Upcoming BC/WA Trade Events - Fall 2018
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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Understanding the Logistics of Exporting
When:  Monday, September 24, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am
Where: Vancouver BC (or Webinar) – Small Business BC
Cost:  Free

Whether you’re looking to move physical goods to South Africa or Southern Ontario, your success depends on how efficiently, timely and economically you can get them from point A to point B. This interactive seminar is essential for businesses exporting physical goods, and will demystify terms like EXW, ACS, and HTKD. Remember, transportation and logistics will be critical factors in your pricing and competitive strategy.
2018 NASCO Reunion
When:  September 26-28, 2018
Where: Vancouver BC – Pan Pacific Hotel
Cost: See Website
Info:  NASCO

North American Strategy For Competitiveness (NASCO) hosts meetings and events throughout North America each year. These meetings provide opportunities for members to connect and get detailed information on the latest issues related to the North American supply chain, workforce and energy sectors. They are a critical component of our organization's efforts to create an environment that fosters competitiveness, job creation and economic growth.
Supply Chain Management Association - British Columbia
26th SCMA BC Education Conference 2018
When:  September 26-28, 2018
Where: Harrison Hot Springs Resort
Cost:  See Website
Info:  SCMABC

This year’s conference offers outstanding value and excellent opportunities for networking and professional development for our members and the supply chain management community. Our annual vendor showcase is a networking opportunity that will coincide with the registration period that begins at 4:00 pm in the Cascade Rainbow Miama room. This will give delegates an opportunity to interact with new and returning vendors and connect with peers in the Supply Chain Industry as well as our board of directors over refreshments and appetizers.
Small Business Information Expo
When:  Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 9:30am to 1:00pm
Where: Surrey BC – Surrey City Hall
Cost:  See Website

The 2018 Surrey SBIE lite - Build your Business brings together over 20 government and business support programs that provide valuable resources to small and medium businesses. Along with a tradeshow, the expo will host presentations on a number of interesting topics such as: Selling to the Government, Access to Financing and Labour Market Possibilities. Presented by: Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (Public Services and Procurement Canada), the City of Surrey, and Export Development Canada (EDC).
2018 Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference
When:  October 9-10, 2018
Where: Vancouver BC – Hyatt Regency Hotel
Cost:  See Website

The Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference brings together business, academic, and government leaders from both sides of the border to explore new strategies for the region to come together, maximize our shared competitive advantages, and elevate our global economic position. It's your chance to engage with regional, national and international experts on how we can work together to strengthen Cascadia's position as an international hub for innovation, spur job creation, and enhance our already high quality of life.
State of America Dinner
When:  Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Where: Vancouver BC - Terminal City Club
Cost:  Members: $100, Non-Members $140

We invite you to dine during a candid and engaged discussion of U.S. trade and investment policy with Shaun Donnelly, formerly of the U.S. Department of State, The Honorable Stockwell Day, Shachi Kurl, Executive Director of the Angus Reid Institute and, Mike Maneer, Executive Vice President of the Pacific Salmon Foundation. The discussion will cover the current political landscape and its effects on trade between Canada and the U.S.
Regional Cross-Border Collaboration Between the U.S. and Canada
When:  Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 - 8:30am to 3:30pm
Where: Bellingham, Washington - Western Washington University
Cost:  Free

The BPRI is hosting a one day policy forum to discuss the state of regional cross-border collaboration in three key sectors and to identify avenues to advance these efforts, as well as barriers that currently exist. This forum is particularly timely given the current political atmosphere and state of U.S. – Canadian affairs, which has only heightened the importance of stronger cross-border collaboration. Individuals from government, private sector, and academia will be in attendance.
Canada Logistics Conference
When:  October 24-26, 2018
Where: Vancouver BC – Pan Pacific Hotel
Cost:  Members: $100, Non-Members $140

Canada Logistics Conference is the industry's annual thought leadership conference for every supply chain logistics professional. The event features three days of networking opportunities and relevant, leading-edge learning delivered by respected industry thought leaders. The learning program is specifically curated to have content useful and relevant to everyone in the supply chain, and networking events bring together professionals from a range of roles and seniorities from across Canada.
Trade Accelerator Program - Greater Vancouver
When:  Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Where: Vancouver BC – Pan Pacific Hotel
Cost:  See Website

New trade agreements and a competitive Canadian dollar make it an ideal time to extend your company's reach through the export of goods and services. World Trade Centre Vancouver has recently launched Canada's Trade Accelerator Program, an initiative that has been successfully operated by the Toronto Regional Board of Trade since 2015. Participating organizations have experienced an average international sales growth of 70% within one year of the program, penetrated new markets, and grown their workforce to meet increased global demand.
BC Export Awards
When:  Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:30pm
Where: Vancouver, BC - Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
Cost:  See Website
Info:  Business in Vancouver (Sponsor) or BC Export Awards

The BC Export Awards are the province’s most prestigious awards paying tribute to the success and innovative approaches of BC export companies. Extending across industries the awards recognize achievements in 9 different categories and are a celebration of the contributions exporters have made to both the provincial and national economy. Conceived in 1982, the program has recognized over 300 companies since its inception, reflecting the growth and diversity of BC’s economy over the past 30 years.
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: Fall 2018
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:  2018
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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