a company is not yet ready. That is a valuable outcome, because it provides insight into your development and prevents failures.” Chris explains how he and his team support entrepreneurs on their route abroad and how this contributes to strengthening the South Holland economy. You can read the full article here but it is only available in Dutch.

    Nieuwe markten aanboren buiten de landsgrenzen: voor veel bedrijven klinkt het als een logische en veelbelovende stap. Maar die wordt nog vaak onderschat, merkt Chris van Voorden, Hoofd Internationaliseren bij InnovationQuarter. “Uit onze adviesgesprekken blijkt regelmatig dat een bedrijf er nog niet klaar voor is. Dat is een waardevolle uitkomst, want het geeft inzicht in je ontwikkeling en voorkomt mislukkingen.” Chris legt uit hoe hij met zijn team ondernemers ondersteunt op hun route naar het buitenland en hoe dat bijdraagt aan het versterken van de Zuid-Hollandse economie.


  • 14 Sep 2021 10:13 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you are a soccer fan, you must know Arjen Robben. Robben is regarded as one of the best players of his generation and one of the best wingers in the world. He played with Chelsea and Real Madrid. After that, he decided to go back to the soccer team he started his career at: Dutch Premier Division Soccer Club FC Groningen in the Netherlands.

    This helped put FC Groningen on the map. However they wanted more. Last year (2020) NCCC member Spotzi started helping FC Groningen with the development of “data driven” marketing and sports sponsoring. After a year of working with their Insights Dashboards, FC Groningen turned data analytics into results!

    The best-fit partner for FC Groningen

    The result of the data driven strategy is a brand new partner. FC Groningen found Dutch shoe and clothing store Scapino as a new partner. Spotzi's analytics showed that FC Groningen and Scapino were the perfect match. Together they entered into a partnership for a minimum of two years. The goal of this partnership is to get people moving.

    The relationship continues

    Spotzi will continue helping FC Groningen with finding future sponsors and growing their fanbase through their Dashboards. The Dashboards will also help serve their supporters and sponsors even better. This will improve the brand FC Groningen and help them attract new players.

  • 14 Jun 2021 09:15 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New flight to begin August 5 on airline's 787 Dreamliner

    WestJet today announced that it is expanding its international network to include one of the world's most connected cities, Amsterdam, Netherlands. As the airline with the most flights from Calgary, the new service from WestJet's hub will operate on the 787 Dreamliner, starting August 5, 2021.

    "We are committed to putting international investments in place, as leaders of the travel and tourism industry, to support a safe restart to international travel and further Canada's economic recovery," said John Weatherill, WestJet, Chief Commercial Officer. "With flights set to begin later this summer, we look forward to helping connect Canadians to their loved ones in Europe, while continuing to provide affordable options for those who want to visit or reconnect with friends and family across our great country."

    WestJet's service between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) and Calgary International Airport (YYC) will operate two-times weekly beginning August 5, 2021 and will increase to three-times weekly as of September 9.

    "Alberta is ready to be open for summer, and this announcement from WestJet shows how close we are to having international travellers come back to Alberta," said Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Jobs, Economy, Innovation, Government of Alberta. "New routes will boost our tourism industry when it needs it most and once again showcase Alberta to the world with safe travel."

    "This year, our guests will have another direct option from Calgary to a bustling centre of commerce and culture," said Bob Sartor, President & CEO, The Calgary Airport Authority. "WestJet's new route from their home and hub at YYC to Amsterdam, will connect Calgarians to Europe and Europeans to Alberta through one of the best connected airports in the world."

    The route will be operated on WestJet's 787 Dreamliner, featuring the airline's lie-flat seats available in the business cabin along with on-demand dining and entertainment. The new service is timed to ensure that transatlantic flights departing from Calgary to Amsterdam are scheduled to support late-day departures and daytime arrivals. Convenient connections are available via Amsterdam to dozens of world-class destinations, including Athens, Berlin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Vienna, Venice and more.

    "We are excited by the return of important international air routes to Alberta," said David Goldstein, CEO, Travel Alberta. "While we have had a long, warm relationship with Dutch travellers looking to explore our part of the world, Amsterdam is also a key feeder hub for travellers from all across Europe. We look forward to working with WestJet as they broaden their global routes to Alberta."

    With Safety Above All, WestJet launched its Travel Ready Series aimed to welcome guests back to travel. Travel Ready was created to ensure guests are equipped and prepared with the information they need to enjoy a smooth and safe return to the skies.

  • 13 Apr 2021 11:40 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Vancouver is delighted to present a brochure which highlights several advanced innovative Agtech companies in British Columbia, each with a specific link to the Netherlands.

