Founding of the Chamber
The Swedish-Canadian Chamber of Commerce (SCCC) was founded in 1965 by Nils Kallin who was President for SKF as well as the Swedish Consul General at the time. The main incentive for founding the SCCC was to assist the Swedish Trade Commissioner in his quest to extend the contact within Swedish companies across Canada. In 1965 the Swedish Trade Commissioner was based in Montreal, Quebec and thus the SCCC opened doors to the Toronto market, which in turn gave the Trade Commissioner more access to Western Canada.
Largely due to the resource industries, such as pulp & paper and mining, Sweden and Canada have been doing business since the early 1900’s and important to have the ability to reach the Swedish-Canadian market on a national level.
Bjorn Leyner became SCCC’s first Chairman. Mr. Leyner was sent to Canada from Sweden to start up the first office for Astra (currently known as AstraZeneca) and the company has since that time grown to include a research centre in Montreal, QC as well as offices in Mississauga, ON. Mr. Leyner remained a loyal member until his death in 2003.