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CANADIAN MANUFACTURERS & EXPORTERS
LUNCHEON WITH KEYNOTE SPEAKER 

Sponsored by

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This year, Business Expo also celebrates National Manufacturing Month. Exports are becoming a bigger focus of mid-Island businesses — software developers, educators, agri-food producers and processors, craft distillers, wineries and others will benefit from the support of experts in the field. The Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association will present the initial results from Industrie 2030 – so Nanaimo would be the first to have a public presentation in BC.
Industrie 2030 Presentation
Industrie Roadmap
$30 plus GST
Nanaimo River Room – VICC
12:30-1:30 pm
Pre-registration required http://bit.ly/2di6RRI
or visit www.industrie2030.ca

BREAKOUT SESSIONS PRESENTED BY PUBLIC WORKS CANADA

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10:30am – 11:15am – Selling to Government

Interested in selling to the public sector? This panel brings together purchasing specialists from different levels of government who will help you understand the processes around government contracting at all levels in order to prepare your business to start bidding.

Moderator – John Johnstone, Public Works and Government Services Canada

Panelists

Kathy Large                           Senior Supply Officer                                                                  Office of Small and Medium Enterprises

Debbie Owen                         Outreach Program Manager                                                     BC Shared Services/Procurement Transformation

Wendy Idema                        Director of Finance                                                                     Regional District of Nanaimo

 11:30am – 12:15pm – Pillars of Start-up

Do you have an awesome idea for a business you’d like to start? This panel will bring together experts who can help you navigate the complexities of starting a small business and provide you with information on the various government programs available to help you get started today.

Moderator – Kim Smythe, CEO & President, Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce

Panelists 

Paris Gaudet – Executive Director. Innovation Island

Mina Haghighi – Business Development Manager, Futurprenuer

Angie Barnard – Nanaimo Co-Founder & Chief Motivating Officer, The Network Hub

John Hankins – CEO, Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation

2:00pm – 2:45pm  – Access to Financing

Looking for sources of capital? Want us to show you the money? This panel will bring together government and private sector representatives who will provide you with information on various financing (loans & grants) programs and resources available to your business.

Moderator – Moira Jenkins, Port Authority, Chair

 Panelists

Johann Van Rensburg      Regional Manager                                                   Business Development Corporation

Michael Granholm             Business Analyst                                                     Community Futures Nanaimo

Steven Ison                          Principal                                                                   Liquid Capital Finance

Adam Fraser                         Senior Business Relationship Manager            Coastal Community Credit Union

Alison Morgan                     Sales Leader                                                            Small Business  RBC Corporate Lending

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COMMUNITY FUTURES AWARDS RECEPTION

COAST BASTION HOTEL – MINNOZ LOUNGE 

5:30 – 7 pm

Appies, Hosted Bar, Networking, Awards Presentations

Awards will be presented at the after Party – Most Fun, Most Interactive, Best Overall and People’s Choice!

*you can attend the party and then return to tear down your booth after

Pre-registration required http://bit.ly/2di6RRI