November 2007 NEWSLETTER Page 1
DUTCH CANADIAN BUSINESS CLUB
Dutch Canadian Business Club of Calgary
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Your DCBC! From the president / Your DCBC! 1
World Skills in Calgary 1
Summer has finally arrived in its full glory and In the Spotlight: Peter Cook 2
this DCBC year is nearly over. It has been a great Win free tickets to an international music festival 3
experience working with all the board members ING Canada becomes Intact Financial Corporation 3
this past year and they deserve our More from Niels Veldhuis of Fraser Institute 3
appreciation: In the Spotlight: Charles Wehnes 4
Past Events 5-7
Peter Boogers who as Vice President left us in March to In the Spotlight: Fred van Zuiden 8
return to the Netherlands; Tonny Knoll – de Jong who
Zorg samen voor Suriname 9
organized and arranged many events this year while
Members Update 10
becoming mom for the 3rd time; Netteke Mulder-
Havinga who worked many late evenings preparing About the DCBC 11
minutes, sending invitations, formatting the newsletters
and maintaining our website; Ferdinand Randhuizen
who did an excellent job controlling our budget and turning
World Skills in Calgary
every nickel twice; Joyce van Zeumeren who made sure This year the WorldSkills event will be held in Calgary
that new members came onboard and hardly anyone left. from September 1st through September 7th.
WorldSkills is the largest international technological
Thank you Team, for working so hard for our Club. and skilled trades competition in the world, which is
held every other year. Hundreds of young competitors
As your board we hope you enjoyed the events we from all over the world gather to compete in this
organized this year. We have tried hard to increase international event. Over four days of competition,
attendance. We did succeed, but WE aren’t satisfied yet! over 1.000 competitors drawn from 51 member
countries/regions test themselves against tough
DCBC is a business club, where networking and learning go international standards. WorldSkills is the second
hand in hand. Our June 11 event where three of our own largest event Calgary has ever hosted.
members shared their work and experiences with the Club
was a great example of that. We would like to remind you
that our DCBC website allows our members to post
business information, for free. Please check it out or, when
needed, ask for help to get your information online.
We hope you will enjoy this newsletter, reading about the
DCBC events of this year with outstanding in- and external
guest speakers, and interviews with our members Peter
Cook, Charles Wehnes and author Fred van Zuiden.
On Friday, September 4, the DCBC will organize
a Dutch/Western Canadian “borrel” at Buzzards
After the summer break, we will conclude this DCBC year
in support of the 28 young Dutch competitiors.
with our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, August 25.
Besides these competitors, the Dutch delegation
An invitation will follow early August.
attending this evening consists of politicians, decision
makers of the various industries and other dignitaries.
Thank you for your trust.
All DCBC members are invited to attend this excellent
Aart Schuurman Hess
President Dutch Canadian Business Club Continued on page 9
Page 2 Summer 2009
In the spotlight: Peter Cook
This summer issue of the DCBC newsletter
highlights three DCBC members about their
interests and passions!
It is a well-known fact that over the past 60+ years,
immigrants from Holland have many entrepreneurial
success stories. Our own Dutch Canadian Business Club
of Calgary is no exception, and our new arrivals are still
Peter Cook (Kok) is one of the many new members to
come to Canada in recent years and is carving out a
successful business niche for himself.
An accomplished sales and marketing professional, Peter
honed his craft in industries ranging from clothing to
insurance, lighting and vacuums. More recently Peter
and his wife Nanette have ownership of a company He finds that designers here are still catching up in
called O Solo Mio which imports Italian espresso from terms of design and practicality versus European
Sicily. kitchen designers. Aesthetically he still sees too much
No stranger to Canada, Peter was first exposed to the use of fluorescent lighting in Canadian kitchens.
