Upcoming BC/WA Trade Events Spring / Summer 2017
Heads up for the following 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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NAFTA 2.0
When: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 – 7:00am to 10:00am
Where:  Vancouver, BC – Deloitte, Lions Room
Cost:  Members $25.00, Non-Members $45.00
Join our members and guest speakers for a discussion on NAFTA over breakfast. Topics:  NAFTA issues (e.g., potential changes to the regional value content requirements of specific rules of origin, and the potential whittling away of relief from “Buy American” provisions); Softwood lumber exports; New U.S. trade cases (e.g., aluminum and solar panels originating from Canada) and the Trump Administration’s use of the “national security” provision in order to initiate trade cases in the U.S.; Canadian dairy restrictions; and The U.S. Border Adjustment Tax.
Entering the U.S. Market: Logistics and Best Practices
 
What: A white paper with practical information on how to develop an effective, long-term strategy for exporting to the U.S. and establishing a business presence.

For many Canadian companies, exporting to the United States consists of waiting for an American buyer to approach them first—meaning they are missing out on many other sales opportunities. This white paper provides practical, how-to information for your company to develop proactive, long-term strategies for exporting or direct investment in the United States. Topics: An overview of the rules of doing business with the United States, from compliance to trade agreements; How to use customs brokers and freight forwarders; How to set up a presence in the U.S.; Various ways to obtain financing; and How using credit insurance can help your business.
Keynote presentation by Microsoft's President Brad Smith
When: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 – 11:30am to 2:00pm
Where:  Vancouver, BC – Downtown Location TBA
Cost:  Members $79 plus GST, non-members $158 plus GST

Vancouver and Seattle are less than 200 km apart and share the same DNA in terms of quality of life, academic institutions, progressive public policies, and skilled workforces. We now have an opportunity to contribute to a region that is stronger than its individual parts. By focusing on research, economic development, and transportation, the Cascadia Innovation Corridor is driving greater connectivity, productivity, and innovation for the nearly 12 million people living in British Columbia and Washington State. As we head into the one-year anniversary of the Emerging Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference, Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft, will discuss how business, academic and government leaders from both sides of the border can deepen collaboration and seed new initiatives for our two regions to become a world-class economic zone driving regional growth and fostering international collaboration.
PNWER 2017 Annual Summit 
When: July 23-27, 2017
Where:  Portland OR - Marriott Downtown Waterfront
Cost:  See website
Info:  PNWER

The Pacific Northwest Economic Region's 27th Annual Summit will bring together leaders from Pacific Northwest states and Western Canada to discuss opportunities for growth within the region and address major challenges to the economy and our environment. The PNWER Summit features three days of powerful keynote speakers, first-class receptions and networking opportunities, and collaborative sessions put on by PNWER's 19 Working Groups.
Export Navigator Program
When: Continuous
Where:  Comox, Port Alberni, Prince George, Vernon
Cost:  See website

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 / Summer 2017
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:  2017
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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