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The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Latvia
Connecting Northern Europe to Canada
The bridge between the EU, North America, and Russia/Central Asia/Ukraine/Belarus
Located in Riga, Latvia
 
  
 The Cancham Board and Audit Committee for 2018/19
 
 
 
Welcome to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Latvia (CanCham).
 
Contact Information
  1. Legal and Mailing Address: Vienības gatve 109, Rīga, Latvija, LV-1058
  2. Contact e-mail address: info@cancham.lv
 
How to become a member:
 
The CanCham was established in 2000 to: 
  • strengthen the bonds between Canada and Latvia through promoting mutual business interests;
  • increase awareness in the Latvian business community of Canadian economic and business interests, and commercial capabilities;
  • support economic and business initiatives by Canadian and Latvian interests in each other's country, including outreach to companies operating in both markets;
  • work with the Canadian Embassy in Latvia and other organizations, and the Latvian Embassy in Canada, in identifying business opportunities and expanding business linkages between Canada and Latvia;
  • provide a social forum for the Canadian business community and to facilitate social contacts between representatives of Canadian and Latvian businesses;
  • advocate at all levels in Latvia support for the continued development of principles of fair business practice.
 
  
What the CanCham does for its members:
The CanCham actively promotes the business interests of its members in Latvia and Canada through the Partnership for Profit program and Governance program by using a cluster organizational approach. Clusters are special topic/interest groups that focus on promoting the interests of each group. To participate in a cluster, one must be a CanCham member, but members may invite guests to meetings. Meetings are held in Riga and Toronto, but accommodations will also be made for those not able to attend meetings to be involved in these activities.
 
The CanCham is not a commercial organization and does not participate in commercial activity itself. CanCham members offer B2B services directly. CanCham members can:

  • Provide vital services to foreign companies wishing to do business in Latvia including:
    • representing their interests in winning contracts and developing opportunities,
    • providing legal representation,
    • setting up new companies or joint ventures,
    • assisting with networking and partnering with reliable contacts in the region,
    • developing web sites in Latvian and Russian,
    • developing sales organizations in Latvia and the Baltic region,
    • using our experiences to help foreigners better understand the culture and traditions they are dealing with.
  • Provide reliable services for Latvian companies wishing to do business abroad including:
    • sourcing strategic partners,
    • developing export opportunities
    • seeking investment capital.
    • using our experiences to help Latvians to better understand the culture and business environment they wish to do business with,
    • providing opportunities to work with foreign companies wishing to do business in Latvia.

We want to know what members expect from the CanCham. Please fill in the survey information at http://cancham.lv/input

 
Implementation Strategy
The CanCham periodically reviews its approach to serving its members and updates its strategy. See

Strategy 2019, http://cancham.lv/about-cancham/strategy-2019 for the latest version. 

 
Programs:
  • Partnership for Profit: Partnership for Profit is the approach used to develop business opportunities for CanCham members. We believe in the importance of effective networking and consider effective networking to be a foundation for creating business opportunities. We respect business owners and managers time, and use our experience to ensure that they get as much out of events as possible and have the opportunity to connect with people who could be useful. We use networking meetings involving panel discussions and guest speakers, and business after hours networking opportunities where members promote their organizations. The CanCham Web site and Face Book are used for communication and promotional purposes. Members are divided into work groups each with a work group leader to enhance communication and working together.
  • Governance: The Governance program considers actions to be taken to deal with troublesome government laws, regulations and/or practices. We offer those companies and individuals who have had “bad” experiences with the bureaucracy to share their experiences and work with the CanCham to seek solutions, and have an established method to use to deal with such issues.
 
 
 

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)

The CanCham intends to optimize the expected benefits from the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the Canada/European Union free trade agreement that removes most tariffs and bureaucracy between the EU and Canada and will greatly impact small and medium sized business. See http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/in-focus/ceta/. This provides major export opportunities for EU and Canadian companies. The agreement has been approved by both EU and Canadian parliaments and entered into force provisionally on 21 September 2017, meaning most of the agreement now applies. National parliaments in EU countries – and in some cases regional ones too – will then need to approve CETA before it can take full effect.

 
Privacy and Personal Data Policy:

See http://cancham.lv/about-cancham/privacy-and-personal-data-policy

 

Other information:

  • Download Presentations from CanCham Events
  • Information for Canadians
  • Notices