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  • 13 Feb 2020 12:08 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It isn't just big businesses that benefit from CETA. Dutch SME's are taking advantage of reduced tariffs too. #CETA is working to help #Dutch companies sell their goods, services and expertise in #Canada.

    NCCC member Canuck Dispensing Equipment BV in Zeeland is a good example of a real SME that fully benefits from CETA. Don Paauwe explains why CETA has helped his business. 

    Did you know?

    • With #CETA, the Netherlands is now able to export 98% of its products duty-free to Canada, which should benefit major sectors such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals, machinery and electrical equipment, oil products, motor vehicles, textiles and agri-food products.

    • With a tariff reduction of 5-10%, the Netherlands has exported 1570% more tractors to Canada since provisional application of #CETA over two year ago!
    • According to @AgroBericht, most greenhouses in Canada are built by Dutch companies, and/or use Dutch technology, irrigation systems, lighting, floors, and consultancy companies. Great news, since the greenhouse area in Canada is growing and delegations visit @GreenTechRAI in Amsterdam.
  • 10 Feb 2020 17:56 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    There are still a lot of people who don't know all the facts about CETA. And there is quite a lot that could be misunderstood. Get the right information to help your business grow.

    Ditch the myths and get the facts about #CETA

    in English

    in Dutch

    in French

    With CETA, the Netherlands is now able to export 98% of its products duty-free to Canada, which should benefit major sectors such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals, machinery and electrical equipment, oil products, motor vehicles, textiles and agri-food products.

    Canada has also provided unprecedented levels of access to its procurement market at the federal, provincial/territorial and municipal levels, as well as access to the public utilities and transportation sectors. To enhance transparency and accessibility, Canada will have until five years from the date of CETA’s provisional application to develop a single point of access where suppliers can find CETA-covered procurement notices for all levels of government.

    CETA secures Dutch companies access to the Canadian services market. Canada committed not to impose citizenship or residency requirements as a condition for certain Dutch professionals seeking to engage in an activity in Canada (lawyers, accountants, architects, engineers, etc.).

    Canada has accepted liberalisation of certain maritime transport services and has taken market access commitments with respect to dredging, repositioning of empty containers, and feedering services on the Halifax-Montreal route.

    CETA contains a comprehensive intellectual property (IP) chapter, which provides the Netherlands’ innovators, creators, and other IP rights holders with a transparent and predictable framework for the protection and enforcement of their IP rights in the Canadian marketplace. CETA includes specific commitments on copyright and related rights, trademarks, designs, pharmaceutical IP, geographical indications (GIs) and IP rights enforcement measures, building on the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) and multilateral treaties under the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), to which Canada and the EU are both party.

  • 12 Jan 2020 11:29 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Canada is, and always has been, a trading nation. Since our first trade commissioner arrived in Australia in 1895 to increase Canadian exports, the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) has evolved into a now unmatched network of over 1,000 business-savvy experts in 160 cities worldwide who help Canadian businesses trade, grow and succeed.

    The Department of Trade and Commerce was established in 1892 under Minister Mackenzie Bowell, who led a successful trade delegation to Australia the next year. While in Australia, he heard calls for Canada to station a commercial agent in the region to answer “constant enquiries” about export opportunities for Canadian companies. 

    John LarkeJohn Larke (pictured 1893: From Oshawa Museum's Archival Collection A000.1.49a), a former newspaper owner from Oshawa, Ontario, departed Canada for Sydney, Australia, in December 1894 and arrived on January 8, 1895. He was Canada’s first permanent trade commissioner and, thus, first commercial representative abroad. Upon arrival, he was responsible for developing the market for Canadian products in Australia and New Zealand as well as developing a list of Canadian suppliers, promoting sales to the region and reporting back to Ottawa on market conditions.

