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  • 18 Dec 2020 5:40 PM | Anonymous

    President's Report


    What a year 2020 has been! I hope that during all the unknowns we've had you have been able to find comfort in friends and family.

    We were fortunate to be able to quickly switch our events to virtual. They proved successful and we had some great attendance. Our next event is Australia Day/Waitangi Day, it will also be virtual and with the participation of our two High Commissioners so stay tuned for more details on that. 

    As we close 2020 I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a safe and happy holiday season, from our family to yours.

    Happy Holidays. 

    Nerella Campigotto




    Our upcoming events below and please see events page for full detail:

    Virtual Waitangi/Australia Day - TBD

    News and Sport

    Big moves for Aussie F1 driver in 2021

    Rugby World Cup 2023

    SMATS update

    Consulate Report - New Zealand

    Seasons Greetings after what has been a tough year for us all in Canada and right across the world. No doubt we are all wondering when we will be able to see our extended families and travel again. Our New Zealand and Australian exporters are asking similar questions regarding their customers. For the businesses that do not have employees in Canada it has been especially hard and they have come knocking on our door for help in greater numbers than ever before.

    Depending on what sector businesses have been targeting, fortunes have been vastly different. We have been asking New Zealand exporters to rate themselves using the traffic light system. Red for significant distribution, orange for minor distribution, and green for businesses that are doing well.

    April to November

    Green 31% 51%

    Orange 59% 43%

    Red 10% 6%

    It is great to see so many exporters moving from red and orange to green over the last six months. However, this has taken a large amount of work including many hours of video calls, webinars, product innovation and pivots to markets and channels. I think you will agree going into this holiday season we are all especially exhausted and in need of a recharge!

    There have been a few trends we have noticed over the last six months. For example, a lot of our manufacturing companies that would normally sell business to business (B2B) had relied on the traditional sales model of face-to-face selling – trade shows and visiting Canada in person. Those companies have had to figure out how to continue to sell and keep revenues up. Many have asked us for help in the digital space. They needed to update their websites and social media profiles, get new order fulfilment and tracking systems working, adopt video conferencing, and so on.

    On the consumer side of things (B2C), health and wellness has done well, especially products that help strengthen your immune system. There has also been a trend to diversify channels to market via digital platforms. A good example in Vancouver is which is a direct to consumer (D2C) channel now set up for a large New Zealand meat company.

    Fresh produce like apples and kiwifruit, and consumer products like Whittaker’s chocolate have all done well. As long as supply chains have held up and businesses have been able to get products into market, they are flying off the shelves quickly. That includes wine – the consumption of New Zealand and Australian wine has gone up even though restaurants were closed and usually account for a large part of the market. Now that we have freight and logistics sorted out, beef, lamb and seafood are doing well too. All those supply chains are all back now thanks to Air Canada's cargo flights going to Sydney – Auckland – Vancouver – Toronto and back again three time per week.

    For the latest data and insights feel free to register on myNZTE, where you will see an excellent resource of digital content including a great video series from Brett Halliday (fellow CANZBA member).

    We are leaving behind a year that has been entirely disrupted, hugely challenging and not at all what we expected from 2020 just twelve short months ago. We have experienced working life and personal life in ways that we never thought possible and have seen things here in Canada and internationally that we could never have imagined.

    As the saying goes "when one door closes, another one opens", and I am hoping that this will be true for all of us in 2021. Over the coming weeks let's try to take a break, have a rest, and ultimately breathe deeply. I hope we all have time to reflect on what we’re grateful for and then refuel ourselves for 2021.

    Ngā mihi, kia kaha!

    Matt Ritchie

    Consul General and Trade Commissioner

    Member Pandemic Stories: Jenny Reilly Consulting

    21 Questions to Help You Reflect on 2020 and look forward to 2021

    In March, our professional and personal lives changed overnight. Working and living through a global pandemic, lockdowns and containment measures plunging the economy into deep contraction - 'our new normal' in 'unprecedented times.'

    As of December 14th, with over 70.4M COVID-19 cases and 1.59M deaths globally to date, this pandemic has seen a magnitude of loss and hardship like we have never seen in our lifetimes.

    2020 has acted as a reset button both professionally and personally for some, and others, it has been a period of pure survival. Personally, 2020 has taught me many valuable lessons. I have had brilliant professional successes in my consultancy, some failures, and most importantly, equalizing reminders of what is truly important moving forward both professionally and personally. We have all had to utilize our 'resilience' muscle the past nine months, be more flexible, adjust to work and personal life integration, and business changes with speed.

