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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


Comment: Favorite Washington tourist route blocked by tragic slide        


Many Canadian and U.S. tourists have traveled the "Cascade Loop", a scenic, circular trip from Puget Sound to the Columbia River valley and back. However, within this larger "loop" is a shorter loop that provides some of the same scenery in a shorter time period. Unfortunately, this shorter route from/to I-5 via State Routes 20 and 530 is now closed by a tragic mudslide of epic proportion.


On Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 10:37 a.m. local time, a major mudslide occurred 4 miles (6.4 km) east of Oso, Washington, when a portion of an unstable hillside known as the "Hazel Landslide" collapsed, sending mud and debris across the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River and onto the adjacent river valley, covering an area of approximately 1 square mile (2.6 km2). A Washington state geologist says the volume of the Oso landslide was 6-7 million cubic yards, enough to cover 547 football fields, including end zones, six feet deep.


The rescue, recovery, cleanup and restoration effort is huge, and will take many months. If you would like to help with a donation, please visit the United Way of Snohomish County (, or the Snohomish County chapter of the American Red Cross (   


Cross-Border Update at Ferndale Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon


Where: Ferndale, WA - Silver Reef Event Center             

When: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, noon to 1:30pm            

Cost:  $15 pre-registered

Info/Registration: Christi Burling, Ferndale Chamber of Commerce,, (360-384-3042)   


The Ferndale Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon on April 16 will feature a "Cross-Border Update" presented by two local border trade and policy advocates, Jim Pettinger, president of International Market Access, Inc., and Greg Boos, U.S. immigration attorney and border policy analyst. Pettinger will provide an update on the upcoming "Cross-Border Expo" being held at the Silver Reef Event Center on June 12th.  This event will showcase over 60 exhibitors and feature three free educational sessions aimed at "Doing Business in the USA", "Doing Business in Canada" and "Cross-Border (USA) Real Estate Investment." The major purpose of the Expo is to showcase BC and Whatcom County resources that provide facilities and expertise to facilitate trade and travel across the nearby international boundary. Boos will provide a brief progress update on the comprehensive Canada/USA "Border Action Plan", with particular emphasis on issues affecting the movement of people across the border. Boos has recently published a paper on the Jay Treaty, which provides special work access for Canadian aboriginals, and has recently obtained favorable court rulings for clients affected by the U.S. policy of "expedited removal", which he feels has been overused by border officers.


Think Big: Exporting for Growth 2014


Where: Online Webinar            

When: Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 10:00am - 11:00am (PDT)           

Cost:  Free

Info: Export Development Canada - Events 


Growing a business demands a solid business strategy, topnotch people, skillful use of company resources and an ability to identify promising opportunities. Those opportunities, though, aren't necessarily here at home. Once you start to look, you may find that one of the best ways to grow is through international trade - in a word, exporting. Join us for a panel discussion with Jayson Myers, President and CEO of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME), David Baron President and CEO of Cowater International Inc. and Jeff Fuller, President, Fuller Industrial. This one-hour webinar will highlight:
*    The benefits of diversifying your markets and customer base;
*    The importance of developing a business strategy for growth;
*    How exporting can be a solution to grow your business; and
*    How to manage the risks involved with a growing business.


Cross Border Terroir Wine & Food Event   

(21 years and over)      


When: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 6:00pm to 10:30pm              

Where: The Hall at Fauntleroy, 9131 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98136             

Cost: $98.17 member, $124.37 non-member

Info: Click here    


Presented by The American Institute of Wine and Food and The Canada-America Society, Cross-Border Terroir is a unique, wine-prominent, food and wine pairing educational event.  Attendees will discover how both BC and WA terroir is expressed in the wines made in both regions.  Tasting-sized pours of nearly a dozen wines will be paired with specially prepared tapas-sized plates of food.      


Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference


When: Wednesday, April 30 - Friday, May 2, 2014             

Where: Seattle, WA - Washington State Convention & Trade Center            

Cost:  See website

Info: Click here 


The Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference is the largest most comprehensive event of its kind in the region. The purpose of the conference is to assemble scientists, First Nations and tribal government representatives, resource managers, community/business leaders, policy makers, educators and students to present the latest scientific research on the state of the ecosystem, and to guide future actions for protecting and restoring the Salish Sea Ecosystem. To accomplish its purpose, the conference will feature plenary sessions with keynote speakers, concurrent sessions featuring oral presentations, poster presentations, workshops, frequent opportunities for informal networking, and related off-program events.

