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Denmark is hosting the Eurovision Song Contest this Saturday May 10th at the Drake Hotel.

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Dear friends,

Join us and enjoy the live broadcast from Copenhagen,
The contest is one of the most watched TV programs in Europe and dates back to 1956. With national heats and

semi finals culminating in the Grand Finale, it takes on overtones of a sporting event for the glory of the best new

song from Europe.

As in previous years, seats are available on a first come, first serve basis. Just come and have a good time with

friends.

We’ll also be giving away some exciting prizes!

We look forward to seeing you there.

Arne Nordtorp

(Honorary Consul General of Denmark, Toronto)

WHAT:

Eurovision Song Contest

WHERE:

Drake Hotel

1150 Queen Street West,

Toronto

WHEN:

May 10, 2014, 3pm to 6pm

Europe Day Celebration, May 15th

Europe Day
The European Union Chamber of Commerce in Toronto would like you to save the date for this year’s Europe Day Reception
on
Thursday, May 15, 2014
6.00 pm – 9.00 pm

Location: Courtyard Marriott in Downtown Toronto
475 Yonge Street, Toronto

Directions may be found here.

Europe Day celebrates the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration in May 1950, which called for integrated European cooperation and created the beginnings of what is now the European Union.

Special Guest of Honour:
Marie-Anne Coninsx Ambassador of the European Union to Canada

Click here to register

Press Release: Atlas Copco Canada Inc. celebrates 65 year Anniversary

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May 5, 2014 – MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – On May 9, 2014 Atlas Copco Canada Inc. is celebrating 65 years as a Canadian leader in sales, service and marketing of air and gas compressors, portable compressors, generators, mining and rock excavation equipment, construction tools, pneumatic and electric power tools and assembly systems.

As stated by Louka Geladi, Vice President Holding, Atlas Copco Canada Inc.: “We are proud that Atlas Copco has been in intrinsic part of the Canadian market since its establishment in 1949. Our 750 employees and 200 distributors can feel great about their accomplishments in strengthening our customer focus and relations.”

With 33 locations across Canada, Atlas Copco Canada has developed a vast range of industrial products catering to several industries such as: Mining, Road Construction, Automotive, Manufacturing and Oil Sands.

Our success in business is backed up by a nationwide sales, distribution, service and maintenance network supporting our commitment to sustainable productivity while staying close to our customers.

Louka Geladi added: “We are convinced that our combination of product excellence and dedicated people will contribute in achieving our vision to become and remain First in Mind—First in Choice for the next 65 years.”

For further information please contact:

Louka Geladi, President

Atlas Copco Canada Inc.

Telephone: 289.562.6112

E-mail:  louka.geladi@ca.atlascopco.com

 

Danielle Dargis, Communication Coordinator

Atlas Copco Canada Inc.

Telephone: 819.769.1777

E-mail:  danielle.dargis@ca.atlascopco.com

Volvo News Alert! Twenty years since Volvo made its debut in the BTCC with the 850 Estate

It is now 20 years since Volvo marked its return to the racetrack – with an estate! The venture would lead to many successful years in the BTCC – including an overall victory in 1998. “When I signed up for Volvo and TWR around Christmas 1993, I didn’t know about the estate plans,” says Rickard Rydell. “If I’d known, I would probably have hesitated. It was lucky I didn’t know!”

Volvo’s Back on Track project was tangibly launched in April 1994, when two liveried Volvo 850 estate cars rolled up to the start line on the Thruxton track in southern England. It was the start of the season of the most prestigious standard car series, the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC).

Alongside Tom Walkinshaw Racing – TWR – Volvo had initiated a major investment in the class, and the idea of using estate cars was a great success right from the outset. They attracted a great deal of attention and challenged Volvo’s image in a positive way, particularly in the UK. Volvo wanted to demonstrate that it was possible to combine practicality with pleasure!

Behind the wheel of one of the cars was 26-year-old Rickard Rydell who, despite his tender age, had a great deal of experience from karting, Formula 3000 and Formula 3. In the other car was his team-mate Jan Lammers, a 37-year-old Dutchman who had competed in various classes including Formula 1.

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“It’s hard to believe that 20 years have passed,” says Rickard Rydell today. “It doesn’t feel like it. But now looking back it is clear that we were focusing on the right class at the right time.”