    The Netherlands and Canada share a long history, especially in the field of agriculture, the business and personal connections are strong. In the Netherlands and in British Columbia, innovation plays a key role in the Agri-tech sector. We consider this to be crucial to deal with global issues such as food security, water challenges and soil degradation. Both jurisdictions see a strong need to move to a circular, more sustainable agriculture. We realize that international collaboration is essential to accomplish a more sustainable future.

    Examples of collaborations

    In the brochure that you can download below, you will find a number of examples of innovative companies in British Columbia, with strong connections to the Netherlands. We hope to see many more of these strong collaborations and are keen to support more innovators. If you are interested to learn more, please connect with the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Vancouver.

    Download brochure 'Collaborations in Innovative Agriculture' (pdf)

    Contact us

    If you are interested to learn more, please reach out to the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Vancouver at van-ez@minbuza.nl or contact the Economic Affairs teams in Ottawa and Toronto.

  • 01 Apr 2021 17:50 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Schiedam, the Netherlands, 1 April 2021 - Hans Vrijenhoef announces to step down as Chief Executive Officer of Proton Ventures with immediate effect. He will continue to serve as Non-Executive Chairman of the Management Board for at least another 3 years to support Proton Ventures Management Team in the continuation and growth of the existing business of green ammonia production technologies. Paul Baan will succeed Hans Vrijenhoef as of April 1st, 2021.

    Paul has proven to be an astute energy sector specialist through his longstanding career with several leadership positions amongst others at Ørsted and EON. Paul has an entrepreneurial mindset and a track record in letting businesses with technological leadership positions flourish. He is an engineer by background who has developed an excellent network in the B2B energy industry and strong understanding of Power to X technology and business cases.

    Hans Vrijenhoef said: “I am very happy that Paul is joining Proton Ventures as CEO and that we can work together on the energy transition. I am highly confident that under his leadership, Proton Ventures will prosper long into the future. His appointment demonstrates the strength of Proton Ventures’ innovative mindset and its thought leadership position in green ammonia production.”

    “It has been an honour and a pleasure for me to lead Proton Ventures during the last 20 years. Throughout this time, I have been humbled by the commitment and hard work of the Proton Ventures Team, and their passion for creating a truly purpose-driven company. I am very grateful to them, as I am also to the many Proton Ventures’  clients, partners and other stakeholders, with whom we have worked to build our long-term, sustainable business. I look forward to continue to engage with all stakeholders in the coming years to further drive innovation and execute engineering projects related to green ammonia production and storage.

    “I also look forward to continue to dedicate my time and my experiences to the recently announced TransHydrogen Alliance which we created together with VARO Energy, Trammo and Port of Rotterdam to announce our joint ambition to import up to 2 Million ton per year of green ammonia from solar and wind rich areas to Rotterdam.”

    Paul Baan said: “Hans is an exceptional business leader who has founded Proton Ventures, making it one of the most innovative engineering companies in its sector, and Hans is one of the most admired industry experts on green ammonia production in the world.

    I am pleased that Hans has committed his time and efforts to the company for several years and looking forward to our collaboration.

    Proton Ventures is a fantastic business. With its excellent team of engineers and professionals, existing clients and strong partner network there is a solid foundation for further growth. I feel privileged and excited to be asked to work with the Team and lead Proton Ventures into the next stage of its strategic development.  We have a shared passion; making the energy transition work.”

  • 25 Mar 2021 18:02 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    March 25, 2021 — Ottawa, ON — Canadian Institutes of Health Research

    Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects millions of people across the world. Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is the most common type, making up nearly 90% of all diabetes cases. T2D can result from a wide range of social, environmental and genetic factors. Obesity, an unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, lower socioeconomic status, and increased age are known to increase the risk of developing T2D. The condition disproportionately affects racialized communities. The prevalence of T2D is increasing, but many cases can be prevented.

    Today, Jennifer O’Connell, Member of Parliament for Pickering-Uxbridge and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health, announced, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, a joint initiative between the Government of Canada and the Netherlands that aims to accelerate research to prevent diabetes and to improve the quality of life for individuals with T2D. The new Netherland-Canada Type 2 Diabetes Research Consortium is supported with funding from Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Dutch Diabetes Research Foundation, Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw), and Health~Holland.

    Led by Dr. Patrick Schrauwen at Maastricht University and Dr. Andre Carpentier at Université de Sherbrooke, the Consortium will explore whether the time of day when we eat or exercise, among other behaviours, has an impact on the prevention, reversal and remission of T2D. This research builds on the recognition that a disruption of the body’s biological clock through exposure to shift work, travelling across time zones, or a switch to Daylight Saving Time, as well as exposure to artificial lighting and digital screens, may result in disturbances in sleep, eating and exercise, which can affect the health and well-being of individuals.

    Canada’s contribution for this Consortium is part of CIHR’s 100 Years of Insulin: Accelerating Canadian Discoveries to Defeat Diabetes initiative. This initiative commemorates the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin and invests in new research that will support the development of new preventive and therapeutic approaches to reverse the upward trajectory of diabetes prevalence and associated morbidities, and reduce the impact of diabetes on individuals, families and communities.