    The majority of the clients I consult with are small business owners between the $500,000 - $5M annual revenue range. I have helped clients from both ends of the spectrum who have been affected by COVID. I have shed tears with those whose operations came to an abrupt halt overnight. They were unable to pivot and suffered tremendously as they had to close their doors to businesses that they had invested years of sweat equity. I have also helped guide many others under immense stress due to tremendous growth, for some growing three-fold over the last nine months as their products or services were in high demand.

    I asked my connections on LinkedIn and Facebook 'If you could choose one word to describe 2020, what would it be?

    Some of the one-word responses included: accelerating, adaptive, agility, busy, chaotic, courage, devastating, eye-opening, grit, emotional, faith, growth, hope, humbling, inspiring, interesting, opportunity, prodigious, reset, resilience, risk, stressful, transformational, unusual and a 'waste.'

    What is your word to describe 2020?

    What will be your word for 2021?

    I encourage you to start your 2021 goal planning process by reflecting on this chaotic year. Making a note of the lessons learned will help you clarify your takeaways, address areas of challenge, and help set your intentions and goals for 2021.

    2020 Reflection

    1. What was your greatest lesson this year?

    2. What were the top three challenges you overcome in 2020?

    3. What was the best decision you made in either your professional or personal life?

    4. What accomplishment are you most proud of this year?

    5. What did you learn about yourself that you were unaware of pre-COVID?

    6. What new skills did you acquire?

    7. What new habits did you integrate into your day?

    8. What did you fail to do?

    9. Are you a different person than you were this time last year? How?

    10. What exhausted you, and on the flip side, reenergized you this year?

    2021 Intentions

    11. What 5-7 professional goals do you want to achieve in 2020?

    12. What 3-5 personal goals do you want to achieve in 2020?

    13. What are you going to stop doing next year?

    14. What are you going to keep doing next year?

    15. What do you want to start doing next year?

    16. What are you planning to do to enable you to step out of your comfort zone?

    17. What relationships do you want to focus on improving in 2021?

    18. What technical or personal qualities do you want to strengthen next year?

    19. How can you improve the integration of your work and personal life?

    20. Are there any improvements you need to make to your work environment to be more productive?

    21. List three-five individuals (professional or personal) who are in your support circle that you can rely on for help and advice?

    Goal Setting

    Chose seven-ten goals to focus on in 2020. I usually set seven professional goals and three personal goals to work towards. Goals that are in my control and will not be affected by external forces. I use the S.M.A.R.T.E.R. goal framework when developing my goals. This framework is based on the G.E. goal-setting strategy of having goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and have a Timeline. This acronym has been added to over the years, and the S.M.A.R.T.E.R. acronym has various versions. The one that resonates with me is Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Risky (a stretch goal), Exciting (working on something that I know will give real value and I am excited about), and Relevant (to my business and time in my life).

    I wish I had a crystal ball and could predict what 2021 will bring; however, I can offer the knowledge that we cannot choose our external circumstances, so why spend so much time focusing on them. I encourage you to choose to focus on what you can control in your life and set professional and personal goals for 2021 that will help you do better and be better.

    I am happy to offer CANZBA members a 20-minute complimentary goal setting strategy session if you are interested. To book a convenient time, please drop me an email or call 604-616-1967.

    Wishing all CANZBA Members a Merry Christmas and all the very best for a healthy and safe 2021.

  • 14 Dec 2020 1:57 PM | Anonymous

    14th Annual Market Update Seminar by Video

    "What the world needs now..."

    2020 will be unforgettable in many ways, yet I am sure we all would prefer to forget it. COVID-19 has impacted everyone on the planet in some way, through health, travel restrictions, employment stability or lifestyle changes.

    Please see more here

  • 11 Nov 2020 11:52 AM | Anonymous

    Remembrance Day 2020, a new way of commemorating our fallen soldiers. We hope you were able to enjoy some live coverage of events around the world.

    Click here to watch Global New's coverage from this morning.

  • 5 Nov 2020 9:34 PM | Anonymous

    Speaking of Dance - Virtual Theatre – Future Memory

    DanceHouse’s new online series ‘Speaking of Dance’ focuses the spotlight on the exceptional artists who have previously presented work on the DanceHouse stage. On November 26, 2020 11am-12pm, each alumni artist will share a 10 minute video presentation about their inspirations and plans for the future. The first session will feature Australian indigenous performer, Jacob Boehme, who performed his critically acclaimed and award-winning solo work ‘Blood on the Dance Floor’ last year at DanceHouse. Click here to register.

