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Andreas Truckenbrodt
Clean Energy Consultant

I arrived in Vancouver in 2008 intending to stay for only three years. However, I have since become a Canadian citizen and have decided to make Canada my permanent home. I transitioned from the automotive industry to becoming a consultant specializing in clean energy.

Annett Forcier
Founder and Managing Director of @EmailBoutique Digital Inc.

Annett Forcier offers customized email solutions, including design, development, and management of responsive emails. She helps businesses improve their email marketing with responsive templates, automation, and effective campaign management, and provides consulting and training to enhance email strategies.

Britt Lampe
Partner at Manning Elliott in Vancouver CPA, CGA

Britt specializes in providing comprehensive accounting, tax, and business advisory services, with a particular focus on assisting German-speaking clients in navigating Canadian and cross-border tax complexities. With a background rooted in both a German public accounting firm and Canadian public practice, Britt brings a wealth of experience to her role as the head of the firm’s German Practice Group.

David Basche
President, Astria Properties

Astria Properties is a BC based real estate developer that specializes in boutique industrial developments and investment opportunities. At Astria we define boutique developments and investments as small to mid scale opportunities. 

Elke Babicki
M.Ed., R.C.C.

Elke Babicki, M.Ed., R.C.C., has been a consultant to corporations and a clinical counselor in private practice for over 25 years. For Elke Babicki, her family’s history has been more than a peripheral influence ­– it has been the determining factor shaping her life’s trajectory from growing up in a small Bavarian town to becoming a prominent therapist on the Canadian West Coast. Elke Babicki is also an author and motivationals speaker. 

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Edmundo P. Guevara
Partner at Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP

Edmundo Guevara is a Partner in the Insurance, Construction and Infrastructure, and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups at Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP. His litigation practice focuses on insurance defence, construction disputes, commercial and business disputes, and personal injury. Edmundo has a diverse legal background having practiced extensively in the Philippines before immigrating to Canada, particularly in the areas of tax, commercial and business law.

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Hans Gust
Agent at Royal LePage

Looking to buy or sell your home? As your Royal LePage REALTOR®, I’m committed to guiding you every step of the way. I would be pleased to offer you personalized support and guide you through the process. Whether marketing your property professionally and effectively or helping you find your new home, I will put my expertise to work and listen to your needs.

Hartmut Friedrichs
CEO at ADEPT24 Business Solutions Inc.

Welcome to ADEPT24 Business Solutions, your trusted partner for navigating the Canadian market. With our expertise in assisting German companies, we offer specialized services in market entry, business setup, HR, product visibility, retail network expansion, and development, tailored to the unique needs of the Canadian gift industry. Let us help you maximize your opportunities and achieve success in Canada.

ADEPT24 Business Solutions Inc.
Heiko Riese
UBS Bank (Canada)

UBS Wealth Management offers a comprehensive range of investment products and services individually tailored for private clients. UBS is headquartered in Switzerland and has been present in Canada since 1951, with a platform that is unlike any other in Canada.

LinkedIn Account
Jens Schuster
Founder & Proud Globalista

Dedicated creator of cross cultural networks and partnerships. Always Bready to roll. I want to help baking the world a breader & healthier place. No sugar added. Vancouver is my home, though the world is my oyster. I am an experienced passionate entrepreneur & leader with a long-standing track record in the travel & hospitality industry. Extensive proof of success in global Business Transformation & Business Development. I graduated in International Business Management at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Jutta Purchase
CEO German Canadian Benevolent Society of B.C.

Experienced CEO with a history in healthcare and nonprofit sectors. Skilled in business development, healthcare consulting, customer service, coaching, and strategic planning. A visionary leader focused on continuous improvement, client satisfaction, and overall organizational success.

Katja Jobs
MJ Installations

mj.installations provides clients with a wide range of home renovations and services, including custom cabinetry, kitchen cabinets, custom millwork and designer closet systems. Other types of services also include wainscoting designs, decorative accent pieces, and panelling, as well as kitchen and bathroom renovations.

