CGCIC Newsletter February 2017

Upcoming Events with CGCIC Participation

March 7: The Competence Centre for Mining & Mineral Resources supports another German Pavilion for German exhibitors at PDAC 2017. There will be an evening reception offering exclusive networking opportunities with Siemens as the lead sponsor. Additionally, a German Day will be held this year at PDAC as an all-day event discussing the "Future of Mining". To access the program click here

March 21-23: Join the German pavilion at the trade show Americana, the International Environmental Technology Trade Show and Conference recognized as one of the leading multi-sector events of its kind in North America. Read more (in German)

March 30: Join us for the kick-off of the newly established CGCIC Speaker Series. Dr. Philipp Wassenberg, President & CEO, Munich Re Canada and Board member of CGCIC will give a comprehensive talk on Climate Change. Read more

April 3-7: The Competence Centre for Mining and Mineral Resources is offering for the third time a business delegation to the 9th annual Saskatchewan Mining Supply Chain Forum. The program includes an introductory seminar on the Saskatchewan Mining industry and geology, exclusive B2B meetings and a reception. Read more

April 12: Over the past decade the annual Canadian German Wind and Solar Energy Conferences have become a synonym for knowledge transfer, professional exchange and great networking opportunities for Canadian and German industry professionals. After the Government of Alberta announced the Alberta Climate Leadership Plan in November 2015, the Renewable Electricity Program will be launched by the end of this year, promising very strong opportunities for the development of renewables in Alberta in the coming years. Become a sponsor and be present when renewables take-off in Alberta! Read more

April 27: Join CGCIC and the German Consulate for a networking reception hosted by gallery LUMAS. Read more

June 19-23: The Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce, supported by German and Canadian industry partners, is organizing a business delegation focusing on Canada’s civil security technology’s industry. Read more (in German)

June 25-30: In collaboration with the Wirtschaftsförderung Sachsen GmbH, CGCIC is organizing a business delegation to Toronto, Canada and Boston, USA in the fields of Lifescience, Pharma and Biotechnology. The delegation aims to generate meaningful business contacts and to inform participating Saxon companies about the Canadian and American markets. Read more in German

September 18-22: The Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce, supported by German and Canadian industry partners, is organizing a business delegation focussing on Canada’s maritime industry. Read more (in German)

October 16-20: The Canadian German Chamber of  Industry & Commerce offers German companies a business delegation visit to Toronto. Registration for German companies is now open. Read more (in German)

November 4: Save-the-Date for this year’s event highlight for the Canadian German business community. The Canadian German Gala Ball will take place at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto on Saturday, November 4, 2017. Early-bird prices for tickets and sponsorship packages apply until March 17. For more information click here.

November 20-24: The Canadian German Chamber of Industry & Commerce offers German Companies a business delegation visit to Calgary. Registration for German companies is now open. Read more (in German)

Industry Events in Germany

April 24-28: “Integrated Industry – Creating Value” is the main theme of the HANNOVER MESSE 2017. The age of Integrated Industry is standing at the door. Energy systems will be digitally controlled. Mature Industry 4.0 technologies are hitting the market.  Experience the era of networking industry and get a global market overview of all key technologies. Read more

Register here for your complimentary ticket (value of 100 CAD)! 

One-on-one Consultations

You will receive firsthand information on the Canadian market, market entry and on finding distribution partners during the one-on-one meetings. This is your opportunity to direct specific questions at a Canadian German Chamber representative.

Past Events

January 25, Montreal: The Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce celebrated the beginning of the year in a festive atmosphere with members and special guests at the ENERCON Canada Inc. headquarter office in Montreal. The reception was officially opened by Mr. Weidemann, Executive Vice-President Quebec & Eastern Canada, ENERCON Canada Inc., Mr. Walter Leuchs, Consul General in Montreal and Mr. Beck, President and CEO, Canadian German Chamber. Read more

Canadian German Chamber News

February 2017: CGCIC collaborated with Germany Trade & Invest to publish an article on the Canadian maritime industry and its developments in the Germany-based magazine “Ship & Offshore”. Read the article “Canada’s shipbuilding industry hopes for new momentum” here.

New Members

Business Members

Groupe DA International

Groupe DA International specializes in the assessment of threats, various risks and security. www.groupe.da

Magna Powertrain GmbH

Magna Powertrain GmbH is a global leader in the technologies controlling powertrain oils, coolant and vacuum systems, and related integrated modules including front engine covers.

Waterloo EDC

First point of contact for all sector companies looking to locate/relocate or expand. We strive to deliver a coordinated & integrated approach to Economic Development in the region.

Member News

February 8, Mississauga: EMD Serono, the biopharmaceutical business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt operating in Canada, has been certified by the Top Employers Institute for exceptional employee offerings. In addition to North America, Merck KGaA, has also achieved Top Employer status in the following regions where it operates businesses: Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Read more

March 5-9, Duesseldorf: It is with great anticipation that the international retail world looks to the 19th EuroShop held from March 5 - 7, 2017. Messe Düsseldorf, the organizer, is announcing the participation of a record 2,500 exhibitors from over 50 countries, that will cover the complete scope of investment needs for the global retail sector. Read more

Trade Fair Representations

March 20-24

CeBIT- Global Event for Digital Business

Hannover, Germany

April 24-28 

HANNOVER MESSE- Get new technology first

Hannover, Germany

May 22-26

LIGNA-– Making more out of wood

Hannover, Germany

Industry News & Economic Update

Business Law Magazine- March 2017

The Issue 03/ 2017 of Business Law Magazine, an online English-language publication for the international legal community, has been published.
Each quarter, the magazine reports on important issues related to German corporate, commercial, tax, labor, compliance and IP/IT law.

