Events

Post Archives

Chile: A Digital Country

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Chile: A Digital Country
Presented by the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce
Presented in Partnership with Select Greater Philadelphia, KPMG, Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ProChile, and Chiletec
October 23rd, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 PM
KPMG LLP

On Monday, October 23rd the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia hosted a group of Chilean IT innovators for the unveiling of Chile’s newest technology brand, Ch1l3: A Digital Country. The new sector brand is the creation of multiple Chilean IT companies, in partnership with ProChile, and is represented by four different founding partners: Agence, Linets, Tecnova Global Solutions, and Ki Technology, as well as Chiletec, the chamber of tech companies in Chile. The reception was one stop of a three part tour of the US made by the innovators during an international campaign to promote their new services platform.  Attendees gathered to witness the official unveiling of Ch1l3 and network while enjoying hors d’oeuvres as well as a variety of different Chilean wines and pisco.

Honorary Consul of Chile for Philadelphia, Benjamin Leavenworth, began the evening by stressing the important relationship between Chile and the Greater Philadelphia region.  Leavenworth noted that Chile is a strong, innovative country that has produced a number of mature tech brands including those in attendance. Following Leavenworth’s introduction, Philadelphia Managing Partner of KPMG LLC, Frank Mattei took center stage.  Mattei elaborated on the importance of global networking and wished all in attendance a successful evening.

Rodrigo Contreras, Head Economic Department & Trade Commissioner of ProChile D.C., was the night’s third speaker.  Before introducing the brand’s founding partners, Contreras expressed his satisfaction with Chile’s ability to export more than just raw materials as part of the fourth industrial revolution.

As Martin Lewit of Nisum Latin America made his way toward the microphone, it was time for the official unveiling of Ch1l3: A Digital Country.  A short video was shown which described the brand’s function and expressed its importance and relevance to companies in the U.S., explaining that the two countries shared very similar technological cultures.  Following the unveiling, additional members from the brand’s founding partners, including Agence, Linets, Tecnova, and Chiletec introduced themselves and the organizations they represent.

Shortly after, guest speaker Patrick Millar of Love Park Robotics LLC was introduced. Millar expressed his fondness for Chile both as a tourist destination and as a source of qualified and experienced tech innovators. He then began speaking to the growing success of E-commerce and Robotics in the Philadelphia area, also citing the influence of the fourth industrial revolution.

Before Benjamin Leavenworth retook the stage to close the evening, Sylvie Gallier-Howard welcomed the delegation on behalf of the City of Philadelphia.  Gallier-Howard thanked those in attendance and spoke about the growing tech scene in Philadelphia, noting that the new tech brand would prove to be a valuable partner to our city. Benjamin Leavenworth then announced the winners of the night’s wine and pisco raffle.  Leavenworth proceeded to thank those in attendance and encourage anyone to reach out with any inquiries before closing the evening’s presentations.

Thank you to KPMG for graciously hosting us in their space and to Select Greater Philadelphia for partnering with us on this event. Also, gracias to ProChile for kindly providing the Chilean Pisco.

For more photos of the unveiling of Chile: A Digital Country, please visit our Flickr page.

To read more from AL DÍA News, click here.

20th Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon: Honoree Spotlight

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

20th Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon
Friday, November 17, 2017
The Union League of Philadelphia | 140 South Broad Street | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Chilean Wine Tasting & Reception 11:30 a.m.
Luncheon & Awards Celebration 12:00 Noon

Receiving the 20th Annual “Friend of Chile” Award: The Honorable Tom Wolf, Governor of Pennsylvania

Governor Tom Wolf grew up in south central Pennsylvania in a small town in York County, where he continues to live today.

Tom studied Government while Dartmouth College.  Before graduation, Tom decided to join the Peace Corps where he would serve two years in a small village in India.  After his service, Tom returned to Dartmouth College to finish his undergraduate degree, and would later go on to earn graduate degrees from both the University of London and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Tom was sworn in as Pennsylvania’s 47th governor on January 20, 2015, and has since devoted himself to working tirelessly to help the people of the state of Pennsylvania.

In addition to his work with the middle class, education, and healthcare, Tom’s economic development team has made major accomplishments in regards to Pennsylvania business relocation and expansion projects.

Last November, Governor Wolf announced plans to invest $300 million in the Port of Philadelphia as part of a comprehensive Capital Investment Program. This investment works to improve the port’s facilities, and therefore invest in our region’s trade partnership with Chile. Tom’s belief in the Port of Philadelphia has allowed the port to double its container capacity and increased its capability to work more efficiently with more opportunities for growth in the future, all while creating thousands of jobs in the process.

