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Chamber Newsletter

September 2006 –

– January 2007 2007

Canadian Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic

Chambre de Commerce canadienne en République tchèque

Kanadská obchodní komora v České republice

2 MEMBERS’ MESSAGES

11 - 14 MEMBERS’ ACCOMPLISHMENTS

17 - 20 MEMBERS’ EXPERTISE


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MESSAGE FROM STEPHEN LUKAS: FROM SAND TO RICHES!

spent recently a week’s

I holiday in Dubai and would

like to share with you (those

who have not seen this amazing

place) my unique experience,

which proved and convinced me

that a free economy, combined

with a low or no tax system, with

NO POLITICS and being only

MANAGED, can build wealth

for a nation – something we all

dream about!

It all started in 1959 when Sheikh Rashid

bin Saeed al Maktoum had the vision

to change a sleepy sun scorched village in

sand, occupied by fishermen, pearl divers

and traders who docked their boats along

a narrow creek, into a port which would

become a highway to the world.

He borrowed a few million dollars from

the oil rich neighbour Kuwait, to dredge

the creek until it was wide and deep enough

for large ships. He built warehouses, housing

and schools, super eight lane highways and

provided immigrant workers from India,

Pakistan and South East Asian countries an

opportunity to participate in his dream.

The low tax or no tax system, including a

free industrial zone, caught the interest

of the West, and soon enough multinational

companies started to move in. Plentiful of

capital from all over the world started to flow

in, in support of mega real estate projects.

Eighteen months ago I sat my

friends and family down to

tell them my great news. I had

just accepted a position with an

international real estate firm as

the new Director of Leasing. The

other small detail was that it was in

Prague, Czech Republic and that

I was leaving in two weeks. After

the initial shock, most felt I would

be just fine. After all Prague was a

world-renowned international city

and, I was told, the land where

beer flowed like water from a tap.

arrived in the fall of 2005 not knowing a

I single person in Prague. The first people I

met were from my office and they immediately

saw me for what I was, lost. I was very

touched at how people helped any way they

could. Were it not for them, not only would

I have not been able to do business here, I

never could have rented my first apartment,

bought fruits and vegetables or picked up

my mail. I would not have lasted more than

three weeks. Along with having big hearts,

the next thing that struck me about Czechs

was their thirst for knowledge. Not only is

there great importance put on education,

but a strong desire to look beyond the

borders of this country to find new or better

At the close of his life, when Sheikh Rashid

handed over the leadership of Dubai to

his son, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid

Maktoum, his dream was accomplished.

The buildup continued, and the son

followed the vision of the father,

transforming Dubai into a floodlit, air

conditioned sky scrape fantasy world of a

million people, of which only 18% are local

Dubaians. With its Manhattan style, but

architecturally designed buildings, a world

class port and colossal duty free shopping

malls, the small Dubai now attracts more

tourists than the whole of India, more

shipping vessels than Singapore and

more foreign capital than many European

countries.

The people of 150 nations have moved

there to live and work. Dubai has even

built man–made islands – some in the shape

of palm trees. Its economic growth rate of

16% is nearly the double of that of China.

Construction cranes punctuate the skyline

like exclamation marks!

Dubai is a rare success story in the

Middle East. People from other

countries are beginning to ask their

governments: ”If Dubai can do it – why

can’t we?!“ Multiculturalism is another

working example: you can eat in an Italian

restaurant, owned by an Egyptian, with an

lndian chef and Filipino waiters.

ways to succeed in business. Time and again

clients and colleagues seemed more eager

to hear my stories of business in Canada than

to tell their own from the Czech Republic.

Shortly after arriving I joined the

Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Colliers International had been a member

for several years, being a Canadian company,

yet I learned that no one at the company

actively participated in any of the events.

I decided to champion this cause. Being both

Canadian and active in business, it made sense

and the truth is I had a great deal of free time,

with friends and family many miles away.

The breakfast meetings and evening mixers

became regular events on my calendar and

it was here that I heard, first hand, the stories

of true Czech entrepreneurs and business

people who, before the revolution, made

enormous sacrifices and took considerable

risk in an effort for free enterprise. Hearing

this made me realize how fortunate I had

been to grow up in Canada. Never again will

I take for granted the rights that so many

people in the Czech Republic have fought for.

This also shed very important insight into the

drive and determination of the people who

lived here. Our Canadian Chamber proved

not only a forum for business and exchange

of ideas, but also a place for people from

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The luxury in some of the hotels is

unheard of. Six and Seven star hotels,

like the Burj al Arab hotel with a helipad on

the rooftop, where Andre Agassi and Roger

Federer play exhibition tennis matches.

There are many success stories like

Mohammed Alabbar, who grew up

like many Dubaians, in a tent made of palm

fronds. His father supported a wife and 12

children with fishing. Then in 1966 Dubai

struck oil, and Alabbar went to the United

States on a government scholarship paid

for by oil revenues.

After graduation he went to Singapore

and within 6 years he turned around

stagnating retail enterprises. Upon returning

to Dubai he worked himself up to become

Director of Economic Development. He

resigned after 3 years, bought a piece of

land, and started to build. Today he is head

of Emaar, the richest real estate development

company, flying around the world and

making deals in construction!

Dubai, with no corporate or income taxes,

a top notch banking system, and a code

of law that favours property and ownership,

embodies Sheikh Rashid’s motto: “What’s

good for the Merchant, is good for Dubai“.

COULD THIS HAPPEN IN OUR

COUNTRY?

Stephen Lukas

MESSAGE FROM ADAM SHERRIFF-SCOTT: A BRIEF INSIGHT INTO MY CZECH EXPERIENCE

all walks of life, from all over the world, to

meet and share their own Czech experience.

In the fall of 2006, I was elected to the

Administrative Board at the Chamber and it

was a pleasure to serve such a role with both

Czech and Canadian executives. I consider

myself fortunate to have met and worked

with so many of these great people over the

past year, and am confident that many will

remain friends for life.

Both business and pleasure allowed me

to travel extensively throughout many

areas of this country and I saw first hand

that the Czech Republic is much more than

just the birthplace of beer. While my grasp

of language has improved little from my first

days, my understanding of the people has

grown into a deep respect. The one thing that

I will take from my time here in this country

is that Czechs are strong, proud people who

believe in themselves and in moving the

Czech Republic forward both in business

and as a country for many years to come.

would like to wish all the members of the

I chamber a successful and prosperous 2007.

Adam Sherriff-Scott


MESSAGE FROM YOUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

ear members,

DWe are presenting to you

a new issue of the GoCanada

magazine – the first one of the

three that will be published in

the course of this year. When

compiling it, we have looked back

at the Chamber’s history in the

past months, as well as ahead to

the future. We certainly intend to

continue and advance the tradition

of offering you a variety of highquality

events. In the months to

come, we want to bring you new opportunities

to hear, and meet with, VIP speakers; to

expand your expertise through focused

seminars; to engage in productive networking

in an informal friendly atmosphere; and also

to enjoy two special events. Tennis players

and fans are cordially invited to join us for

the Chamber’s traditional amateur doubles

tournament at Štvanice on May 19. And in

June, the Chamber will celebrate its 10th

anniversary, and we now have the pleasant

task of finding the best venue and the best

format for the birthday party.

he past few months have also seen

Tcontinued growth of the Chamber’s

ranks. Our 2007 Membership Directory

lists 188 corporate and individual members

and more have joined in the two months

since it was printed. The Chamber is also

proud to congratulate several members who

have recently received prominent awards in

recognition of their outstanding performance.

here have also been some personnel

Tchanges. Last autumn the Chamber

was delighted to welcome Canada’s new

Ambassador to the Czech Republic,

His Excellency Michael Calcott, as the

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Chamber’s new Honorary Chairman. Like his

predecessors, Ambassador Calcott has become

a dedicated supporter of the Chamber and a

true friend to many of us. Sadly, the Canadian

Embassy has also suffered a severe loss

through the passing of Trade Commissioner

Ilona Boldová in January.

he Annual General Meeting last October

Twitnessed the election of a new Board of

Directors and Administrative Board. Some

of the long-standing pillars of the Chamber

have (thank God!) stayed in place. Peter P.

Formánek, who received the support of all

members who cast their votes, has agreed to

continue to give our organization his time,

dedication and expertise and Board members

have reappointed him as President. In this

role, he can draw on the support of the other

Board members representing Canadian,

Czech as well as international companies

and institutions. One of the Board members

elected at the Annual General Meeting

has recently left us: Adam Sherriff-Scott

moved on to a new professional challenge

in Moscow. We thank him for the support

that he gave the Chamber and extend to him

our best wishes for his work in the Russian

real estate market. Michal Lichter, General

Manager of Bombardier Transportation

Czech Republic, who has been next in line

for a Board seat based on the voting results,

has been co-opted to take the vacated place.

His long-standing experience at the head

of one of the most important Canadian

companies in this country will undoubtedly

be an asset to the Board’s operation.

e have also expanded, or newly

Westablished, contacts with several

organizations or individuals in Canada who

have been active in promoting links between

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the two countries and organizing events

that you may be interested in attending. In

addition to the Trade Sections of both the

Canadian Embassy in Prague and the Czech

Embassy in Ottawa, we have agreed on an

ongoing exchange of information e.g. with

the Czech Business Association of Canada

or the Czech Republic’s Honorary Consuls

in three Canadian cities. Both this magazine

and the Chamber’s website will bring you

more news from all these sources.

he magazine also includes several articles

Twritten by our members. In one of the

previous issues, I encouraged members to

share the wealth of their expertise with the

readers of GoCanada. I have been truly

gratified by the response, and I wholeheartedly

thank all the authors for their contributions.

By the same token, my thanks go also to those

who often remain anonymous – those great

collaborators who have helped us with the

editing and proofreading of the submitted

texts. One – Grace DeLorenzo-Výborná

– who worked on several earlier issues has

now taken a break, enjoying her time with her

family in the United States. Dagmar Jangl-

Janoušek, though being a working mother of

a young son, has again found the time to edit

several articles, as she has done for a couple of

years already. And three new native speakers

have been willing to apply their language

skills for the benefit of GoCanada – Shirley

Kowalenko, Gerry Tipple and Troy Witt.

Thank you all!

ith all that combined support, the

WChamber has entered the year 2007

reinforced and growing from strength to

strength. May the same be true for all of

you throughout the year!

Alexandra Brabcová

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EVENTS

Business Breakfast with Tomáš Hruda,

Chief Executive Officer, CzechInvest

The CEO of CzechInvest, Tomáš

Hruda, was the keynote speaker at the

Chamber’s business breakfast held in

the fine conference room of Hotel Palace

Praha on September 14, 2006.

The Czech Republic’s needs for foreign

investment have changed in the last few

years, he said. The advancement and the

increasing competitiveness of the Czech

economy, accompanied by a growing

standard of living of the population,

have brought about a new situation. The

Czech Republic is no longer a low cost

country; its efforts to attract investors

must adjust to the new circumstances and

focus on projects conducive to enhancing

the favourable economic trends. Sound

labour law, a high level of education and

well-founded strategies are a prerequisite

for further progress. The opportunity

to draw on the structural funds of the

European Union adds to the Czech

economy’s potential for further growth.

Mr. Hruda encouraged companies

to visit CzechInvest’s website – www.

czechinvest.org – and to consult the

agency’s regional representatives to see

if they may be eligible for aid under the

programmes managed by CzechInvest.

The question and answer session

following Mr. Hruda’s opening

Panel Discussion: Ethics in Business

On September 27, 2006 the Chamber

held a special joint event with the Expats

Business Association (EBA). It was a

panel discussion on the subject of ethics

in business and took place in the beautiful

rooms of Villa Gröbovka, headquarters of

CEELI Institute. Three prominent leaders

of the Prague business community, an

American, an Australian and a Czech

– Jack Stack, Board Chairman & CEO of

Česká spořitelna; Grahame Maher, CEO

of Vodafone Czech Republic; and, Jiří

Krejča, Managing Director of Travelex

Czech Republic – appeared as panelists.

Peter Formánek, President and CEO

of our Chamber, with Mark Anderson,

EBA’s President and CEO, welcomed

the participants; Michael Diedring,

Executive Director of CEELI, guided the

discussion as a skilful and knowledgeable

moderator. The event attracted members

and friends of both organizations from the

business sector, educational institutions,

diplomatic missions as well as NGOs,

such as Transparency International.

A number of valid issues were raised

during the two-hour debate. How

commitment to ethical values in

business can grow out of personal moral

beliefs nurtured in families, schools or

circles of friends. How adherence to

remarks highlighted numerous issues

that have an impact on the Czech

Republic’s business environment, such

as the persistent problems regarding

registration of companies or granting of

residence permits to foreign managers;

inadequacies in the performance of, and

cooperation among, certain government

departments; the high cost of labour or

lack of cooperation between educational

institutions and the business sector.

In his responses, Mr. Hruda was very

candid when commenting both on the

accomplishments and on the problems.

As for the structure of Czech economy,

he does not share the concern that our

country may now be too dependent on

automotive industry. The investments

into new car factories clearly bring greater

prosperity; moreover, the know-how used

in automotive industry is applicable in

other branches of industry as well.

