WEBINAR Croatia 2.0 – Work, Explore, Travel – Sept 16 @ 5PM

Take a moment to think about Croatia, the beautiful country that you know and love.  Jaw dropping scenery, a vibrant cultural identity, and a gourmet’s paradise.  Combine this with the image of a land of professional opportunity.  A country demonstrating  innovation from within, with a growing appetite for external investment and a recognition of the importance of attracting top quality international talent.

Welcome to Croatia 2.0!

The Canadian-Croatian Chamber of Commerce is excited to host this virtual event and bring to you guest speakers with first hand experience of doing business in Croatia, doing business with Croatia from Canada, and supporters of the Croatia 2.0 renaissance!

The event will be moderated by Jos Schmitt, co-founder and CEO of the NEO Exchange, and Director of Canada based Croatia Unpacked and Croatia based Experience Istria.

Jos will initially be joined by his fellow Dutchman, Jan de Jong, co-founder of Croatia based Webpower Adria and the Digital Nomads Association of Croatia, for an engaging discussion around Croatia 2.0, and the realities and opportunities that exist today with regards to working in Croatia, working with Croatia, or working from Croatia.

Jos will then be joined by the award winning Croatian winemaker and wine industry pioneer, Moreno Coronica, owner of Coronica Winery in Istria, to discuss today’s wine scene in Croatia, and to talk about and taste a few great examples of Moreno’s wines that are available in Ontario today.  Every event needs some good refreshment, and these will not disappoint!

Attendees will have the opportunity to engage directly with Moreno, Jan and Jos, on a variety of topics in virtual break out rooms following the key note sessions mentioned above.  Don’t miss this unique chance to learn about Digital Nomad opportunities in Croatia, gain and share professional insights, and embrace a tasting experience with the winemaker.

We are delighted to partner with The Olive Board and Croatia Unpacked to offer Ontario based attendees the opportunity to enjoy the featured wines along with a perfectly paired charcuterie platter, and taste along with Moreno during the event.

Leanna Larose (The Olive Board) and Saša Muradori (Croatia Unpacked) will join Moreno in one of the break out sessions for those interested to delve deeper into the wonderful world of Croatian wine and food pairings.


Jan de Jong

Co-founder Webpower Adria, CROP & Digital Nomads Association Croatia

A Dutch entrepreneur disrupting Croatia from within.

Jan de Jong moved from the Netherlands to Croatia in 2006 at age of 22, where he founded his first business, M+ Group. In 2016, Jan made a successful exit from M+ Group, after which he co-founded Webpower Adria. In 2020, Jan became known as the person who initiated the introduction of a “Digital Nomad Visa” in Croatia. In that same year he co-founded CROP, through which Jan aims to bring the Dutch high-tech agriculture technology to Croatia with the goal to make Croatia less dependent on importing food and ultimately to help turn Croatia into a food-exporting nation again.

Jan is 36 years old, married and a father of 4 children. Jan is a strong believer that positive change in Croatia will not come from politics but will come from its entrepreneurs – and he is a proud member of that exciting community.

Jos Schmitt

Co-founder and CEO, NEO Exchange / Director of Croatia Unpacked & Experience Istria

A Dutch entrepreneur investing in Croatia from Canada.

Jos is the Co-Founder, President & CEO of the NEO Group of companies, a bold and disruptive capital markets fintech organization comprised of the NEO Exchange – a Tier 1 stock exchange fuelling the innovation economy, and NEO Connect – a multi-asset distribution platform supporting mutual funds and private offerings. Jos formed the NEO Group with the support of a number of blue-chip Canadian financial institutions.

Prior to the NEO Group, and in the role of President & CEO, Jos formed the Alpha Group of companies, including the Alpha Stock Exchange. This followed his role as EVP Head of the Americas and Global Head of Capital Markets for a global professional services company focused on the financial services industry. 