  • 19 Oct 2020 10:33 AM | Anonymous

    Treasurer Josh Frydenberg presented his Budget to Parliament on Tuesday the 6th October 2020. The Budget is normally presented to Parliament on the second Tuesday in May each year, but as with so many things in 2020, it was postponed due to the Covid-19 Pandemic causing massive financial and physical disruptions.

    In submitting this budget, we gain a full insight into the real financial impact that Covid-19 has had on the Australian economy and Government finances, not just this year but for many years to come.

    Read more and watch the presentation here.

  • 21 Sep 2020 10:58 AM | Anonymous

    Due to COVID-19 the New Zealand Consulate, Vancouver will not be doing in-person or postal voting. There are 3 easy steps to voting in the 2020 general election and referendums:

    • Before the election, update your enrolment details here.
    • From Wednesday 30 September (NZ time), download and complete your voting papers here.
    • Upload your completed voting papers here, by 7pm Saturday 17 October (NZ time). Your voting papers will include full information on how to return them.

    If you have any questions please visit Vote NZ here, or contact the Electoral Commission at +64 9 909 4182 or email here.  You can also contact the New Zealand Consulate, Vancouver at +1 604 684 7388 or via email

  • 1 Sep 2020 11:21 AM | Anonymous

    “Navitas, an Australian-based education provider, announced a ten year partnership with Ryerson University in Toronto and the establishment of Ryerson University International College (RUIC). The college will provide a pathway program for international students into Ryerson. This is Navitas’s third college in Canada, joining Fraser International College (Simon Fraser University) in Vancouver and the International College of Manitoba (University of Manitoba) in Winnipeg which together welcomed more than 3,000 new international students from 90 countries in 2019.

  • 1 Jul 2020 2:31 PM | Anonymous

    President's Message

    As we see some light at the end of the tunnel during these challenging times, I hope that you and your families have been keeping safe and well.

    Our new world has meant that at CANZBA we have had to make some changes, mainly with regards to our events. After having to cancel two live events in March and April, we relaunched our schedule with four virtual events in June and July. The first one, a webinar on VR and emerging technology with Lee Brighton of Virtro, proved both timely and highly informative. Our CANZBA (Virtual) Conversations series continues with an introduction to the new New Zealand High Commissioner, an update from the Australian High Commissioner and an opportunity to reconnect with fellow members to discuss overcoming the challenges during this crisis. Please see the Events section below for further details.

    Our new world has meant that at CANZBA we have had to make some changes, mainly with regards to our events. After having to cancel two live events in March and April, we relaunched our schedule with four virtual events in June and July. The first one, a webinar on VR and emerging technology with Lee Brighton of Virtro, proved both timely and highly informative. Our CANZBA (Virtual) Conversations series continues with an introduction to the new New Zealand High Commissioner, an update from the Australian High Commissioner and an opportunity to reconnect with fellow members to discuss overcoming the challenges during this crisis. Please see the Events section below for further details.

    I was fortunate in being able to attend the Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum in Melbourne just before the lockdown. As in previous Forums, many interesting topics were covered including geopolitics, cyber security, entrepreneurship, climate change and energy, space and defence innovation, trade and investment, infrastructure and indigenous economic development. The AusCan Forum is a dialogue between Australia and Canada that brings together leaders from the private and public sectors for high level discussions. See for further information; if you would like to find out more about the discussions held please contact me directly.

    We’re pleased to announce that long-time Small Business member, the SMATS Group, are offering discounts on their tax and property management services, as well as a free e-book aimed at expats, to fellow CANZBA members. Visit the Members Discount page on our website for more details and to access this offer.

    Keep well and Happy Canada Day!

    Nerella Campigotto


    Upcoming Events: Register Now 

    CANZBA (Virtual) Conversations: How has your business managed during the pandemic? - July 9

    Join fellow CANZBA Members for a hosted online discussion to share insights and discuss how business has adapted and changed over the last three months.

    Consular Update - New Zealand 

    It was great to see you all at our Welcome Webinar for Martin Harvey, New Zealand’s new High Commissioner to Canada who started earlier in the year. Normally we would have held a in-person function for Martin but circumstances dictated that we do this virtually. We are hopeful that one day soon we can all meet in person.

