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CANZBA News: August 2017

5 Sep 2017 2:44 PM | Anonymous

Presidents Report

Happy BC Day weekend!

It's been a busy few months at CANZBA, with some very exciting events, our most recent being: Doing Business in Canada – Tips and Traps for the Unwary. We were fortunate to co-host this event with KPMG, one of our Corporate Members. Shane Onufrechuk, a Partner with KPMG provided insights into tax laws for new and existing businesses with regards to doing business in Canada. Members can access this presentation on our website. The 2017 Australian Budget Review was another successful event, with discussions around topics such as; What new initiatives are announced in the 2017 budget, Important changes to the taxation system, The impact of changes on property investors and expatriates, how the australian property markets may react, and changes to Australian lending condition.

Air New Zealand has partnered with Vancouver Airport for Pride Parade this year, complete with new float. They are hopeful to showcase an upcoming DJ or vocalist that is currently climbing the charts. It should be a great time! This will be the kick-off event for heavy activity in the Vancouver market the next few months, leading up to their 10 year anniversary since the inaugural flight Auckland-Vancouver, in November.

Happy Summer

Nerella Campigotto

Consular Update

2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games (4-15 April)
Queen’s Baton Relay in Canada (27 July – 1 August)

A tradition of the Commonwealth Games since 1958, the Queen’s Baton Relay celebrates the Commonwealth’s diversity, inspires community pride and excites people about sport. It arrived in Canada on 27 July making stops in Toronto (27 July), Hamilton (28 July), Edmonton (29 July), Victoria (31 July) and Vancouver (1 August) en route to 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast 4-15 April. In each city, events were planned in which the public participated. In Vancouver, events were held at Empire Fields (site of the 1954 Empire Games) and BC Place Stadium (BC Sports Hall of Fame). The Australian Consulate, in conjunction with the Queensland Government, also hosted a reception to celebrate the Baton’s presence in Vancouver.

Trade 2018

Trade 2018 is the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Trade and Investment Program developed by the Queensland Government in partnership with City of Gold Coast. It seeks to leverage trade and investment opportunities in priority Commonwealth markets such as Canada. This program includes targeted inbound and outbound missions, international activations via business receptions and investor briefings that run concurrently with the Queen’s Baton Relay as well as an extensive Games-time business hosting program which will incorporate a range of exclusive business events at Commonwealth House. For more information on this program and to register your interest click.

Australia’s Senior Trade Commissioner to Canada

With the completion of her posting, Portia Maier, Australia’s Senior Trade Commissioner to Canada has returned to Australia. Her successor has not been officially announced but is expected to be in Toronto by late September. CANZBA members will have an opportunity to meet the new STC later in the Fall.


Our upcoming events are listed below and please see events page for full detail:

  • October 13, Seminar Market Update, SMATS Group
  • October 25, Networking: Co-hosted event with AIB 
  • November 2, CANZBA Conversation: NZ High Commissioner post-elections report
  • November 6, Melbourne Cup 
  • December 5, CANZBA Conversations, Consul Update

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