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Welcome to the President’s Report to the Finland Australia Chamber of Commerce Inc. (FACC) Annual General Meeting 2019!
Membership Status and Sponsors
The Chamber’s membership has increased significantly since the last AGM in 2018. While we had 33 members last year, this number has now risen to 45. We welcome Metso and Outotec as platinum sponsors of the Chamber.
Member Activities in 2018/19
By tradition the Chamber participated in the annual Cruise with the Europeans in Sydney on the 15th of November 2018, co-organised by various European Chambers. There were 12 FACC guests present at the spectacular 2-hour cruise, among over 600 representatives from the European business community in Sydney.
Following its launch in 2018, the FACC Brisbane Chapter has been very active and was able to offer a number of very successful events for our members in the past 12 months.
The Brisbane Chapter participated in the annual Tchin-Tchin event on 29 November 2018 which was held in on the rooftop of the Flight Centre’s HQ in South Brisbane together with the French and the German Chamber of Commerce.
On 11 December 2018 the Brisbane Chapter put on a very successful end of year networking event at the Brisbane Club. The Ambassador of Finland H.E. Lars Backström was in attendance.
A further networking drinks event took place on 18 February 2019 at The Gresham in Brisbane. The FACC board member Angela Foley and a representative of the Embassy of Finland attended this event.
The FACC Melbourne Chapter participated in the Nordic Engagement Christmas lunch on 5 December 2018 at Denmark House in Melbourne. Our members were able to enjoy traditional Christmas delicacies from Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
On 4 September 2019 the Melbourne Chapter joined a number of Nordic Chambers at Professional Development & Networking Drinks at Denmark House. Emily Tucker from Find Your Voice presented at the event which provided our members how to best with useful hints for presenting to large audiences.
As in previous years, FACC held member networking drinks for our members and friends at the Sir Stamford Hotel in Sydney. The Chamber organises this get-together on a quarterly basis and events were held this year on 12 February, 16 May and 19 September 2019.
The highlight of the past year in Sydney was the Independence Day Dinner at Blanca Bar & Dining at Bondi on 6 December 2018. Our members enjoyed a Finnish inspired menu “Sound of Tumbling Waves” which was especially created for the occasion by Tomi Björk, Finland’s most cherished chef and restauranteur. The event was sold out and our members enjoyed a great evening of Finnish food and fun. The Ambassador of Finland H.E. Lars Backström was the keynote speaker.
After a break in 2018 the Nordic Open Golf Day was once again held in 2019 on 15 March at Moore Park Golf in Sydney. The event was hosted in conjunction with the Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce, Estonian Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as the Norwegian Australian Chamber of Commerce.
As part of Team Finland the Embassy of Finland and our FACC board member Angela Foley and her team at Foley & Associates organised for Critical Communications Finland (CCF) a one-day group program of site visits and roundtables in November 2018 for 10 Finnish companies visiting Australia to exhibit at Comms Connect Melbourne 2018. CCF was initiated by the national public safety network operator State Security Networks Group, along with local industry to foster national and international co-operation between governmental and non-governmental stakeholders in critical communications. Finland is recognised as one of the leading countries globally in this sector, with expertise developing and implementing cutting-edge critical communications solutions for public safety agencies. The event was a successful day of high-quality and informative discussions with industry, academia and government public safety agencies.
Angela and her team also supported a repeat visit by the delegation to Comms Connect in Sydney in June 2019 by visiting the Finland booth and networking with the attendees.
The 2019 Cruise with the Europeans is taking place on Thursday 14th of November 2019 and we look forward to seeing our members and friends there again!
The Chamber has changed it membership categories to better cater for the wide range of types of members and their needs. We now offer 4 levels of membership from Bronze to Platinum which combine the previous membership and sponsor levels. Further details can be found on the Chamber’s website www.finland.com.au under “membership”.
The board has changed to a new accounting software which has made the interface with our new digital platform EventBank and our accountants for the preparation of the annual financial statements much more effective and efficient.
Change of Board Members
Since the last AGM in October 2018 Antti Niemela, Deputy Head of Mission, who left the Embassy in Canberra in June 2018, has been replaced on the FACC board by his successor Katja Karppinen. Paul Catchlove in Brisbane resigned from the board and was replaced by Brisbane-based Katja Nexo. We thank Paul for his invaluable contribution in getting the Brisbane Chapter of the Chamber established in 2018.