In addition to addressing particular

economic issues, Mr. Hruda also looked

at the economy in a more general context.

To him, economic growth is not an end

in itself – he sees it as one of the ways of

improving the quality of human life.

Photos by Hicham Boutaleb

Courtesy of

ethical standards can be embraced into

corporate culture and instilled in the

thinking of employees through training

and by virtue of example set by company

leaders. How should companies

respond when confronted with unethical

practices? Some of the questions had

no easy answers. For instance: What

if refusing a deal tainted by corruption

may jeopardize a company’s survival,

and thus the livelihood of its employees

and their families?

The debate aspired to contribute toward

creating an environment where business

success is sought, and attained, without

resorting to unethical behaviour. True,

the battle is far from being won, either in

this country or worldwide, but a strong

commitment to ethical standards on the part

of people recognized as business leaders,

as was unanimously expressed during the

event, certainly represents a powerful weapon.

Zátiší Catering Group served a special

risotto menu and delicious French wines

during the reception that concluded the

evening.

The event was supported by ORCO

Group, a Corporate Patron of both

hosting organizations.

Photos by Aneta Hořínková

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EVENTS

Thanksgiving Dinner

On the eve of Canada’s Thanksgiving

Day, the Chamber organized its annual

Thanksgiving Dinner on October 8,

2006. (Non-Canadians may note that

this celebration, marking the end of

harvest time in Canada, is not identical

with American Thanksgiving).

As always at this time of the year,

numerous Canadians and friends of

Canada got together for an informal

family dinner. For the first time, we had

the pleasure of welcoming Canada’s new

Ambassador, His Excellency Michael

Calcott, to a Chamber event.

Chefs at Corinthia Towers Hotel did their

utmost to make the meal – the traditional

roast turkey with stuffing and cranberries

followed by pumpkin pie – as Canadian

as possible. The hotel’s renowned Let’s

Eat restaurant, specially decorated for

the event, provided excellent service and

ample space for all those who wished to

join us. Its children’s corner was well

equipped to entertain our youngest

guests of different age groups. VinsPlus

presented the fine French wines.

Special thanks are due to Riverside

Europe Partners and MSA. Their

generous contributions enabled us to

offer a truly first-class event.

Photos by Adam Veselý

Legal Seminar: New Czech Labour Code

On October 12, 2006, SALANS law firm,

one of the Chamber’s new members,

hosted a seminar on the new Labour

Code of the Czech Republic that had

been passed earlier last year, to take

effect as of January 1, 2007. Radovan

Bernard and Kristýna Oberfalcerová

of SALANS prepared a comprehensive

presentation on the changes introduced

by the new legislation in the employeremployee

relationship. The principal

items are summarized in Kristýna

Business Breakfast with The Hon. Edvard

Outrata, Deputy Speaker of the Senate

To mark the close of his tenure as a member

of the upper Chamber of the Czech

Republic’s law-making body and for the

last two years as the Senate’s Deputy

Speaker, Senator Edvard Outrata, one

of the most prominent personages of the

Czech-Canadian community, accepted

the Chamber’s invitation to be our guest

of honour at the business breakfast held

on October 17, 2006.

He shared with the participants his

observations of the political and economic

developments of the Czech Republic

since the early 1990s, expressing his

opinion that the economic transformation

was carried out reasonably well. At the

same time, however, he pointed out

the persistent problems in the internal

working of the government and the need

for improvement in the functioning of

Oberfalcerová’s article on page 19. A

great deal of attention was given to

the amendments affecting the status of

employees in managerial positions and to

the difficulties that may arise as a result of

the fact that the new Labour Code does

not distinguish between managers and

other employees as regards the nature of

their employment contracts.

In addition to expertise, SALANS has

also provided wonderful hospitality in

their Prague 1 offices.

Photo by John-David Bridges

the judiciary and the police.

One issue to which Senator Outrata

attaches major importance is the condition

of the Czech Republic’s public service.

He is disappointed by the lack of progress

toward establishing a truly professional

civil service and he would wish to see a

clear distinction between the status of

civil servants and that of political officers.

The ensuing discussion brought a variety

of comments on the relationship between

civil servants and politicians in the Czech

Republic as well as in Canada where

fairly strict rules apply in this respect.

Ambassador Calcott referred to the

present Canadian Government’s emphasis

on accountability and transparency in

political and public life.

Zátiší Catering Group lived up to their

high standard of service in the charming

Mlýnec Restaurant.

Photos by John-David Bridges

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6

EVENTS

2006 Annual General Meeting

On October 30, 2006 members of the

Chamber got together for their Annual

General Meeting at Hotel Palace Praha.

The Chamber’s new Honorary Chairman,

Canada’s Ambassador Michael Calcott,

offered a word of welcome and praised

the Chamber’s excellent reputation in

the diplomatic corps of Prague. The

Chamber’s President, Peter Formánek;

the Executive Director, Alexandra

Brabcová; and Jiří Krejča, as Vice-

President supervising the Chamber’s

finances, reported on the Chamber’s

activities, its financial situation and plans

for the future.

The agenda also included a proposal

to amend several paragraphs of the

Chamber’s Statutes that reflected views

expressed by members of the Chamber

at the previous Annual General

Meeting, as well as the needs of the

growing organization. As a result of the

approval of the proposed changes by the

attending members, the term of office of

the Chamber’s Board has been extended

from one to two years and the categories

of membership have been redefined so

as to give members greater freedom in

choosing their level of involvement in

the Chamber.

Pursuant to the revised Statutes, the

participants subsequently elected the

Chamber’s new Board of Directors and

Administrative Board that will stay

in office until 2008. The Chamber is

proud to have the CEOs of prominent

Canadian companies as well as other

senior Canadian and Czech business

people on its governing bodies (see page

10 for the complete list).

Business Breakfast with His Excellency

Michael Calcott, Ambassador of Canada

After spending two and a half months

in the Czech Republic, Ambassador

Calcott shared his first impressions with

members and guests of the Chamber on

November 28, 2006 at the Hilton hotel.

He expressed gratitude to those who

offered him advice and assistance at the

beginning of his tenure in Prague – in

particular to Edvard and Jana Outrata

and to Peter and Suzanne Formánek, as

well as to the staff of his Embassy.

Speaking of Czech-Canadian relations,

he stressed the importance of the input of

the Czech Canadian community. Czech

immigrants have enriched Canada both

culturally and economically, he said,

and Czech Canadians – both those who

have stayed in Canada and those who

have returned to the Czech Republic

– continue to promote links between the

two countries.

A discussion on bilateral relations

unavoidably included the pending visa

issue. Ambassador Calcott assured those

present that the matter was an active

In keeping with the established

tradition, the evening was crowned by a

friendly dinner at the hotel’s L’Epoque

Restaurant. The Hotel Palace Praha,

under the supervision of its General

Manager Martin Novák, offered high

quality service and warm hospitality while

Vinotéka u Vavrysů supplied great wines.

file. Recent talks between Canadian

Citizenship & Immigration officers and

EU representatives sought to identify a

way that would make it possible to grant

visa exemption to Central and Eastern

European EU member states.

Enough room was left for other areas

of bilateral relations, however, such as

cooperation within the United Nations,

academic links, or ways of overcoming

the geographical distance and certain

cultural differences between the Czech

Republic and Canada.

Jerry Jelinek, the Czech Republic’s

Honorary Consul in Calgary, spoke

of the lack of skilled workers in the

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Royal Crafts, a new member of the

Chamber, enriched the evening with a

donation of an assortment of cognacs and

wine-based drinks imported from France.

Photos by Aneta Hořínková

province of Alberta, and of the desire

of Alberta employers to recruit qualified

employees from abroad, including the

Czech Republic (see page 16 for more

information).

The breakfast was graciously supported

by the Trade Section of the Canadian

Embassy and by Commerzbank Prague.

Photos by John-David Bridges


EVENTS

Christmas Entertainment

& Christmas Charity

On December 2, 2006, the Prague

Marriott Hotel was the venue of the

Chamber’s Christmas party. Several

special guests accepted the President’s

invitation to this traditional gathering. In

addition to the Canadian Ambassador,

H.E. Michael Calcott, the Chamber also

welcomed H. E. Ambassador Richard

Graber of the United States with Mrs.

Alexandria Graber, H. E. Ambassador

Hideaki Kumazawa of Japan and H. E.

Ambassador Peter Raeder of Norway.

Mr. Petr Jan Kalaš, then Minister of the

Environment, also attended.

The Marriott did a truly superb job

during that evening. All those present

unanimously praised the welcoming

atmosphere, outstanding service and,

most of all, the international buffet menu

presenting the finest blend of European

and Asian cuisines. Mr. Igor Maťašovský

and TCF offered an assortment of

delicious Chilean wines to go with the

great food. There was dancing to the music

performed by J.J. Jazzmen and singer

Barbora Řeháčková and a demonstration

of Japanese calligraphy by artist Etsuko

Kojima. Some of the guests took home

a piece of her art, created personally for

them during the evening.

Among the numerous pleasures, the

participants did not forget to think

of those who find themselves in less

fortunate circumstances. The Chamber’s

Christmas benefit auction raised a total

of 76 650 Kč – an amount with which we

are able to help several Czech charities:

Rváček, in the north Bohemian town of

Lomnice nad Popelkou, offers housing,

a day-care centre, a school and special

workshops for children and youth with

combined handicaps (www.rvacek.cz).

– Many guests of the party bought the

beautiful hand-woven rugs and pottery

made by its young clients.

Servo, a charity associated with the

Dominican Order, runs a youth centre

in Barrandov, Prague 5, which offers

children and young people a multifaceted

programme of activities, thus keeping

them off drugs and other undesirable

forms of entertainment (www.servo.cz).

The Barrandov facility was burgled

Pub Nights

In between the more formal events we

also held the informal gatherings that

work so well as business mixers. Venues

of different character were chosen for

each of these occasions. On November

6, 2006 we were treated by Jean-Paul

Manzac to delicious French meals and

wines at Brasserie M. The pub night

on December 14, 2006 was a repeat of

recently and our Chamber’s donation

will help to replace some of the lost

equipment.

Czech Blind United (www.sons.cz) receives

a contribution for the operation of a

navigation system assisting blind people.

The Foundation for Mentally

Handicapped Persons of Tloskov,

central Bohemia, (www.tloskov.cz) will

use our donation for the purchase of

equipment needed for the application of

rehabilitation techniques.

Civic Association DAR of Prague 6

(www.braillnet.cz/dar) provides care

and rehabilitation to handicapped

children for several hours a day in its

day-care centre, offers babysitting on

weekends and organizes week-long stays

in the country. In addition to treating the

children, the programme is also meant to

give their families some time to rest and

get new strength for the demanding task

of taking care of a handicapped child.

the successful spring get-together at the

Slovak Restaurant at the Fireplace and

Bob Demare, one of our Board members,

hosted the first pub night of 2007 at the

Techtle Mechtle Bar on January 15. More

great nights out will follow.

Photo by John-David Bridges

The Chamber expresses its sincere

gratitude to the sponsors of the event:

Our special thanks go to Mr. Igor

Maťašovský and for the generous

donation of wine.

By the same token, we are thankful to

the donors of benefit auction items:

Zátiší Catering Group, Jean-Paul and

Marie Manzac, Royal Crafts, Vinotéka

u Vavrysů, ASIANA, BioPol GN, Ltd.

(Barny’s), Cadimex International,

JOKA Klatovy, Etsuko Kojima, Jozef

Burza, Norbert Heller and John-David

Bridges.

Photos by Aneta Hořínková

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8

EVENTS

Business Breakfast with Martin Tlapa,

Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade

The Chamber started the new year on

January 11, 2007, with a business breakfast

with Martin Tlapa, once the head of the

Trade Section at the Czech Embassy in

Canada, later CEO of CzechTrade and now

Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade.

Mr. Tlapa stressed the importance of

improved services to businesses on the

part of the state; the Ministry of Industry

and Trade, in cooperation with CzechTrade

and CzechInvest, offers companies a

variety of projects to that end. He greatly

appreciated the successes achieved by

Czech exporters in recent years, especially

in European markets. The favourable

environment offered by the Czech

Republic to investors has been conducive

to this success, he added, for investors have

significantly contributed to the growth of

exports. He was also gratified to see an

increasing export activity by small and

medium-sized companies.

Speaking of the international position

of the Czech Republic, and of its

activity within the European Union, he

stated that our country is one of those

EU members that apply a fairly liberal

approach to trade. He also expressed

satisfaction with the Czech Republic’s

Legal Seminar: Practical Advice on Doing

Business Internationally

The last January event was organized by

the Chamber in cooperation with the Trade

Section of the Canadian Embassy at the

convenient conference centre of Diplomat

Hotel Prague on January 23, 2007.

The Chamber’s Senior Vice-President,

Thomas Hrubý, and his partner Jiří

Buchvaldek of the Hrubý & Buchvaldek

law firm prepared a concise practically

oriented presentation on certain legal

aspects of international business

transactions. They provided an overview

of international legal instruments,

multilateral as well as bilateral, that

govern international business and

spoke of instances of conflict of

laws, of applicability of national and

ability to influence the Union’s trade

policy and highlighted the potential

associated with the utilization of the

structural funds in the 2007-2013 period.

