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SCCC – Member News: Volvo officially welcomes V60 Sportswagon to Canadian market

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Volvo officially welcomes V60 Sportswagon to Canadian market

2015 model unveiled at Montreal International Auto Show features world-first Cyclist Detection technology

MONTREAL, QC (Jan. 16, 2014) – Volvo Cars of Canada Corp. President and CEO Marc Engelen unveiled the exciting new 2015 Volvo V60 Sportswagon in Canada for the very first time at the Montreal International Auto Show today. Available at Volvo Canada retailers now at a starting MSRP of $39,800, many units have already been spoken for through the pre-sale incentive offered across the country due to high customer demand.

While the V60 follows the rich heritage of safety and utility that Volvo has always stood for, it also marks a bold departure with its elegant styling, intuitive technology, stirring performance, dynamic handling and a luxurious interior that offers a true premium experience.

Since the very first wagon, safety has always been of paramount importance to Volvo and the V60 Sportswagon is no different. New advanced software, including more rapid vision processing and advanced radar technology have made it possible to extend the Blind Spot Information System to include a Lane Change Merge Aid and Cross Traffic Alert. It has allowed City Safety to operate up to 50 km/h and also for Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake technology to now identify cyclists.

Customers can choose from the 250 hp V60 T5 AWD, the award-winning T6 AWD putting out 300 hp, or opt for the aggressive styling and sublime performance of the V60 R-Design boasting 325 hp and 354 lb.-ft. of torque mated to Haldex electronically variable all-wheel-drive with Instant Traction.

The V60 Sportswagon is available with a technologically advanced and fuel efficient four-cylinder Drive-E powerplant mated to an eight-speed transmission. This range of smaller, more intelligent engines feature power curves that give exciting drivability compared with engines with more cylinders. At the same time fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are reduced. Developed completely in-house and produced at Volvo Car Group’s engine plant in Skövde, Sweden, the Drive-E family of engines marks a true milestone in Volvo’s history.

Utilizing both supercharging and turbocharging technology, these direct-injection powertrains have been optimized to deliver higher performance than today’s six-cylinder units, while offering lower fuel consumption than most four-cylinder engines. These highly sophisticated Drive-E engines have also been designed for future electrification right from the start.

There has been a great deal happening behind the scenes in Gothenburg, Sweden over the past several years as Volvo Cars has made the transition to a standalone company once again. This freedom has allowed significant investment into research and development of future models, strengthening Volvo’s commitment to Vision 2020, a goal that no one shall be killed or seriously injured in a Volvo by the year 2020.

This dedication was exhibited earlier this week in Detroit with the unveiling of the Concept XC Coupe, a design exercise that alludes to the future visual direction of the all-new SPA (Scalable Product Architecture) platform. SPA vehicles will feature world-first safety technology such as Pedestrian Detection in darkness, Road Edge and Barrier Detection with steer assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with steer assist and Autonomous Parking.

Volvo Cars of Canada Corp. is part of the Volvo Car Group of Gothenburg, Sweden. The company provides marketing, sales, parts, service, technology and training support to the 38 Volvo automobile retailers across the country. The S60, S80 and XC60 are among only 22 vehicles that have been awarded the prestigious new Top Safety Pick+ by IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety).  Volvo Cars is committed to Vision 2020, our goal that no one shall be killed or seriously injured in a Volvo by the year 2020. [Read more…]

 

Why escape the winter chill when you can embrace it! As a SCCC member you enjoy this awesome privilege program.

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Terms & Conditions:

Privilege Savings %20

Privilege Savings percentage applies to all Scandinave Spa locations.

Actual price for Scandinavian Baths access varies at each location.

The Baths are limited in capacity, this offer does not guarantee access upon arrival.

No reservations required. Taxes are not included.

Guests must be 19+ years old.

Bathing Suits are mandatory, sandals recommended.

2 Towels, a locker & key are provided upon check-in.

Valid Sundays through Fridays only.

Promotional rate is per person.

Coupon must be presented upon arrival.   Email info@sccc.com for Your code.

Thank you to 2013 years Lucia sponsors!

 

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Thank you to our sponsors


On behalf of the SCCC I would like to extend a heart-felt thank you for your generous contribution and commitment to making this years Lucia event so successful.
[See pictures here…]

As we continue to grow as a Chamber, please know that partnerships with our sponsors are vital to the success of  SCCC.

You are truly appreciated.
Thanks again.

