Memoran d um SUMMER 2008 DANISH CANADIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NEWSLETTER The Evening with the Nordic Trade Commissioners IN THIS ISSUE: Survey Results - Page 2 The Canada-Finland Chamber of Commerce, the Swedish-Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Innovation Norway and the Danish Canadian Chamber of Commerce jointly invited their members Carlsberg Event - Page 3 and guests to meet their trade commissioners in the Wood Lounge of the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, Maersk Open House - Page 4 Downtown Toronto, on Wednesday, November 21, 2007. Danish Canadian Trade - Page 4 Christmas 2007 - Page 6 AGM - Page 8 Membership Drive Contest - Page 10 Best Country for Business - Page 12 British Pub Networking - Page 13 Danish Films in Toronto - Page 14 Nordic Fair - Page 15 In Memoriam - page 16 New Members - Page 17 Board, Events, BeneÞts - Back Cover The four trade commissioners in the photo, Tor Mühlbradt from Norway, Tuomo Laine from UPCOMING EVENTS: Finland, Peter Mørk from Denmark, and the then newly appointed Magnus Andersson from See last page for more information! Sweden made well-prepared country presentations to a full capacity room. Time ßies as an arrow, as the old saying goes. The popular Norwegian trade commissioner Tor Mühlbradt has now already Friday, September 5, 2008 returned to Norway to be replaced by his successor ArnÞnn Hattrem in August 2008. SCANDINAVIAN CUP GOLF TOURNAMENT The Swedish, Norwegian and Danish Trade Commissioners, have for a few years now worked out Kleinburg Golf Club of the same ofÞce address at 2 Bloor Street West, Suite 2120 in Toronto, where the consulates of Tuesday, September 9, at 4 p.m. the three countries are located. The Finnish Trade Commissioner can be found at the Finland Trade CORPORATE OPEN HOUSE AT Centre on Bay Street in Toronto. ST MARYS CEMENT INC., Bowmanville. The evening with the Nordic Trade Commissioners has always been a popular function from the days Thursday, Sept.18, at 5:30 p.m. of the Scandinavian Canadian Business Association and will be repeated as an annual or at least EUROPEAN BUSINESS CLUB biannual event - even though it is often difÞcult to dovetail their busy schedules. NETWORKING RECEPTION THE TORONTO BOARD OF TRADE Finland, Sweden and Denmark are members of the European Union while Norway is still outside the 1 First Canadian Place, Toronto EU. The four Nordic countries, although they are Þerce competitors, cooperate closely and share Friday, December 5, at 6:30 p.m. many similarities and connections in trade, industry and government. THE DCCC ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BUFFET GALA DINNER DANCE It is thus always very informative and interesting to learn about their trade, activity plans and future The National Club, 303 Bay Street, expectations on the Canadian market. Toronto, ON Always a sell-out! Don’t miss it! Knud Westergaard Results of the Activity Survey In January, questionnaires were sent out of which 25% were returned by April 10, 2008, which is about the same as the return rate for our previous activity surveys in 1998 and 2001. Here are your opinions. Which activities are you interested in In case you are interested in a News If you have participated in the attending? and Information Letter, what should Christmas Ball in this or in previous 73% Receptions for visiting Danish years please comment upon your it contain? Politicians and Business Leaders likes and/or dislikes. 91% ProÞles of Danish companies The National Club 68% Lectures and Seminars by visiting Top Ranked Danish Business in Canada 82% Like 5% Dislike People 82% Articles about business Reception with glögg between Canada and Denmark 68% Like 5% Dislike 64% Luncheons with Guest Music at reception Speaker 68% Danish business news 50% Like 18% Dislike 59% Christmas Ball 68% Reports and photos of past The Danish Christmas Buffet 59% Open House Company Visits 73% Like 0% Dislike activities 59% Special Luncheons or Dinners Would you rather like a Christmas 59% Information about future for Visiting Dignitaries Dinner by be served? 50% Networking Meetings activities 73% No 0% Yes In other words, you want us to 50% Membership proÞles Door Prize Rafße be ready and available to arrange Canadian business news had much 73% Like 0% Dislike functions for visiting dignitaries, less interest in our news- and The Dance Band (The Red and you love the Christmas Ball and information-letter. Suspenders) company visits. 