west when his parents bought a vacation home in In his experience, it is easier to open a business in
Vernon. In the early 2000’s Peter began making sales Canada vs. Holland; however there are more onerous
calls in Western Canada to sell kitchen cabinet lighting electrical codes that apply to installations. Peter has
solutions. also found Canadian customers take longer to make
Today Peter’s time and passion is devoted to Rational decisions, and tend to be less direct in their
Kitchens, and bringing a taste of premium European communications. And like every new arrival, Peter has
kitchen designs to Canada. Rational kitchens are built in noticed the Canadian banking is extremely different
Germany and incorporate the sleekest designs with than Holland. His final observation about the key
breakthrough engineering. difference between kitchen buyers in each country is
that in Canada people tend to buy their appliances first,
The basis of the European style of kitchen is to hide
whereas Europeans view appliances are part of the
appliances for a seamless, cleaner look. The custom-
whole integrated kitchen.
made kitchens are built specifically for the individual
owner and take into consideration details like the height
of the owners which impacts counter height, cooking
style – i.e. oil requires a strong hood fan etc.
Rational builds about 600,000 cabinets annually and
incorporates the latest in eco friendly products like toxin-
free wood. Other features are non-slamming, soft
motion drawers, touch sensor under cabinet lighting –
and of course, the Miele appliances concealed behind the
Peter made the jump to Canada as the Dutch market
was being flooded with suppliers. By the time Peter
moved to Canada in 2007, there were 1,500 kitchen
stores competing for Holland’s population of 15 million,
so the pie was being sliced very thin.
Summer 2009 Page 3
Peter Cook - continued from page 2 ING Canada becomes Intact
How is the recession impacting the business? Peter has
discovered that people are more interested in upgrading Financial Corporation
their existing home versus selling, and are also Wednesday, May 13, 2009 – Toronto
spending more time at home enjoying their upgrades Shareholders of ING Canada (TSX : IIC) approved
and entertaining. today at their annual and special meeting the
In order to stay on the cutting edge of design Peter change of the name of the company to Intact
travels to 15-20 shows annually including leading Financial Corporation. On Tuesday, May 19, the
company’s TSX symbol will be changed to “IFC”.The
design shows in Italy and Germany. While Italians are
name change reflects the acquisition on February 19
well-known for their brilliant designs, Germany has
by institutional and retail investors of all the shares
managed to combine design with functionality, held by ING Groep in the company. As a result of
practicality and reliability. these transactions, ING Canada became an
One of Peter’s most recommended products for independent and widely-held Canadian company,
customers is Caesar Stone quartz countertops. Very without any ties to its previous majority shareholder.
common in kitchens in Holland this Israeli product is
less porous than granite (thereby very hygienic), is heat In his address to the annual and special meeting,
Charles Brindamour, President and CEO, thanked all
resistant and it comes in many wonderful designs.
the shareholders who made the transformation of
Peter and his partner have aggressive plans for Rational the company possible: “We deeply appreciate the
Kitchens to open showrooms in Edmonton, Vancouver support of our shareholders who invested $2.2 billion
and the Okanagan. We are confident he will be another in our company and we are committed to continue
Dutch immigrant success story! delivering a strong performance.” … As a result of
the name change, the company CUSIP number for
its common shares will be changed to 45823T106
and its ISIN to CA45823T1066.
Mountain View International Festival of More from Niels Veldhuis of
Song and Chamber Music
August 2 – 9, Calgary Fraser Institute
Master classes for singers and pianists with If you enjoyed the DCBC’s presentation by Niels
Rudolf Jansen from the Netherlands Veldhuis of the Fraser Institute, you can now hear
his weekly perspective on world economic events on
You have the chance to receive free tickets! Fraser Fast Track TV.
The Mountain View International Festival of Song and Each week Niels and other Fraser Institute experts
Chamber Music Society is organising a Summer Festival draw from their depth of research and economic
August 2-9 at the Rosza Centre University of Calgary.
fundamentals to offer insights into the week’s top
Master classes for singers and pianist with Rudolf Jansen
from the Netherlands. For more info see: news stories.
The Consulate of the Netherlands is giving a limited
amount of free tickets for the opening night on August 4
(on a first come first serve basis).
