May 25, 2018

I don’t know about you, but it feels like summer to me! We went from really wet to really sunny! I’m enjoying it, hope you are too!
Our May dinner event featured Wade Pugh. He is a founder and partner of Chewters Chocolates, a specialty chocolate manufacturer located on Annacis Island. They private label premium chocolates, including to the hotel industry which they supply things like “pillow chocolates”, the little treats left on hotel beds. They also have their own brand, ChocXO, a high-quality product you may see in various places, including Costco. Wade took us through the story of getting into the chocolate business with the founding of Chewters in 1984 and its evolution through the decades to present day. Wade’s son, Mitchell, took us through some of the intricacies of chocolate and manufacturing and how they have been expanding and growing in the last few years, with more growth and changes continuing. They have a store front at their manufacturing location where you can pick up some really sweet deals on some of their chocolates, you should stop by and check them out.
If you missed our May event, thank you, as it meant more free chocolate samples for the people who did attend, and yes, they were fabulously delicious!
Coming up on June 13th we will have Glenn Sigurdson as our featured speaker at our monthly dinner event. Glenn is a renowned mediator and lawyer in his day job, and on the side, he is the Honorary Consul General for Iceland. He is also an author, having penned the book “Vikings on a Prairie Ocean” in which he blends personal memoir, family history and Icelandic lore in a unique and wide-ranging autobiography. Vikings on a Prairie Ocean brings to life the people and places of Lake Winnipeg since the arrival of the Icelandic settlers to its shores in 1875 through the engaging lens of a family legacy of fishing on those waters. (
Beyond authoring this book, in his regular life ( Glenn Sigurdson has been known as a mediator, negotiator, lawyer, facilitator, adjudicator, economist, teacher, writer, but now all of these influences have melded and today he states, “I lead without owning” “working in the space between”. Much of his work is within and among companies, communities, civil society organizations, and governments in the public and private sectors, building partnerships and resolving differences. My role is to deliver a special kind of leadership as the “man in the middle”. Today many would describe this as the work of a Social Innovator.
June 13th will also be our annual BBQ event, and back this year, by popular demand, is Vera’s Burger Shack doing the grilling of all-you-can-eat Vera burgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers and two salad options. You will definitely not want to miss this event, our last before we take a summer break until September.
On June 23rd and 24th the Midsummer Festival will be at the Scandinavian Community Centre. We will be there in the Iceland tent this year and we’re looking for volunteers to help staff our table, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you’re able to help out. If not, no worries, but we hope to see you at the event and please stop by and say hello.
Applications for our Annual Scholarship Award are due by June 30th. If you know of anyone who may be interested, please check the qualification requirements on our website ( and get those applications in.
Enjoy the beautiful weather and we’ll see you soon,

Anders Nurmi
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April 25, 2018

Hello everyone! Welcome to our newsletter at the end of April.
We’ll be a little brief this month, but sometimes less is more.
Top of my list is our Annual Scholarship Award. The deadline for applications is June 30th. If you know of anyone who may be interested, please check the qualification requirements on our website ( and get those applications in. For those of you who remember, you will recognize the change in due date for applications, which was previously mid-May. We changed the date of awarding the scholarship from June to September, which allowed us to move the application date. This works much better logistically for the award recipient as often in the past there was very little time from announcing who would receive the award, and when we expected to present it to them at our June dinner. For many reasons, we found that the award recipient was unable to attend on short notice, or June being a bad time for them being available due to other commitments. Therefore, we would end up presenting the award in September anyway, we just made things better for everybody and changed the dates.
I hope you were able to make it out to our April dinner event, I was not able to so cannot tell you much about it. I am told it went very well, and our featured presenter, Susan Cartwright-Coates, was very good and told an interesting tale of the family business, Cartwright Jewelers, and how it has survived for 85 years.
We were also pleased to have UBC Engineering student, Torbjørn R. Fyrvik, who is here studying from Norway (I guess there aren’t enough snow-covered mountains in Norway, so he was attracted to the west coast of Canada for our amazing skiing and boarding!). Torbjørn is a Team Captain of the UBC Voyage student design team and made a little presentation of what they are about, what they are going to accomplish, and what sorts of assistance they need to help them achieve their goals. Check them out at or Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions or inquiries.
So, what about our upcoming events, you ask!? Well, I have to tell you that for our May dinner event (Wednesday, May 9th), it is a well-guarded secret who will be our featured guest, such a well-guarded secret in fact, that we don’t even know!! The truth is out there and as soon as we are able to crack this mystery we will let you know, stay tuned!
For June, we know that our special guest presenter will be, Glenn Sigurdson, Honorary Consul of Iceland. Glenn is an interesting fellow, check him out on his website,
Don’t forget that the Midsummer Festival is coming up at the Scandinavian Community Centre in Burnaby on the weekend of June 23rd and 24th, you will not want to miss it! We will be there and trust you will be too!
That’s it for now, I have to run (literally), take care and stay safe out there!

