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(I am NOT the employer myself)

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Currently, we are looking for Language Quality Assurance Reviewers for various languages (Thai, Hindi, Japanese, Spanish (Spain and Latin America), Traditional Chinese, French (France), Italian, Thai, Czech, Portuguese Brazilian and more…)

At Globalme, the Language Quality Assurance Reviewer is the guard of quality translations. You will need to review localized products such as websites, mobile applications, games, training etc. and ensure that these products are ready to be released to target markets. Some products will also require light functional testing. In addition to functional and linguistic reviews, a Quality Assurance Reviewer creates style guides and provides linguistic input as needed.

This is a project based, on call, part time position that can turn into a full time for the right candidates.

REQUIREMENTS

A language Quality Assurance Reviewer:

Is a native speaker of a target language, with higher education completed in their country.
Has excellent language skills (both in their own language and in English).
Pays close attention to detail – this is a must.
Is able to read and follow complex instructions.
Has a curious personality – you will need to investigate things, search on the Internet in ways that you have probably never searched before. Simply, you need a curious personality.
Needs to feel comfortable using computers (not only email, Facebook, and the internet). You will need to install/uninstall programs and find your way around.
Considers themselves as a tech savvy person.
Has an up to date computer with stable internet connection.

An ideal candidate is also:

Clever and fast — you understand things quickly and are not confused about simple things.
Computer savvy — you consider yourself as a technical person and get excited about new technologies, applications etc.
Driven — you’re not someone who needs to be micromanaged and you don’t wait around for problems or quality concerns to hit others’ radars before brainstorming a fix.
Problem solver — you figure out problems that rarely have textbook solutions. “Let me figure this out” is a sentence you use often.
Open to receiving feedback — you focus on solutions and improvements rather than finding excuses why something doesn’t work.
Positive — you have a “nothing is impossible attitude”. You believe that everything can be done.
Self-starter — you see a clear link between your actions and their outcomes. You don’t sit around and wait for others to tell you what to do.
Resourceful — you have a head with plenty of good ideas.
Eligible to work in Canada for at least 10 months from the application time.
Background in linguistics is preferred.
This is a project based, on call position where many projects can be done from home.
Compensation: Depending on experience, starting at $20 per hour

Languages we’re looking for:

German
Arabic
Czech
Danish
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Spanish (Spain and Latin America)
Traditional Chinese

Globalme is a young and dynamic localization company that is committed to providing high quality and friendly localization services. We provide a unique work environment where employees are encouraged to grow and experiment by challenging the status quo. What else creates a better work place than having a team of individuals who are passionate about the work they do?
We recognize that every person, whether a contractor or employee, is an important contributor to our company’s success. A friendly work environment that promotes collaboration and constructive feedback is always a top priority for Globalme. You will have a chance to learn from others and to be recognized for your outstanding performance.
Are you a linguist? Fill out our linguist application form here.

Don’t see the right opportunity above?

We are interested in hearing from you. Drop us a line and let us know what sets you apart from the crowd.

Globe Conference 2016Soon, there will be a GLOBE Forum and Innovation Expo, where global leaders from business, government and civil society come together to manage risk and capitalize on opportunities in the clean economy, once again.

The Innovation Expo is a global showcase of sustainable products, services, and ideas from various countries, such as Austria, Switzerland and Germany fresh off the lab bench…

You will:

  • Discover the very latest in clean technologies and advanced environmental products and services.
  • Learn about sustainable business practices and interact with thousands of influential global leaders from business and government.

Four Reasons to Attend the Innovation Expo

  • Find a cutting-edge solution to an entrenched or emerging challenge
  • Discover the very latest in clean technologies and advanced environmental products and services
  • Explore investment and joint funding opportunities with a diverse range of organizations, including angel and venture capitalists, economic development agencies, and funding organizations
  • Access more than 70 sessions and presentations in the Expo Presentation Theatres. Stay tuned for the theatre programs and schedules

Local Address:

Vancouver Convention Centre
East Building
999 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC, Canada
V6C 3T4

Get Involved:

In addition to the GLOBE Forum and Innovation Expo taking place, GLOBE Series and a diverse group of partners host a range of on- and off-site activities. Made up of more than 30 affiliate events, from corporate sustainability meetings to workshops, roundtables and training modules, GLOBE Week is where new ideas, collaborations and partnerships take root.

