Cleantech Cluster Opportunities in Eastern Germany – Innovative Water Technologies for Smart Cities

Cleantech Event 2018

GTAI Investment Promotion Event – Cleantech Cluster Opportunities in Eastern Germany

Germany Trade & Invest and its partners cordially invite the German Canadian Business Association, as well as members of the public, to a breakfast seminar on “Cleantech Cluster Opportunities in Eastern Germany – Innovative Water Technologies for Smart Cities”. The seminar will take place on Wednesday, June 27, from 09:30 am – 12:30 pm at the Waterview.

Experts from Canada and Germany will share their knowledge and expertise about the region’s thriving Cleantech sector underlining its international significance. If you want to learn more about how Canadian companies can profit from Europe’s strongest economy, don’t miss out. Please note that this is an industry event.

Begin: 09:00 AM
End:12:30 PM
Location:Waterview, 1661 Granville St, 2nd floor, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1N3

Programm DetailsPlease join us to find out more about business opportunities in Germany’s – and particularly Eastern Germany’s – thriving water technologies and cleantech industry. A comprehensive market overview will be complemented by insights into a Canadian company’s experience of investing in Germany. Moreover, this event will facilitate a knowledge exchange between experts from Canada and Germany.

Pioneering environmental policy and a supportive legal framework have helped establish Germany as one of the leading markets for sustainable water technologies. With a world market share of 11 percent and an expected annual growth of almost 12 percent until 2025, Germany offers attractive opportunities for innovative water technologies

Learn more at this link:  CleantechClusterOpportunities.html

18 Nov 2017
November 18, 2017

Weihnachtsgala or Christmas Gala

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You are invited to Join us on November 27!

Beatrice & RichardThe German Canadian Business Association (GCBA) is holding their annual Christmas Gala, complete with champagne reception, buffet meal and dessert, as well as sing-a-longs and musical entertainment and raffle prizes.

We are excited to announce that this year not only do we have the S-Bahn playing again, we also have the addition of an Alpenhorn being played at different times during the evening. The caroling part will be led again by Elizabeth Petrie, first soprano with the Bach choir.

To help us grow, please feel free to invite  friends or email this invitation to other people who might be interested.

Fresh Fruit Chocolate FondueWe are also currently asking members and friends of the GCBA to help us with our tombola. No item is too small or too big. (Please note that ticket prices do not cover all of the expenses).

If you have any questions about tombola donations or any other questions please contact Susanne at

For confirmation of attendance please contact Elke Porter at

Hope to hear from you soon🎅

Christmas Cheers

Mit herzlichen Weihnachtsgruessen!

Susanne Ziehr
778 388 3101

Christmas Party Invite



The German Canadian Business Association (GCBA) would like to invite you to join them for one magic night at a soccer match between the Whitecaps and LA Galaxy on Saturday, April 1st, 2017. If they find at least 50 people, this will be an amazing fundraiser, if not, it will still be a fun night that includes business networking, a game, and a good time.

One of the GCBA’s new members is a representative of the Whitecaps and he is hoping to bring together many from the 200, 000 Germans living in Greater Vancouver. Please invite your family, your friends, your neighbours and your colleagues to join us!  Share this event on Facebook. is our website. is our Facebook Page is our Events Page.

If you cannot attend on this night, but would still like to contribute by sponsoring a ticket for a student or young person, please contact Elke at:

To buy tickets, please click here:

All GCBA Members + Family and Friends enjoy savings of $19 on Corner Seats for April 1st Vs. LA Galaxy. Please use PROMO Code: GCBA! Contact Oliver at 604-319-6863 if there are any issues.

Invitation to Game

Glühwein AdThe last pub night organized by the German Canadian Business Association will be held on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 at 6 pm at the “Glühwein Booth” at the Vancouver Christmas Market in downtown Vancouver.

We will be meeting rain or shine, and the way the weather is going, it is most likely going to rain.  But this year, they have an “Alpine Hut” on site: “Visitors are welcome to find seating in the NEW, heated, Alpine Haus within the Market.”

The Christmas Market has moved this year and the new address is:  Jack Poole Plaza (home of the 2010 Olympic Cauldron) 1055 Canada Place,Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6C 3E1.

For Parking, here are some choices: PUBLIC TRANSIT RECOMENDED!

There are a number of designated accessible parking zones and parking meter spots in Vancouver. Please remember that a valid SPARC permit is needed to be displayed at all times to use these areas.

Designated accessible parking.


Fairmont Pacific Rim, 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC V6C 0B9
“You don’t have to sleep with us to park in our garage”
Use parking code ‘BEMERRY’ for $23 self parking at Fairmont Pacific Rim. For valet parking, please see their Doorman – the guy with the hat! (max 5 hours).

Or EasyPark Lots:

Lot 54 – 1095 W Waterfront Rd


Zone Code:2535


Basic Rates

  • $3.25 per half hour | Day Maximum $18.00
  • Stalls for people with disabilities are available –
    SPARC decals must be displayed and regular rates apply.

About this Lot

  • Located at the end of Waterfront Road, by the Harbour Air Terminal
  • Multi-level parkade above grade
  • Unattended facility
  • Height restriction of 6ft 6”
  • 100 stalls

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

21 Oct 2016
October 21, 2016

Visit to the BCIT Applied Research Lab

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German Canadian Business Association Learns About Applied Research at their latest monthly meeting.

