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Photos from the 2012 Lucia Celebration


Here is a selection of photos from the 2012 Lucia Celebration, courtesy Daniel Fisker. Next year’s Lucia will take place December 6, 2013.

Canadian and International Merchandise trade, November 2012


Canadian and International Merchandise trade, November 2012

Data just released by Statistics Canada reveals Canada’s merchandise imports rose 2.7% in November, while exports decreased 0.9%. As a result, Canada’s trade deficit with the world widened substantially from $552 million in October to $2 billion in November.

Imports rose to $39.5 billion, as volumes increased 2.2%. Electronic and electrical equipment and parts led the gain in overall imports, followed closely by motor vehicles and parts as well as metal and non-metallic mineral products. Exports declined to $37.5 billion, as prices were down 1.3%. Exports of farm, fishing and intermediate food products as well as metal and non-metallic mineral products contributed the most to the overall decline.

Exports to the United States grew 3.9% to $28.3 billion. Imports from the United States rose 1.7% to $25 billion, the third consecutive monthly increase. Consequently, Canada’s trade surplus with the United States increased from $2.7 billion in October to $3.3 billion in November.  Exports to countries other than the United States fell 13.4% to $9.2 billion, the lowest level since September 2010. Imports rose 4.6% to $14.5 billion bringing Canada’s trade deficit with countries other than the United States from $3.2 billion in October to a record $5.3 billion in November.

Imports up due to higher volumes

Imports of electronic and electrical equipment and parts rose 5.6% to $4.6 billion, with widespread increases recorded throughout the section. Imports of communications and audio and video equipment (+14.2%), primarily cellular telephones led the gain.  Registering their first increase in five months, imports of motor vehicles and parts grew 3.5% to $6.9 billion in November. Higher imports of motor vehicle engines and motor vehicle parts (+4.1%) and passenger cars and light trucks (+4.0%) accounted for most of the monthly gain. Imports of metal and non-metallic mineral products increased 6.8% to $3.7 billion and imports of unwrought precious metals and precious metal alloys were up 14.4%.  Imports of basic and industrial chemical, plastic and rubber products grew 6.7% to $3.2 billion while basic chemicals imports rose 20.1% in November.  Imports of energy products decreased 3.7% to $3.5 billion, as volumes fell 4%. Imports of refined petroleum energy products, mainly motor gasoline, fell 13.2%.

Farm, fishing and intermediate food products lead the decline in exports

After reaching a record high in October, exports of farm, fishing and intermediate food products fell 14.6% to $2.3 billion, as widespread declines were registered throughout the section. Leading the overall decline were exports of canola (-32.5%) and other crop products (-15.7%). Exports of metal and non-metallic mineral products decreased 7.6% to $4.2 billion. The main contributor to the decline was unwrought precious metals and precious metal alloys, as volumes fell 24.3%.  Following four consecutive monthly decreases, exports of motor vehicles and parts grew 6.6% to $6 billion, with passenger cars and light trucks accounting for most of the gain ( + 8.8%).

Exports of basic and industrial chemical, plastic and rubber products increased 7.5% to $2.7 billion with lubricants and other petroleum refinery products (+26%) and dyes and pigments and petrochemicals (+26.1%) leading the gain.

How about our neighbors South of the border ?

Statistics just out by the U.S. Census Bureau reveal that the United States  international trade deficit in goods and services increased from $42.1 billion in October to $48.7 billion in November , as imports increased more than exports.

Geographically, the U.S. goods deficit with China decreased from $29.5 billion in October to $29 billion in November. Exports decreased $0.2 billion (primarily nonferrous metals and oilseeds and food oils) to $10.6 billion, while imports decreased $0.7 billion (primarily apparel and footwear) to $39.5 billion.

The goods deficit with Canada increased from $1.7 billion in October to $3.3 billion in November. Exports decreased $1.2 billion (primarily generators, passenger cars, and electric apparatus) to $24.7 billion, while imports increased $0.1 billion (primarily fuel oil) to $27.7 billion.

The goods deficit with Mexico increased from $4.4 billion in October to $4.9 billion in November. Exports decreased $1.6 billion (primarily petroleum products, computer accessories, and soybeans) to $18.8 billion, while imports decreased $1.1 billion (primarily crude oil, automotive parts and accessories, and computers) to $23.7 billion.