To host an Official GLOBE Week event, you can still contact:

Nancy Wright
Chief Operating Officer
604.695.5001
nancy.wright@globeseries.com

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Von Denis Hercog:

Liebe deutschsprachige Community in Vancouver,

vielleicht ein paar Worte vorab zu mir: Vor etwa fünf Monaten habe ich einen Entschluss gefasst: Es wurde Zeit für eine Veränderung, es wurde Zeit ein neues Kapitel aufzuschlagen. Vermutlich kennt ihr das Gefühl, vermutlich sind viele in dieser Gruppe durch eine ähnliche Phase im Leben gegangen. Ich hatte also meinen Job gekündigt, meine Wohnung aufgegeben, alles verkauft, was sich noch hat verkaufen lassen, besten Freunden und der geliebten Familie auf Wiedersehen gesagt und bin mit 18kg meiner letzten Besitztümer losgezogen. Nachdem ich im Juni in Vancouver angekommen bin habe ich mich von dem Bedürfnis treiben lassen etwas zu Reisen. Nach den vielen Jahren Vollgas im Studium und dann anschließend in der Arbeit, Jahre der Aufopferung für den Job, in welchen ich teilweise wochenlang nichts anderes gemacht habe außer Arbeiten, Essen und hin und wieder schlafen (was auch irgendwie okay way, weil ich meinen Job geliebt habe), war das die richtige Entscheidung. Also bin ich im Sommer drei Monate in den USA gereist, habe wundervolle Menschen kennengelernt und mich persönlich und physisch gefordert. Nun wird es jedoch ernst, ich ich möchte der Herausforderung in die Augen schauen und endlich in Kanada ankommen. Ausgewählt habe ich Vancouver (auch wenn ich Toronto wirklich fantastisch finde und mir auch hier vorstellen könnte zu leben), da ich hier bereits erste Kontakte habe. Ankommen werde ich am 1. Dezember, und das Abenteuer für mich beginnt, die einmalige Chance diesen Schritt zu wagen und mit voller Energie und allem Mut daran zu arbeiten, in allen Bereichen des Lebens, 8000km weg von Zuhause, Fuß zu fassen, privat wie beruflich.

Denis HercogIch habe in Deutschland 7 Jahre in Stuttgart in einer Filmproduktion gearbeitet, und für Kunden wie Bosch, Mercedes, Sixt, Festo, L’Oréal, etc. Filme produziert, meist für den Online-Einsatz, aber auch für’s TV. Ich bin mir sicher, dass ich – nach einer nicht ganz kalkulierbaren Investition an Zeit und Energie – einen Job finden kann, ob es bei einer Filmproduktion, einer Werbeagentur oder kundenseitig im Marketing ist. Ich werde für den Anfang jedoch ganz bald ein Zimmer brauchen. Wenn ich es mir aussuchen könnte, wäre das nördlich King Edward Ave und westlich Commercial Dr, nicht über 650CA$ und möglichst nicht im Keller =), ansonsten bin ich flexibel mit Allem (Nichtraucher, organisiert und sauber – wohl berufsbedingt – und absolut umgänglich). Gleichzeitig werde ich wohl einen Job brauchen um die Zeit zu überbrücken, bis ich in meinem Berufsfeld einen Job finde. Ich rechne etwa mit zwei Monaten, okay, ich hoffe es werden „nur“ zwei Monate :-/ Ich werde mich mit Leuten aus der Branche treffen müssen, (Regisseure, Kameramänner, Maskenbildner, Ausstatter, etc.) genau so wie die Filminfrastruktur prüfen muss (Filmstudios, Tonstudios, Technikverleihe, etc.) und Treffen mit potenziellen Arbeit- oder Auftraggebern (Agenturen, Filmproduktionen, Kunden) ausmachen werde. Und wenn ich es mir hier aussuchen könnte, dann gerne etwas mehr als „Minimum Wage“ und nicht zum Waschen von Tellern =) Die Frage ist, ob ich es mir aussuchen kann … Aber: Ich kann ganz klar punkten mit Erfahrungen im Kundenumgang,  … ich bin technisch versiert, kenne mich mit Excel, Word, Photoshop, Schnittprogrammen und allerlei anderer Software bestens aus, ich lerne sehr schnell und bin auch handwerklich nicht unbegabt. Nur ein Hobby-Koch bin ich nicht wirklich, was aber nicht heißt, dass ich das nicht auch noch werden kann 😉 … wäre zumindest seine schöne Herausforderung.

