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2018 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 Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology provides 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, 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. 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:



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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



Despite what some predicted to be a global slowdown in trade these past few years, Canadian exporters have continued to engage in trade and make investments outside Canada. Many have used EDC’s unique financial, risk and trade expertise to boldly pursue new opportunities in a volatile world. For example, in 2016 we provided $550 million in direct financing and more than $1billion in bank guarantees to smaller exporters so that they could develop new markets, fund work in progress and make international investments. We also connect Canadian companies to international business opportunities by using our deep relationships with leading international decision-makers, in-market representatives and our understanding of the domestic export community. We create these connections through various activities such as one-on-one meetings between Canadian companies and international companies, as well as events in Canada and abroad. Our ultimate goal is to help every Canadian company go, grow and succeed—a bold aspiration rooted in the success of the Canadian exporters that have led the way. For more information about who we are and what we do, visit





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


Firma believes business across borders can be less complex. At Firma Foreign Exchange, our international payment and currency specialists offer you world class service, regardless of how big or small your business is. Established in 1998 in Edmonton Alberta, Firma has grown to be become a global company, with locations around the world. We put the world’s currencies to work, how you want, when you want. We are trusted to move more than $10 Billion in payments around the world safely and securely for our clients. All our clients have a dedicated full-time specialist, monitoring every possible element that can affect their currency, to ensure they get a competitive exchange rate around the world, every time. Currency exchange can be complicated. Let us keep it simple so you can get the most out of your time and money.


World Trade Centre Vancouver (WTC-V) is a subsidiary of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade dedicated to strengthening the export performance of small and medium-sized businesses in British Columbia. As a member of the World Trade Centers Association, WTC-V provides exceptional global access for B.C. businesses with over 300 properties and trade services associations in nearly 100 countries. WTC-V provides targeted international trade advisory services and expertise through essential trade education, connections, comprehensive research, and trade related services to help businesses reach foreign markets faster.




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