About Us

Founded in 1979, the Canadian Netherlands Business and Professional Association (CNBPA) is the largest professional and business association in Canada connecting more than 200 members and 100 business professionals and influencers throughout Canada with Dutch interests.

The Association fuels the economic, social and cultural vitality of the entire Dutch/Canadian business community by fostering powerful collaborations among business, government, thought leaders, and community builders.

Membership with the Association offers the opportunity to be part of a network of our Canada’s most influential business leaders, who are working together to help shape the future of the Dutch-Canadian Business Community. Join us to make a real difference for you, and your business.

The Association is funded by its members’ subscription fees and through income generated from a number of services and events it provides.

Our Vision

The Canadian Netherlands Business and Professional Association strives to be the most influential business network, resource for our Members, working with our partners in the business, government, labour, education and non-profit sectors.

Our Mission

  • To advance the business success of our Members by connecting our Members and the wider Canadian business community through opportunities for knowledge sharing, networking, and business development.
  • To provide measurable returns - through valuable business resources, cost savings, brand building and networking opportunities - for all our Members, whether they be start-ups, growing medium sized businesses or large enterprises.


The Canadian Netherlands Business and Professional Association is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of business leaders and professionals.  Our Directors are responsible for overseeing the strategic direction and governance of the organization.

Sebastiaan Postma - President

Sandra Vernooij - Vice-President & Treasurer

Jason van Dam - Secretary

Darryl Konynenbelt - Director Communications

Caspar van Keulen - Director

Michael Moses - Director Events

Shelley (Zoelle) Tavener - Director

Karl Sigerist - Director

Willemijn Pelser - Executive Director


Canadian Netherlands Business and Professional Association

Working together to advance the prosperity for businesses and professionals with Dutch interests

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