The investment is one of the largest among east coast ports and raises Philadelphia’s prominence in the shipping world. Chile is the Port of Philadelphia’s 5th top trade partner; from January to August in 2016 trade with Chile rose 3.05 percent to over $850 million. With the new improvements and expansion to the Port of Philadelphia, the region’s trade with Chile and the economic benefits associated with commerce will only continue to rise.

Receiving the 2017 “Lifetime Achievement” Award: Robert Palaima, President of Delaware River Stevedores, Inc.

As President of Delaware River Stevedores, Inc., Robert W. Palaima has forged his company into a vital force along both sides of the Delaware River.  Deeply committed to the success of the Ports of Camden, Philadelphia, and Wilmington, Robert has played a significant role in negotiating labor agreements to dramatically increase port competitiveness.

A native of Chicago, Robert attended Colgate University as a War Memorial Scholar, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Since 1988 he has worked for Delaware River Stevedores, Inc. (DRS), becoming President in 1990.  He was responsible for leading his company into dramatic reorganization in 1992, transforming it into a major stevedore of bulk, breakbulk, perishable and containerized cargoes.

In 1993, Robert was recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal as a recipient of the inaugural Forty Under Forty award.  In 1997, he received the Scout Mariner Award from the Cradle of Liberty Council, Boys Scouts of America; in 1998, he was honored as Man of the Year by the Port of Philadelphia Maritime Society.  In 2000 he was honored by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey for his work in the Port of Camden and in 2007 he was the recipient of the Friend of Chile Award from the Chilean American Chamber of Commerce, where he presently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors.  The Traffic Club of Philadelphia named him Person of the Year in 2013 and most recently, he received The Legion of Honor Humanitarian Award from The Chapel of Four Chaplains.

Long active in civic and maritime affairs, Robert serves on the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Maritime Society and the Board of Managers of the Seamen’s Church Institute.  He also chairs the Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Marine Trade Association, served on Liberty Mutual’s PA Advisory Board as well as on the Board of Governors of the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay, and has helped raise scholarship funds for the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

Among his accomplishments, Robert has been a key player in retaining important commodities for the Port including cocoa beans, Chilean fruit, steel, plywood, wood pulp, automobiles, and project cargoes.

For more information or to register for this event, click here.

20th Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon

Monday, October 9th, 2017

The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to attend the 20th Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon.

Please join the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce to honor our award recipients as we celebrate and recognize the strong and deep commercial and trade partnership between the Greater Philadelphia region and the Republic of Chile.

Click here for sponsorship opportunities

Friday, November 17th, 2017
11:30 AM – Chilean Wine Tasting & Reception
12:00 PM – Luncheon & Awards Celebration

The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Receiving the 20th Annual “Friend of Chile” Award
The Honorable Tom Wolf, Governor of Pennsylvania

PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards will accept the honor on behalf of the Governor.

Receiving the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award
Robert Palaima, President, Delaware River Stevedores, Inc.

Click here for registration

For more information, contact Christina Lista at 215-790-3627 or [email protected]

Chile: A Digital Country

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Chile’s New National Technology Brand – Philadelphia Launch Event

Did you know Chile has the most internet users* in all of Latin America? Named the “most innovative country for early-stage entrepreneurs,” Chile also takes the top spot in all of Latin America for best business environment, overall competitiveness, and most economic freedom.

Join us on the evening of October 23rd for the official unveiling of Chile’s new technology brand and meet the innovators behind the rapidly-developing technology hub of Latin America dubbed “Chilecon Valley.”

Register Here

Monday, October 23rd, 2017
6:00-8:00 PM
KPMG
1601 Market Street, 36th Floor
Philadelphia, PA

Special guests include:

Martin Lewit
General Manager, Nisum Latin America

Carlos F. G. Arruda
CEO, Agence

Juan Pablo Reyes
CEO, Linets

Cristian Ferrer
CEO, Tecnova Global Solutions

Roberto Mérida
International Manager, Chiletec

Keynote Speaker: Patrick Millar, COO, Love Park Robotics, LLC

*as a percentage of its total population

 

Presented by:

 

 

Presented in Partnership with:


 

 

Summer 2017 International Business Networking Reception

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Summer 2017 International Business Networking Reception

Summer 2017 International Business Networking Reception
Presented by the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce
July 26th, 2017
5:00 – 7:00 PM

On Wednesday, July 26th, 2017, over 250 attendees from twelve different international chambers gathered at the Summer 2017 International Business Networking Reception hosted by the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia.  The event was held on the fifth floor of National Museum of American Jewish History, as networkers gathered and enjoyed wine, courtesy of Wines of Chile USA, on a balcony overlooking the historic Independence Hall.

