About

Established in 1973, the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce (BCCC) is a not-for-profit and independent business association held by the private sector with a primary objective of fostering stronger commercial relations between Brazil and Canada.

Led by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of renowned industry leaders and experts in conducting business between Brazil and Canada, the BCCC plays a vital role in linking players from Brazilian and Canadian private and government sectors facilitating dialogue between both parties and assisting members in identifying key opportunities to expand their activities and further their business interests.

What we offer our members

Advocacy & government access

  • Access to Brazilian/Canadian dignitaries and trade-missions organized by public (e.g., Ministries) and private (e.g., Industry groups) stakeholders
  • Strong and reputable channel to help shape government views of specific sectors to further objectives of the business community (e.g., through policy design)

Qualified information and insight

  • Exclusive sectoral events and reports focused on the identification and promotion of investment opportunities between Brazil and Canada (e.g., government priorities/projects, funding programs)
  • Insight into key trade barriers and how to facilitate business connections between Brazil and Canada

Connectivity

  • Access to an unrivalled network of institutions (e.g., universities, not-for-profits), executives/entrepreneurs conducting business between Brazil/Canada
  • Support for targeted promotion of members and their activities across the BCCC network of contacts (e.g., targeted introductions, sponsorship opportunities in BCCC events, brand visibility)

Key Sectors of Focus

  • Mining

  • Education

  • Science, Technology & Innovation

  • Life Sciences

  • Trade & Events

  • Infrastructure

  • Start-Ups

LET'S DO BUSINESS TOGETHER

BCCC will help you connect with successful and influential people. Currently the BCCC represents some of the leading companies in the business world.

About our Operational Committees

The Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce Committees are responsible and accomplished for much of the work done by the Chamber. Once we have strong and active committees it makes us strong Chamber as a whole.

All Committees help develop projects, evaluate current and future field opportunities, and provide advice on facts and issues concerning their area of expertise. The Committees meet regularly to discuss new developments, review Chamber projects, and identify future opportunities.

On another perspective, our Committees identify important issues and promote high level discussions about businesses between Brazil and Canada. They also make it possible for the Chamber to extend its reach, and thereby, expand its works on helping companies, individual members and students and transform good opportunities into businesses.

Mining

Objectives

The Mining Committee is responsible to promote the exchange of information about the mineral and mining industries among the members of the BCCC, including information about certain specific regulation, industry highlights, finance opportunities, exploration and mining activities in Brazil and Canada.

The Committee is also in charge of managing BCCC’s participation in the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) annual convention in Toronto.

Committee Members

Frederico Marques
Chair | McCarthy Tetrault

Cory McPhee
Vale Canada

Daniel Ricica G.
Vice-Chair | KPMG

Education

Objectives

The Education Committee (EC) was created on 22 June 2015 as an operational committee responsible for advising the Board on all matters related to education at all levels (high school, college/university and languages), including students exchange matters, in Canada and Brazil.

A key objective is to facilitate information sharing among BCCC members related to education matters in areas such as basic and advanced language learning, undergrad and post-graduation programs, full diplomas (BA, BS, etc), Masters, PhD, as well as scholarships, incentive programs opportunities between Canada and Brazil, within country frameworks and with the aim of equal flow of students to/from both countries.

Committee Members

Marcus Santos
Chair | Ryerson University

Adriana Hannickel
Consulate General of Brazil in Toronto

Marcelo Sarkis
Vice-Chair | Prima IP

Fabio Seabra

Richard Heck
University of Guelph

Paulo Silva

Healthcare

Objectives

The Healthcare committee is responsible for advising the Board on all matters related to cooperation agreements, institutional relationships and innovative technology in the Healthcare industry between Canada and Brazil.

The key objective is to facilitate information sharing among BCCC members related to advances in Healthcare in areas including but not limited to research, investment and business opportunities between both countries, within country frameworks, approaches and good regulatory practices, and with the aim of securing a competitive business advantage.

Committee Members

Ricardo Meirelles

Chair

Lynda Bernst

EDC

 

Barbara Vink

Ontario Government

Marcela Saad

Izabela Duarte

Global Affairs Canada

Science, Technology & Innovation

Objectives

The Innovation, Science and Technology Committee is responsible for advising the Board on all matters related to innovation, science and technology (IST), including intellectual property (IP) matters, in Canada and Brazil.

