THURSDAY 10 Aug 2017

Lunch available at Amica Coccolita, City hall. (not included to the seminar price)

12:00 Registration

13:00 Business Seminar, Kokkola-sali at the City hall

Keys to Success in USA

  • Kristiina Helenius, Chairperson of the Board, The League of Finnish-American Societies and CEO of AmCham
  • Shawn Waddoups, Political and Economic Counselor, U.S. Embassy Helsinki
  • Lena Hartikainen, Executive Director, League of Finnish-American Societies

14:00 Coffee break

  • Tom Kuutti, CEO of SunStar Manufacturing. Aerospace engineer, Founder of HUDstar Systems Inc. Entrepreneur who has worked in Canada and the U.S. in manufacturing and engineering for over 30 years.
  • Ville Levaniemi, Executive VP, New Business, Co-Founder, HappyOrNot Ltd.

16-18 Mix & Mingle – KOSEK Kokkolanseudun Kehitys Oy

19:30 Get-together at the Sokos Hotel Kaarle, for members only.

FRIDAY 11 Aug 2017

08:30 American Days’ Golf-tournament, Kokkolan Golf, Hepo-Ventuksentie 2, Google Maps
09:30 Exhibiton of American Indians and a lecture about Lakota Indians before and now  by PhD Rainer Smedman and Docent Riku Hämäläinen
at the City Library, Isokatu 3
11-12:30 Registration open to seminar and American Days at City hall
11:30 Lunch available at Amica Coccolita, City hall. (not included to the seminar price)

12:30 Opening of the Emigration exhibition, City hall
13:00 Seminar of 100 years of emigration at Kokkola-sali, City hall

  • Music and song by Säveltasku
  • Emigration from Finland to America (before and now), Information Service Manager Jouni Korkiasaari, Institute of Migration
  • Project of emigration from Ullava, M.Sc. (Eng.) Pekka Rauhala
  • A visit by the Theater Pystymehtä

14:30 Coffee break

  • Oskari Tokoi – an emigrant, ex-pat and refugee, journalist Juha Tainio
  • Emigration literature, professor Olavi Koivukangas
  • Documentary film of emigration from Ullava, non-stop in conference room Baltic


For the members of LFAS and invited guests

18:30 Reception by the City of Kokkola, City hall
19:00 Gala, entertainment and Finland 100 years buffet. Dress code: smart casual.

SATURDAY 12 Aug 2017

08:30 Registration at conference facilities of Sokos Hotel Kaarle
09:00 General meeting of the League of Finnish-American Societies, conference facilities Sokos Hotel Kaarle

11:00 Get-together at the market square, speeches, info, music and American Cars
12:00 Lunch available at the Sokos Hotel Kaarle. (please register for lunch; payment to the hotel).

13:00 Dynamic event planning -training, at conference facilities of Sokos Hotel Kaarle,
Virve Ilkka, Program Manager, AmCham,