Consulate of the Netherlands
Suite 708, 304-8th Avenue S.W.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2P 1C2
tel: (403) 266-2710
fax: (403) 265-0599
Check it out at http://www.fraserinstitute.org
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In the spotlight:
During his time as a business owner in Calgary,
Charles Wehnes Charles has made a few observations. With no
regulation in the field, new competitors were in and
out of business very quickly. As a result of too many
Many of this newsletter’s member profiles
fly-by-night operators Charles experienced some lack
have featured people just starting their of trust among potential customers.
business adventures. It is also important to
His advice for new immigrants starting a business is to
look back on the stories of our members who be patient and adapt to local ways of doing things. In
are winding down and enjoying the less his trade, Charles has found that few tile setters were
frantic times.Charles Wehnes is one of those real craftsmen like Europeans, and general contractors
members. did not have a good understanding of specific tiling
construction requirements and were challenged when
Charles has been laying tiles since the age of 14 and is
dealing with anything out of the ordinary.
now enjoying his first year of retirement. He came by
his craft genetically. His father, grandfather, uncle,
brothers and four cousins were all tile layers.
Charles came to Calgary in 1982. With the economy
struggling in Holland, Charles and his wife Engelien
came to check out the city for a 14-day visit and liked
it. Within three months they packed up their lives and
three children and settled in Calgary.
After his arrival, Charles started his own business that
had him working on large jobs like the Rockyview
Hospital, Bowden Correction Centre and the Trimac
building. Over time Charles was able to focus more on
smaller jobs where he had more control over his time.
In the early 1980’s Canadians were just starting to put
tile in their house, and that trend continues to grow as
tile more frequently replaces vinyl. Today Charles
notes there are many more tile choices for consumers
– even metal tiles! Tiles are readily available from all
over the world including: Italy, Sri Lanka and Brazil.
After many installations, Charles notes that people get Charles still has a garage full of his tools of the trade,
ideas from magazines however he prefers people use and has completed six jobs since his retirement!
their imagination and create something unique. Over the years he added to his tool collection with
For a man who spent his career with the product, each visit back to Holland. His recently immigrated
Charles has many great things to say about tile nephew is a regular in his uncle’s garage borrowing
foremost being that it is aesthetically nice to look at specialized European tile laying tools as he continues
and easy to clean, thus hygienic. the family craft on jobs like the Chinook Centre and
Charles has dealt with many interesting customers
over his years, but none more memorable than an
encounter as an apprentice working in Amsterdam.
One day in the early 1960’s Charles’ work was
interrupted by a dog travelling over a freshly set
cement floor. While he was grumbling at the dog, its
owner arrived, also eager to cross the fresh floor.
Happily and humbly, Charles laid down planks so a
grateful Princess Beatrix was able to follow her dog.
Charles notes that the Dutch have great skills in the
area of tile setting. Be sure to check out the Team
Nederland at the Wall and Floor Tiling competition at
World Skills 2009 Calgary, Sept. 1-7.
Summer 2009 Page 5
The DCBC can look back at some great events and can look forward to even better ones! If you missed an
event, here is your opportunity to update yourself on the highlights of what has been going on.
Nieuwjaarsborrel 2009 Leo de Bever
The DCBC’s annual Nieuwjaarsborrel was held on It was on a cold wintery evening in March at Fort
January 14 at Centre Street North Wines & Spirits. Calgary, when Leo de Bever, CEO of Alberta
DCBC member and CSN General Manager and Investment Management Corp. shared his financial
sommelier André Kok treated the club to a tasting tour insights with club members at an excellent event at
of wines from Spain, France and Greece. Fort Calgary.
Leo de Bever, born in the Netherlands, graduated from
Oregon University and received his MA and PhD from
Concordia University in Wisconsin. After various, high profile
management positions, Leo was named CEO of AIMco in
August 2008. In this position he is responsible for providing
investment management services to various Alberta provincial
public sector bodies through a corporate structure. His
organization manages more than $ 70 billion, which includes
the Alberta Heritage Fund. AIMco operates separate from the
Government of Alberta to maintain a clean and effective
structure and has a large portfolio of various companies in
A generous supply of appelflappen and oliebollen different industries in multiple countries.
accompanied the fabulous wines.
