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SCCC members tell their stories: Aktive Motors Inc

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This is the story about Christian Skovbjerg and his company Aktive Motors.

My exiting career in automotive training started many years ago in Sweden and I have gained an immense amount of knowledge and experience by working with companies such as SAAB and other European manufacturers in three continents. The experiences gained stem for a number of opportunities and journeys whilst for working for SAAB in Trollhättan, Sweden, as well as for General Motors of Canada and joining the team at SAAB & Porsche Import Division at the SAAB Regional Far East Office in Singapore. With the business knowledge and values gained and expanded by my global work experiences, Aktive Motors was started in 2007 with a dream and a pledge of being an honest automotive service and sales organization that would reflect a true Scandinavian philosophy. The mission statement highlights the importance of delivering genuine and the upmost level of customer service to all Aktive Motor clients.

The company offers a high level of dedication to the SAAB Organization; it is a bit of Sweden away from home. Aktive Motors arranged the GTA SAAB Rally when the CEO of Spyker Cars, Mr. Muller, purchased SAAB Automobile AB from GM. A demonstration was held at the GM head office in Oshawa to encourage the company to sell SAAB to Spyker Cars. The rally was broadcasted in the local Toronto news media as well as online on YouTube and other SAAB web media for the world to see. Aktive Motors also hosted an awareness meeting in Toronto concerning the survival of the SAAB brand. Over 120 supporters as far as Ottawa dedicated their time and commitment to the meeting. This showed their support for the SAAB brand and what Aktive Motors stands for. A video was published on YouTube, which was ranked the second most globally viewed SAAB awareness meeting video.

Looking back we have accomplished many things that bring us to our business status today. Our clients come from as far as Victoria in the West to St John’s in the East, as well as from south of the border. My goal of making Aktive Motors the biggest name for SAAB in Canada is reaching its potential. We strive to be the best and it is with great pleasure that I can offer a complete platform that will embrace all of our patrons’ service and sales needs. I want to offer a heartfelt thank you to all of our clients, for their support and trust in not only myself but also in the staff at Aktive Motor, we could not have done this without you. I welcome you to call Aktive Motors and our staff will be ready to assist in any of your driving needs.  http://www.aktivemotors.ca/

Thank you for your interest in my story.

Christian Skovbjerg

Sweden Won the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest: Can we do it again?

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Logo: EuroVision 2013

Last year, Sweden won the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, Azerbaijan – can we do it again in Malmö?

Join us Saturday, May 18 at the Drake Hotel, second floor, for a special broadcast of this years European Song Contest, being held in Malmö, Sweden.

No entrance fee; first come, first served.

Everyone buys the food and drink she and he wishes.

2013 Jenny Lind Concert – June 10

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Catch Swedish Films at Hot Docs: April 25 – May 5, 2013

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Hot Docs 2013 Films and Schedule Announced!

Make sure to catch the Swedish Film about the future of the Internet. Not to be missed. TPB AFK: THE PIRATE BAY AWAY FROM KEYBOARD By Simon Kloser

The Pirate Bay: Away From Keyboard

See website for time and place.

http://www.hotdocs.ca/

Watch for us! Check out the new SCCC Mobile

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Thanks to Marc Engelen and the team at Volvo Cars Canada, Marie will be zipping all over town in a beautiful Volvo C30. Sporty and luxurious, the C30 is a three-door, four-seat shooting-brake powered by straight-4 and straight-5 engines.

This is what it will look like when it is finished being wrapped — with the Canadian and Swedish flags featured prominently (you will need an mp4 viewer to see the 3D model rotating).

3D model of the new car wrap

Gorgeous, isn’t it?

Again, thank you to our newest Platinum Members: Volvo Cars Canada!

New Chairman’s Introduction & Message

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Len Kleine

Our new Chairman, Len Kleine

Time flies when you have fun!! It is now 37 years ago I left Sweden and arrived in Toronto in 1976. This is the second time that I am getting involved in the Chamber, and I do so with a great sense of excitement.

So many things have happened and the time for an aggressive, active, and collaborative Chamber is here. My name is Lennart (Len) P. Kleine and I am taking over from my friend Erik Thorsrud who has been the Chair for the past two years. I wanted to extend a sincere Thank You to Erik on behalf of the Board of Directors and myself for bringing us to this very exciting point!

