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.

Below is a brief history of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce:

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.