Welcome to CBEX

We are a friendly business community consisting of a Romanian – Canadian mix. Whether you are Romanian embracing the Canadian way, or Canadian seeing the Romanian setup as a business opportunity, you are in the right place.

Our mission

We strive to create real networking opportunities for the Romanian-Canadian business community. We direct our efforts towards strengthening relationships. Whether you’re a Canadian company expanding to Romania, or a Romanian company developing a project in Canada, we wish to be the contact point to support you and help you make the best out of each opportunity.

Our vision

We envision a thriving framework for empowering the Romanian-Canadian business community – bringing together companies from both sides, in order to nurture long term partnerships. We trust that the Canadian way is a refreshing way of doing business.

Our values

What are we driven by?

Long-Term Partnerships

We believe that collaboration and the sharing of knowledge is the steadiest way to grow.

Transparency 

 We support business transactions where both parties have access to the same information.

Trust

 We believe that successful business partnerships require the highest level of trust from both parties.

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Our Board

Alexandru Dima

Treasurer

Alex is working for CBN International Europe, subsidiary of Canadian Bank Note Company Ltd.
(Canadian company, with HQ in Ottawa) as General Manager.

An EMBA graduate of Assebus andUniversity of Washington, Alex has been holding this position form the moment the company has
been registered in Romania, 19 years ago.With an extensive experience in doing business in Romania, Alex believes that business people (and not only) in Canada and Romania, deserve to have CBEX as a trusted friend, helping them to move things forward, sharing valuable business experience, and having fun when possible.

John Saroudis

President

John has spent the past 18 years of his career in Eastern Europe, mainly in Romania working on the nuclear program initially with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited and then with Candu Energy. He currently runs a consulting business in the energy sector.
John sees growing opportunities for business growth between Romania and Canada partly as a result of the recently signed CETA agreement but also due to the growing number of Romanians in Canada who are interested in maintaining and developing business ties with their homeland. CBEX offers an excellent vehicle for promoting networking and creating new links between Canada and Romania.

Rares Geapana

Vice-President

Rares is a Canadian national born in Romania which has split his life between the two countries. With studies completed on both sides of the ocean, he has gained valuable knowledge about cultural differences with an impact in both business and personal life.

The opportunity to join CBEX was one which fit perfectly with his views on bridging the gap between the two and his ideas regarding increasing investment flow into Eastern Europe through a country which has shown great potential for growth since joining the European Union in 2007.

Victor Constantinescu

Vice-President

Victor is a partner based in Bucharest and head of real estate for the SEE region at Kinstellar.  Kinstellar is the leading law firm in Central and Eastern Europe, with offices in 10 countries and over 200 lawyers.  He represents institutional investors and funds and developers in all classes of real estate, with a particular specialty in joint ventures, purchase- and sale-side mandates in Romania and the wider region.  He has years of experience organizing and leading complex transactions to meet required objectives and deadlines.

He advises a number of Canadian clients and works with a number of Canadian law firms on their projects in the region (real estate and other sectors).  Born and raised in Canada, a Canadian citizen and graduate of McGill University’s Faculty of Law, he is a native English speaker and regularly travels to Canada.

Victor has been ranked for several years as a Band 1 lawyer in the Romanian real estate sector by the leading international legal directories Chambers, Legal 500 and other benchmark publications. In recent editions, clients recommend him as “an outstanding practitioner for his commercially-oriented approach“, as well as for “his commercial and precise advice, flexibility and international experience”. He is further described as “experienced, active and well connected’, with clients appreciating the “very easy communication” with him.

Adina Stefanescu

Director

Colin Lovering

Director

Colin Lovering has been living and working in Romania since 2009 when he arrived to offer consultancy and advice to organizations looking for growth and profitability through effective and unique training programs.In October 2017 he joined Canadian Real Estate giant, Avison Young Romania as Senior Vice-President and he is also Chairman of the British Romanian Chamber of Commerce who are at the leading edge of supporting international investors to Romania as well as assistance to organizations, big and small, looking to conduct bilateral trade between the UK and Romania.

He previously worked 18 years with The Sealed Air Corporation and, after a successful sales career he lived in the USA and France where he trained and coached literally hundreds of sales professionals and Managers right across Europe, North America, The Far East and South Africa. Colin is also heavily involved and committed to supporting charities in Romania particularly Light into Europe, Little People and Casa Ioana as well as contributing back to the country whenever possible through speaking and teaching at the University and for other institutions.

His other activities include being Senior Tutor with the Institute of Sales Management and an Associate Lecturer at the University of Bucharest.A father of two boys (Dan & Matt) and a recent Grandfather to Freddie, Colin also enjoys watching football and rugby as well as playing a game of golf whenever possible.

Ciprian Dubinciuc

Director

Romanian born Canadian, Ciprian is a father of 2. He moved between Bucharest and Toronto to setup a bridge between Canadian and Romanian business and culture. As an entrepreneur and business owner in Romania, Ciprian was involved in interior design & built projects for offices, hotels, institutions, and retail agencies in BucharestFollowing the basics of activity, Ciprian brought to Canada premium furniture brands from Italy at some unparalleled  design, quality price ratios that didn’t exist before in Canada. Creating a network of dealerships in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver he managed to unite many points in Canada with European taste and culture. He was also working as distributor of Saputo Dairy – the largest producer of dairy products in North America, whose products were successfully distributed by Ciprian’s company around various locations in the Greater Toronto Area.Currently he is back in Bucharest striving to create a network between Romania and Canada.

Dan Vulpe

Vice-President

Blending industrial, financial and managerial experience with accumulated wisdom can make one an valuable resource for any company who values independent thinking, following through assignments and group synergy.

Reaching that stage in life I aim at being part of meaningful projects who can use the whole of me and through which I can further my understanding of the most complex process in the universe, life.

At CBEX I plan to give back to community as much as I can. Giving from a wealth of experience and wisdom may help others enhance their business attitudes and improve performance. Advising from a deep core and connecting people with similar interests may be one of the valuable gift one can return to society.

Bradwin Niblock

Ex-Officio member