Building Bridges to Prosperity

Cross Border Trade Symposium - Making It Simple!

The inaugural 'Building Bridges to Prosperity' Symposium will be held in Surrey B.C., Canada on Friday, June 10th, 2011.

Hosted by Pacific Customs Brokers, in cooperation with the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service and the U.S. Consulate General (Vancouver), the 'Building Bridges to Prosperity' Symposium will be the largest of its kind in B.C. in 2011 and presents a rare opportunity for Canadian and American businesses to dialogue and network with leading players and policymakers.

At this all day event, there will be a buffet breakfast featuring the Premier of British Columbia, Christy Clark, along with Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) providing an economic update of the Pacific Northwest; morning topical trade sessions; plated lunch featuring a keynote address by the U.S. Ambassador to Canada, David Jacobson; luncheon remarks by City of Surrey Mayor, Dianne Watts; afternoon topical trade sessions or border visit.

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Breakfast Keynote Address By:

Luncheon Keynote Address By:

  Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia

Premier of British Columbia
Christy Clark
 

David Jacobson, United States Ambassador to Canada

United States Ambassador
to Canada
David Jacobson

Symposium Features:

  • Breakfast Keynote Address: by Premier of British Columbia, Christy Clark
  • Luncheon Keynote Address: by U.S. Ambassador, David Jacobson
  • Luncheon Remarks: by City of Surrey Mayor, Dianne Watts
  • Breakfast buffet, plated lunch, and refreshments
  • Border Visit: to Pacific Highway/Blaine Border Crossing to meet with Canada Border Services Agency (for American delegates), or U.S. Customs and Border Protection (for Canadian delegates). Advance registration required, limited space available.
  • Sell to Canada Sessions
  • Sell to USA Sessions
  • Economic and Trade Updates

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Program


Date: Friday, June 10, 2011

Time: 7:45 am to 4:00 pm
* Doors open and registration begins at 7:15 am

Location: Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel
15269 104th Avenue, Surrey, BC

7:15 - 7:45 am
Registration - Guildford Ballroom

7:15 - 8:45 am
Buffet Breakfast

7:45 am
Symposium Opening Remarks - Guildford Ballroom

8:10 - 8:25 am
Economic Update of the Pacific Northwest
Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER)

Matt Morrison, Executive Director

8:45 am
Keynote address by the
Premier of British Columbia, Honourable Christy Clark.

Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia

9:30 - 11:45 am
Morning Information Sessions - Tynehead Ballrooms

Sell to Canada Canada Flag Sell to USA U.S. Flag

9:30 - 10:00 am
Compliance & Trusted Traveller Program
Canada Border Services Agency
Michael McAlduff, Senior Officer Trade Compliance

10:00 - 10:30 am
Transportation & Logistics
Pacific Overseas Forwarding Inc.
Jeff White, General Manager

10:30 - 10:45 am
Networking Break

10:45 - 11:15 am
Warehousing & Distribution
CDS Group of Companies
Ron Ubels, Vice President, CDS Customs Services Ltd.

11:15 - 11:45 am
Canadian Tax GST/HST
KNV Chartered Accountants LLP
David Cender, CA, CPA
Partner

9:30 - 10:00 am
Compliance & Trusted Traveller Program
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Lynn R. Gardner
Assistant Port Director (Trade)
Area Ports of Blaine

10:00 - 10:30 am
Warehousing & Distribution
International Market Access Inc.
Jim Pettinger, President

10:30 - 10:45 am
Networking Break

10:45 - 11:15 am
Transportation & Logistics
Pacific Overseas Forwarding Inc.
Jeff White, General Manager

11:15 - 11:45 am
International Tax & Business Planning
Moss Adams LLP
Rob Gilfillan, Partner

12:00 - 1:15 pm
Three course plated lunch - Guildford Ballroom

Featuring keynote address by the
U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Honorable David Jacobson.

Luncheon remarks by the City of Surrey Mayor, Dianne Watts.