Also wenn hier jemand Zimmer, Job, oder aufmunternde Worte parat hat, immer gerne her damit. Ihr werdet es nicht bereuen.

Hier noch der Link zu meinem aktuellen CV:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/40yfi3l6azy42ld/2017_11_22_Denis_Hercog_02_CV_Resume_EN_small.pdf?dl=0

Danke und frohes Thanksgiving =)

Denis.

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WITH WHISTLER CONTINENTAL CUP & FIS CUP COMPETITIONS

NOVEMBER 1, 2017 – CALGARY, AB Canada will once again become the focus of the international ski jumping community when three major competitions will be held early December at Whistler Olympic Park.

From December 7-10, 2017, Whistler will host a Men’s Continental Cup as well as a Men’s FIS Cup and a Women’s FIS Cup.

©Photo Credit – Tom Reid


“This will be the biggest international ski jumping competition in Canada since the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver,” says Tom Reid, president of Ski Jumping Canada. “We expect up to 15 nations to participate, bringing nearly 100 of the best young male and female ski jumpers in the world. It’s going to be tremendously exciting.” </P

Canadian participation in the events will be a factor in securing quota spots for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeonchang, Korea. “As we head into the home stretch towards Korea, it’s vital that we give our athletes every opportunity to qualify for the Games,” says Reid.

Ski Jumper

©Photo Credit – Tom Reid 

“Athletes require FIS Cup points before they can compete at the Continental Cup level. In order to qualify for the World Cup circuit, athletes must have at least one Continental Cup point,” adds Reid. “Because our Canadian athletes train so often in Whistler, they’re very familiar with the hill. This could give them the edge they need to jump well and obtain those extremely valuable points.”

The Continental Cup and FIS Cup events will utilize the legacy facilities from the 2010 Vancouver games, including the ski jumps at Whistler Olympic Park and the athletes’ village. The competitions are being partially funded by a Sport Canada hosting grant.

©Photo Credit – Tom Reid

“This is all part of a long-term effort to return World Cup competition to Canada,” adds Reid. “Our next goal is to host a Women’s World Cup at Whistler within the next year or two. Ensuring these events run smoothly will help put Canada back on the map with FIS and serve to leverage a growing interest in ski jumping in BC and Alberta. We’ve got some terrific young talent in Canada, but we can only benefit from more kids becoming involved.”

Men’s & Ladies FIS Cups: December 7 & 8, 2017 Men’s FIS Continental Cup: December 9 & 10, 2017

For further information, please contact:
TOM REID
PRESIDENT, SKI JUMPING CANADA
TEL: 403-669-0630
EMAIL: tomreid@skijumpingcanada.com

Olympic Village Whistler

©Foto: Iwona Erskine-Kellie (found on Wikipedia)

Ski Jump Flyer

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03 Nov 2017
November 3, 2017

Das Schwarze Brett #4 Advertisers

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I would just like to say a big “Thank You” and “Danke Schön” to all my advertisers for the latest issue of “Das Schwarze Brett – Christmas Edition”.  It can be found here:

http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1365967?__r=317124

I promised them all a mention in a blog post and here they are.

First of all, I would like to thank my first two advertisers, which are Hannelore Nolte with Nolte Log Homes Ltd. and Beatrice Schreiber with the Bel Art Gallery Inc.

Bel Art Gallery Inc.Bel Art Gallery Inc. would like to welcome you to the World of Fine Arts. Available for you is an excellent collection of originals, limited edition prints and sculptures from fine local and internationally acclaimed artists.

Public Art from Bel Art

currently being displayed at Pagnanini Lam 3701 Hastings Street, Burnaby, Canada Export Centre, 602 West Hastings Street, Vancouver.

