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Public Works and Government Services Canada,
Office of Small and Medium Enterprises and its partners


Government Services for Small Business
Information Fair and Workshops

Reasons to attend:  

Your opportunity to engage government officials, participate in various workshops, be informed about the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program and learn about services available to support your business.



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  • Public Works and Government Services Canada – PWGSC
  • Canada Revenue Agency – CRA
  • Service Canada – SC
  • Environment Canada – EC
  • Office of the Privacy Commissioner – OPC
  • Industry Canada – Canada Business Ontario – CBO
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade – DFAIT
  • Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada – AANDC
  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency – CFIA
  • Health Canada – HC
  • National Research Council – NRC
  • Canada Revenue Agency – Scientific Research & Experimental Development – CRA SR&ED
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada – NSERC
  • Federal Economic Development Agency of Southern Ontario – FedDev
  • Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation – OMEDI
  • Ontario Ministry of Government Services – OMGS
  • Ontario Ministry of Labour – OML
  • Enterprise Toronto – ET
  • MERX
Please note that space is limited.
To attend the Information Fair or any of the Workshops, you must be registered. This event will fill up fast. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. The workshops are offered in English only. Please contact us for service in French. 

Registration Instructions
To register for the event and workshops, please use our online registration form. Please include your email address as all communication for this event will be sent by email.

Upon submitting your online registration, you will receive a confirmation email. Please keep the confirmation for your records.

1-800-668-5378 | ont.osme-bpme@pwgsc-tpsgc.gc.ca

This is a FREE event brought to you by PWGSC-OSME and its government partners.


Nordic PUB Night together with UK.


Nordic PUB Night together with UK.

at PJ O’Brien’s

”Toronto’s favorite Irish Pub”

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012, 6 pm – 9:00 pm
the British-Canadian Chamber of Trade & Commerce
the Swedish-Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and
the Danish-Canadian Chamber of Commerce

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 of any kind, or any mixed drink using our bar rail. 

Register online and save $5:
BCCTC and EU Chamber Members $35, Non-Members $40
Pay at the door: Members $40, Non Members $45
(Includes dinner & 1 drink)
Special ticket:
$20 for only Networking and 1 drink
Rates include HST

This time at PJ O’Brien’s – 39 Colborne Street, Toronto, Ontario M5E 1E3
(Behind the King Edward Hotel)

Click here to register


Contact Idalia Obregon Tel: (416) 502 0847

E-mail: idalia@bcctc.ca

Canadian Chamber of Trade & Commerce

Invitation from Sweden Green Building Council


Building Sustainability Sweden 2012: register today!

Kistamässan, Stockholm
18-19 October 2012

Plenary meetings – discussions  – workshops – networking
– site visits – exhibitions – Green Building Awards

An international conference presenting and benchmarking
the leading global examples of sustainable building.

Come to Stockholm to meet the future of green buildings
Register online today!


Main organisers: Sweden Green Building Council and City of Stockholm
co-organisers: Sustainable Cities and Swedish Energy Agency


Bengt Wånggren
CEO, Sweden Green Building Council

Information about the event
Kistamässan, Arne Beurlings Torg 5
Through our website



Sweden Green Building Council

Sweden Green Building Council is a nonprofit organization that works to influence and develop the environmental and sustainability programs in the building industry. Our members are companies and organizations within the Swedish construction and property sector. Read more www.sgbc.se



Sweden Green
Building Council

Box 16132
SE-103 23 Stockholm
Visit: Drottninggatan 33
Email: info@sgbc.se


News from Sweden

e Newsletter

Dear all,
Here´s the latest news from The Swedish Wire.

Swedish business executive, best known as CEO and later Chairman of ABB, was arrested in London on Thursday on suspicions of committing sex crimes.

IMF warned that Sweden’s underlying growth has slowed “sharply” amid a clouded outlook for the country’s European trading partners.






IMF: Sweden’s growth has slowed “sharply”


Swedish exporters must look beyond Europe

“We are vulnerable”, Trade Minister Ewa Björling said.


20 best paid jobs of the 21st century









Swedish diplomat Sverker Åström dead at 96

The architect of Sweden´s neutrality policy was also role model in the gay community.





