Trade is the future. Despite protectionism in some regions, trading between countries has been rising and will continue to grow well into the future. Canada is one of the best examples of this, with 60% of the country’s GDP coming from trade. In the last quarter alone, global trade generated $1.8 billion in Canada.
But global trade is changing fast. China’s growing middle-class is opening new avenues for foreign businesses that didn’t exists a few decades ago. At the same time, e-commerce has radically changed the landscape of how consumers buy goods. By 2020, online sales are projected to reach $523 billion in the U.S. alone. Soon, with the advent of new technologies such as automated supply chains and virtual reality, the global trade landscape will change again.
With the field of international trade evolving everyday, how are international business leaders supposed to keep up?
Event Details: Your Future in Global Markets
Conferences can be a great way to stay-up-to-date on international trade trends; this prepares your business to overcome the growing complexities of global business.
Fortunately for global trade professionals, the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) is hosting a three-day (October 2-4, 2017) Your Future in Global Markets international business conference, in the National Capital region, providing a unique opportunity to look forward into the future of trade.
The conference will bring international business professionals together to learn, network, and discuss the challenges, opportunities and strategies of tomorrow’s global marketplace. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with other industry professionals, attend interactive workshops, and hear from some of the industry’s leading experts. Speakers will share their unique insights and practical takeaways on the biggest topics in the industry.
What to Expect: Learn from International Business Experts
Attendees can look forward to hearing from influential keynote speakers Richard Bistrong and Nicole Verkindt. One is a former FCPA violator and expert in all things anti-corruption, the other is a Next Gen dragon and global entrepreneur.
Guests can also expect to hear from a number of panel speakers, including, Google export strategist Jyll Saskins Gales, American Express export advisor Ed Marsh, and President of PayPal Canada Paul Parisi.
At Google, Jyll Saskin Gales helps businesses grow internationally by providing the latest technology tools insights, and strategic recommendations.
An American Express export advisor and global business consultant, Ed Marsh, has years of experience helping B2B companies grow, while also successfully owning and running his own companies.
With over 17 years of experience in the payments sector, Paypal Canada President Paul Parisi plays a critical role in identifying strategic partnerships as well as bringing innovations to the market.
Optimize Your Experience at Your Future in Global Markets 2017: Workshops and Breakout Sessions
Your Future 2017 won’t just be informative speakers. The three-day conference boasts a jam-packed program. On October 3, you can attend workshops on how to build effective teams, how to take advantage of trade agreements. Guests will have the chance to hear from award-winning exporters as they share the tips and tricks they’ve learned from their own experiences working in a variety of markets at the Master Class Secrets to Success panel. The day will be capped off with an anniversary dinner, celebrating the first 25 years of FITT. As guests enjoy their dinner, they will be entertained by global trade expert and stand-up comedian Pete Mento.
October 4 will feature workshops on the impact of new technologies such as virtual and augmented reality, and how to find excel in your next international market. Afterwards, iPolitics will bring an interactive iPoliticsLive event to the Your Future in Global Market stage. A panel of experts will sit down to discuss the best strategies Canadian business needs to deal with the complexities of international trade. The conference will then be concluded with a final discussion on the future of global markets.
“Your Future in Global Markets will be the can’t miss event for all global trade practitioners. Attendees can expect to build upon their extensive expertise by learning from their global trade colleagues as well as highly knowledgeable guest speakers. The future will be much clearer after attending Your Future in Global Markets.”
– Caroline Tompkins, President and CEO of FITT
Register to Attend the Your Future in Global Markets Conference
Anyone involved in business across borders must be in a continual process of learning, growing, and anticipating in order to survive in the global business environment. Your Future in Global Markets is your chance to learn and grow to best serve your clients in the exciting and prosperous future of international trade.
Save $100 when you register for Your Future in Global Markets conference, but only until August 31, 2017. Reserve your spot now and save!
Chris Blood-Rojas is the Marketing and Communications intern at the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT). He is a graduate of Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts honours degree in communication studies as well as the Algonquin College public relations program. His background is in communications, marketing, and public relations.