History

The Swiss Canadian Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1985 and since then the SCCC went through different changes, organized hundreds of events and help businesses to establish relationships in Western Canada. Read through the history of three decades of SCCC and look through our annual reports:

1985
The Beginning

In 1985, the Swiss Canadian Chamber of Commerce (British Columbia) Inc. was established through the energy and enthusiasm of a small group of forward-thinking business leaders.

1996
GLOBE: Swiss Pavilion

In 1996, the Swiss Canadian Chamber of Commerce, under leadership of then President, T. Amgwerd, hosted the Swiss Pavilion at Globe ’96.

2007
Restructuring of the SCCC

In 2007, Executive Director, Erich Amgwerd joined the Board and his initiative was instrumental in restructuring the Chamber and overhauling operations to bring us up-to-date with technology, changing times, membership requests and business requirements.

2009
Establishment of Business Relationships

The SCCC entertains close contact with the Consulate General of Switzerland and other Government offices, as well as Swiss and European organizations in British Columbia and Alberta to enhance the membership’s opportunity to establish new business and personal contacts.

2011
New President

Vince Sciamanna becomes the new president of the Swiss Canadian Chamber of Commerce. He is taking over in April 2011 from Thomas Amgwerd.

2013
Online Changes

The year 2012/13 is full with changes online – website, newsletter, mailing.

2014
Investment to Grow

The SCCC changed over to the new Not-for-Profit Corporations Act and created new by-laws.

2015
International Reach

The international reach of the SCCC is increasing and we receive a great general feedback.

1985

In 1985, the Swiss Canadian Chamber of Commerce (British Columbia) Inc. was established through the energy and enthusiasm of a small group of forward-thinking business leaders. P. Brunold, A. Hartmann and P. Schaub recognized the need for an organization to bring together Swiss and Canadian business people in British Columbia who could benefit from a networking forum to strengthen business and trade relationships among themselves as well as between their two countries. Thanks to tremendous volunteer support, the SCCC has been able to host hundreds of events to facilitate networking, business development and educational seminars and meetings.

 

1996

In 1996, the Swiss Canadian Chamber of Commerce, under leadership of then President, T. Amgwerd, hosted the Swiss Pavilion at Globe ’96, one of the world’s largest biennial business and environmental conferences in Vancouver. The Swiss Pavilion attracted more than 3’000 visitors. Our attendance was successfully reactivated in 2008 and preparations for March 2010 are progressing well.

 

2007/08

In 2007, Executive Director, Erich Amgwerd joined the Board and through his initiative, was instrumental in restructuring the Chamber and overhauling operations to bring us up-to-date with technology, changing times, membership requests and business requirements. A new Board of Directors was established to include representatives of some of the world’s leading organizations as well as taking generational gaps into consideration. In 2008, we introduced the DIN Series of events, which provide focused networking ability and feature guest speakers on various business related topics. Our new “e-Publication” – The Swiss Business Focus was launched in 2008, and keeps all of our members in touch with our chambers activity and developments – such as our Chamber’s expansion into Alberta in 2008. During 2007 and 2008, our membership more than doubled, web traffic increased over 30x, members were invited to attend more than 25 events, and event attendance was very healthy.

Read the President’s Message 2007:
President’s Message 2007

 

2009

The SCCC entertains close contact with the Consulate General of Switzerland and other Government offices, as well as Swiss and European organizations in British Columbia and Alberta to enhance the membership’s opportunity to establish new business and personal contacts. Our members benefit from business contact opportunities not only in the aforementioned regions but also in the rest of Canada, with NAFTA members as well as in Europe and Asia. The new free trade agreement between Canada and the EFTA members should further enhance trade among these regions. Our Board consists of 11 volunteer members all of whom are committed to further growing, promoting and developing our Chamber. Initiatives, leadership & support of our Swiss Consul General, W. Deplazes in Vancouver, have been instrumental in achieving our goals

Read the President’s Report 2009:
President’s Report 2009

 

 2011/12

Vince Sciamanna becomes the new president of the Swiss Canadian Chamber of Commerce. He is taking over in April 2011 from Thomas Amgwerd. Florian Gabriel, John McPherson and Honorary Director Urs Strausak join the board of directors.

More information about the SCCC activities 2011/12:
SCCC Activities 2011/12

 

2012/13

Two new directors join the SCCC board. This year comes with a lot of online changes – a new website layout, a new mailing address and a new e-Newsletter format.
Besides that the SCCC is negotiating collaboration agreements with other entities.

More information about the SCCC activities 2012/13:
SCCC Activities 2012/13

 

2013/14

In 2013/14 several investments to grow were implemented. The SCCC changed over to the new Not-for-Profit Corporations Act and created new by-laws.

The SCCC website layout was updated to create more visibility for our members. 12 e-Newsletter were sent out in 2013 with a growing reach and recognition from others.

More information about the SCCC activities 2013/14:
SCCC Activities 2013/14

 

2014/15

The international reach of the SCCC is increasing and we receive a great general feedback. Editor Jacquline Banz is taking care of the blog and posts several interviews with our members. Besides that the new by-laws are implemented, the new Federal Not-for-Profit Act.

More information about the SCCC activities 2014/15:
SCCC Activities 2014/15