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Getinge Canada Limited Named one of the 50 Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada

Doug Friesen, President, Getinge Canada

Getinge Canada Limited and the employees are recognized by Queen's Centre for Business Venturing, the Queen's University School of Business and Aon Hewitt as one of the 50 Best Employers in the Greater Toronto Area and one of the 50 Best Small and Medium Employers in Canada.

Getinge Canada Limited is honoured to have been named one of the Best Employers in the Greater Toronto Area and Top 50 Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada for 2011. Getinge states that this distinction is due to the company's outstanding employees whose humanitarian spirit has contributed to the success and growth of the company.

As an organization, Getinge Canada is committed to be a role model for disaster relief and support around the world. Just this past year, Getinge donated a sterilizer and other medical supplies to St. Joseph's Health System International Outreach Program (Hamilton, ON) for use in Haiti. In addition to medical device support, Getinge's own technicians volunteered to carry out the installation and provide ongoing training to Haitian service technicians.

A member of the Getinge Group, a Swedish multinational, Getinge Canada Limited is also proud to be a world leader in the field of infection control - one of the foremost providers of disinfectors and sterilizers in the healthcare and life sciences sectors. Innovation and technological progress have been the hallmarks of our work for over 100 years. Our work inspires our employees, supports our customers and impacts our Health Care System and the Life Science Industry in Canada



SKF Circulating Oil Lubrication Systems for Fans and Industrial Applications

Made in Canada – SKF circulating oil system

SKF Lubrication Solutions announces the launch of a Made In Canada circulating oil system to meet the needs of customers requiring the use of oil lubrication for high speed or high temperature applications.

The SKF circulating oil lubrication unit is ideal for rolling bearings on industrial fans where high speeds and/or high temperatures can preclude the use of grease. These units deliver a continuous flow of cooled and filtered oil directly to the bearing. The metered pump flow is matched to the bearing and housing size, preventing oil leaks and excessive heat associated with oversized pumping systems. The use of circulating oil lubrication may also reduce bearing vibration associated with the use of grease lubricant at higher speeds.

The Canadian made circulating oil lubrication units are available in two standard tank sizes (other sizes are available); 75 litre (16.5 gallon), and 130 litre (28.6 gallon).

Circulating oil lubrication systems are used in applications where lubrication points must be cooled and cleaned by oil in addition to providing lubricity. Used extensively in general and heavy industries, typical applications may include; steel rolling mills, conveyors, paper machine dry end bearings, industrial fans and gear boxes.

The lubrication system must be able to deliver the right amount of highly conditioned, with appropriate temperature, oil to each lubrication point. The oil then flows back into the lubricant reservoir for reconditioning and reuse after passing through the lubrication points.

The respective system is selected on the basis of:

  • the operating conditions (variations in the operating temperature and thus also in the viscosity as well)
  • the accuracy requirements for lubricant quantities
  • the monitoring requirements

Thousands of lubrication points. One source of lubrication expertise.

SKF lubrication expertise involves the science of tribology, the study of friction, wear, fatigue and lubrication. Studies carried out by the SKF Engineering and Research Centre have shown that 36% of premature bearing failures are caused by lubrication problems - too much, too little, the wrong type, or contaminated lubricant.

Preventing such lubrication-related failures, as well as ensuring optimal bearing and machine performance, means delivering the right lubricant, in the right amount, with the right lubrication system, at the right lubrication point. Wherever your equipment or machine runs!

Today, SKF delivers a complete line of lubrication solutions to do exactly that. From manual grease guns, to single or multi-point automatic delivery systems, SKF provides the widest range of lubrication solutions. The extensive line of SKF lubricants includes a range of greases and oils, and reflects decades of research and development across many industries.

To learn more about SKF Lubrication Solutions, please visit or for immediate information; please contact SKF Lubrication Solutions at 1-800-207-5823 or by e-mail:

In addition to the SKF Lubrication Solutions Mississauga facility, SKF Canada has sales, engineering and service operations in Montreal, Scarborough, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.