Anders Nurmi
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March 27, 2018

Spring! Woo Hoo!
We’re halfway to the Midsummer Festival (June 23 & 24), and halfway through our program of dinner events before the Summer break. Time flies when you’re having fun!
We were honoured to have Mr. Gunn Kim, Consul General of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) in Vancouver, as our speaker at the March 14th event. He was joined by Consul Kang Jun Lee, and we are grateful that two of our own Scandinavian Consuls were able to attend, Ann-Britt Everett, Honorary Consul of Denmark, and Glenn Sigurdson, Honorary Consul of Iceland.
We had an engaged audience of about 40, hear Consul General Kim recount some interesting facts relating to the trade relationship between Canada and South Korea. We also heard some enlightening insight about how the situation with North Korea has arrived at this point in time.
If you want to learn more about the various presentations given by the speakers at our monthly dinner events, you will need to come out and hear for yourself. The social and networking hour before dinner is active with many people engaging in various discussions with their fellow attendees and our featured guests. These continue to the dinner tables, and you know people pay attention to the presentations as their great questions and discussions in the Q&A afterwards (okay, maybe not always so great, but all is good and the more people that come out, the better experience for everyone).
That being said, now you won’t want to miss our April 11th event! Susan Cartwright-Coates, of Cartwright Jewelers in New Westminster, will talk to us about being a third-generation business owner. Cartwright Jewelers is celebrating 85 years in business and going onto a fourth generation of family ownership. It is said that getting to five years is tough for a small business, and few make it that far, how do you survive 85 years, sustaining the business, evolving with the times, maintaining it in the family? All good questions and I’m sure we’ll get insight to many more.
For the April event we are going to try doing a reminder with a general last-minute email to all on our distribution list (same as the newsletter), on the Monday (April 9th) just to say that the Early Bird rate is expiring that evening and to register if you haven’t yet done so. We were asked about doing a last-minute reminder, so let us know your thoughts after seeing this one, is it helpful, not helpful, continue or do something else.
Our May and June events do not yet have confirmed presenters, but we are close and will advise as soon as possible, look to our website for these to be posted when we have the details.
As many of you are well aware, the country Houses at the Scandinavian Community Centre (SCC) have been holding their AGM’s in preparation for the SCC AGM on April 19th. Remember, if you are a member of the SBC (in good standing as of the record date end of January), then you are eligible to attend and participate in the SCC AGM (you will have received notice if eligible). I know many of you participate in our Scandinavian community, and it would be great to see even more contribute to the engagement and sustaining of the same.
Have an awesome April!

