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Annual Christmas Dinner

with Entertainment & Raffle Prizes

Date: Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at 5:30 pm
5:30 pm Champagne Reception
6:45 Scrumptious Buffet Dinner
8:30 Entertainment
Syrinxx String Quartet
Christmas Carols in German and English with Bach choir first soprano Elizabeth Petri
9:30 Prize Draws and Dessert Buffet

Cost $95 + GST for Members; $110 + GST for Non-Members
Order your seat by Monday, November 28th, 2016
Address 3811 Point Grey Rd, Vancouver, BC


GCBA Logo 2016

Dear Sir/Madam,


On behalf of the German Canadian Business Association we would like to ask you for a donation/ gift for our annual Christmas Gala Raffle to be held at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club on November 30th, 2016.  It is our goal to reach out to German and Canadian Businesses and allow them to find new networking partners either directly or indirectly through our functions.

At the gala we will have a table of prizes showing the name & company of the donor. Towards the end of the evening, we will have a draw and each donor will be thanked individually for their contribution. If there is anything you would like us to mention about your company at this point, please do not hesitate to let us know. Proceeds from the event will be going to our operating costs for such events.

To book a space for the Christmas Gala, please contact our secretary, Elke Porter. For more details, you can check out the events page at or find us on Facebook.

Mission Statement of the German Canadian Business Association:

The German Canadian Business Association aims to provide a business & professional networking platform for our members and to promote German Canadian cultural, business and professional relations.

Thank you kindly for your support,

Beatrice Schreiber

Susanne Ziehr
Social director GCBA

Contact Information:

German Canadian Business Association

P.O. Box 74644

Vancouver, BC V6K 2G4

604 551-3624 – President

604 828 8788 – Secretary

13 Sep 2016
September 13, 2016

Meet the GCBA at the BCIT

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Come and join them for an exciting evening at BCIT

join the German Canadian Business Association (GCBA) and meet the

MAKE+ Applied Research Group!

Date:      18.October.2016
Time:     5:30 pm   Hospitality
6:00pm    Event start
Location:  BCIT Centre for Research and Innovation
4355 Mathissi Place  Burnaby, BC
Note: this is just west of the main Burnaby campus, between Burnaby Hospital and Willingdon Avenue

The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) is a comprehensive applied training and research facility with activities stretching from industrial trades to science, business and engineering. Under the banner of MAKE+, BCIT carries out applied research producing tangible outcomes in the Health and Manufacturing sectors.

Using a model similar to Germany’s very successful Fraunhofer Institutes, the full-time interdisciplinary team creates synergies between engineers, designers and technicians to solve real word problems and grow the BC economy.  Their user-centred design approach has helped clients such as Rostrum Medical Innovations, Claris Healthcare and Purdy’s Chocolates develop innovative products and refine manufacturing processes.

Over the years the MAKE+ initiative has hosted many German and French graduate students who conducted their project work in this unique setting.  Come meet this eclectic group and tour their impressive prototyping facilities, which include state-of-the art-3D printers.

An opening address will be given by Consul General Josef Beck and guests will be welcomed by BCIT’s new VP Academic Dr. Tom Roemer.  Light refreshments will be served.

We hope you will all join us in this showcase of a unique applied research group, right here in the heart of our own BC Lower Mainland.

BCIT Invitation

28 Apr 2016
April 28, 2016

Speaker Hon. Suzanne Anton May 19th

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The German Canadian Business Association invites members, friends and the local business community to join them at this one-time event that will take place at the Al Porto Ristorante in Gastown.

Doors open at 5:30 pm and for the next hour, you will have a chance to network and meet others.  Please bring business cards.  At 6:30 pm, the Hon. Suzanne Anton, BC Justice Minister and Attorney General will join us for a 3-course dinner.  Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options are available.  At 7:30 pm, Hon. Suzanne Anton will speak on the topic:

Fiscal Conditions of BC including LNG and the Canada-European Union “Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement” (CETA)

Hon. Suzanne Anton Biography – Suzanne Anton was elected MLA for Vancouver-Fraserview on May 14, 2013, and was appointed Attorney General and BC Minister of Justice on June 10, 2013.

As the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Suzanne is responsible for justice and public safety issues for the government of British Columbia. Her role includes criminal and civil justice, access to justice, justice reform, policing, corrections, road safety, violence-free BC initiatives, and services to victims of crime.