TWR, which had been Volvo’s main competitor in the European Championship series during the 1980s when the 240 Turbo was competing against the Rover SD1, had now been contracted for three years and was responsible for the technical development of the racing car. Volvo would be responsible for technical support, marketing and PR.

The decision to compete with two estate cars was taken several months before the start, but was kept secret until the last moment. When the news was released, many thought it was a joke. A large estate is not an ideal track car – with a lot of weight behind the rear axle and a higher centre of gravity, it is harder to get around the corners than a saloon.

“But the aerodynamics of the estate were slightly better than the saloon,” says Rickard Rydell. The deciding factor, however, was that the estate would attract more attention.

According to the FIA class 2 regulations, the competition cars had to be based on a production model. The appearance of the body could not be changed, although to make the races close and exciting, the cylinder volume was restricted to two litres, the maximum engine speed to 8,500 rpm and the minimum weight to 950 kg for front-wheel drive cars. Supercharging was not permitted in any form.

Volvo and TWR used their five-cylinder engine as a basis, which in the 850 Turbo had a 2.3 litre volume and produced 225 hp. In the racing version – with no turbo and with a 2 litre volume – it produced around 290 hp. The five speed manual transmission in the standard car was replaced with a six speed sequential transmission. Volvo was the first team to incorporate a catalytic converter in its cars – a feature that was soon to become mandatory according to regulations for the class.

“We hadn’t had time to test the car on the track before its launch at Thruxton on April4th,” says Rickard Rydell. “Jan Lammers and I had been able to drive a few hundred metres at the entrance to TWR’s development workshop, but that was all!”

Volvo race pic

From the outset, the first season was designated a trial year for the drivers, team and cars, and they didn’t expect to be near the front of the standings. As a result, they could also treat themselves to the PR stunt of driving an estate.

“The Volvo 850 estate was by far the largest car in the series,” explains Rickard Rydell. “Our competitors, who were taking part largely to strengthen their sporting image, were not pleased about having to compete with an estate. There were a few taunts from other drivers – but that was no problem. To wind them up, in one heat we drove with a large stuffed collie in the boot during the parade lap!”

When the series drew to a close after 21 heats, at Donington Park in September of 1994, they could look back over a very successful season from a public perspective – even though Volvo only finished in 14th place overall.

“We had learned an enormous amount during the season, and developed the car continually,” says Rickard Rydell. “Our best finish was fifth place at Oulton Park, although there were more column inches written about us than about any other team!”

As early as the following year, the results improved significantly, and Rickard Rydell came in third place overall in the championship, and repeated that success in 1996. However, they only drove the 850 estate during the first season, switching to the saloon model in subsequent years. Even though an estate body enjoys better natural downforce at the back than a saloon, the option of an additional spoiler at the rear was introduced in 1995. This was of no benefit on an estate, although on a saloon body it could make a significant difference. Volvo changed to the S40 in 1997, and Rickard pinched fourth place, before going on to win the entire series in 1998.

Volvo was definitely back on track!

Media Contact, Dustin Woods  dustinw@marshall-fenn.com

CETA & TTIP: Where do we stand today? – Join Ambassador Eva Walder for a VIP Lunch May 6th.

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You are cordially invited to participate in a VIP Lunch

with Ambassador Eva Walder, in charge of trade policy and trade promotion in the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and Sweden’s Ambassador to Canada H.E. Teppo Tauriainen

 “A NEW era in EU-Canada relations” – CETA & TTIP:  Where do we stand today?

Take advantage of this intimate lunch meeting with Ambassador Walder, to get your questions answered. Ambassador Walder will talk about CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) and other trade initiatives (TTIP) that could increase the potential for your international trade as well as trade between Scandinavia and Canada in the coming years.

CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement)  [Read more here…]

TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) [Read more here…]

H.E. Teppo Tauriainen, Sweden’s Ambassador to Canada.

H.E. Teppo Tauriainen, Sweden’s Ambassador to Canada.

Ambassador Eva Walder

Ambassador Eva Walder, in charge of trade policy and trade promotion in the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Date: May 6th, 2014
Time: 12.00 – 2.30 P.M.
Location: OITC, 35th Floor 250 Yonge St Toronto
Cost: $35.00 Includes lunch (please let us know ahead of time if you have any food allergies)

Last day for registrations: May 1st 2014


Limited seating! Bookings are made on first come first served basis.

This event is supported by the Swedish, Danish, and Finnish Chambers of Commerce.

