Just a week prior to the Dortmund delegation’s arrival, a group of German entrepreneurs, the VdU (Verband deutscher Unternehmerinnen), visited Vancouver and Dudoc. The Trade Mission was organized in collaboration with the Canadian Women Entrepreneurs’ Association and the Vancouver Economic Commission after a successful exchange in November 2018 in Hamburg and Stuttgart.
Their experience in Canada included 5 eventful days through Edmonton and Vancouver where local connections were strengthened, women got to know other female entrepreneurs, found distribution partners and had many interesting discussions about gender equality and women empowerment in the start-up industry and beyond.
VdU President Jasmin Arabian-Vogel owns three companies in Hanover and wanted to learn about best practices and gender roles in Canadian business. She recaps “Germany and Canada have more in common than good trade relations worth $22 billion”. Rather, “we are culturally close” she mentions, and was delighted to visit Canada and see that equality and diversity is an integral part of business, politics, and society.
We welcomed the German delegation and were inspired by their passionate and humble knowledge-seeking approach to business and sustainability. We value trade missions in our organization and are looking forward to new developments in the coming year
Have you heard of Susgrainable?
Or better yet, have you tried their plant-based, high fiber cookies? Susgrainable’s president Marc Wandler was one of the presenters at our Marketplace for Disruptive Ideas in Urban Sustainability event (recap here) and got the most votes from our audience. Since October 2019, Marc and his team are official Dudoc partners and will have a presence until the end of the year.
If you are passionate about the circular economy, urban food systems, food waste, beer, spent grain or dehydrating, reach out to us! We are here to connect you with the people that take action on the things you care about.
Visit our Center or shoot us an email, we are happy to tell you about Susgrainable and other innovations you see at our local Walas Innovation Centre.
On Oct 2nd, we celebrated the launch of the Belgian Business Club with a fun & informative gathering. The event featured fireside chat on Belgian success stories, Belgian-style beers, chocolate, waffles & a lot of laughter!
Among the 80+ attendees, we welcomed the Dutch Business Club, French Chamber of Commerce, German Business Association, Scandinavian Business Club, and Italian Chamber of Commerce. We are proud to have welcomed such a large variety of European and Canadian professionals interested in changing lives through good business.
Thanks to everyone who could make it. Next up, the famous NED event hosted by the Dutch Business Club. Check out Events page for details!
How do you get cities collaborating? By organizing trade missions! In the spirit of working together, Walas with the German Consulate General of Vancouver organized a series of events for Lord Mayor Sierau of Dortmund and guests.
The trip started with a visit to Vancouver City Hall, where the delegation met Deputy Mayor Fry and was welcomed to the City.
Shortly after, Dudoc hosted a networking and trade showcase at our space on Frances St. At this event we had over 70 urban professionals including top architects, engineers, innovators, developers and representatives from municipal, provincial and federal governments.
The delegation traveled over to North Vancouver to meet Mayor Linda Buchanan, before celebrating German Unity Day at Hycroft Vancouver with guests and fellow German of Vancouver.
Lisa Helps form The City of Victoria hosted a productive morning with the Dortmund group with exchanges of past experiences, future visions, and ideas.
As Gerben mentioned in his address at the Dudoc event “Today marks the beginning of our collaboration”. In that spirit we want to continue to build a stronger network with those that want to improve our cities.
The Ecocity World Summit is the longest-standing international Summit that addresses building cities in balance with nature.
World of Walas and Dudoc hosted a special Field Trip on Oct 8, “Sustainable Urban Development: From Concept To Real-World Execution” with a rare opportunity to hear our CEO, Gerben van Straaten speaking on the topic. During the Main Summit, he left the stage with an energized audience, curious and impressed by his approach to urban sustainability.
We got to re-connect with many sustainability-driven community members of Vancouver, many of which had previously visited Dudoc. We continue to be impressed by the ideas and positive actions that our local community takes to transition to more sustainable and innovative solutions for our cities.
Our takeaway: We are going in the right direction. Yet, without ongoing participation, collaboration and fresh ideas that directly translate into action, we can hardly get there on time.
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This month, Dudoc welcomes our newest partner, EnviroQwest!
EnviroQwest is an Ontario-based supplier of innovative building and water solutions. One of their featured systems, Autohot, saves energy and costs by more efficiently circulating hot water in multi-family buildings. Demonstrating this success, EnviroQwest has just completed a research project which showed a 22% gas saving with domestic hot water systems.
A Global Movement for Sustainability
People around the globe celebrate Earth Charter Day on June 29th to encourage more sustainable living. This year, on the Earth Charter Day weekend, the World of Walas will explore how we can work together to better realize the Earth Charter’s intent of respecting and caring for our local communities and the planet.
About – The Earth Charter provides a road map to build more sustainable communities – socially, economically and ecologically. It was written by thousands of people worldwide and officially signed in the Netherlands in 2000. Recognizing the world’s increasing interdependence, the Charter emphasizes the need to join together to support nature, universal human rights, economic justice and a culture of peace.
Why Us – Our CEO, Gerben van Straaten, got involved early on in the process. He is a strong supporter of the global Earth Charter initiative and the author of the Earth Charter Cities Manifesto. He believes that with collective and collaborative efforts around community developments in cities, we can solve many of the Earth’s problems including climate change, CO2 levels, poverty and social injustice. He has ‘radical hope’ for the future and believes that it all starts with an ethical reset. The Earth Charter is at the core of the Earth Charter Cities Manifesto and Walas programs.
Where to Celebrate! – On July 1st, at the Canada Place Innovation Zone, we will share stories about our work, the Earth Charter and our innovation partners to encourage a healthy future for Canada and its people.
You will be able to design your personal Earth Charter ‘dream cup’ and plant a seed inside to take home!
The Walas Innovation Space is an opportunity to educate and take action together.
Come discover and join in the fun as we celebrate the Earth Charter and Canada Day this July 1 from 11 AM – 6 PM!