Alfa Laval has received an order for their biggest heat exchanger ever

An Indian refinery has recently put an order for the largest Alfa Laval heat exchanger so far. The order is worth about SEK 95 mil. The heat exchanger will be used in a catalytic reforming unit for the production of gasoline in the refinery. Alfa Laval is world leading in heat transfer as well as in centrifugal separation and fluid handling.

The Swedish-Canadian Chamber of Commerce


New Chairman

Erik Thorsrud

SCCC is happy to present Mr. Erik Thorsrud as our new Chairman starting June 1, 2010.

Erik is currently CEO for Atlas Copco Construction Equipment Canada located in Mississauga Ontario. Erik has been with Atlas Copco AB since 1989, holding various key positions for the company throughout his career.

He is a trained Mechanical Engineer receiving has Degree from Michigan State University. Erik has traveled extensively throughout North American, South American and Asia corresponding and interacting with key industrial companies, ensuring business growth for AC.

Erik came to Canada, from the US, in 2003 and has lived in downtown Toronto and Mississauga since then. Erik joined the SCCI in 2005 and has been a participating member of the board to the present.

We believe Erik will bring a unique prospective to SCCI and will ensure the Chamber continues it's long standing traditions of interaction in the Canadian business community.

Please join us in wishing Erik great success.



Toronto, ON (February 2010) – Spring is coming early in 2010 with Sonia Rykiel pour H&M! On February 20, an exclusive knitwear collection by Rykiel for H&M, with a focus on brilliant colour and Parisian joie de vivre, will be launched in a select 200 stores worldwide. Following the success of Rykiel's recent lingerie collection for H&M, the second part of the collaboration now features the knitwear that has helped make Sonia Rykiel such a fashion legend. The collection, which is full of classic Rykiel signature pieces, also marks H&M's first designer collaboration for little girls (1.5 – 8yrs). In addition, shoppers can feel good about looking great with the Sonia Rykiel pour H&M bag, part of the proceeds from which will go directly to UNICEF's "All for Children" project.

"It feels fantastic, after the launch of our lingerie collection, to be asked to design a second collection for H&M. This time, I felt like offering the essence of Rykiel – knits, of course – because knits are a woman's second skin and because Rykiel is forever the queen of knits, from Saint Germain des Prés to all over the world. And it's wonderful to be able to design the print for a bag, knowing that thousands of women will use it and that it will benefit such a good cause," says Nathalie Rykiel, president and artistic director of Sonia Rykiel.

"We fell in love with this knitwear collection. Like all of the designers we work with at H&M, Rykiel hasn't done a diffusion line or a special look. They've given us their signature pieces, which women will really want, and added some fun by making selected pieces in children's sizes too. Rykiel's woman is ageless – she's portraying a very strong, self-confident woman who can live life the way she wants," says Jörgen Andersson, H&M's Head of Brand and New Business.

Sonia Rykiel's striped sweater, one of contemporary fashion's most iconic pieces, has long been coveted by women the world over. Beginning on February 20, H&M is giving its customers the opportunity to own Rykiel striped knits, which come in sweaters, dresses, scarves and even leggings for children. For H&M, Rykiel has rendered these stripes in incredibly vibrant colors – perfect for dispelling those winter blues. The collection features other classic Rykiel touches as well, such as the bows that sit proudly on the front of striped sweaters, or the carefree use of words on a slogan t-shirt.

Some of the pieces, for instance, the double-breasted blazer and the sweet short skirt, show the demure side of the Saint Germain style, while elsewhere the collection brings fashion fantasy to life with leggings covered in rhinestones, frilly hot pink or yellow dresses and the perfect drawstring jumpsuit. The advertising campaign captures the playful spirit of the collection – the models sport frizzy hair like Sonia Rykiel's, and each look is accessorized with bangles, brooches, bracelets and berets in either hot pink or adorned with rhinestones. The collection comes complete with platform sandals, which can be worn with Sonia Rykiel pour H&M striped socks until the weather cooperates.

