Dutch Business Club

Connecting Dutch professionals in Vancouver & Lower Mainland
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The Dutch Business Club (DBC), previously known as Dutch Business & Professional Association, was established in 2012 as a Society serving the Dutch business community in Greater Vancouver, British Columbia.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to bring together professionals and entrepreneurs of Dutch heritage or with a connection to the Netherlands, by organizing events with either a cultural, culinary or business theme, for the purpose of networking in an inspiring and relaxed environment.

Our Membership Plan Includes Discounted Event Rates

Upcoming Events

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News and Updates

Bent u Nederlander en woont, werkt of studeert u al minimaal 4 maanden in het buitenland? Dan vraagt het Sociaal en Cultureel Planbureau (SCP) graag uw medewerking voor een kort online onderzoek naar uw beeld van Nederland.

Het SCP is bezig met een groot onderzoek naar de wijze waarop men naar Nederland kijkt. Wij zijn benieuwd hoe Nederlanders in het buitenland tegen Nederland aankijken nu ze enige tijd (minimaal 4 maanden) in het buitenland hebben gewoond, gewerkt of gestudeerd. Zijn er bijvoorbeeld Nederlandse vanzelfsprekendheden die in het buitenland helemaal niet zo vanzelfsprekend zijn? Op deze en andere vragen zou het Sociaal en Cultureel Planbureau graag antwoorden vinden.

Via de onderstaande link kunt u de vragenlijst invullen. Dit duurt ongeveer 10 minuten. Uw antwoorden worden vertrouwelijk en anoniem behandeld. Uw tijd en deelname wordt zeer op prijs gesteld!


Our Board Members

The Dutch Business Club is managed and operated by a group of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers (Directors) who are Dutch professionals and entrepreneurs living in Greater Vancouver.
Tjerk Weidema, President


Project Manager

TJ was born in Delft and moved to Canada in 1998 with his Canadian wife and two children. With a degree in sport management he opened his own sport club in the Netherlands and later became a general manager for a large chain of clubs. Having to start all over again in Canada, he became project manager for the largest commercial roofing and flooring contractor in North America overseeing western Canada.

In his spare time, TJ has been on many boards in the Netherlands as well as in Canada for several associations. He has a passion for active life styles, healthy living and supporting groups, events and societies streamlining its organization

Barbara Arnold

Barbara Arnold

Entrepreneur & Artist

Entrepreneur and artist, was born and raised in The Hague in the Netherlands and immigrated to Canada in 1981. She studied at the University of Victoria and also has a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management and Travel and Tourism management.

During her career she worked in several hotels and at world expositions in different management positions; she ran a private real estate investment company, was the founder of an adventure travel company specializing in worldwide horseback riding vacations as well as being the interviewer for Tulip TV, the Dutch television network. In 2011, she studied part-time at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design and became a full time abstract artist and now has a studio/gallery on Granville Island. Barbara brings lots of project management skills and creative ideas to the Dutch Business Club.

Maarten den Ouden

Maarten den Ouden

Netherlands Consulate Vancouver

Maarten has been living in Vancouver for more than 10 years and was born in Sliedrecht. He enjoys living in this beautiful area and tries to spend as much time outdoors, in nature and on his bike in town.

He is working at the Netherlands consulate where he supports Dutch companies expand in Western Canada.

Ineke Kalwij

Ineke Kalwij

Consultant & Owner Kalwij Water Dynamics Inc. (KWD)

Ineke was born and raised in The Netherlands and has been working oversees for several years before moving to British Columbia. Educated in water management (The Netherlands and U.S.A), her interests are in the field of protecting our water resources (in particular aquifer protection) and sustainable water management. She is proud owner of KWD, a water consulting firm which specializes in hydrogeology, water management, and awareness building and education. She contributes (as member) to sustainability committees (City of Coquitlam, BC Water & Waste Association), and reaches out to schools and communities regarding water resources protection & sustainability.
Juul Heijblom

Juul Heijblom

Senior Customer Support Manager

Juul Heijblom was born in The Netherlands in a town called Bavel next to Breda and has a degree in Aircraft Engineering. Together with his wife and two children they have lived in Brazil for 5 year before they moved to Canada, Vancouver in December 2017.

Juul works for Heli-One a global MRO company within the helicopter industry and is responsible for the Customer Support for the Western Hemisphere. He joined Heli-One in 2005 after working with Schreiner for 5 year.

Besides exploring the outdoors in beautiful British Colombia in winter and summer he likes to put together a nice meal, spend time with his family or reading a book.

Marianne Cauwels

Marianne Cauwels

Entrepreneur and Artist

Marianne Cauwels was born in the Flemish part of Belgium, in a small town between Bruges and Ghent, named Eeklo.
After living in Belgian Congo, New York, Paris and London she settled down in Antwerp were she raised her two daughters together with her husband.
Since the end of 2016, she lives in downtown Vancouver.

Marianne Cauwels is the co-owner of The Belgian House, that was founded in September 2017 and represents Belgian decor designers in North America.

Besides walking and hiking, she loves to explore the city with her bicycle. Any additional spare time she has, is spend painting oil- portraits and drawing.

Noud de Rover

Noud de Rover

Owner of Data Roots Web Design & Development

Originally from Utrecht, The Netherlands, Noud moved to Canada in 2014. He is currently living together with his wife in Port Moody where he runs his own web design and development business.

One of the most interesting aspects about his job is that he is able to work with a large variety of business industries and help his clients to be more successful online.

Noud is a volunteer board member of three different non-profit organizations and joins several Meetup groups as well.

In his spare time Noud likes to enjoy the stunning outdoors that Vancouver has to offer. He loves to ride his bicycle, go hiking or paddling.

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