Updates & News

British Chamber Pub Night with Sweden & Belgium (Sept 19)

Join us and bring a guest, for an evening of networking in a comfortable setting. Now with a wider selection of food and your choice of house red or white wine, beer on tap or any kind, or any mixed drink using our bar rail.

Regular tickets (include dinner and 1 drink):
Members $50, Non-Members $65

Special for Regular tickets only ~ Register online and save $5 (before 9 am Aug 15th) : Members $45, Non-Members $60

Networking Only (include 1 drink):
Members $25, Non-Members $30

All rates include HST.  We will have door prizes!!!

WHEN:
September 19, 2017
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

WHERE:
PJ O’Brien’s Pub
39 Colborne St
Toronto, ON
M5E 1E3

Click here to register

Lucia; A Celebration of Light, December 1st 2017

You are cordially invited to Lucia

The Swedish-Canadian Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to join us for our annual Lucia celebration!

“The air is getting colder, the holidays are near,
a time for celebration with those we hold so dear.
Let the warmth of the glögg take the chill from the air,
and the light from Lucia makes winter easier to bear.”

From your first sip at the glögg reception to the last bite of the Christmas ham, prepare yourself for a culinary journey through Swedish specialities and reinvented classics in a new take on this traditional buffet.

Invite your business acquaintances, friends, and family to get away from the daily routine and join us for an atmospheric afternoon as we celebrate the joy and wonder of Christmas and relationships beyond borders, all in the light of Lucia.

We are delighted to once again have Toronto Children’s Lucia Choir perform, as well as dazzling raffle prizes to be won and as always, the traditional singing of Schnapps songs!

Experience this one of its kind event in Toronto and enjoy a unique taste of Sweden!

 (Special guests and dignitaries to be confirmed)

Don’t forget to bring your money for Raffle Tickets!

Fairmont Royal York • Ballroom • 100 Front Street • Toronto, ON
Early Bird pricing until October 31, 2017

Individual tickets and tables of 10 -12 can be bought online
via Pay Pal (below) or by cheque prior to the event.

(No tickets will be available at the door, and no cancellations after November 24, 2017.)
SCCC Members: $170.00 plus tax (Early bird) • Non-members: $210.00 plus tax

Lucia December 1st, 2017

The Chamber is happy to announce that we are working closely with the Second Harvest food rescue organization, to make sure that all leftover food from our amazing Jul Bord, will be enjoyed by those in need.

Let’s Talk Tax: October 5, 2017

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Comparing and navigating Swedish, UK, and Canadian systems
and identifying opportunities.
The British and Swedish- Canadian Chambers of Commerce cordially invite you to learn the basics:

 General tax rules and tax primer in UK, Sweden, and Canada. 
Planning opportunities including:

  • Personal Planning — Residence, emigration, and immigration;
  • Estate Planning — Family at home and abroad;
  • Business Planning — Business activities abroad;
  • What’s New — Recent developments in Canadian income tax.

Thursday, October 5, 2017, 6:00 – 8:30 pm,
At EUCCAN – 480 University Avenue, Suite 1500, Toronto, ON
Members: $45;
Non-members: $55. Plus HST.

Refreshments included.

Last Day to Register: October 2, 2017.
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 This event is supported by:
Event organizers:
       

Register online:


Let’s talk tax Oct 5 2017



Presenters:

Harry Margulies, Tax and Management International Inc.
James A. Fraser, Fraser Tax Law
Dean Smith, Partner, Cadesky & Associates LLP

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Photo: Harry MarguliesMr. Margulies has resided in Canada since 1982 and was prior to moving to Canada a partner in a Swedish tax advisory service.

Prior to leaving Sweden, he has co-authored books on buying and selling corporations, the new tax avoidance act and written extensively in tax journals on Swedish-international tax issues (all in Swedish).

