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  • 5 Nov 2019 1:00 PM | Anonymous

    President's Message

    Dear members

    I hope you all had an enjoyable summer.

    We recently sadly said goodbye to Nick Fleming, Trade Commissioner & Consul General for New Zealand, but in doing so are happy to welcome his replacement Matt Ritchie! Matt joined NZTE in 2005 and has held several senior management roles. He has previously served as a Trade Commissioner based in Kuala Lumpur, overseeing NZTE's activities in Malaysia and Brunei. Most recently, Matt worked as a Customer Director, where he was responsible for early stage exporters and increasing the number of customers working with NZTE, and leading a team of Customer Advisors.

    Before joining NZTE, Matt led teams in the information technology, media and logistics industries in New Zealand and the UK. Welcome Matt, we are looking forward to continuing our partnership with you and NZTE.

    Since our last update we've hosted two very successful events: Xero, a start-up from New Zealand told us how they have risen to success in Canada. David Gelb, Global Head, R&D at KPMG in Melbourne, spoke about how Canadian businesses can take advantage of R&D incentives in Australia and New Zealand.

    I’m sure all CANZBA members will join me in congratulating Kevin Lamb, Australian Consul (Honorary) & Trade Commissioner for being recognized as an Honorary Member (AM) in the General Division, Order of Australia. This is a well-deserved award for his many years of contribution to the Australian community in Vancouver and for his tireless work in promoting trade between Canada and Australia. Kevin has also been a keen supporter of CANZBA and has served on our Board since our launch in 2001.

    Sincerely,

    Nerella Campigotto

    Events
    See events page for full details of our following upcoming events:

    Seminar: SMATS Update
    Melbourne Cup

    News
    Ben, 19, admits his social apps wasted your time
    Dance House - Bangarra Dance Theatre 'Spirit'

    Sport
    Bianca Andreescu wins U.S. Open, becomes 1st Canadian to claim a Grand Slam title
    Ashes Paine and Smith on the tied series as Australia keep the urn
    Rugby World Cup 2019: Guardian writers’ predictions


  • 1 Oct 2019 7:38 PM | Anonymous

    Join us for a Cervena Venison cooking and tasting demo with world renown Olympic Chef Graham Brown.

    Exclusive ONLY to Choices! Come and enjoy an intimate evening as Chef prepares the finest dishes and teaches you about New Zealand’s finest red meat.

    Tickets from Choices on 16th Ave.


  • 15 Sep 2019 2:56 PM | Anonymous

    The Calgary International Film Festival is screening three Australian films this year:

    Mystify – ‘an intimate portrait of internationally renowned INXS frontman, Michael Hutchence’

    Top End Wedding – ‘with a mother gone missing and their wedding just over a week away, this couple has no choice but to find her themselves’

    Alice (Australia-France co-production) – ‘after discovering her husband’s addiction to escorts has left their family penniless, Alice finds herself drawn into the world of high-end prostitution as a means of caring for herself and her child’

    The Festival runs from 18-29 September and more. For more information on the festival and tickets click here.


  • 19 Jul 2019 1:23 PM | Anonymous

    Australian-born high school drop out made his fortune creating social apps and games that wasted people's time.

    Read more here.

  • 4 Jul 2019 12:26 PM | Anonymous

    October 25 & 26, 2019 8pm
    Vancouver Playhouse

    Drawn from 65,000 years of culture, Australia’s Bangarra Dance Theatre presents foundational work, seemingly pulled from the very land itself. In their first visit to Vancouver, Bangarra brings a selection of their extraordinary 30-year repertoire that weaves together totemic storytelling, performance and rich musical scores. A key part of the resurgence of Indigenous dance making, the company is committed to sharing the cultural heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with audiences around the world. Tracing an unbroken song-line, Spirit gives voice to a cosmos of plants, animals, and ancestral medicine, laid down one step at a time. Dance becomes a form of ceremony and celebration between the people, the land, and creation itself.

    Click here for tickets and type in AUSTRALIA in the ‘pre-sales access code’ field in the top left corner.


  • 12 Jun 2019 8:44 PM | Anonymous

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  • 21 May 2019 7:17 PM | Anonymous

    Forget encryption bills, talent gaps and R&D crackdowns, Australia is actually officially becoming a more attractive place to launch and run a startup, according to the StartupBlink Startup Ecosystem Rankings 2019 report.

    The latest StartupBlink research comes two years after its inaugural ecosystem ranking report, released in 2017. 

    Read more here.

  • 17 May 2019 1:58 PM | Anonymous

    Bob Hawke, Australia's 23rd Prime Minister is dead at age 89.

    Read the full story here.

  • 14 May 2019 1:38 PM | Anonymous

    New Zealand’s first female Prime Minister Helen Clark is an exceptional individual, a politician of remarkable candor and compassion. Filmmaker Gaylene Preston had the good fortune to be at Clark’s side when the top job at the UN opened up, and suddenly the NZ politician was being talked about as potentially the first woman to become Secretary-General.  

    To buy tickets and find out more, click here.

  • 7 May 2019 3:24 PM | Anonymous

    The first world war was raging in Europe, and Australian greengrocer Fred Goon, son of Louey Fong Goon and Elizabeth Johnson, wanted to fight. Desperately.

    But to do so he would have to defy a Defence Act that banned men “not substantially of European origin or descent”. Australia was in the grip of the White Australia Policy, used for decades to exclude Chinese immigrants; the recruitment rules reflected similarly racist intent.

    Find out more here.

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