Winter Reception 2017 – 75th Anniversary of Canada-Poland Diplomatic Relations

On February 9th, 2017, the sixth annual Winter Reception was a special edition to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the commencement of diplomatic relations between Canada and Poland.  To recognize the occasion, remarks were given by Minister Wiesław Janczyk, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Finance, and by Minister Adam Hamryszczak, Under Secretary of State from the Ministry of Economic Development.

The event was attended by 200 guests of the PCCC and the Embassy of Canada who enjoyed music from the 1940’s from a live jazz quartet.  An unveiling of a portrait of George Philias Vanier, the first Canadian Envoy to Poland in 1942, was made by Ambassador Stephen de Boer and Minister Janczyk, followed by cutting of the 75th Anniversary cake.

We wish to thank our sponsors and partners for their generous support:

Gold Maple Leaf Sponsors: Air Canada Rouge, EY, CGI, GRC, Rathdowney Resources

Silver Maple Leaf Sponsors: OpenText

Bronze Maple Leaf Sponsors: KLX Aerospace Solutions, Miedzi Copper

Partners: Bireta, Perła Browary

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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.

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