After leaving for Canada he has authored a number of articles in a Swedish tax journal on the Swedish-UK tax treaty. The Swedes had to renegotiate the tax treaty as a result of the tax treaty interpretations published in these articles and a landmark case won in the Swedish high tax court.

Mr. Margulies has continued to specialize in international tax issues. Specifically, with either Sweden or the UK on one side and in some cases, with Canada on the other.

His clients are almost all residents in Europe.

Mr. Fraser and Mr. Margulies have collaborated successfully in a number of Sweden-Canada and UK-Canada issues with Fraser Tax Law managing the Canadian side of the planning.

 

 

 James A. Fraser is a lawyer and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2007. Since graduating from U of T Law in 2006, he has practiced tax law in Toronto, and in 2014, launched his own boutique office, Fraser Tax Law. James specializes in international, corporate, personal and estate tax planning. This involves trust and estate planning, reorganizing corporate groups, cross-border structures and optimizing after-tax results on purchase and sale transactions.

James has extensive experience with individual residency and cross-border and offshore tax structures from a Canadian perspective. His background on Bay Street with a national Canadian firm provided a breadth of exposure beyond typical estate and corporate planning, which he now brings to bear for his clients.

 

 

Dean Smith, Partner, Cadesky & Associates LLP

  • Partner, Cadesky Tax
  • President — British Canadian Chamber of Trade and Commerce (BCCTC)
  • Past Chair tax committee — American Chamber of Commerce in Canada (Amcham)
  • Practicing in taxation since 1989
  • Frequent speaker at conferences and seminars

 

Welcome new member: Specialisterne Canada

Specialisterne Canada specializes in working with businesses to help them recruit and integrate individuals on the autism spectrum into their workforce. Specialized recruitment, on-boarding and management practices provide an effective method of assessing candidate and job fit and create an environment that allows new employees, existing employees and managers to be at their best and most productive.

Founded in Denmark in 2004, Specialisterne – Danish for The Specialists – has operations in 14 countries worldwide and was established in Canada in 2013. The expertise Specialisterne has acquired over more than a decade is transferable, and they work closely with their partners to integrate proven practices into their operating environments.

We welcome new member: KLAR Solutions

KLAR Solutions is a consulting firm that specializes in the development of custom business apps. As businesses grow they often find themselves with scattered data sources that lead to inefficient processes. Data is often housed in various spreadsheets, software platforms and databases.

KLAR Solutions build robust data solutions that integrate current data with new, efficient methods of data entry. The solutions can be housed locally, or in the cloud for access via the web and mobile devices.

KLAR Solutions can also leverage mobile device functionality to capture signatures, scan bar codes, log location data or capture images from the field. Bringing all business data together in one platform reduces data entry errors and also allows for unprecedented abilities to gain insights into business processes.

KLAR Solutions develop their business apps using the FileMaker platform. FileMaker is a robust database platform with an incredible rapid development architecture. FileMaker is owned by Apple but works just as well on Windows. It has a 27-year history of innovative and secure database solutions.

The unique combination of proven, secure reliability with leading edge development tools, allows KLAR Solutions to create small prototype modules quickly and then build on them to create full-fledged solutions. There is no need to spend hours writing detailed specifications for software that may need to be changed before its even completed. We can start working through one small area at a time, trying various approaches until it works perfectly. This also allows businesses with limited budgets to solve one problem at a time without committing to a large investment up-front.

KLAR Solutions is owned and operated by Chris Andersson. Chris grew up outside Sundsvall in Sweden, son of a visionary plastics manufacturer. As a result, practical clean design is deeply embedded in the DNA of KLAR Solutions. We are also happy to develop bilingual Swedish / English solutions if needed.

Visit us at klarsolutions.com for more information or call 888.920.KLAR(5527)

Welcome new member: Workwide

 

Are you recruiting Swedish speakers internationally?

Workwide offers your recruitment team an alternative to expensive multilingual recruitment agencies. We operate modern and technology driven job boards that enable cross border recruitments. We make sure your published offering reaches a language specific and talented audience that is interested in international career opportunities.