All the best,
/ Johan Nylander – Editor-in-Chief

The Swedish Wire – www.swedishwire.com

Traditions: Swedish crayfish party, kräftskiva

2012 Swedish Crayfish Party & Barbecue
Registration Printable Program/Invitation (PDF) The Tradition 2011 Slide show
Visit Sweden logo



Here  are some fun links for all of you that would like to know more about this very traditional Swedish celebration.    Here are some tips on how to enjoy the truly ambiance festive crayfish theme .

The concept is easy: get together with a few friends, eat lots of crayfish, drink beer and schnapps, and top it all off with some singing.

Come join us. It’s very simple!

Join the Swedish-Canadian Chamber of Commerce at our annual Crayfish Party (and barbecue!). The 2012 edition takes place at Sunnyside Pavilion, and if you find this page after that date, check the Events page for the current information.

2012 Swedish Crayfish Party & Barbecue Sponsors

Notes from the July 18, 2012 Board Meeting


Board/Boat MeetingThe July 18 Board meeting was graciously hosted by Len (Kleine) on his boat, How Swede It Is. (See why you should attend more meetings?)

In attendance: Erik Thorsrud, Marie Larsson, Len Kleine, Adrian Herschell, Sarah Clarkson, John Holland, Gisela McKay, and Kristofer Frojd (of the Swedish Trade Commission).

Topics discussed: upcoming events, including the Crayfish Party and NCC Golf Tournament; new committees and how they would benefit the participants as well as the Chamber; brainstorming new member benefits for the upcoming year; and targeted categories of businesses for new members that would work well with organizations who are already members, and the services they need.

If you are interested in getting more networking time and opportunities to connect with other members, consider joining one of the new committees: Business Education (for the seminars and news items.board meeting July 18, 2012

Nordic Breakfast Seminar, September 27 2012


To all interested parties.

This event has been cancelled until further notice. We apologies for any inconvenience.


Purchased tickets will be refunded.  Please contact info@sccc.ca for more information.


Expanding Your Business in Challenging Times

This is your chance to ask questions and get top legal information regarding:

  • Incorporation & Financial Incentives.
  • How to avoid common pitfalls
  • Tax-Permanent Establishment.
  • Employment vs independent contractor relationships with US employees.
  • Trademark-Brief Overview.

(Seminar details below)

Presented by:Kavinoky Cook logo
Steve Suneson
Kavinoky Cook LLP


In this session:

You will learn how your company can minimize legal mistakes when entering the US market or otherwise doing business in the US. So many Canadian and Swedish companies continue to enter the US market because the US is still the largest buyer in the world and the opportunity for substantial profit exists.

The focus of the event will be on best legal practices in the US to minimize legal risk, tax liability, and strategies that offer the best chance to maximize profit. You will hear about some of the financial incentives offered by states to lure business. You will also learn about laws affecting distribution agreements with US distributors and independent contractors, which may vary the terms of your agreement. Additionally, learn about US legal risks, even if your company is only selling goods into the US without a physical presence (such as product liability).

You will also hear about the different types of legal entities to help you choose the right option for your business when expanding into the US, how to protect trademarks, and the major differences in treatment of employees in Canada and Sweden on the one hand and the US on the other hand. Learn about this and many other types of practical legal information when conducting business in the US.

Steve V. Suneson

Steve V. Suneson

Steve V. Suneson

Steve Suneson is a partner with the firm. He concentrates his practice in the areas of business law and commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, secured transactions, commercial contracts, international transactions, corporate finance and corporate structure and governance.


Previously, Mr. Suneson practiced business law at a large international law firm in New York City. Steve has lectured on various U.S. legal issues to foreign companies doing business in the U.S.
Fluent in Swedish, and born and raised in Sweden, Mr. Suneson has a particular interest in the representation of Swedish and other European companies and individuals. He is a member of the Swedish-American Bar Association, Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce and a Swedish translator for the International Institute of Buffalo.

Mr. Suneson is a graduate from the University of Colorado (B.A., cum laude, with honors and distinction, 1997) and a Phi Kappa Phi graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2000).

716-845-6000 ext. 204

Welcoming New Member: Giles Osborne, CA


Parker Prins Lebano Chartered Accountants Professional Corporation

Since its founding in 1996, Parkerparker prince lebanoPrins Lebano has provided a full range of accounting, assurance, tax, and business consultancy services to individuals, partnerships, corporations, and not-for-profit enterprises. We focus on friendly and attentive service, drawing on the skills and experience of our team of professionals and their understanding of the constraints under which individuals and small-to midsize entities operate.