One multilateral issue to which Mr.

Tlapa attaches great significance is

the desirability of reopening the socalled

Qatar or Doha round of WTO

negotiations about removing barriers

to trade on a global scale, though he

realizes that Europe would have to pay

a price, in the form of cuts in subsidies,

for progress in this direction. Freer trade

with non-European regions will also be

sought through bilateral negotiations

that the EU envisages to conduct with

countries such as India, South Korea

and Vietnam.

Mr. Tlapa’s presentation has reflected his

overall active and optimistic attitude to

international law to business-related

legal cases and of modes of settling

disputes in business. They offered very

useful recommendations on how to

stipulate the terms of business deals

such as delivery conditions, modes of

payment, etc. and what documents

should be secured and kept on file for

use in case of a dispute. They described

the advantages and disadvantages of

the different methods that are available

e.g. for securing payment (letter of

credit, bill of exchange, escrow account)

or for settling a dispute (litigation vs.

arbitration). They also offered advice on

how clients should cooperate with their

lawyers to ensure the greatest chance of

success.

both work and life – something that, as

he admitted, has been partly inspired by

his Canadian experience.

The modern and functional conference

area of andel’s hotel Prague offered a

pleasant working environment for the

occasion.

Photos by Paul Pacey

Courtesy of

The Chamber wishes to thank Hrubý &

Buchvaldek for sharing their expertise,

and to the Embassy Trade Section for

their support.

Photo by Kateřina Urbanová


MEMBER NEWS

n November 30, 2006 Alcatel and

OLucent Technologies announced

the completion of their merger and

the start, as of December 1, 2006, of

the new company’s operations as the

world’s leading communication solutions

provider. The new Alcatel-Lucent, with

one of the largest global R&D capabilities

in communications and the broadest

wireless, wireline and services portfolio,

is incorporated in France. Patricia Russo,

appointed as Chief Executive Officer of

Alcatel-Lucent, said: “Through this merger,

we are bringing together two top-ranking

companies to form an undisputed leader

in the industry, a company poised to enrich

people’s lives by transforming the way

the world communicates. Alcatel-Lucent

is a strong and enduring ally that service

providers, governments and enterprises

can count on to help them unlock new

market and revenue opportunities. This

combination represents a strategic fit of

vision, geography, solutions and people,

leveraging the best of both companies

to deliver meaningful communications

solutions that are personalized, simple to

adopt and available globally.”

Alcatel-Lucent also unveiled

the new trademark that will

represent the world’s largest

communications supplier, a

stylized version of an infinity

symbol that looks as if it were drawn by hand.

It visually signifies the two organizations

flowing into each other, demonstrating an

embrace of the respective cultures. “Our

new logo represents the endless possibilities

for the future and our commitment to being

a strong and enduring ally for our customers

around the world,” added Ms. Russo.

•••

rwin Brunner, previously General

E

Manager of Celestica’s manufacturing

plant in Kladno, has become the company’s

Vice-President in charge of European

Operations.

Nicolas Vil, a French national,

has succeeded him as General

Manager of the Kladno facility,

supervising the 1400 employees

of the site. Mr. Vil came to the

Czech Republic to manage the

start-up of the French company Sagem,

which manufactured mobile phones in their

plant at Kladno. In 2001 Sagem Kladno was

bought by Celestica and Mr. Vil accepted

Celestica’s offer to stay on as Operations

Director. In this capacity, he managed

several new customer introductions as well

as product transfers and developed a strong

Operations Management Team. He has

participated in the creation of a motivating

and encouraging company culture with a

strong focus on employee development.

His skills have earned him a strong

leadership position within the company

and he has been acknowledged as a team

builder. During Mr. Vil’s tenure as General

Manager, Celestica Kladno achieved a very

successful financial result in 2006.

•••

olliers International has

C

appointed Thomas Ridout,

a 20 year Colliers veteran, as

Managing Director of Operations

in the Czech Republic. Based

primarily in Canada for most of

his career, Mr. Ridout is a Colliers Global

Corporate Services specialist. He will focus

on building up local Czech businesses,

investors and the Corporate Services

Department, a primary area of investment

and growth in the Prague office. Significant

growth is also planned for the existing office,

industrial, investment and valuation teams.

From a regional point of view, under Ridout’s

leadership, Colliers International plans to

expand its Central & Eastern European

Corporate Services capabilities.

“Expect to see big changes in the near future,“

says Mr. Ridout. “The Real Estate Services

industry is changing in Europe and Prague

is already becoming a major hub. Colliers

plans to be at the forefront, with the goal of

servicing all client needs in Europe seamlessly

with an integrated menu of services.” Chris

McLernon, President International at

Colliers, cites Ridout’s successful track

record and his ability to make positive things

happen. “I am extremely pleased to have

Tom on board as our manager in Prague.

The market continues to grow and I am

confident that Tom is up to the challenge to

lead Colliers to success.”

•••

rime Minister Mirek

P

Topolánek met with Otto J.

Jelínek to personally thank him

for the distinguished service

that Mr. Jelínek has given to the

Czech Republic as coordinator

of the country’s international activities.

“My mission has been accomplished,” said

Mr. Jelínek. “However, if my participation

is needed for implementing the changes I

have proposed, I will be available in the

future.“

Mr. Jelínek has now joined the team of

Colliers International as Chairman for

Colliers operations in Central and Eastern

Europe, based in the company’s Prague office.

“Otto is one of the most recognized and well

respected people in both Canada and the

Czech Republic,” says Chris McLernon.

“He has a tremendous ability to connect

with people as shown by his impressive

accomplishments in athletics, business

and politics.” Thomas Ridout echoes Mr.

McLernon’s sentiments: “I am extremely

pleased to have Otto as a partner at Colliers.

He is already making a strong impact from

the grass roots level up and I am looking

forward to great success in the future.”

•••

omáš Fukala has succeeded

T

Luděk Vaněk as CEO of

ProFitness Czech Republic. Mr.

Fukala, a graduate of the Faculty

of Economics at the Technical

University of Ostrava, started

his career with Walmark in 1998 as a sales

agent for the drinks division. The company

subsequently promoted him to Sales and

Logistics Director – a position that he kept

even after his division was sold to Maspex.

At the end of 2005 he accepted an offer to

lead VITALAND Poland. Starting June 1,

2006, his responsibilities were expanded to

include managing VITALAND Slovakia

too. His appointment as CEO of ProFitness

Czech Republic, which owns VITALAND

Poland and Slovakia, is the most recent

advancement in his career.

•••

MaMaison Hotels & Apartments, a

brand belonging to Orco Property

Group, a leading investor and developer

in the Central European real estate and

hospitality market, announced personnel

changes to its team in the Czech Republic.

Jarmila Migelová has been

appointed PR & Marketing

Manager for MaMaison Hotels

& Apartments. She is responsible

for the promotion and marketing

of the entire hotel division under

the direction of Daniel Penet, Director of

Sales and Marketing for MaMaison. Ms.

Migelová has gained invaluable experience

working in several Prague hotels. She

worked with Orco in the position of

Development Manager from 2001 to 2004,

where she oversaw new acquisitions and

openings of hotels and residences in Prague,

Budapest, Bratislava and Warsaw. She was

General Manager of Pachtuv Palace Hotel

since 2004.

Guido Friedl, a German national,

has replaced Ms. Migelová as

General Manager of the five-star

luxury Pachtuv Palace Hotel. He

has been working in the hotel

sector since 1991 and has gained

rich experience in prestigious German and

Czech hotels. “Hotel Pachtuv Palace is a

very exciting and unique product with great

potential, and I am very happy to be able to

contribute my expertise to our quest for new

levels of service and quality.“

•••

obert Patrick Herr has

R

succeeded Leon Larkin

as General Manager of

InterContinental Prague in

October 2006. Mr. Herr, of

Irish origin, has brought over

thirteen years of hospitality experience

to his new role. He started his career with

InterContinental Hotels Group in 1993 and

has since held various positions with IHG

hotels in Hamburg, Paris, Leipzig, New

York, Vienna and Düsseldorf. This is his

second tenure at InterContinental Prague;

he served here previously as the hotel’s

Resident Manager. “Coming to Prague

after three years and seeing all the known

faces is like coming back home,” he said.

•••

ichal Chour, the long-

M

time Director of Sales

and more recently Executive

Assistant Manager, assumed the

position of General Manager of

the Radisson SAS Alcron Hotel

in December 2006, succeeding Pasquale

Baiguera. Mr. Chour is the first Czech

General Manager of the hotel since its

reopening in 1998. He joined the hotel in

1999 as Senior Sales Manager and after a few

months became Director of Sales. With his

local knowledge and extensive experience of

the organization and the market, he is the

ideal choice to assume the leadership of this

well-known historic Art Deco hotel.

•••

ndřej Dušek, one of the

O

partners of PETERKA

& PARTNERS law office, has

returned to the firm’s Prague

team after three years during

which he successfully managed

the Slovak branch of PETERKA &

PARTNERS in Bratislava. Mr. Dušek, a

graduate of the Lycée Carnot in Dijon and

the Faculty of Law at Charles University

in Prague, has been cooperating with

PETERKA & PARTNERS since he

began to practice law. He is a member of

the Czech and Slovak Bar Chambers and

focuses mainly on real estate transactions,

commercial law, labour law and bankruptcy.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND ADMINISTRATIVE BOARD 2006 – 2008

BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND ADMINISTRATIVE BOARD

CANADIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC

Honorary Members

of the Board:

H.E. Michael Calcott

Ambassador of Canada

Tomáš J. Baťa

CEO Bata International

Otto J. Jelínek

Chairman for Colliers

operations in Central

and Eastern Europe

Edvard Outrata

Vice-President, European

Movement International

Counsellor:

Lyne-Marie Tremblay

Embassy of Canada

THE TRADE SECTION OF THE CANADIAN EMBASSY IN PRAGUE IS PLEASED

TO INVITE YOU TO THE FOLLOWING EVENTS IN THE FIRST HALF OF 2007

Continuing our long-established

tradition, the Canadian Embassy will

be a partner in the Volyně Wood-Frame

Housing Seminar, April 4-5, 2007. This

year we shall celebrate the 11th anniversary

of this prestigious annual seminar which

enjoys extensive international attendance.

Ambassador Michael Calcott will open the

Canadian session, followed by speakers

from Canada. The main topic studied will

be ”multiple level wooden structures“. The

seminar will be attended by approximately

600 specialists from the fields of wood-frame

housing, new wood-based construction

technologies and forestry.

Next in line will be the International

Building Show in Brno, April 17-

21, 2007 where the Canadian Embassy

will have an information booth. We will

represent several Canadian construction

companies and some of them, such as

Viceroy and Corecan, will be present at

Farewell Ilona

On January 31, 2007, we lost our dear

colleague and friend, Ilona Boldová,

after her courageous battle with cancer.

Ilona was a pillar of the Canadian

Embassy Trade Section where she

worked for 37 years! Fresh from university, she started

working at the Embassy on January 2, 1969 and

spent her whole career promoting bilateral trade

exchanges between Canada and Czechoslovakia and

later, the Czech Republic. She had lived through the

rise and fall of Communism in Czechoslovakia, had

Board of Directors:

President

Peter P. Formánek

Governor

MacLachlan College

Senior Vice-President

Thomas Hrubý

Partner

Hrubý & Buchvaldek

Vice-President

Erwin Brunner

Vice-President,

Operations, Europe

Celestica

Vice-President

Jiří Krejča

Managing Director

Travelex Czech

Republic

Vice-President

Stephen Lukas

President, Vienna

Woods Limited

the fair. This is a very good opportunity to

inform the public and the industry about

new Canadian construction technologies,

new companies penetrating the market,

Canadian companies searching for partners

and, in general, to increase public awareness

about the Canadian construction sector.

us also May 3-6, 2007 at the Canadian

Join booth at Bookworld Prague. This book

fair draws attention to new releases by

publishers and booksellers, and it showcases

companies and institutions active in the

book market. Bookworld Prague balances

commercial and educational goals, and

Canadian edition usually does well in such

contexts. We will be representing several

Canadian books publishers as well as

Canadian companies offering educational

tools (such as software or technologies).

Envi Brno, held May 29 - 31, 2007,

ranks among the largest fairs in

Central and Eastern Europe focusing on

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Administrative Board:

Eva Anderová

Individual member

Libor Chytrý

General Manager,

Intier Automotive

Seating Chomutov

Robert Demare

Individual member

Monika Fraňková

Head of Expat

Center

Česká spořitelna

Tomáš Hruda

CEO

CzechInvest

witnessed the birth and development of the Czech

and Slovak Republics, and through those times, had

helped Canadians and Czechs understand each other

and establish business links. One can easily imagine

the changes she had gone through, the richness of the

network she had built, and the quantity of success

stories and anecdotes that she could share. We used

to say that she was our corporate memory: beside the

fact that she was keeping a flawless filing system, she

was also sharing all those years of experience with us

and our clients. Her point of view was precious. Most

Ivan Jukl

CEO

CzechTrade/Czech

Trade Promotion

Agency

Juraj Koza

General Manager

Nortel Networks

Michal Lichter

General Manager

Bombardier

Transportation

Czech Republic

Radek Moravec

Country Manager

McCain Foods

Czech Republic

Jiří Nykodým

Country Senior

Officer

Alcatel-Lucent

water management, waste management

and protection of the environment, and

is attended by many market leaders

from the Czech Republic and abroad.

