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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.
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).
Gorgeous, isn’t it?
Again, thank you to our newest Platinum Members: Volvo Cars Canada!
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
Atlas Copco celebrates
140 years of industry innovation
Canada, February 21, 2013: Atlas Copco, recognized as one of the world’s most innovative and sustainable companies, today celebrates 140 years of industrial excellence with a range of activities in the more than 90 countries where it has its own operations.
Atlas Copco, which today celebrates 140 years as a leading industrial company, has been an intrinsic part of the Canadian market since its establishment in 1949. When George Blomdal, a Norwegian Engineer, introduced to the Northern Ontario mining market the now famous Swedish Method of using a handheld rock drill with pusher leg, history was in the making. Today, with 33 locations across Canada and its broad distributors network, Atlas Copco confirms its ambition to be close to their customers and its commitment to support their sustainable productivity.
“Celebrating 140 years is a fantastic opportunity to strengthen customer focus and relations further, to translate our values into daily activities, and to capture synergies,” said Louka Geladi, Vice President of Atlas Copco Canada Inc. “It is a great occasion to create pride among employees and to make them enthusiastic about future opportunities. Our history guarantees long-term industrial experience as well as innovative products and solutions to current and new customers, to suppliers as well as to current and future employees.”
Also marking the 140-years since the company’s 1873 foundation, Atlas Copco’s President and CEO Ronnie Leten today is ringing the opening bell at the NASDAQ stock exchange in New York, U.S. The shares of Atlas Copco, the biggest industrial company by market capitalization in Europe’s Nordic region, are listed on NASDAQ OMX in Stockholm, Sweden, where the company is based.
Other events around the world today include the inauguration of a new compressor manufacturing plant near Pune, India, a donation of KUSD 60 (KSEK 390) to safe drinking water projects from Atlas Copco’s Water for All organization in the US, and several customer events in Australia.
A podcast with an exciting audio history of this industrial icon is available for download on atlascopco.com/history. On the history section there is also a new e-book describing some of Atlas Copco’s many achievements during the past 140 years.
Atlas Copco develops and supplies machinery such as rock drills, power tools, construction equipment and compressors to customers in industries spanning from automotive, mining and road construction to aerospace, food and beverages, and pharmaceuticals.
Last month, Atlas Copco earned a spot on the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the world list, the most prestigious corporate sustainability ranking. The Global 100 recognized Atlas Copco for its commitment to sustainable productivity and its work and achievements of doing more with less: For instance, the development of new innovative, highly energy-efficient products that save customers money and benefit the environment at the same time.
Atlas Copco’s long history is filled with cutting-edge product innovations. Highlights include introducing the first light rock drills in 1905, manufacturing the first portable air compressor that same year, introducing the world´s first serial-produced hydraulic breakers in 1966, and launching new error-proof and low-energy tightening tools.
The landmark projects that Atlas Copco has been involved in are almost too numerous to mention. One is helping to build the Mont Blanc Tunnel across the France-Italian border, then the world’s longest highway tunnel, in the 1950s and 1960s. In the 1980s Atlas Copco got a dinosaur species named after it – Atlascopcosaurus Lourdsi – in appreciation of the equipment and assistance the company provided that helped unearth the skeleton in Australia.
Atlas Copco has steadily expanded its global presence. It’s established own operations for example in Kenya 1936, in the United States 1950 and in India 1960, and last year added seven countries including Senegal and Tanzania. Atlas Copco now operates in more than 180 countries.
Atlas Copco is an industrial group with world-leading positions in compressors, expanders and air treatment systems, construction and mining equipment, power tools and assembly systems. With innovative products and services, Atlas Copco delivers solutions for sustainable productivity. The company was founded in 1873, is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a global reach spanning more than 180 countries. In 2012, Atlas Copco had 39 800 employees and revenues of BSEK 90.5 (BEUR 10.5). Learn more at www.atlascopco.com.
In 2013 Atlas Copco, ranked as one of the most innovative and sustainable companies in the world, celebrates 140 years of profitable growth. At the beginning the company made products for railways, but the core of Atlas Copco’s business dates back to the early years of the 20th century when the first compressors, tools and rock drills were manufactured. Today, the Atlas Copco Group has world-leading positions in these areas and many others. Atlas Copco supports customers in 180 countries with own operations in 90 countries. Read the story about a company that believes ‘there is always a better way’ on www.atlascopco.com/history.
For further information please contact:
Louka Geladi, Vice President
Atlas Copco Canada Inc.
Danielle Dargis, Communications
The SCCC is off to an exciting and productive start for 2013!
January 14, 2013: a luncheon discussion, together with a Swedish Parliament delegation, Swedish Institute, Embassy of Sweden, Honorary Council of Toronto, Business Sweden and representatives from the Swedish Canadian business community.