A large, mixed crowd of members and guests from across the
Calgary business community came out to Fort Calgary to
listen to Leo’s advice: invest in a low stock market, be patient
and look for those companies and opportunities that will bring
long term results. AIMco recently took a 15% stake in
Precision Drilling and instantly secured a large profit on its
To learn more about AIMco, check out their website at
DCBC members and their guests enjoyed the
Starting or operating a business in Calgary?
Check out the Calgary Economic Development
It is full of valuable information about our
marketplace that will help you make the most
informed business decisions.
http://www.calgaryeconomicdevelopment.com/ Aart Schuurman Hess, president DCBC and Leo de Bever
Page 6 Summer 2009
Past events (continued)
On February 25, Joery van Vlierden, VP Operations for Mammoet gave an excellent presentation
to the DCBC about the company’s heavy lift and transportation capabilities.
Poised for growth in western and northern Canada, last fall Mammoet opened their largest facility worldwide in
Edmonton. Mammoet has most designs of their equipment done in-house and even the largest structures can always
be taken apart to make them shippable for a future Mammoet project on the other side of the world. The presentation
showed that with determination, creativity and courage, the sky is the limit. Visit www.mammoet.com and check out
amazing videos of their work. Click “Mediacentre” link and select “Video”. You need to see it to believe it!
Below a little impession of the scale of what Mammoet transports and lifts!
Indonesian Dinner Industry Insights Night
The DCBC has a long tradition of hosting an On June 11 the DCBC invited three of its
annual Indonesian Dinner. This year’s dinner accomplished members to share their unique
was on April 17, hosted at Bali Restaurant. industry insights.
Many delicious Indonesian dishes were served, John Carpay, Executive Director of the Canadian
“rijsttafel” style. Many of our members came to enjoy Constitution Foundation shed some light on CCF’s role as
this tasteworthy tradition. keen defender of our individual freedoms, and shared
some thought-provoking highlights from critical litigations
Stampede BBQ currently underway.
On July 4, following a good Calgarian custom, Herman van Reekum, President of VRV Global, a leading
the DCBC hosted its Stampede BBQ. Recruitment, Immigration and Relocation company,
brought us up-to-date on some of the changes and trends
Especially those DCBC members with young kids in the arena of global labour mobility.
applauded the choice of location of this event:
Calaway Park. After a relaxed BBQ the rides were Last, but not least, René Sloos, co-owner and Vice-
thoroughly enjoyed. The kids had a blast! President of Bulletproof InfoTech, formerly
CompuConsult, explained Bulletproof’s innovative
approach to assist business with their IT requirements.
With extensive experience in the fast paced IT world,
Annual General Meeting René offered critical observations and tips on how
companies can stay ahead of the ever-changing
It was an exceptional evening of learning with these
August 25, 2009 experts at the Calgary Winter Club.
7:30 p.m. at Trigger
Suite 200,1725, 10th Ave. SW, Calgary With so many successful business leaders among us, your
DCBC Board is committed to invite three other members
Invitation and more details to follow. to share their industry insights with us next year!
Summer 2009 Page 7
Past events (continued)
Provincial Day Trip
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Departure by bus from Calgary
(coffee/tea & donuts/muffins provided on the bus)
Sylvan Star Cheese
Lunch at Leto’s in Lacombe
The Florijn family in Lacombe, a 300 cow dairy &
Friesian horses farm
We witnessed the dairy farm in full operation.
A special carriage ride with Friesian horses to
Doef’s Greenhouses, a state of the art 6 acre
greenhouse north west of Lacombe
Bus returns in Calgary
Page 8 Summer 2009
saved Fred from being captured. Two others hiding in
the same house were not so lucky.
While hiding south of Arnhem in the Betuwe area, Fred
In the spotlight: had a roof-top seat to watch the Battle of Arnhem
unfold in September 1944. His book gives a vivid
account of the airborne squadrons passing overhead
Fred van Zuiden plus the sounds and sights of these first violent days of
the Arnhem Battle.