The German Canadian Business Association has 3 different kinds of Membership Categories available:

1. Annual Regular Members – $280 + GST
-entrepreneur, self-employed, CEO or work for a German Company
-German-speaking or at least German background
-includes dinner meetings (except Christmas Party) & AGM
-you may vote in any elections or take part in any decisions

2. Annnual Associate Members – $100 + GST
-Friends & Associates
-may or not be German-speaking
-does not include dinner meetings or vote at AGM

3. NEW! Student Membership – $50 + GST
-full-time students
-does not include dinner meetings or vote at AGM

All fee are pro-rated on a monthly basis from January 1st to December 31st of each calendar year.

They also have a number of Event Sponsorship packages available, as well as advertising opportunities for members and friends of the Association.

Hon. Suzanne Anton Poster

New Board Elected at the 2016 AGM of the German Canadian Business Association

April 5th, 2016; Vancouver – The German Canadian Business Association held their Annual General Meeting at the Jaegerhof on Monday, April 4th in North Vancouver. The meeting began at 6 pm, while members were finding their name tags, and networking or catching up with old and new friends.

German Canadian Business Association Goodbye Rebecca

Rebecca Lees smiles after receiving her gift basket thanking her for 20 years of service!

Monika Redekop chaired the meeting, which began at 6:30 pm. There was one minute of silence observed for members that had passed on before. The directors then gave their reports and the old Board was released. The new Board was chosen quickly and everyone was accepted into their position with unanimous support.

The four positions that remained the same were: Beatrice Schreiber as President. Hans Gust as Vice-President. Monika Redekop as Membership Director. Alden Aumann as Treasurer. The Secretary position was split into two: Kirsten Friedrichs as Bookkeeping Director and Elke Porter as Communications Director. Finally, Susanne Ziehr offered to take on the Social Director position.

Bill Konnert

Bill Konnert, the Social Director for the last 5 years, is happy to have new energy on the Board.

Wolfgang Christl, though not officially on the Board, offered to continue to be in charge of the Welfare Committee. The Community Service Committe, responsible for distributing additional funds to charities or churches was tabled. Both new and returning Directors were thanked for their commitment and loyalty to the German Community. Rebecca Lees and Bill Konnert who both moved on to focus more on their careers and families, and will be missed.

Wolfgang Christl requested that any members who wish to participate, share their birthdays with him and the Association, so he can acknowledge and celebrate with them every year. There was also some discussion around giving businesses an opportunity to be featured on the website and on Facebook or for business owners to write a blog post sharing their latest promotion or product. A new member suggested sharing everyone’s business, service, product or company, so people can easily network with one another, or mentor newcomers.

Salad at the JaegerhofThe meeting ended and the Schnitzel dinner, followed by an house-made apple strudl was enjoyed by all. many of us also enjoyed the jaegerhof Version of the Hugo Drink:  The word Hugo is a derivative of the old high German word ‘hugu’, meaning ‘mind’, ‘heart’, and ‘spirit’. The cocktail is believed to have been originated in Tyrol, the western part of Austria famous worldwide for its ski resorts. It is refreshing and light, similar in look and taste to the already popular mojito. Ingredients are 1 shot elderberry syrup (or St. Germain liqueur), 2-3 slices lime, 2 pieces mint, 5 ounces prosecco, 3 ounces mineral water and ice.

For more membership information, and to see a list of upcoming events pf the German Canadian Business Associatio, please visit

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15 Feb 2016
February 15, 2016

Arthur Dussa Celebration of Life!

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St. Mark's Church for Arthur DussaMany of you have asked to be kept informed regarding the Celebration of Life for the Honorary member of the German Canadian Business Association (GCBA), Art Dussa.

A Ceremony will be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church at 3:00 PM on Saturday, March 5th and Art’s daughter Monica invites all Members of the GCBA to attend the buffet reception at the Alpen Club following the church ceremony.

