Canada Finland
Chamber of Commerce

President’s message

Dear friend of the CFCC,

Every time a new president begins their role, there is an expectation for change and development. So what’s different this year? Starting in June 2014, I began my Presidency and am joined by two new board members: Sharon Vegh and Heikki Laurila. The board and I are very motivated to take further steps to build on what works well.

I am proud of the continued success of the Nordic Golf Tournament (this year at Woodbine on Sept. 4), our traditional welcoming Holiday event, and the “Featured Member” presentation evenings. We will be continuing with all of these; only this year, we will start the Christmas season with a “Pikkujoulu”, which will be an evening event. It will still offer gourmet food with some additional highlights in the program. We are also anticipating some very interesting visits that the CFCC will host this fall.

Cooperation with EUCOCIT and the Swedish and Danish Chambers enables us to better stay current with developments in the EU and broadens our networks. This is now very important due to the Canada-EU trade agreement, CETA, which will likely come into effect in 2016. As such, the next 1-3 years will bring many new opportunities in trade between Canada and the EU.

Being a member of the CFCC connects you with this community of business people and professionals, keeps you current with the Finnish and EU matters, and is fun. CFCC wants to attract new members but activating our current members is just as important.

I would like to extend my invitation to you to join, be active and take full advantage of the CFCC. I’d love to hear your feedback and ideas. You can reach me at You can also check out my full profile here and, while you are at it, please like or join our CFCC Group on LinkedIn.


Lauri Asikainen