Representatives of the Trade Section will

introduce some Canadian environmental

technologies and will look for potential

projects for Canadian companies. Our

information booth will provide space for

companies to display their documentation,

and it will also serve as a meeting point for

Canadian companies and their potential

Czech partners.

Should you need more information

about any of the above mentioned

events, please contact the Canadian

Embassy in Prague, Mrs. Jitka Hošková at

jitka.hoskova@international.gc.ca. We look

forward to seeing you there!

readers of the GoCanada Magazine knew her, as

she had covered several business sectors and had

organized and participated in numerous events. Many

Canadian companies will remember her especially

as a person who provided them with the market or

contact information that facilitated their success in the

Czech Republic, the ”market intelligence“, as we call it,

which made the difference. We thank her dearly for her

generosity, and we feel lucky to keep within us what she

had taught us. We will miss her.

The Canadian Embassy Team


CLUSTER OF CZECH FURNITURE MANUFACTURERS AT THE CANADIAN HOME

FURNISHINGS MARKET SHOW

The largest Canadian furniture show

took place in Toronto on January 13

- 16 this year. For the first time the event

included a presentation of products by

several members of the Cluster of Czech

Furniture Manufacturers (Klastr českých

nábytkářů).

It may sound cheeky to import furniture

to Canada – a country acknowledged as

one of the largest furniture manufacturers

and furniture exporters. However, Canada

is also one of the largest importers, so we

decided to give it a try. Why? Because

we believe that European design, with its

easy flowing style, backed up by the Czech

manufacturing tradition, can succeed

on the Canadian market. Observing the

changes in Canadian long-term trends, we

felt that the products manufactured by our

members stood a good chance of attracting

Canadian consumers.

Two of our partners based in Canada,

TGI Fabrics and Böhm Furniture,

put together an exhibit extending over 150

square metres; the entire space was filled by

furniture made in the Czech Republic.

The following companies participated in

the presentation:

Böhm Furniture displayed a selection of

modern sets of sofas and chairs;

Dřevotvar Jablona showed their selection

of living room and bedroom furniture;

Ahorn presented their system of memory

mattresses and laminated slats bed frames;

Drevotvar.com complemented all the other

furniture with their gorgeous office tables

and living room furniture;

Dřevojas showed their vanity units, sinks

and mirrors;

FMP Lignum exhibited bed frames

manufactured of solid wood;

Nadop showed their entertainment units

as well as kitchen cabinet doors which met

with a great deal of interest.

The entire furniture selection is a

collection of world class furniture.

This selection complements Canadianmade

furniture without creating a conflict

of competing against each other,” says

TGI Fabrics Director Paul Triska,

pointing out that buying Czech furniture

becomes increasingly convenient as space

in Canadian homes and condominiums is

getting smaller, and doorways narrower.

Moreover, our furniture is lower and

heavier, which makes it harder to knock

over and therefore safer. These and other

technological advantages are placing

Czech furniture manufacturers ahead of

their competitors.

Our expectations were realized. The

show is designed mainly for experts

- Retail Store Buyers, Interior Designers

and Architects - and their response was

excellent. Based on this experience, we

now see a very good possibility of profiling

Czech-made furniture as a brand name for

furniture of a pre-defined quality, a quality

the customer can take for granted. We have

obtained over a hundred direct contacts

from all over Canada, in addition to the

over four thousand contacts that were made

available via the buyers’ database. All of

this gives us great hope of finding partners

for future cooperation and lasting business

relationships.

Now the real work starts. We have to

put in many hours to build up these

contacts and develop them further. We have

to create a service area for those who will

represent us in Canada. One thing is certain:

If you do not manufacture in Asia and do

not have the lowest labour expense it is not

the quantity but the quality of your product

– along with the level of service, support,

continuity and problem solving ability – that

determines your chances of success.

To find out more, contact paul@tgifabrics.com or

m.triska@int-cz.com.

By Milan Tříska

Cluster of Czech Furniture Manufacturers

ADASTRA CORPORATION: REQUALIFIED AMONG CANADA’S 50 BEST

Adastra Corporation defended its last

year’s ranking as one of Canada’s Best

Managed companies. Adastra has thus

taken a first step toward admission to the

Best Managed programme’s Platinum Club

- an elite group of Canadian-owned and

managed companies that consistently excel

in every aspect of business. To become

a Platinum Club member, companies

must maintain their designation as one of

Canada’s Best Managed Companies for a

minimum of six consecutive years, subject

to annual operational and financial review.

“Achieving the highest level of business

performance over the long term is only

possible when organizations embrace

a culture of aligning every activity and

resource with building value for their

stakeholders,” said John Hughes, Deloitte

Partner with the Private Company Services

Group and National Leader of the Best

Managed programme. “All companies strive

for business success; what distinguishes

Platinum Club and Requalified members

is their ability to sustain that success.”

This means, in John Hughes’s words,

being able to predict and adapt to the

constantly changing domestic and global

business environment; innovate and extend

companies’ value proposition to customers

and talent; balance risks and opportunities

with a strong balance sheet; develop longterm

executable strategies; cultivate and

preserve a sense of purpose, belonging

and loyalty throughout the organization.

The success of these companies is an

September 2006 – January 2007

inspiration to all Canadian businesses,” said

James McSherry, Executive Vice-President

and Managing Director, Commercial

Banking, at the Canadian Imperial Bank

of Commerce (CIBC). “Sustaining the

highest level of business performance over

the long term is fraught with challenges.

Only the fittest succeed in making the giant

leap from small entrepreneurial operations

to multi-million dollar enterprises, avoiding

the many pitfalls along the way.”

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ČESKÁ SPOŘITELNA: BANK OF THE YEAR

Česká spořitelna became the first bank in

the history of the MasterCard Bank of

the Year competition to win both the Bank

of the Year and the Most Trustworthy Bank

of the Year awards in 2006. Jack Stack,

Česká spořitelna’s Board Chairman & CEO,

defended the title of Banker of the Year and

the bank’s Instant Mortgage won the first

place in the Mortgage of the Year category.

The bank’s press announcement issued on

this occasion placed great emphasis on the

trust enjoyed by Česká spořitelna among its

clients who voted it the Most Trustworthy

Bank of the Year for the third time.

Earlier in 2006, Česká spořitelna was

declared the Most Polite Bank of

2006 in a survey carried out on the portal

bankovnipoplatky.com in association with

the daily Metro and the financial server

Měšec.cz. The bank also won the Best of

Prague 2006 survey, in the category Best

Banking and Financial Services in Prague

thanks to the services of Česká spořitelna’s

Expat Center.

Česká spořitelna in Figures:

The bank that opened the 1st ATM for

blind people in the Czech Republic;

the 2nd largest Czech bank, as for Total

Assets (CZK 704 bn) and as for Net

Profit (CZK 4.87 bn); 3 main channels of

remote banking – Servis 24 (Telephone

and Internet) and GSM are used by

over 1 million clients; 4 major groups of

Riverside Hotel, a key member of the

MaMaison Hotels & Apartments

hospitality portfolio, has been honoured

in a list compiled by Tripadvisor (www.

tripadvisor.com), in its prestigious

Travelers’ Choice 2006. The survey rates

the world’s best hotels based on guest

evaluation. On Tripadvisor’s list of

‘preferred choice’ hotels, Riverside Hotel

came first in the Czech Republic. Since

opening in 2002, Riverside Hotel has

been successfully operated by MaMaison

Hotels & Apartments, a brand of leading

investor and developer, ORCO Property

Group. Since January 2003, Riverside

Hotel has been a member of the highly

exclusive global hotel group Small Luxury

Hotels of the World (SLH) and Hotels et

Preference. “We are delighted and very

proud to have received this impressive

accolade; it means a great deal both

to Riverside and MaMaison Hotels &

Apartments. It is a testament to the hard

work and dedication of Riverside staff

that guests have chosen it, above all other

hotels in the Czech Republic, as their

number one,” said Daniel Penet, Director

of Sales and Marketing for MaMaison

Hotels & Apartments.

clients – retail, small and medium-sized

enterprises (SMEs), municipalities, and

large corporate; 5.3 million clients – the

largest number of clients among Czech

banks; 7 branches in the Czech Republic

open 7 days a week (altogether, CS has

647 branches); 12 subsidiaries covering

the entire spectrum of financial services

and client needs; 14 Mortgage Centres

for comprehensive service in housing; 15

Commercial Centres for SME clients; CZK

33 million devoted to charity in 2005; the

long-term Consumer Satisfaction Index

is at 77.5 points, up from 69 in 2001, while

the EU average is about 85 points; over

The Top 10 list among the 100 most

luxurious hotels worldwide from

Travelers’ Choice 2006 includes two Prague

hotels belonging to CanCham member

companies. Riverside Hotel Prague,

ranking eighth, is followed by Hotel Le

Palais, part of Vienna International Hotels

& Resorts, which holds the 10th place.

Several members of the Chamber

were recognized in the Travel Trade

Gazette’s 2006 Travel Awards survey.

Czech Airlines was voted the best airline

offering flights from Prague. Hilton Prague

won No. 1 ranking as the Czech Republic’s

best hotel, while Four Seasons finished

second. In the category of hotel chains

operating more than one hotel in the Czech

Republic, Marriott International Hotels

and Corinthia Hotels International finished

among the top three.

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CZK 100 billion in Asset Management;

180 years of history and tradition; 1,074

ATMs; the Bank of the Year for the Czech

Republic 2003, 2004, 2005 – The Banker

Awards; MasterCard Bank of the Year 2003

and 2006; 11,507 professional employees.

(Figures as of July 31, 2006, financials are

consolidated, calculated to International

Standards for Financial Reporting.)

Česká spořitelna – A Responsible Partner of

the Community

Česká spořitelna develops and maintains

the philanthropic tradition which has

been a part of the savings banks principle

for 180 years. Česká spořitelna supports

charities, non-profit organizations, civic

associations, foundations, and funds.

In 2001, the bank established its own

foundation – Nadace České spořitelny. The

foundation’s purpose is to support projects

from the fields of culture, education, science,

health care, charity, social activities, sport,

and ecology. Česká spořitelna also invites

its clients to be involved in its charitable

and publicly beneficial activities. Since

November 2005, the bank’s loyalty Bonus

Programme, by means of which clients

collect points from card transactions that

can be exchanged for a series of gifts, has

offered the option of donating points to

specific charitable projects.

TRAVEL AND HOSPITALITY AWARDS FOR MEMBERS OF THE CHAMBER

Oriental restaurant Rickshaw located in

the luxurious five star hotel Corinthia

Towers received recently an award of 5

Stars and 6 Stripes from the renowned US

hospitality and restaurant reviewer Seven

Stars and Stripes. The review was based on

presentation and tasting of a six-course menu

with assorted Czech wines. The restaurant

was recognized for its extraordinary cuisine

and service; special praise was given to the

creativity of Rickshaw Restaurant’s Head

Chef Suchao Huangwatana.

”When in Prague, do as the people do! And

so it was that we experienced Rickshaw

Restaurant, one of the incredible leaders

in dining for locals and out-of-towners

alike,” says the Seven Stars and Stripes

review. Christian Grage, General Manager

of Corinthia Towers, commented: “Such

international award motivates us to further

develop this outstanding restaurant

concept.”


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CANCHAM MEMBERS AMONG CZECH 100 BEST

Comenius, a Pan-European Society

for Culture, Education and Scientific

and Technological Cooperation, presented

its Czech 100 Best awards for the year

2006 at Prague Castle, in the presence

of the President of the Czech Republic,

Václav Klaus, and Mrs. Livia Klausová,

on November 24, 2006. The winners were

chosen by a selected circle of prominent

personages.

There was the principal category, destined

for companies registered in the Czech

Republic with at least 20 employees and a

turnover of or over 30 million CZK in the

preceding twelve months. We were pleased

to find several members of the Chamber on

the winners’ list:

There were the special categories. From

among members of the Chamber,

Czech Airlines was honoured under

Tourism, Kapsch under Dynamic Growth,

and Canadian Medical Care Česká

republika under Health Care.

There was the Lady Pro category, with

the Director of Canadian Medical

Care, MUDr. Barbara Taušová, among the

award winners.

And, there was one special award for one

special man whose impressive career

stands out as a class in itself: Tomáš J. Baťa

was acknowledged as Gentleman Pro.

CANADIAN MEDICAL CARE: HIGH QUALITY

MEDICAL SERVICES IN THE CANADIAN TRADITION

Canadian Medical Care is a leading

private outpatient clinic whose mission

is to provide western-standard medical

care of the highest quality in a relaxed,

professional atmosphere. The Czech 100

Best (Health Care) award was granted to

the clinic in the years 2004 and 2006 and

its Director, MUDr. Barbara Taušová, was

acknowledged as Lady Pro for the first time

in 2003 prior to her most recent success in

the Comenius contest.

MUDr. Barbara Taušová

was born in Brno

and studied at the Medical

Faculty of Masaryk

University, Brno (1980-

86). She completed the

1st attestation in 1989,

specializing in pediatrics.