We are talking about “Team Sweden” — not to insinuate we are a sports team but as an indication of the very strong bond we are forming between The Swedish Embassy, our Honorary Counsel, Business Sweden, and Swedish-Canadian Chamber of Commerce. The synergies are transparent and will benefit each organization, their members, and help promote Sweden from not only a business point of view but also our culture.

I am fond of a saying that my brother gave birth to many years ago: he said “Canada is just like Sweden, only bigger and faster”, then he proceeded to tell me what a bad decision I made. Apparently I should have moved to Florida so he could come and golf during the winter months. I am very glad I choose Canada. I did reside in Lake Tahoe for 7 years but my children, Britt 26 and Eric 28  grew up in Unionville, just north of Toronto, where we resided for over 20 years.  Since five years I live in beautiful Brooklin ON, together with my wife Mimma and are enjoying being empty nesters.

I am very excited to be part of the SCCC  in 2013 and going forward, since I feel the timing is great for some really interesting and timely initiatives. Marie Larsson has been over to Sweden twice recently and met with various groups who are interested in learning about the Chamber’s activity here in Toronto. Marie made some very valuable contacts, both in the public and private sector.

My professional experience is in the Healthcare field and we all know the challenges that exists in that industry; Sweden and Canada currently have ongoing discussion around the Healthcare issues: exchanging ideas, and sharing failures and successes.

I want to take the opportunity to thank all Directors of the Board for their work and at the same time I want to encourage the younger generation to get involved in the Chamber. We will work hard but also make it fun with our numerous events. The Lucia Luncheon at the Royal York, our Golf Tournament, and our Crayfish/BBQ party with promises of new ideas and positive modifications in each of the above. All in the interest of making the events ‘world class’, fun and something NOT to miss! That is a promise!

The year kicked off with a number of positive events: the Launch of Business Sweden was great, we wish Kristofer and his team success and the chamber will assist were we can. I also had the opportunity to visit with Magnus Andersson, the previous Trade Commissioner when he was in Toronto in February, I attended a EUCCAN & CETA update meeting that was very informative and attended a function in Honor of Mats Sundin’s Foundation for Developmental Health. Mats is a great athlete but also a really approachable good guy! It was a pleasure to be part of that event.

Watch for us!

I want to make a special mention to Volvo Cars of Canada and Marc Engelen and his team. They moved in to their beautiful new Head Office in Richmond Hill earlier this year and they are our newest Platinum Members! In addition, Volvo provided the Chamber with a beautiful Volvo C30 that Marie will be driving. Marie is extremely happy and grateful. Look for the very colorful wrapped Volvo C30 around town, clad in the Swedish and Canadian Flags!

Our sincere thanks to Marc and his team for making this happen.

Marc has also agreed to join our Board and that is something we all look forward to.

I also want to personally welcome our other two new Board Members, Axel Kindbom and Ingela Baker. Axel and Ingela will be  very valuable members of the Board and we are very happy to have them. A warm welcome to Marc, Axel and Ingela!

In summary, 2013 will be an exciting year, please get involved and let us know your thoughts and or ideas. If you are interested in participating on the Board let Marie know. Please join us for the AGM held April 22, 2013, everybody counts and we want hear you!

Lennart (Len) P. Kleine
Chairman of the Board of Directors

April 22, 2013: Annual General Meeting 6pm (Board meeting at 5pm)

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Just a heads up that the Annual General Meeting will be taking place Monday, April 22 2013 at Festival Tower, 350 King Street West, Toronto, 10th floor (entrance on 80 John Street).

Special presentation by Kristofer Fröjd, Market Unit Manager, Business Sweden – The Swedish Trade and Invest Council.

Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP by end of day April 18, 2013 so we can make arrangements.

RSVP here: http://2013sccc-agm.eventbrite.ca/

April 16-21: Come cheer Sweden at Curling Championships

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For those of you who are curling fans this link takes you to the Grand Slam of Curling Player’s Championship where the World Cup winners Team Värmland (also known under the names of Team Edin, Sweden, and Team Homan, Ontario) will be attending.

Probably tougher to win here than winning the World Cup. For each team of Edins caliber, there are at least five Canadian teams of similar skill!


Lars Henriksson
Swedish Honorary Consul