Nolte Ad 300 Living in a NOLTE LOG HOME is 
living in harmony with nature

Mit der Natur in Harmonie leben in einem NOLTE LOG HOME (Blockhaus)

Then, I am happy to say thank you to these prestigious German brands as seen below: PMA Canada and Leicht Kitchens…
Underberg @ PMA CanadaSince its formation, PMA has become Canada’s leading Wine & Spirits Agency. We attribute this success to our supplier partnerships and dedicated team who are able to adapt to this rapidly changing industry to build brands for the long term. Some of the world’s premium spirits and wine brands we represent include Grant’s Whiskey, Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch, Gibson’s Finest Canadian Whiskey, Two Oceans Wines, Amurula Cream Liquer, Jägermeister, Disaronno & Underberg.

 Leicht KitchensGermanhaus is an authorized dealer of LEICHT Küchen AG, quoted by market research institute GfK as the “Best sold premium brand in Germany” in 2015. The same year it was the only manufacturer of European kitchens that won the award “the most innovative brand of the year”. LEICHT was founded by the two brothers, Alois and Josef Leicht in 1928. Luckily LEICHT means EASY in German. LEICHT allows our customers to choose from more door finishes and styles, cabinet hardware, LED lighting options, and inserts than any other European manufacturer. 

Here are some Canadians, where Dawna Mueller with Dawna Mueller Photography was the talent behind the front cover.  Kendyra Corttni, who is a passionate vegan and loves travelling to Germany, is now offering consulting services to Canadians who want to explore a new nutritional lifestyle.

Dawna Mueller Photography I am a Canadian living in Switzerland who is passionate about nature, mountains and adventure. I grew up in Burnaby, BC, but as a young adult I spent every summer for over a decade in the Yukon, which is wild and raw, and amazing for the visual senses. This experience in the pristine nature left an indelible impression in my mind. An impression of nature, mountains and rovers relatively uninhabited except for the wild animals who roam them. But mostly this left an imprint in my heart and it is where I now feel most at home; in the mountains and in nature. Photography has been my hobby since I had my first camera as an adolescent. My earliest memories were experimenting with my mother’s Brownie Box Camera when I was a child. At this point in my life, I have taken my passion for photography, combined with my love of nature and the outdoors and turned it into a full time exciting adventure. As of June 2016, I have finished a one year professional photography studies program with CAP Fotoschule in Zurich. I am excited to see what the future holds.

I am thrilled to share my visions and work and hope you enjoy them as much as I did making them.

All of my images are available for purchase.


Vegan Values AdA healthy vegan diet is comprised of 100% plant based, mostly non-processed foods, that can make people and cats thrive.

 

Let me save you time and money by designing a custom made eating plan to suit your individual needs. See my Blog article: ‘Why hire a Vegan Consultant?’

20% of your fee is donated to an animal charity.


Sometimes people contact me out of the blue.  One of them is Erwin Baumgartner from Switzerland who loves to travel to BC & Alberta and George Hartmetz from Kelowna who is looking for a companion who knows how to cook.

Reisebegleiter

 Do you speak 4 languages and like to travel?  Then you may want to contact this man who is organizing travel adventures for Europeans in Canada.

Finally, last, but not least, if you have ever wanted to move to Kelowna and you love to cook, here is your chance for a fresh start in a beautiful city in BC. George is looking for someone to live in and who will spend time as a companion.


The Whitecaps were not advertisers, but they did let me interview their new goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic who played in Germany for a number of years and was originally from New Zealand.  Read all about him in “Das Schwarze Brett”, found on www.magcloud.com (type Das Schwarze Brett” into the search bar).

Goalkeeper Whitecaps

The season came to a close for Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Thursday evening, as they suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the defending MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders FC. (read the full article by Piccolo Ocampo here) Photo credit to Bob Frid/Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

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9TH – 17TH SEPTEMBER 2017 at VANCOUVER FRINGE 2017 STAND-UP COMEDY – vancouverfringe.com

Sold out at festivals worldwide since 2011, 5-Step Guide to Being German is award-winning German comedian Paco Erhard’s comical mission to set the record straight about his “charming, crazy mishap of a country”. In 2017, 5-Step Guide to Being German finally comes to Vancouver.