The collection's ultimate accessory is the UNICEF bag, which will be launched with the knitwear collection on February 20. The bag will raise funds for "All for Children," a five-year UNICEF and H&M initiative, which aims to improve the lives of children in cotton-growing communities in India. This project reflects the commitment of H&M, Rykiel and their customers to helping improve the lives of these children. Thirty percent of the proceeds from the bag will go to the project.


H&M ranked third in the world behind America's Gap and Zara in Spain most of the new stores would be opened in the United States and western Europe.

At end-August, H&M had 1,840 stores in 27 countries.

The "Sonia Rykiel pour H&M" collection will be available in the following stores in Canada:


he Toronto Eaton Centre
1 Dundas St West

Bloor Street
13-15 Bloor St West

Yorkdale Shopping Centre
3401 Dufferin Street

Downtown Montreal
1100 Sainte-Catherine Street

Rockland Centre
2305 Rockland Road

The Pacific Centre
609 Granville Street

For more information, please contact: Emily Scarlett H&M, Phone: 16.623.4289,,


Accenta products are designed to compliment each other, so when you require a variety or an arrangement of displays, you can be sure that our superb hardware + your creative artwork printed on any of our top of the line substates will always look sharp together.

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Accenta has created customized modular displays since 1987. Showcases, counters, exhibit environments that are as effective as they are inspired. Whatever your dimensions, if you can dream it, we can create it.

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Tired of dealing with a multitude of vendors to get your display program off the ground?

Accenta Display is now pleased to offer one stop shopping - providing quality display units as well as high end digital output and lamination. Using the most up to date printers and laminators on the market, our media is ICC profiled to allow us to achieve the largest color gamut available. Our laminates also ensure longevity and durability.

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About Accenta

Accenta, founded in 1987, has become a leader in the international display market. Today, Accenta consists of two divisions: a Visual Impact Division, and a Modular Aluminum Display Division.

Headquartered in Canada, Accenta also has its US Sales and Distribution Center located near Tampa, Florida.

Accenta has a distinguished track record of meeting and exceeding customer needs with innovative products that offer the ultimate in simplicity, design, flexibility and cost effectiveness.

For more product information and service information Visit Accenta's website:

Contact: Angie Martin

tel: 1-800-222-3682


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Imagine you are a human resources manager, and every week you surf on Facebook after work, glass of wine in hand, happily exploring the various profiles of your contacts, both personal and professional. One evening, you notice that one of your colleagues has joined a Facebook group with the same name as the company you work for. Intrigued, you decide to have a look and, perhaps, to join the group.

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Langlois Kronström Desjardins is one of the largest law firms in Quebec, with over 120 professionals working in its three offices in Montréal, Québec City, and Lévis. With a total of more than 235 individuals making up our team, we are able to offer our clientele a complete range of legal services renowned for their exceptional quality in Business Law, Civil and Commercial Litigation, Labour and Administrative Law, Maritime and Admiralty Law, and Public and Private Real Estate Law.

The excellence of our services and our human-scale values set us apart, both with our clientele and our staff. We consider team culture to be essential because it enables us to listen in order to better understand and act. This allows us to take advantage of the synergies between our various fields of practice and to offer business solutions that are truly customized to our clientele's needs and requirements.

Langlois Kronström Desjardins is one of the largest law firms in Quebec at the service of public and private institutions and organizations, and individual or commercial businesses incorporated in Quebec, elsewhere in Canada, and abroad.

The firm's services fall under five main areas of practice: Business Law, Civil and Commercial Litigation, Labour and Administrative Law, Maritime and Admiralty Law as well as Public and Private Real Estate Law.

The law firm has offices in: Lévis, QC, Montréal, QC and Québec City, QC (See the online membership directory for detailed information)


Special Operations Software:

New company name: Specops Software Inc.