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Ministers Luncheon May 6th 2014, Sponsorship packages:

Platinum Sponsor:  $750.00

  • Company logo featured on all marketing materials and invitation
  • Opportunity to display self-standing banner(s) at the event
  • Copies of event pictures on a CD or USB
  • Opportunity to display company materials at registration desk
  • Official recognition & acknowledgment (by SCCC Chairman)
  •  3 free tickets to the event

Gold Sponsor: $500.00

  • Company logo featured on all marketing materials and invitation
  • Opportunity to display self-standing banner at the event
  •  2 free tickets to the event

 Bronze Sponsor: $350.00

  • Company logo featured on all marketing materials, invitation and website.
  • 1 free ticket to the event

Please note:

If you would like to upgrade your package or if you would prefer a customized package, according to the needs and objectives of your company, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Please call 416-925-8661 or email info@sccc.ca if you have any questions.

Volvo Car Group celebrates 50 years of dedication to child safety

Volvo Car Group’s (Volvo Cars) dedication to protecting the smallest and most vulnerable car occupants celebrates its 50-year anniversary in 2014. This ground breaking work started with the world’s first rear-facing child seat prototype in a PV544 back in 1964 – and the latest innovation is an Inflatable Child Seat Concept that is easily tucked away in a small bag when not in use.

The differences in anatomy between children and adults form the foundation for Volvo Cars’ child safety developments both in terms of car integrated features and accessories. Children are not small versions of adults, which is why children need special restraints when traveling in cars.

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“The basic principle remains the same as fifty years ago. The smallest children must always travel facing the rear until the age of three to four. Older children should use a booster cushion or booster seat that makes sure that the lap belt is correctly fitted over the pelvis,” says Professor Lotta Jakobsson, Senior Technical Specialist at Volvo Cars Safety Centre.

Here are some of the most important milestones in Volvo Cars’ child safety history:

1964    First child seat prototype

Inspired by how astronauts travel rearwards, Bertil Aldman, medical doctor and subsequently Professor in Traffic Safety at Chalmers University of Technology, developed the very first child seat prototype. Volvo was closely involved in the development and testing was carried out in a PV544.

1967    Reversible front passenger seat with special child backrest

The first child seat to be sold to customers was created by turning the front passenger seat around. Adding a padded backrest with straps made sure that the rearward-facing child was kept in place. The solution was sold as an accessory for the recently introduced Volvo Amazon.

1972    Volvo’s first rearward-facing child seat

Rearward-facing child seats are designed to support the neck and help spread the force of a frontal impact over a larger area. Frontal impacts are the most frequent and usually the most severe impact situation.

1976    The booster cushion – a world first from Volvo

Children from three to four years and up travel facing forwards using the standard safety belt with a belt-positioning booster cushion. Volvo Cars’ policy is that children should use a booster cushion until they are 140 cm tall and ten years old. When using a booster cushion, the child runs an approximately 75 percent lower risk of being injured compared to being unrestrained.

1990    World’s first integrated booster cushion

The first integrated booster cushion was an ingenious fold down and out version in the rear centre position in the Volvo 960. Double integrated pop-up booster cushions in the outer rear seats were introduced in the Volvo S40 in 1995.

1999    World’s first rearward-facing seat for ISOFIX

The world-first solution for the standardized, car-integrated ISOFIX fittings was actually two rearward-facing seats in one. Both seats – one for infants and one for toddlers up to four years of age – could be fitted in the same ISOFIX frame.

2007    World’s first two-stage integrated booster cushion

Two-stage integrated booster cushions were introduced in the Volvo V70 estate. The two-stage version, with two sitting heights, enables a better belt fit regardless of the child’s size. Child adapted safety belt load limiters were also fitted.

2014    Inflatable Child Seat Concept

The innovation, which is still in the development stage, is easy to install and can be tucked away in a small bag when not in use. This means that the child seat can be easily transferred between cars and the bag even fits in carry-on luggage when flying or travelling.

[Click here for more information…]

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News Allert; Volvo Car Group’s first self-driving Autopilot cars test on public roads around Gothenburg

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Volvo Car Group’s groundbreaking project ‘Drive Me’ – featuring 100 self-driving Volvos on public roads in everyday driving conditions – is moving forward rapidly. The first test cars are already rolling around the Swedish city of Gothenburg and the sophisticated Autopilot technology is performing well.