WE ARE KNOWLEDGABLE
There are currently 660,000 Swedes living abroad and each year around 50,000 more migrate to explore new careers abroad.

WE ARE SPECIFIC
Unlike traditional job boards in Sweden, we only publish vacancies located abroad. We believe in building niched but relevant audiences for our job boards.

WE ARE SERVICE MINDED
We offer full account management – ensuring that your Job Campaigns perform to your expectations and that you get full analytical insight.

We also offer a range of complimentary services to further aid your search for the perfect candidates.

Contact us at:
https://www.workwide.se/recruiters/
+46 54 22 44 441

Celebrate summer with the British Canadian Chamber of Trade and Commerce

July 18, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MuvBox Patio, Brookfield Place, Toronto.

Featuring:

  • Live Music
  • Invictus Games Activation Team!
  • Business card raffle + win great British gifts!
  • Tickets include Brill BBQ Buffet, 1 Brit drink, and HST

The Muvbox Patio is set in the Garden Court of Brookfield Place which is located off Front Street between the TD Canada Trust Tower and 22 Front Street and easily accessible from Union Station.

Celebrate summer with the BCCTC

Photography provided by:
Shedlight Content Creation Experts

Member to Member offer from CJ Graphics

Two years ago C.J. Graphics Inc. had the pleasure of producing the Golden Jubilee program book. (Click here to see it if you haven’t already!)

Several members of our staff, families and clients have a tie to Sweden and in celebration of those, we are offering a special preferred discount* for all members of the SCCC.

Save 10% on signage, large format POS, digital printing, custom stationery, and design work from www.CJGraphics.com

We are also offering SCCC members 2 for 1 passes to our Not-For-Profit CJ’s SKATEPARK, the 4th largest indoor skateboard, scooter and Inline park facility in the world!

For these offers and more information on C.J. Graphics Inc. and CJ’s SKATEPARK, please contact Jay Mandarino:

416-588-0808 ext.232
www.CJsSKATEPARK.com

 

* Discount is applicable for a maximum savings of $1000.00 off your total order and cannot be combined with any other offers.
 

We welcome Mercuri International as a new member.

With our unique combination of consulting and training expertise, we help nearly 15,000 companies per year in more than 40 countries, and in over 30 languages, to become more efficient and effective in their sales activities, and achieve necessary improvements in results.

 

How can Mercuri International help your business?

Do you often wonder:

  1. How do some companies excel in sales?
  2. What drives their success regardless of sector, size or economic conditions?
  3. Do their stories offer insights that can help replicate their success?

Have you faced situations like these?

  • John, Territory Manager for a large consumer durable distributor is puzzled. Having promoted Michael, his Sales Rep from South Region, John had brought in Robert, to replace Michael. It has been six months, and John is worried as sales are down. Robert had this to say by way of an explanation – “There is something wrong with the South market. I keep meeting customers who don’t know exactly what they want and what kind of solution will meet their needs. I have to constantly overcome objections from current and potential customers”. John had never heard Michael have issues with the market. In fact, Michael had always said that he meets customers who are receptive and open and are fully aware of their needs and solutions. What do you think is happening here? 
  • ABC Inc is a large computer hardware manufacturer that caters to institutional customers. Their sales portfolio is sizeable and made up of small and large value clients. Peter has come in as their new Head of Sales, and he has been asked to review the Sales Organization Structure. Peter finds that the sales people are deployed by regions. His CEO says that Peter should look at alternative ways of structuring. He wants Peter to benchmark the best in the industry and take a decision. What options does Peter have?

Uncovering Secrets of Sales Excellence

Is Sales Excellence a function of strategy, process, structure or people? One of these? Some of these? All of these?  Or is it something more?

What drives sales excellence across organizations irrespective of size, industry, geography and economic conditions?

What makes sales leaders tick?

