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.