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  • 27 Oct 2022 4:36 PM | Anonymous

    Presidents MessagePresidents Message

    Welcome to the Fall after what felt like an unseasonably hot and dry summer. I hope you managed some good quality summer time. With autumn, there also appears to be a feeling that things are getting back to “more normal”, particularly when it comes to in person events. And CANZBA is no exception, with our first in person Board meeting since the start of the pandemic and plans for more in person events to come. With the relaxing of mask requirements on some flights and the end of the mandatory ArriveCan app at the end of September, no wonder we are seeing lots of people eager to travel (for business and pleasure). However, travel constraints are still firmly with us, as are supply chain challenges, and inflation, all of which have an adverse effect on trade and business between our countries. It looks like we are heading in the right direction but stay tuned…and stay well.

    Tony

    Tony Crossman
    President

    New MembersNews Members

    CANZBA would like to welcome the following new members to the Association.

    Corporate Member: Daniel Kiselbach from Miller Thomson. Miller Thomson is a full-service national law firm established in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1957. The firm provides business law, advocacy, and personal legal services to Canadian and international corporations, entrepreneurs, institutions, governments, and not-for-profits. Within Canada, the firm has close to 550 lawyers in twelve offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Toronto, Vaughan, Markham, and Montréal. Miller Thomson is a proud member of Multi-law, a global legal network with 90 member firms in more than 100 countries, including Australia and New Zealand.

    Small Business Member: Jarrad Kramer of EMM Consulting. EMM Consulting provides advisory services to private and public sector organizations in environmental assessment and approvals, planning, and environmental management and compliance. EMM has recently commenced operations in both Toronto and Vancouver.

    Small Business Member: Matthew Milne of King Living. King has been at the forefront of Australian furniture design for over the past 45 years through its design and manufacturing of contemporary, award-winning furniture. King Living opened its Vancouver store in July 2019.

    Small Business Member: Sophia Shin of Cochlear Canada. Have you heard about Cochlear Canada? They’re the leader in implantable hearing devices that help to restore hearing and connect people to a world of sound. (And yes… pun very much intended!)

    Small Business Member: Dean Thompson of Augment Resources. Augment Resources supply interim, overflow and project resources in strategy, supply chain, procurement and defence practices. They have offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Auckland and Wellington and most recently, Vancouver.

    Individual Member: Lachlan Turner of Lightship Security. Lightship provides a vast array of IT security consulting services, including validation, certification, assessment and automated testing of IT vendor's infrastructure and service platforms.

    News

    NewNews

    NewCanada removes compulsory ArriveCan App

    2022 Bledisloe cup fixtures released

    Air Canada Dreamliner resumes flying to Brisbane

     

    Upcoming eventsEvents

    SAVE THE DATE

    Australia Day / Waitangi Day: February 9, 2023

    CANZBA Summer Celebration: June 15, 2023

    Consulate Report - New Zealand

    Kia ora ta toe ngā mihi nui, I hope this newsletter finds you well after a relaxing and productive summer period.

    Last Monday, British Columbians paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II in Victoria with a ceremonial procession and commemorative service. I had the honour of joining the procession led by a Royal Canadian Navy band and a 100-meeber guard of honour. It followed a route through downtown Victoria to Christ Church Cathedral, where a memorial service took place.

    People throughout the world will be feeling a sense of loss at this time and Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders most certainly share that grief. The Queen was a much-respected constant through unprecedented global change. To us she was a much admired and respected monarch, whose reign of 70 years is an absolute testament to her, and her commitment to us all.

    The summer has been a busy time with trade shows starting back up and more and more New Zealanders and Australians coming to visit us here in Canada both for business and pleasure. It has been great to see both Air New Zealand and Air Canada resume operations to New Zealand and Australia, with the latest flight being Air Canada connecting back to Auckland in November.

    This month, I'm delighted to shine a spotlight on some of the many opportunities and NZTE events in Canada. While Canada makes a good testing ground for entry into the neighbouring US market, its wealth of prospects also makes it a fantastic standalone opportunity for New Zealand companies.