The key objective of this Committee is to facilitate information sharing among BCCC members related to advances in Innovation, Science and Technology and related Intellectual Property matters in areas including but not limited to research, investment and business opportunities between both countries, within country frameworks, approaches and good regulatory practices, and with the aim of securing a competitive business advantage.

Committee Members

Marcelo Sarkis
Chair | Prima IP

Ted Hewitt
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Fabio Seabra

Marcelo Correa

Trade & Events

Objectives

The Marketing and Events Committee is responsible for advising the Board in marketing related activities, services and events promotion of the Chamber.

The key objective is to develop a sustainable marketing strategy that will successfully promote the Chamber’s accomplishments to its members and the community at large. The Committee should also coordinate and improve communication with current and prospective members through marketing tools such as Website, Newsletter, Events Promotion and Social Media.

Committee Members

Paola Saad
Chair | Mandala Group

Marcus Rhomberg
Vice-Chair | KPMG

Infrastructure & Real Estate

Objectives

Coming soon.

Committee Members

Startups

Objectives

Coming soon.

Committee Members

Management & Board of Directors

Marcelo Sarkis

President
Email: msarkis@brazcanchamber.org

Nina Garcia

Interim Director, Business Development & Operations
Email: ngarcia@brazcanchamber.org

Paola Saad

Vice-President
Email: psaad@brazcanchamber.org

Carolina Mangabeira Albernaz

Director Business Development

Email: calbernaz@brazcanchamber.org

Paulo Salomao | Accenture Canada

Chair

Cory McPhee | Vale Canada

Vice-Chair

Frederico Marques | McCarthy Tetrault

Director

Daniel Ricica | KPMG

Director

Ted Hewitt | SSHRC

Director

Paulo Salomao

Chair

Managing Director, Asset Management & Pensions | Accenture Canada

Cory McPhee

Vice-Chair

Vice-President Corporate Affairs | Vale

Daniel Ricica

Partner | KPMG

Fabio Seabra

Frederico Marques

Partner | McCarthy Tretault LLP

Gustavo Zentner

President | Interpoc Inc.

Jeff Rosenthal

COO, Utilities | Brookfield Asset Management

John Welch

Juli Morrow

Partner | Goodmans LLP

Lynda Bernst

Senior Strategic Account Executive & Global Accounts Director | EDC

Marcelo Sarkis

Senior Patent Agent and Principal | Prima IP

Paola Saad

President | Mandala Group

Ricardo Meirelles

Roger Paiva

Vice-President & General Manager | Gerdau Ameristeel Inc.

Thiago Silva

Portfolio Manager, Infrastructure & Timberlands | OTPP

Ambassador Jose Vicente de Sa Pimentel

Consul General of Brazil in Toronto

Raul Papaleo

BCCC President (2012-2014)

Ted Hewitt

President | Social Science and Human Research Council

Charles Larabie

Strategic Advisor

BCCC Chapters

BCCC is a national organization based in Toronto, ON. It has recently expanded into creating chapters to better serve membership and give access to players around Canada. BCCC currently has an active chapter in Winnipeg, Manitoba

BCCC Winnipeg Chapter
Chair: Gustavo Zentner, Interpoc Inc.

History

The Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce was established in 1973 as a business association whose primary objective is to foster stronger commercial relations between Canada and Brazil. Headquartered in Toronto, the BCCC plays a vital role linking players from private and government sectors who work together to strengthen bilateral trade and investment opportunities between Brazil and Canada.

2015

BCCC executive board included: Frederico Marques, Chairman; John Welch, Vice-Chairman.

2014

BCCC executive board included: Frederico Marques, Chairman; Cintia Zanellato, Vice-Chairman; Raul Papaleo, President.

2013

BCCC executive board included: Frederico Marques, Chairman; Cintia Zanellato, Vice-Chairman; Raul Papaleo, President; Fabiana Silva, Vice-President.

2012

BCCC executive board included: Eric Bonnor, Chairman; Frederico Marques, Vice-Chairman; Raul Papaleo, President; Fabiana Silva, Vice-President.

2011

BCCC executive board included: Eric Bonnor, Chairman; Eduardo Klurfan, Vice-Chairman; Raul Papaleo, President; Fabiana Silva, Vice-President.