The Chamber is pleased to acknowledge the outstanding support received from the following sponsors in 2018/19, hoping we will continue our successful collaboration in coming years.
- Australian Finnish Rest Homes Association
- HWL Ebsworth
Sydney, 24 October 2019
Welcome to the President’s Report to the Finland Australia Chamber of Commerce (FACC) Annual General Meeting 2018!
Membership Status and Sponsors
The Chamber Membership has somewhat declined since the last AGM in 2017. We are currently counting 33 members. The number of sponsors (7) decreased slightly compared to last year (8). We welcome Uponor and its local representative Shaun Hill who have become a new sponsor of the Chamber in 2018.
Member Activities in 2017/18
By tradition the Chamber participated in the annual Cruise with the Europeans in Sydney on the 16th of November 2017, co-organized by various European Chambers. There were 23 FACC guests present at the spectacular 2-hour cruise, among over 600 representatives from the European business community in Sydney.
The Chamber also participated in a joint event with the French Australian Chamber of Commerce in Brisbane. On 19 April 2018 our members were invited to join in a Tchin-Tchin networking event with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra at Brisbane’s Southbank.
On 17 May 2018 the Chamber was pleased to hold its inaugural event to celebrate the opening of the FACC Brisbane Chapter. The event was timed to occur at the same time as Myriad. The Board is grateful to Paul Catchlove from Gadens who has made this event possible and who has agreed to facilitate the Chamber’s future networking activities for our Queensland based members through our new Brisbane Chapter.
On 16 May 2018 the Chamber invited its members to an exclusive European networking event that showcased European and Australian business opportunities during CEBIT in Sydney.
As in previous years, FACC held member networking drinks for our members and friends at the Sir Stamford Hotel in Sydney. The Chamber organises this get together on a quarterly basis and events were held this year on 13 February, 23 May and 19 September 2018.
Nokia officially opened its new Oceania headquarters in Sydney on 30 August 2018 and I attended this event on behalf of FACC. The Chamber is hopeful to resume Nokia’s involvement in the Chamber in the future.
Although there as no Nordic Open Golf Day held in 2018, we can report that this event will from now on be organised by the Swedish Chamber and the next golf day has been scheduled for March 2019. We will publish the date for our members closer to the time.
Visit by Finland’s Minister of Economic Affairs and Business Delegation
A Finnish Delegation made an official visit to Australia & New Zealand from the 25thof February to 3rdof March 2018. Mr. Mika Lintilä, Minister of Economic Affairs Finland, was joined by a high-level business delegation of innovative Finnish companies visiting New Zealand, Melbourne, Sydney and Newcastle. The objective of Minister Lintilä’s visit was to foster specific opportunities for cooperation between Finnish and Australian companies in the areas of Smart Cities/IoT and Waste Management.
On the 1 March 2018 an Innovation Forum was held at the University of Technology (UTS) in Sydney for the Finnish delegation and invited guests. After the remarks by Minister Lintilä and a keynote address by the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Ms Clover Moore, the seminar continued with interesting keynotes and panel discussions from several Australian and Finnish companies.
Upcoming Events and Initiatives
To support the above mentioned event and other key activities planned for 2018-2019, Team Finland in Australia has completed research throughout the period on a number of industries identified as offering the best potential for Finnish companies in this region. These include smart cities; Internet of Things (IoT); Mobility as a Service (MaaS); Health and Wellness; Lifestyles (Fashion & Design); eCommerce and Public Safety. Some member companies have provided valuable insights into these sectors when interviewed in Australia for these projects. Furthermore, in November, Business Finland will lead a delegation to the Critical Communications event in Melbourne comprising ~ 12 Finnish organizations with expertise in the area of public safety and critical communications. The Chamber looks forward to supporting this delegation.
The 2018 Cruise with the Europeans is taking place on Thursday 15thof November 2018 and we look forward to seeing our members and friends there again! This year the Australian Croatian Chamber of Commerce will join the cruise for the first time.
On 6 December 2018 FACC will hold a Finnish Independence Day Dinner at the Blanca Bar & Dining venue at Bondi Beach in Sydney. Finnish chef Tomi Björck has created a three course Finnish-inspired “Sound of Tumbling Waves” menu for us. We hope you can join us to enjoy this Finnish culinary treat.
The Chamber has improved its website (www.finland.com.au) by including a list of trade shows in Australia. We encourage our members to have a look at this information and to let us know if there are any other events should should be included.