Through the kindness of many countrymen who
Many of you know about DCBC member Fred van unselfishly hid Jewish refugees, and after two narrow
Zuiden’s entrepreneurial past. Incredibly Fred escapes from being captured by the Gestapo, Fred was
enjoyed 43 years in the boat-building business reunited with his father and siblings at the war’s end.
right here in landlocked Alberta. Fred chronicled Sadly fifty percent of Fred’s family perished in the war.
his adventures in the industry with his first book
Fred spent the next four years catching up on his
“The Sailing Game”. missed years of education before joining his father in
A natural story-teller and writer, Fred had been urged by the family business.
friends over the years to write about his experiences in “I left Holland in summer of 1952” recalls Fred, “I did
hiding during World War II. Fred and his wife Audrey, not trust the situation with the Russians. They were as
(who tirelessly does the editing), have happily seen their close as Vienna – only two days away.” His father had
latest and last book project come to life with the friends in most English speaking countries of the world
publication of “Call Me Mom”. As Fred articulates in his who offered to help Fred move to a new country– so
book, “I wrote this book to preserve my memories and to
. Fred picked Canada. He was intrigued about Canada
honour the wonderful people who shared my path.” through what he had read and heard from the
Fred was only 11 years old when his story began. Canadian soldiers.
Assisted by Karel Keuning, a Wageningen printer who Thrilled to have the book complete and able to share
was very active in the Dutch Resistance, Fred began his his story, Fred concedes “writing the book flowed very
wartime odyssey in 1942 at his first hiding place in easy, just like having a conversation. It was very
Terschuur (gemeente Barneveld). It is here when Fred strange,” adding, “the memories were all still there. I
met the lady-of-the-house that shaped the title of his never cried in hiding, or cried writing the book”.
book. Arriving as a frightened 11 year-old boy, the
homeowner opened her arms to Fred and said “just call After four years dedicated to writing the book, Fred and
me mom.” From that time onwards, whether he was Audrey plan to spend the rest of their retirement free of
hiding for a few hours or several months, Fred had 25 any writing assignments. “No more books for us, it
“mums” looking after him. takes too much time and Audrey does all the editing, so
takes a lot of time from both our lives. It requires total
Fred was fortunate to be one of the 176 children whose concentration – takes too much out of you,” says Fred.
lives were saved through the efforts of Karel Keuning.
Karel was later decorated by General Eisenhower and
credited with having one of the finest underground
intelligence networks in all of Europe.
During Fred’s years in hiding he was separated from his
father, brother and sister. His mother had died of
leukemia shortly after the invasion. One of Fred’s more
colourful hiding places was a chicken coop in Meu-
Lunteren. For four months Fred shared the coop with
two other people, a bunch of chickens of mice. Forced to
whisper in their heatless, waterless, lightless
surroundings, gallows humour and chicken coop artwork
helped them cope until they were forced to flee.
One of Fred’s favourite hiding stops was with a forest
warden’s family in Wolfheze. Fred loved being outside Fred’s fast-moving, easy reading book “Call Me Mom” is
and became a competent wood chopper and stacker. available at Pages Bookstore in Kensington or by
Being outside and able to see who was coming and going contacting Fred directly.
Summer 2009 Page 9
World Skills in Calgary – continued
Zorg samen voor Suriname Over its 50 year history, the WorldSkills Competition has
by Frans Burger come to symbolize the pinnacle of excellence in skilled
Dear Members, trades and technologies training. The WorldSkills
Competition sets world class standards in over 45 skill
The following is a case for a charitable donation that I feel categories ranging from welding to cooking, auto body
promotes our Dutch culture, language and helps repair to landscape gardening, plumbing to web design.
vulnerable people to survive an uncertain future.