And how about Canada’s trade with Sweden ?

Regarding trade with Sweden, Canadian exports went from $26 million in September, up to $30 million in October and up again to $45 million in November.  Canadian imports from Sweden, on the other hand, went from $308 million in September, up to $341million in October and down to $276 million in November.  Our bilateral trade remains heavily in favour of Sweden, with peaks and valleys and it will be interesting to see its evolution in the months ahead.

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Christian Sivière                                                                       Import Export Logistics Solutions TM, Montréal All Rights Reserved    January 2013

Sources : Statistics Canada, U.S. Census Bureau


Welcome New Member: Retire-at-Home


Arja Maria Lindfors
Arja Maria Lindfors
Executive Director
Retire-At-Home Services, Richmond Hill / Vaughan
T: 905-737-2221 F: 905-737-4474

Welcome new member: Mannermex


Who is Mannermex?

As recruitment specialists, we understand the need for an efficient, confidential, and objective recruitment process. Our network of Candidates are pre-screened via an intense series of interviews, tests, exams, and background checks, and are ready to contribute to your company’s bottom line.

Our unique recruitment system allows us to quickly match the top Candidates whom match the Clients’ exact qualification profile. Fast forward, and allow us to present the top 3 Candidates for your vacancy, promising you a more effective use of your time.

We are confident that you will see the competitive advantage our services can bring to your organization.

Employers, we know you are busy. Recruiting can be challenging and most importantly, time consuming. Fast forward to the top 3 Candidates. MannerMex’s innovative recruitment model ensures a fast, focused, confidential and objective search.

This allows us to attract, thoroughly screen,
and select the best-qualified candidates. Our enthusiastic expert recruiters are committed to finding the perfect Candidate match for every assignment.

Welcome new member: GP Wealth Management


Logo: GP Wealth Management

GP Wealth Management is an independent firm that has specialized in providing financial planning services and products for more than a decade. We’re committed to providing excellence in client service and to helping our clients achieve their goals.

When you partner with GP Wealth Management you will receive the personal attention of a financial advisor who will create and execute a customized financial plan designed to meet your current needs and provide for your future.

That’s our commitment to you.

Tel: 416-622-9969
Fax: 416-622-5040

SCCC introduces special member benefits from Business Improvement GROUP INC.


The Business Improvement Group of Companies is a leading consultancy, comprised of engineers, scientists, accountants and other professionals, whose mission is to increase their clients’ cash flow via government funding programs and other recovery strategies.

Maximize your return. Minimize your time involvement.

Business Improvement Group will perform all work on your behalf so you can maximize your refund through government funding programs, such as the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) and Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit (OIDMTC) Programs. Services include assessment, technical writing, tax planning, amended tax return, CRA monitoring, coaching/ defending claims, and claim dispute processing as necessary.

Affiliate BIG Funding Inc. provides companies with knowledge and support in obtaining all relevant government grants and funding available to their business, focusing their attention on three key categories of funding, Hiring and Training, Research and Development and Business Expansion, to help you grow and remain competitive.

Sister Company ITC Recovery Provides Cost Recovery Review Services focusing on Accounts Payable Reviews, Sales Tax Recoveries, Lease Audits and Post Audit Claim defense. Their goal is to continue to recover lost profits and increase cash flow dollars for clients while continuing to support their compliance and improvement initiatives resulting in stronger and healthier companies.

Your benefits:

  • No cost or obligation review and assessment of your current or potential SR&ED process.
  • 10% off of our list fee rates. Guaranteed results or we are not paid.
  • Pro bono assistance for all other government funding programs (such as IRAP, OBRI) when you are a SR&ED or OIDMTC client.
  • Team approach – we assign four fulltime experts to your file and perform a three stage quality review.
  • Maximize your claim return by unearthing every possible eligible activity and claiming every possible identified cost.
  • Access to the E-SR&ED newsletter for topical content on maximizing SR&ED, including analysis of SR&ED jurisprudence.
  • Access to the BIG team if you encounter issues with Canada Revenue Agency.
  • Receive your SR&ED refund up front! Ask us about this innovative offering.


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SWEA Toronto invites you to their Swedish Christmas Festival!