For six years (1991-97), Dr. Taušová worked

at the Institute for the Care of Mother

& Child, department of physiological

newborns, including neonatal intensive care.

In 1993, she started a private children’s clinic

called Pediatric Health Centre where she

continues to treat numerous pediatric patients.

In 1998, Dr. Taušová took over the

leadership of Canadian Medical Care

from the clinic’s Canadian founders; since

then, she has served as CMC’s Director.

Under her dedicated and inspired guidance,

CMC has successfully expanded its services

to become one of the leading health care

providers in Prague. MUDr. Barbara

Taušová is a member of the American and

Canadian Pediatric Associations and has

taken part in numerous internships and

congresses abroad. She is married, with two

teenage children.

Photo

CMC employs close to 40 specialists

from all major medical fields and

treats thousands of patients annually at its 3

clinics, located in Prague 4 and 6. The clinic

takes cares of the needs of individuals and

small as well as large corporations to whom

it offers preventive occupational health care

programmes. CMC’s services are tailored

to the needs of patients and include a wide

range of specializations: Acupuncture,

Allergology, Cardiology, Dentistry,

Dermatology, Ear, Nose and Throat,

Gynaecology, Homeopathy, Immunology,

Internal Medicine, Lymphology, Medical

Ear Piercing, Medical Pedicure, Urology/

Nephrology, Neurology, Ophthalmology,

Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, Physiotherapy/

Rehabilitation, Pneumology, Podiatry,

Practical Medicine, Pre- and Post-natal Care,

Pre-operative Examinations, Psychiatry

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and Psychology, Speech Therapy, Surgery,

as well as Medical Fitness.

CMC patients further enjoy: 24-hour

Medical Hotline & Home Visits,

Extensive Blood Testing, Ambulance

Transport, Training Courses (e.g. First

Aid), Preventive Vaccination, etc.

CMC offers systematic and personalized

care in order to develop close

cooperation between the patient and the

medical team. Consultations among CMC

professionals are commonplace, providing

for a smooth transfer of patient information

among various medical specialties. Expect

to receive only the highest standard of

medical care at Canadian Medical Care.


PROMINENT CANADIAN PRESENCE AT THE WEEK OF CZECHS LIVING ABROAD

In September 2006 Prague hosted

numerous distinguished Czechs

who have found new homes, and made

successful careers, in different countries

around the world. They came to attend the

Week of Czechs Living Abroad, held under

the auspices of the Head of State of their

old home country, President Václav Klaus.

Several prominent Czech Canadians were

present for the occasion. A. Karel Velan

was the keynote speaker at the opening

ceremony in the Prague Carolinum where

he delivered a lecture on the impact of

ethics on politics, business and education

of the young generation after forty years

of totalitarian rule. As well, sculptor Lea

Vivot participated in the presentation of

the “Distinguished Czech Woman of the

World” awards which she received herself

in 2003.

A. Karel Velan: Through Ethics

can be found everywhere – from Korea and

to Business Success

China to the northernmost parts of America.

man who conquered three Himalayan Equipment supplied by Velan Inc. has been

A mountains and does three hundred used in nuclear power stations as well as

press-ups a day – that’s A. Karel Velan, a submarines. In the sixty years of Mr. Velan’s

Czech Canadian who will soon celebrate business activities, his companies have never

his ninetieth birthday and who has become faced a single lawsuit.

renowned as one of the most successful Karel Velan has retained a strong

Czech-born business people worldwide.

affection for his old home country.

approached him when we were looking In spite of, or perhaps because of, these

I for a keynote speaker for the Week of warm sentiments, he can be critical of the

Czechs Living Abroad. Mr. Velan immediately developments in the Czech Republic.

agreed and offered a choice of several topics. He repeatedly alerted representatives of foundation supporting young Czech artists;

The one that we opted for was ”ethics in our state to the problems occurring in the they have helped to make possible study

business“. Who but Karel Velan would be process of privatization; voiced a critical stays of Czech medical doctors in Canada

better qualified to address this issue?

opinion when he saw a lack of interest on the

T

and the United States; and they have made

” he Valve King of the World” was part of the state in export promotion; and a substantial donation with the goal of

born in Ostrava in 1918. Following pointed out the need for improvements in repairing the damage caused by floods.

graduation from the Technical University of both the legal situation and the environment The portrait of this extraordinary

Brno, he began to work in the engineering for investments in the Czech Republic. man would be incomplete if we did

industry. The business that he started in 1947 In his opinion, corporate leaders should not mention one of his many hobbies

soon fell victim to nationalization following subscribe to personal accountability for – cosmology. Mr. Velan’s theory of a multi-

the 1948 Communist takeover. Mr. Velan the operation of their companies, including universe cosmos is seen by many experts as

and his family left Czechoslovakia shortly liability under penal law if applicable. the only competitor to Stephen Hawkins’

thereafter, eventually finding a new home He feels such personal accountability theory of black holes.

in Canada. No more than a week after could help to prevent situations where the Karel Velan, a strong supporter and

their arrival in Montreal, Mr. Velan rented consequences of dubious business deals or long-time Chairman of the Toronto-

office space from Tomáš Baťa for his first debts left behind by companies that have based Czech North American Chamber of

Canadian company, Velan Engineering. His been stripped of their assets are borne by Commerce, has received several prestigious

business was soon thriving and he was able the state, and thus by taxpayers.

to build his own factory in 1953. His patented

K

awards both in Canada and the Czech

arel Velan and his wife Olga have Republic. The Czech decorations include

inventions won him prestigious customers, donated more than half a million the Gratias Agit prize conferred on Mr.

including the U.S. Navy to whom he sold dollars to Czech charities. They have Velan by the Czech Minister of Foreign

equipment for use in aircraft carriers. Then become the most generous supporters of Affairs (1998) and an award of the Czech

he launched the manufacture of industrial the Good Will Committee – Olga Havel Ethical Forum (2004). Mr. Velan is also

valves which established his global fame. Foundation; their donations have made it one of the few non-native people to have

His Velan Inc. now owns several factories in possible to open a home for the mentally received the title of honorary chief from the

Canada, the United States, Europe and Tai- handicapped in Blansko and a home for Mohawk tribe for whom he built a cultural

wan and its annual turnover has reached 400 Romany children in Brno. Together with centre and a radio station near Montreal.

million dollars. The company’s products Maestro Josef Suk, they have set up a

Lea Vivot – an Artist Sharing Love

and Charity

Sculptor Lea Vivot (Drahomíra

Lea Hekelová) is a graduate of

the Prague School of Decorative Arts.

After the Warsaw Pact armies invaded

Czechoslovakia, Lea – an unbounded

and freedom loving personality - decided

to leave her home country and continued

her art studies in Italy, Canada and the

United States.

Lea Vivot, whose permanent home

is now in Kleinburg, Ontario, has

become famous through her “benches“

- open air compositions consisting of

life-size figures. She hates art that is

made exclusively for admiration by its

viewers: she wants her artworks to be

part of everyday life, to be touched and

felt. Her benches are to be a place for

lovers to sit on, or children to play at.

Lea Vivot’s pieces can be seen in front

of the Children’s Hospital in Toronto, at

Parliament Hill in Ottawa, in Madison

Square Garden, New York, in several

locations in Prague (e.g. in front of Sazka

Arena), in Cape Town, Acapulco etc.

Her artwork has also decorated homes

or offices of celebrities, such as Placido

Domingo, Hillary R. Clinton or the late

Pierre E. Trudeau.

Lea Vivot is also a great charity

supporter. Both her art and

her contributions to charity were

acknowledged when she was honoured

as a “Distinguished Czech Woman of the

World“. Lea herself designed the prize

that goes with the award – a bronze statue

of a woman born out of an egg-shell.

By Ivan Dubovický,

Secretary General of the International

Coordinating Committee of Czechs Living Abroad

Photos Courtesy of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs

and Lea Vivot Archives

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16

CZECH HONORARY CONSULS IN CANADA – BEYOND CONSULAR ROUTINE

2006 has seen an expansion of the

network of the Czech Republic’s

a week of his time, says Mr. Jelinek.

However, he has always seen a major

While being occupied with this

initiative at the present time,

Honorary Consulates in Canada. part of his role as making the Czech Mr. Jelinek is also looking beyond the

Three Honorary Consulates are now in Republic more widely known in Western present. In the future, he wishes to see

operation in Calgary, Alberta; Vancouver, Canada. To that end, he has developed Czech companies doing business in

British Columbia (reopened in June contacts with the business community, Alberta, participating in tenders there,

2006); and Winnipeg, Manitoba (newly the media, government authorities, etc. etc. The skilled workers who may come

opened in October 2006).

The popularity of Czech hockey players to Alberta under the current programme

In a country of the size of Canada, has helped in this endeavour in recent can establish useful contacts and acquire

the role of Honorary Consulates years, he admits.

a great deal of knowledge that they

and the Honorary Consuls who head When the Government of Alberta, would eventually bring back to the Czech

them – officers volunteering their time, reacting to a shortage of skilled Republic. Their broadened professional

expertise and resources - has been of labour in the province, began to experience and improved language skills

major significance in the advancement of actively encourage skilled workers from can be an asset both to the economies of

bilateral links. In those provinces where abroad to come to work in Alberta Mr. their home regions to which they may

the Czech Republic has no diplomatic Jelinek immediately recognized the return and to a further advancement of

representation Honorary Consulates, in opportunities arising here for Czechs Czech-Canadian business ties.

addition to providing consular services, seeking work experience abroad and

have often served as focal points of added a new line of business to his Honorary Consulate

multifaceted activity promoting business agenda. He set up an agency called of the Czech Republic Calgary

as well as cultural exchanges between the CASLAWIA (which stands for Czechs (Serving the Provinces of Alberta

Czech lands and Canada.

And Slovaks Living And Working In and Saskatchewan)

Alberta) that assists Canadian companies 611 - 71 st. Avenue S.E., Calgary,

GoCanada has recently been in touch in finding qualified staff in the Czech and Alberta T2H 0S7

with the serving Honorary Consuls. Slovak Republics and, in addition, helps Tel: +1 403 2694924, Fax: +1 403 2613077

skilled Czechs and Slovaks find suitable E-mail:Calgary@honorary.mzv.cz

Jaroslav Jerry Jelinek, Calgary

employers in Canada and get settled into

Jaroslav Jerry Jelinek, a Czech by birth a new living & working environment.

living in Canada since 1980, is one Last year and early this year, Mr. Jelinek

Office hours:

Wednesday 14.00 – 18.00 local time (-8 hours

compared to the Czech Rep.)

of those Czech Canadians who have travelled to several regions in the Czech

built up a successful life and career in Republic, especially those with high Michael Duncan (Mike) Adlem,

Canada without losing their attachment

to their old home country. In addition

to his business activities in the area of

unemployment rates, to present the

project. On December 1, 2006 he made

a presentation for prospective applicants

Vancouver

Since becoming Honorary Consul for

the Czech Republic in June 2006,

software development for the oil & gas in Liberec – approx. 130 people came to Mike Adlem has been busy providing

industry (he serves as Vice-President of hear him. The region’s Governor, Mr. consular services in Vancouver. He is

Operations of Terra Management), Mr. Petr Skokan, was also present to express assisted by Veronika Field, a second

Jelinek has been actively involved in the support for the initiative. Besides year law student at the University of

Calgary branch of the Canadian-Czech Liberec, that has already established British Columbia, who is from the Czech

Chamber of Commerce and the Calgary- links with Canada formalized through a Republic.

based Czech Business Association of Memorandum of Understanding signed

Canada. His appointment as the Czech by Governor Skokan and the Mayor of

Republic’s Honorary Consul in Calgary Edmonton in the spring of 2006, Mr.

came six years ago.

Jelinek has also been in touch with the

Routine consular work, such as regional authorities in Ostrava, Hradec

certifying signatures, copies or Králové, Pardubice and Ústí nad Labem;

translations, takes approx. one day Governor Jiří Šulc of the Ústí Region is

planning to visit Canada.

What will await Czechs who choose

to take part in this venture? The

province of Alberta currently boasts

an unprecedented economic growth,

sizeable oil supplies, the lowest taxes in

Canada, and a high level of education.

Mike is a senior litigation partner in

the Gowlings law firm which is the

Skilled workers are needed especially largest law firm in Canada with offices

in the oil, agriculture, forestry, and in several major Canadian cities and in

manufacturing industries as well as Moscow. Gowlings is proud to be home

tourism. It is envisaged that the foreign to the Czech Consulate in Vancouver

professionals would stay in Alberta and Mike looks forward to the possibility

for three years and that they would be of Gowlings some day opening an office

able to come with their families. Their in Prague. Mike recently returned

children can attend Canadian schools from a trip to the Czech Republic and

up to 12th grade free of charge, under he is assisting the Czech Embassy in

the same conditions as Canadian pupils. Ottawa in organizing a presentation in

Those interested can visit www.caslawia. Vancouver scheduled for March 29, 2007,

com to find out more and to register. which is designed to promote Canadian

The agency’s regional representatives investment, trade and tourism in the

in the Czech Republic will then contact Czech Republic. The presentation will

applicants for a first interview.

be at the same time as an official visit to

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CZECH HONORARY CONSULS IN CANADA – BEYOND CONSULAR ROUTINE

British Columbia by the Committee on

Economy, Agriculture and Transport of

the Czech Senate. A Czech film festival

and a fascinating display of Czech movie

poster art will also run concurrently at the

Vancouver International Film Centre.

