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  • 20 Jun 2020 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    HR Technology Company expands across the seas

    “Even during the COVID-19 pandemic Australia companies still see Canada as a good market. intelliHR, an Australian HR technology company with a next generation cloud-based people management and data analytics platform, has just opened an office in Toronto to support its expansion into North America.”

    Learn more about intelliHR here.

  • 10 Jun 2020 3:24 PM | Anonymous

    We are pleased to offer a new discount to our members from a Small Business Member, SMATS Group. Become a member today to reap the rewards!

    Member Discount

    SMATS Group is always looking at ways to support Australian expats while abroad, with many involved with Australian international organisations like Australian Embassies and Consulates, Australian business councils, chambers or societies, as well as schools, sporting clubs and university Alumni. As such we would like to offer the following as a promotion to all CANZBA members:

    • A free copy of The Aussie Expat - The Luckiest Person On Earth 3rd Edition (eBook);
    • A free 30 min initial Australian tax consultation proving a general review of your current situation, identify any urgent issues and provide recommendations on next steps;
    • 10% off your first Australian tax return with us, through our in-country office or nearest office location;
    • 3 months free property management through our Sydney, Melbourne & Perth property management offices; and
    • Free mortgage review and serviceability assessment

  • 9 Jun 2020 10:51 AM | Anonymous

    A choirmaster and vodka headache...

    It all began as a bit of a sing and a few beers at the RSL on Tuesday nights.

    Read the full article here.

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  • 18 Apr 2020 2:20 PM | Anonymous

    ANZAC Day 2020 - a virtual remembering

    In lieu of CANZBA hosting our annual ANZAC Day Commemoration Ceremony, we are pleased to provide the following links to watch coverage of the 2020 ANZAC Day commemorations offered by the Australian War Memorial and the New Zealand Defence Force.

    New Zealand Defence Force

    6:00am (NZST) on 25 April, or 11:00am on 24 April, PST, which will be broadcast by RNZ National, on the RNZ App, for more information, visit their website.

    Australian War Memorial

    5:30am on 25 April (AEST), or 12:30pm on 24 April PST. Please visit the AMW website for more information.

  • 12 Feb 2020 9:48 AM | Anonymous

    Kevin Lamb was appointed an Honorary Member within the Order of Australia for service to the Australian Government as Honorary Consul for Vancouver, at Australia House in Ottawa. Congratulations Kevin!

  • 12 Feb 2020 9:28 AM | Anonymous

    President's Message

    Dear members.

    Wishing you a safe and Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you at our events throughout the coming year.


    Nerella Campigotto

    Member Spotlight

    Western Management Consultants (WMC)

    Western Management Consultants (WMC) is one of the longest standing and most respected Canadian names in management consulting. Remaining independent and objective, we have been providing innovative solutions to large and small clients for nearly 50 years.

    We service a broad range of clients within the private and public sectors, and this diverse portfolio of experience allows us to advise and interact with a variety of professionals at every level of an organization.

    When you engage WMC, you benefit from close collaborations with senior experts who bring depth of experience over a broad range of disciplines. Our clients appreciate the efficiency of working directly with practitioners with proven expertise and competence.  WMC specializes in Strategy, Leadership & Transformation across seven primary disciplines:

    • Strategic Advisory
    • Operations and Performance Improvements
    • People Services
    • Marketing and Customer Strategy
    • Executive Search
    • Information Technology
    • Organisational Change Management


    Australia Day - Waitangi Day, 30 January 2020

    AI/VR Presentation, details TBA

    ANZAC Day Commemmeration, April 25 2020 


    Australia v New Zealand: The sky's the limit for this team

    2019 the year for women in Australian sport

    NRL - a decade in review

    Organisational Change Manage

    NRL - a decade in review

    Wow it’s been a whirlwind five months here in Vancouver for my family and I. For those who do not know me I’m the new Consul General covering British Columbia and Trade Commissioner covering Canada, based in Vancouver. Previous to this posting, we lived in Malaysia for four and half years, where I was New Zealand’s Trade Commissioner.

    It has been an amazing lead up to Christmas here and a big contrast to the long sunny days, BBQs and Beaches back in New Zealand. The lights are amazing, and we have managed to get up Grouse Mountain to check out what real winter is like!Thankfully the transition was easy with Canada being such a similar culture to New Zealand and probably more so because of the great support Nick Fleming (my predecessor) and his wife gave us while we transitioned up here.