David Jacobson, United States Ambassador to Canada
 

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1:30 - 3:45 pm
Border Visit - CBSA & CBP

Tour of the Pacific Highway/Blaine Border Crossing to meet with Canada Border Services Agency (U.S. delegates) or U.S. Customs and Border Protection (for Canadian delegates).

**Included in the full day package. Advance registration is required; limited space is available**

 

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1:30 - 4:00 pm
Afternoon Information Sessions - Tynehead Ballrooms

Sell to Canada Canada Flag Sell to USA U.S. Flag

1:30 - 2:00 pm
Trade Finance
Ex-Im Bank
John Brislin, President and CEO Export Finance Center of Washington

2:00 - 2:30 pm
Non-Resident Importer & NAFTA Eligibility
Pacific Customs Brokers
Carol Brown, Operations Manager

2:30 - 2:45 pm
Networking Break

2:45 - 3:15 pm
Immigration, Visa & Employment
Spectrum Law
Meika Lalonde, Immigration Lawyer
Craig Natsuhara, Immigration Lawyer

3:15 - 3:45 pm
Setting Up a Business Entity
Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang LLP
Ingrid Tsui, Lawyer

3:45 - 4:00 pm
Meeting Your Canadian Market Objectives …Next Steps
U.S. Embassy
Richard Steffens, Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs

1:30 - 2:00 pm
Trade Finance
TD Bank
Tracey Orr, Vice President
Tim McCarthy, Vice President, Global Trade Finance

2:00 - 2:30 pm
Non-Resident Importer & NAFTA Eligibility
Pacific Customs Brokers
April Collier, Senior Compliance Advisor

2:30 - 2:45 pm
Networking Break

2:45 - 3:15 pm
Immigration & Visa
Cascadia Cross-Border Law
Greg Boos, USA Immigration Attorney

3:15 - 3:45 pm
Setting Up a Business Entity
Law Offices of Gene Moses
Gene Moses, USA Business Attorney

3:45 - 4:00 pm
Meeting Your U.S. Market Objectives … Next Steps
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
Meera Bawa, Trade Commissioner

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Registration & Fees


To Register - Download the Symposium Brochure (PDF)

Option 1 - Full Day: $270 CAD plus tax

  • 7:15 am to 4:00 pm full day, includes: a buffet breakfast featuring the Premier of British Columbia, Christy Clark, along with Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER), providing an economic update of the Pacific Northwest; morning break out sessions; plated lunch featuring a keynote address by the U.S. Ambassador to Canada, David Jacobson; luncheon remarks by City of Surrey Mayor, Dianne Watts; afternoon break out sessions or border visit. Registration deadline: Thursday, June 9, 2011.

  • Group Rate: If purchasing 3 or more full day symposium registrations, the cost per registrant will be $245 CAD plus tax. Registration deadline: Friday, June 3, 2011.

 

Option 2 - Breakfast (only): $65 CAD plus tax

  • 7:15 to 8:45 am buffet breakfast featuring a keynote address by the Premier of British Columbia, Christy Clark, along with Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) providing an economic update of the Pacific Northwest. Registration deadline: Thursday, June 9, 2011.

 

Option 3 - Lunch (only): $75 CAD plus tax

  • 11:45 am to 1:15 pm plated lunch featuring a keynote address by the U.S. Ambassador to Canada, David Jacobson and luncheon remarks by City of Surrey Mayor, Dianne Watts Registration deadline: Thursday, June 9, 2011.

