Back to the roots! - The Canadian German Chamber's 40th Anniversary in Montreal

    MONTREAL, June 13 /CNW Telbec/ - "For us, there is only one place to
celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Canadian German Chamber of Industry and
Commerce - and this is Montreal - since the Chamber was established here four
decades ago", said Marcus Breitschwerdt, President & CEO, Mercedes-Benz Canada
Inc. and Chairman of the Canadian German Chamber, when he opened the event at
the Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History Pointe-à-Callière. On June 11,
2008, the Chamber invited members and friends as well as distinguished
representatives of the German Canadian business and political community to
celebrate this milestone of its history.
    In the presence of more than 250 guests, Francois Bouilhac, Assistant
Deputy Minister, Quebec Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation, and
Export Trade, praised the well established business relationships between
Germany and Canada. Mr. Bouilhac also mentioned the recent successful bidding
of two German companies, REpower and Enercon, for a 2000 MW tender for wind
energy from Hydro-Quebec. The German Ambassador to Canada, Matthias Hoepfner,
put this success story for wind energy in a wider climate context and would
like to see Germany continue on its path to establish itself as a world leader
for renewable and green technologies. In his speech, the ambassador honored
Canada, and particularly Quebec, for its great commitment towards a free trade
agreement with the European Union. Earlier that day, on occasion of the
Chamber's Annual General Meeting, Mrs. Marie-Lucie Morin, the Federal Deputy
Minister of International Trade, expressed her support for a stronger
Canada-EU economic partnership. Mrs. Morin's speech was well received by the
Chamber's Board of Directors who greatly supports this undertaking.
    The President and CEO of the Canadian German Chamber of Industry and
Commerce Inc., Thomas Beck, confirmed that the Chamber has become the prime
contact for German businesses willing to start operations in Canada and vice
versa. His vision is to further broaden the Chamber's service portfolio and to
bring even more German companies to Canada. The construction industry as well
as the renewable energy sector seem to be particularly promising for German
    The trade volume between Germany and Canada has grown rapidly over the
past 40 years from roughly C$ 600 million in 1970 to C$15,000 million in 2007.
Historically, Germany has been an important trading partner for Canada.
Currently, it ranks number six in terms of bilateral trade volume. The
Canadian German Chamber actively promotes this economic exchange. As of today,
the Canadian German Chamber employs a team of 35 skilled professionals and
represents roughly 600 Canadian and German members in its three branch offices
in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

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For further information: Mr. David Wagner, Corporate Communications,
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