Our products are known and appreciated all over the world as Specops Gpupdate, Specops Deploy and Specops Password Reset to mention a few. From May 1st , we go by the name of Specops Software. We will continue to deliver solutions for Windows desktop automation and Windows password management. We will also continue to deliver top level support to our 2,000 customers around the world. In changing our name from Special Operations Software to Specops Software we will not stop the constant improvement of our solutions, so just let us continue to simplify and secure your Windows network management.

For more information contact:

Johan Ögren, President of Specops Software Inc. in Canada
Tel: 1-877-773-2677



IKEA Loft Space wins Gold at the Interior Design Show

50,000 design professionals and design sawy consumeers descended on the 11th annual Interior Design show in Toronto. The show featured the best, newest and most innovative in international and Canadian products presented by over 300 exhibitors. At this year's show, IKEA's impressive 1,300 sg.ft. loft space with soaring 14ft. ceilings was given a Gold booth award by show judge Cameron McNeil, Design Editor, House and Home Media.
Contributor: Emi Novah



The President, Michael Rathbone, was presented with the Innovators award by the Canadian Association of Movers

(CAM) from Leonard Hoyt, a director of CAM at their Annual General Meeting in Toronto.

BRYTOR INTERNATIONAL is the longest established overseas moving specialist in Canada and provides a full service with an emphasis on high quality export packing based on the long service and skills of our packing crews.

Brytor International was the first company in North America to introduce the best technology in the moving industry-the Australian designed software system, Movewar

Brytor was also of one of the first three Canadian companies to achieve the major quality certification for membership of the world moving association ( FIDI) as a FIDI Accredited International Mover back in 1999.

BRYTOR INTERNATIONAL introduced a number of innovatory elements at own purpose built offices and warehouse completed in 2000 such as complete open plan offices with senior mangement sharing space with staff and various innovations in our warehouse- 9 feet dock doors to facilitate access for containers & 24 hour video surveillance.

With a commitment to excellence for over 40 years, Brytor International is Canada's longest established International relocation management company.

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Arla Foods to make organic production
even more attractive

Arla Foods is to increase the payment to its organic co-operative members in both Denmark and Sweden to attract more organic producers.

Arla Foods is continuing its campaign to get more conventional milk producers to go organic. The Board of Directors has decided to raise the so-called organic supplement for Danish co-operative members by 10 Danish øre per kg milk from July 1, 2008. Consequently, the organic supplement, which is an additional payment Arla organic producers receive for producing organic milk, will be 67.9 øre per kg.

"We're raising the organic supplement out of a wish to source more organic milk as there is clearly a need for it," says Arla Foods' Vice CEO Povl Krogsgaard.

In a new departure, the Board of Directors has abandoned the principle that the organic supplement should reflect the additional costs of organic production. In future, the supplement will be based on the company's raw organic milk requirements and reflect Arla's wish to source more organic milk.

"We believe that interest in organic production will continue to grow both in Denmark and Sweden and abroad," says CEO Peder Tuborgh. "We want to be known as a dairy that does most to promote organic in Europe so that it becomes accessible and relevant to a large group of consumers. But this requires more organic producers. If organic becomes a niche product that is only intended for a narrow group of consumers with high disposable incomes – it's meaningless."

Arla Foods' organic target is to continue to increase the annual weigh-in of organic milk to 375 million kg in Denmark and 266 million kg in Sweden before 2011. In Denmark, Arla lacks 55 million kg to achieve the target while Sweden is 100 million kg short.

Consequently, Arla is raising the organic supplement even more in Sweden, i.e. by 28.4 Danish øre per kg as the lack of organic milk is acute in the Swedish market. As consumer demand is currently booming in Sweden, Arla Foods wants to play a bigger role.

"In Sweden, we don't have enough organic milk to achieve our weigh-in target," says Povl Krogsgaard. "Consequently we have to implement a bigger increase in Sweden than in Denmark."

