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We welcome GoAhead Tours as an Affiliate member.

At Go Ahead Tours, creating incredible travel experiences is what we do best. As part of EF Education First, we draw on over 50 years of expertise to continue to grow our portfolio of more than 180 tours to all 7 continents. We’re excited to become an affiliate member of SCCC and look forward making your private and professional travel dreams come true.

Why Go Ahead Tours?

We’re a company of passionate adventurers dedicated to creating the best journey for every traveller.


  • Global expertise: Thanks to the global EF network, we have offices all over the world—your clients can count on expert support everywhere they go.


  • Flexible travel experiences: Our carefully crafted itineraries offer a balance of sightseeing tours led by local experts and free time for travellers to explore on their own.


  • A commitment to quality: Our team considers the details of every itinerary and reads every review we receive to ensure that we’re offering the best possible travel experience.


  • An exceptional value: We’re committed to offering amazing experiences at an excellent value. At you’ll always find pricing in Canadian dollars.


  • Small groups, big connections: Our tour groups are always capped at between 14 to 35 travellers—well below the industry average. A small group of 14 on safari in Botswana and Zimbabwe means better access to remote settings, while up to 28 is the ideal group size for discovering local flavours on a European Food & Wine Tour.


To find out more how we can support your personal and private travel please visit or contact Christopher Gentile, Business Development Manager, Go Ahead Tours Canada, at 416.738.4671 or or our Vice President, Johan Astrom at


Happy Travels!

We welcome new member VR Travel



Your Business Travel is our Business


VR Travel began in 1969 as Vejle Rejser, in the city of Vejle in Denmark. Back then, there were only three employees and we specialized in leisure travel. Already by the mid-1970s, our focus began to turn to business travel. Today, with nearly 50 employees and a yearly turnover of more than 500,000 million Danish kroner, we are a 100% management-owned, full-service business travel agency with offices in Denmark, Greenland and Canada.

VR Travel takes pride in being 100% neutral – this means we don’t have any hidden agreements with specific travel providers – so you get the best price that’s available according to your travel requirements on every trip. We also strive to give you at least 3 options on your itinerary, so the trip is up to you.

As a VR Travel customer, you will have your own contact persons, who know you and your travel requirements and policies, so you won’t be starting from scratch every time you call.

We provide different levels of service, depending on your needs – from Full Service, where we take care of everything for you, to Self-Service, where you log into our online portal and have access to our special prices and book everything yourself.

Contact us today for an offer tailor-made for your company’s needs.

Med venlig hilsen / Best regards

Jacob Bantz
Agency Manager

VR Travel · 174 Spadina Avenue, Suite 402 · Toronto · M5T 2C2 · Canada
Tel.: +1 888-263-0050   / +45 7642 9940 ·
Mobile phone: +1 647-992-0050

We are pleased to welcome Graham Parkinson as a new member to SCCC

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Graham Parkinson is a corporate commercial lawyer with Miller Thomson, practicing primarily out of the Kitchener-Waterloo office.

Graham’s connection with the Nordic countries began when in high school he participated in a Rotary international exchange program and lived for one year in a small town in Norway.  During law school at Queen’s University, Graham had an opportunity to use some of his language skills and worked as a research assistant to Prof. Kathleen Lahey on a project concerning Sweden’s use of tax policy to further gender equality.  After receiving a scholarship from the Swedish Women’s Educational Association, Toronto, Graham spent the fall of 2013 studying international commercial arbitration and European law at Uppsala University.

Graham is excited to get involved with the Swedish Canadian Chamber of Commerce as a means of maintaining his connection with Sweden and helping to strengthen the relationship between the two countries.


Graham Parkinson
Miller Thomson LLP
Accelerator Building
295 Hagey Boulevard, Suite 300
Waterloo, Ontario  N2L 6R5
Direct Line: 519.593.2425
Fax: 519.743.2540

Welcoming new member: Shadforth Communications

Backed by technical knowledge and experience, Shadforth Communications provides English editing, English as a Second Language (ESL) editing, and technical writing services to clients in Canada and Europe.

As the owner and company principal, Tahirah Shadforth specializes in delivering business and technical documents that enhance the reputation of her clients. This has been her goal throughout her 18-year career as an editor and technical writer in the defence, health, environment, and telecommunication sectors. Over the years, she has produced documentation for some of Canada’s largest organizations, including the Department of National Defence, Bell Canada, and the Canada Revenue Agency, among others. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Political Science from the University of Ottawa.