55% Like 18% Dislike Are you interested in DCCC Would like a current Danish band(1); There is, however, much less interest for functions with the other establishing an award for a “Danish/ Jazz (1); Big-band(1); band for a European Chambers of Commerce. Canadian Business Person of the younger audience(1); It’s OK – as good Only a few of you are interested in Year”? as it gets (1). EUCOCIT events. 50% No 9% Yes Would you rather like a Disc Jockey? What do you miss in the Chamber? 68% No 5% Yes Please state the areas in which Which day of the week do you prefer Nothing (1); N/A (1); Members of the you think the Chamber should be for the function? involved: Health Community – Fellow Dentists Saturday (3); Thursday/Friday(1) 77% Company Listings and Web (1); Business focus(1) Mid-week(1) Page Links When would you like the function to 64% Electronic News and Which DCCC Activities have you take place? Information Letter 59% Early December particularly enjoyed in the past? 55% Company Visits 23% Late November 73% Christmas Ball 14% Mid December 45% Seminars and Education 55% Open House Company Visits Which Price Level are you 45% Hotel discounts for members 45% Luncheon Meetings with comfortable with for a Dinner 45% Car rental discounts for Guest Speaker Dance? members 41% $100 - $125 41% Travel discount for members 41% Special Luncheons or Dinners 36% $80 - $100 41% Job referrals for Visiting Dignitaries 18% under $80 Our members want an electronic There is some interest in joint 14% $125 - $150 newsletter and they want hotel, car 5% over $150 functions with other Nordic rental and travel deals. There is only little interest in membership Chambers, but again the interest Tabulated and presented by: discounts on gift-items, fashion and is very low for joint European Knud Westergaard other consumer products. meetings. DCCC Publication, Page 2 Call for a Carlsberg - - or Jacobsen! An invitation was received jointly from Carlsberg and DCCC by the members of the Danish Canadian Chamber of Commerce to a tasting session at Carlsberg Canada’s location at Bristol Circle in Oakville featuring Jacobsen Beer on Thursday, November 15, 2007. Jacobsen beer is brewed at Carlsberg’s “house brewery” in Copenhagen and reßects the very best their master brewers can produce. The tag line for the brand is “unlimited dedication”. Two Jacobsen beers were introduced, a dark and a golden version, which received a much noted promotion at the Ontario LCBO stores up to Christmas in a handsome gift box with two different, beautiful, logo-crested glasses as collectors’ items. Assisted by Thomas Lind, Tommy Guldberg and Becky Kwiatkowski, Peter Hammarstedt, General Manager of Carlsberg Canada, and Preben Ganzhorn, Director of Marketing, bid a warm welcome and introduced the new beer to the maximum crowd which came in from the November cold and soon found the warm glow of the Carlsberg hospitality and the Þne new beer. The Carlsberg brand beer is from January 2008 imported in its original version by appointment of the Danish Royal Court, brewed in Denmark. Probably the world’s best beer, as it is proudly said! “Skål” to all our friends at Carlsberg Canada. Your hospitality is greatly appreciated! Knud Westergaard Maersk Open House Tuesday, March 27, 2008, Maersk Canada invited the members of DCCC to the boardroom of their Canadian head ofÞce in Mississauga with visiting Senior Executive Henning Morgen of the A.P. Møller-Maersk organization in Denmark giving a company presentation not only up to the date but up to the hour! The span and scope of this business giant of Denmark is truly mind-boggling with its activities covering approximately 15 per cent of the total Danish economic output. The brieÞng about the corporation and its history was supported by a very interesting and well made movie. It was followed by a business and corporate policy orientation as well as a forecast on the economic outlook by the Maersk Executive Director in Denmark on direct high-tech electronic link! Here we have a truly blue-star/blue-chip Danish corporation to be proud of! - rd. Trade between Denmark and Canada in 2007 Exports