The WorldSkills Competition has been dubbed to be the
I went to Suriname with the Dutch Army forty years ago Olympics of trades and is the culmination of regional and
when it still had the colonial status. At that time I also national qualifying competitions across the globe for the
visited a remote South -American-Indian tribe close to the past two years. The competitors all aged 17 to 22,
Brazilian border. The Indians lived exclusively from represent the best their country has to offer in any
hunting and would relocate at irregular intervals. My particular trade. The team of The Netherlands will be
friends from the Army have recently visited the village of participating as well. The entire Dutch delegation of 150
an Indian tribe what was discovered only six years ago in attending this event consists of 28 young competitors,
the most southern tip of Surinam. These Indians are part many Dutch politicians, decision makers of the various
of a larger group called the Trio Indians and still live from industries and other dignitaries.
hunting only. Presently however their traditional life style
As mentioned above, the DCBC will host a
is unsustainable in the future. Mining and forestry is
Dutch/Western Canadian “borrel” at Buzzards on Friday,
encroaching their traditional lands.
September 4, for the entire Dutch delegation in support
Now a couple of Dutch Foundations are involved to of the 28 young Dutch competitiors. This will be an
provide help to the Indians in the form of education and excellent networking opportunity for those members that
health care. As the food supply becomes scarce the would like to expand their business to the Netherlands.
children of the Indians will eventually move away and
Looking forward to seeing you on September 4!
settle in larger towns. There they will have to be able to
communicate in Suriname's official language which is Frank Roozen
Dutch. Chair of the DCBC Netherlands Skills Festivity Committee
The Government of Suriname is presently providing young
literate people to teach the Indians but if the Indians can Zorg samen voor Suriname
provide proper facilities the Government will send qualified It is a relatively small project and can easily be
teachers instead. communicated. Expenses and the flow of goods are well
monitored. A small group of volunteers package, send,
One of my Army friends (Berrie Wijten) was a builder and and deliver the supplies to the village. I have been given
recently went to Suriname and with the help of the the financial information of the Foundation for which
Indians built a school. He had previously built a complete there is no paid help. The volunteers travel on their own
windmill from a brick skeleton; he knew his business. For expense to Paramaribo from where the goods are
instance with his help they went into the jungle and with a transported by plane to the interior. The success of the
single chainsaw (first donation by the foundation organization and the private donations have resulted in a
mentioned below) cut 100 kg boards from suitable trees at grant from the Dutch Government. The Government of
distances of 5-10km from the village. Unfortunately Berrie Suriname will send the professional help on completion of
passed away three days after his last trip at the age of 61. the facilities. Apart from the school simple housing will be
His widow and family are determined to see the school provided.
project completed for what a replacement volunteer has
been found. A close friend of Berrie will go to the village Canadian residents are ineligible for tax relief from
and drill a water well for the required infrastructure to donations to a foreign charity, in this case a Dutch
facilitate the qualified teachers from the Government. The foundation. However according to my Canadian tax
school will be called the Berrie Wijten School and his adviser Canadian residents with income from the
widow and sons plan to travel to Surinam to be present at Netherlands can offset that income by funds donated to a
the opening. Netherlands based charity.
www.zorgsamenvoorsuriname.nl I will be delighted to answer questions and provide
Rabobankrekeningnr.: 32.80.04.642, updates on the status of the project.
t.n.v. Stichting Zorg samen voor Suriname
KvK-inschrijving 11053668 Frans Burger
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Welcome New Members Who Joined in 2008!
John Carpay , Canadian Constitution Foundation
Gert-Jan de Vlugt, Media Consultant
Mark Dijkstra, Royal Dutch Terrain
Sebastiaan Maassen, Transerra International Logistics & Multi-Media Productions
Rutger Niers, Pure Energy
Sandra Suarez Groen, ReMax House of Real Estate
New member reception
DCBC members Jan and Maria DenOudsten once again generously opened the doors to their
home to host the latest DCBC New Member Reception on June 3rd.
The DCBC sincerely thanks Jan and Maria for their generosity.
Cheryl Roozen and Marja Heymans Gert-Jan de Vlugt, Laura-Ann Konst, Thomas Smits
Relocated Back to Holland Remembering Rob Wittebrood
The DCBC wishes two of our former members and Board On June 15 Rob Wittebrood, beloved husband of
Members great success in their adventures back in Gerda, passed away.
Rob has been a member of the DCBC for many years.