January 31, 2013: The SCCC now have an agreement to collaborate more closely with Embassy Sweden and the newly formed Business Sweden Business Sweden – The Swedish Trade & Invest Council. This will allow for a stronger network with a joint effort for brand “SWEDEN”
from left to right Honorary Council Lars Henriksson, Lennart(Len) P. Kleine incoming Chair SCCC,Swedish Ambassador to Canada, Teppo Taurianen and Kristofer Fröjd, Market Unit Manager Business Sweden-The Swedish Trade & Invest Council
Left to right. Lennart (Len) P. Kleine SCCC , Tuula Kivinen Director of EUCCAN, Milo Vassallo Honorary Member EUCCAN
Before we share our plans for the coming year we would like to
give you some highlights from events held in 2012:
On November 30, 2012 we had our very successful annual event “Lucia – a Celebration of Light.” We had close to 250 guests from 24 different companies. This is the perfect blend of Swedish culture, fun plus a chance to meet all your fellow members and SCCC supporters. The Swedish Lucia Choir of Toronto gave their heartfelt performance that always puts you in the Holiday spirit. Link to Invitation and pictures
September 6th, 2012: Sweden took home the prestigious Nordic Consular Golf Cup, for second year running by scoring 66.54, to beat Finland’s 67.66 and Denmark’s 69.16 . Come join us this year; we are up for a challenge! Link to Invitation and pictures
March 28, 2012: A Nordic collaboration was “Wallstreet” a sold out event featuring prominent speakers from the financial, business and political sector on CETA and the economic outlook in Ontario and Canada. Link to Invitation and pictures
SCCC focus for 2013:
Collaborate & Participate
- Swedish Embassy and Business Sweden – The Swedish Trade and Investment Council (formerly known as The Swedish Trade Council) and all the Swedish Honorary Consuls in Canada.
- Set up a network with all Swedish/Nordic Chambers of Commerce abroad and in Sweden
- Partner with other Business networking organizations in GTA and Canada as well as Business schools and Universities in Ontario
You get maximum value from your membership by participating – but we need your contributions and input!
- Contribute to our blog, newsletter, and website. Everyone appreciates fresh and rich information, and now we can easily provide that as we’ve streamlined the process for adding social content to our blog/website. Sharing your knowledge is a terrific contribution to the group and one of the best ways to gain new insights.
- Actively network and build relationships with other members between our events; It’s why we exist.
- Join one of our committees building events and other specific interest topics, provide strategies, direction and some practical support. Help build the SCCC while also building your own network.
Other ways we plan to increase the value that the SCCC brings to its members and the broader Swedish-Canadian community!
- Build upon our member services by encouraging use of new, enhanced web site options, as well as the many other services membership offers.
- Promote contributions of our members.
- Continue to develop rigorous membership growth and retention efforts.
We have more great events planned for the coming year. Visit blog.sccc.ca to learn more about these event and to register.
|TBA||Wallstreet Nordic – collaboration and EUCOCIT presents The Honourable Ed Fast Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway|
|February 21||Board Meeting|
|March 25||CEO Lunch|
|April 18||AGM and Board Meeting|
|April 25||’30 second’ Thursday – Networking at Marche|
|May 10||SCCC – Chairman’s Ball|
|May 27||CEO Lunch|
|June 20||Board Meeting|
|July 25||’30 second’ Thursday – Networking at Marche Patio|
|August 15||Board Meeting|
|September||SCCC BBQ & Crayfish Party|
|September 5||Nordic Consular Golf Cup lll|
|October 17||Board Meeting|
|October 21||CEO Lunch|
|November 21||’30 second’ Thursday – Networking at Marche|
|December 6||SCCC Lucia|
|December 12||Board Meeting|
( Subject to change. Visit www.sccc.ca for updates)
We highly value your membership.
Our Chamber is stronger today because of your continued support. It’s only through your energetic participation that the SCCC continues to thrive. We will work hard to make sure this will be an exciting year of growth and business generating activity for both our chamber and your business!
Click here if you would like to sign up or renew your membership before March 31 2013 to enter our Lucia Lottery – 2 Free Tickets to Lucia Dec 6th 2013! Retail value of approx $350.00.
We’re very excited about working with you and we hope to see you at some of our upcoming events.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us directly via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-925-8661.
Your friends and colleagues at the Swedish Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
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Swedish cream bun, semla all through February!
Semla in singular form or semlor in plural – (and let’s face it, any decent bun lover will always have at least two so call them semlor) are doughy balls of sin, oozing a slathericious almond and cardamom paste with lashings and lashings of vanilla-whipped cream atop. Traditionally eaten only on the day before Lent, (the Christian fasting period), semlor are now eaten on a daily basis by semlor addicts nationwide from Christmas until Easter.
If you live in the GTA you can get your home made SEMLOR at the Beaches Caffee.
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Business Sweden was founded on 1 January, 2013, through the merger of the Swedish Trade Council and Invest Sweden. Business Sweden works in the interest of Sweden by facilitating the international growth of Sweden companies, thereby making Sweden more attractive to do business with. Business Sweden also works to make it easier for foreign companies to invest in research and development within Swedish competence and technology clusters.
Business Sweden offers a wide set of services including: business development and consulting work, research and analysis, marketing and sales support, representation at trade shows, event-planning and other targeted campaigns.
The SCCC and the Embassy of Sweden are two important partners for Business Sweden and through their work, significantly contribute to Sweden’s status as a most valued business partner.
“I am really looking forward to working in this new organization and continuing to partner with the SCCC and the Embassy in 2013. I think it is going to be a very exciting year.”
Market Unit Manager Canada and Trade Commissioner.
From left: Christina Keighren, Rebecka Högdahl, Michelle Arnold, Agata Leszkiewicz
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.
Christian Sivière Import Export Logistics Solutions TM, Montréal Christian.email@example.com All Rights Reserved January 2013
Sources : Statistics Canada, U.S. Census Bureau