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Upcoming BC/WA Trade Events - Jan-May

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:


Trade and Invest British Columbia 

Export Development Canada  

Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington 

Pacific Corridor Enterprise Council (PACE) 

Greater Spokane Incorporated - International Trade

Canada-America Society 

World Trade Center Tacoma 

World Trade Center Seattle


Comment: The USA is your best market opportunity in 2015


For the first time in many years, selling into the USA is a "no brainer" for Canadian importers and exporters. We can think of at least three good reasons:

1.    The U.S. is always a good market: American buyers always have more money to spend and always make their buying decisions much faster than in any other market (including Canada);
2.    The current, and probable continuing favorable exchange rate provides an immediate profit of 15% or more; and
3.    Thanks to cheap gas and other factors, BloombergBusinessweek reports that U.S. GDP growth approached 5.0% in late 2014.  


When combined with a softening of Canada's commodity-driven economy, these factors should truly make the USA market a "no brainer" for even the most conservative Canadian entrepreneur. As Phil Knight says, "JUST DO IT".


Cargo Logistics Canada - Expo & Conference


Where: Vancouver, BC - Vancouver Convention Centre West                

When: January 28-29, 2015               

Cost: Exhibits free, seminars see website 



The Cargo Logistics Canada Expo & Conference is the largest and most diverse gathering of stakeholders in Canadian supply chains to be assembled in Canada. We invite you to join us for two days of networking, education and discovery. There is no cost to walk the exposition floor. Attend as many, or as few seminars as you wish.    

Export IQ: Issues To Be Considered When Contracting with U.S. Independent Sales Representatives Or Distributors 


When: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 8:00am-9:00am PST

Where: Online

Cost: Free       

For more info, click here  


Presented as part of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters "Export IQ" series, this webinar will benefit companies who are now or who plan to sell their products into the U.S. market through independent sales representatives (ISR) or distributors. The presentation will highlight the many issues that companies should be aware of when dealing with U.S. independent sales representatives or distributors, and the pitfalls of failing to clearly address these issues in the contract with the ISR or distributor.  


To view the full "Export IQ" series, click here    

Vancouver Small Business Information Expo   


When: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 9:30am to 3:30pm     

Where: Vancouver, BC - Beatty Street Drill Hall                   

Cost: Free     

For more info, click here  


The 2015 Vancouver Small Business Information Expo is a FREE tradeshow that brings together various government departments and non-profit organizations that support BC small business. The expo also gives you the chance to attend FREE educational panels and the opportunity to meet face-to-face with experts who provide valuable programs and resources to small businesses.  

PNAA 2015 Aerospace Conference


When: February 10 to February 12                 
Where: Lynwood, WA - Lynnwood Convention Center            
Cost:  See website
For more info click here 


Join the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance for the latest market intelligence from renowned analysts like Richard Aboulafia; aerospace program updates from leading OEMs including Boeing, and Airbus; as well as unrivaled networking opportunities with high level aerospace executives from the Pacific Northwest and around the world.

Doing Business in the USA

(Cross-Border Seminar and Professional Briefing)


When:  Thursday, May 7, 2015, 8:15am to 4:30pm   
Where: Delta, BC - Town & Country Inn 
Cost:  $195 per person, pre-registered ($145 each for 2 or more)
          (If registered on/before May 1, deduct $25 per person.)
Media Release: Click here 
Registration: Click

Info: Carol Jackson, 1-800-799-8848,, or visit         


The USA is a huge and responsive market for both Canadian and imported products and services. This seminar is designed to help you understand the market, plan your approach, and suggest practical methods and alternatives for implementing your business and marketing plans. Key topics include: (1) dealing with "border issues", such as U.S. travel and immigration planning, U.S. customs clearance, business planning, taxation, currency exchange and legal considerations; (2) understanding "logistics issues", such as establishing a USA business identity, importing, warehousing, transportation, fulfillment, and handling of returned goods; (3) "sales/marketing strategies", including market overview, sales/marketing fundamentals, lessons and pitfalls; and (4) "US banking and financial services". In addition, the seminar will feature "resource introductions", including the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service.

Canada/USA Trade and Compliance Seminars  


When: Winter/Spring 2015

Where: Surrey, BC - Pacific Customs Broker Seminar Room

Cost: See website    

Info: Pacific Customs Brokers, 604-538-1566 or or


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)     


Where: Vancouver, BC   

When: 2015     

Cost:  See website -   

Info: See website     


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.


Tradeshow Schedule


Please visit our "Doing Business in the USA" exhibit table/booth at:


Vancouver Small Business Information Expo


When: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 9:30am to 3:30pm                  
Where:  Vancouver, BC - Beatty Street Drill Hall                

Cost:  Free

For more info: click here  


The 2015 Vancouver Small Business Information Expo is a FREE tradeshow that brings together various government departments and non-profit organizations that support BC small business. The expo also gives you the chance to attend FREE educational panels and the opportunity to meet face-to-face with experts who provide valuable programs and resources to small businesses.