December 8, 2011
November 16, 2011
Aart Schuurman Hess - Interim CEO & Chief Administrative Officer
The Mustard Seed:
Building Community, Growing Hope and Supporting Change.
"From managing homelessness to actually solving homelessness".
As The Mustard Seed's Chief Administrative Officer, Aart Schuurman Hess is responsible for overseeing the administrative operations of Finance, Human Resources, Facilities, IT and Special Projects, including The Mustard Seed's Affordable Housing Initiative.
Aart joined The Mustard Seed in July 2008, bringing with him an extensive business and entrepreneurial background. Prior to working at The Mustard Seed, Aart held an executive role in a Dutch private equity investment firm, as w ell as senior-level positions in the airline food service and food manufacturing industries, where he successfully executed the move and start up of the world's largest airline catering kitchen.
Outside The Mustard Seed, Aart served as Past President of the Dutch Canadian Business Club of Calgary and as the Chair of the Tax & Economic Affairs Committee of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. He is also an active member of The Rotary Club of Calgary, with a focus on world community services. Aart has worked and lived in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Thailand, United States and Spain. He and his wife Marie-Louise, along with their three children, have called Calgary home since May 2007.
October 20, 2011
"Nuts to Green Fuel in Africa" by Inge Gondwe-Knapen
Bio Energy Resources Limited (BERL), a renewable energy company based in Malawi, was established in 2006 with the sole purpose of developing a sustainable bio-energy industry on a commercial basis within a framework of smallholder farmers growing Jatropha in a managed planting programme.
In 2008 a major corporate investor – TNT N.V. (formally Royal Dutch Mail) – joined the initiative and became the majority shareholder. The rationale for TNT to fund the initiative was (1) expansion of the partnership with the UN World Food Program (WFP) with the objective to generate sustainable additional income for smallholder farmers as an alternative to direct food aid; (2) attractive triple bottom line investment opportunity with an excellent fit with Corporate Social Responsibility objectives and (3) the availability of carbon credits to cover CO2 neutral product offerings and to compensate TNT's emissions.
Inge Gondwe-Knapen, MBA ~ Manager Project Development
Inge has a Masters of Economics and Business Administration from the International University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. With an extensive background of 17 years in several industries in Europe as a management consultant and business development manager for different companies, Inge has focused on sustainable business development in East Africa in the renewable energy sector.
August 30, 2011
Annual General Meeting and presentation of DCBC survey
June 9, 2011
Speakers: Sebastiaan Maassen and Paul Pols
“Global Project Freight Forwarding"
They discussed how Transera has built a global business in a niche market. Since its inception in 1985, Transera has strategically grown in key areas and markets around the world. They specialize in over-dimensional and overweight cargo in a dynamic and challenging international environment.
Henk ten Wolde
Netherlands Trade Office
Henk is currently an Economic Consultant/Trade Commisioner with the Alberta-Netherlands Trade Office He discussed the rational and importance for such an office in Alberta, its role in advancing business opportunities between Alberta and the Netherlands and finally he will indicate how you or your business may benefit from the presence of this Trade Office.
For a copy of his presentation click here
May 14, 2011
Provincial Day Event
Visit to the Edmonton Dutch Canadian Business Club
Mammoet Western Canada Ltd
March 22, 2011
President and CEO
Calgary Chamber of Commerce
February 24, 2011
YOUR NEXT BIG IDEA
This event featured speaker Harm Deckers Ph.D. Harm is the founder of HMD Consulting and provides intellectual property related services to business clients in Canada, the US and Europe, including to SemBioSys Genetics Inc., a biotechnology company in Calgary where Harm also holds the position of Vice President Operations & Legal Affairs.
As humans we appear to be hard wired to innovate and improve the world we live in. The legal system in virtually every jurisdiction in the world reflects the fact that broader societal benefits may result from innovation, mostly so by offering to the originator of a fledgling idea some form of protection and incentives, thereby improving the chances society will benefit from the idea. This presentation discusses some of the key concepts of the Canadian legal intellectual property framework. The presentation also aims to provide some practical advice, so that when you have your “next big idea”, you will know how to go about seeking legal protection for it.