    “I know of no man in Canada so well fitted for this position as Larke,” declared Bowell, who became prime minister of Canada in 1894. “He is an enthusiast on the extension of Canadian trade…He also has a happy aptitude for public speaking and could do much good in addressing boards of trade and other bodies,” says O. Mary Hill in her book, Canada’s Salesman to the World: The Department of Trade and Commerce, 1892‑1939.

    And so began the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS).

    Unlock your global potential

    With only approximately 0.5% of the world’s population, 99.5% of your potential consumers are located outside of Canada. Whether a Canadian entrepreneur, startup company or small to medium-sized business, growing globally is just part of growing your business. Begin your export journey here with the TCS:

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    Turn your ideas into a reality.

  • 02 Jan 2020 20:39 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our newest member hails from the Netherlands and is now based in Toronto. They have started a family business canadianstreetfood and the rest of the family have a Canadian foodtruck on Saturdays in Lelystad.

    Besides the foodtruck, you can also order the ingredients online for making your own poutine at home.

    To expand the business, they are looking for a

    Front-Line and Customer Service Representative

    We are hiring a enthusiastic Customer Services Representatives to prepare and sell Canadian products from our food truck. Do you like baking, understand basic food safety and do you have great customer services skills? We may be looking for you!

    Currently we are hiring Front-Line Customer Services Representative for our food truck on Saturdays (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM) in downtown Lelystad (Flevoland, The Netherlands). You could also be scheduled on casual basis to work at events in and outside of Lelystad. We are offering a casual contract. Minimum age 17+ and some basic knowledge of the English Language. Previous retail/food-service experience and affinity with Canada is not required but an asset.

    Do you want to be part of an energetic and dynamic team that serves iconic Canadian snacks from our food truck? Send your resume and motivation to roos@CanadianStreetFood.nl
    For more information about this position you could email us as well.


    • Take and fulfill orders, providing excellent customer service with a smile
    • Handle cash and debit card payments
    • Food and beverage preparation (patries, fries, poutine and drinks)
    • Maintain a clean work environment and assist with kitchen cleaning procedures
    • Follows food preparation procedures and uphold on food safety standards
  • 12 Dec 2019 11:42 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On the 9th of December 2019, The Hague hosted the launch of the headquarters for the world’s largest AI research network CLAIRE (Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe). CLAIRE was established in response to the pressing need for excellence in AI research and innovation that ensures that Europe remains competitive in AI and its applications. With CLAIRE, European partners are raising the bar significantly in terms of investment in talent, research, technology and innovation in AI.

    CLAIRE (Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe)

    “CLAIRE is the world’s largest network of AI research laboratories, and we are very happy and proud to have our headquarters in The Hague. Considering The Hague’s reputation as the city of Peace and Justice, The Hague, and the Netherlands in general, are an ideal home base for CLAIRE, which will shape the way AI is used in Europe. The Netherlands is a hotbed for AI research and innovation in Europe, and home to a large number of internationally leading experts in AI.”, says Dr. Holger Hoos, Professor of Machine learning at Leiden University and the co-initiator of CLAIRE.

    The CLAIRE headquarters in The Hague will support CLAIRE activities in Europe, coordinating the work of existing CLAIRE offices in Prague (CZ), Saarbrücken (DE), Rome (IT) and Oslo (NO), as well as offices soon to be opened in Brussels (BE), Zürich (CH), Paris (FR) and Cork (IE). The CLAIRE office in The Hague will also place special focus on AI in the public sector, AI computing and data infrastructure, and the development of a focus on AI for social good.

    CLAIRE & InnovationQuarter

    With the establishment of CLAIRE, the greater Rotterdam – The Hague area is strengthening its position as a “real life testing ground” for AI. This region has a unique position because excellent academic knowledge is concentrated here with promising areas of application for AI. Consider, for example, contributing to the energy transition in the port area, solving global food problems with horticulture and working on life sciences & health technology of the future. NCCC member InnovationQuarter will be involved in Claire as a partner for developing use-cases in collaborative projects with businesses and knowledge institutes.