Grieg Piano Concerto – Special Invitation from our Honorary Consul Lars Henriksson




Conductor Kerry Stratton and the TCO Present Works By Grieg, Dag Wiren, Larsson and Halvorsen

On Monday, November 5, world-renowned pianist Carl

Petersson makes his Toronto debut with conductor Kerry Stratton and the Toronto

Concert Orchestra in a performance of Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16.

The evening’s program pays tribute to four of Scandinavia’s most prolific composers of

classical music including Dag Wirén’s Serenade for Strings, Lars-Erik Larsson’s Pastoral

Suite Op. 19 and Johan Halvorsen’s Entry of the Boyars.


About Carl Petersson:

Born in 1981 in Lund, raised in Helsingborg, Sweden, Carl Petersson started to play piano at the age of fifteen. Ten years later he graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. Petersson has been awarded four scholarships to the Tel-Hai International Piano Master Classes and has performed worldwide throughout Sweden, Denmark, Poland, France, Czech Republic, Germany and Israel.

Competition awards for Petersson include a first prize award at the 24 Chopin Piano Competition at Antonin, Poland, The Isman Family Prize in Israel in 2005, 2nd prize at the Steinway Festival in Copenhagen, and in 2008 Carl received the Helsingborg Cultural Award for his recording of Flotow’s Piano Concertos. In 2009, Petersson made his North American debut with the West Coast Symphony in Vancouver, Canada and the Carson City Symphony, USA.

The SCCC cordially invites you to our Annual Lucia Celebration

2012 Annual Lucia Celebration
Registration Printable Floor Plan (PDF) The Tradition 2011 Slide show

The Swedish Canadian Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to our

Annual Lucia Celebration

Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Concert Hall

November 30 2012

Glögg reception at 11.30 A.M Seating at 12,00 P.M

Photos: 2011 Lucia Features



Come enjoy a traditional Swedish Christmas buffet, accompanied by the obligatory singing of Schnapps songs, an over the top Raffle. Be moved by Santa Lucia and her maids as they sing traditional Lucia carols.

The Lucia Luncheon continues until all the prizes have been given out in the very popular Lucia raffle! This year we are introducing the “RED TICKET” draw for an extraordinary surprise prize.

This is the perfect event to invite your business acquaintances, friends and family to join in the heartfelt, atmospheric afternoon filled with good food, fun filled raffle away from daily routines.

No more worries of what gift to give your friends, business associates or employees for Christmas. Treat them to a unique – TASTE OF SWEDEN!

Date: November 30 2012
Time: 11.30 P.M. – 3 P.M.
Location: Fairmont Royal York, Concert Hall, 100 Front Street Toronto, ON
: Casual Business
: Marie Larsson. 416-925 8661

No cancellations after November 15, 2012.

Tables of 8 – 10 – 12 can be reserved and tickets to be paid online, by cheque, or any major credit card prior to the event.

New this year! All Early Bird Table reservations can choose your table on a first come first serve basis.  Please click here for floor plan.

Reserve your spot now! 

Register early! This event will be sold out.

Please note: if you are paying by cheque, you must add the HST to the ticket price.

Lucia November 30 2012

Sweden 360 – at the Boiler house in the Historic Distillery District


Sweden 360: Explore Swedish design and lifestyle at the Boiler House Oct 17th

Experience products and food from a selected group of Sweden’s most exciting premium brands at a special event at the Boiler House Oct 17th.

“Torontonians will have the chance to try, taste, feel the products and meet the people behind some of Sweden’s most reputable brands namly Hästens beds, Volvo cars, linen from Ekelund, Kitchen appliances from Electrolux, Eton shirts, diningware from Gense, Gustavsberg china, Salming underwear, Mackmyra whisky and a number of Swedish craft beer producers!” says Rebecka, project leader at the Swedish Trade Council.

The Swedish Trade Council and the Swedish Embassy will invite decision makers working in related industries as well as prominent journalists to a day-event. At night time a broader public consisted of food and design lovers enthusiastic to learn and experience Swedish lifestyle will be invited. Read more about the event here: “Bringing Swedish lifestyle to Toronto”

There will be a very limited number of tickets available for the three course sit down dinner prepared by Swedish chef Erik Brännström, priced at 80CAD each. Contact Agata to make your reservation,

Any questions about the event itself or participating companies? Send an e-mail to or  call +1 416 922 8152 ext. 226


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