Canadian Association of Polish Businesses (CPBA) reports on results of annual meeting and provides update on fall 2021 activities



MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO, CANADA, December 24, 2021 / – The Canadian Association of Polish Businesses (“CPBA” or “The Association”) is pleased to provide an update on the activities for the quarter of the fall 2021.

Name change of approved association from Polcham Canada to Canadian Polish Business Association:
At our 2021 AGM, members voted unanimously to change the name of our organization to Canadian Polish Business Association, including a redesign of our logo. The name better reflects who we are and what we do in the future.

Results of the annual meeting:
Members also voted on a new set of statutes for the Association. The aim was to strengthen corporate governance issues and provide a solid basis for the growth expected in the years to come.

The Association also re-elected two members of the Council for a term of 3 years. The board of directors for the coming year is as follows:

Kathryn Buis Director of Commercial Initiatives, BMO Bank of Montreal
Tom Dudek Managing Director, Altitude Investments Inc.
Jon Grayson CEO, Wawel Villa Inc.
Marek Joczys Director, P&W Intermodal (an international TFI company)
Patricia Kajda Partner, MNP srl
Anna Litwinski Regional Vice-President, BMO Bank of Montreal
Eric Szustak President, Quinsam Capital Corporation
Bogdan Szybalski Vice-president, Hugh Wood Canada Ltée.

The Municipal Machinery Division of Pronar becomes a Member and Sponsor of our Association:
We welcome Pronar Municipal Machines Division (“Pronar”) as a member and thank you for your sponsorship. Pronar is one of the leading manufacturers of modern equipment for agriculture, municipal services and the transport industry with almost 50% market share in the Polish market. Pronar is also one of the largest manufacturers of rims for agricultural machinery in the world, prominent in the sectors of agriculture, forestry, municipal management, transport and construction.

At the gala ceremony of Congress 590 in Poland, the President of Pronar, Sergiusz Martyniuk received the Economic Prize from the President of the Republic of Poland. This prestigious award, presented to Mr. Martyniuk directly by the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, recognizes companies and individuals who have made a significant contribution to Poland’s economy and its image abroad. Speaking about Pronar, the President of Poland said: “I am happy that we have a company with such great potential”. We look forward to contributing to the expansion of Pronar’s business in Canada.

Initiatives to help companies “do business in Canada”:
Our vision is to be the preeminent organization that fosters relationships between Canadian and Polish business. We have set up the Doing Business in Canada committee, where we help Polish and European companies grow in the dynamic and innovative Canadian market. By leveraging the collective expertise of our continuously growing members, we connect businesses with our members, creating mutually beneficial business opportunities and developing successful relationships. Some of the future initiatives of the committee are:
• Improvements and streamlining of our business connection process to add more value to our members;
• Development of a digital library aimed at educating foreign entities on typical market entry. The library will include publications and podcasts, as well as access to training materials offered by our members and sponsors;
• Expand our professional network to become a “One-Stop-Source” for foreign entities looking for market entry assistance;
• Develop partnerships and affiliations with local and foreign companies as well as with governmental and non-governmental organizations, in Canada and abroad, in order to improve the level of service and assistance that the association can offer .

Successful Annual Christmas Networking Event:
Thank you to everyone who attended our annual Christmas Networking Event at the Mississauga Art Gallery on November 24, 2021. We were pleased to welcome the following dignitaries: Mrs. Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga; Ms. Natalia Kusendova, MLA for Mississauga Center; and Mr. Michal Pszczolkowski, Vice-Consul, Economic Affairs, Republic of Poland in Toronto. Also present were members of the “High Quality BioEurope” trade mission from Poland.

Support for the North American “High Quality BioEurope” promotional campaign:
The CPBA is proud to support the information and promotion campaign “High Quality BioEurope” carried out by the Polish Association of Processors and Producers of Ecological Products “Polska Ekologia”. The aim of the campaign is to raise the level of awareness of high quality European ecological products in North America.

On November 25, CPBA representatives attended an official High Quality BioEurope promotional event held in Toronto during a five-day trade delegation from Poland. Also in attendance were several distinguished guests representing the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers, as well as several Canadian food importers, distributors and retailers. The event took place at the Westin Harbor Castle Hotel under the honorary patronage of the Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto, Ms. Magdalena Pszczolkowska. The Association looks forward to future cooperation in 2022 and 2023, during which the “High Quality BioEurope” program should continue. Visit for more details on the program.

Thank you to our sponsors:
The Canadian-Polish Business Association could not function without the generous support of all of our corporate sponsors.
We continually highlight these sponsors at our events, website and social media platforms.
Thank you for your sponsorship for 2021 as indicated here:

Platinum Sponsors
BMO Bank of Montreal
Peterson McVicar LLP
St. Helen’s Meat Packers Limited

Gold Sponsors
Aican Graphics Inc.
Cyclone MFG inc.
Dr Michael Surkont
Katika Integrated Communications Inc.
PMA Canada Inc.

Silver Sponsors
Bogdan Szybalski, Vice-President Hugh Wood Canada Ltée.
Pronar Municipal Machinery Division
Szapiel Consulting
Trinity River Pictures Inc.

Bronze Sponsors
Altitude Investments Inc.
Ancaster Seal
Mississauga Art Gallery
Polish Cultural Center John Paul II
Quinsam Capital Corporation
Intermodal P&W
Villa Wawel Inc.

About the Canadian Association of Polish Businesses

The Canadian Polish Business Association is a non-profit organization based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Our vision is to be the preeminent organization that fosters relationships between Canadian and Polish business.

We develop strong business and personal relationships, provide services to global Polish companies and provide career opportunities for the Polish Canadian community. We value Canadian and Polish businesses, integrity, diversity and inclusion, entrepreneurship and professionalism.

Eric szustak
Canadian Association of Polish Affairs
+ 19053307948
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