Arla Foods is currently the world's largest producer of organic milk products.

Source: Scandinavian Leadership



InNOVAcorp helps early stage Nova Scotia companies commercialize their technologies for export. Our internationally recognized High Performance Incubation (HPi)™business model incorporates incubation infrastructure, business mentoring, and seed and venture capital investment. Every day, we help companies navigate the challenges of early stage development with tailored hands-on business guidance.

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TETRA PAK produces carton packages for food and liquid food (the best known product in Canada is the "juice box," or Tetra Brik Aseptic carton, to be exact). Tetra Pak also produces food and liquid food processing equipment—systems needed to heat treat food to make it safe to package and consume.

In addition,Tetra Pak produces complete processing and packaging lines for ice cream and cheese. Its customers know Tetra Pak as a "single-source supplier"; that can outfit an entire food or beverage plant from raw material intake to finished, packaged products.

The corporate motto is: "We commit to making food safe and available, everywhere".

The headquarters in Canada are located in Richmond Hill, Ontario, where approximately 100 people work. The company also has a satellite sales and service office in Brossard, near Montreal, with 15 employees. Globally speaking, international headquarters are in Lausanne, Switzerland. Tetra Pak employs approximately 20,000 people in 77 countries world-wide.


IKEA begins transforming campaign

A well-designed kitchen can transform a person. So says Ikea in its latest national campaign from agency of record Zig.

The integrated TV and online components of the campaign show a husband returning home to find his wife admiring her Ikea kitchen.

He begins to complains emphatically about his bad day, but the wife can only hear a soap opera-styled dubbed version of his speech. While he rails about his boss, she hears "I hate boring you with this. You don't deserve that. No, I am making dinner and not watching the hockey game."

The super "Everything seems better in an Ikea kitchen. Kitchens you dream about," closes the scene before a voiceover delivers the company's long-time advertising tag line, "Love your home."

Online ads use the husband character along with a rude teenage son and snooty mother law, dubbing their criticisms with praise once they are placed in an Ikea kitchen setting.

Double-page print executions will run in the October issues of home decor magazines with the copy "You'll think you've died and gone to kitchen."

The campaign officially launched Monday night on the heels of another campaign for Ikea's bedroom furnishings, which completed its television run on Sunday. The print elements of both campaigns will overlap.

The bedroom print ads use the line "So comfortable, you'll need shorter bedtime stories," and come with a small book containing four one-page stories.

Zig also has a campaign in-market for the retailer's Pax organizing system, featuring two women discussing closet organization as two men might discuss cars and garages.

Zig won gold in Cannes this year for their Ikea "Low Voice" radio ad, created by Stephen Leps and Aaron Starkman, although neither worked on the kitchen or bedroom campaigns.

Media buying for the campaign is handled by Group M's Mindshare Canada.



The poor man's Corvette in Sweden'


With a few notable exceptions, automobile companies were founded by people who, no matter what flights of fantasy their initial enthusiasm carried them on, soon accepted the reality that success usually came by producing practical cars the average Joe — or in Saab's case, Ake, Bo or Stig — could buy.

Nevertheless, history books contain plenty of colour plates of often rather-exotic-looking sports cars wearing badges more commonly associated with work-a-day sedans. Saab, Sweden's aircraft company turned car maker, is a prime example of this phenomenon.

Its first cars, built in the late 1940s, were simple, inexpensive little sedans with two-stroke-engines; but it took only a few years before a car-crazy cabal in the design shop was messing about with a sports car.

The result was the Sonett, a rare example of which now graces the showroom — with its yellow and blue Swedish flag colours — of

Aktive Motors in Oakville, Ont., owned by Saab enthusiast and master technician Christian Skovbjerg.