Leïla Guérin
Art | Art Direction

Driven, entrepreneurial, out-of-the-box emotional-maker making Art & Art direction as lifeblood. Successful in creating memorable visual experiences in a heartbeat. Team player asset when embedded in a harmonious team. Gained strong international experience in Paris, Geneva and Montreal. French native, fluent in English and Spanish.

Malte Kluetz
CEO & Founder

As the founder of the Vancouver Christmas Market, Malte has played a pivotal role in shaping one of the city's most beloved holiday traditions. With a focus on community engagement and cultural celebration, Malte has successfully curated a market that brings joy to visitors of all ages.

Vancouver Christmas Market
Marianne Werner
Tour Director/Western Canada

Meet Marianne Werner, a seasoned tour director specializing in Western Canada and a knowledgeable city guide for Vancouver. Born and educated in Germany, Marianne now resides in Canada, where she shares her passion for stunning landscapes and vibrant culture with tour groups, many of whom hail from her homeland.

Dr. Martina Fischer Kaessner

Germany-EuropeTechnical University of Chemnitz, PHD in Engineering, (Dr.-Ing. in Germany), Mechanical Engineering, Plastic Technology in Switzerland

Monika Sievers-Redekop

Monika Sievers-Redekop, LL.M., has practiced law since 1989, admitted to the Hamburg Bar and the Bar in British Columbia since 2000, focusing on Canadian citizenship and immigration law, advising global clients. With international experience in Tokyo, Brussels, Hamburg, Vancouver, the EU in Brussels, and the UN in Geneva, she has managed Western Canada for the Canadian-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce. 

Roland Schulze
Partner at ActivateFuture

The way we shape the economy changes automatically when people's consciousness changes! Emotions and values are not an annoying accessory, but the necessary framework that leads us to peak form in our work and personal development.

Ruediger (Rudy) Six
CEO, INVERS Mobility Solutions Inc.

Master, Electrical Engineering - Communications at Universität Siegen (1992 - 1997), CEO at

CEO, INVERS Mobility Solutions Inc.
Sabine Bani-Sadr
Flight Centre Independent

My objective is to travel and share my travel experiences with others. I still have lots of destinations on my bucket list.

Ullrich Schade
President and Brand Strategist

Ullrich leads NextPhase Strategy with his marketing expertise, creative talent, and business acumen. His company offers integrated design, marketing, advertising, communications, and public relations services. Previously, Ullrich worked as an art director and creative director at national advertising agencies in Toronto and Vancouver.

Ute Nehm
Owner: Trusted Bookworks

With over 25 years of bookkeeping and accounting experience across two continents, I've embraced cloud-based solutions like QuickBooks Online to expertly support my clients' growth. In my free time, I enjoy exploring new recipes in my kitchen, gardening, and hiking the North Shore Trails.

Board of Directors 2024

Andrea Basche

Andrea Basche’s career started 40 years ago in Germany’s real estate industry. It led to her role as CEO of multiple family-owned development companies. Embracing her entrepreneurial spirit, she followed her passion for healthcare and founded a new company.

BB Coaching
Ekkehard Goetting
Vice President

Returned to Canada following 26 years in Hong Kong and having worked for AHK in Western Canada in the 1980's, I find it very important to reconnect with the German Community. Ekkehard's company is the APXG Asia Pacific Xpert Group

LinkedIn Account
Manuel Ruthardt

Product Manager at Broadridge in Vancouver, BC, with 6+ years of experience. He previously held roles at KPMG Luxembourg and ScotiaMcLeod, earning his skills in financials and regulatory services. A young professional working in the Fintech Industry and enjoying Canadian life since 2016.

Claudia Liebrecht
Director Membership

Multi-lingual, results-driven tourism professional with over 20 years of active involvement in the tourism industry both on a national and international level. A collaborative relationship builder equipped with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Claudia Liebrecht
Kirsten Friedrichs
Director Communications, Marketing, Media

I am the co-owner of ADEPT24 Business Solutions Inc. alongside my husband. With a strong background in digital marketing, I'm enhancing brand visibility and engagement for our clients. Additionally, I oversee finances, HR, and business development, ensuring our business's smooth operation and growth.