Written as a response to British people’s stereotypes about Germany, 5-Step Guide to Being German delivers “an extremely clever analysis of the modern German psyche” (Independent Daily, AUS) that is “side-splittingly funny and violently politically incorrect” (The Argus, UK). The show was nominated for the Fringe World Best Comedy Award in 2013.

Paco Erhard shows us the Germany behind the scenes, as he self-ironially deals with topics as varied as German bluntness (“we’re not rude, we just value honesty more highly than other people’s feelings”), hilarious Autobahn dilemmas, the truth about lederhosen, and how it feels to grow up with Germany’s horrible past.

Born in Munich as the great-grandson of a high-up German politician (a non-Nazi one, relax!), Paco hitchhiked out of Germany in 2002 to see the world and experience other cultures. “Half my life I ran away from being German” he says. “Then I realized: that’s the most German thing you could possibly do.”

Since then, he has toured the globe as a stand-up comedian, performing in English, German and Spanish. He has written on Germany and Europe for the Irish Times, authored an award-winning academic paper on cultural identity, and appeared on BBC One and many other international TV & radio stations, as a comedian and expert.

If you want to understand Germany and your German friends and family better, see this show.

You will laugh. If you want. Zis is not an order.

“Hilarious… one of the best cultural comedians in the world”

– Rip It Up (AUS)

“A true master of his craft. It’s difficult to overstate how hilarious Erhard’s act is”

– Edinburgh Guide (UK)

“Insightful and hysterical… A thought-provoking, incredibly witty show”

– Broadway Baby

“”had the audience not just laughing but howling…

there is a layer of truth just beneath the humour… genius” – Calgary Herald

FRINGE WORLD BEST COMEDY AWARD 2013 – Nominee

VENUE: Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8, Canada

SHOWS: 9th Sept (5:45pm), 12th (8:35pm), 13th (7:15pm), 15th (8:25pm), 16th (1pm), 17th (7:20pm)

WWW: vancouverfringe.com | pacoerhard.com | youtube.com/pacoerhard-TV | TwiJer: @pacoerhard

Media Kit: bit.ly/German-Comedy-Vancouver-17 Contact: +1 (720) 725-6670 or paco@pacoerhard.com

30 Aug 2017
August 30, 2017

Boney M coming to Vancouver!

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Boney M

Old fans; Young hearts and the same beloved band coming back to sweep you off your feet!

BONEY M featuring the stunning vocals of LIZ MITCHELL, the ORIGINAL LEAD SINGER, was THE Disco band of the 70’s and 80’s and remains a living legend of the disco era.

Founded in Germany by writer and producer Frank Farian, BONEY M dominated the European charts with a string of hits well remembered to this day. The group had eight #1 hits with “Daddy cool”, “Sunny”, “Ma Baker”, “Belfast”, “Rivers of Babylon”, “Brown Girl in the Ring”, “Rasputin” and “Mary’s Boy Child”. In addition, the group charted three #1 albums with “Take the Heat off Me”, “Nightflight to Venus” and “Love for Sale”.

Now in the 21st Century, there is no doubt that songs from the past are as popular as ever. BONEY M’s international success spans twenty-five years and has proven that their hits absolutely belong in the collection of timeless classics. BONEY M featuring LIZ MITCHELL remains a phenomenal live act drawing huge crowds at concert halls, theatres and festivals across the world.

Take a journey back in time and view some of Boney M’s classic videos:

Rasputin | https://youtu.be/kvDMlk3kSYg
Daddy Cool | https://youtu.be/QtxlCsVKkvY
Rivers of Babylon | https://youtu.be/2FgDles4xq8
Feliz Navidad – Liz Mitchell / Boney M lead singer | https://youtu.be/Bb-wF8oS9mc

Opening Act – ABRA Cadabra (a Tribute to ABBA)

For more than 15 years Vancouver’s ABRA CADABRA has been bringing the timeless and uplifting music of ABBA to audiences across the world. From “Mamma Mia”, “Dancing Queen” and “Waterloo” to “Does Your Mother Know”, “S.O.S.” and “Take a Chance on Me”, this high-energy stage show keeps the music of this Swedish Super Group alive and takes you on a nostalgic journey through all your favourite ABBA songs. www.iloveabba.com

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30 Aug 2017
August 30, 2017

Can you Help Find Hildegard Gale?