In recent months Etienne Aggenbach of He served as Treasurer from 1997 to 1999, and then
GC Clad has returned to Zierikzee in a as Secretary for an additional two years.
leadership role at the company that
Rob was born in IJmuiden, Nederland during the war.
produces components made from steel
He studied Chemistry in Amsterdam, and Physics in
clad. Etienne initially came to Calgary in
Delft. He spent ten years working in research in Delft
prior to joining Shell. In 1979 he came to Calgary for a
short term contract and fell in love with the area calling
Also, our current Board Vice President,
it “Gods Own Country”. In 1992 Rob struck out on his
Peter Boogers of Fortis has relocated
own working for the petroleum industry doing
back to Holland at the request of Fortis.
radioactive and electrical measurements on rocks and
Peter came to Calgary in September 2007
calibrating analytical tools.
via an earlier Fortis posting in Dallas,
Texas. Rob is survived by his wife Gerda , two sons - one in
Calgary and one in Australia and their families. He
During their time here in Calgary, both of these fine men greatly enjoyed his five grandchildren.
made a positive contribution to your DCBC Board.
We wish them continued success in their lives and The board would like to express their appreciation for
careers. all Rob has done for the DCBC over the years.
Summer 2009 Page 11
How to become a member? BOARD MEMBERS
The Dutch Canadian Business Club of “Please contact Joyce van
Calgary (DCBC) has been an important
part of the Calgary business scene for Zeumeren, if you are a new
16 years. member and would like to be
We are currently experiencing an
exciting growth momentum and are mentioned in the “spotlight”
eager to keep growing. area of the next Newsletter” Aart Schuurman Hess
The DCBC provides an excellent forum President
1. Networking - either business or
The website provides members and other
2. Education - learn about many
interested visitors with information about
types of industries, such as programs, member-news and contacts as
transportation, agriculture, well as daily business news from Canada and
economics, energy and more. the Netherlands. Digital registration for
3. Celebrating Dutch heritage events and member application are also Netteke Mulder-Havinga
The DCBC is an excellent association
to foster valued business contacts and Please be sure to visit the website regularly
learn about the commerce driving the for an update on news and events!
Invitations to DCBC events will be send to
province of Alberta.
you via digital invitation. Please inform the
If you would like to join, or know of DCBC about your personal e-post address to
someone who would appreciate a be sure you do not miss any events!
membership - joining is simple!
All board members are now responsible for
Visit www.dcbc.ca certain sections of the website. Our Ferdinand Randshuizen
Download the Application form Membership Director has responsibility for
Complete the Application and mail it to the Membership Roster, our Project Director
the address on the form, or fax it to for the Events Calendar and our Secretary
for all other general activities and inquiries.
the Membership Director at:
You are a member and DCBC cause
interested in a Board position The Dutch Canadian Business Club of
The Dutch Canadian Business Club is Calgary (DCBC) brings together Joyce van Zeumeren
backed by 7 board members who entrepreneurs/professionals of Dutch
heritage, and people with a business Membership Director
volunteer their expertise over a 1-year
connection to Holland, for the purpose of
term. These highly dedicated and
networking, learning, business development
talented individuals represent our and celebrating Dutch tradition.
vibrant Dutch Business community and
come from diverse backgrounds and
Regular events are being held to provide
companies of varying size. Members and their guests with an
The DCBC Board of Directors meets on opportunity to meet and discuss subjects of
a regular basis to assess the needs of common interest. We bring in prominent Tonny de Jong-Knoll
guest speakers from the political, financial
their members and act to fulfill those Project Director
and business worlds in both countries who
needs. are invited to address the members and their
On an annual base they organize at guests.
least 5 business and 4 social events;
they also participate in events that are The DCBC can put you in touch with
specialists in a number of fields, many with
organized by the Dutch Consulate in
long experience in different aspects of Dutch
Calgary. -Canadian trade. Most Members are more
than willing to share their experiences with
Contact us at:
Members who want to be part of the
board, can express their interest to other business people who are about to enter www.dcbc.ca
the Canadian market.
one of our board members.