Kirsten Friedrichs
Anne-Laure Brault
Director Events

I worked all my career for big industrial operations in France and Germany, for whom I led Worldwide business as Managing Director. I specialize in turnaround, optimization, and strategic growth. Recently, I decided to change my career to become a leadership advisor for different kinds of businesses to help executives reach their company’s full potential through a human-centric approach.

Anne-Laure Brault
Kai Knutson
Director Young Professionals and Student Programs

I  work with Business Owners to help them manage their Corporate and Personal Wealth. I leverage the knowledge, expertise, and experience of our Wealth Management team to implement synergistic financial strategies that are integrated in every aspect of my client’s written plan. Before joining RBC Dominion Securities, I was a partner in a Financial Tech company.

Honorary Members

Beatrice Schreiber
PAST President (Honorary Member)

Beatrice Schreiber, a Lifetime Honorary Member,  immigrated  to Canada in 1995 with her husband Stefan. Together they founded 'Bel Art Gallery' and successfully made the transition to North Vancouver, BC. She was president of the association for over a decade.

Business Partners

German Missions in Canada

Welcome to the shared homepage of the German Embassy in Ottawa and the Consulates General in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver!

German Consulate General Vancouver

Welcome to the official representation of the Federal Republic of Germany in Western Canada. Our consular district covers British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, as well as Yukon and the Northwest Territories.

Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce Inc.

With our wide portfolio of services, offered to both members and non-members of the Chamber, we assist many companies to expand and maximise their activities abroad.

Consulate of Austria in Vancouver

The Austrian Consulate in Vancouver is a lower level diplomatic representative office appointed by the Embassy of Austria in Canada and is led by Mr David Haber - Honorary Consul General of Austria to Canada.

Swiss Canadian Chamber of Commerce

The Swiss Canadian Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1985 and since then the SCCC went through different changes, organized hundreds of events and help businesses to establish relationships in Western Canada.

Vancouver Westside German School

Vancouver Westside German School offers a K-12 German after-school language program for German as a foreign language and German as a second language for children aged 5+. Our small class sizes  enables us to create a strong community of students, parents, teachers, and staff.

Surrey German Language School

The Surrey German Language School provides internationally recognized German language education for students from kindergarten to graduation. We believe everyone has the capability to learn to speak German and we give our students the tools to develop their full potential.

Vancouver Alpen Club

The Vancouver Alpen Club was founded in 1935 by immigrants from the Alpine Regions of Germany and Austria. The Deutsches Haus Restaurant has been closing since July 2022, due to a Redevelopment. In 2025 they plan to reopen and continue all traditions and culture of the past 85 years.

German Canadian Care Home

The German-Canadian Care Home is a 132-bed complex care home operated by the German-Canadian Benevolent Society of British Columbia. Our services include 24-hour professional nursing care, social work and pastoral care, rehabilitation and recreation services, meals, housekeeping and laundry.

Austrian Vancouver Club

The Austria Vancouver Club (AVC) was established to practice and uphold Austrian traditions and language. It is located at 5851 Westminster Highway in Richmond, BC. They are home to the AVC Melody Choir and the Edelweiss Dancers.

ALBERTANER German-Canadian Newspaper

The Albertaner was founded in 1995 by the German-Canadian journalist Arnim Joop in Edmonton. It is an online newsletter for German-speaking Albertans reporting on current developments in Germany, and publishing articles about events in the German-Canadian community.

Greater Vancouver Board of Trade
Since its inception in 1887, the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade has been recognized as Western Canada's leading business association, engaging our members to inform public policy at all levels of government and empowering them to succeed and prosper in the global economy.
Since 1964, the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) has taught and trained experts, professionals, and innovators who shape our economy—across BC and around the world.