from Canada to Denmark ßying high. In 2007, the two-way trade between Denmark and Canada amounted to more than 1.6 billion Canadian dollars - an increase of 11% and an all time high. Exports from Denmark to Canada fell by 5.6%, but Danish imports from Canada increased by nearly 60% due mainly to purchase of Canadian aircraft and a large increase in the import value of Canadian Þsh and seafood to Denmark. The balance of trade, however, is still very much in Denmark’s favour. The Danish krone strengthened about 4% towards the Canadian dollar in 2007, a trend that has continued as it has so far gained another 4% towards the dollar and is valued at approx. 4.70 DKR to a Canadian dollar by July, 2008. The average exchange rate used for the below trade Þgures for 2007 is 5.05 DKR to 1 Can. $ compared to 5.25 DKR to 1 Can. $ in 2006. The total annual Danish import from Canada in 2007 amounted to 3,062.5mill. DKR, corresponding to 606 million dollars, an increase of 59.5% compared to 2006. The biggest item on the trade statistics is now import of aircraft, equipment and parts amounting to 195 million dollars, an increase of 156.6%, with Þsh and seafood (mainly shrimps) closely following in the statistics with an import value of 189 million dollar, an increase of 28.6% compared to the year before. These two sections alone amount to nearly 2/3 of the total Danish import from Canada. DCCC Publication, Page 4 Trade between Denmark and Canada in 2007 (continued) The import of machinery and parts is next and increased by 2.6% to 39 million dollars. Import of oil from plants and fruits for the Þrst time reached the top-Þve status in the statistics with a total value of $18 million dollars, sharply followed by import of cork, wood and paper products at a value of 17 million dollars - an increase of 70%. The import of IT hardware, electronics and instrumentation which has in the past few years had a strong position on the statistics, however, fell by 42% in 2007 to a value of 11 million dollar against 19 million dollar the year before and is no longer amongst the top-Þve items. The Þve biggest sectors covering 75.5% of all imports from Canada in 2007 were: 2006 2007 mill. $ mill. $ change Total 380 606 + 59.5% Aircraft and equipment/parts 76 195 +156.6% Fish and seafood 147 189 + 28.6% Machinery and parts 38 39 + 2.6% Oil from plants and fruits 0.3 18 + NNN% Cork, wood and paper products 10 17 + 70.0% Source: Denmark’s Statistic. The Danish export to Canada in 2007 amounted to 5,302.9 mill. DKR, corresponding to just under 1 billion dollars, a decrease of 5.6% compared to 2006. The dominant product in the 2007-trade is North Sea oil with a value of 391 million dollars, an increase of nearly 20%. Machinery and parts (windmills) are the second biggest export items from Denmark to Canada at a value of 178 million dollars, a decrease of 12.3%. The export of pharmaceuticals and medical products decreased by 17.3% to 129 million dollars. Sales of Danish agri-food products to Canada, decreased by 30.6% to 34 million dollars from 49 million dollars in 2006 and 55 million dollars in 2005 as the export of Danish meat and meat products to Canada was reduced by more than 50% to only 8.5 million dollars and the export of cheese from Denmark fell by 23% to 16 million dollars. Many of the cheeses are now being produced in Canada. Export of aircraft parts to Canada fell by over half to 17 million dollars in 2007. Outside the top-Þve sector in the trade statistics, the export of furniture from Denmark also continued its downward trend and fell by more than one third to 14 million dollars in 2007 from 22 million dollars in 2006. The fashion trade from Denmark to Canada kept its sales of 14 million dollars worth of articles of apparel unchanged. The Þve biggest sectors with 75% of total exports from Denmark to Canada in 2007 were: 2006 2007 mill $ mill $ change Total 1,056 997 - 5.6% Oil 327 391 + 19.6% Machinery and parts 203 178 - 12.3% Pharmaceuticals and medical products 156 129 - 17.3% Agri-food, agricultural products 49 34 - 30.6% Aircraft parts 35 17 - 51.4% Source: Denmark’s Statistic. Due to the close proximity, there is a developing trade between Greenland and Canada. Canadian companies being involved in mining development, etc. on Greenland and many consumer items being purchased from Canada. Knud Westergaard The 2007 Christmas Party Again we enjoyed an outstanding, successful function at the National Club on Bay Street. It took place Saturday, December 1st with the proven, traditional 6 step program! 