Speakers at the March 29 presentation

will likely include Pavel Vošalík,

the Czech Ambassador to Canada; Jiří

Šneberger, a Deputy Speaker of the Czech

Senate; George Heller, the President

of the Canadian-Czech Chamber of

Commerce, as well as representatives of

CzechTrade, CzechInvest, CzechTourism

and Czech Airlines. If any members of

the Canadian Chamber of Commerce

in the Czech Republic plan to be in

Vancouver on March 29 and are interested

in attending the presentation, please email

Mike at vancouver@honorary.mzv.

cz. In addition to providing consular

services to assist Czechs in British

Columbia, Mike is doing his best to

promote bilateral trade, investment and

tourism to the Czech Republic and

he would be pleased to hear from us

if there is anything he can do to assist

our Chamber and its members. For a

start, we have agreed to keep each other

constantly informed about our respective

activities.

wife, Brenda, is of Czech

Mike’s extraction and both Mike and

their son, Ryan, thoroughly enjoyed a

trip they made to the Czech Republic

last summer. The entire family is looking

forward to a return visit.

Honorary Consulate

of the Czech Republic Vancouver

(Serving the Province of British Columbia)

1055 Dunsmuir St., 23rd Floor, Vancouver,

British Columbia V7X 1J1

Tel: +1 604 8912296, Fax: +1 604 6836498

E-mail:vancouver@honorary.mzv.cz

Office hours:

Monday 10.00 – 12.00, Friday 12.00 – 14.00

local time (-9 hours compared to the Czech Rep.)

William Randa, Winnipeg

The Honorary Consulate in Winnipeg

is the latest addition to the Czech

Republic’s consulates list in Canada.

The new Honorary Consul, William

Randa, is an architect with Czech roots.

As with his colleagues, we have agreed to

stay in touch on a continuous basis, to

exchange pertinent information and to

see how we can develop our cooperation

in the time to come.

Honorary Consulate

of the Czech Republic Winnipeg

(Serving the Province of Manitoba)

310 - 115 Bannatyne Ave., Winnipeg,

Manitoba R3B 0R3

Tel: +1 204 9420981, Fax: +1 204 94709626

E-mail:winnipeg@honorary.mzv.cz

Office hours:

Thursday 14.00 - 16.00 local time (-7 hours

compared to the Czech Rep.); by appointment only

LESSING INSTITUTE: CANADIAN ACADEMIC’S DREAM BECOMES A REALITY IN PRAGUE

This summer, Lessing

Institute will once again

open its doors and welcome

university students, ”openthe-clock

experience that Prague can.“ programme attend lectures alongside the

university students and enjoy sightseeing

Participants spend part of each day and cultural activities throughout

in small, intimate lectures given Prague, the Czech Republic and Europe

minded“ travellers and faculty by faculty visiting from universities during free time and on weekends.

from around the world to around the world, and the remaining The OMS programme runs from July

Prague for four weeks of time exploring the streets of Prague, 1-15, 2007. ”Lessing Institute’s Open

stimulating academic debate attending cultural events or participating Mind Studies programme combines the

and mind-enriching cultural in optional travel to places of historic pleasure and excitement of a normal tour

experiences. Based on the significance in the Czech Republic and with the challenge of being stimulated

campus of the New Anglo- Europe.

intellectually,“ says Dr. Harry Hurwitz.

American College, Lessing

Institute is the most recent project for

L

” ast year was Lessing Institute’s

Canadian academic Dr. Harry Hurwitz inaugural year and we were really

Lessing Institute is a not-for-profit

organization that is currently

who is also founder of the Three Rings bolstered by the response we received underwritten exclusively by Hurwitz.

Project and director of Symphonic from participants,“ said Hurwitz. ”Most This summer, a foundation will come

Workshops Ltd. and the International students said the experience was highly into existence that will be charged with

Opera Workshop.

rewarding and fascinatingly interesting, the responsibility of fundraising.

Lessing Institute is a centre of learning

where students, from across North

but some went so far as to say it had

changed their life and they had changed

majors as a result.“ A


n international summer school

based in Prague is only complete

America and Europe, come to study and

discuss the underlying causes of interracial

and inter-faith conflicts. Students

Students at Lessing select from

a comprehensive curriculum of

if it includes the participation of

Czech students,“ said Hurwitz, who is

focusing his efforts on increasing Czech

look at how the three Abrahamic religions intramural courses and extra-curricular participation this year. ”The reality is

- Judaism, Christianity and Islam - have activities that enable them to analyze that Czech students can only participate

shaped the world as we know it.

Western culture through politics, social if there are scholarships and these

The Lessing Institute programme

isn’t religious, but it asks students

structure, art, literature and philosophy.

They are awarded university credits,

transferable to their degree programmes,

scholarships really need to come from

organizations that have roots in both the

Czech Republic and Canada.“

to understand religions and to use that

understanding as a lens through which to

view Western culture,“ says Hurwitz who

stresses lectures are only a small piece

upon completion of the programme.

In addition to the four-week university

credit programme which runs from

Lessing Institute operates with the

support of the New Anglo-American

College in Prague, a body recognized by

of the Lessing experience. ”I selected June 30 to July 28, 2007, Lessing the Ministry of Education of the Czech

Prague to be the home of Lessing Institute also offers a two-week Open Republic and entitled to award degrees.

Institute because, in my opinion, there is Mind Studies programme (OMS) for

no other city that comes close to offering travellers who want a mind-enriching For more information on Lessing Institute

the unique historical and cultural round- holiday. Participants in the OMS visit www.lessinginstitute.com

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18

THE MAIN ADVANTAGES AND PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED BY FOREIGN

INVESTORS IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC

The Czech Republic

has established itself

as one of the preferential

destinations for Foreign Direct

Investment (FDI) in the

region of Central and Eastern

European Countries (CEECs).

The reasons are well-known:

favourable geographical

position and a relatively

developed infrastructural

network (compared to the

average in CEECs), backed up by pre-

Communism traditions of industrial

production. The determinants of FDI in

CEECs have constituted one of the main

topics on the agenda of researchers in

International Business. In the most recent

years, the attention of researchers has

been focused on the impact that specific

features of the local environment have on

FDI. These features are related to the set

of formal laws and informal habits in a

country and are also called “Institutions”.

The so-called institutional setting has

often been problematic in CEECs, due

to outdated laws and to informal habits

that have not corresponded to the

expectations of foreign investors (such as

corruption and behaviour of the workforce).

The situation in the Czech Republic

is generally considered to be better

than in most of the former Communist

countries. Nonetheless, several reports

and studies have indicated that in the

Czech Republic, too, the law is not

entirely adequate to attract and retain

FDI and that some informal habits act as

serious constraints for foreign investors. A

recent study, undertaken by the author of

this article, has analyzed the consequences

that specific features of the institutional

setting in the Czech Republic have for

FDI. The formal laws considered in the

analysis are the so-called state incentives

and the general business law. Among

the informal habits, corruption and the

behaviour of the workforce are the features

whose importance has been studied.

Several interviews have been undertaken

with top executives of foreign companies

and foreign Chambers of Commerce in

the Czech Republic.

The first conclusion that can be drawn

from this research is that the process

of awarding of incentives appears to be

quite transparent at the present time. The

state agency CzechInvest, in charge of

handling the applications for incentives,

is perceived as a reliable and trustworthy

partner by those foreign investors who

have dealt with it.

On the other hand, it has been

found that the importance of

state incentives, in spite of being

acknowledged, is not at the top of foreign

investors’ priorities lists. In other words:

state incentives make a difference when

the other conditions on two markets

short-listed for an investment project are

more or less the same. Otherwise, they

do not work too much to attract FDI

and result mainly in budgetary costs for

the Czech government. The applicants

seeking incentives are mainly those foreign

companies that want to save costs. But

such investors do not usually introduce

skills and knowledge into the Czech

Republic, nor do they intend to serve the

local market. They are ready to move to

other countries as soon as they can find a

cheaper environment or more incentives.

The conclusions of this study regarding

the importance of state incentives are in

line with most of the other studies on

this issue. The community of scholars

in International Business nowadays

generally agrees that state incentives bring

more FDI only if the general environment

of the host country appears safe.

The conducted interviews suggest

that foreign investors in the Czech

Republic face a specific problem whose

importance cannot be downplayed. Rather

than seeking more and more incentives,

foreign investors are definitely more

interested in an efficient and well enforced

law which seems to be still far to come (this

holds true in particular for the bankruptcy

law). The current situation leaves room

for serious complaints and the quality of

the business law in the country has been

frequently blamed by the interviewees.

Corruption is another factor related

to the institutional setting whose

importance has been investigated. This is

because corruption is nowadays considered

(for example by the World Bank) to be

one of the main problems for foreign

investors operating in Central and Eastern

Europe. The results of this study seem to

be somewhat surprising in this respect

– foreign investors do not appear to be

deterred by requests for bribes, on the basis

of the assumption that “It works the same

way everywhere”. Apparently, corruption

in the Czech Republic is quite widespread

but the amounts demanded are considered

“reasonable”, and the practice works to

speed up certain bureaucratic procedures.

This does not mean that corruption is

not a problem for a country interested

in attracting FDI. There is an indirect

effect of corruption because the failure to

amend an outdated business law is seen as

the result of extensive corruption among

decision-makers. Thus, corruption does

not affect FDI directly (as foreign investors

do not appear to be seriously bothered) but

indirectly, as an impediment to progress of

reforms in the formal law.

The behaviour of the workforce

is another feature of the Czech

environment that has been criticized.

Several foreign executives maintain that

the Czechs, in general, lack initiative,

GoCanada 1/2007 September 2006 – January 2007

need to be continuously monitored and

sometimes tend to steal company property.

However, these characteristics of the

Czech workforce do not seem to adversely

affect the level of FDI. Quite the contrary:

foreign companies are often ready to pay

extra costs for the development of skills of

their managers and workers.

Finally, there is a further point emerging

from the interviews. The interviewed

persons pointed out the paramount

importance of having a network of

contacts to carry on business in the Czech

Republic. In this respect, the networking

activities of the Chambers of Commerce

appear particularly suitable especially for

small and medium-sized enterprises.

The final message to be drawn from the

study is that the Czech government

should do more to improve the quality

of business law, which appears rather

cumbersome. In order to achieve this goal,

it is important to overcome the impact

that a corrupted political class may have

on the reform of the business law. The

provision of more state incentives should

be properly balanced because awarding

additional incentives does not necessarily

mean attracting foreign investors able

to export knowledge and skills to the

country. By the same token, the various

foreign Chambers of Commerce in the

Czech Republic should continue to carry

on networking and organizing events. In

this respect, the Canadian Chamber of

Commerce is definitely perceived as a

very active organization.

By Pietro Andrea Podda,

Manchester Metropolitan University

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Editor: Alexandra Brabcová

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The views expressed in GoCanada

are not necessarily the views of the

Canadian Chamber of Commerce but

those of the individual contributors.


THE NEW LABOUR CODE

Despite the rejection by the Senate

and the veto of the President,

the New Labour Code was adopted

in April 2006, as Act No. 262/2006

Coll. After several attempts to delay

its entering into force, it did take effect

as of January 1, 2007, replacing the

previous Labour Code No. 65/1965

Coll. (the “Old Labour Code”).

The New Labour Code

represents a complex body

of labour regulations, and in this respect

it has embraced and superseded (in

addition to the Old Labour Code) also

the regulations hitherto contained in the

Act on Wages (Act No. 1/1992 Coll.), the

Act on Salary (Act No. 143/1992 Coll.),

and the Act on Travel Expenses (Act No.

119/1992 Coll.). Furthermore, it takes over

and replaces the rules hitherto contained

in certain implementing regulations

regarding obstacles at work, vacation,

etc. The New Labour Code also includes

a fundamental regulation of rights and

obligations of the employer in respect to

safety and protection of health at work in

relations governed by labour law.

What Is Not Prohibited Is Allowed

The principle that “what is not allowed

is prohibited”, which forms the basis

of the Old Labour Code, has changed

in the New Labour Code in such a way

that “the rights and obligations in labour

relations may be regulated in a way

differing from this Act unless this Act

expressly prohibits doing so or unless it

follows from the nature of its provisions

that it is not possible to divert from it.”

However, though this purports to be a

significant change compared with the

previous legislation, its actual impact

is rather limited since the New Labour

Code does not give parties to labour

relations much contractual freedom and

contains many mandatory provisions.

Relationship to the Civil Code

The relationship between the New

Labour Code and the Civil Code

has also been redefined. The so-called

method of delegation has been chosen

to govern the relationship between civil

law and labour law, which means that

applicability to labour relations shall be

limited only to those provisions of the

Civil Code for which this is expressly

stipulated by the New Labour Code.