Marie Larsson
Executive Director

The Volvo S80 sedan has earned a 2014 Top Safety Pick accolade by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

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The Volvo S80 sedan has earned a 2014 Top Safety Pick  accolade by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Previously, the Volvo S60, XC60 and XC90 received a 2013 Top Safety Pick+ ranking, when IIHS extended its scope by integrating the small overlap test in 2012.

The S80 Top Safety Pick+ results include good performance in the small overlap front test, which replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle strikes another vehicle or object, such as a tree or a utility pole – a very severe crash situation. In the test, 25 percent of the front end on the driver’s side strikes a 1.5m (5 feet) high rigid barrier at 64 km/h (40 mph).

Volvo S80 news alert

Patented safety cage

“Our safety cage features a robust design with a blend of different steel qualities. The new IIHS test program confirms the exceptional crashworthiness of this patented solution. Similar mixes of steel qualities are used in all current Volvo models, and the technology will be further enhanced in the upcoming models developed on our Scalable Product Architecture,” says Thomas Broberg, Senior Safety Advisor at Volvo Car Group.

“The IIHS Top Safety Pick+ emphazises the sustainability of our safety leadership. We are moving closer to our aim that by 2020 no one should be injured or killed in a new Volvo. Our long-term vision is that cars should not crash,” adds Thomas Broberg.

2014 ranking includes crash prevention

From 2014, IIHS will introduce a new test program that rates the performance of front crash prevention systems. This evaluation is incorporated into the institute’s 2014 Top Safety Pick+ rating.

This means that the Volvo S60, XC60 and S80, which are available with City Safety and Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake and Pedestrian Detection, will be among the car models with a 2014 Top Safety Pick+ rating according to this extended scope.

“We welcome that the major rating institutes are now beginning to integrate collision avoiding technologies into their test programs. This gives consumers a better insight into the advantages of auto brake systems. It will also drive the implementation of these technologies through the vehicle fleet,” says Thomas Broberg.

To browse this release online, please visit

https://www.media.volvocars.com/ca/en-ca/media/pressreleases/137091/volvo-s80-awarded-a-2014-top-safety-pick-by-iihs

Volvo aeroplan offer

Volvo and Aeroplan® are proud to announce a new partnership that will take Volvo drivers even farther.

Beginning September 4th, Volvo customers are able to earn Aeroplan Miles on the purchase, lease or financing of select new Volvo cars, along with earning miles on everything from test drives and servicing to parts and accessories at participating Volvo Retailers.

Contact your local participating Volvo retailers for more details.

 

 

Happy Holidays and all the best for the New Year – God Jul och Gott Nytt År!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and best wishes for a happy, healthy 2014 to You and your family. Lennart (Len) P. Kleine Chairman of The Board     Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and best wishes for a happy, healthy 2014 to You and your family. God Jul och Gott Nytt År!     Lennart (Len) P. Kleine.  Chairman,     The Swedish-Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Dear SCCC members and friends
It has been a busy year, we have made some good progress and planted seeds for a very successful and enjoyable 2014. I wanted to take this opportunity to Thank Marie and the Directors for their hard work and invaluable input.
During the holiday season more than ever, our thoughts turn gratefully to all our members who have made our progress possible.
It is in this spirit we would like to say…
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and best wishes for a happy, healthy 2014 to You and your family.
Lennart (Len) P. Kleine
Chairman of The Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The SCCC cordially invites you to Lucia – a Celebration of Light – December 6th 2013

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

The Lucia Luncheon continues until all the prizes have been given out in the very popular Lucia raffle! This is the perfect event to invite your business acquaintances, friends and family to join in the heartfelt, atmospheric afternoon filled with good food, fun filled raffle away from daily routines.

No more worries of what gifts to give your friends, business associates or employees for the Holidays. Experience this one of its kind event in Toronto and come away with a Unique taste of Sweden.

This years Lucia Celebration will take place in the presence of  His Excellency Teppo Tauriainen, Ambassador of Sweden to Canada.

Date: December 6th 2013
Time:

11.00 A.M. – Glögg reception  (New Time)
12.00 P.M. – Jul Bord (Christmas Buffet)
1.00 P.M. – Lucia Train ( Swedish Lucia Choir of Toronto)
2.00 P.M. – Raffle and Coffee
3.00 P.M. -6.00 P.M. – Cocktails in the Library (cash bar)

MC: Brian G Smith, Award winning alumnus of The Second City, celebrated television, theater, film maker and Improv Master, extraordinaire.