1) Fellowship Starting with warm glögg and Christmas cookies at a welcome reception during which Verner Mikkelsen entertains on his accordion with music of the Season. 2) Great Door Prizes Finding your table in the elegant dining room and securing door prize tickets for the many valuable prizes from our sponsors: ~ Finnair ~ Arla Foods ~ Asger Pedersen Insurance Broker Inc. ~ Cairde Enterprises/DropStopCanada ~ Creekside Estate Winery ~ Carlsberg ~ Danish Style Cake Shop and Delicatessen ~ Danfoss 3) A Warm Welcome ~ Ecco Shoes Receiving DCCC Chairman Anders Fisker’s warm ~ Lind Furniture welcome and Seasonal ~ Maersk Canada Greetings. ~ Silkeborg ~ Torp Incorporated/Georg Jensen 4) Fabulous Christmas Fare Enjoying the FABULOUS Gala Buffet Dinner . Here are some of the highlights from the gargantuan menu: * Home Made Danish Herrings with Aalborg Taffel Akvavit and Carlsberg Beer as a starter. * Tiny Atlantic Shrimps with Lemon Boats and Mayonnaise, Smoked Salmon with White Asparagus, Cured Salmon “Gravlaks” with Dill and Sweet Mustard Sauce, Fried Fillet of Plaice with Remoulade Sauce. * Hot Liver Paste, Danish Style Meat Balls, Roast Pork Loin with Cracklings and Roast Duck. * Roast Beef with Horseradish or Remoulade, Fried Onions and Danish Pickels “Asier”, Smoked Pork Loin “Hamburgerryg”, Beer Tartar “Løvemad”. * Arla Rosenborg Blue Cheese from Denmark, Havarti, Fontina and Danish Camembert Cheese. * Danish Pastries “Wienerbrød”, Almond Fingers “Kransekage” – and of course, *The Danish Christmas Dessert: “Ris ά la mande” Creamed Rice and Almonds with Warm Cherry Sauce. Following the Danish tradition there is of course a “mandelgave”-prize for the lucky person who Þnds the large, whole almond in the dessert. DCCC Publication, Page 6 5) Door Prize Draw After Dinner there was the draw for the many valuable door prizes. Finnair generously donated the Þrst prize of the rafße, a round trip to Copenhagen, which was won by the Mikkelsen-Klan, that previously has done the same, and which also took home the valuable collector’s bottle No 22 of 99 Vintage Wayne Gretzky Red Wine, kindly donated by Creekside Estate Wineries, owned by our members Laura and Peter Jensen. 6) Dancing Listening and dancing to the dinner music and dynamic dance music by “The Red Suspenders”, bringing happy dancers to the ßoor to well over midnight. Can you think of a better start to the Christmas Season? Mark this year’s Gala Buffet Dinner at the beautiful National Club in your calendar Friday, December 5, 2008. I am already looking forward to the party! Knud Westergaard DCCC Annual Meeting Thursday, April 10, 2008 at the National Club (Blake Lounge), Toronto. Members of the Danish Canadian Chamber of Commerce were this year invited to an annual general meeting followed by a wine tasting with some great canapé snacks made by the chefs of the National Club to pair with the wines. Chairman Anders Fisker opened the proceedings, thanked everybody for coming and proposed Palle Skaade as a capable Chair of the Meeting (dirigent) with unanimous approval. The Chairman’s and Honorary Treasurer’s reports followed. Palle Skaade opened the election of the board of directors. The following 12 persons were elected and will serve as directors during the 2008 membership year: New on the board: Stewart Cameron, Anne Marie Keogh, Erik Madsen, Asger Pedersen, Bent Søgaard Jørgensen and Keld Weigelt. Re-elected: Chairman Anders Fisker, Hon. Treasurer Tom Haar, Ole K. Jensen, Anders Rahr, Randy Ross and Knud Westergaard. The Danish Trade Commissioner Peter Mørk will continue after a year as elected director on the board as honorary director, as will the Danish Consul General Arne Nordtorp. Two board members left Canada last year and resigned from the board. Hans Erik Jensen (vice chairman 2006-7) and Peter Ulvskjold. Both received a warm vote of thanks for their great service to the chamber as did following four directors of the board, who did not want to stand for re-election this year: Brian Baker, Frank Johansen, Jens Kauffmann and Thomas Larsson (who replaced Hans Erik- Jensen