“The test cars are now able to handle lane following, speed adaption and merging traffic all by themselves. This is an important step towards our aim that the final ‘Drive Me’ cars will be able to drive the whole test route in highly autonomous mode. The technology, which will be called Autopilot, enables the driver to hand over the driving to the vehicle, which takes care of all driving functions,” says Erik Coelingh, Technical Specialist at Volvo Car Group.

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What makes the ‘Drive Me’ project unique is that it involves all the key players: legislators, transport authorities, a major city, a vehicle manufacturer and real customers. The customers will drive the 100 cars in everyday driving conditions on approximately 50 kilometres of selected roads in and around Gothenburg. These roads are typical commuter arteries, including motorway conditions and frequent congestion.

“That Volvo Cars’ hometown Gothenburg becomes the world’s first arena for self-driving cars in everyday driving conditions demonstrates both our technological leadership and Sweden’s dedication to pioneering the integration of self-driving vehicles,” says Erik Coelingh.

Joint initiative

‘Drive Me – Self-driving cars for sustainable mobility’ is a joint initiative between Volvo Car Group, the Swedish Transport Administration, the Swedish Transport Agency, Lindholmen Science Park and the City of Gothenburg. The Swedish Government is endorsing the project.

“This public pilot will provide us with a valuable insight into the societal benefits of making autonomous vehicles a natural part of the traffic environment. Our smart vehicles are a key part of the solution, but a broad societal approach is vital to offer sustainable personal mobility in the future. This unique cross-functional co-operation is the key to a successful implementation of self-driving vehicles,” says Erik Coelingh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Volvo Car Group initiates Scandinavian pilot using cloud-based communication to make driving safer

 Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars), the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (Statens Vegvesen) are joining forces in a pilot project in which road friction information from individual cars is shared within a cloud-based system.

The real-time data about slippery patches on the road are used to warn vehicles nearby, at the same time as it contributes to making winter road maintenance more efficient.

“The pilot is one of the first practical examples of the way communication between vehicles over the mobile network enables vehicles to ‘speak’ to each other and with the traffic environment. This can contribute to making traffic safer,” says Erik Israelsson, Project Leader Cooperative ITS (Intelligent Transport System) at Volvo Cars.

“We have 50 test cars on the roads, and next winter the fleet will grow considerably. Our aim is to make the technology available for our customers within a few years,” he adds.

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Using the mobile network

When the Volvo test car detects an icy or slippery road patch, the information is transmitted to Volvo Cars’ database via the mobile phone network. An instant warning is transmitted to other vehicles that are approaching the slippery area, making it possible for the drivers to take immediate action to avoid a critical situation.

A slippery road warning on the instrument cluster alerts the driver. The application in the vehicle will be designed to adapt the driver warning to match the severity level based on the vehicle speed and the present road conditions.

Improved winter road maintenance

The information about the icy patch is also sent to the road administrator as a complement to existing measurement stations along the road. The data can help the road administrator and their contracted entrepreneurs to better plan and execute winter road maintenance and quickly address changed conditions.

“When the road administrator has access to information from a large number of cars, the data can be used to make winter road maintenance more efficient. The information could help to improve road safety further for all road users. This could also reduce the use of salt when not needed and minimize the environmental impact,” says Erik Israelsson.

Volvo Cars recognizes that the maintained integrity of end-users is an important aspect of the system. The information shared with the road administrator will not include data of unique vehicles. The aggregated information is used solely to describe the present status of the road network.

Ambitious connectivity strategy

Volvo Cars strategically invests in and initiates partnerships to create cloud-based solutions, and the slippery road warning is the first safety feature in the Volvo cloud. The development of sophisticated communication via the mobile network is part of the company’s aim to offer customers a fully connected experience.

“This is only the beginning. In the future we will have increased exchange of vital information between vehicles,” says Erik Israelsson. “There is considerable potential in this area, including safer traffic, a more comfortable drive and an improved traffic flow.”

“The strategic focus on connectivity within our new Scalable Product Architecture paves the way for more cloud-based safety solutions. This will bring us closer to our safety vision that nobody should die or suffer serious injuries in a new Volvo car by the year 2020,” concludes Erik Israelsson.

 

A Canadian – Swedish success story from Renteknik group

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Renteknik Group Inc.