You can read the latest issue here:

Opportunity for German companies in the renewable energy sector

The dena-Renewable-Energy-Solutions-Program (dena-RES-Programm) offers German companies the opportunity  to install their renewable energy technology in representative locations abroad and thus anchoring their company in an attractive market. Application deadline is March 30, 2017. Please click here for further information (in German).

European Parliament approves CETA

The European Parliament agreement to CETA is a major milestone towards the Canadian-European economic relation. With it's approval, the European Parliament has cleared the way for the ratification of it's member states. Read full Press Release here (in German)

New Brunswick: Leading the Smart Grid Initiative

New Brunswick’s Smart Grid initiative is a true living example of innovation, excellence and collaboration. Through collaborating with partners in the private sector (Siemens), public sector (NB Power, Opportunities NB, ACOA) and academia (The University of New Brunswick), the province is showcasing the benefits of operating in a smaller, but scalable, environment. Read more

Germany Trade & Invest News

Subdued outlook for Canada’s wood and paper industries

The situation in the Canadian wood and paper industry has improved slightly in recent years. However, companies continue to suffer from weak demand and low global market prices. Producers of construction timber are also threatened by the continuation of a trade dispute with the USA.Growing pulp capacities on the global market put manufacturers under pressure to make production more efficient in order to remain competitive. Read more (in German)

Canada’s shopping centres are very popular

Shopping centres continue to play a central role in the Canadian retail market. In the malls, higher sales are generated in relation to the sales area than in the USA. To attract even more customers to shopping centres, operators are continuing the expansion of existing malls and seek to attract additional anchor tenants. There are also a number of new shopping centres being planned, including in Montreal and Edmonton. Read more (in German)

Canada is expanding its high-speed network

At the end of 2016, the Canadian telecoms regulator CRTC mandated that every household should have access to broadband Internet connections with a download speed of at least 50 megabits per second. High-speed internet is often not yet available in rural regions. The Canadian telecommunications corporations want to further expand their fiber optic networks in the coming years. Currently, only one in four households is connected. Read more (in German)

Canada establishes itself as international “Fintech hub”

The financial sector is one of the key industries of the Canadian economy. In the coming years, commercial banks plan to invest heavily in the development of financial technology applications (Fintech). Increasingly more Canadians are using the corresponding applications to conduct their banking transactions. In recent years, Fintech clusters have emerged in Toronto and Vancouver attracting numerous start-ups and investors. Read more (in German)

Canada’s oil industry under pressure after US election

With the new US government, the uncertainty in the Canadian oil and gas industry is growing. Although President Donald Trump advocates the construction of the planned “Keystone XL” pipeline, he wants to renegotiate the conditions for the project, which could push up the costs. The planned import tax on foreign products also creates headaches for oil producers. This would make Canadian petroleum on the US market even more expensive. Read more (in German)

Canada’s automotive industry again posting record sales

In 2016, Canada has again set a record in automotive sales.  A total of 2.6% more vehicles were sold than in the previous year. Pick-up trucks and SUVs were particularly popular, while the demand for passenger cars was declined again. By 2017, however, analysts expect a slight decline in sales. The announcement by the US government to renegotiate the NAFTA agreement and to impose an import tax is causing disquiet in the Canadian automotive and supply industry. Read more (in German)

Dynamics in Canada’s wind industry weakening

Growth in the Canadian wind energy sector has slowed considerably in 2016. The addition of 700 MW was only half as large as in the previous five years. Especially in the recent growth markets of Ontario and Quebec, project pipelines are threatened to dry up.  The industry sets their hopes on Alberta, who wants to bring a new capacity of 5 GW to the grid by 2030. The first tranche over 400 MW is scheduled to be awarded later this year. Read more (in German)

Economic and Financial Forecast

The Economic and Financial Forecast is presented by Scotiabank. Read more

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities can be found in the Canadian German Chamber's recently launched section Job Corner. There are currently the following job openings available:

Events by other Organizations

March 23: Glendon Global Debates presents a Panel Discussion addressing the impact of CETA  and the future of the EU-Canada partnership featuring speakers from the EU and Canada. Please click here for more information.

For registration please click here.

March 23-24: We are pleased to promote the 2017 Value of Biogas Conference  - Canada’s premiere biogas event. The event is hosted by the Canadian Biogas Association and will cover key topics affecting Biogas in Canada. For highlights and registration click here

March 27: Learn German with the Goethe-Institut Toronto, the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach - and a four time winner of the NOW magazine’s award “Best Language School Toronto”!

Spring session starts March 27, 2017.
For more information, please contact

April 7: Join over 500 manufacturers and business leaders from across Québec to discuss innovation in manufacturing. For more information and registration click here.

May 18: Various companies, research institutes and research networks will present about 200 R&D projects as part of the “Central Innovation Program for SMEs” (Zentrales Innovationsprogramm Mittelstand - ZIM), supported by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy. At the same time, ZIM partner networks IraSME and CORNET will host a Partnering Event, where they will bring together SMEs, research institutes and universities with plans to apply for ZIM funding. Read more about the “Innovationstag Mittelstand 2017” here and the Partnering Event here (information available in German)

June 20: Small and medium sized companies from Hesse, Germany, can now submit their success stories for the Hessian Export Awards 2017. Applications will be accepted until March 27. Mr. Tarek Al-Wazir, the Minister of Economics for Hessen will present the awards on June 20 in Frankfurt. Read More (in German)

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