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2017 Sponsors





Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is the country’s leading trade and industry association serving as the voice of 10,000 leading companies. The association focuses on improving business competitiveness through policy change, workforce skills development, productivity and innovation programs, and SME capacity building. As Canada’s leading business network, CME also chairs the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition which unites 53 industry associations, more than 100,000 companies and 2 million employees from coast to coast. In British Columbia manufacturing is the fourth largest contributor to provincial GDP, the third largest employer, more than 55% of B.C. exports, and 30% of the business tax revenue paid to government.


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The B.C. Ministry of International Trade provides trade and investment programs and services to help British Columbia increase exports, develop international partnerships, increase awareness of B.C.’s competitive advantages, negotiate trade deals and attract investment, head offices and other business to the province. The Ministry works to open and expand priority markets for B.C. goods and services, particularly in Asia, through a number of initiatives. Trade and investment representatives, located around the world, help international businesses discover the benefits of B.C. as a destination for investment, partner in innovation, and help B.C. businesses contact potential buyers, investors, and other key partners in priority markets. The Ministry also manages the B.C. Business Network, a resource that helps international buyers identify exporters and suppliers with goods and services for sale. Other work the ministry does includes engaging in trade agreement negotiations and participating with B.C. companies in a wide variety of international events. To learn more about trading and investing in British Columbia, visit:






For nearly 150 years we have been where the growth is, connecting customers to opportunities. Today, HSBC Commercial Banking serves businesses ranging from small enterprises to large multinationals in over 60 developed and faster-growing markets around the world. Whether it is working capital, trade finance or payments and cash management solutions, we provide the tools and expertise that businesses need to thrive. With a network covering three quarters of global commerce, we make HSBC the world’s leading international trade and business bank. To learn more about solutions to help your company expand internationally, visit



SYSPRO is one of the longest standing and largest independent, international providers of ERP systems for mid-market manufacturers and distributors worldwide. SYSPRO has for more than 35 years delivered on its promise to provide thousands of its customers globally with the tools required to effectively operate and compete. Backed by a truly dedicated and professional team of employees and partners around the world, the company’s ability to innovate and develop technologies based on the needs of customers is one of the reasons why SYSPRO enjoys one of the highest retention rates in the industry.

For more information on SYSPRO Canada visit: or contact SYSPRO Canada’s Head Office at Toll Free: +1 (888) 259-6666.

Discover helpful content to help you grow your business for Canadian manufacturers by visiting the SYSPRO Canada Resource Hub or the new SYSPRO Canada Blog.











UPS is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the web at® and its corporate blog can be found at To get UPS news direct, visit and follow @UPS_Canada.


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Grant Thornton LLP is a leading Canadian accounting and advisory firm providing audit, tax and advisory services to private and public organizations in a number of industries including manufacturing, oil and gas and distribution. Grant Thornton LLP is a Canadian member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, whose member firms operate in close to 100 countries worldwide. We help dynamic organizations unlock their potential for growth by providing meaningful, actionable advice through a broad range of services. We want our clients to experience a a different kind of client experience and our unique approach centres on the success and growth of our clients. To learn more, visit


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AdvantageBC is a non-profit Society, established in 1986, with a mandate to promote British Columbia as a favourable location for international business. The AdvantageBC International Business Centre · Vancouver (formerly the International Financial Centre British Columbia (IFC BC) promotes British Columbia as a location for investment and encourages corporations to take advantage of the favourable tax treatment available under the International Business Activity Act (IBAA).





KLM operate from Vancouver a daily direct flight to Amsterdam. KLM partners with Delta, Air France and Alitalia in a North Atlantic Joint Venture to offer business travelers even more options and flexibility, combining fares and schedules. With service from numerous cities in Canada thanks to their code-share agreement with WestJet, the Delta, KLM, Air France, Alitalia Joint Venture provides you nonstop or one-stop service to major business cities in North America and Europe. Visit our corporate website for more information



EDC is Canada’s export credit agency, providing financing and insurance solutions locally and around the world to help Canadian companies of any size respond to international business opportunities. As a profitable Crown corporation that operates on commercial principles, EDC works together with private- and public-sector financial institutions to create greater capacity for Canadian companies to engage in trade and investment.



CMW is a uniquely independent, employee owned and locally owned company with strong roots in the BC business sector. We believe that this has a positive impact on how we serve our clients and we call this the CMW Difference. This difference has helped our company grow to become one of BC’s top brokers, with over 20 Risk Advisors working in over 20 specialty areas. In the 20 years that CMW has been operating, we have built enduring relationships with some of BC’s most influential businesses, and we have learned a lot along the way.



KPMG is a Canadian leader in delivering Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. We work closely with our clients, helping them to manage risks and take advantage of opportunities. The size and scope of our west coast practice differentiates us from other large accounting firms in the area. With more than 1,200 staff, including over 130 partners, across 12 offices located in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Kamloops, Kelowna, Langley, Prince George, Quesnel, Vancouver, Vanderhoof, Vernon, and Victoria, we are the largest professional services firm in British Columbia (Source: Business in Vancouver 2014). Our strong presence in these communities enhances our ability to deliver efficient, cost-effective services, as well as provide swift accessibility wherever, and whenever, our clients need us.




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