Christian Skovbjerg's 1974 Sonett III is one of the last of slightly more than 10,000 of these interesting little roadsters built from 1956 until production ended with the 1974 model year. (Christian Skovbjerg)

Skovbjerg's 1974 Sonett III is one of the last of slightly more than 10,000 of these interesting little roadsters built from 1956 until production ended with the 1974 model year.

The Sonett — the name derives from the Swedish words "sa natt," which translate as "so nice, so neat" — was the brainchild of Saab's engine wizard Rolf Mellde.

He decided in the early 1950s that what the company really needed was a competition car with which he could indulge his enthusiasm for racing. Management proved less than receptive, but Mellde and some cronies cobbled the Sonett I together in a shed near Trollhattan anyway.

And by 1956 it was being proudly shown off, with factory approval, at the Stockholm car show. But only six of the 748-cc, 57.5-hp, three-cylinder, two-stroke-engined cars were produced.

I drove one of these originals some years ago on the test track behind the Trollhattan plant. With its aluminum structure, it was light, steered well and was surprisingly quick with that raspy little two-stroke motor wound up and howling happily under the hood.

Fast forward to the 1960s and you find Saab's Bjorn Karslstrom picking up the Sonett torch and managing to ignite management interest in taking a second try at a sports car.

The result was the Sonett II of 1966, a car still powered by a three-cylinder two-stroke engine, but built on a steel platform with rather oddly styled fibreglass hatchback bodywork — the front tipped forward like that of a Triumph Spitfire. Only 28 were produced that year and 230 in 1967.

The car was redesigned in 1968 to take a Ford-sourced four-stroke, 1.5-litre (later 1.7-litre), 65-hp, V-4 engine and became the Sonett V4, of which slightly more than 1,600 were produced.

A redesign was then undertaken with the help of Italian designer Sergio Coggiola whose drawings were revised (reportedly sending him into a snit) by Saab's Gunnar Sjogren, to arrive at the better proportioned but still rather idiosyncratic Sonett III of 1970.

The engine remained the V-4. but the car acquired flip-up headlights, a floor-mounted gearshift (replacing the less than sporty column shifter) and such amenities as optional air conditioning, an obvious nod to North American buyers, such as the one who originally purchased Skovbjerg's car.

Skovbjerg grew up on a small dairy farm in southern Sweden, learning basic wrenching on tractors and his father's Opel Rekord and Saab 96 in the late 1960s.

His early rides were souped-up mopeds used for impromptu off-road racing with pals, and following a natural progression the lads moved on to cars.

Skovbjerg's first was a Cortina GT, which he used to tear up the gravel roads of the area in informal rallies and on home-made rally-cross courses. "It was just for fun. We were just a bunch of guys who would get together and make our own tracks. You'd wreck the cars. Then work on them for a week. Then you'd be back at it again."

While in his mid-teens, he embarked on a six-year automotive engineering program, graduating in 1976 as a master mechanic. He then worked for a dealership, served his mandatory year of military service and, after touring the United States and Canada, decided to move here in 1980 at the age of 22.

His first job was in a Montreal Corvette specialty shop, which he left to study computer science at McGill University. He then returned to his first love, working first with a Toronto restoration shop and then for local dealerships, before returning to Sweden to teach in Saab's training department.

Back in Canada again, he worked for General Motors (which by then owned Saab) and then as service manager at a dealership. After once again studying computers, he decided his passion remained with cars and Saabs in particularly.

He opened his own repair shop Aktive Motors in Oakville last year, specializing in Saabs but dealing with other high-end imported machinery, too.

Sonetts were never exported to Canada, but were sold in the United States. One somehow made its way to Toronto, where it apparently sat for two decades in the underground parking area of its woman owner.

When she died, her son decided to sell the car. Skovbjerg heard about it, looked it over and bought it on the spot just three months ago — ironically finding it in his own backyard after a long hunt in Sweden, the United States and elsewhere.

"I'd wanted a Sonett since I was a kid. They were kind of the poor man's Corvette in Sweden."

