#TradeTalks: First-Mover Advantage



Seizing First-Mover Advantage

October 11, 2018

Seizing first mover advantage” is this year’s theme with a focus on the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) given BC’s pole position as Canada’s Pacific province. During our half-day forum, we'll take a closer look at Canada’s progressive trade agenda on the world stage and help BC businesses step up their export game. 


Day's Agenda




Registration Opens and Breakfast


8:00 - 8:15am

Conference Welcome

8:15 - 9:00am

Morning Keynote Address

Scotty Greenwood, CEO, Canadian American Business Council

Why the US is missing out on CPTPP, and the greater opportunity this creates for participating countries ready to seize first-mover advantage.

9:00 - 9:20am

Youth Export Pitch Challenge - Presenter #1: Saimir Sulaj

Oigo is an AI-driven text-to-speech annotation platform that segments audio recordings based on the topics of discussion. It allows university students to record lectures, and search for specific snippets of audio with their desired topic.

9:20 - 10:00am

The Global Marketplace Networking Break

  • Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
  • Tourism Malaysia, Canada
  • ProMexico
  • Export Navigator
  • World Trade Centre - Vancouver

10:00 - 11:15am

Panel: CPTPP Through the Eyes of Businesses

Moderated by Christian Hansen, Director & Senior Trade Commissioner, Global Affairs Canada – Pacific Regional Office. This panel will give a trade case study in real-time from Consuls General and BC businesses doing trade in their countries.


  • Takuji Sakai, Executive Director, JETRO
  • Angela Hollinger, President, CE Energy Development; Director, the Canada-Japan Society of British Columbia
  • Nick Fleming, Consul General of New Zealand
  • Mike Wright, Director of Sales, Waterplay Solutions Corp.

11:15 - 11:35am

Youth Export Pitch Challenge - Presenter #2: Javed Gill

SmartPill is an app that connects patients to physicians and pharmacies to reduce wait times for reoccurring prescription orders.

11:35 - 12:15pm

Networking Break

12:15 - 1:15pm

Lunch with Consuls General

1:15 - 1:45pm

Keynote Speaker

Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard

1:45 - 2:00pm

Closing Remarks 

Honourable Bruce Ralston, BC Minister of Jobs, Trade, and Technology

Minister Ralston will share his vision for BC when it comes to international trade and how SMEs can take advantage.

2:00 - 2:05pm

Closing Remarks 

Val Litwin, CEO, BC Chamber of Commerce

2:05 - 2:35pm

Breakout Session: Using the Export Navigator Program and World Trade Centre Vancouver to Get Export-Ready





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Contact Sharon Hong at bccc@bcchamber.org