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This is a message sent to “Germans in Vancouver” by Tomas Nehls,

Vielleicht können Sie mir bei der Suche nach meiner Tante helfen. Ihr Name war Hildegard Gale geb. Samek, geb. 03.02.1917 in Berlin, und sie ist nach dem zweiten Weltkrieg mit einem Kanadier nach Vancouver ausgewandert. Die letzte mir bekannte Adresse ist 565 East 53rd. Avenue in Vancouver. Soweit ich weiss, hat sie mit Ihrem Mann ein Taxiunternehmen gegründet, ob erfolgreich oder nicht, ist mir leider nicht mehr bekannt. Da meine Eltern schon vor längerer Zeit verstorben sind, bin ich sehr daran interessiert, mehr über mine Tante zu erfahren und vielleicht Nachkommen von Ihr zu erreichen. #

Wenn Sie eine Gelegenheit finden würden, diese Suche vor Ort publik zu machen, wäre ich Ihnen sehr dankbar. Freue mich auf Ihre Antwort ! Beste Grüße aus dem Taunus Thomas Nehls

10 Aug 2017
August 10, 2017

German Community Invited to Cityride

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Hello to the German Community,

I wanted to pass along an event that I along with Charmaine Crooks am putting on that is called Our Cityride. If you feel that the German community may be interested in taking part please pass along the event details. I ask because we are working closely with the Dutch Consulate for their initiative in the International Ride and we are welcoming like minded nations to join them.

The 17km ride is an all inclusive non competitive ride that will go through all the iconic spots of downtown Vancouver that begins at 5pm from David Lam Park. The family friendly festival will be open between 3-9pm and will have a signature band play, an open beer garden, kids zone, Expo, Food Trucks and free bike Valet.

There will also be some really cool prizes awarded, such as complimentary flights from Vancouver to Amsterdam curtesy of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, a Norco Bike and tickets to future Canucks & White Caps Games.

Only $20 for adults and U18 are free. More information can be found at www.ourcityride.com This is a not for profit event run under our 365 International Sport Foundation, held on August 19th, 207.

If you need any other info let me know. Thanks in advance for anyone you could circulate this to in the German community.

Kind Regards,
Mark

10 Apr 2017
April 10, 2017

Leicht Kitchens

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Dmitry with Leicht KitchensGermanhaus is an authorized dealer of  LEICHT Küchen AG in Vancouver, Canada. Their vision is to transform the way Canadian West Coast thinks of kitchen cabinetry. LEICHT Kitchens offer world-class interior design, German practicality, reliability and affordability for the ever-thriving Vancouver housing market.

Beatrice Schreiber and Elke Porter met with Dmitry Bogouslavski at the Thierry Chocolate Patisserie Cafe on Alberni Street to discuss membership in the German Canadian Business Association, as well as how to spread the word about these high quality kitchens to the German market in Vancouver.  One of the ideas was to write this blog post.

Their luxury showroom in the heart of Vancouver, on Beatty Street, reflects the ideas, innovations and experience of their brand and their team.  With 20 years of kitchen design, 15 years of construction, and five years of luxury sales and innovation expertise, their team will support and guide you throughout the entire process of a kitchen buying experience and beyond.  In the beginning of this century, they re-interpreted the kitchen, now they want to re-interpret your home.

Leicht Entrance

Entrance on Beatty Street, close to the Stadium Skytrain Station – Germanhaus is an authorized dealer of LEICHT Küchen AG

Three plugs in kitchen

Imagine pulling up these 3 plugs to load your devices, and then pushing the plugs back down in their hidden container within your counter.

Cupboards

Their effectiveness is the ability to combine creative design with functional solutions that will surpass the expectations of our clients for years to come.

City Names529 Beatty Street
Vancouver, BC
V6B 0G2 Canada +1 604 801 5773
info@leichtvancouver.com

Franchisee Germanhaus was founded by partners Maxim Gotsutsov and Dmitry Bogouslavski in August of 2015, in anticipation of being a dealer of Leicht Küchen AG. Mr. Gotsutsov comes from a luxury automobile background, while Mr. Bogouslavski has been involved extensively in construction. The pair brought kitchen design veteran Igor Selskiy into the mix for his expertise and ability to customize designs for discerning clients.