 

To Register - Download the Symposium Brochure (PDF)

Sponsorship Opportunities


  1. Prosperity Partner: $1,000 CAD plus tax

    • Logo/name presence in program
    • Trade booth table
    • Name presence on projector screens
    • Verbal exposure at the symposium
    • Sponsor's Logo presence in media advertising and on Symposium website
    • One complimentary full day registration (valued at $270 CAD)
  2. Trade Resource Table: $500 CAD plus tax

    • Includes one complimentary full day registration (valued at $270 CAD)

Additional opportunities available tailored to suit your needs. For more information:

Contact: Karen Graham, U.S. Consulate General, Vancouver, BC
Phone: 604.694.6522
Email: GrahamKM@state.gov

Accommodations - Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel


SheratonSheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel
15269 104th Avenue, Surrey, BC

Symposium Group Rate of $105 CAD per night available until May 20, 2011.

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About the Hotel

This is a very exciting time at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel as our extensive renovations have recently been completed. Renovations include guestrooms with our world renowned Sweet Sleeper Bed ®, health club, spa, "Fresh" Restaurant & Lounge and our 18 banquet meeting rooms and public facilities.

With the majestic Pacific Coast Mountains as a backdrop, the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel welcomes you into an oasis of warm Canadian hospitality in the heart of the Fraser Valley. Whether it's a ski trip into the mountains, golf on one of our many lush green courses, or exploring downtown Vancouver's metropolitan choices, you can do it all from the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel. With more golf then anywhere else in British Columbia, the Fraser Valley offers you such premiere courses as Morgan Creek, Northview and Peace Portal. Our hotel is also adjacent to the Guildford Town Centre Mall which features over 200 stores to appeal to everyone.

Fast Facts


$1 Trillion Economic Relationship:

  • Canada and the United States share a $1 trillion annual bilateral trade and investment relationship with highly integrated supply chains.
  • Two-way trade in goods and services totaled approximately $500 billion in 2009. Canadian and U.S. foreign direct investment totaled $500 billion.
  • U.S. exports to Canada totaled $248 billion in 2010 - a 21 percent increase over 2009, representing 20 percent of total U.S. exports.
  • Canada is the number one export market for 36 U.S. states.
  • 22 percent of Canada's GDP comes from goods exports to the United States.
  • Over 15% of B.C.'s commodity exports were shipped to Washington State in 2009.
  • Canadian-U.S. two-way trade was 20 percent higher than trade with China and three times higher than trade with Japan in 2009.
  • Canadian tourists made 38.9 million trips to the United States and spent more than $20 billion in 2009, more than visitors from any other country.

Border Crossings:

  • Canada and the United States share the longest secure border in the world:
    • 8,891 kilometres / 5,525 miles
  • 300,000 travellers cross the Canada-U.S. border every day.
  • 35,000 trucks cross the Canada-U.S. border every day.
  • The Ambassador Bridge between Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario is the busiest border crossing in North America - with $130 billion dollars in annual trade. More than 10,000 commercial vehicles cross the bridge on an average weekday.
  • The Pacific Highway (truck) Crossing in Surrey is the busiest in B.C., the 6th busiest in Canada in 2009 in terms of the value of goods moved. It's the 4th busiest in terms of truck volume.
  • The Huntingdon Crossing in Abbotsford is the 14th busiest commercial crossing in the country in terms of value and the 15th in terms of truck volume.
  • The Peach Arch Border Crossing between Surrey, B.C. and Blaine, Washington, is among the busiest border crossings between Canada and the U.S.

Border Services & Protection:

  • The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA): Ensures the security and prosperity of Canada by managing the access of people and goods to and from Canada.
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP): Secures the homeland by preventing the illegal entry of people and goods while facilitating legitimate travel and trade.

Press Releases


Media Press Release - May 25, 2011
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Media Enquiries:
Contact: Rebecca Peters
Laura Ballance Media Group
Phone: 604.637.6649
Mobile: 604.762.2098
Email: Rebecca@LBMG.ca

Articles


Contact Us


Pacific Customs Brokers

Phone: 604.538.1566

Fax: 604.531.3120

Email: buildingbridges@pcb.ca

Contact: Yvette Fox or Brittney Prentice

If you have questions regarding the Building Bridges to Prosperity Symposium, please feel free to contact us.

 

Thank you,
Pacific Customs Brokers.