    We all know and are experiencing significant disruption personally and to our organizations across Canada from the impact of COVID-19. This disruption is putting pressure on business operations in the region, and many other operations elsewhere. A big part of The New Zealand High Commission and New Zealand Trade & Enterprise’s (NZTE) role in the Canada market is to understand how these disruptions are impacting our exporting businesses.

    Martin provided us some excellent insight to how New Zealand is coping economically with the pandemic. More details can be found on our respective FMAT and NZTE websites. I have provided a basic summary below.

    Considering the impact that COVID-19 has had on economies around the world – including in Canada – New Zealand goods exports to Canada did not perform too badly through March/April 2020 (the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in New Zealand and Canada).

    In April 2020, overall goods exports decreased by 5.75 percent compared to April 2019. But this impact was lessened given higher exports over previous months – in the year to April 2020 good exports to Canada were up by 7.35 percent compared to the year to April 2019.

    Unsurprisingly there has been a significant impact on tourism and transportation service exports to Canada (which together made up 34.21 percent of New Zealand’s total exports to Canada in 2019). This will have an enduring impact on New Zealand’s total exports to Canada through 2020 and beyond.

    Currently, as there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods, there is no change to the regulatory settings for trade with Canada, and no additional sanitary or phytosanitary requirements are required by the Canadian Governments on market access for primary sector products exports and imports.

    Cargo movement is not restricted under the restrictions in Canada, and ocean freight cargo is still moving freely. However, the significant reduction of passenger flights by airlines (which handle 50 percent of all airfreight) will have a serious impact and we continue to monitor this closely.

    On behalf of CANZBA, NZTE and the New Zealand High Commission, thank you for all of your support through these tough times and if you have any further questions about New Zealand’s response to the COVID pandemic please do not hesitate to get in touch.

    Matt Ritchie

    New Zealand Trade Commissioner to Canada

    Member Pandemic Stories - COBS Bread in the Community

    COBS Bread believes that when you take care of your community, the community will take care of the business and was fortunate enough to remain open throughout the pandemic. COBS Bread’s first priority was to ensure the health and safety of their staff, franchisees and customers while continuing to support our communities.

    Over the last three months, COBS Bread franchisees have been donating tens of thousands of dollars of bread to staff and patients at local hospitals, care facilities, first-responders and people in need. This is in addition to approximately $30 million of end-of-day bread that COBS Bread franchisees donate to charities and needy causes across Canada this year.

    Franchisees at COBS Bread continue to find new ways to connect and give back to their local community. The reciprocal support from customers and the community has been heartwarming and overwhelming and – alongside similar efforts from other CANZBA Members – we’re glad we have been able to do our small part to help throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.


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    Trade News from Australia

    Violet Crumble now available in CanadaTrade News from Australia

    The iconic Aussie chocolate brand, Violet Crumble, is now available in Canada. The VC Cubes and Nuggets are available at London Drugs stores in BC and Alberta.

    Buderim Ginger Beer is available across Canada:Buderim’s non-alcoholic ginger beer is available across Canada at retailers such as London Drugs, Save On Foods, Shoppers Drug Marts and Sobeys.

    Brisbane-based HR company sets up office in Canada:“Even during the COVID-19 pandemic Australia companies still see Canada as a good market. intelliHR, an Australian HR technology company with a next generation cloud-based people management and data analytics platform, has just opened an office in Toronto to support its expansion into North America."

  • 20 Jun 2020 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    HR Technology Company expands across the seas

    “Even during the COVID-19 pandemic Australia companies still see Canada as a good market. intelliHR, an Australian HR technology company with a next generation cloud-based people management and data analytics platform, has just opened an office in Toronto to support its expansion into North America.”

    Learn more about intelliHR here.

  • 10 Jun 2020 3:24 PM | Anonymous

    We are pleased to offer a new discount to our members from a Small Business Member, SMATS Group. Become a member today to reap the rewards!

    Member Discount

    SMATS Group is always looking at ways to support Australian expats while abroad, with many involved with Australian international organisations like Australian Embassies and Consulates, Australian business councils, chambers or societies, as well as schools, sporting clubs and university Alumni. As such we would like to offer the following as a promotion to all CANZBA members:

    • A free copy of The Aussie Expat - The Luckiest Person On Earth 3rd Edition (eBook);
    • A free 30 min initial Australian tax consultation proving a general review of your current situation, identify any urgent issues and provide recommendations on next steps;
    • 10% off your first Australian tax return with us, through our in-country office or nearest office location;
    • 3 months free property management through our Sydney, Melbourne & Perth property management offices; and
    • Free mortgage review and serviceability assessment

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