Dear friends of the BCBC, 

On the occasion of the first days of Spring, the BCBC is pleased to present you with the list of its private sector partners for the year 2021.

We are proud to be able to count on so many quality private partners from multiple sectors of activity, allowing us to interest a large business community.

This newsletter is a way to thank our partners for their support and their confidence in our chamber of commerce in 2021: ArcoInfo, Degroof Petercam, Dentons, CIBC, Mazars, Nourish Marketing, Zone Franche. As such, throughout the year each partner will share their experience and expertise in a newsletter dedicated to them.

This is also an opportunity to remind each of you, as friends of the BCBC, that our community needs and counts on your support and membership. By becoming a member of the BCBC, you will be part of two business communities that share the same ambition of “joining forces” to develop our business (the BCBC in Toronto and the CABQ in Montreal). Do not miss-out on the chance to become an individual or corporate member of our business community by clicking here.

We do not lose hope that this year will be marked by the return of face-to-face events, so that we may hold an outdoor general assembly in the colours of summer, a beer tasting event for our National holiday and a “business award ceremony” to close the year in 2021. In the meantime, we will continue to be creative, innovative and resourceful so that baring that, you may enjoy the BCBC events in the comfort of your home or office.

Please feel free to contact us and make yourself known to our community.

Yours sincerely,

Xavier Van Overmeire, BCBC President

Arco Information Canada Inc. is subsidiary of Arco Information nv, since 1993 in Mechelen, Belgium.
We are a software OEM providing digital dispatch, routing and workflow solutions. We digitize and automate business processes (AccPay, DigitalMailroom); we free you from expensive legacy data systems; we manage back end workflow and routing of processes, such as documanagement for IoT solutions. All from our DOMA software platform. Would you like to know more? – please contact David Downey, Partner, 416-906-0164;
Degroof Petercam is an independent, family-owned Belgian Private Bank and a key player in Luxembourg, France and Switzerland.
Celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, Degroof Petercamspecializes in cross-border wealth management and estate planning for high-net-worth individuals and families. Over the last 40 years, the Group has also developed an internationally-recognized expertise in Corporate Finance, executing tailor-made deals for large corporations, family businesses, financial institutions, private equity funds and governments. As of February 2021 Degroof Petercam Luxembourg is now registered in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec to assist permitted clients with their wealth management needs.
To learn more about Degroof Petercam, visit or reach out to BCBC Director, Bethany Doyle.
Dentons provides leading legal solutions wherever you do—or want to do—business: in your local market, across Canada or around the world.
A truly global firm, our clients benefit from more than 11,000 lawyers and professionals in 200 locations spanning 79 countries. With a presence in some of Europe’s major economic cities such as Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin and London to name only a few, we leverage our diversity to provide more innovative, client-focused solutions to complex business issues.
Xavier Van Overmeire, as a Partner at Dentons, practices business law with a focus on international trade. As President at the BCBC, he is proud to lead the team in its mission to foster strong relationships and develop business and trade opportunities between Canada and Belgium.
Introducing the CIBC National Franchise Program CIBC is here to help you to grow your business. Get peace of mind with our holistic franchise solutions and expert advice for borrowing up to $1 million. With 25 years in providing franchise finance programs in Canada, we’ll share our industry-related knowledge. The CIBC National Franchise Sales Team offers dedicated franchise expertise at the local, regional and national level. For additional information contact Hedy Afsharian, Director, Business Banking, CIBC, Cell: 416-722-3774, or Neil Roy, Regional Franchise Manager, CIBC,Cell: 416-530-2768,
Mazars is a leading international audit, tax and advisory firm operating in over 90 countries. Mazars in Canada has more than 50 years of experience delivering exceptional and tailored services in assurance, accounting, tax and advisory. Our experts assist clients of all sizes at every stage of their development and approach every piece of work with a commitment to the highest level of quality as well as with integrity, independence and accountability. To learn more about Mazars in Canada:
Nourish Food Marketing “We help our clients sell more foodWe don’t know much about marketing for real estate. Or for cars, detergents, or life insurance. We leave that to the generalist ad agencies out there. But helping our clients sell more food, that’s something we know an awful lot about. Because that’s all we do. So, if you grow or make food and you’d like to increase your sales, then you might want to talk to us.”Jo-Ann McArthur, President, Nourish Food Marketing
After a year of COVID, how have our overall and day-to-day interactions with food changed? Which trends were derailed and which picked up speed? 
Download Nourish Food Marketing’s free white paper to discover five key ways in which our relationships with food may be forever changed. Plus, we ask the questions you should be asking yourself about how your food business can pivot to take advantage of new opportunities.
Zone Franche Founded in Montreal in 2010, the public relations agency Zone Franchehelps its clients build strong relationships with all who matter to them. Recognized on numerous occasions for delivering award-winning campaigns, the agency continues to offer its clients strategies that differ from traditional approaches. Zone Franche provides services to a wide range of companies and organizations in areas as diverse as education, new technologies, transport, telecommunications and financial services. With an office in Paris, the agency supports its clients across Canada and in France/Europe. For more information please contact Marie-Françoise Hervieu, Présidente, Tel. 514 317-5715 x 202,
Happy Easter!
Experience the finest, freshest Belgian chocolates in Toronto by visiting The Belgian Chocolate Shop. Crafted with love and care and the expertise that only 35+ years of meticulous attention and passion can bring. Call (416) 691-1424, order online(preferred), or visit Patricia at 2455 Queen Street East, Toronto. 
BCBC Members get 10% discount at the Belgian Chocolate Shop! If you haven’t renewed your membership, you can still do so here.

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