In search of answers to these questions and more, Mercuri International undertakes periodic worldwide surveys. The latest of these – the Sales Excellence Survey 2017– commissioned in mid-2016, uncovers some of the secrets of sales excellence from top performing companies across 20 countries and 12 industry categories, involving 926 respondents over 80 percent comprising CEOs and Sales Managers. The survey had 53 statements, in four buckets as seen in the Sales Excellence Survey 2017 – Framework – shown below.

Picking the Top Performers and what drove their excellence

Respondents were asked to rate themselves on a scale of 1 to 10, on 7 performance parameters. These scores were used to stack rank the Top 10, Middle 80 and the Bottom 10 percentile performers, from each country, the aggregate of which was taken for the Global stack rank.

To find out what the Top Performers did differently, the respondents were asked to assign scores on a 1 to 7 scale, to 33 sales practices. The practices covered were diverse and comprehensive including elements of Sales Strategy, Sales Process, Support Tools, Sales Behaviors, Sales Rep Competence and Perception / Image of Sales function.

Difference in scores assigned to these drivers by Top 10 performers and the Bottom 10 turned the spotlight on key differentiators that helped the Top 10 excel. This was then aggregated to complete the ‘big picture’ as seen through a single global lens.

Secrets uncovered – The 10 most important drivers of sales excellence

Here are the top 10 Sales Practices on which Top Performers rate themselves significantly higher compared to their bottom peers, listed in the order of decreasing differences between the ratings.

These Sales Practices could be among key drivers of Sales Excellence for Top Performers.

  1. Each member of your sales team has a systematic account management planning process for each of their Customers – Top performing companies score high in allocating sales resources for each of their Customers such that an account management plan specific to the requirement of every individual Customer is in place.

 

  1. Your sales strategy is documented in writing – According to studies, only 14% of all people in a company know its strategy. Top performers seem to overcome this risk by documenting their strategy, for consistency of communication.

 

  1. For each step of the sales process / workflow you have defined training modules, checklists / instruments – A process is only as good as its implementation. Top performing companies don’t stop with defining sales processes and workflows. They get better at supporting their people in living those processes by developing training modules, checklists and instruments for each step of the process.

 

  1. Your corporate strategy defines explicit sales topics – Companies at the top of the performance spectrum are inclined to take sales beyond being an execution function and leverage the strategic value of sales by ensuring that their corporate strategies include explicit sales elements.

 

  1. A detailed description of the steps of the processes / workflows is documented in written form – Flawless execution being the hallmark of good sales, top performing companies attach a premium to documenting detailed descriptions of the sales processes and work flows.

 

  1. Your corporate structure fully supports cross functional approaches which are initiated by sales (e.g. matrix structures) – Top performing companies are far ahead at elimination of silos enabling sales to initiate and adopt a cross functional approach with other teams, to address Customer requirements holistically.

 

  1. Your CRM tool is integral to the company, populated with relevant information and regularly updated by the sales teams – At top performing companies, CRM serves to hardwire the whole organization to Customer centric approaches. These companies ensure their sales teams update the CRM regularly so as to stay in tune with Customer requirements in real time.

 

  1. The image of sales inside your company is excellent – Top performing companies recognize the inherent need for achievement and gratification in the sales mindset. They hold Sales in high esteem. The intrinsic pride of belonging to such an environment in itself could be a powerful driver of performance for sales people.

 

  1. You use a blended approach when developing the sales competence of your sales staff (i.e. eLearning or virtual learning combined with classroom training) – Top performing companies leverage the potential of technology in supporting learning initiatives and appear to prefer an approach which blends class room training with virtual learning to develop sales competencies in their sales teams.

 

  1. Your sales strategy is clearly defined – Defining a Sales Strategy is the first step to ensuring alignment around its objectives. Doing this much better than others could be one of the big enablers of sales success at top performing companies, getting sales people in diverse and dispersed locations to rally around the sales cause, with clarity and consistency.