    Canada and New Zealand share a close affinity for one another, with similar legal, government and social traditions and therefore it is not surprising that Canada is New Zealand’s 12th largest export market with exports valued at NZ$1.179 billion in 2019. Also, important to note is that New Zealand (and Australia) has its first trade agreement with Canada (called CPTPP) and now virtually all our products coming into Canada are duty free, which will give our companies an edge over competitors.

    This year at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), we have directly helped over 100 New Zealand companies right across the Canadian market. Even in my short time here, the team done great things to help our companies grow bigger, better and fast here in Canada.

    In October, we hosted the first inaugural Taste of New Zealand Chefs Event where 14 of our top New Zealand food and beverage companies where connected to key contacts in the hospitality industry including chefs and distributors. NZTE partnered with industry influencers to extend our digital reach and showcase the fine New Zealand dishes and drinks to over 636,000 chefs and industry professionals through social media platforms.

    In November, we held a networking reception at the Helicopter Association of Canada 2019 conference. A total of 120 helicopter industry representatives attended where we introduced the them to a delegation of nine New Zealand companies focused on the helicopter industry. These types of events help raise the profile and the impact of New Zealand expertise and reinforce national synergies between Canada and New Zealand. For example, did you know that British Columbia and New Zealand share the records for the largest number of helicopters in operation per capita?

    Also, in November we hosted a strong delegation of Maori businesses here during the World Indigenous Business Forum. It was great to see connections being made in the Food & Beverage, Tourism and Tech Sectors. Watch this space for more activities in the New Year.

    One thing that has surprised me is that despite a lot of effort from Canada, Australia and New Zealand, there is still not a lot of awareness of the CPTPP trade agreement and how it benefits our businesses. This is something the team and I are going to focus on in the New Year and would love CANZBA members’ support to help spread the word.

    To all those I have had the pleasure to meet so far and to those I have not (and hope to soon), all the best for the New Year.

    Ngā mihi, kia kaha!

    Matt Ritchie

    Consul General and Trade Commissioner

  • 6 Feb 2020 7:08 AM | Anonymous

    Air Canada have a limited offer on fare to Australia for CANZBA Members!

    Save 15% on all fares for travel from Canada to Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane*

    *Valid on Standard, Flex, comfort, Premium Economy Lowest and Business Lowest fares. Terms and conditions apply.

    *This promotional code is valid for travel between Canada and Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane on Standard, Flex, comfort, Premium Economy Lowest and Business Lowest fares and can be used on new bookings made between January 22, 2020 and March 31, 2020. Code applies exclusively to Air Canada fares published on and cannot be combined with any other offer. When applicable, the discount is valid for base fares only, as displayed on the review page of the booking process. Valid for up to four passengers per booking (one booking per promotional code). A maximum of 100 bookings will be allotted for this promotion, on a first-come-first-serve basis. Both air transportation charges (including sub-charges) and applicable taxes, fees, and charges are not discounted. This offer is valid on travel between January 22, 2020 and June 30, 2020. There is no blackout period for this discount. This offer is valid only for Air Canada operated flights, including flights operated by Air Canada Rouge and flights operated under the Air Canada Express banner. This offer is valid only for published fares. Codeshare flights are excluded. Schedule subject to change without notice

  • 7 Dec 2019 9:17 PM | Anonymous

    New Zealand Wagyu beef guys First Light Foods will be in BC next week launching their high grade wagyu beef in all 7 Meridian Meats stores.  Come and meet the people from First Light including the farmers who will be sampling some of their delicious Ribeye Marble (score 6) from Thursday Dec 12th to Sunday Dec 15th.

    Thursday 12th from 2 to 6pm at Mission, Maple Ridge and Poco locations
    Friday 13th from 2 to 6pm at Langley, Poco and Maple Ridge locations
    Saturday 14th from 12 to 5pm at North Van, Tsawassen and White Rock locations
    Sunday 15th from 11 to 2pm at Mission, Maple Ridge and Poco locations.

    Find out more here.

  • 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.


    Nerella Campigotto

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

    Seminar: SMATS Update
    Melbourne Cup

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

    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

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