In order to better enhance efficiency with the expansion of the Chamber, the BCCC decided to go on its own path and terminated its agreement with I.E Canada, opening its own office in Toronto. The e-newsletter was restructured and redesigned, adding more inputs from members and partners in order to adapt to the chamber’s plan of expansion. In February, the BCCC has opened a new Chapter in Montreal in order to better serve businesses interested in bilateral agreements between Quebec and Brazil.

The BCCC hosted a very successful 5th edition of Brazil-Canada at PDAC, where major prominent figures from the Brazilian government attended and participated with presentations. Notably Claudio Scliar, the Secretary of Mines of the Ministry of Mines and Energy of Brazil; Piragibe Tarrago, the new Brazilian Ambassador to Canada.

In March, the BCCC hired Mirian Ribeiro as Business Coordinator. In July the BCCC launched its new website featuring new functionalities to better accommodate the growing demand of members. In order to enhance efficiency, the BCCC developed new member’s benefits and improved business categories.

2010

BCCC executive board included: Eduardo Klurfan, Chairman; Mary Anderson, President; Brigitte Grossmann Cairus, Vice-President.

The BCCC was able to get over 30 new members in the first semester, including Brookfield Asset Management (formerly Brascan), Export Development Corporation, Gerdau Ameristeel, Kinross Gold, Scotiabank, TAM Brazilian Airlines, Vale Inco Limited, Votorantim-St. Mary’s Cement, the International Trade Canada and several law firms and private individuals. The governments of Brazil, Canada, Ontario and Quebec actively support the BCCC and started a partnership that lasts until today. Our 4th edition of Brazil-Canada at PDAC had seminars presented by the Honourable Marie-P. Charette Poulin, Senator and Counsel in the International Affairs Group of Heenan Blaikie; Ambassador Paulo Cordeiro, the Brazilian Ambassador to Canada, among others.

In May, Fabiana Silva became BCCC Vice-President.

In July, Mary Anderson stepped down as BCCC President.

In September, Raul Papaleo became BCCC President. In the same month, the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade of Brazil (MDIC) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil), in partnership with the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs organized a Brazilian Trade Mission to Canada. Speakers included Ivan Ramalho, Vice Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade of Brazil; Louis Lévesque, Deputy Minister of International Trade of Canada; Paulo Cordeiro, Brazilian Ambassador to Canada; and Eric Bonnor, Chairman of the Brazil Canada Chamber of Commerce.

2009

BCCC executive board included: Eduardo Klurfan, Chairman; Mary Anderson, President;  Brigitte Grossmann Cairus, Vice-President;  Ceres Silva and Fabiana Silva, interns.

2008

BCCC executive board included: Eduardo Klurfan, Chairman; Ken Frankel, Vice-Chairman; Mary Anderson, President; Alma Farias, Vice President.

The CCA and BCCC decided to work independently. The BCCC continued to work with the service contract under I.E. Canada

2007

BCCC executive board included: Eduardo Klurfan, Chairman; Mary Anderson, President;  Alma Farias, Vice President..

The BCCC launched a web-based portal for Brazil-Canada investors, exporters and importers, www.brazcan.org (current www.brazcanchamber.org)

2006

BCCC executive board included: Eduardo Klurfan, Chairman;  Bob Armstrong, Vice-Chairman;  Mary Anderson, President;  Ana M. Lozano, Vice-President

2005

BCCC executive board included: Alan V. Dean, Chairman;  Bob Armstrong, Vice-Chairman;  Mary Anderson, President;  Ana M. Lozano, Vice-President.

2004

BCCC executive board included: Alan V. Dean, Chairman; Tim Plumptre, Vice-Chairman; Robert (Bob) J. Armstrong, President; Ana M. Lozano, Vice-President.

2003

The BCCC and the CCA approached I.E. Canada to provide management and administrative support for their activities. Under this arrangement, the President of I.E. Canada acted as President for the two associations.

The BCCC established a strategic alliance with the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters in order to offer a more integrated approach to business opportunities in the Americas.

1995

The Chamber formed a strategic alliance with the Canadian Council for the Americas (the CCA), a Canadian business association promoting Canadian business interests in the Caribbean and Latin America outside Brazil.

From that date, the CCA and BCCC have shared a single management and administration, have had a number of board directors in common and co-operated on events.

1973

The Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce (BCCC) was established in Toronto. Its founding members include Alcan, Brascan and CIBC.