Life in parking garage limbo hadn't been kind to the Sonett. Skovbjerg says it was rough "with paint like sandpaper," but over all proved sound, requiring just some elbow grease to rub down the paint and the fettling of its systems that would be expected of such a long hibernation. Obviously, with his capabilities, this won't be a problem.

"He's alive and he's kicking and he's ready to go," Skovbjerg says of the Sonett. "And he has to be ready by this spring. My daughter wants to be driven to the prom in him."


Aktive Motors Inc
886 Winston Churchill Blvd
Phone: 905 842-0017


The Swedish-Canadian Chamber of Commerce

is now an affiliate member of SWEDISH COUNCIL OF AMERICA (SCA) an organization for Swedish and Scandinavian organizations in North America. SCA supports individual organizations and their members through sharing and offering information , education, recognition and development.

SCA recognizes outstanding performance annually through its Award of Merit program or bi-annually through the Great Swedish Heritage Award and America's Swede of the Year Award and offers financial support through a variety of annual grants.

SCA is co-founder of NORDIC REACH magazine Nordic Reach gives you a taste of Scandinavian lifestyle, design and perspectives. As a member of SCCC you will get a very reduced subscription fee of only $10.00/year for this very attractive magazine. Just give the SCCC office in Toronto a call tel: 416-925-8661, or send us an email (see first section and click on "Contact us" )

Partnership with Genline - Through our membership in SCA you will have discounted price for access to Swedish Church Records on-line.


member of The Swedish-Canadian Chamber of
Commerce has provided us with an online booking link
for our members and their guests.

It gives you as a SCCC member easy access to making reservations instantly and is personalized for the Swedish-Canadian Chamber of Commerce Chamber.

click below for your reservation:


The world's first H&M store on Stora Gatan in Västerås, Sweden


The first H&M store in Canada opened in Toronto in March of 2004 and was the second market outside of Europe. H&M has got a fabulous start in Canada with 29 stores to date and in the near future they are expanding to the West coast.

H&M was established in Västerås, Sweden in 1947 by Erling Persson. The store now sells clothes and cosmetics in around 1,400 stores around the world .H&M has about 20 production offices around the world, mainly in Asia and Europe. The company employs about 68,000 people.

H&M opened its first store in Toronto, Canada in 2004. End of 2007 H&M had opened 35 stores in Canada with around 800 employees.

2007 - H&M's most exciting year to date:

  • H&M opened 193 stores and closed 16. At the end of the financial year there were a total of 1,522 H&M store in 28 countries.
  • Several new markets: Greece, Slovakia, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Qatar on a franchise basis.
  • Expanded footwear collection for women, which was well received by customers. In the autumn even more models were launched along with a small collection of men's footwear.
  • Organic Cotton is a new and regular collection suing organic cotton which received a warm welcome from customers.
  • One of the spring's largest women's collections was created in collaboration with style icon Madonna.
  • Kyile Minogue was the face of H&M for one of the summer's beachwear collections - H&M loves Kyle.
  • The new store chain COS, Collection of Style, opened eleven stores
  • Expansion of Internet and catalogue sales, with catalogue sales in the Netherlands and Internet sales for customers in Germany and Austria.
  • The design collaboration with Italian Roberto Cavalli gained attention all over the world.

Source: H&M Annual Report 2007
See H&M's website


Doing Business in Canada

Many European companies wish to do business in Canada, and many prefer to do business in North America (including the United States and Mexico) through a base in Canada. However, because legal structures for businesses in Europe, particularly continental Europe, are different from those in Canada. European business people frequently have many questions about the Canadian legal system, and the alternative structures that may be available to them in establishing a business in Canada.

The lawfirm, Dale & Lessman LLP has sent an outline of the most common structures utilized by European companeis doing business in Canada, and some of the decisions which have to be made before starting a business in Canada.

Please contact the SCCC office and we will send you a free copy.

For more information please visit:

Visit the useful web page below mentioned which gives you an array of brochures covering most corporate legal matters: