Winter Reception 2014

The Winter Reception was held at the Canadian Embassy on 4th February, with the theme Winter Olympic Games.

In conjunction with the Embassy of Canada, the PCCC held the Winter Reception at the Embassy on 4th February, with the theme Winter Olympic Games.  After a short introductory welcome by Ambassador Alexandra Bugailiskis, the guests were addressed by the Associate Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Canada’s G8 Sherpa, Mr. Peter M. Boehm.  Mr. Boehm briefly covered issues including the new bilateral trade agreement, the Winter Olympic Games, and the bond between Canadian and Polish Governments, business and individuals.

Following Mr. Boehm’s presentation, Mr. Tomasz Lisiecki (President of the PCCC) thanked the sponsors of the event.  The sponsors included Apotex, Bireta, Miedzi Copper, Perła and Vac Aero.

Tomasz also recognized new members to the PCCC including Citibank, Dentons, E&Y, Mielżyński Wine, Spirits and Specialties, Redknee, Sandoz and SNC Lavalin Polska.

About 120 guests attended the function and were treated to sumptuous food provided, once again, by “Why Thai” restaurant.

As usual, the evening was a lively gathering of the Polish and Canadian business communities and guests.

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Bernhard Otterstein was born and educated in Vancouver, Canada, where he graduated with honours from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. He has worked with numerous corporate, governmental, and institutional entities in North America, Europe and Asia in the areas of economic analysis, strategic project and investment planning, new market development, as well as cross-cultural communications. He has been directly involved in projects in the fields of real estate, engineering, energy, biotechnology and IT/telecommunications.

Over the past 15 years, Mr. Otterstein has gained first-hand experience in identifying and promoting innovative, emerging technologies and related business opportunities, taking them from early stage to market via private equity investment and the active co-management of several start-up ventures.