as Vice Chairman last year). After the annual meeting, the new board of directors was formed with Anders Fisker continuing as Chairman, Bent Søgaard Jørgensen as 1 Vice Chairman, and Randy Ross as 2nd Vice Chairman. Tom Haar was re-elected as Honorary st Treasurer, and Knud Westergaard re-appointed as Executive Director of the Chamber. The dice have been rolled and we, without doubt have another winning team to steer DCCC through we hope, the not too wild currents of the coming year. DCCC Publication, Page 8 AGM (continued) After the General Meeting, two Þne Ontario wines from our corporate member Peter Jensen of Creekside Estates, as well as two imported light summer wines at a lower price were selected in order to present some wines for special occasions as well as some within the reach of everybody for daily enjoyment. Our member Anne Marie Keogh, Cάirde Enterprises, surprised us with a special DCCC imprinted Drop-Stop wine pouring disc as a gift to everybody attending the annual meeting. The selected wines: Creekside Estate Sauvignon Blanc Reserve, (LCBO # 53371 at $18.95) Mike Weir Estates Cabernet Merlot (LCBO #109 at $18.80) and Aveleda Vino Verde (from Portugal), (LCBO #5322 at $8.45) Montalto Nero d’Avola Cabernet Sauvignon (from Sicily), (LCBO $621151 at $9.70) Guess, which wine ran out Þrst, well before the other three? ---The Mike Weir Estates, certainly! We had at great expense to replenish it with some other Þne red wine from the wine cellar of the National Club. Everybody had a great time – at the right price (free of charge for our members). Don’t forget to attend the 2009 AGM! You will have a chance to voice your opinion and vote in the new board of directors – as well as enjoy yourself in good company at the same time. K.W. DCCC 2008 Member-Get-A-Member Contest! The beneÞts of being a member of the Danish Canadian Chamber of Commerce just got better! For each new member referred by you before October 31, 2008, your name will be entered in a draw for: • 2 free tickets to the DCCC Christmas Gala Dinner & Dance; OR • a case of Creekside wine; OR • a bottle of Akvavit! We know how much you enjoy your DCCC membership so sell your friends and colleagues on how valuable a Danish Canadian Chamber of Commerce membership really is and every time your referral becomes a member; your name will be entered to WIN one of the prizes above! As an added incentive for new members, the following rates will apply if they join before October 31, 2008 and will be in effect until December 2009: Corporate: $400.00 as savings of $165.00 Individual: $95.00 as savings of $40.00 Student: $30.00 reduced to $12.00 BONUS: If you sponsor three (3) new members in 2008, DCCC will renew your membership for FREE!* Enter online at www.dccc.ca or download the fax-back PDF form now! DCCC Publication, Page 10 Use this form to sponsor potential new members or visit us online at www.dccc.ca ! FAX BACK TO DCCC AT 416.962.3668 The more names you enter the more chances you have to win! Tell your friends and colleagues just how valuable a DCCC membership really is... because the best sales person we have is you! BONUS: If YOU sponsor three new members in 2008, DCCC will renew your membership for FREE!* MEMBER: My Last Name: __________________First Name:____________________________ PERSPECTIVE NEW MEMBERS: Mr. Mrs. Ms. Last Name:______________________ First Name:____________________________ Company Name: _______________________ Address: _______________________ City:_____________________ Province:_____________ Postal code:_____________ Bus. Phone: (__)_________________ Fax: ( __) _____________________________ Email: _______________________________________________________________ Mr. Mrs. Ms. Last Name:______________________ First Name:____________________________ Company Name: _______________________ Address: _______________________ City: _____________________ Province:_____________ Postal code:_____________ Bus. Phone: (__)_________________ Fax: ( __) _____________________________ Email: _______________________________________________________________ Mr. Mrs. Ms. Last Name:______________________ First Name:____________________________ Company Name: _______________________ Address: _______________________ City: _____________________ Province:_____________ Postal code:_____________ Bus. Phone: (__)_________________ Fax: ( __) _____________________________ Email: _______________________________________________________________ * All three prospective DCCC members must join the Chamber prior to December 31, 2008. Member must be in good standing at time of renewal to qualify. Free membership offer applies to the Þrst renewal invoice issued after January 2009. Contest closes October 31, 2008. Special Report The Best Countries For Business Jack Gage 06.26.08, 6:00 PM ET What do Lego and 18th century political economist Adam Smith have in common? Both show why Denmark has become the best country in the world for business. Speaking two decades before The Wealth of Nations was published in 1776, Smith said, “Little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice: all the rest being brought about by the natural course of things.” If ever there was a system that made following Smith’s recipe look easy, it’s the Danish economy’s mix of low inßation and low unemployment, emphasis on entrepreneurship and lower taxes. These qualities combined with high marks for innovation and technological savvy lift Denmark to the top of our third annual ranking of the Best Countries for Business (formerly the Forbes Capital Hospitality Index). To Þnd the best, we analyze business climates in each of more than 120 national economies, focusing on degrees of personal freedoms, like the right to participate in free and fair elections, or freedom of expression and organization. Investor protection examines the recourse held by minority shareholders in cases of corporate misdeeds, while corruption looks at the number and frequency of similar misuse of corporate assets for personal gain. Together with economic policies supportive of free trade and low inßation, these key points form a snapshot of countries’ suitability for capital investment. Topping the list for 2008: Denmark, which rose three slots from last year, Ireland (up 19 places to No. 2), Finland (up four to third place), the U.S. (down three to fourth) and U.K. (up Þve to Þfth). Big movers like Ireland, Estonia (No. 10, up 24 spots) and Saudi Arabia (No. 47, up 37) have limited bureaucracy standing in the way of entrepreneurs hoping to do business within their borders. To read more go to: Advertise in the Memorandum! Be prepared for the next issue. Have your artwork and text ready to print so that all may view your company’s message! See website (www.dccc.ca) for artwork guidelines and pricing. DCCC Publication, Page 12 Pub Night with the British Tuesday, June 19, 2007, DCCC members were invited to a successful networking Pub Night at the Duke of York, Yorkville, together with members of the British Canadian Chamber of Trade and Commerce. Come out and join the fun next time! Danish Documentary Film The recently produced Danish documentary “Purity Beats Everything” by Danish Þlm maker Jon Bang Carlsen was shown at lunch Thursday, April 3, 2008, to a full capacity crowd at the Royal Hall of the Danish Lutheran Church in Toronto for members of DCCC, The Golden Age Club and the Danish Women’s Association in Toronto. One of the main characters in the movie, holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter, was present and gave background information as well as answered questions after the presentation of this unforgettable Þlm that delves deep into the layers underlying Nazism’s purity ideals. Danish Movies at the Toronto Film Festival Several Danish movies are going to be shown in September in Toronto. “Disco-ormene. (The Disco Worms)”, an animated movie from Denmark, has lately been selected to be shown in the section for Children and Youth Films at this year’s Þlm festival. The management of the festival has already selected the movie “Maria Larssons evige øjeblik. (Maria Larsson’s Eternal Moment)” to be screened. This movie is directed by the veteran Swedish Þlm director Jan Troell but is produced by the Danish Þlm company Final Cut Productions and has amongst others, Jesper Christensen in the lead. To be shown in the Contemporary World Cinema section the Danish movie “Den du frygter. (The One you Fear)” has been selected. The Toronto Film Festival has, during the latter years, become of increasing importance for the Danish Þlm industry as a platform for introduction and sales of its