ESL editing for business

In the global marketplace, businesses require a competitive edge to achieve success and growth. The stakes are even higher for a business communicating in a language that is not its own. Often it can take just a few spelling mistakes or one misquotation for a potential client to judge a company to be careless and the document—be it an annual report, a business plan or a white paper—to be an unreliable source of information.

If you’re a Swedish company or SCCC member doing business in markets where English is the primary language, Shadforth Communications can help by improving the clarity and readability of your documents. With a focus on logic, grammar, spelling, punctuation, usage, and consistency, Tahirah’s review of your documents will ensure that your business will be well positioned to succeed in today’s global economy. To learn more, contact Tahirah directly or visit

Tahirah Shadforth
Shadforth Communications

Welcoming new member: Bennett Jones LLP

Firm Profile: Bennett Jones

bennett-jones-logoBennett Jones LLP is an internationally recognized Canadian law firm. The firm and the affiliated and associated entities that comprise Bennett Jones have more than 380 lawyers and business advisors and 500 staff in nine Canadian and international offices — Calgary, Toronto, Edmonton, Ottawa, Vancouver, Doha, Washington, DC, Bermuda, and a representative office in Beijing. We continue to broaden and deepen our representation of clients in key global business centres, and build our profile and relationships around the world. With exceptional experience in complex cross-border and international transactions, the firm is ideally suited to advise foreign businesses and investors with Canadian ventures, and connect Canadian businesses and investors with opportunities around the world.

Over the years, the firm has produced some of Canada’s most accomplished legal and business leaders, fostering values that established Bennett Jones as one of Canada’s most successful business law firms. As business needs shift, the firm offers clients innovative, strategic and forward-thinking approaches to business. Mutual respect and independent thought are cornerstones of client and colleague interactions, and dedication to excellence extends to how they relate to people. Efforts have not gone unnoticed. Bennett Jones is proud to have been recognized for 13 consecutive years as one of Canada’s 50 Best Employers.


Member profile: Artem Barsukov

Artem Barsukov practices business law at Bennett Jones with experience in all major areas of corporate law, including dispute resolution through international commercial arbitration. His exposure to multiple legal areas — a rarity in an increasingly specialized profession — makes him an extremely versatile lawyer, able to offer advice on all types of issues facing Swedish businesses in Canada.

Artem has an intense passion for all things Swedish. An avid fan of Saab cars since the tender age of five, and having grown up reading Emil i Lönneberga, he went on to learn Swedish at the University of Alberta and spent a semester studying international business at the Uppsala University.  Clearly, this was not enough Sweden for him, as Artem went on to return several times, spending almost a year in Sweden overall. Artem has business proficiency in both spoken and written Swedish. He maintains it on a daily basis by listening to live feeds of Sveriges Radio on his daily commute to the office and reading Dagens Industri during his free time.

With his knowledge of Swedish language and culture, Artem can act as a link between your Swedish business and the vast expertise and resources Bennett Jones has to offer. If you need a trusted business advisor who can — literally — speak your language, understand your unique business needs and philosophy, or effectively represent you in negotiations involving Swedish counterparts, look no further.

Artem is admitted to practice in both Ontario and Alberta.

For more information, please contact Artem directly or visit

Artem N. Barsukov
Associate, Bennett Jones LLP

3400 One First Canadian Place, P.O. Box 130, Toronto, ON  M5X 1A4
Direct: +1 (416) 777-4865 | Fax: +1 (416) 863-1716

We welcome Landing Point as a new member to SCCC.

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Landing Point connects European companies wanting to launch their products in North America to the market through a suite of services built to facilitate rapid success.

These services include:

 Market Launch Advisory and Planning

  • Plan the launch – determine risks and opportunities, go / no go

Business Development and Introductory Services

  • Meet the C-suite, speak at the right events, sell at the right level

Workplace and Meeting Solutions

  • Strategically Located Offices

Logistics and Distribution Solutions

  • Warehousing and distribution services at transport hub

Professional and Back Office Operational Support Services

  • Focus on sales, not administration

For more information please go to 


Mr. Kayvon Khalili

Principal, Landing Point Ltd.

We welcome Mike Andic and the “Smart Plow” project as a new member to the SCCC

Mike Andic is an engineer/designer/inventor  that contacted the SCCC regarding his Snow Plow project. Mark figured  the SCCC would be a good fit, since a Swedish organization would know lots about snow, but also that Swedes  rank high regarding doing business with integrity.

Mike is inspired by:
Improving the standard of living, decreasing all taxes and abolishing some of them, by implementing highly automated solutions for trivial and repetitive tasks, so we can concentrate on a “High-Level-Activities”.