Jos has a strong commitment to the community as a member of the board of The Prosperity Project, a NFP that aims to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on Canadian women; as a champion of the UN Global Compact and UN “Women’s Empowerment Principles”; and as a former board member of the Sunnybrook Foundation. Jos is also a member of advisory boards to the Ivey Business School at Western University and to the École des Sciences de la Gestion at Université du Quebec A Montréal.

In 2016, while pursuing one of his passions – riding a motorbike around Europe – Jos discovered Croatia.  This discovery of a land of opportunity quickly peaked the curiosity of the entrepreneur in Jos.  With his wife, Tanya, Jos has since established two business – Experience Istria & Croatia Unpacked – with a focus on shining the light on some of the treasures that Croatia has to offer.  This is just the beginning …

Moreno Coronica

Owner, Winemaker and Wine Industry Pioneer, Coronica Winery in Istria

An Istrian artist creating award winning wines.

“The vineyards have been breathing under our hands for more than a hundred years. We have enriched the years-long practice of the generations before us with our own approach. It includes, above all, the respect for tradition by cultivating the indigenous varieties, as well as hard work on increasing the quality by reducing yield and applying modern technology.

We make wine in the vineyard, twelve months a year, where the quality of our lives at the same time depends on the quality our vines. Nurturing wine in the cellar is the climax and the closure of a one-year cycle. In this way, our lives intertwine with the fruits of our land. But no one has a Carte Blanche for this red soil! What we do have is an enormous responsibility to understand the messages it sends us and to treat it with respect.”


Thursday, September 16 at 5pm EST

The Webinar event is open to attendees from across Canada.  Registration is free.

We have curated 2 other ticket packages for Ontario residents: a Webinar and Wine package which includes 2 bottles of Coronica wine and free registration to the event, and the Webinar, Wine and Food package which includes a charcuterie platter serving up to 4 people, in addition to the 2 bottles of wine and the free event registration.

Please make your selection below, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Deadline to order: end of day September 11th

Registration is open up to September 16th.

Please direct any questions to Wanita Kelava, Manager of the Chamber at contactus@croat.ca or
(416) 641-2829

Wine and food will be delivered in advance of the event to the address provided at checkout.

A zoom link will be sent out to all registered attendees in advance of the event.

Croatia 2.0 – Webinar C$0.00

Ticket includes free registration to the event.  Join us and our guest speakers at the Croatia 2.0 – Work, Explore, Travel webinar on Thursday September 16, at 5pm.

Register today to secure your spot at the event.

Zoom link will be provided in advance of the event.

Available across Canada.

Register Here https://www.croatiaunpacked.com/ccc

Croatia 2.0 – Webinar & Wine
C$79.80 (includes shipping & HST)

Croatia 2.0 - Webinar & Wine

Ticket includes free access to the webinar and 2 bottles of Coronica wine to be enjoyed during the event in a tasting with Moreno Coronica, the winemaker.

Wines will be delivered to address provided at checkout.

Zoom link will be provided in advance of the event.

Available across Ontario.

Add to Cart Herehttps://www.croatiaunpacked.com/product-page/croatia-2-0-webinar-wine

Croatia 2.0 – Webinar, Wine & Food C$179.95 (includes shipping & HST)

Croatia 2.0 - Webinar, Wine & Food

Ticket includes free access to the webinar, 2 bottles of Coronica wine & a charcuterie board from The Olive Board for up to 4 people, to be enjoyed during the event.

Wines & food will be delivered to address provided at checkout.

Zoom link will be provided in advance of the event.

Available across Ontario.

Add to Cart Herehttps://www.croatiaunpacked.com/product-page/croatia-2-0-webinar-wine-food

This event is brought to you by the Canadian-Croatian Chamber of Commerce in partnership with The Olive Board Charcuterie and Wine Bar, purveyors of the finest local and international charcuteries and cheeses, with locations in Ancaster and Grimsby, and Croatia Unpacked, the leading importer of Croatian wines in Ontario.