2 St Clair Ave East, Suite 800
Toronto, ON
M4T 1P6
(416) 488-7079

Raoul Wallenberg, One Man can make a difference


This year, we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Jews in Budapest at the end of World War II.

Raoul Wallenberg was born on August 4, 1912. After studies in architecture and languages at the University of Michigan, Wallenberg returned to Sweden in 1935. There, he found that his degree from the US didn’t qualify him to work as an architect. Instead, Wallenberg worked at a branch of the Holland Bank in Haifa. During this time, he first came into contacts with Jews who had fled Hitler’s Germany.

In 1944, Raoul Wallenberg was appointed second secretary at the Swedish diplomatic mission in Budapest. His job was to launch a rescue operation for Jews and he became head of a special department at the legislation. By issuing protective Swedish passports and renting buildings, Swedish Houses, where Jews could seek shelter, Wallenberg was instrumental in saving thousands of lives.

On January 17, 1945, Wallenberg was imprisoned by Soviet forces. To this day, his fate remains unknown. Russia claims he died in a Soviet prison on July 17, 1947, but many witness reports suggest he may have been alive much later. In October 2001, the Swedish government appointed an official commission of inquiry, the Eliasson Commission, to investigate the actions of Sweden’s foreign policy establishment in the Raoul Wallenberg case. In 2003, a report was issued in which Swedish political moves were summarized under the heading ‘A diplomatic failure’.

Raoul Wallenberg has been recognized around the world. In 1981, he was named an honorary citizen of the US. In 1985, he was given the same honour in Canada, and a year later in Israel.

This year, an exhibition about Raoul Wallenberg and his deeds in Budapest is touring the world. ‘To Me There’s No Other Choice’ was first shown in Budapest, opening on January 17, 2012. Originally planned to be shown also in Russian, Israel, Germany, the US and Canada, additional locations have been added. The exhibition will be shown in Ottawa mid-November and in Toronto January 12 – 23, 2013. In Toronto, it will be shown at the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street.

In connection with the exhibition, a couple of conferences will be organized. The theme for the two conferences/seminars is ‘Human Rights’, building on the values Raoul Wallenberg and his actions represent. One of the conferences will be specifically designed to address students in the public school system.

A few other activities are also being planned. On August 4, 2012, 8.30 am, a ceremony will be held in front of the Raoul Wallenberg bust at the Earl Bales Park in North York. This event is open to anyone who wants to honour Wallenberg.

Later in the fall, Swedish organizations in Toronto together with others will have a tree planted in the park in his honour in the vicinity of the bust. At a date to be determined, a plaque will be unveiled. Again, this event will be open to anyone who wants to attend, including members of the Swedish Canadian Chamber of Commerce. More information will follow. There will also be events recognizing Wallenberg during the Holocaust Week in November.

Lars Henriksson
Honorary Consul

Source: The Swedish Institute

Read more about him at the Swedish Government site (click here)


2013 Raoul Wallenberg Panel Discussion

2012 Summer Membership Drive


Until August 31, 2012

Become a New Member during our Summer drive and save 10% off your membership fees!

This is your chance to win great prizes in addition to joining a thriving business community with great networking opportunities, information sharing, and fun events.

The SCCC is a private, non-for profit membership association founded in 1965. Some of our members represent the most influential companies in the world of business, like Ericsson, Tetra Pak, Alfa Laval, SKF, Sandvik, IKEA, Atlas Copco to mention a few.

We provide real value to businesses, executives, professionals and students – and have fun doing it!

Connect with others through the Chamber Networking Events and more:

  • Be featured in the SCCC Monthly Newsletter new members showcase (max 50 lines);
  • Get listed on the New Member web page for one year;
  • Be included in the Online Membership Directory (name, company name, and contact information);
  • Get introduced: new members are presented to the larger group (and guests) by SCCC Ambassadors at meetings and events;
  • Offer discounts on your products and services to other SCCC members.

Make valuable contacts online and in person through private, member-only groups and through SCCC Chamber Events.


Join the SCCC before August 31 and your name will automatically be entered into our draw for great prizes including:

  • two tickets to the Lucia festivities November 30th each time you refer a new member.
  • one of two sets of 4 tickets to see the Toronto Blue Jays, along with other great prizes (visit the blog for the most up-to-date listing).

There are four tiers of membership in the Swedish-Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Click category name to see more information, but remember to return to this page to get your 10% new member discount.

Platinum · Gold · Silver · Individual

Join now!

Membership Levels with 10% discount
for new members only


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