In 2000, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Environment Canada (EC) agreed to work together to address cross-border environmental issues facing the Georgia Basin-Puget Sound marine ecosystem (Salish Sea). This led to the hosting of the first joint Canada-U.S. interdisciplinary conference focused on the Salish Sea in 2003.  Since then, the EPA and EC have been instrumental in guiding subsequent biennial conferences. 


6th Surrey International Trade Awards Reception


When: Thursday, May, 8, 2014 5:30pm - 9:30pm               

Where: Surrey, BC - Sheraton Guildford Hotel              

Cost: No charge

For more info, click here      


The Surrey International Trade Awards provide recognition for the success of import and export achievement, raises awareness of the vital contribution international trade makes to B.C.'s economy, and provides a catalyst for companies to reach even higher levels of excellence. This event will honor the best local businesses engaged in importing/exporting. It will feature a trade show of consulate offices and businesses representing various countries, a cocktail style networking reception, keynote presentation and the presentation of theses prestigious awards.      


Beyond NAFTA: Thinning the Border to Strengthen North American Competitiveness            


Time:  9:00am - 3:00pm 

Where: Bellingham, WA - Western Washington University               

When: Thursday, May 15, 2014              

Cost:  Free

Info: Download event flyer 


NAFTA at 20 has sparked new interest in how North American competitiveness depends on the rapid and efficient movement of goods and people across its borders. North-south gateways are the vital conduits for trade and travel on this continent. But the vital role of gateways in facilitating mobility has been given insufficient attention. Leaders from academia, government and business will advance new ideas and practical solutions to gateway mobility issues to improve cross-border economies - and thereby boost competitiveness.        


Pierce County Export Forum        


Where: Environmental Service Building, Chambers Bay Golf Course                

When: Friday, May 23, 8:00am - noon              

Cost:  TBA

Info:  Angela Koenes,    



95% of your potential customers are overseas! Come and listen to export success stories from various industries, and learn more about information about state and federal resources helpful in exporting efforts.  


Second Annual Cross-Border Expo


When:  Thursday, June 12, 2014  

           Tradeshow: 2:00pm - 7:00pm
           Trade and Investment Seminars: 1:00pm - 4:15pm
           All-Chamber Business-After-Business Networking/Social: 5:30pm - 7:00pm 

Where:  Ferndale, WA - Event Center at Silver Reef 
Cost:    Tradeshow and Seminars: Free
           Exhibit Booth (8' x 6'): $249 on/before May 9th, $299 after. Electricity, $25 



The Ferndale Chamber of Commerce and Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa present the second annual Cross-Border Expo. This event will showcase over 60 exhibitors and feature three educational sessions aimed at "Doing Business in the USA", "Doing Business in Canada" and "Cross-Border (USA) Real Estate Investment". Vendor exhibits will be housed in the new 10,000 sq. ft. "Event Center at Silver Reef", and the seminars will be conducted in the adjoining state-of-the-art 150-seat theatre.

The Cross-Border Expo will also be the focal point for a "Cross-Border Weekend Getaway", which will cater to the new 24-hour ($200) and 48-hour ($800) Canada Customs exemptions for returning Canadian residents. Tourists will be provided with a variety of suggested visits and tours courtesy of Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism, and investors will be provided with similar opportunities by local real estate and economic development representatives. The goal is to attract both tourism and business visitors for a one to five-day visit. The exhibits and program will also attract attendees from both Whatcom and Skagit Counties. 

Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) Annual Summit


Where: Whistler, BC - Fairmont Chateau Whistler

When: Sunday, July 20 - Thursday, July 24, 2014

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 24th 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.


Canada/USA Trade and Compliance Seminars


When: Spring 2014

Where: Surrey, BC - Pacific Customs Broker Seminar Room

Cost: See website    

Info: Yvette Fox, 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.