Upcoming BC/WA Trade Events - Summer / Fall 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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"The Effect of the Canada - U.S. Border on the Vancouver, BC and Seattle, WA Music Network" by Dr. Nabil Kamel
What: Spring 2019 Border Policy Research Institute (BPRI) Brief

This Brief is guest authored by BPRI’s 2018 faculty fellow Dr. Nabil Kamel, whose research illustrates the effect of the border on the connectivity of the music industry in the region, with a particular focus on emerging artists and Indigenous musicians. It makes a strong case for the benefits of educating all stakeholders – border officers and artists alike- in order to ensure a smoother and more efficient cross-border process.
Roundtable Discussion With BDO Canada, LLP - How Are The New Tariffs and Trade Agreement Affecting Your Business?
When:  Monday, June 24, 2019  
Where: Surrey, BC - Civic Hotel
Cost:  See website

Does your manufacturing company import or export goods from the U.S.? Join BDO Canada LLP and Surrey Board of Trade for an interactive roundtable with like-minded manufacturing executives to discuss how the new tariffs and trade agreement is affecting your business and determine how you can respond.
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.
BC Export Awards - Applications Now Open
Deadline: August 19, 2019
Cost:  Free to apply

The BC Export Awards recognize the innovative approaches and unique contributions of British Columbia export companies across all sectors and in all regions of the province, as well as the individuals who contribute to their success. Applications can be submitted in eight sector award categories. An individual category will also be awarded for Leadership and an Exporter of the Year Award is presented to one of the sector award winners. Award presentation will take place in late November 2019.
International e-Commerce Essentials
When:  Friday, September 20, 2019 7:30 am - 3 pm 
Where: Vancouver, BC - The Fairmont Waterfront
Cost:  See website

Break into new global markets online. World Trade Centre Vancouver is pleased to present International e-Commerce Essentials (ICE), a workshop that helps businesses discover, learn, and create an integrated online strategy to drive global sales. International e-Commerce is growing twice as fast as domestic e-Commerce and expected to hit 4.5 trillion dollars by 2021.
2019 Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference
When:  Oct 2 - 3, 2019  
Where: Seattle, WA - The Westin Seattle
Cost:  See website

The 4th Annual 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 shared competitive advantages, and elevate global economic position.
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: Summer/Fall 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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