Upcoming BC/WA Trade Events - Spring/Summer 2018
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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Ski to Sea - America's original adventure race
When: Sunday, May 27, 2018
Where: Mt. Baker to Bellingham, WA
Cost: See website

First run in 1973, the Ski to Sea is the original adventure race, a team relay from the Mt. Baker Ski Area to Bellingham Bay. The race is held annually on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend in Whatcom County, Washington. Traditionally, a Ski to Sea team has consisted of eight racers competing in seven different sports: Cross Country Ski, Downhill Ski/Snowboard, Running, Road Bike, Canoe (2 paddlers), Cyclocross Bike, and Sea Kayak. Beginning in 2018, racers will be allowed to participate in up to three legs on race day, for one team or multiple teams. Teams will have a minimum of three racers and a maximum of eight. The Race course runs through the towns of Glacier, Maple Falls, Kendall, Everson, Lynden, and Ferndale, finishing at Marine Park in the historic Fairhaven district of Bellingham. Together with the Historic Fairhaven Festival, Ski to Sea is the largest one-day event in Whatcom County and Bellingham, drawing racers, spectators, and tourists from the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and around the world.
The Art of U.S. Taxation:
Tax Strategies for Canadian Incorporated Professionals with U.S. Citizenship
When:  Wednesday, June 6, 2018 / 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Where: Vancouver, BC – MNP Tower, 21st Floor, 1021 West Hastings St.

When: Thursday, June 7, 2018 / 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Where: Surrey, BC – MNP Place, 2nd Floor, 15303 31st Ave.

Cost:  FREE
Info:  MNP

MNP and Cascadia Cross-Border Law are pleased to have you join us for our exclusive presentation. 2017 brought many tax changes on both sides of the Canada / U.S. border that especially impact incorporated professionals. Whether you are an incorporated professional with U.S. citizenship, dual citizenship, U.S. permanent resident status, or unsure if you are an accidental American, this insightful seminar was designed for you. Understanding both your Canadian and U.S. tax obligations is key to managing your risk exposure, minimizing your tax liabilities, and staying compliant. That’s why we have designed this exclusive seminar where we will discuss tax planning strategies, opportunities, as well as other key tax and immigration considerations.
PNWER 2018 Annual Summit
When:  July 22-26, 2017
Where: Spokane, WA - Davenport Grand Hotel
Cost:  See website
Info:  PNWER

Join over 500 regional business leaders, legislators, and key decision makers to explore shared challenges in the region, discuss best practices, promote regional relationships, and develop an action plan for addressing these challenges in the coming year. PNWER is recognized as the model for regional and bi-national cooperation, providing a platform for collaboration among public, private, academic, and non-profit stakeholders to work together as a region in pursuit of common goals. PNWER Summits routinely bring in 550+ attendees. Typical guest lists include: 60+ state, provincial and territorial legislators; 50 corporate CEOs or VPs; 60 NGO executive directors; several federal legislators; 15 university presidents; and 90+ governmental officials.
Surrey International Trade Awards
When:  Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Where: Surrey, BC – Civic Hotel
Cost:  FREE

Join in recognizing and celebrating recipients of the 8th Surrey International Trade Awards. Winners will be presented at a celebratory networking reception. Awards will be presented in “Small Business” and “Large Business” categories. Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, make new business contacts, mingle with government representatives and consuls general, and celebrate the achievements of Surrey’s finest importers and exporters. The event will feature speaker presentations and an International Trade Show.
Supply Chain Management Association - British Columbia
26th SCMA BC Education Conference 2018
When:  September 26-28, 2018
Where: Harrison Hot Springs Resort
Cost:  See Website
Info:  SCMABC

This year’s conference offers outstanding value and excellent opportunities for networking and professional development for our members and the supply chain management community. Our annual vendor showcase is a networking opportunity that will coincide with the registration period that begins at 4:00 pm in the Cascade Rainbow Miama room. This will give delegates an opportunity to interact with new and returning vendors and connect with peers in the Supply Chain Industry as well as our board of directors over refreshments and appetizers.
BC Export Awards - Applications Now Open
Deadline:  August 20, 2018
Fee: Free to apply 

The BC Export Awards recognize the innovative approaches and unique contributions of British Columbia export companies across all sectors and on all regions of the province, as well as the individuals who contribute to their success. Applications for the 2018 BC Export close at noon on August 20, 2018. For more information on award categories and eligibility or to submit an application, visit www.bcexportawards.com/applications.
2018 WISE 50 Over 50 Awards Open for Applications and Nominations
Deadline:  June 30, 2018
Fee: Free to apply

The 50 over 50 Awards recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of people who are harnessing the power of experience to make an idea or a long-held dream a reality. Canadians over 50 are the fastest growing segment of the business start-up population, yet, they are still the most underserved and under supported group of entrepreneurs. In order for change to happen, we need to continue to draw attention to the accomplishments of people who are harnessing the power of experience to make an idea or a long-held dream a reality.
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.
Canada's Trade Accelerator Program
When: Continuous
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. TAP Canada provides companies with access to Canada's top exporting advisers, resources, and contacts, giving them the training and support they need to become successful international traders in their specific business sector. TAP Canada has been successfully operated by the Toronto Region Board of Trade since 2015 and it is now expanding across the country. 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.
Canada/USA Trade and Compliance Seminars 
When: Spring - Summer 2018
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:  2018
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.
Tradeshow Schedule
Please visit our exhibit booth at the following event:
Surrey International Trade Awards
When: Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Where: Surrey, BC – Civic Hotel
Cost: FREE

Join in recognizing and celebrating recipients of the 10th Surrey International Trade Awards. Winners will be presented at a celebratory networking reception. Awards will be presented in “Small Business” and “Large Business” categories. Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, make new business contacts, mingle with government representatives and consuls general, and celebrate the achievements of Surrey’s finest importers and exporters. The event will feature speaker presentations and an International Trade Show.

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