    Canada is currently New Zealand's fastest growing export market, which makes it an exciting country for New Zealand and Australian companies to do business with and in. NZTE currently work with over 140 New Zealand companies in Canada across a wide range of sectors including tech, food & beverage, marine and aviation. Please check out my.nzte.govt.nz for the latest events, news and content including a detailed guide on setting up your business operations here in Canada.

    Lastly, I want to mention that we have just finished Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, a week dedicated to the celebration and promotion of Aotearoa New Zealand’s indigenous language. This year is extra special as 14 September marks the 50th anniversary of the Māori Language Petition, an event that led to much of the te reo legacy we have today in New Zealand, including Māori Language Week.

    On behalf CANZBA, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and the New Zealand High Commission, thank you for all your support and look forward to meeting in person at our next event.

    Ngā mihi, kia kaha!

    Matt Ritchie

    Consul General and Trade Commissioner

    Member Spotlight

    EMM ConsultinMember Spotlight

    Established in Sydney, Australia, EMM is at the forefront and a recognised leader of the Australian environmental consulting market. The team adopt a partnering approach with clients to integrate advice and technical assessments into project designs to enable successful outcomes during all phases of a project life cycle. The company’s success in establishing constructive and integrated relationships with clients has led to successfully broadening technical services as clients’ needs have evolved.

    The company culture and strong team ethos is driven by over 250 people who work across Australia, and now, in Ontario and British Columbia. EMM is an agile business with people and offices established to align clients’ needs.  The recent expansion into Canada represents an exciting new chapter in the company’s growth and natural evolution as a leading provider of environmental services.

    The team in Canada are passionate about providing innovative solutions to clients challenges via localised support. Creating sustainable value for clients.

    There is a seismic global shift in expectations of corporate behaviour around environmental, social and governance issues, which parallels the escalation of climate change concerns.  This shift is evident in investor sentiment, the growth of dedicated ‘green’ funds, consumer preferences and government policy and regulation.

    Read more here.


  • 22 Jul 2022 2:49 PM | Anonymous

    Presidents MessagePresidents Message

    Finally, summer appears to have arrived in Vancouver! And with an evolving return to in person events, we have excitedly hosted a number of events. It certainly was good to see so many people up close at the CANZBA Conversation with the Hon Scott Ryan, Australia’s new High Commissioner to Canada, and at our recent Celebration of our Nations BBQ.

    Thank you for your support as continuing members and welcome to our new members.

    Enjoy the summer and I look forward to seeing you in the fall.

    Member UpdateWelcome and thank you to our newest Corporate & Small Business Members:

    Augment Resources

    Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

    Cochlear Canada Inc

    EMM Consulting

    Miller Thomson LLP

     

    EventsVEEvents

    We hosted a Celebration of our Nations BBQ in June, the first of its kind for CANZBA. It was a wonderful evening of celebrating our wonderful Countries. We enjoyed tasty treats, had great conversations and enjoyed each others company.

    Stay tuned for an exciting lineup of CANZBA Conversations to be announced soon.


    Consulate Report - AustraliaConsulate Report - Australia

    Following the election on 21 May, Australia’s new government, led by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, was sworn in on 31 May 2022. The new ministry has a record number of women (10), its first Muslim ministers (Ed Husic as Industry and Science Minister and Anne Aly as the Early Childhood Education and Youth Minister) and its first Indigenous woman as Minister for Indigenous Australians, Linda Burney.

    As we celebrate our first in person Pride since 2019 next month, I want to let you know that Sydney will be hosting WorldPride2023 (17 February-5 March). This is the largest LGBTQ Pride event and organisers are expecting a large contingent of Canadians. Toronto hosted WorldPride in 2014.

    Air Canada re-starts its Vancouver-Brisbane daily flight as of 1 July. Coupled with its 10 weekly flights to Sydney and Qantas’s 4x/week Sydney service, it means it is getting easier to travel between Australia and Canada. We are seeing a big uptick in Australians visiting BC this summer with the Alaskan cruises and the Rocky Mountains popular draws.

