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Upcoming BC/WA Trade Events - Oct-Jan

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: How low can it go (the Loonie that is)?


While Canadian pundits debate the benefits of a strong Loonie versus weak, Canadian businesses and entrepreneurs are rapidly climbing back on the bandwagon to sell their Canadian and imported products in the United States. While hovering near par for several years, the loonie has settled near $.90 US for most of 2014. This means that a sale for $100 US can magically turn into $110 when deposited into a Canadian bank account. It's certainly not clear how long this will last, but interest in the USA market is certainly ramping up for the fall and winter selling season. One opinion can be found in this Financial Post article.

Making sense of Cross-Border Business


When: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 7:30am - 10:30am

Where: Burnaby, BC  - Hilton Vancouver Hotel

Cost: $25.00      

For the event flyer, click here  


This seminar will help Canadian businesses and their tax and legal advisors understand what it takes to expand business ventures across the border. Instructors include cross-border and international taxation specialists from VSH; Duncan Millar, immigration attorney with Millar & Perez Immigration Lawyers; Jim Pettinger, President of International Market Access Inc.; Kirsten Barron, business attorney with Barron Smith Daugert, PLLC;  and cross border business owner, Rud Browne. Topics include: Expanding business to include a U.S. location; Selling into the U.S. from Canada; Starting a brand new venture in the U.S. as a Canadian; Bringing employees to the U.S. legally and successes and setbacks from a cross-border business owner.  

2014 Northwest Business Expo & Conference


When: Thursday, October 23, 2014, 12:00pm to 7:00pm   

Where: Ferndale, WA - Event Center at Silver Reef                 

Cost: Free (thank-you sponsors)  

For more info, click here  


You'll find no better opportunity to build your business, to learn from other business owners, and to interact with Whatcom County business leaders. Make your plans for prime space with your exhibition booth for this special 29th Annual Expo that features leading business and commerce brands from around the county and region.


How to Grow your Business through Exporting



When: Monday, October 20, 2014 - Friday, October 24, 2014

Where:  Online

Cost: free   

Info: Export Develpment Canada    


Exporting to international markets represents great opportunities for growth, but it also comes with a lot of questions: how do you manage cash flow and financing? What are the risks? And where do you find information about specific foreign markets? These free webinars will answer your questions and help you understand the risks and rewards of exporting to international markets.
Monday October 20: The World Next Door: Tips on Selling to the US.
Wednesday October 22: How to Piggy-back your Way to Exporting Success.  
Friday October 24: Overcome Financial Hurdles and Get the Financing you Need.
Can't attend the live webinars? Register now and receive recorded versions you can listen to at your convenience.

Washington Future Energy Conference


When: Thursday, October 30, Seattle                
Where: Seattle, WA, DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport            
Cost:  See website
Info:  Northwest Environmental Business Council


Now in its fourth year, the Washington Future Energy Conference has become the state's "must-attend" clean energy event. Presented by NEBC and the Washington State Department of Commerce, this unique conference provides an unmatched forum for learning, networking, and business development - bringing together members of the energy industry, energy end-users, policy makers, and economic development professionals. The educational sessions will cover The Context for Clean Energy in Washington, The Business of Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency in Buildings, and New Fuels for Transportation.    

State of the Island Economic Summit


When: October 29 & 30, 2014               
Where: Nanaimo, BC - Vancouver Island Convention Centre            
Cost:  See website 


The Vancouver Island State of the Island Economic Summit provides a venue and a forum for businesses and stakeholders on Vancouver Island to understand the State of the Island Economy. Youth, First Nations, Political Leaders, Business Leaders, Small Business and other inspirational leaders on Vancouver Island participate in championing actions which will position Vancouver Island in the Global Marketplace.


Doing Business in the USA

(Full-Day Seminar and Professional Briefing)


Where:  Surrey, BC - Sheraton Guildford Hotel  
When: Thursday, November 20, 2014, 8:30am to 4:30pm 
Cost:  $195 per person, pre-registered ($145 each for 2 or more)
          (If registered on/before November 14, 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.

PNWER Economic Leadership Forum


Where: Seattle, WA - Hyatt at Olive 8 Hotel                  

When: November 19 to 22, 2014                 

Cost: See website



The Economic Leadership Forum provides an opportunity for local, state, and provincial leaders in both the public and private sectors to carry out in-depth, focused discussions on key subjects effecting our regional economy. Leaders from throughout the U.S. states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana, and the Canadian provinces/territories of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Yukon and Northwest Territories will be in attendance tackling the policy matters that drive the economic strength of the region.

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.    

Canada/USA Trade and Compliance Seminars  


When: Fall 2014

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: 2014    

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 exhibit table/booth at the following events and tradeshows: 

Surrey Board of Trade
Seasonal Sizzle Tradeshow and Networking Reception


When: Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 5:00pm to 8:00pm                 
Where:  Surrey, BC - Eaglequest Golf Course               

Cost:  Cash or food donation to the Surrey Food Bank

For more info: click here  


Seasonal Sizzle Trade Show and Networking Reception. A Rock'N Roll Christmas!