movies to the American market as well as to other parts of the world. This year’s Toronto Film Festival takes place from September 4 - 13. DCCC Publication, Page 14 Nordic Fair 2008 Friday, June 27, 2008, DCCC Chairman Anders Fisker and Executive Director Knud Westergaard as well as Danish Consul General Arne Nordtorp participated in the opening of the Nordic Fair at Mel Lastman Square in North York, a yearly festival introducing and cel- ebrating all Nordic Countries. The week-end fair was opened by the Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Ontario. Despite challenging weather conditions (heavy rain showers and extremely hot weather) the festival received approximately 5,000 visitors, amongst them without doubt many DCCC members with their family. Entertainment was presented by all the participating countries at the outdoor grandstand. The renowned choir “Copenhagen Camerata” at the start of their tour of Canada and Danish soprano Brigit Bogar gave performances during the week-end and a play based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales was given by a local Danish group to much delight. DCCC supplied promotional material and tourist leaßets to the Danish booth, which was manned (actually “womanned”) by helpful ladies from the Danish Lutheran Church in Toronto. The booth became one of the most popular at the summer fair, handing out samples of Arla Cheese and Danish pastry as well as did a good busines selling Danish open sandwich “snitter”, pastry, “aebleskiver”, cold drinks and coffee as well as souvenirs from Denmark. In Memoriam The Founding Chairman of DCCC, Mr. K. Barry Olsen, passed away peacefully at his home in Toronto on May 4, 2008, after a valiant battle with cancer. In 1996 he was appointed Consul General of Denmark in the province of Ontario, an honour that reßected the great respect attained to his person. Keith Barry Olsen was born 1935 in Canada of Norwegian ancestry, even though many thought that he was of Danish descent with his surname and his position as president of one of Denmark’s corporate giants. Barry was in the ocean transportation industry here since 1954. Prior to 1980 he was employed by Robert Reford Inc. and rose to the position of Vice President, extremely respected in the industry. In 1980 the Danish shipping company Maersk Line established its own organization in Canada and Barry Olsen joined the Canadian organization in the capacity of President. Mr. Olsen was also a former Chairman of the Shipping Federation of Canada. He remained Maersk Chairman and Dan- ish Consul General after his retirement but decided to give up the honorable diplomatic posting when he turned 70. When the Danish Canadian Chamber of Commerce was founded in June 1992 in Toronto, Barry Olsen was involved from the start as a very active and supportive member of the founding committee and became Founding Chairman of the Chamber. For a number of years he was at the helm of DCCC and plotted the inaugural course of the Cham- ber with a Þrm but compassionate hand, securing support and success for the new enterprise. He remained on the Board as an insightful and invaluable Director for many years. Four years ago, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark conferred the Knight Cross of the Royal Order of Dannebrog to him and could not have found a more deserving person to honour for his contributions toward trade relations between the two countries. Mr. Olsen was held in very high esteem by his colleagues and friends. He was a true gentleman with a calm and unrufßed disposition, great good-natured humour and diplomacy in acts and deeds. He was not only a smooth public speaker but also a very accomplished pianist. He was a keen marathon runner but Þrst and foremost a family man. He leaves behind his wife and best friend of 51 years Janet, two sons, a daughter and three grand- children. A private memorial took place June 13 at their home in Thornhill for family, friends and associates. Barry Olsen will be dearly missed by all who knew him. “Æret være hans minde.” Knud Westergaard Executive Director of DCCC DCCC Publication, Page 16 Welcome! New Members New Corporate Members: Viking Car Club, Inc. InvoDane Engineering Ltd. Michael Rasmussen, Proprietor and President Paul Laursen, President Henriette Pentz, Executive