Upcoming BC/WA Trade Events - Spring / Summer 2019
Scroll down to view a few key trade-related events in British Columbia and Washington during the next few months. Additional events are listed in the following trade event calendars and websites:
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Surrey International Trade Awards
When:  Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm  
Where: Surrey, BC – Civic Hotel
Cost:  FREE

Join in recognizing and celebrating recipients of the 11th Surrey International Trade Awards. Winners will be presented at a celebratory networking reception. Awards will be presented in “Small Business” and “Large Business” categories. Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, make new business contacts, mingle with government representatives and consuls general, and celebrate the achievements of Surrey’s finest importers and exporters. The event will feature speaker presentations and an International Trade Show. Keynote speaker: The Honourable James Gordon Carr, Canada’s Minister of International Trade Diversification.
Canadian Export Challenge
When:  Thursday, May 13, 2019 – 8:00am to 3:00pm
Where: Vancouver, BC – Imperial Theatre
Cost:  See website

Are you interested in fast-tracking your global business growth? Join Startup Canada, in collaboration with UPS, Export Development Canada, and the Trade Commissioner Service to become export-ready, connect with Canada’s trade and global growth partners, graduate from 1-day global accelerators, and pitch to win $25,000 and $100,000 of in-kind support to go global. Canada’s entire export and global growth ecosystem are uniting to propel the 2019 Global Entrepreneurs Cohort of 15,000 entrepreneurs to go global by accelerating access to markets, mentors, customers, and capital.
Doing Business in the USA
(Lunch and Learn)
When:  Wednesday, May 22, 2019 – noon to 1:30pm
Where: Langley, BC – GLCC Boardroom
Cost:  Members $10, general, $20 (+ GST)

The USA represents a huge market that is very receptive to Canadian ideas and products, whether manufactured in Canada or imported into the USA from lower-cost international countries. The opportunities for profit are substantial. However, unless a company has a $1+ million marketing budget, its management will need to learn and employ practical, cost effective methods and strategies. Speaker: Jim Pettinger, President, UCanTrade, Inc.
Ski to Sea: America's original team relay race
When:  Sunday, May 26, 2019 
Where: Mt. Baker to Bellingham, WA
Cost:  See website

First run in 1973, the Ski to Sea is a multi-sport team relay from the Mt. Baker Ski Area to Bellingham Bay. The race is held annually on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend in Whatcom County, Washington. A Ski to Sea team consists of three to eight racers competing in seven different sports: Cross Country Ski, Downhill Ski/Snowboard, Running, Road Bike, Canoe (2 paddlers), Cyclocross Bike, and Sea Kayak. Teams will have a minimum of three racers and a maximum of eight. The Race course runs through the towns of Glacier, Maple Falls, Kendall, Everson, Lynden, and Ferndale, finishing at Marine Park in the historic Fairhaven district of Bellingham. Together with the Historic Fairhaven Festival, Ski to Sea is the largest one-day event in Whatcom County and Bellingham, drawing racers, spectators, and tourists from the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and around the country.
Creating Export Success with Jim Foley
When:  Thursday, June 13 to Friday, June 14, 2019 - 9:00am - 5:00pm  
Where: Seattle, WA - UW Seattle Campus - Paccar Hall
Cost:  $45.00

This Export Course will Help You: Learn details of export procedures; Understand when your company should expand internationally; Formulate an export strategy; Overcome common mistakes made by beginning exporters; Identify and target high-potential markets with proven market research methods; Adapt your marketing strategies for international success; and Build expertise in export terminology.
PNWER 2019 Annual Summit
When:  July 21-25, 2019  
Where: Saskatoon SK - Delta Bessborough and Sheraton Cavalier
Cost:  See website
Info: PNWER

Over 500 regional legislators, business leaders, and key decision-makers will come together for the 29th Annual PNWER Summit. The Annual Summit serves as a platform for delegates to explore shared challenges in the region, discuss best practices, strengthen regional relationships, and develop action plans for addressing these challenges in the future. PNWER is recognized as the model for regional and bi-national cooperation, providing a platform for collaboration among public, private, academic, and non-profit stakeholders to work together as a region in pursuit of common goals.
Export Navigator Program
When:  Continuous
Where: Comox, Port Alberni, Prince George, Vernon, Prince Rupert, Nelson and surrounding regions
Cost:  FREE

The Export Navigator offers businesses access to community-based export specialists who will provide a personalized, step-by-step approach to exporting and help connect businesses to market information, export programs, financial services, and business development experts at every stage of the export process. Benefits of exporting:
Diversifies your customer base — exporting will expand your target market, may broaden your product offering and offset seasonal fluctuations in sales.
Increases profitability — increased production generally leads to economies of scale and decreased cost per unit, which increases your profit margins.
Fosters innovation – expanding to new markets fosters innovation in your goods and services, which enhances your competitiveness.
Canada/USA Trade and Compliance Seminars 
When: Spring 2019
Where: Surrey, BC - Pacific Customs Brokers Ltd. Training Room
Cost:  See website

Pacific Customs Brokers hosts a series of educational seminars and workshops to assist business owners, importers, exporters, managers, CFO's, purchasers and shippers on topics relating to Canada and USA importing, exporting and customs compliance.
Angel Forum (and Investor Ready Workshops)
When:  2019
Where: Vancouver, BC
Cost:  See website
Info:  Angel Forum

Founded in 1997, this is the only Angel Capital Forum ™ in Canada that introduces emerging companies to private equity Angel Investors. Presenting companies have raised over $35 million directly through the Forum. Since 1998, we have offered Investor Ready ™ workshops for companies and investors. As the oldest & largest angel network in Western Canada with 50+ investors (from Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Kelowna, Victoria, Bellingham and Seattle), we are supported by leading organizations in BC and belong to Canada's National Angel Capital Organization and US's Angel Capital Association. Our private meetings are exclusive to only pre-registered Investors, selected Companies and Sponsors.
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Surrey International Trade Awards
When:  Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm  
Where: Surrey, BC – Civic Hotel
Cost:  FREE

Join in recognizing and celebrating recipients of the 11th Surrey International Trade Awards. Winners will be presented at a celebratory networking reception. Awards will be presented in “Small Business” and “Large Business” categories. Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, make new business contacts, mingle with government representatives and consuls general, and celebrate the achievements of Surrey’s finest importers and exporters. The event will feature speaker presentations and an International Trade Show. Keynote speaker: The Honourable James Gordon Carr, Canada’s Minister of International Trade Diversification.

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