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Upcoming BC/WA Trade Events - Apr-Aug

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: Expect a banner year for American travel abroad


According to Mary Mahon Jones of Mahon Jones & Associates, Americans will definitely be the top travelers this summer. With the potent combination of pent-up demand from the recession years, plus a strong US dollar, a strengthened US economy, lower unemployment levels, lower gas prices and rising US passport ownership, it is virtually certain that more destinations can expect an increase in US visitation in the summer of 2015. So where will they be travelling? Read more in Mary's Tourism One Minute Report. 

Lunch & Learn Series:

Introduction to Doing Business in the USA


Where: Richmond, BC - Richmond Chamber of Commerce                  

When: Tuesday, April 14, 2015, noon to 1:00pm                 

Cost: $10 plus GST    

Info: Richmond Chamber of Commerce  

This introductory seminar will help you define "your USA market", and introduce you to the basic essentials of marketing and logistics (packaging, shipping and warehousing). You need to know these basics before you commit to the design manufacture or purchase of your product or service.

Intellectual Property: Learn How to Protect Your Copyrights, Trademarks, and Patents Globally   


When: Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 8:30am to 2:00pm  

Where: Seattle, WA - offices of K&L Gates LLP

Cost: $55 including lunch        

For more info, click here   


Trade experts and attorneys from the Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will be in Seattle to host a one-day seminar on how companies and individuals can protect and enforce intellectual property to get the most out of exporting abroad and to answer your questions about commercializing your creations and innovations. This seminar includes strategies for protecting and enforcing a company's intellectual property when exporting to foreign markets and advice for avoiding common pitfalls.


Go Global: Supporting Export Success


Where: Nanaimo, BC - Coast Bastion Hotel       

When: Friday, April 24, 2015, 7:30am -noon                     

Cost: $50      

Info: Enterprise Canada Network    


Join International Trade Minister Ed Fast and experts from Government of Canada export support agencies such as Canada's Trade Commissioner Service, Export Development Canada, the Business Development Bank of Canada and the Canadian Commercial Corporation at a unique workshop, delivered in partnership with Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, designed to provide all the information needed to succeed in today's international markets.

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.)
Info/Registration: Click
Seminar Flyer:  Click here 

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 and marketing strategies", including market overview, sales/marketing fundamentals, lessons and pitfalls; and (4) "US banking, real estate, insurance and financial services". In addition, the seminar will feature "resource introductions", including the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service.

Canada/USA Trade and Compliance Seminars  


When: 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.


Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) Annual Summit   


Where: Montana - Big Sky Resort

When: Sunday, July 12, 2015 10:00am - Thursday, July 16, 2015 5:00pm

Cost: See website     



PNWER is the only statutory, non-partisan, bi-national, public / private partnership in North America, with goals of strengthening relationships, finding cross-border solutions to common challenges, and advocating for regional interests. In its 25th year, the PNWER Annual Summit brings together over 600 key business leaders, legislators, and government leaders from PNWER's ten states, provinces, and territories to address the major policy issues impacting the region.


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 the following events:


Cross-Border Expo


When: Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 2:00pm to 7:00pm                   
Where:  Ferndale, WA - Event Center at Silver Reef                 

Cost:  Free

For more info: click here      

Whatcom County, gateway to the USA and Canada, welcomes business and tourism visitors from British Columbia and the state of Washington for a one-day "Expo" and early-summer long weekend. Featuring: a 60-exhibit tradeshow, business and real estate seminars, entertainment, tourism "specials", real estate tours, and business networking and resource meetings.