SAP New Year’s Reception in March 2022

Group at SAP Reception

March 16th I received an invitation to attend the belated New Year’s Reception at the SAP office in downtown Vancouver.

The Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Klaus Otto Schmidt, and the President & CEO of the Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Yvonne Denz, cordially invited me to a reception on Thursday, March 31, 2022, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the SAP office in Vancouver. They also invited tech people, business leaders, diplomats, German Canadian Business Association members, and the #brianjesselbmw team to ring in springtime together! We were all looking forward to seeing each other in person.

Seen here left to right: German Consul General Dr. Klaus Schmidt, Mr Ihor Lubomyr Huculak, Honorary Consul of the Ukraine, Alex Schuster, CEO & Sporting Director of the Vancouver Whitecaps, SONIA SHOUKRY, President & CEO of GLOBAL BIO-COAL ENERGY INC, as well as Maxim Gotsutsov from Leicht Kitchens Vancouver.

Ms. Shoukry is seeking investors or partners for her very cool sustainable product seen here: – and are ready to commercialize the plant in BC.

The plant is the first of its kind in the world that will convert woody biomass and hog fuel, using a State of the Art proven technology, into bio-coal and bio-char products to serve the existing and emerging markets. This GBCE, is a Vancouver-based Company, that has developed the foundation of a new, sustainable bio-fuels industry to help phase out coal.

Please contact Ms. Shoukry at Tel: 604.683.7955 or send her an e-mail:

Seen above left to right: Yvonne Denz from the German Canadian Chamber of Commerce with Ekkehard Goetting, Vice-President of the German Canadian Business Association and Yvonne Denz with Abdel Karim Awwad from Brian Jessel BMW. Mr. Awwad also recently joined the Board of the German Canadian Business Association as Director of Corporate & Membership Development.

Check out to learn more about membership in the GCBA.

Second from the left is Nguyes Quang Trung, the Consul General of Vietnam. He is standing next to Beatrice Schreiber, the President of the German Canadian Business Association.

In the back is CEO Alex Schuster from the Vancouver Whitecaps. If you want to learn more about upcoming games in 2022, please visit this page:

The top right picture in this set shows Christian Hofmann, Vice-President of the GCBA, Claudia Liebrecht, Membership Director and Manuel Ruthardt, the Treasurer. It seemed like people did not want the evening to end. Some guests stayed way past 8 pm, the official end time.

If you want to Join the Prospera Credit Union, formerly Edelweiss, you can visit them here:

Shown left to right: Agnes Garaba COO, SAP Labs Canada, Ms. Denz, AHK Toronto, Consul General Schmidt, Vancouver, Ms. Shoukry, GLOBAL BIO-COAL ENERGY INC, Mr. Schuster, CEO of the Whitecaps FC, Mr. Awwad Head of Sales & Marketing with Brian Jessel BMW, Mr. Hofmann from the Prospera Credit Union Bank, Ms. Liebrecht from Canadian Travel Partners Ltd. and Laura Caceres Digital Marketing & Designer with Brian Jessel BMW.

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Check out more information on the AHK here:

It was a very nice evening and we are looking forward to some upcoming events, such as the Champagne Reception on May 5th organized by a partnership between the German Canadian Business Association and a few sponsors. More information will be available soon. In the meantime, please “SAVE THE DATE” on the evening of May 5th! If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Elke Porter, This event will also be a fundraiser to help Ukraine.

Consul General Schmidt introduced his successor: German Consul General Dr. Marc Eichhorn. Stay tuned for more information coming soon.

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