 

Would the Survey Insights be relevant everywhere?  

Our world is too varied to be painted with a single brush. While universal perspectives are valid and valuable, everyone cannot be outfitted with a single size. So, in addition to seeing through a global lens, the survey takes a closer look at the holy grail of sales excellence through three other lenses.

3 lenses: Taking a closer look at sales excellence

How do people across various positions in an Organization look at sales excellence?

The survey captures and analyses responses by position of respondents – CEO/Director (41%), Sales Managers (47%) and Others (12%).

How do respondents from different industries look at Sales Excellence?

The survey captures responses across 12 different Industry categories:

·        Manufacturing Industry ·        Bank, Finance, Insurance
·        Other Consumer Goods, Retail ·        Chemical
·        Software, Information technology ·        Utilities
·        Pharma, Medical Devices and Diagnostic ·        Telecommunication
·        Construction

·        Raw Material

·        Logistic and Automotive

·        Media

 

The industry wise drivers were analyzed in relation to the current state of each industry and the factors likely to impact sales.

How do Organizations of varying sizes look at Sales Excellence?

The responses were from sales organizations of 5 sizes:

  • 100 plus sales people
  • 51 to 100 sales people
  • 26 to 50 sales people
  • 10 to 25 sales people
  • Less than 10 sales people

This helped make the Survey findings largely size agnostic.

How does the sales community see and manage its world?

Stepping beyond insights offered by the top drivers, the Survey explores if the top performers and bottom performers see their Customers differently.

The survey also peeps into Sales Management Actions such as different ways of structuring the sales organization and the nature and number of targets set, and measures reviewed.

Leveraging the Sales Excellence Survey 2017

The findings and insights from the Survey are available at www.mercuri.net. They have the potential to jumpstart reflections on where one stands vis a vis Global peers. Such reflective diligence in appropriate leadership forums, is sure to light up sparks in uncovering secrets of sales excellence that could take your sales to a higher level.

As it will, for Peter and John!

Mercuri

For more information about Mercuri International, send us an email at infocanada@mercuri.net or visit us at www.mercuri.net
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We welcome Doug Smith as a new member!

Doug is an independent Lotscoach® with Scandinavian Leadership.

Scandinavian Leadership, based in Sweden and the U.S., has been on the market as LOTS® for forty three years with assignments in more than 60 countries including Canada. Scandinavian Leadership now has a Canadian Lotscoach® in Toronto who will work in Canada and internationally.

Doug was the President & CEO of Arla Foods in Canada for 22 years and he worked as a Lotscoach® facilitator in Denmark, China, Germany, Netherlands and Russia for Arla Foods. The LOTS® process has also been used in Arla Foods Canada for many years.

As a Lotscoach® Doug will use LOTS® as a leadership tool for facilitating leader, team and business /organizational development.
LOTS® Philosophy and Process

To be able to run a successful business/organization today – and tomorrow – we need structure and a common language that permeates the entire organization.
It should be clear to everyone what we are doing and why, and for whom we are doing it. Having a clear vision of how we would like our world to be increases the possibilities of experiencing meaning, joy and financial success in our organization and makes our work more productive.
LOTS® is a leadership process which provides leaders and co-workers with an inspiring philosophy and tools for reflection, decision making, implementation and follow-up. LOTS® can successfully be applied in big and small issues.
With open process questions accompanied by open analysis questions and reflection tools, LOTS® offers a holistic view throughout the whole process. LOTS® makes us think and act Outside-in and Inside-out in a balanced way, i.e. true customer and stakeholder orientation.

It helps us to get a common view on why we do what we do and how to do it in an appreciated and successful way. LOTS® helps us to move in the same direction in a positive, conscious and profitable way.
You can contact Doug through info@scandinavianleadership.com, his phone number: 416 277 0806 or email: doug@dcsmanagementconsulting.com.

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