    InnovationQuarter is currently working on an economic exploration of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Zuid-Holland, which will be completed early next year. For this we are in full discussion with companies and knowledge partners in the region. Ultimately, we aim to identify opportunities for collaboration on the implementation of AI in practice, and what knowledge and expertise (public and private) we already have in-house for this. When we start working on this next year, CLAIRE can play an important role.

    Find additional information about this initiative at CLAIRE.

  • 15 Nov 2019 16:52 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Welcome to the Netherlands’
    Greater Rotterdam – The Hague area! Onze prachtige regio krijgt eindelijk de spotlight die het verdient. Vorige week lanceerden wij een nieuwe website www.investinrotterdamthehaguearea.org die het Zuid-Hollandse vestigingsklimaat internationaal op de kaart zet. Neem snel een kijkje! 
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  • 05 Oct 2019 16:31 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Corporate member Houser Henry & Syron LLP have produced this excellent guide for companies who are considering doing business in Ontario.

    HOW DO YOU......

    Establish a business in Ontario? Purchase a manufacturing plant or lease office space? Hire employees? Decide on the type of business entity to operate as? Acquire a local business?

    This guide has been developed to provide business owners, both from within Canada and outside of the country, with an overview of important business and legal issues to consider to successfully establish and operate a business in Ontario.We understand that there are many facets to starting a business in a new location. Our intention with this guide is to highlight the important information business owners should know as they begin the process. This publication examines the main areas critical to operating a business in the province: selecting the type of business entity, tax considerations,employment, and real estate. We hope it serves as a valuable primer to proceeding with your business plans.

    Doing Business in Ontario - Second Edition-1.pdf

    Also, in this link, you will find a webinar on “Doing Business in Canada” and “Buying or Selling a Business”. 


  • 01 Oct 2019 09:59 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    kubik creates award-winning corporate exhibits, events and environments. We transform ideas into unforgettable experiences that enthrall audiences and go beyond imagination. 


    Are you a 3D Exhibit Designer, based in The Netherlands and looking to take the next step in your career? We are looking for a Senior Designer who wants to create out of the box, cutting edge designs for trade shows and exhibits. As 3D Exhibit Designer you will play an integral part in providing creative solutions for meeting client’s needs and objectives.

    A kubik career breaks all the rules. Use your skills. Push your talent. Unleash your energy. Nurture your creativity. Be respected for your passion. And always have fun doing it

    In our Dutch office, located in Amsterdam Noord with a great view of the IJ and Amsterdam Marina, the design team develops concepts, detailed renderings and turn-key exhibition and experiential designs for clients like DSM, Eneco, HP, Philips and Shell. 

    A typical day:
    -Be an active member of the design process to produce engaging and effective trade shows exhibit designs and interactive exhibits
    -Work collaboratively with multiple departments towards the successful development and timely completion of projects
    -Review and research project objectives and client brands
    -Develop multiple ideas quickly and efficiently through rapid sketching ability
    -Attend internal and external project planning meetings and client presentations
    -Generate creative packages for client submission

    Who we are looking for:
    -Post-secondary education in a major field of (interior) design/engineering
    -Minimum of 3 years of experience in a relevant field of design
    -Experience with 3D design of interiors, trade shows and exhibits
    -Able to prioritize, handle multiple tasks and work well with deadlines
    -Strong communication and presentation skills
    -Knowledge of manufacturing and design principles with a strong emphasis on human factors and UI/UX development and marketing.
    -Adobe Suite, MS Office
    -SketchUp, Vectorworks and/or Blender

    Send us your resume and portfolio and tell us a bit about you. 

    To learn more visit us at:

    We thank all applicants in advance for their interest, but only those applicants who are to be considered will be contacted.