Renteknik Group was founded in 2011 by Darren Cooper, Colette Cooper and Lars-Eric Sjoberg.  Renteknik which means “Clean Technology” in Swedish is a private company based in Burlington, Ontario Canada.  Renteknik’s management team has experience in a wide range of areas including engineering, design, consulting, project management, construction, distribution and manufacturing.  Darren, Colette and Lars-Eric have grown Renteknik and attained a prominent standing in the energy efficiency/management industry and continue to build a strong team of professionals that have both the knowledge and commitment to make Renteknik a success.

Renteknik Group Inc. is a provider of Engineering, Energy Efficiency and Environmental Solutions.  Renteknik uses Best Practices, providing energy engineering, building and system commissioning, energy auditing services, energy management and systems design and cost-effective energy performance analyzing to commercial and institutional as well as multi-residential customers throughout Ontario.

Target Markets include Hospitals, Arenas, Recreational Complexes, Retail Stores, Long Term Care Facilities, Multi-Residential Units, Offices and Process Cooling Facilities.

Renteknik has a minor focus on the integration of existing Renewable Technologies (Thermal Heating and Solar Air Conditioning) with conventional technologies in educational/research environments.

Renteknik is working with government entities, utilities, municipalities, industry and leading educational institutions.  These include the OPA, Toronto Hydro, Horizon Utilities, Burlington Hydro, Oakville Hydro, Sobeys, City of Burlington, City of Hamilton, CityHousing Hamilton, Sheridan College, Centennial College, Sick Kids Hospital, North York General and Hamilton Spectator.

Services

Renteknik provides the following services:

  • Energy Efficiency Engineering
  • Commission of Systems and Buildings
  • Systems Development and Design
  • Energy Management, Quality and Metering
  • Energy Audits
  • R&D Support
  • Project Management

Distribution

Renteknik’s E3 Supply and Product department is a Key Supplier of:

  • ClimaCheck – Performance Analyzing Tool for HVAC and Refrigeration Systems
  • Circutor – Energy Management Systems,
  • Kingspan Solar – Solar Thermal and Solar Wind products
  • Kamstrup – Sub-metering of Heating & Cooling

A Canadian Swedish Success Story

Lars, who has a Swedish background and has been active on the board of the Swedish Canadian Chamber of Commerce, was initially introduced to Klas Berglöf, the President and Founder of ClimaCheck Sweden AB, a Swedish company located in Nacka outside Stockholm, at the Swedish Trade Office in Toronto.

Through CanNord 2011 hosted by the Swedish Canadian Chamber of Commerce Darren, Colette and Lars were given the unique opportunity to meet with Klas on a more in depth basis to discuss business opportunities.

Renteknik’s experience developing markets for other energy related innovative technologies and their network of contacts in the HVAC and building industry provided the perfect opportunity to introduce ClimaCheck’s Energy Performance Analyzer into the Canadian Market.

Today Renteknik Group is the sole distributor of ClimaCheck in Canada and is also looking to expand into some states in the US in the near future.

The ClimaCheck Performance Analyzer, manufactured in Sweden, uses state-of-the-art methodology for “in field” energy performance analysis of all types and sizes of Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Systems to help reduce peak cooling loads, increase energy efficiency, reduce operating costs and benefit the environment.

The ClimaCheck solution analyzes collected data and can immediately give a complete picture to the engineer of how the System is working and what adjustments or upgrades can be done to increase energy efficiency.  As part of Renteknik’s Energy Efficiency Solution, ClimaCheck is rapidly becoming Canada’s leading tool for commission, re-commission, trouble shooting and maintenance of Refrigeration Systems, Air-Conditioners, Chillers, Air Handling Units and Heat Pumps.

Through optimization using the ClimaCheck tools and processes Renteknik has typically found 10 – 30% savings in the electricity usage for Refrigeration / Cooling Systems usually without any capital expenditures.

In 2011 ClimaCheck was awarded the World Wildlife Fund Climate Solver Award for the technologies contribution to Green House Gas (GHG) reduction globally.  Renteknik has installed over 30 permanent ClimaCheck Systems in hospitals, ice-rinks, municipal buildings, condo buildings, hotels, supermarkets, data centres, and recreational facilities and is proud of its achievements in both energy savings and positive environmental impact.  This is a great success story for the partnering of ClimaCheck in Sweden and Renteknik in Canada.

Please contact for more information.

Darren A. Cooper, LEED® AP, CBCP, P.Eng.
President
Renteknik Group Inc.
3228 South Service Road, Suite 301
Burlington, Ontario, Canada L7N 3H8

info@renteknikgroup.com

 

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