  • 23 Mar 2021 11:48 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NCCC Patron member Proton Ventures BV, an engineering and development company in the Netherlands, together with Trammo DMCC, and VARO, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) for a joint initiative and mutual cooperation on the production and import of green hydrogen and green ammonia into Europe via Rotterdam, as well as export thereof from selected locations worldwide. The Port of Rotterdam Authority supports this consortium, especially in its effort to set up an import terminal in Rotterdam for these new supply chains.

    The consortium of parties (collectively, “Transhydrogen Alliance”) intends to start its collaboration with an initial project for the production of green hydrogen produced from solar and wind rich areas and the import of such hydrogen in the form of green ammonia into Europe. The initial project is expected to be completed by 2024.

    Following success of the initial project, “Transhydrogen Alliance” targets the import up to 500,000 tonnes of green hydrogen equivalent to up to 2.5 million tonnes green ammonia per year via the Port of Rotterdam.

    “Transhydrogen Alliance” offers a fully integrated team in the green hydrogen and green ammonia supply chain with knowledge and experience in technology, logistics and sales. Pricing is expected to be competitive compared to that of other supply chains for hydrogen production based on renewable energy.

    Hans Vrijenhoef, CEO of Proton Ventures: “Transhydrogen Alliance offers an integrated supply chain, with reduced costs for the import of green hydrogen and green ammonia into Europe. Through advanced technology we can make green energy available at an affordable cost. Proton Ventures, with its team of dedicated engineers, has been working on its state-of-the-art technology for over 10 years and in combination with renewable energy cost reductions our vision is becoming reality. We are very excited to be part of this group and look forward to working together with current participants as front runners in the energy transition.”

    For more information about the Transhydrogen Alliance, please contact Rianne Vriend-Vrijenhoef +31 6 10 54 45 01 rianne.vriend@protonventures.com

  • 06 Mar 2021 11:48 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Eerder deze week tekenden The Hague & Partners en InnovationQuarter tijdens een videoconferentie een overeenkomst om hun samenwerking en rolverdeling met betrekking tot de marketingacquisitie gericht op buitenlandse investeerders, bedrijven & organisaties te versterken. Doel van de samenwerking is om gezamenlijk efficiënter en effectiever bedrijven naar de regio Den Haag aan te trekken en te behouden.

    In de overeenkomst is uitgewerkt hoe de samenwerking en rolverdeling tussen de twee organisaties op het gebied van aantrekken en accountmanagement van buitenlandse bedrijven eruit ziet. De vernieuwing zit vooral in het samenwerken in zogenaamde multidisciplinaire programmateams, die strategisch en gericht op de voor Den Haag belangrijke sectoren zullen gaan werken. In deze teams zullen naast medewerkers van beide organisaties, ook vertegenwoordigers van Gemeente Den Haag en andere relevante partners plaatsnemen. De eerste sectoren, waarop op deze manier gewerkt zal worden, zijn Energie en IT/Tech.

    In den Haag zijn twee organisaties actief met het aantrekken van buitenlandse bedrijven: InnovationQuarter als regionale ontwikkelingsmaatschappij voor Zuid-Holland en The Hague & Partners als marketing & acquisitie organisatie van gemeente Den Haag. Tijdens een videoconferentie met medewerkers van beide organisaties en de Gemeente Den Haag tekenden Laurens Kok (Hoofd Foreign Investments The Hague & Partners) en Chris van Voorden (Hoofd Internationaliseren InnovationQuarter) in het bijzijn van wethouder Saskia Bruines (Economie, Internationaal, Dienstverlening), Rinke Zonneveld (directeur InnovationQuarter) en Marco Esser (The Hague & Partners) de overeenkomst om de al langer lopende samenwerking tussen beide organisatie op acquisitie te optimaliseren en officieel te bestendigen.

    Wethouder Saskia Bruines: “Het aantrekken van vooruitstrevende werkgevers die een aanvulling vormen op onze lokale (en regionale) economie is van groot belang. Ze creëren banen, versterken de economische weerbaarheid en vergroten het innovatief vermogen van onze stad. Nieuwe ondernemers leveren een belangrijke bijdrage aan de groei van onze economische ecosystemen en campusgebieden en onze doelstellingen op het gebied van o.a. duurzaamheid, vrede en recht. Daarvoor is het noodzakelijk dat alle partijen die zich hiervoor inzetten goed samenwerken. Effectiever samenwerken gaat echter niet vanzelf. Daarom wil ik echt benadrukken hoe belangrijk het is dat we dit samen gaan doen, waarbij samenwerking vanuit verschillende invalshoeken en expertises centraal staat.”

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