Assistant 30 Lesmill Road, Unit 2 108 North Main Street Toronto, Ontario Cranbury, N.J. 08512 U.S.A. M3B 2T6 Tel. toll free: 1 (800) 870-7688 Tel.: (416) 443-8049, ext. 103 Tel.: 1 (609) 655-3924 Fax: 1 (609) 655-1622 Fax: (416) 443-8050 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com www.vikingcarclub.com http://www.invodane.com Danish owned car rentals in business since Providing deceptively simple solutions to 2000 offering exclusively Hertz cars of the complex problems in many different industries. highest standard. New Individual Members: Michael Jensen Christian Petersen, Mechanical EIT Jensen & Company Stantec Consulting Ltd. 86 Gerrard Street East, #14B 401 Wellington Street West, Ste. 100 Toronto, Ontario M5B 2J1 Toronto, Ontario M5V 1E7 Cell: (416) 857-3316 Tel. (416) 596-6686 bus. Tel. (416) 284-5997 res. Res.: (416) 343-9947 Fax: (416) 596-6680 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Importer/Agent for high-design Scandinavian Of Danish descent. Offering professional services in Jewellery, Dyrberg/Kern, etc. engineering and architecture Showroom on Bay Street, between Cumberland and Yorkville Aves. Michael Vejby Christensen Ms. Tonni Andersen VisionMAX Solutions Inc. 3665 The Credit Woodlands 2680 Skymark Avenue, Suite 600 Mississauga, Ontario Mississauga, Ontario L5C 2L1 L4W 5L6 Tel.: (905) 275-4595 Tel.: (905) 282-0503, ext. 434 firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: (416) 500-9510 Danish descent email@example.com Custom software solutions, systems integration and technology. Board of Events 2008 DCCC Directors Friday, September 5th Member BeneÞts Registration opens 10:30 a.m. Chairman SCANDINAVIAN CUP INSURANCE Anders Fisker GOLF TOURNAMENT Kleinburg Golf Club Asger Pedersen Insurance Broker Inc. The third annual tournament this year AON Reed Steenhouse Inc. (Commercial only) 1st Vice-Chairman Bent Søgaard Jørgensen hosted by DCCC where we challenge The Chambers of Commerce Group the Finns, Norwegians and Swedes Insurance Plan 2nd Vice-Chairman to win the cup. Randy Ross $165.00 per person. Registration before August 21, 2008 TRAVEL Hon. Treasurer to: firstname.lastname@example.org Thomas Haar Valhalla Travel & Tours Directors Tuesday, September 9, at 4 p.m. Stewart Cameron CORPORATE OPEN HOUSE AT Ole K. Jensen ST MARYS CEMENT INC., CAR RENTAL Anne Marie Keogh Bowmanville Erik Madsen Europcar - Østergaards Biler A/S Asger Pedersen Our member Erik Madsen, President Viking Car Club, Inc. Anders Rahr (left Canada 17.7.08) and CEO of this market leader, has Keld Weigelt invited DCCC members to see and Knud Westergaard HOTELS learn more about the company. Hon. Directors Free. Arne Nordtorp Registration details at: www.dccc.ca Hotel Alexandra, Copenhagen Hon. Consul General of Denmark (event calendar). Delta Chelsea Hotel, Toronto Peter Mørk Danish Consul and Trade Thursday, September 18, 5:30 p.m. INTERNATIONAL MOVING & STORAGE Commissioner EUROPEAN BUSINESS CLUB NETWORKING RECEPTION AMJ Cambell International Editors THE TORONTO BOARD OF TRADE Knud Westergaard 1 First Canadian Place, Toronto PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL Anne Marie Keogh Hosted by EUCOCIT and the DropStop®Canada ~ Cáirde Enterprises Belgium-Canadian Business Association EVENTS ~ EUCOCIT DANISH CANADIAN DCCC Members and their guests are CHAMBER OF COMMERCE invited. All DCCC members are also members of the 2 Bloor Street West, Ste. 2120 $20 per person if registered and European Union Chamber of Commerce in Toronto, Ontario M4W 3E2 pre-paid, $25 at the door. Toronto (EUROCIT), are invited to and may Tel. 416 923 1811 – Fax 416 Registration at: www.eucocit.com participate in the functions of the European 962-3668 Chambers at membership rate. Email: email@example.com Friday, December 5, at 6:30 p.m. The DCCC Annual Christmas Buf- For the beneÞt of our membership, we fet Gala Dinner Dance recommend that you check our The National Club, membership list for e.g. DENTISTRY, Check the website for news! BANKING, FINANCIAL and FREIGHT 303 Bay Street, Toronto www.dccc.ca Always a sell-out! Don’t miss it! services, as we have service providers and Price and details in October at: reputable companies as members in these www.dccc.ca (event calendar). and many other Þelds.
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