Anders Nurmi
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February 25, 2018

Snow fun! End of February and Winter wants to remind us that it’s not over! Makes one wish for tropical destinations!
That has to be the best AGM I’ve attended! Hope you made it out on Feb. 14th for our combination AGM and Jokester Evening dinner event, a lot of people did as we had 50 in attendance! Our very own, Steve Bottomley, organized the evening of comedians, and what a line-up! I don’t know how he managed it, but we had 9 comedians perform, not all hit the mark with our audience, but that’s the way it goes. It was a fabulous, funny night, topped off with headliner Simon King, you have to check out his stuff on his website and You Tube videos. Somehow Steve managed to snare him to come out to our little event, way to go Steve! I would be remiss to not mention the few brave souls from our audience, who got up to tell a few jokes during open mic (I won’t embarrass them by name).
I don’t know how we’ll top this for our AGM next year, but we’re thinking of trying this concept again with a few tweaks, and maybe it will turn into the annual Scandinavian Business Club Comedy Festival? Let us know your thoughts and suggestions.
So, what happened at the AGM? Well, if you’re a paid-up member you will receive the minutes and attachments, but here are the highlights:

  • We had 22 of 29 members in good-standing in attendance, easily surpassing quorum.
  • 2017 financial statements were presented by Michell Madsen, Treasurer, and were adopted unanimously.
  • Elections for Directors to the Board resulted in a Steve Bottomley, Michelle Madsen, and Solvi Stokholm being re-elected to two-year terms (by acclimation as we have more openings than candidates). There were no other nominations received for director positions. Directors with a year remaining in their terms are Paul Andreassen, Tom Klausen, Henrik Laursen and Anders Nurmi.
  • Anders Nordin resigned from the Board with one year remaining in his term, due to other commitments, namely being President of the Swedish Canadian Rest Home Association. We wish Anders success in his role.

I have to send a shout out to Kate and her team, as they did a fabulous job of making and serving us delicious asparagus soup and Danish open-face sandwiches (incl. herring, of course)!
So, what’s next you ask? Well, if you haven’t heard, our March 14th event will feature the Consul General of South Korea, in Vancouver, Mr. Gunn Kim. This is an honour and great opportunity for us, with all that’s happening over on the Korean peninsula, the Olympics, North Korean tensions, some surface thawing during the Olympics, and with Mr. Kim’s background of diplomatic postings, including having been Director-General and Ambassador for North Korean Nuclear Affairs. We expect this event to be very well attended, and we hope that all of our own Scandinavian Consuls are able to make it out.
In April we have lined up Susan Cartwright-Coates as our presenter. Susan is the third generation to lead family-owned and operated Cartwright Jewelers in New Westminster, which was founded in 1933 by her grandfather, James Daniel Cartwright. She will talk to us about the challenges of keeping a small business current and relevant through the decades and renewing and growing the business. This will be of interest to anyone owning, running, or thinking about, a small business.
Our events for May and June aren’t solidified yet, but we’re in discussions with Ballard Power Systems, Bard on the Beach, Christopher Gaze, and MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates, amongst others, we’ll keep you posted.
Final thoughts, while we had a good quorum turnout at the AGM with 22 of 29 members in good standing, what gets me is that we only had 29 members in good standing as of the 14th of February! Where are all the other past members who I would have expected to renew their memberships by now? We need your support!
See you soon!

Anders Nurmi
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UBC Voyage - A Special Presentation

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In April, in addition to our regular speaker, we were given a special presentation by Torbjørn Reitan Fyrvik who told us about the UBC Voyage Project. The goal of the project is to design and build a fully autonomous research vessel which will be tested in the Atlantic Ocean. The team is currently working on the project but they are looking for assistance. Click the link below to learn about the project, its status and how you can help make it happen!

2018 April, Torbjørn Reitan Fyrvik

Christmas Party Sponsors 2017

We wish to acknowledge the following businesses and individuals for their generous support of our annual Christmas Party. Our sponsors for the 2017 Scandinavian Business Club of BC Christmas Party are:

Swedish Press
Tom Dunn
Linda Lee
Jan Nordin
Anders Nurmi - Pacific Viking Enterprises
Lauren Kunimoto
Kevin Kunimoto
Michelle Madsen
Paul Andreassen
Solvi Stokholm - Stokhom Insurance Services Ltd. / The Cooperators
Salt Paradise Wellness and Detox Centre
Steve Bottomley - West Coast Flyer Delivery
Skinnydipper Recreation Club
Hypersonic Internet Services