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Year End Party and Quiz with the BCCTC

Let’s finish 2020 strong!

Another party invite!

This time it’s the (virtual) Year End Party & Quiz courtesy of the British Canadian Chamber of Trade and Commerce.

Wednesday, December 16 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (or longer for party people, that’s the spirit!) and with prizes, awards and a silent auction. What more can you ask for?

Click here for all the details … and it’s free.


Come one, come all to the Brilliant British Patio Bash

Brilliant British Patio Bash

Would have called it the Brilliant British Bash as the odd “P” in BBPB doesn’t look right. But that’s just me

Just got exclusive word — OK, a random mailing list e-mail that loads of others probably got too — that the Brilliant British Patio Bash is incoming on July 18. It’s a school night but don’t let that deter you from:

Live Music and … Invictus Games Activation Team! and …  Business card raffle and win great British gifts!


Tickets include Brill BBQ Buffet, 1 Brit drink, and HST.

Sounds brilliant.

More deets and tickets here.

Calling fans of cricket and the British sense of Fair Play


Begone sticky wicket to whence ye came!

When you see something that goes awry, or seems to be a little unjust, do you spill your tea, splutter in shock and exclaim, “That’s just not cricket!”

No, we don’t either. Because the juxtaposition of a game where you throw a hard ball against three sticks and the act of something not going as planned doesn’t really make sense.

But you know what does make sense? A connection with Toronto, London and the great game of cricket. So we were BOWLED over and CREASED up in joy to get this press release from The British Canadian Chamber of Trade and Commerce, which we highlight below …

Did you know that there have been seven annual Toronto school cricket tours to London since 2008?

Over 100 GTA schools compete to win the CIMA Mayors’ School Cricket Tournament and this year they need your help.

The UK tour is part of a larger initiative entitled “Cricket Across the Pond” (CAP). This programme provides a unique opportunity to engage young people with sport in the GTA, promoting inter-cultural relationships, team spirit and Fair Play through cricket. Since its inception in 2008, the CAP programme has developed young leaders who possess positive self-esteem, role-modeling characteristics and a strong sense of civic responsibility (as well as a few Canadian National team players).

Once selected, the Team is announced by the Mayor of Toronto in front of TV and other media at City Hall. The team is welcomed in London by Mayor Boris Johnson, the London City Council and area Municipalities. As ambassadors for Toronto and Canada the players engage with cricketers and cricket organisations in England and in addition are given VIP access to Lords, London Oval.

The inaugural Toronto Mayor’s Youth XI versus London Mayor’s Youth XI was held in London in 2012 and the Toronto – London program was recognized by the International Cricket Council Development Award in 2013.

We want you to be part of this international award winning program to strengthen bonds between Toronto and London via the exciting game of cricket.

CIMA Canada is currently inviting a limited number of corporate partners to support the CAP tour to UK as well as CIMA’s growing GTA-wide school cricket tournament that attracted over 100 GTA schools last year. Sponsors can choose the level of support that matches their needs including trophy naming rights, speaking opportunities at media events, advertising on clothing and at games.

Please contact Martin Buckle via e-mail at martin DOT buckle AT cimacanada.org and visit our websites for more information:




And here’s a catchy ditty from Brits in Toronto (that includes a world-ending catastrophic meteor for some strange reason) to get you going:

Who’s going to the 4th Annual Brilliant British BBQ Bash?


Bowler hat not a necessity but would make for some great Facebook photos after the fact

The lovely chaps and chapesses over at The British Canadian Chamber of Trade and Commerce are organizing their 4th Annual Brilliant British BBQ Bash.

That’s quite a mouthful … of hot dogs and burgers! (Thank you.)

July 21, 2015 from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at MuvBox Patio, Brookfield Place, Toronto. Tickets = $65 and include Brill BBQ Buffet, one British drink and raffle ticket.

Full details here.

Let’s all say hello to the British Canadian Chamber of Trade and Commerce


The British Canadian Chamber of Trade and Commerce. Ready to welcome you with folded arms!

Time to meet an organization and get to know them a little better (or a “liddle bedder” as we’ve heard from some Brits’ accents that have subtly twanged after a while here.)

Today it’s the British Canadian Chamber of Trade and Commerce (BCCTC).

“But what’s in it for us, mate?” you selfishly cry. Quite a bit actually, as our contact Idalia explains:

How can you help Brits moving to Toronto set up their own business or find work?

BCCTC can provide you with information on what the necessary steps are to start your own business (export – import – investing).

We can advise you on who to contact and how you can get help in everything you need, i.e. registering your business, doing the necessary market research, branding and marketing, trade and logistics, accounting and legal needs, via our members and — most importantly — we can connect you with your future clients!

We have close ties with the Ontario – Federal – Municipal governments plus various agencies.

For people looking for work, we can recommend centres that can help; we sometimes receive inquiries from our members looking for people, and although this is not our focus, we will try to help.

Is it better to get in touch with you from the UK or once arrived in Toronto?

From the UK is better, time wise, as we have members who help people and businesses in their transition to Canada, so we can give some recommendations in that area as well. We can start learning of their needs and how best we can provide assistance, with reasonable notice.

You get no funding from the British/Canadian governments … how do you get financial support?

We are fully self funded with our events and by membership, details here.

You have quite an active events calendar — is that the best way for Brits to network with each other, or do you run a LinkedIn group or anything too?

In our events calendar we publish all events also hosted by our partners: British associations in Canada, the UK and the US, European chambers, and business events that we think are of interest to our members. We believe we are the most international chamber of commerce in Toronto.

Even though our focus is primarily business events, we also promote British social events, via our membership of the “Loyal Societies” (an association of 17 British organizations in Toronto, to name a few: Freemen of the City of London, North American Branch, Monarchist League of Canada, Toronto Branch, St David’s Society of Toronto, St George’s Society of Toronto, etc.).

We also have an active social media presence with a LinkedIn group, Facebook page, and Twitter account.

Any other information we should know to help Brits in Toronto be successful?

Even though Canada is very similar to the UK there are subtle differences, which we can help you learn and overcome.

Many newcomers have found that by joining our chamber and becoming involved is the quickest way to get acclimatized to Canada, make friends and “hit the ground running.”

We are recognized as a friendly as well as active chamber.