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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Webinar: Growing South - How Small Businesses Can Sell to the U.S.

When:  On Demand (Broadcast October 18, 2018) – One Hour

Cost:  Free


For most small businesses in Canada, the United States is a key export destination. Despite this continuous flow of goods and services, the process is often far from streamlined. Everything from U.S. customs regulations to intellectual property issues can be daunting. And for those unfamiliar with the nuances and complexities of U.S. regulations, the red tape can feel overwhelming. This seminar will introduce you to some proven strategies for overcoming these challenges and gaining a foothold with our largest trading partner next door. Our experts will also explain the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), and how it differs from NAFTA.



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


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.



Doing Business in the USA Seminar

When:  Friday, November 30, 2018 – 8:00 am to noon

Where: Surrey BC - Civic Hotel

Cost:  $75.00 CAD plus GST


Join our team of experts for a fast-paced guide to expanding your sales into the United States. Whether opening a virtual storefront with a U.S. address or partnering with a distribution center for your eCommerce activity, our seasoned cross-border lawyers, accountants, customs brokers and logistics professionals will present options that will help you determine your export strategy and understand your responsibilities with government agencies such as U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration.



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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