The board is considering the introduction of a new digital platform to better manage the Chamber’s events and communication with its members. So you might see some changes in the coming months and we welcome your feedback as to whether you think that this improves how you experience the Chamber.
The Chamber is considering holding another business seminarfor its members in 2019. We have recently sent out an email with a survey seeking your input on possible topics which you would like to see addressed as this seminar. We welcome your feedback and suggestions!
Change of Board Members
Since the last AGM in October 2017, two members have left the Board. Antti Niemela, Deputy Head of Mission has left the Embassy in Canberra in June 2018 and will be replaced on the board by his successor in due course. Tim Purcell retired from the board due to work commitments and was replaced by Joel Mustonen who joined the board in September.
The Chamber is pleased to acknowledge the outstanding support received from the following sponsors in 2017/18, hoping we will continue our successful collaboration in coming years.
- Australian Finnish Rest Homes
- HWL Ebsworth
Sydney, 17 October 2018
The 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Finland Australia Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is being held on Wednesday, 17 October 2018.
The meeting will be held at Charnock O’Brien, Level 17, 9 Castlereagh Street, Sydney NSW 2000. The meeting will commence at 5:30pm sharp, and run for approximately 30 minutes. Member drinks will follow.
The Notice of Annual General Meeting and proxy form can be downloaded by clicking on the links below:
Metso acquires WEARX to strengthen its position in mining services in Australia
Metso Corporation’s press release in November 1, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. EEST
Metso has today closed the acquisition of an Australia-based wear lining solutions provider WEARX. The company’s sales in the fiscal year 2017 that ended on June 30 were AUD 35 million (EUR 23 million) and it has approx. 140 employees. WEARX has their headquarters in Newcastle, with operations also in Ballina, Orange and Perth.
“The acquisition is a good strategic fit for Metso, supporting our profitable growth strategy,” says Nico Delvaux, President and CEO of Metso. “Joining forces with WEARX gives us the opportunity to strengthen our position in the wear lining business and extends our offering for our Australian customers. We are very happy to welcome the WEARX team into Metso,” he continues.
WEARX is a wear solutions provider, addressing the needs of major mining customers by implementing wear technologies to deliver wear protection solutions. The company’s offering includes wear liners, rubber and ceramic lining, skirting, and bulk material handling equipment. The services portfolio includes design, engineering, site services and project management. Further details can be found on the company’s website at wearx.com.
Metso is a world leading industrial company serving the mining, aggregates, recycling, oil, gas, pulp, paper and process industries. We help our customers improve their operational efficiency, reduce risks and increase profitability by using our unique knowledge, experienced people and innovative solutions to build new, sustainable ways of growing together.
Our products range from mining and aggregates processing equipment and systems to industrial valves and controls. Our customers are supported by a broad scope of services and a global network of over 80 service centers and about 6,000 services professionals. Metso has an uncompromising attitude towards safety.
Metso is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland, and had sales of about EUR 2.6 billion in 2016. Metso employs over 11,000 persons in more than 50 countries. Expect results.
Source: Metso Press Release 1 November 2017
Team Finland were triumphant in the 2017 Nordic Open Golf Day, narrowly edging out Sweden in the team scores, and taking the Nordic Open Golf Trophy from 2016 Champions, Norway.
The top 3 teams in this years event were:
- Finland 3 – Peter Vainio (Finland), Geoff Stone (Finland), Lachlan Charnock (Finland), Michael Antonievich (Norway) – With a Net Score of 56
- Sweden 2 – Anders Bergland (Sweden), Johan Sandahl (Sweden), Robert Steiner (Sweden) – With a Net Score of 57
- Finland 2 – Erika Wathen (Finland), Tuomas Wathen (Finland), Antti Vappula (Finland) and Will Begg (Finland) – With a Net Score of 60
As you can see, there was not much in it.
Longest Drive went to Will Begg (Finland) – 115m
Closest to the Pin went to Johan Sandahl (Sweden)
Thanks go to the event sponsors Finnair, Fiskars, Kalmar, Rapala and The Goods Tube without whose support this event would not have been possible.
As mentioned above, the Nordic Open Golf Trophy passes from Norway to Finland this year, with the Finns finishing with a average 9 under par. They were closely followed by the Danes with 8 under par and the Swedes with 6 under par. Let’s see if the Finns can hold onto it next year or if it goes to one of our neighbours.
Some photos from the day can be found on the FACC Flickr Photostream at:
More photos, including photos from the awards ceremony, will be added to Flickr as the come to hand.