Summer 2017 International Business Networking Reception

This was the seventh consecutive year for the event, and featured members from partnering organizations including: Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia; British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia; French-American Chamber of Commerce; German American Chamber of Commerce; Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Irish American Business Chamber & Network, Inc.; Italy-America Business Council and Network; Mid-Atlantic – Eurasia Business Council; Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce; Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce; and Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce of Philadelphia.

Summer 2017 International Business Networking Reception

Attendees enjoyed food and beverages as they conversed and listened to welcoming remarks, courtesy of Robert Palaima, President & Chairman of the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, before Keynote Speaker, Councilman At-Large David Oh, Chairman of the Committee on Global Opportunities and the Creative/Innovative Economy and Minority Whip for Philadelphia City Council, was introduced. Palaima thanked those in attendance and acknowledged the reception’s Corporate Sponsors: Aramark, Delaware River Stevedores, Inc., Temple University’s Fox School of Business CIBER, Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP, Santander Bank, NA, and Wouch, Maloney & Co., LLP for their generous support of the night’s event.

Summer 2017 International Business Networking Reception

As Councilman Oh took the stage, he began his remarks by referencing a recent injury he had suffered while returning to his Philadelphia home after a long night at work. He spoke about motivation and spirit, and how he was motivated to return home from the hospital after seeing his children’s reactions to his injury. He then related this to the city of Philadelphia, and how the city has recently established an international trade presence that had been somewhat absent in years prior. Councilman Oh credited this to the cutting-edge businesses, organizations like the Chambers of Commerce, and people within the city of Philadelphia, and explained how they are what push the city forward. He acknowledged the twelve chambers that had gathered at the reception, and noted that organizations like these are what motivate the mayor’s office to become a larger player in the international business world. Councilman Oh closed by thanking all in attendance, and offered an invitation into his office for anyone with any suggestions or ideas they may have, adding “If you do not push us, we will not come together.”

Summer 2017 International Business Networking Reception

Once Keynote Speaker Councilman Oh had concluded, Robert Palaima retook the stage and began the business card raffle for the evening, which featured prizes on behalf of the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce, British American Business Council, Irish American Business Chamber & Network, Inc., and the French American Chamber of Commerce.

Summer 2017 International Business Networking Reception

Thank you to all attendees, sponsors, and partnering organizations for making the Summer 2017 International Business Networking Reception such a success, as well as the National Museum of American Jewish History for their hospitality, and Day by Day Catering for the delicious food and excellent service.

Summer 2017 International Business Networking Reception

For more photos of The Summer 2017 International Business Networking Reception, please visit our Flickr page.

Summer 2017 International Business Networking Reception

Monday, June 5th, 2017

For the seventh consecutive year, members and friends of Philadelphia’s international chambers have joined forces to host an international business networking reception to celebrate Philadelphia’s status as a top U.S. destination for foreign direct investment and commercial trade.

On the evening of July 26th, join hundreds of your business peers to network together and reaffirm Philadelphia’s economic, political, and commercial impact as an influential global city.

Keynote Speaker
Councilman At-Large David Oh, Chairman of the Committee on Global Opportunities and the Creative/Innovative Economy and Minority Whip, Philadelphia City Council

Click here for sponsorship information

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
National Museum of American Jewish History
101 South Independence Mall East
Philadelphia, PA 19106

CACC Member Ticket: $55
CACC Non-Member Ticket: $75

Register here

Save the Date: 12th Annual Experience the Taste of Chile

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

 

Save the Date:

12th Annual Experience the Taste of Chile
Wine Tasting & Dinner

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Hotel du Pont
11th & Market Street
Wilmington, Delaware

5:00pm Chilean Wine Tasting & Reception
6:30pm Dinner & Program

Click here to register.

Join the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia for its 12th Annual “Experience the Taste of Chile,” an evening of authentic Chilean food and wine, rich conversation and celebration of the fruitful commercial and trade partnership between the Delaware Valley and the Republic of Chile.

Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in this unique event and show your support for the work the Chamber does to continually strengthen the commercial and business ties between the Greater Philadelphia Region and Chile.

Presented By

Visionary Sponsor

Presenting Sponsor

Premium Sponsors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate Sponsors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CACC’s Annual Fresh Fruit Workshop

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

fall-workshop-2016

Thursday December 01, 2016

8:00 AM- 9:00 AM Tour of the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market
9:00 AM- 11:00 AM Program & Panel Discussion

Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market
6700 Essington Ave. J-232
Philadelphia, PA 19153

CACC Members: Free
CACC Non-Members: $25

Click here to register

Join colleagues, port representatives, and government officials to participate in an interactive experience reviewing the trade, technical, legal, regulatory and business issues affecting the import of Chilean fresh fruit into the Delaware Valley Region.


