The Finnish-Canadian Business Club reorganized it’s activities after couple of years of silence in 1997. The main mission of the Club is to promote trade, investment and economic cooperation between Finland and Canada. The target is to get more Finnish companies interested in the business opportunities Canada offers.
The FCBC provides its members a forum for discussion, lectures and information serving the development of the economic ties between the two countries. Events organized by the FCBC offer its members also background information on Canadian business culture as well as opportunities for networking and sharing experience.
Membership of the FCBC is open to all individuals and organizations interested in building business relations between Finland and Canada. Current company members, in total 35 companies or organizations, cover from small enterprises to large corporations in the fields of manufacturing, banking and finance, consulting, logistics, import/export and distribution. In addition, the Club has got ten individual members. Membership fee for 2017: company members 200,- and individual members 50,- euros.
The Finnish-Canadian Business Club is a registered association in Finland but, like most of the trade associations in Finland, is an independent body without official status. All the activities are based on voluntary work of members and the operation costs are covered by a membership fee. The FCBC cooperates with Finnish foreign trade and other authorities as well as industry associations and the Canadian Embassy in preparation of various events like delegation visits and business seminars.
Secretarial and administrative functions of the Club are taken care of by the Finland Chamber of Commerce.
The normal way of working is to organize luncheon meetings, to which guest speakers are invited to introduce subjects related to Canada followed by free discussion on the subject. The guest speakers have been ambassadors or commercial counselors, representatives of various ministries and business people. During the meetings the members share their practical business experiences. The meetings have often been organized also in the premises of the member companies to hear their business experiences in the area.
THE FINNISH-CANADIAN BUSINESS CLUB CONTACT INFORMATION
The Finnish-Canadian Business Club ry.
c/o Finland Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 1000
00101 HELSINKI, Finland
Coordinator Ms. Anne Hatanpää
Tel. +358 9 4242 6261
Fax: +358 9 650 303