Welcome to the President’s Report to the Finland Australia Chamber of Commerce (FACC) Annual General Meeting 2016!
Our guest of honour is Finland’s new Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Mr Lars Backström, who joined in September 2016. The Chamber wishes him a successful start to his new mandate and we look forward to a good co-operation.
Membership Status and Sponsors
The Chamber Membership has increased since the last AGM in 2015. We are currently counting 50 members, compared to 41 in the previous period. The number of sponsors (10) decreased slightly compared to last year (12).
Member Activities in 2015/16
By tradition the Chamber participated in the annual Cruise with the Europeans on the 12th of November 2015, co-organized by various European Chambers. There were 28 FACC guests present at the spectacular 2-hour cruise, among over 600 representatives from the European business community in Sydney. The upcoming cruise is taking place on Thursday 10th of November and we look forward to seeing our members and friends there again!
FACC organised and hosted a Finnish Independence Day Reception in Melbourne on the 3rd of December 2015. Among over 100 guests were senior executives of Finnish subsidiaries in Australia, representatives of the Victorian Government, FACC members and friends as well as other members of the wider Finnish business community in Australia. Mr Pasi Patokallio, former Finnish Ambassador to Australia, addressed the gathering, along with a representative from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Cargotec/Kalmar our event sponsor.
It was a lively event with some guests staying on until 8:30pm before heading off to see Finnish ‘Kokko Quartet’ performing at Melbourne’s famous jazz club, Bennett’s Lane. There was generally a great appreciation from the Melbourne attendees. Again, we wish to thank our event sponsor, Cargotec/Kalmar, whose support was critical in making this event happen. The 2016 Independence Day reception will be held on 6 December, in Perth (Western Australia).
As in previous years, FACC supported EuroMix – European Business Networking luncheon events in Melbourne and Sydney. Two events, in Melbourne and Sydney, were organized by SwissCham and held on the 11th and 17th of February. The most recent one was held in Sydney on the 13th of October and organized by the Irish Australian Chamber.
The inaugural Nordic Open Golf Day was held at Moore Park Golf in Sydney on the 10th of June. It was organised jointly by chambers of commerce from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. There were 42 participants at this event and the Nordic Open trophy for team of the year went to Team Norway. The Chamber wishes to thank all those involved in organising the event from the various chambers as well as our sponsors Rapala, Fiskars, Thailand Golf Tours, Audi and Finnair.
The FACC hosted a Boardroom Briefing Event on the 16th of August in Melbourne. It was held at Telstra Corporation’s headquarters and the topic was ‘Reality check on Internet of Things: Technology, Security and Use Cases’. The guest speaker was Sami Mäkeläinen, currently in charge of technology foresight at Telstra Chief Technology Office. Sami shared his valuable insights on the IoT, its technology, security and use, with practical examples and cases. There were 20 attendees and the briefing was followed by questions from the audience and a lively discussion on the topic.
Visit by Finland’s Foreign Minister & Business Delegation
A Finnish Delegation made an official visit to Australia & New Zealand from the 28th of February to 5th of March 2016. Mr. Timo Soini, Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Finland, was joined by a high-level business delegation of innovative Finnish companies visiting Canberra, Sydney, Auckland and Melbourne. The objective of Minister Soini’s visit was to highlight, in particular, Finland’s role as one of the most innovative economies in the world. The Finnish companies represented expertise and innovation in several industries, including telecommunications, waste management, logistics automation, defence and start-ups. Estonia´s Foreign Minister, Ms Marina Kaljurand, and the Estonian business delegation travelled jointly with Minister Soini and his delegation.
On the 29th of February, an Innovation Forum was held at the Finnish Embassy in Canberra for the Finnish delegation and ~100 invited guests. After the remarks by Foreign Ministers and a keynote address by the Assistant Minister for Innovation Hon Wyatt Roy MP, the seminar continued with interesting keynotes and panel discussions from several Australian, Finnish and Estonian companies.
On the 1st of March, the Minister met with officials from the NSW Government in Sydney and also attended a luncheon event with the European Australian Business Council (EABC).
Furthermore, the Governments of Finland & Estonia, in partnership with the NSW Department of Industry, hosted the Ministerial & Business Delegation Networking Event in Sydney on the 2nd of March. Just over 100 guests attended the morning event, which was addressed and moderated by Geoff Charnock, Honorary Secretary of the Chamber and Finland’s Honorary Consul in NSW. Along with the Finnish and Estonian Foreign Ministers, The Hon Victor Dominello, NSW Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, addressed the meeting.