Moderator:
Tom Mastromarco
Holt Logistics

Panelists:

Stephen Brady
Supervisory Agriculture Specialist, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

William Spence
SPHS Specialist, USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Agency – Plant Protection & Quarantine

Bill Madara
Eastern Operations Branch Chief, USDA Agricultural Marketing Services – Specialty Crops Inspection Division

Edward Fitzgerald
Senior Director, Trade Services, GEODIS USA, Inc.

John Ercolani
Senior Vice President, J&K Fresh East

Bill McGinnis
Manager, Government Compliance / Customer Service, Greenwich Terminals LLC

Miriam Borja-Fisher
Senior Business Development Manager, Western Fumigation

Lisa Himber
Vice President, Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River

For speaking and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Christina Lista at 215-790-3627 or [email protected]

 

Philly X Chile: Meet the Tech Innovators of Chile

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016
Philly X Chile: Meet the Tech Innovators of Chile
A Chile Week USA Event
Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

On Wednesday, October 26th the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia was proud to hold a successful and informative program entitled Philly X Chile: Meet the Tech Innovators of Chile as part of Chile Week USA. Throughout the evening, guests savored Chilean wine and a variety of hors d’oeuvres and were engaged by the presentations of the Chilean Tech Executives from Chile: Ulbaldo Taladriz, Cristian Ferrer and Martin Lewit.

Honorary Consul of Chile for Philadelphia, Benjamin Leavenworth, opened the program to welcome all of the esteemed guests and made special note that the visiting Chilean tech companies were not start-ups, but stable and mature tech companies located in Latin America’s innovation hub- Santiago, Chile. The tech innovators introduced each of their unique tech companies and described many important aspects of Chile’s growth as an important international destination for the tech industry. Chile’s fastest growing outsourcing market, high quality performance at competitive costs, and the similar business culture shared between our two regions were just a handful of the points discussed through the evening.

The first tech representative to present was Ulbaldo Taladriz, who is the CEO of EXE, an IT innovative solutions company, and the Vice President of Chiletec, a group of companies developing technology with the mission to grow the technology industry in Chile.  Martin Lewit, CEO of KI Teknology, an innovative digital development company that offers services including software, web and mobile design for enhanced user experience, immediately followed.  Lastly,Cristian Ferrer, the marketing development manager of Tecnova, a company dedicated to consulting, custom software development and integration of IT solutions described his company to guests.

Robert Palaima, President & Chairman of the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce, ended the program portion of the evening with great thanks to the Chilean tech innovators for partnering with the Chilean Chamber and sponsoring the event.

The evening continued with networking and discussion graciously stimulated by the delicious Chilean wines of Viña Santa Carolina. This slice of Chile Week was revered as eye opening for the potential tech relationship between Philadelphia and Chile by not only the attendees, but also all of the Chilean Tech Innovators that look forward to continuing their partnership with the CACC.

30512262461_4ef7be4f30_k

 

“Challenges of the Export Industry: Chile’s Fresh Fruit Success Story”

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Challenges of the Export Industry: Chile’s Fresh Fruit Success Story

Friday, October 28, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Gerri C. LeBow Hall
3220 Market Street
Rm. 406
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Philadelphia’s final Chile Week USA program, Challenges of the Export Industry: Chile’s Fresh Fruit Success Story, hosted by the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia (CACC) and Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business, was held on Friday, October 28th, following the CACC’s 19th Annual Friend of Chile Awards Luncheon. Guests gathered in Gerri C. Lebow Hall on Drexel’s campus for an in-depth conversation with Chilean trade expert Ronald Bown F., Chairman of the Board of the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (ASOEX).

Mr. Frank Linnehan, Ph.D, Dean of the LeBow College of Business, began the seminar by warmly welcoming CACC Members and guests to Drexel University before Bown took the podium. The comprehensive talk, moderated by Honorary Consul of Chile in Philadelphia, Benjamin Leavenworth,  brought to light the incredible success of the Chilean fresh fruit export industry, as well as some of the hurdles they have yet to overcome and strategic goals for the future. Bown included an array of stimulating facts regarding Chilean trade initiatives in his presentation. For example, he explained that Chilean fresh fruit exports have increased more than 25 times in the last 36 years with more than 17,000 fruit importers around the world receiving Chilean fruit, and that North America was Chile’s number one market with 32 per cent of the export total. The expertise required to handle the fresh and “live” produce is not an easy feat but through innovation and collaboration with foreign networks there has been a mutual success for Chilean exporters and international importers. Bown also described a few goals for the future of Chile’s fresh fruit export industry, a list which includes securing long-term sustainability through the development and defense of the markets.

At the conclusion of the presentation there was a brief Q & A discussion with students and audience members. Leavenworth then ended the program with a special thank you to the speaker and special guests and the event’s co-sponsor, Drexel’s LeBow College of Business. Following the seminar, guests gathered for a spread of various appetizers and Chilean wine.