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Breakfast Series: Exporting to the US

7:30-11:00 AM
4201 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby

Thursday, November 7th, 2019 from 7:30 - 11:00 AM

Executive Suites Hotel in Burnaby (View Maps)

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Many BC companies have had tremendous success in exporting to the US – some so much so where their sales to the US exceed their domestic sales. But it’s a large, competitive market with US and foreign companies alike fighting for shelf space, distribution and market share.  Knowing how to approach the US market is important, and at this Breakfast Series, we will provide you with the tools you need to create an effective export plan. 


7:30AM Registration and Breakfast Buffet, featuring Hills Foods' (Legends Haul) Specialty Local Chicken Breakfast Sausage. 

8:00 AM Welcome and Introductions, James Donaldson, CEO 

8:10-8:25 AM About Export Navigator, with Allison Boulton, Program Manager of the Export Navigator Program.  

  • How to assess your business and export readiness  
  • Market entry strategy   
  •  Market tools and information  
  • Streamlined service connections to support services  

8:25-8:40 AM Government Services to Help You Access New Markets, with Adriana Carrillo, Manager Agrifoods, BC Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology  

  • BC Government services for exporters  
  • Connecting with BC’s Trade and Investment Representative in the US  
  • Key in-market trade events  
  • Government funding for your international business development activities  

8:40-9:20AM Vaughn Wright, Senior Account Manager of EDC Presents: 

  • Insuring exports to the US, identifying and mitigating payment risks  
  • Financing the expansion and helping with investments and acquisitions in the US  

9:20-9:35 BREAK  

9:35-9:55 Getting it Right Before You Export, with Rob Arthurs, of Robert A. Arthurs International  

  • Choosing the right broker, not the cheapest  
  • FDA potential challenges  
  • You are wanting to enter the largest consumer market in the world are you really ready  
  • Find a mentor or a coach  
  • Who is in your corner (bankers, insurance and more)  
  • Trade office help provincial and federal  

9:55-10:25  Exporting to the US: Success stories and lessons learned - A panel discussion moderated by Rob Arthurs (Discussion + Q&A)  

Our Panel Speakers:

  • Sarah Clarke, President of FreeYumm Foods
  • Jeff Novinger, President & CEO of Pita Bread Factory
  • Kirk Homenick, President of Naturally Home Grown Foods (Hardbite Chips)

10:25 Association News, Upcoming events with James Donaldson  

10:30 Open networking  

11:00 Adjourned 

Meet the Exhibitors

For inquiries regarding exhibiting, sponsorship, and everything else, please contact Sandra Lee at [email protected].

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Exporting to the US Nov 7 Breakfast Series