In Melbourne, there was an Innovation Seminar arranged by Swinburne University and an ‘Aussie BBQ’ networking event with the Finnish Community.
Visit by Finland’s Defence Minister
Finland’s Defence Minister Dr. Jussi Niinistö visited Canberra, Sydney, Auckland and Melbourne in March 2016, accompanied by a delegation of 9 Finnish businesses.
The Australia Defence Association arranged a Finland‐Australia Defence and Security Seminar in Canberra. The objective was to bring together the Captains of Defence Industry in both countries to discuss areas of mutual interest. Discussions were constructive for both countries and should result in considerable opportunities to enhance and strengthen the bilateral relationship, including on industry matters such as Defence engagement and materiel co‐operation.
The main events organized during this official visit had between 50 and 120 people attending. There were also around 20 separate business meetings arranged for the participants.
Team Finland Health-Tech Delegation
Six innovative Finnish health tech SMEs visited Australia from 9-13 May to learn firsthand what the region has to offer, to meet with local stakeholders and industry players, and to identify opportunities for collaboration. This visit was led by Antti Niemelä, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Finland, and acompanied by Angela Foley & Mirna Sarihodzic (Foley & Associates) as well as Juha Miikkulainen (Finpro’s Head of Region India & APAC).
The delegation visited both South Australia (Adelaide) and Queensland (Brisbane & Sunshine Coast) to showcase their expertise in the following areas: smart IT solutions to support mobile home care and service solutions; software to manage the nutritional intake of patients especially in aged care facilities; e-health and e-care solutions to support telehealth offerings; software to monitor service performance.
Positive feedback was received from all participating companies which have identified several points of mutually beneficial collaboration.
EABC Trade Delegation to Finland
Further to joint efforts by FACC, Finpro and the Finnish Embassy, successfully lobbying to include Finland as one of their destinations in 2016, the European Australian Business Councils (EABC) Business Mission travelled to Helsinki (30 June to 1 July 2016) as well as Brussels and Zurich. FACC would like to acknowledge Kalmar’s special contribution to the success of this activity. Among the delegates were a number of Australian senior business leaders.
Key FABC Activities in Finland
Finland Australia Business Council (FABC), the Finland Helsinki sister organization of the FACC, organized the ‘Business Opportunities in Australia, 2016 & Beyond’ webinar on the 16th of March. The webinar, hosted by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, was broadcast via video link across Finland and included interesting presentations and active questions & discussions by the participants.
The Board of the FACC together with The Ambassador of the Republic of Finland in Australia, Mr Lars Backström, look forward to welcoming Chamber members and the wider Finnish community to the Independence Day Reception in Perth on the 6th of December 2016.
It is an invitation only event to celebrate the 99th anniversary of Finnish Independence. The event will be held at the Honorary Consulate General of Finland in Perth and attended by representatives of the Finnish Embassy, members of the wider Finnish business community in Australia, representatives of the Western Australian Government and industry sectors etc. All paid Chamber members will be receiving an invitation. We are delighted to have Wärtsilä as the exclusive sponsor of this year’s Independence Day event!
Farewell to Ambassador Pasi Patokallio
On the 11th of July, Chamber members attended a farewell dinner in Sydney in honour of the outgoing Ambassador Pasi Patokallio. We had the opportunity to thank Mr. Patokallio for his excellent work and cooperation over the previous four years and also wish him best of luck for the future.
Change of Board Members
Since the last AGM in October 2015, the Chamber has welcomed (3) three new members to the Board: Tim Purcell, Peter Vainio and Jarna Virtanen. We are very pleased to continue working with them in the forthcoming period.
Chamber is pleased to acknowledge the outstanding support received from the following sponsors in 2015/16, hoping we will continue our successful collaboration in coming years.
- KONE Elevators
- Stora Enso
Sydney, 27 October 2016
The traditional Finnish baby box is coming to Australia with the introduction of Tuutu Baby Box created by two Finnish-Australian mothers who believe every baby is entitled to the right start in life.
Tuutu Baby Box founders Susanna Heiskanen and Laura Lohiniva-Hart say that since the introduction of the baby box in Finland, the infant mortality rate has decreased from 6.5 percent to 0.2 percent (Statistics Finland). Susanna says:
“The baby box has been credited as one of the reasons for the reduction in infant mortality rate and we would like to see Australia adopt this approach.”