Other than that, it’s usually the frustration with the way some things are done that “inspires” me to do something about it.

Snow plow. Mark Andic“Smart Plow” is a robotic machine that will put the end to the common problem that cities across the world experience during the winter time street cleaning operation.

“Smart Plow” is attached to the existing City Utility Trucks, and is robotically controlled and operated by the GPS and RF signals, independently from the Truck Operator, who is only occupied with directing the Truck along the Street.

This System will speed up the present operation, reduce the vehicle emissions, reduce the number of trucks needed for the operation, reduce the operating and capital cost (25-30%), eliminate the losses the economy bears due to being late to work because of blocked driveways in the morning when people leave for work, the instances of heart attacks in (mostly) elderly individuals, trying to shovel-away the heavy snow-ridge at the driveway entrances, leaving the intersection-sides clean for the traffic’s unimpeded cross-flow, etc….

For more details, please contact
Mike Andic,
Ph. (519) 536-6453



SCCC welcomes Klaus Koeppen, as a member.

Dear fellow members of the Swedish-Canadian Chamber of Commerce –  Kära kollegor i Svensk-Kanadensiska Handelskammaren,

With more than 20 years experience in wealth management, my team and I specialize in helping families and small business owners in managing their financial affairs and meeting their many challenges.

Klaus Koeppen, MBA Investment Advisor CIBC Worldmarkets Inc.

Klaus Koeppen, MBA
Investment Advisor
CIBC Worldmarkets Inc.

Managing financial affairs would include investment, retirement and estate planning services, as well as working closely together with other professionals like tax accountants and lawyers.

Our focus on delivering strong, risk adjusted results, based on a high skill, experience and commitment level, allows our clients to achieve peace of mind, knowing that their affairs are handled with utmost care, competence and confidentiality.

All members of the SCCC would be welcome to an in depth financial check up and diagnosis without obligation or cost.

If this would be of interest, please contact me at 416 492 5555
or at
Klaus Koeppen, MBA
Investment Advisor
CIBC Worldmarkets Inc.
300 – 150 Caroline Street South
Waterloo, ON, N2L 0A5
416 492 5555

We welcome Corporate Traveller as a new member. Exclusive offers available for SCCC members


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Corporate Traveller benefits from the strong global presence, established industry relations and world-wide recognition of the Flight Centre brand with a global network of more than 16,000 front line staff, across 78 countries and more than 30 corporate and wholesale brands.

Organizations that opt for web bookings forgo the value-added benefits that can only be driven by holistic travel management. On average, organizations that do not partner with a professional travel manager spend 24% more on annual travel budgets than organizations that do. Is your business at a major disadvantage?

In just the few short minutes required to become better acquainted with your current business travel, Corporate Traveller will open up a world of convenience, savings and efficiencies for your organization.

Member to Member benefits

As a current business member of the SCCC , Corporate Traveller will waive the associated booking fee on your first three business travel bookings in addition to Corporate Traveller’s long list of benefits including:

  • Dedicated person to person Travel Management
  • Immediate Response Policy
  • 24/7 emergency travel assistance from anywhere in the world
  • Fully customized monthly reporting
  • An all-inclusive one flat rate booking fee structure – no charge for changes, hotel or car  reservations
  • No contracts
  • Turnkey service for group booking and conference needs
  • Assistance with personal leisure travel

With no contracts or start up fees, we do business on a handshake. Why not bring an expert on board?

For more information please contact me directly or visit

Andy Carlson | Business Development Manager | Corporate Traveller
1 Dundas St. West, Suite 200 | Toronto, ON M5G 1Z3 | Ph: (416) 998-7845| Fax: (416) 921-8040

We welcome Ballet Jörgen back as a member of the SCCC



Logo: Ballet JörgenBallet Jörgen Canada is recognized for the innovation, warmth, humor and beauty in its works. For 25 years, the organization has sought to advance the art and appreciation of ballet and Canadian choreography through performance, educational experiences and outreach.

Bengt Jörgen and Susan Bodie founded Ballet Jörgen Canada in 1987 out of a desire to give choreographers the opportunity to develop original works. The organization takes responsibility for these new works and ensures each piece has an audience.

Ballet Jörgen Canada has grown into the 5th largest dance organization in the country and is the only major Canadian ballet company with a repertoire of exclusively new works.

Ballet Jörgen Canadais “Canada’s Local Ballet Company” and is recognized for its dedication to the communities in which it performs.  Click here for more information.

George Brown College, Casa Loma Campus
160 Kendal Avenue
Building C, Room 126
Toronto ON M5R 1M3
416 961 4725
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