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Upcoming BC/WA Trade Events Fall / Winter 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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U.S Immigration: Doing Business and Cross-Border Travel
When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm 
Where: Vancouver, BC – Dentons Canada LLP
Cost: Members $25.00 ; Non-Members $50.00

Join us for an informative and dynamic panel about U.S. immigration visas and cross-border travel. If you or your clients travel to the U.S., this program should not be missed. You will hear from U.S Chief CBP officers the U.S. Consulate Visa Processing Chief and meet the new incoming Vancouver U.S. Consulate General. Ellen Kief U.S. immigration Counsel at Dentons Vancouver will moderate the panel and discuss visa options, issues and how to be prepared for doing business and traveling to U.S.
Doing Business in the USA
When: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 – 8:00 am to noon
Where: Vancouver, BC – Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Cost: $75.00

Join us on November 1st for a fast-paced guide to expanding your sales into the United States. Whether opening a virtual store front 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.
Renewable Energy Integration Trade Mission to Canada
When: October 30 to November 2, 2017
Where: Toronto ON and Calgary AB
Cost: See Website

The mission is designed for U.S. industry with a focus on utility-scale and distributed energy resources (DER) renewable energy power generators and services providers. This mission will further support U.S. companies who are active in the Canadian market with a focus on increasing footprints and deepening business interests, especially for those companies of all sizes who are part of the industry’s global supply chain. The mission is open to all U.S. firms and organizations in the renewable energy sector focused on solar, wind, and hydropower as well as the smart grid
(transmission, distribution, and storage) technologies that will enable effective grid integration.
PNWER Economic Leadership Forum
When: November 5-7, 2017
Where: Victoria, BC - Fairmont Empress 
Cost: See website

The PNWER Forum is designed to maximize participation from regional legislators and business leaders. Hands-on workshops give attendees a better understanding of how we govern state, provincial, and federal systems. The remaining sessions of the event will expand upon the lessons learned during the legislative academy with focused, in-depth discussions on specific PNWER policy areas and key subjects affecting our regional economy. The Forum's comfortable, collaborative atmosphere is perfect for making and strengthening cross-border relationships.
Canada's Trade Accelerator Program
When: November 6-7, 2017
Where: Vancouver BC – World Trade Centre
Cost: See Website

Essential strategy, resources, and coaching to help SMEs scale up, develop, and execute an export plan: Essential strategy, resources, and coaching to help SMEs scale up, develop, and execute an export plan. TAP Canada provides companies with access to Canada's top exporting advisors, resources, and contacts, giving them the training and support they need to become successful international traders in their specific business sector. World Trade Centre Vancouver is pleased to launch TAP Canada in British Columbia, a program that has rapidly gained momentum across the country with a reputation of achieving real results, fast.
BC Export Awards
When: Friday, November 24, 2017 – 10:00am to 2:00pm
Where: Vancouver, BC - Hyatt Regency Vancouver
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.
5th Cargo Logistics Canada Expo + Conference
When: February 6-8, 2018
Where: Vancouver, BC - Vancouver Convention Centre
Cost: See Website

Cargo Logistics Canada connects freight owners with freight movers – fostering multi-modal synergy between diverse stakeholders in import, export and domestic supply chains. Featuring a large-scale exhibition: showcasing 150+ exhibitors pertaining to all modes of transportation, and an À la carte conference menu with each session is priced individually and affordably. Plus, trade show attendance is FREE for those who pre-register.
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.
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.
Canada/USA Trade and Compliance Seminars 
When: Fall 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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