On a Tuesday evening in October, at 5:30, a group comprised of members & friends of the German Canadian Business Association slowly trickled in to the lobby, where they received parking passes and name tags. They were warmly greeted by staff of BCIT, many of whom were in attendance as unofficial tour guides & consultants. With backgrounds in research, forensics, biomechanics and biotechnology, each and every person – down to the two students from Mexico City and Stuttgart – were interesting to talk to and shared information in their chosen field of specialty freely. At least 4 or 5 of the staff spoke German and one of them, Dr. Tom Roemer, who is relatively new at BCIT, gave the Opening Remarks.
Sign in front of buildingConsul General Josef Beck and Dr. Tom RoemerGCBA Members & FriendsList of Names of Make+

Fluent in four languages, Dr. Roemer holds an MSc (Astrophysics) from the University of Munich and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Simon Fraser University (SFU). His dissertation, entitled “Standing at the Crossroads – Identity and Recognition of the Applied Science Technologist in British Columbia,” was fuelled by his passion for applied research and experiential learning. He is an Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Education at SFU where he recently developed a Master of Education program for Industrial Trades Instructors.

But first there were some delicious hors d’oeuvres to consume and champagne, generously donated by the German Consulate General of Vancouver, to sample. After official opening speeches,  by German Consul General Josef Beck, among others, everyone was divided into 4 groups and the tours began.

Make+ is a group of multidisciplinary research staff focussed on product and process development, evaluation, applied research projects, and education. The MAKE+ subgroup PART (Product and Process Applied Research Team) is the only academic product development group in Canada registered to ISO 9001 and 13485 Quality Management Systems.

Make+ aims to optimize the functionality, user experience, value and commercial success of products…

Beatrice and student from Stuttgart at CARI

BCIT Applied Research Projects fall into five key themes:

  1.  Sustainability and the Built Environment
  2. Health, Natural Health & Biotechnology
  3. Social Enterprise, Human Capital & Entrepreneurship
  4. Energy, Resources, Manufacturing and Transportation
  5. Information/Communications, Technology & Security

Applied Research provides innovative solutions to the real world challenges of business and industry, helping them to increase their competitive strength and productivity.

The four labs we were able to see on our tour were: (each group had their own)

  1. Four wheelchairs REDLab – Rehabilitation Engineering Design Lab, which offers things like:
    a.  Dynamic Wheeled Mobility research
    b.  Exoskeleton research
    c.  Active Living for people with mobility impairments
    d.  Exercise machines for use by people with mobility impairments
  2. Design Usability & Evaluation Lab
    a.  Mobility Obstacle course
    b.  Home access evaluation
    c.  Adapted Exercise and lab
    d.  Wheelchair Test Lab
  3. grouplisteningcCARI Lab – Centre for applied Research & Innovation
    a.  Advanced Prototyping Hub includes multi-axis CNC machines, 3D Printers, laser cutting machine, precision testing equipment & product evaluation & testing etc.
  4. Soft Shop – integrates unique soft material properties, sensors and electronics in new and innovative ways
  5. Dr. Tong Loui Living Lab/MoCap Lab – equipped with a 3e motion analysis system that allows the team to record and study detailed movements of man or animal including joint angles and ground reaction forces.  This lab also captures physiological parameters, such as body temperature, muscle movement, heart rate, and oxygen uptake.
    a.  Robotic cameras and camcorder
    b.  Two wireless Macs and field recorders
    c.  New digital and storage interface
    d.  MacPro G5 workstation and Final Cut Pro Video Editing Suite
    e.  CoreTemp wireless core temperature monitoring system
    f.  A new icon motion capture system that encompasses high resolution that can capture full body movement down to a light wrist movements up to 500 frames per second
  6. Three science picturesThe Centre for Rehabilitation Engineering and Technology that Enables (CREATE)
    a.  Allows people, regardless of ability, to live, work and fully participate in our communities
    b.  Uses devices, technologies, products and policies to improve health, function, access or safety.

Applied research is an equation:

Company or Industry Problem +

Scientific or Technical Study +

Innovation = Applied Research

Finally, Beatrice Schreiber, President of the German Canadian Business Association gave the final remarks and it was time to go home! We received compliments from our members and everyone I spoke to felt they had an amazing time.  My favourite quote of the evening was “If you want a degree, visit UBC, but if you want employment, come to BCIT!”.  My favourite invention, that unfortunately isn’t quite ready for mass production, are the “teeter-totter stairs.  If you look at the picture of the lady standing on the top of the stairs, these actually flip up and down by the push of a button.  You can ride your wheelchair onto the platform, press and whoosh, you fly 4 feet into the air, which would allow you to ride up to the porch or verandah and enter your house from outside.  Challenges still include safety issues (cats/dogs/children can get caught in the mechanism), speed of vertical ascent, weather issues (ice/snow/rain), but it is a cool idea and I hope they can eventually sell this to the public.
Beatrice giving away flowersApply for your full or part-time course here:

If you need to file a patent that will properly protect your idea, invention, or process, contact BCIT Applied Research Liaison Office.

The next event that the German Canadian Business will attend is a Christmas Party at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club at Wednesday, November 30th, 2016.

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

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