    Posted Monday, September 30, 2019

  • 22 Sep 2019 10:28 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Tuesday 17 September 2019, a Canadian delegation accompanied His Worship Mayor Jim Watson from Ottawa, visited The Hague Security Delta (HSD). The visit was in the context of promoting and continuing the collaboration between both countries which gives businesses the facility to participate in a Soft landing program. A continuation agreement was signed by Mayor Watson, NCCC member Chris van Voorden (InnovationQuarter) and Joris den Bruinen (HSD) to strengthen this collaboration for the future. The visit was organised in close cooperation with InnovationQuarter, Invest Ottawa and the Embassy of Canada.

    The programme included several introductions from the organising partners, a presentation by former soft landing participant Magnet Forensics and an open discussion on further collaboration between Ottawa and the greater Rotterdam-The Hague area. Inspired by Mayor Watson’s visit, the partners are motivated to support more businesses to explore market opportunities across the ocean and participate in one of the soft landing programs.

    Soft Landing Programme

    The Canada-Netherlands Cyber and Security Technologies Soft Landing Platform was set up in 2013 by Invest Ottawa, the Dutch Embassy in Ottawa, the Canadian Embassy to the Netherlands, InnovationQuarter and HSD. This soft landing program supports businesses from Ottawa to set up an office here in the Netherlands and Dutch business to set up office in Ottawa. HSD SME partners interested in exploring the North American market get a unique market introduction for a trial period. Based in Ottawa, Canada’s national hub for the cyber, defence and security sectors, the location offers easy access to the entire North American market. Canadian SMEs get the opportunity to land in the greater Rotterdam-The Hague area.

    By participating in the program, each firm will be provided with access to key resources and support by Invest Ottawa and HSD to build a strong regional network in the market and make strategic connections. Whilst providing a low risk entry trial to Canadian and Dutch companies entering a new international market, ultimately the program is conceived to help firms possibly set up a permanent presence in the market.

    Interested in doing business in The Netherlands or Canada?

    There are plenty of opportunities to explore the Dutch and Canadian markets. A soft landing programme offers a unique introduction to HSD’s partner-ecosystems for a trial period. For companies and entrepreneurs thinking of entering a new international market, access to the resources they need and the  ability to assess the market 'on the ground' is an invaluable opportunity.

    If you are interested and want to learn more about the soft landing platform in Canada, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    If you are a Canadian company interested in exploring possibilities in the Netherlands, then contact Martijn van Hoogenhuijze, Senior Account Manager Safety & Security, InnovationQuarter
    Tel: +31 6 533 04 281
    e-mail Martijn

  • 24 May 2019 19:33 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Pierre-Luc Desgagné

    The Executive Council of Québec have appointed Pierre-Luc Desgagné as Québec’s Delegate General in Brussels. He will take up his post on 17 June 2019.

    Mr Desgagné succeeds Michel Audet, who has held the position since December 2014. Mr Audet has been appointed Personal Representative of the Québec Premier for the Francophonie and Special Envoy for Africa.  

    Biography of Pierre-Luc Desgagné 

    Pierre-Luc Desgagné is a partner in the business law group at the law firm Langlois and a member of the firm’s Board of Directors. He has extensive experience in the governmental and political spheres and recognised expertise in crisis management and public affairs. He has acquired a profound understanding of issues relating to social acceptability for development projects. He was previously deputy chief of staff to former Québec Premier Lucien Bouchard and a member of senior management at Hydro-Québec, where he was Vice President – Corporate Affairs and Secretary General among other positions.

    Mr Desgagné holds a bachelor’s degree in Law from Laval University and is a member of the Québec Bar.

    Farewell Michel

    The NCCC would like to take this opportunity to thank Michel for all of his support and engagement with the Chamber and its members. We wish him every success in his new challenge.

    Julie Allen


Netherlands-Canada Chamber of Commerce | Morssingel 13, 2312 AZ Leiden| The Netherlands | +31 (70) 2210 555 | info@nccc.trade 

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