    Passport processing delays have made the news here but they are also an issue in Australia as Passports Australia estimates as many as 2 million Australians will require passports this year. Passport applications are a major service of the Consulate. We are currently fully booked for appointments until August. It is also taking as long as six weeks to receive passports from Australia. So, for anyone with travel plans needing to renew their passport, do it now. There are some potential changes in the Fall which should help with the delays.

    As in previous reports, I would like to highlight some Aussie companies in the market. Sydney-based Newcrest Mining acquired Pretium late last year for $CAD3.5B. Coupled with its purchase of a 70% stake in Red Chris Mine in 2019, Newcrest is now a major gold player in BC and has established its Americas Regional headquarters in Vancouver. Vital Metals, a Sydney-based mining company, recently opened Canada’s first (and North America’s 2nd) rare earth mine in the NWT and will be opening a processing facility in Saskatchewan in September. Augment Resources, a new CANZBA member, has just established a presence in Vancouver. Finally, here are some Aussie owned businesses in Vancouver worth checking out – Peaked PiesPunk Rock Pastries and Ruex Café & Bar.

    In closing, I want to thank the members who turned out for our first in-person CANZBA Conversation with the Hon Scott Ryan, Australia’s new High Commissioner to Canada on 2 June. It was a great turnout and a wonderful opportunity to re-connect. Thanks to Tony Crossman at Blakes for hosting.

    Enjoy the summer!

    Cheers, Kevin

    Member SpotlightMember Spotlight

    Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP is a Canadian law firm focused on serving the transaction, advocacy, and advisory needs of Canada’s most dynamic business sectors. The firm has a proven track record of over 130 years of providing top legal services.

    The firm has a strong reputation and takes great pride in assisting Australian businesses with their expansion plans in Canada. Cassels’ Australian clients work in a variety of sectors including mining, energy, corporate/commercial, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, and franchising. Cassels is dedicated to serving various business sectors for diverse clients that range from start-ups to multi-national organizations. Cassels serves organizations all around the world and Cassels is cited as a market leader by such authorities as Chambers, Lexpert, and Best Lawyers.

    Additionally, outside of being recognized leaders in their fields, our lawyers are proud to serve leadership roles in business, civic, charitable, and cultural organizations in community, national, and international organizations. The firm is committed to initiatives in the realms of leadership, social responsibility, and inclusion and diversity.


  • 11 May 2022 12:19 PM | Anonymous

    New Zealand's borders for migrant worker due to open 2 months earlier than originally reported, on July 31. There will also be changes to the minimum wage structure.

    Read more here.

  • 4 Mar 2022 2:15 PM | Anonymous

    Australia has lost two great cricketers. Rod Marsh and Shane Warne, both gone too soon.

    Our thoughts are with their families during this difficult time. 

  • 18 Jan 2022 1:18 PM | Anonymous

    Kangaroo saved by life guard

    Read it here

  • 1 Dec 2021 11:58 AM | Anonymous

    CANZBA Member Helen Avis has been recognized in this year’s MPA Top 100 list, as one of the Top Mortgage brokers writing the highest value of loans in FY21; further adding to a long history of achievements and awards in the Australian finance industry.

    Congratulations Helen

    Read more.

  • 12 Nov 2021 10:14 AM | Anonymous

    The Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce have just announced their inaugural Australian Canada Trade Summit. This inaugural Summit will be 5 virtual sessions across 3 days.

    How can we evolve Australia & Canada's impact in a global economy?

    Session 1 - Leading Through a Pandemic
    Session 2 - Moving in a Post Vaccinated World
    Session 3 - Pivoting for a Sustainable Future
    Session 4 - Thriving in an e-Commerce Society
    Session 5 - Brand Canada, Brand Australia

    *** This is a free event but space is limited.***

    Register here for the various sessions

  • 25 Oct 2021 7:54 PM | Anonymous
    Qantas to resume international travel in November

    The airline announced it would accelerate the restart of its international flights by two weeks to November 1. Read more here.


  • 25 Sep 2021 4:47 PM | Anonymous
    Air Canada Cargo flight departed full with animal ready to be reunited with their families. Read the store here. AC Animal Flight to MEL.pdf

  • 22 Sep 2021 11:59 AM | Anonymous

    Qantas aircraft has landed at YVR ready to take home Australian's.

    Read more here

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