Music: Magnus Hjärpe and his Trio  will entertain us during the Glögg reception and The Lucia Choir of Toronto, led by Emma Eriksson are providing the traditional Luica Train.

Location:Fairmont Royal York, Concert Hall, 100 Front Street Toronto, ON

Dress code: Casual Business

The Tradition: Click here for information

Tickets:
Individual tickets and tables of 10 – 12 can be reserved and tickets to be paid online via Pay Pal or by cheque, prior to the event. (No cancellations after November 22, 2013.)

Registrations are now closed! Please call or email for ticket inquiries.   

Contact: Marie Larsson.  marie.larsson@sccc.ca or info@sccc.ca 416-925 8661

SWEA Toronto Celebrates the 31st Annual Swedish Christmas Festival

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Impact Oil: Canada vs. Sweden A look at the different environmental and economic responses since the 1973 Oil Crisis

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The Canadian Urban Institute presents:

Impact Oil: Canada vs. Sweden
A look at the different environmental and economic responses since the 1973 Oil Crisis

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
7:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Metro Hall – Room 308/309

The OPEC oil embargo 40 years ago triggered intense debate and awareness about energy conservation and renewable energy around the world. Since then, countries have responded in dramatically different ways to the associated opportunities and challenges. This roundtable session will discuss the lessons available from how Canada and Sweden chose different paths.

Why did these two countries with similar geographies and climates have such different outcomes? Why have some policies and practices that are considered the norm in Sweden remained an exception here in Canada? How does this affect what we can expect over the next 40 years?

Moderated by CBC Radio Metro Morning Producer Mary Wiens,recently back from her own tour of Sweden, the Canadian Urban Institute invites you to attend this session with a panel featuring:

Lars Henriksson Honorary Consul, Business Sweden
Julia Langer CEO, Toronto Atmospheric Fund
Peter Halsall President, Canadian Urban Institute

Have questions about Impact Oil: Canada vs. Sweden: Responses to the 1973 Oil Crisis? Contact Canadian Urban Institute – Institut urbain du Canada

Member News: Parker Prins Lebano, Chartered Accountants

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Giles Osborne, CPA, CA

Giles manages the Toronto office of Parker Prins Lebano. He has a general auditing, accounting, and taxation focus, with a particular interest in the software industry and the not-for-profit sector.

With a background in general practice, including audit, accounting, and taxation work, Giles’ experience has included involvement in the audit of financial institutions, municipalities, and retail organizations. He also has a broad base of experience in personal and corporate return preparation and financial statement review.

Giles also has eight years’ operational experience in the software industry, where he was the Director of Professional Services, Americas for Systems Union (now Infor), a mid-market financial accounting system author and vendor. His responsibilities in this role included the management of consulting activities for the Americas, the operation of the US- based integration development group, sales of software and services, and financial planning and monitoring. His clients while at Systems Union ranged from small not-for-profit entities to large Fortune 500 companies, and he had extensive involvement in international projects.

Giles received his Chartered Accountancy Designation in 1994. After articling with BDO Dunwoody in Ottawa, Giles moved to Deloitte & Touche for four years before joining Systems Union. He joined Parker Prins Lebano in 2007.

Giles is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and holds a Public Accounting License.

Giles Osborn
416-488-7079
40 Eglinton Ave East, Suite 806, Toronto, ON M4P 3A2

www.parkerprinslebano.com

The BEST of European cinema for two weeks starting November 14 and IT’S FREE. Come and enjoy!

Click here for full program

 Ever wondered who packs the fresh plastic-sealed salad you are having for lunch? Who the people losing their factory jobs in dead end small towns would be? Ready for a visit to the "new" Sweden? When the forceful young Muslim Swedish/Balkan "take-no-shit" factory worker, Raša, loses her job, she faces the system of unemployment. With no high school diploma, no job – but her boots deeply stained with the mud of the small town she grew up in – Raša finds herself on collision course with society.

Sweden’s entry: Eat Sleep Die

Monday 25 November 2013 8:30PM

Ever wondered who packs the fresh plastic-sealed salad you are having for lunch?
Who the people losing their factory jobs in dead end small towns would be?
Ready for a visit to the “new” Sweden?
When the forceful young Muslim Swedish/Balkan “take-no-shit” factory worker, Raša, loses her job, she faces the system of unemployment. With no high school diploma, no job – but her boots deeply stained with the mud of the small town she grew up in – Raša finds herself on collision course with society.
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