Let’s make valuable connections
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.
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.
Image: Board members Dutch Business Club Vancouver 2017
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.
Writer & Illustrator
After 22 years in native Holland, Renske moved to Vancouver. She came for an adventure and stayed for love – which might not be a coincidence if you take into account her weak spot for a good romance story.
She is an author of two childrens books and two (culinary) travel guides. She writes articles for (interior) design magazines and she make illustrations for prints and on assignment. Renske is a mother of three. She loves good coffee, a good story, European and local design and the natural beauty of Vancouver.
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.
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.
Wilco van Bemmel
CEO of Dunefield Consulting and COO of Walas Concepts
It is Wilco’s mission to create places that have a positive impact on residents, community and businesses. He is passionate about developments that offer new economic opportunities. About public space that makes walking and biking fun and safe. About inclusive and diverse communities.
As CEO of Dunefield Consulting and COO of Walas Concepts in Vancouver, he specializes in community and socio-economic development. In his projects, he combines European and North American innovations to revitalize neighbourhoods and build partnerships between community groups, businesses, cities and agencies to improve affordability, economic vitality and sustainability. Wilco brings a lot of innovation to the Dutch Business Club and of course his company supplies us with our meeting location at DUDOC.
TJ (Tjerk) Weidema
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
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.