For those who are not familiar with the location of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, the location of Art Dussa’s Celebration of Life, the address is:

1573 East 18th Street

Here are links with maps and directions:”/1573+18+AVE+E,+Vancouver,+BC/@49.254481,-123.1416084,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m8!4m7!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x54867152cf340fb3:0x87c6259e889442b7!2m2!1d-123.0715688!2d49.2545022

Reception following the Church Service at the Vancouver Alpen Club at:

4875 Victoria Drive, Vancouver

18 Jan 2016
January 18, 2016

German-related Business in Vancouver

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Westcoast German NewsThe German Canadian Business Association established a Meetup Group called “German Business Vancouver”, which gained only 37 members in one year. Since most members did not visit events or join the Association, we decided to let the page lapse. Before that, though, I thought we should take the basic business information that all of our members posted and publish it here to let people know what kind of German-speaking business people live in or around Vancouver.

We will just use the first initial or both initials:

EP – I run the Westcoast German News Blog! If you need some social media, PR or blogging, contact me. (ok, this was me LOL)

L – Health and finance

MB – Hi there, I’m an IT professional that moved to Vancouver from Munich about 3 years ago. I grew up in Germany, also lived in Singapore and the States for a bit…

DL – I am Chinese, I know a few Germans, I would like to see whether I could venture in Germany.

T – I love Berlin, Munich and Hamburg but call Vancouver my home since 2008. I’m an independent nutritionist with an (event) marketing and hospitality background.

S – Hi – I lived in Germany for several years & looking to expand my network with the German community in Vancouver.

CG – I am from Switzerland. I would like to keep the German Language up, and I am interested in Arts. I am a Manual Therapist in Cranial-Sacral and Bowen Therapy. However, I am also interested and include Traditional Chinese Modalities into my work.

V – Wedding & Portrait Photography

DB – Sales representative as a freight broker

SB – Owner of Becker’s Bakery (German Bakery), Moonsinger Media (Film editing and Music production), Becker Construction (Home Renovation), and Becker Consulting (Biology) in Vancouver.

RA – I bring 25+ years experience in marketing, research and sales. I am currently the Director of Membership & Sales with the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association (GVHBA). I also sit as a Director-at-Large for Canadian Construction Women.

SA – Environmental Consultation and Sustainability Accounting

BS – Art – original paintings and sculptures

TK – As German exchange student, I would like to contribute by organizing cross-cultural events but also bringing in a new perspective by German students and locals who are interested in German business and culture.

KK – I am a real estate investor, urban planner and community developer, with a few other ventures on the side.

M – Video content, script writing, translations and more. Academic writing.

V – As a Green confidence Business coach, I work with WELT-VERBESSERER leaders and innovators needing an ally in the process

U – Ulrike is a certified translator

R – Running a Lederhosen & Dirndl rental service & am generally interested in all things German. Looking forward to meeting many of your in person! We moved here about 8 years ago & it looks like we’re here to stay.

D – Professional project management and project controls services for the sectors built environment, infrastructure, energy & resources and communication.

L – I am interested in moving to Germany to set up a business. My product is financial services, consulting, and overseas investments.

P – Spets Association Management provides professional administrative services to not-for-profit organizations. We manage membership, finances, marketing and all other day-to-day administration. We plan and execute meetings, events and conferences

SB – Service Community website based in Berlin expanding world wide, including Canada. I will be leading the Canadian portal where Companies, Restaurants, Service provider and many others are able to communicate and advertise their Service with ratings by user. It will be also a website to exchange all sorts of topics (e.g. “travelling”) for the user. People will share their experience while travelling to Banff with recommendations. The user can use the portal for free and is able to gain rewards in points by just being active on the website. These points can be used for special exclusive services that require a payment. More details follow after we launched the website it will most likely happen sometime this year. At the moment we are very close but due to constant updates and fixings we could not get online yet.

B – Nonprofit, housing, b2b, orientation businesses to Canadian market and trends, editing and localizing in English

H – AV tech

B – Hi! I emigrated from Germany in 1998. I am the owner of, an online event registration and online payment service.

B – Construction Industry

MM – Management Consulting, Process Improvement, Strategic Planning, Project Management, Financial Development

JR – German/Austrian/Swiss/South Tyrol Restaurant with authentic live German music on select dates

AW – Stock market analysis and IT services – I have come to Vancouver in 2008 as a permanent resident. I work as a freelancer mostly for companies in Europe taking advantage of the time difference.

DB – Just graduated

G – Architect

R – I go to Germany every summer & enjoy anything German.

