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Upcoming BC/WA Trade Events

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 

PACE - Pacific Corridor Enterprise Council 

International Trade Alliance (Spokane)

Canada-America Society 

World Trade Center Tacoma 

World Trade Center Seattle


Abbotsford Airshow 2014


When: August 8 - August 10, 2014, 9:00am - 5:00pm               

Where: Abbotsford, BC - Abbotsford International Airport               

Cost: See Website 


The Abbotsford Airshow is an annual three-day event taking place at the Abbotsford International Airport. Companies from the local aerospace sector are expected to attend and participate in business events relating to the show, including a tradeshow exhibit area. The airshow has become an internationally recognized aviation festival in the five decades since its inception. Hundreds of thousands of spectators converge at the Abbotsford International Airport to witness air performances by civilian and military aircrafts.       


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, warehousing, transportation, fulfillment, and handling of returned goods; and (3) "sales/marketing strategies", including market overview, sales/marketing fundamentals, lessons and pitfalls. A special new afternoon session will cover "Money, Money, Money!". In addition, the seminar will feature "resource introductions", including the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service.  

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: Spring/Summer/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: 

Richmond Chamber of Commerce - Business Expo

When: Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Where: Richmond, BC - River Rock Theatre
Cost: Free (thank-you sponsors)
For more info, click here

Network with guests and exhibitors.  A great way to collect business cards.  Easy access for all attendees via the Canada Line and ample parking.