Australia Bureau of Statistics state that the infant mortality rate in 2015 was 3 infant deaths per 1,000 live births.
The Finnish baby box was launched in 1938 when the government distributed maternity packages that included clothes, sleeping bag and a small mattress that transformed the box into baby’s first bed.
Tuutu Baby Boxes will include resources, support and information about topics such as breastfeeding and safe sleeping.
With its roots planted in Finnish tradition with a modern Australian touch, the box is made and designed locally featuring popular products from Bubba Blue, PureBaby, Gaia Skin Naturals, GroVia , BabyBeeHinds and WaterWipes.
Susanna and Laura have also identified the significance of sustainability in producing their product. Laura says:
“The box is made completely from recyclable material and we are including products such as reusable breast pads and washable cloth nappies to give our customers the opportunity to try more sustainable options.”
“As a company we see having a social conscience as a key part of our business in the way that a proportion of the profit will be used to provide baby boxes for underprivileged parents in Australia.”
The box has also been redesigned with a lid that can be used as a changing table and the contents include example swaddles, baby bodysuit and mittens to complement the Australian lifestyle.
Tuutu Baby Box has launched. See www.tuutu.com.au for more information. Enjoy free shipping until the end of September and two extra baby bodysuits until the stock lasts! @tuutubabybox Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook/TuutuBabyBox.
After a wild week in Sydney, we were blessed with sunshine and light winds. A perfect winter’s day.
Peter Vainio, from the Finland Australia Chamber of Commerce welcomed players at around 8:00am and introduced Moore Park Golf’s Barry Bradford who outlined the golfing arrangements. An Audi was on offer for each player who got a hole-in-one on the 10th, with a longest drive prize on offer on the 18th and nearest to the pin on the 5th. Players then formed groups of 3 or 4 all groups of players teed off simultaneously from different holes in a shotgun start.
A large support contingent started arriving at the Club House around 11:00am to welcome weary players who started arriving back at about 12:30pm. By the loudness of the conversation at our 19th hole celebration there were many stories of outstanding golf, skilful putting and remarkable drives.
Paul Crawford of Thailand Golf Tours presented the prize for longest drive to Matt Boardman, representing Norway. Then Geoff Stone of Finnair presented Mikael Samuelson, representing Sweden, with the prize for nearest to the pin. Finnair, together with Rapala, Fiskars, Thailand Golf Tours and Audi were all event sponsors.
As the day was drawing to a close, Ulf Varding from the Norwegian Australian Chamber of Commerce presented the prize for Net Score Female to Eriika Wathen, representing Finland, with a score of 29. Alan Chamberlain, representing Norway, with a score of 40 was awarded the prize for Net Score Male by Shane Herbert from the Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce and Michael Dahlgren, representing Sweden, was awarded the prize for Scratch Male.
The Nordic Open trophy for team of the year went to Team Norway, comprising Alan Chamberlain, Johan Schyberg, John Candi and Matt McMillan with net scores of 40, 32, 32 and 31 respectively. The teams representing Denmark, Finalnd and Sweden have some work to do to win back the trophy next year.
Many thanks to all those involved in organising the event from the various chambers, the super friendly staff at Moore Park Golf and, of course, sponsors Rapala, Fiskars, Thailand Golf Tours, Audi and Finnair.
Check out our Flickr account for photos
Foreign Minister Timo Soini to Australia and New Zealand with Business Delegation
Mr Timo Soini, Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Finland, will make an official visit to Australia and New Zealand from February 28 until March 5. He will be joined by a group of innovative Finnish companies. The delegation will visit Canberra, Sydney, Auckland and Melbourne.
Estonia´s Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand and an Estonian business delegation will travel jointly with Minister Soini and his delegation to Canberra, Sydney and Auckland. During their joint visit the Ministers will officially open Estonia´s Embassy in Canberra where it shares premises with the Embassy of Finland. The Ministers will also engage in political and economic talks with their Australian and New Zealand counterparts.
Minister Soini´s visit seeks to highlight in particular Finland’s role as one of the most innovative economies in the world. The Finnish companies represent innovation in several industries, including telecommunications, waste management, logistics automation, defence, and startups. Minister Soini and the delegation will participate in several business events, including innovation forums in Canberra (Monday, February 29) and in Auckland (Thursday, March 3).
For further information on Minister Soini’s visit please contact Mr Antti Niemelä, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Finland, Canberra.