Connection to the Act on Health Insurance

In connection with the new Act on

Health Insurance (Act No. 187/2006

Coll.), the New Labour Code also

regulates the obligations of the employer

during the first 14 days of an employee’s

incapacity to work. Instead of sickness

insurance benefits, the employer shall

provide wage compensation to the

employee for the first 14 calendar days

of the employee’s illness. However,

after a long discussion on this issue,

the effectiveness of this Act has been

postponed; the Act should become

effective as of January 1, 2008.

Anti-Discrimination Regulation

Although the New Labour Code

synthesizes in one act laws previously

embodied in a number of separate acts,

it contains only fundamental provisions

on equal treatment and those banning

discrimination. It has been envisaged

that a new anti-discrimination act on

equal treatment and legal means of

protection against discrimination will

be adopted. However, the government

draft of such act was recently rejected.

To summarize, until the new antidiscrimination

act is adopted, protection

of employees against discrimination may

be even weaker under the New Labour

Code as compared to the protections

afforded under the Old Labour Code.

Inception of the Employment Relationship

The employment relationship is

constituted principally by an

employment agreement between the

employee and the employer. The

employment agreement must always be

made in writing. It is no longer possible

to constitute an employment relationship

by election, since election is considered

to be merely a prerequisite preceding

entry into an employment agreement.

The employment relationship may come

into being by appointment only for

heads (managers) of organizational units

of the state, state enterprises, etc. The

new labour regulation does not provide

for the possibility of establishing a

labour relationship by appointment with

employers from the private sector.

Probation Period

According to the New Labour

Code, it is still possible to agree in

writing on a probation period of up to

three months. The novelty is that the

probation period does not include the

time of impediments to work (such as

sickness of the employee), due to which

the employee has not worked.

Agreements on Work Performed outside the

Scope of Employment Relationship

The New Labour Code has maintained

both types of hitherto existing

agreements on work performed outside

the scope of employment relationship,

i.e., agreement on labour activity as well

as agreement on performance of work.

The legal regulation of these agreements

is free from the limiting conditions of the

Old Labour Code, according to which

they might have been entered into only

in exceptional cases.

Termination of the Employment Relationship

As regards termination of an

employment relationship, the new

legislation has maintained all existing

possibilities. Thus an employment

relationship may be terminated in

the future by agreement, notice of

termination, instant termination and

termination within the probation

period. The employment relationship

further terminates upon the death of the

employee and now, newly, also by the

death of the employer–natural person,

unless the trade is being continued.

Abolishment of the Employer’s Obligation

of Actively Assisting the Employee to Find

Another Job

The New Labour Code abolishes the

employer’s obligation of actively

assisting the employee to find another

job in connection with termination of

the employment relationship induced

by the employer. Similarly, the new

law does not stipulate the obligation

of the employer to arrange for a new

suitable job in the event of termination

of the employment relationship with a

disabled employee who has no pension

and with a single employee, male or

female, taking care of a child under 15

years of age. The employer is obligated

to report termination of the employment

relationship with a disabled employee in

writing to the relevant Labour Office.

Trade Union Organizations and Collective

Bargaining Agreements

Pursuant to the New Labour Code,

the employer has the obligation

to negotiate a collective bargaining

agreement with all trade union

organizations that operate within the

employer’s structure. The trade union

organizations enter into a collective

bargaining agreement also on behalf of

the employees who are not trade union

members, so such collective bargaining

agreement also applies to the employees

who might not even agree with it and

have not granted a power of attorney

to anyone to enter into it. Trade union

organizations are supposed to act in

mutual harmony, but if they fail to agree,

the employer has the right to enter into

a collective bargaining agreement with

the trade union organization with the

highest number of members employed

by the employer. This provision may lead

to discrimination of smaller trade union

organizations.

By Mgr. Kristýna Oberfalcerová

Attorney, SALANS

September 2006 – January 2007 GoCanada 1/2007 19


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ARBITRATION IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC AND ABROAD

story published in Czech

A Business Weekly in the spring

of 2005 highlighted an incident

involving a young Czech woman

Differences between ad hoc and institutional Fees and expectations depend on clients’

arbitration:

needs. Preliminary matters may be

Parties will often agree on arbitration done for a fixed fee - typically CAD 300under

the rules of one of the institutions 500, depending on the work that is needed.

representing herself as a private that provide facilities for arbitral settlement Arbitrators and mediators usually charge

arbitrator. In her position, Sandra of international trade disputes. The an hourly fee for the time required. Fees for

Svobodová allegedly launched advantage of institutional arbitration over AAOC (Arbitration Associates of Canada)

arbitrations without consent of ad hoc arbitration consists in administrative associates range from CAD 125 to 200 per

the parties involved. The public assistance with respect to the conduct to be hour depending on the time, nature and

became aware of the affair when followed (rules contain a code of procedure). complexity of the issues to be resolved.

three companies filed criminal In any case, the arbitration clause in a Travel and GST (Goods and Services Tax)

charges. The central issue around contract should always specify the seat and are paid in addition. Costs are usually split

Svobodová is whether her actions

violate Czech law, a question that has yet

to be answered formally. (So far it has been

the language of the arbitration.

between the parties and payable as the

In the Czech Republic there is presently work proceeds. Billed time includes any

domestic and international arbitration necessary preparation, such as reviewing

found that Sandra Svobodová is in fact a ad hoc, which is not a permanent (or documents, travel, meeting sessions, and

young Slovak man with a dark criminal past institutional) ruling court in accordance preparation of agreements or decisions that

who underwent special treatment in order to with Act No. 216/1994 Coll.

arise from the mediation or arbitration.

change his identity.)

What would then be the law governing the Who can become an arbitrator?

To understand the background of proceedings?

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No definitive statement can be made

alternative dispute resolution (or out of he applicable law is sometimes referred concerning the credentials or

court settlements), it is important to know to as the curial law, and may be different experience levels of arbitrators, although

what is currently used in practice.

from the law governing the contract. If the some jurisdictions have chosen to establish

Arbitration exists under national and parties have adopted an international code standards for arbitrators in certain fields.

international law, and arbitration of arbitration, such as the UNCITRAL Several independent organizations offer

can be carried out between private (United Nations Commission on training programmes for arbitrators. In the

parties, between states, or between states International Trade Law) Arbitration Rules United States, the American Arbitration

and private parties. Arbitration aims to or the Rules of Arbitration of the ICC Association has proper credentials.

achieve resolution of a dispute through (International Chamber of Commerce), Generally speaking, the credibility of an

the appointment (by parties adopting an there will usually be no need to go beyond arbitrator rests upon reputation, level of

adversarial stance) of a private “judge” who this and to resort to national law.

experience in arbitrating particular issues,

will decide on the matters in dispute. Thus, How is the award enforced?

or expertise/experience in a particular field.

arbitration is closer to court proceedings The Convention on the Recognition Arbitrators are generally not required to be

than ADR.

and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral members of the legal profession. However,

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) Awards (New York, 1958) provides for the to ensure effective arbitration and to increase

aims to achieve an amicable settlement enforcement of foreign arbitral awards the general credibility of the arbitral process,

of a dispute using the services of a third in the territory of the contracting parties. arbitrators will sometimes sit as a panel,

party, such as a mediator or a conciliator. Similar provisions are contained in the usually consisting of three arbitrators. The

What are the differences between the two?

earlier Convention on the Execution of trio consists of (1) an expert in the legal

For many reasons, not least in terms of

Foreign Arbitral Awards (Geneva, 1927). area within which the dispute falls (such

as contract law in the case of a dispute over

cost, ADR is preferable to arbitration. How does arbitration work outside the Czech

the terms and conditions of a contract), (2)

ADR, however, will only succeed if the Republic?

parties are well disposed towards it.

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an expert in the industry within which the

n the UK there is a statute law contained

dispute falls (such as the building industry

What are the advantages of arbitration over

in the 1996 Arbitration Act relating to

in the case of a dispute between a landlord

litigation?

arbitration that applies to England, Wales

and his or her general contractor), and (3) an

First, parties in an international contract

and Northern Ireland. It consolidates the

experienced arbitrator.

can entrust the resolution of their

existing legislation, introduces various

The ADR Institute of Canada provides

dispute to judges of their own choice. This

reforms and some codification. When

professional training and sets guidelines.

is an advantage particularly for parties

arbitration occurs under U.S. law, either

There is a two-part correspondence

who reside in different countries and have

party to the arbitration may appeal

programme designed for those with post-

different cultural and language backgrounds.

against the arbitrator’s decision at a court.

secondary education. Lawyers admitted to

Second, a binding decision, rather than

However, the court will generally not

the bar in Canada do not have to complete the

meticulous legal accuracy, is the preference

change the arbitrator’s findings of fact

first part of the course. In fact, a law degree

of many parties involved in trade. An

but will decide only whether the arbitrator

or training in arbitration is not essential. The

arbitration award is final, while a judgment

was guilty of malfeasance, or whether the

twelve lessons comprised in the programme

of a court may be appealed and re-appealed

arbitrator exceeded the limits of his or her

cover concepts and procedures of contract

so that considerable time lapses before the

authority in the arbitral award or whether

and tort law, arbitration acts and procedures,

matter has been finally determined. Third,

the award conflicts with positive law. In the

evidence and court control of arbitration.

arbitration is confidential; its hearings (if

case of arbitration under international law,

there are any) are not open and the pleadings

a right of appeal does not exist in general, Why is the issue of Svobodová’s arbitration

are not available for public perusal. In

although one may be provided for by the practice so important?

S sensitive matters this is an advantage.

arbitration agreement, provided that there ince May 2004, the Czech Republic has

is a court capable of hearing the appeal. become a full EU member state. We are

Who is eligible for arbitration?

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Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) now undergoing integration, ensuring that

deally, in the sector of international trade, is well established in Canada. The our national laws comply with EU laws,

the exporter should be aware of this Québec National International Commercial norms and regulations. There has to be an

option prior to entering into a contract of Arbitration Centre (QNICAC) that was amendment in the national law clarifying

sale. When the choice is made from the formed in 1986 currently operates as the arbitration in general and the position of

proceedings available for dispute resolution, Canadian Commercial Arbitration Centre arbitrators per se. Hopefully the Czech

the parties should insist that a provision (also known as the CCAC or the Centre). Republic will, in time, have its own fully

clearly specifying the chosen procedure is CCAC is a private, non-profit organization. functioning and reputable court that will

inserted into the contract. It is a common Its Head Office is located in Québec City deal with sensitive cases. This will expedite

experience that agreement at this point is and services are also provided from its progress of the proceedings.

easier than when a dispute has already arisen. Montreal Office.

By Mgr. Anna Shalina, A.G.

GoCanada 1/2007 September 2006 – January 2007


CANADIAN SUPPORT FOR THE CZECH CHAPTER OF TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL

he Canadian Embassy in Prague and the

TOpen Society Fund have co-sponsored

a project undertaken by Transparency

International Czech Republic (TIC, www.

transparency.cz) under the title “Transparent

Government Budgeting”. The objective has

been to give the public better information

on public budgeting, because “it is the

informed individual who can most effectively

ask questions and demand remedies when

he/she is not satisfied”, explains Adriana

Krnáčová, the Executive Director of TIC.

he project included an analysis of the

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handling of public finances in this

country which was carried out by Pavel

Kohout, Aleš Krejdl and Jan Pavel. The

following text summarizes the content of

the resulting paper:

he role of public finance is threefold:

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to secure the basic functioning of the

country, i.e. internal and external security,

judiciary, basic public services, etc.; social

expenditures in the area of education,

health and welfare; and expenses related to

macroeconomic stability. The 20th century

saw an explosion of public expenditures in

all political regimes, be they democratic,

dictatorial or totalitarian. The fastest increase

of expenses were the mandatory ones,

especially welfare expenses. As all regimes

strived to please the public, especially lowincome

groups, in exchange for political

gain, public expenses kept growing.

t is easy to increase expenses but

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extremely difficult to decrease them. The

alternation between left-of-centre and rightof-centre

governments has not affected this

pattern. Left-of-centre governments tend

to increase expenses (though not always).

Their right-of-centre counterparts almost

never manage to decrease expenses to the

original level but merely slow down the

growth. We have also seen right-of-centre

governments increase public spending.

he growth of public expenses in the

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20th century was not combined with

improved quality in public accounting.

While corporate accounting standards are

very strict (and keep getting stricter), publicsector

accounting remains lax. In most

countries, public accounting systems date to

a hundred years ago when government had

far fewer functions than it has today. There

are few countries worldwide which maintain a

public-finance balance, something absolutely

automatic in the corporate sector. Public

finance, national as well as multinational

(EU and other international organizations),

is thus an easy target for manipulation and

error through both negligence and intent.

hen referring to the structure

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of public finance in the Czech

Republic, the analysis points out the fact

that the government budget reallocates

only a part of the total sum and cites the

following troublesome aspects of Czech

public finance:

• Deficient fiscal culture and noncompliance

with the Act on the Budgetary

Rules. The process of forming the budget

suffers from the weak position of the

Minister of Finance in promoting the

draft budget within the government and

from the weak supervisory and control

powers of Parliament. MPs use a number

of amendments to compensate for their

weak position in the negotiating process

and embark on “dividing the cake” which

may, in effect, amount to another mode of

hidden financing of political parties.