SK – My company teccrab inc. (established in 2012) helps small and middle size businesses to gain more online visibility by using social media combined with SEO and other online marketing strategies. We also provide services such as Hosting, Website and Database Development, Video Production and Public Relations Services.

MG – I work in the public venture capital markets, advising and helping companies raise money and grow their businesses. I’ve lived in Vancouver most of my life, and am a dual citizen (Canada Germany). I’ve done some business studies in Germany (Koblenz) and my German is a bit rusty.

CJ – I moved to Canada in 1997 and graduated from UBC in 2005. I am the owner and Certified Pedorthist at Foot Solutions of Vancouver and West Vancouver. When I am not busy working I spend my time exploring Vancouver and surroundings.

Das deutsche Unternehmen Herrnhuter Sterne GmbH hat bereits im Sommer 2014 eine umfangreiche Vereinbarung mit dem kanadischen Unternehmen MyBrilliantStar zum Vertrieb der traditionellen Sterne in Nordamerika geschlossen. Durch die Erweiterung der Partnerschaft wird die Zusammenarbeit zwischen den beiden Firmen noch intensiver; mit MyBrilliantStar übernehmen Kirsten und Hartmut Friedrichs, den Vertrieb und das Marketing der Original Herrnhuter Sterne nun exklusiv in Canada und als offizieller Partner in den USA.

Die Geschäftsbeziehungen zwischen den beiden Unternehmen waren bereits in der Vergangenheit stark ausgeprägt. Beide Geschaeftsfuehrer, Oskar Scholz (Hernhuter Sterne) und Hartmut Friedrichs (MyBrilliantStar) heben das ausgezeichnete partnerschaftliche Verhältnis beider Unternehmungen hervor.

MyBrilliantStar importiert die Produkte aus Herrnhut nach Kanada und hält die größte Auswahl an Herrnhuter Sternen und deren Zubehör in Nordamerika vor. Über die Teilnahme an Messen werden Einzelhändler akquiriert und der Onlineshop bietet Endkunden die Möglichkeit, ihren gewünschten Stern auszusuchen und innerhalb Kanadas und auch nach USA liefern zu lassen. Ebenfalls können die Herrnhuter Sterne auf ausgesuchten Weihnachtsmärkten erlebt und erworben werden, wie zum Beispiel der “Vancouver Christmas Market”.

Über MyBrilliantStar

Herrnhuter Sterne mit Kirsten & HartmutMyBrilliantStar, mit Sitz in Vancouver, B.C. ist der Herrnhuter Exklusiv Distributor in Kanada und offizieller Partner für die USA. Die Eigentümer und Geschäftsführer, Kirsten und Hartmut Friedrichs sind in 2012 nach Kanada immigriert und stolz auf das entgegengebrachte Vertrauen der Herrnhuter Sterne GmbH. MyBrilliantStar ( bietet in Nordamerika die grösste Auswahl der Herrnhuter Sterne sowie deren Ersatzteile und Zubehör an. Der Herrnhuter Stern ist nicht nur in der Weihnachtszeit sehr gefragt, er ist auch das ganze Jahr über zur Dekoration geeignet, u.a. auf Hochzeiten und festlichen Veranstaltungen.

Weitere Informationen:,

Über Herrnhuter Sterne
Was vor über 160 Jahren begann, ist zu einer weltumspannenden schönen Tradition waherend der Weihnachtszeit gewachsen. Stets am ersten Sonntag im Advent wird der Herrnhuter Stern im Familienkreis aufgebaut und läutet damit die besinnliche Adventszeit ein. In den modernen Produktionsstätten der Herrnhuter Sterne Manufaktur falzen und kleben fleißige Hände, um die großen und kleinen Zacken für die berühmten Herrnhuter Sterne entstehen zu lassen. Und wer einen der schlichten farbigen Sterne erwirbt, gehört zu den zahlreichen Menschen aus aller Welt, die das Symbol von Bethlehem mit nach Hause nehmen und so das besinnliche Leuchten in Ihre Familien tragen.

Weiter Informationen:

To read the News about the Herrnhuter Stars in English, please visit this link:  MyBrilliantStar English

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Oktoberfest German Canadian Business Style at the Vancouver Alpenclub

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 at 6:30 pm; Members free while guests pay $25!

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