Canada Finland
Chamber of Commerce

On this bulletin board you will find a list of business news relevant to the Canada-Finland business community.  News covers such things as relevant business deals and agreements, major world events, or interesting innovations or product developments.  Members can submit interesting information to share in this space by emailing info@canadafinlandcc.com.

Who should be this year’s “Entrepreneur of the Year”?

April 4th, 2017

We are now accepting nominations for the “Osuuspankki Finnish-Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year” Award.

Now’s your chance to suggest who should be recognized for their achievements in the business community and for their contributions to the Finnish-Canadian community.Download a nomination form by clicking here.
Completed nomination forms must be received by April 21st.The winner will be announced at our Annual General Meeting on May 8th.

Canada and EU sign historic trade agreement during EU-Canada Summit

October 31st, 2016

Canada is committed to deepening trade and investment links with new and traditional partners. Negotiating trade agreements, such as the Canada-European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), will benefit Canadians, create new job opportunities, and help to grow the middle class and those working hard to join it.

In keeping with these objectives, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, together with Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, signed CETA during today’s European Union-Canada Leaders’ Summit.

CETA is a modern, progressive trade agreement that, when implemented, will generate billions of dollars in bilateral trade and investment, provide greater choice and lower prices to consumers, and create middle class jobs in many sectors on both sides of the Atlantic. Both Canada and the EU are committed to bringing CETA into force as soon as possible.

The leaders also signed the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA), which will enhance cooperation in important areas such as energy, environment and climate change, migration and peaceful pluralism, counter-terrorism and international peace and security, and effective multilateralism.

CETA is the product of hard work, frank negotiations, and a common commitment – by the Prime Minister, the Minister of International Trade, and countless Canadian public servants – to a strong Canada-EU partnership.

Quotes

“The signing of CETA is a historic occasion. This modern and progressive agreement will reinforce the strong links between Canada and the EU, and create vast new opportunities for Canadians and Europeans alike—opening new markets for our exporters, offering more choices and better prices to consumers, and forging stronger ties between our economies.”
– Rt. Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

“The Canada-EU partnership is based on shared values, a long history of close cooperation, and strong people-to-people ties. The signing of CETA and the SPA sets the stage for even deeper relations in the future which will bolster the middle class on both sides of the Atlantic.”
– Rt. Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

“CETA will offer significant benefits for most sectors of the Canadian economy, from fishermen in Newfoundland and Labrador, to aerospace workers in Quebec, and from people assembling automobiles in Ontario, to forest industry workers in British Columbia to miners in the Northwest Territories.”
Rt. Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Quick Facts

  • In addition, the leaders issued a joint statement following the Summit that outlines commitments and key areas of focus for Canada and the EU in coming years. The statement focused on shared values and interests including peace, democracy, prosperity, protection of human rights, rule of law, environment, inclusion and cultural diversity.
  • CETA will provide Canada with access to the EU’s more than 500 million consumers. Canadian workers throughout the country stand to benefit significantly from increased access to this 28 country market which generates $20 trillion in annual economic activity.
  • The elimination of EU tariffs will assist sectors in every region of Canada, including advanced manufacturing, agriculture and agri-food, automotive, chemicals and plastics, fish and seafood, forestry and value-added wood products, metal and mineral products and technology.
  • EU-Canada summits are held as agreed upon by the Prime Minister of Canada and the presidents of the European Council and European Commission.
  • This year marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of the first Canada‑EU Framework Agreement (1976) and the establishment of the EU’s diplomatic mission in Ottawa.
  • Canada’s trade and investment relations continue to grow with the EU, the world’s second largest single market, and Canada’s second largest bilateral trading partner. Of Canada’s 21 priority markets for investment attraction, 11 are in the EU.

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Source: http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2016/10/30/canada-and-eu-sign-historic-trade-agreement-during-eu-canada-summit

 

Read more: http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/countries-and-regions/countries/canada/ and http://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-canada-trade-idUSKBN12U0HU?il=0

 

Who should be this year’s “Entrepreneur of the Year”?

April 1st, 2016

We are now accepting nominations for the “Osuuspankki Finnish-Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year” Award.

Now’s your chance to suggest who should be recognized for their achievements in the business community and for their contributions to the Finnish-Canadian community.Download a nomination form by clicking here.

Completed nomination forms must be received by April 15th.

The winner will be announced at our Annual General Meeting on May 17th.

Nominate an “Entrepreneur of the Year”

April 14th, 2015

We are now accepting nominations for the Osuuspankki Finnish-Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Now’s your chance to suggest who should be recognized for their achievements in the business community and for their contributions to the Finnish-Canadian community.

Download a nomination form by clicking here.

 

Completed nomination forms must be received by May 15th.

The winner will be announced at our Annual General Meeting on June 9th.

The 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year

June 17th, 2014

Congratulations to Marja Hillis, winner of the 2014 Osuuspankki “Finnish-Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year award”!

marja

In June 2014, at the CFCC’s AGM, we announced the recipient of this year’s award, which is now in its eighth year. The Finnish-Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year Award is the result of the Finnish Credit Union – Osuuspankki – wanting to recognize the many successful Finnish Canadian entrepreneurs.

Marja Hillis is the Chief Executive Officer of MOLOK North America. Recently she was recognized by Profit magazine and Chatelaine as one of the top female entrepreneurs of 2013.

Marja came to Canada 16 years ago and established Molok North America to market her father’s, Veikko Salli’s, invention of a waste management system which had already become popular in Europe. Although the Molok Deep Collection waste management system was a proven product in Europe she faced a number of challenges in Canada not the least among them was resistance from waste haulers and an industry which was 99% male dominated. Her determination and perseverance – the famous Finnish sisu – overcame adversity. After an initial breakthrough with Ontario Parks Association the system and her continuing efforts the system is now being ever more widely accepted.

In 2013 Profit magazine also recognized the Molok company in its list of the top 500 companies in Canada.

The company has spent the past 15 years building a name for itself in the waste management industry. The revolutionary design allows waste to be stored below grade, reducing offensive odours and prevent vandalism and vermin with its attractive and practical design. The new facility allows the company to consolidate its operations and allows for future growth.

 

Nominate an “Entrepreneur of the Year”

April 11th, 2014

The CFCC is now accepting nominations for the Osuuspankki Finnish-Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Now’s your chance to suggest who should be recognized for their achievements in the business community and for their contributions to the Finnish-Canadian community.

Download a nomination form by clicking here.

 

Completed nomination forms must be received by May 16th.

The winner will be announced at our Annual General Meeting on June 3rd.