• High mandatory expenses

• Non-compliance with budgetary rules,

especially binding expense frameworks

and statutory periods for drafting of the

government budget

• Rules for the creation of reserve funds

are wide open. Transfers to reserve funds

show that the chapters systematically

overestimate their budgetary needs, fail to

plan properly and are not held accountable

for their performance and results.

• Insufficient tools to measure the

effectiveness of public expenditures

• Existence of the government funds

is hard to justify and leads to a

fragmentation of public budgets

• Structure of the budget does not

correspond with the needs of modern

public-finance management

• Complex and user-unfriendly budget

documentation. (No transparent and

comprehensive information on the

reasons for a proposed deficit budget

or its potential impact on the national

economy, how government priorities

are reflected in particular revenues and

expenses, what public services will be

covered by individual ministries based on

their allocations, etc.).

he third part of the analysis focuses

Ton public finance control in the Czech

Republic, pointing out that a functioning

control mechanism serves, to a certain

extent, as a substitute for the profit-and-loss

accounting common in the private sector.

he control system in the Czech Republic

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is built on two pillars: a lay pillar and

an institutional pillar. Institutional control

is exercised by organizations which are,

fully or partially, in the public sector. The

lower chamber of Parliament is charged

with supervising proper allocation of the

budget. The Supreme Audit Office, an

independent institution, supervises the

handling of public finances at the central

level. The Anti-Monopoly Office has a

complementary task to oversee compliance

with the Act on Public Procurement. Lay

control is in the hands of the public, various

civic associations and NGOs.

he TIC analysis states that the Czech

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Republic does not yet have an efficient

control system. Several cases received

prominent media attention but produced

no real change. Similarly, the control

institutions, primarily the Supreme Audit

Office, have long pointed out the same

deficiencies and violations. Where there is

no pressure there is little will to improve the

status quo. A non-accountable environment

— together with the non-transparency of the

budget structure and the incomprehensible

system of numerous institutions and

organizations outside the budget — creates

the best possible background for corruption,

skimming of public funds, and inefficient

allocation of financial resources. The

current problem is not only the absence of

high-quality legislation, but also the failure

to enforce existing instruments.

he analysis recommends a number of

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remedial steps, e.g. to reduce the number

of involved organizations from outside

the budget process, initiate a programmefinancing

reform, improve performance

audits, and implement a new system of

public-procurement control. Last but not

least, the control system should introduce

personal responsibility and accountability

for violations and non-compliance.

SIETAR: CANADIAN EXPERIENCE CONTRIBUTES TOWARD PROMOTING INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION

IETAR – the Society for Intercultural

SEducation, Training and Research

- was created in 1974 by a group of people

who recognized the need for a professional

association to coordinate the activities and

resources of those working in the intercultural

fields. Since then, the Society has grown

from 300 to over 3,500 members in 60

countries, including Canada. Membership

of SIETAR is comprised of academics,

researchers, trainers and professionals in the

intercultural field. Canadian interculturalists

are grouped in SIETAR British Columbia

and SIETAR Calgary.

n recent times SIETAR Europa has

Ibegun the process of establishing

stronger links with the European Union

as well as with NGOs across Europe,

with the goal of bringing the knowledge

and experiences of SIETAR members to

assist the EU, governments and NGOs

in their work on issues such as migration,

integration, racism and xenophobia.

he most recent SIETAR Europa

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congress so far took place in 2005.

Eight delegates from Canada presented a

Canadian perspective of communication

across cultures. The topics that they

addressed included: tendencies in

intercultural research; past, present and

future challenges and opportunities in this

field; the new Japanese society as a model

of successful cultural conflict resolution;

multiple intelligence theory and the role of

self-reflection in intercultural learning and,

a young professional’s observations on how

to make a successful life abroad – something

that many members of our Chamber have

accomplished in their own lives.

n April 25 – 29, 2007, SIETAR Europa

O

will hold its next congress in Sofia,

Bulgaria – the City of Wisdom. Interested

professionals are warmly invited to take

part in this event, and to build up links

with the host country’s businesses, NGOs

and educational institutions. More at www.

sietar-europa.org.

This special initiative has been brought to

GoCanada’s attention by Eva Gordon-Smith.

September 2006 – January 2007 GoCanada 1/2007 21


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NEW CORPORATE MEMBERS

AARTKOM s.r.o.

Address: Staroměstské náměstí 24

293 01 Mladá Boleslav

Czech Republic

Phone: +420 326 734 793

Fax: +420 326 734 795

E-mail: hencl@aartkom.com

Website: www.aartkom.com

Contact person: Marek Hencl | Managing Director

At AARTKOM we provide consulting and

outsourcing services in the field of Business

Development, Sales Development, Product

Management and Project Management. We are experienced in the

market segment of ICT, where our main focus is to support and

strengthen our customers in the development of either new services or

in the expansion of the existing services. Part of our added value is

increasing the efficiency and transparency of our customers’ operational

processes. We are ready to provide for you turnkey solutions from

business case evaluation to completing complex projects and handing

them over to operations.

Business Field Management, s.r.o.

Address: Milady Horákové 14

370 05 České Budějovice

Czech Republic

Phone: +420 602 408 790, 608 743 737

Fax: +420 553 773 048

E-mail: info@bfm.cz

Website: www.bfm.cz

Contact persons: Michal Beránek, Bronislav Rovňák

BFM is a company that specializes in effectiveness

improvement of enterprises, direct services and other

establishments. Its work is based on management

systems implementation, process re-engineering, management training

and employees motivation for change. The emphasis is on the most

effective utilization of resources in the client’s operations. BFM is the

company that provides clients with real and sustainable results in a

trustworthy and honest manner.

BUSINESS LEASE s.r.o.

Address: Radlická 714/113a

158 00 Praha 5

Czech Republic

Phone: +420 225 778 800

Fax: +420 225 778 899

E-mail: info@businesslease.cz

Website: www.businesslease.cz

Business Lease provides services in the Czech

Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary

with a coordinated approach of Full Service

Operational Leasing in the Central European region for every brand

and type of passenger and commercial vehicle. Established in the Czech

Republic in 1996, Business Lease is a subsidiary of the Business Lease

Group (Netherlands) – a business entity with long experience with

anything related to the management of cars and a focus on the best

individual mobility solutions.

CONTI PAN, s.r.o.

Address: Dlouhá 274

417 42 Krupka 1 - Bohosudov

Czech Republic

Prague office: Kříženeckého nám. 322

152 00 Praha 5 – Barrandov

Czech Republic

Phone: +420 251 680 770

Fax: +420 251 680 770

E-mail: info@contipan.cz

NEW INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS

Anderová, Eva

Address: Volutová 2524/12

150 00 Praha 5

Czech Republic

Phone: +420 251 619 151, 602 274 798

E-mail: e.anderova@seznam.cz

Lukas, Stephen

Address: Karlovo náměstí 3

120 00 Praha 2

Czech Republic

Phone: +420 224 910 614

E-mail: stephen.lukas@greenmail.ch

Navrátil, Martin

Address: V Jirchářích 146/5

110 00 Praha 1

Czech Republic

Phone: +420 724 040 342

Fax: +420 466 304 644

E-mail: martin.navratil@synpo.cz

Website: www.synpo.cz

Pollak, Pavel

Address: Sušická 609/9

160 00 Praha 6

Czech Republic

Phone: +420 776 114 911

E-mail: pavel.pollak@volny.cz

Website: www.contipan.cz

Contact person: Henry Tieze

Since 1994, CONTI PAN has been involved in

sales and distribution of a variety of products used

in the building industry in the Czech Republic, the

Slovak Republic and Austria representing DOW

Chemical Europe/USA (PLI foam), Swiss Krono Group – Kronopol

(OSB, DTD, MDF, flooring etc.), NUTECH Energy Systems

– Canada (Lifebreath Heat Recovery Ventilations & Furnaces) and

Olympic Manufacturing Group – USA (fasteners). The company also

manufactures its own building system, K-Kontrol®.

Czech Business Club, a.s.

Address: Aria Hotel

Tržiště 9

118 00 Praha 1

Czech Republic

Phone: +420 257 533 733

Fax: +420 257 533 734

E-mail: info@czechbusinessclub.cz

Website: www.czechbusinessclub.cz

Contact person: Romana Drobíková | President

Unites the successful. Networking, lobbying,

support for charity projects.

GRN – Global Recruiters of Czech Republic

Address: Platnéřská 6

110 00 Praha 1

Czech Republic

Phone: +420 221 108 676 (direct)

+420 222 222 182

+420 608 816 500

E-mail: info@grnczech.com

Website: www.grnczech.com

Contact person: Michael Rainey | CEO-

Managing Director

ORIANA Tours, s.r.o.

Address: Italská 11

120 00 Praha 2

Czech Republic

Phone: +420 224 222 693, 224 215 258,

224 222 428

Fax: +420 224 218 359

E-mail: info@oriana.cz

Website: www.oriana.cz

Contact person: Jana Smrčková | General Manager

ORIANA Tours is widely recognized as the premier

incoming and business trip arrangement company

in the Czech Republic. With over 12 years in the

business, we are experienced and knowledgeable to

handle the complete travel service arrangements of travel groups of all

sizes. Our professional, multilingual and experienced staff and our

quality suppliers guarantee all of the services offered.

Our friendly and personable staff is driven by the desire to provide the

best service and will help to fulfill your requests, saving you both time

and money.

We are members of: ACK (Czech Association of Travel Agencies),

ASTA (American Society of Travel Agencies), IATA (International

Air Travel Association)

Prague City Apartments s.r.o.

Address: Divadelní 24

110 00 Praha 1

Czech Republic

Phone: +420 224 990 990, 800 800 722

Fax: +420 224 990 999

Gürlich, Robert

Address: Jihozápadní V 987/6

141 00 Praha 4

Czech Republic

Phone: +420 603 799 332

E-mail: Robert.gurlich@ikem.cz

Maťašovský, Igor

Address: Lucinková 4

198 00 Praha 9

Czech Republic

Phone: +420 602 431 781

E-mail: matasovsky@seznam.cz

Palečka, Peter

Address: Jahodová 1565

252 28 Černošice

Czech Republic

Phone: +420 602 364 711

Fax: +420 251 643 540

E-mail: peter_palecka@volny.cz

Velká, Jana

Address: Hlubočepská 1113/33F

152 00 Praha 5 - Hlubočepy

Czech Republic

Phone: +420 603 426 290

Fax: +420 251 812 681

E-mail: velka@mbox.vol.cz

jana.velka@senam.cz

GoCanada 1/2007 September 2006 – January 2007

E-mail:

Imichalova@prague-city-apartments.cz

Website: www.prague-city-apartments.cz

Contact person: Ivana Michalová

Prague City Apartments s.r.o. is the exclusive

owner of over 100 fully serviced apartments

which are located in the most attractive and central locations in

Prague. Whether you are with us on business, taking a break or

just stopping over, you will find our rooms welcoming, relaxing and

fully furnished with every comfort and convenience you could wish

for. We give you a home-like environment with plenty of space. Our

serviced apartments are available for stays of any length, from one

night to several months. We offer our guests studios to three bedroom

apartments, transfer from the airport to the hotel-residence and

unlimited high-speed Internet access are included in the total price.

Ask for special and corporate rates!

Ross Associates spol. s r.o.

Address: Horní 210

Dobřejovice

251 70 Praha - východ

Phone: +420 323 637 004

Fax: +420 323 637 004

E-mail: david.samwell@ross-security.cz

Website: www.ross-security.cz

Contact person: David R. Samwell MBA | Managing

Director and Owner

Ross Associates is an independent security

consultancy with experience ranging from security

of heads of state to protection of banks, factories and general office

buildings. We develop total security solutions involving electronic

systems, manpower and physical protection. Our solutions will be cost

effective, as well as provide effective security.

Royal Crafts, s.r.o.

Address: Luční 225 - Lobkovice

277 11 Neratovice

Czech Republic

Phone: +420 775 103 931, 775 103 928,

775 103 930

E-mail: royalcrafts@seznam.cz

Website: www.royalcrafts.cz

Contact person: Marek J. Lopko | Director

Import of high-quality French wines, wine-based drinks

and spirits

Arts and crafts, especially manufacture of replicas

Vysoká škola finanční a správní, o.p.s.

Address: Estonská 500

101 00 Praha 10

Czech Republic

Phone: +420 271 741 597, 210 088 800

Fax: +420 271 740 871

E-mail: info@vsfs.cz

Website: www.vsfs.cz

Contact person: Dr. Bohuslava Šenkýřová | President

Vysoká škola finanční a správní (Institute of Finance

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its five local study centres. Focus is on Management,

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research meets our objective to accompany our graduates in their career

development in the 21st century.

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Address: V Štíhlách 3/1311

140 00 Praha 4

Czech Republic

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E-mail: phanak49@seznam.cz

Mikeska, Stanislav

Address: Malměřice 16

441 01

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Phone: +420 415 211 168

Fax: +420 415 211 168

E-mail: aplikaceo3@seznam.cz

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Address: c/o Manchester

Metropolitan University

68 Daisy Bank Road

Manchester, United Kingdom

Phone: +420 604 429 973

E-mail: p.a.podda@mmu.ac.uk


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