History and Objectives
The German-Canadian Association (DKG), a non-profit organization, was founded in 1951 and aims to advance the economic, cultural and social links between Germany and Canada.
Youth Initiatives
One focus of our work is the promotion of youth activities. In cooperation with the Canadian Embassy in Berlin and many long-standing partners in Canada, we have been organizing a highly successful Work & Travel program for German students since 1965. We have thus become one of the most experienced agents in this field and solely specialize in Canada.
2,500 students have so far completed the Work & Travel program. Numerous participants have gone on to become high achievers in their professional field and regard their stay in Canada as a milestone in their biography. Many are still involved in the German-Canadian network.
In future, the DKG will also be offering an internship program that will provide a limited number of highly educated students who have the potential to become leaders in their field with the opportunity to gain study-related professional
experience in Canada. In this respect, the DKG is collaborating with renowned companies and institutions in Canada that are interested in getting to know high performing students at an early stage.
Of course we also do all in our power to assist Canadian students in seeking work and accommodation in Germany and in becoming acquainted with aspects of daily life in this country.

Advancing Economic Relations
Secondly, the DKG offers companies and institutions diverse opportunities to network within the German-Canadian corporate world. Worthy of mention here is the interdisciplinary conference Forum@KanadaHausBerlin, which takes place every spring and examines current Germany and Canada-related topics from various perspectives. Launched as the German-Canadian Professionals’ Conference in 2010, a new format was developed with our Canadian partners, which has become an integral part of the Embassy calendar.  The Canadian Embassy in Berlin serves as a prominent location for high-quality networking.

In addition, we regularly invite companies involved in Canada to report on their corporate activities and on the economic framework conditions in the country. Vice versa we enable Canadian companies active in Germany to present themselves and to talk about their experiences with the German market in comparison to Canada.
Companies can present themselves in the DKG Journal, at events organized in cooperation with the German-Canadian Business Clubs as well as on our website, www.dkg-online.de, which was newly designed in July 2011.
Enterprises can thus introduce their products and company philosophy related to Canada on a platform that allows them to reach out to potential partners, customers and in particular young people, who are generally not accessible via classic communication channels. Our individual members receive authentic, up-to-date, first-hand information in this way.

Cultural Encounters with Canada
Thirdly, our association is an active participant in Canadian cultural life in Germany. In close collaboration with the Embassy of Canada in Berlin, the DKG initiates and promotes concerts, theatre performances, exhibitions, lecture series and discussion events centred on Canada. One example are the Maple Movies, original versions of Canadian films shown by the Hamburger Kinemathek, and the accompanying regional Movie Nights.

Promoting Societal Links
It all started with friendships between members of the Canadian armed forces stationed in Germany and the German population. This tradition of fostering social relations remains an important aspect of the DKG. Regular get-togethers, barbecues, pre-Christmas parties, beer garden meetings and the joint participation in sporting events continue to feature in the standard program of our association.
The DKG Journal, published quarterly, provides all members with background information on history, politics and culture as well as special travel reports and the latest news on the association’s activities.

Supra-regional Events for Friends of Canada
Once a year, the German-Canadian Association organizes a festive annual event at a different location. This event brings together all members and friends of the DKG and Canada from all over Germany.  Apart from the social program, it provides sufficient opportunity to make new contacts or strengthen existing ones in an informal atmosphere.

Benefits at a Glance
The DKG offers its individual members:
-An established network for fostering social ties with Canadians and friends of Canada;
-An information hub for cultural, economic and political matters;
-Diverse opportunities for promoting German-Canadian youth exchanges.

The DKG offers its corporate members:
-A platform for networking with other organizations and institutions in business, politics and culture;
-A basis for acquiring potential partners, customers and in particular young people who are difficult to reach via classic channels;
-A “talent scout” function to identify highly talented young people;
-A platform for cultural sponsorship and promoting understanding with Canada as a business partner.

Membership Fees
The current membership fee is €60 for individual members, €70 for couples, €90 for families and €40 for students. Annual corporate membership costs €290. The status of the DKG as a non-profit organization is recognized by the tax office in Cologne and so membership fees and donations are tax deductible.

For further information, please contact:
Deutsch-Kanadische Gesellschaft e.V.
c/o Osborne Clarke
Innere Kanalstrasse 15
50823 Cologne
tel. 0221-257 67 81
fax: 0221-257 72 36
email: info@dkg-online.de            Handout DKG English_2016

Bankverbindung: Sparkasse KölnBonn, IBAN DE39 3705 0198 0171 9729 53, BIC COLSDE33XXX

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