October 2-4, 2017 Hilton Lac Leamy, National Capital Region, Canada

Your Future in Global Markets

2017 international business conference
Presented by FITT – celebrating 25 years of creating high performers in international trade

Why Attend?

Boost your exporting business forward by connecting with other professionals from around the world to share insights, successes and lessons learned when working in global markets.

About the event

Want to reach a new level of international business success? Then mix, mingle and learn from those who have been there, done that. Join the experts who, like you, recognize that survival in today’s global business environment means having the right team in place to recognize and act on opportunities and mitigate risks, ensuring commercial success and increasing profit margins. Learn how to build your team, act on the latest trends, technology and policies, and plan your future in global markets.

Who will be there?

1
Decision makers from businesses involved in–or looking to start - importing and exporting and want to learn about the latest technology, market entry strategies and how to stay ahead of the competition.
2
International trade practitioners and leaders who want to learn from the industry’s biggest success stories, and hear what’s next in global trade from the brightest international business minds.
3
Career fast-trackers who are looking to learn, network, exchange ideas with their peers and get a jump on the latest trends affecting the future of global business.

OCTOBER 2-4, 2017

Program



Featuring keynote presentations and interactive workshops all designed to build your international trade expertise - from what to do today, to preparing your company for the future.

This is your chance to ask your burning questions and share your views during the iPoliticsLive session; an engaging interactive live broadcast bringing together an expert panel of speakers, a seasoned journalist, and you, to explore the hottest global trade issues facing your business today.

It can’t all be about plenaries, interactive workshops, and live broadcasts. This is also the event to be at for those interested in face-to-face networking interactions.

During the opening reception, long stretch breaks and the breakfasts and luncheons, take time to connect with other high performers in global markets, or reconnect with those you only “speak” to digitally. Aside from the knowledge gained, past FITT conferences have been the site of new business partnerships, jobs, contracts and sales, developed over just two days of gathering with other trade enthusiasts.

And to commemorate a quarter of a century of creating high performers in global markets, we’ll celebrate with food, fun and entertainment during the 25th Anniversary reception and dinner.



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5:00 PM
Registration Opens
2:20 PM
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8:00 AM
Registration Opens / Breakfast
Caroline Tompkins, President and Chief Executive Officer, FITT

  • THEME: Building your Team
  • THEME: International Marketplace
  • THEME: Meeting your Future
NOTE: Session titles, descriptions and speakers to follow.

12:00 PM
Luncheon
1:15 PM

Concurrent Workshops

  • THEME: Building your Team
  • THEME: International Marketplace
  • THEME: Meeting your Future
NOTE: Session titles, descriptions and speakers to follow.

2:30 PM
Networking & Health Break
3:00 PM

The Future of FITT

3:30 PM

Plenary Panel Presentation - Success Stories

5:00 PM

Program ends for the day

6:30-7:30 PM
Anniversary Reception
7:30-10:00 PM
Anniversary Dinner
2:20 PM
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8:00 AM
Registration Opens / Breakfast
10:45 AM

Concurrent Workshops

  • THEME: Building your Team
  • THEME: International Marketplace
  • THEME: Meeting your Future
NOTE: Session titles, descriptions and speakers to follow.

No schedule yet.

Hotel & Travel

For the best of your comfort



Hotel

Your conference hotel is the Hilton Lac Leamy located at 3 Casino Blvd, Gatineau-Ottawa, Quebec. The Hotel is located on the shores of the beautiful Lac Leamy and only 5 minutes from downtown Ottawa. Complimentary self parking is available while valet parking is available at $20.

Conference Rates (excluding taxes)
Single or Double Room $205

Hotel room rates are subject to provincial and local taxes and fees in effect at the time of check-out. These rates are applicable until Friday, September 1, 2017.

Room reservation can be made online, via email at reservation@hiltonlacleamy.com, or by calling the Hilton Lac Leamy at 819-790-6444 or toll free at 1-866-488-7888.

Scam Alert: FITT has become aware of a scam whereby companies alleging to be third party convention housing services contact potential conference delegates claiming to offer lower room rates than negotiated with the host hotel. Payment for the full stay is requested in advance by credit card and a confirmation number is provided. However, upon arrival, delegates discover that no reservation exists. Please only reserve your room using the methods outlined above.

WestJet – www.westjet.com

Westjet is proud to offer 10% off the base fare* for travel into or out of Ottawa to anywhere WestJet flies in North America

You can change or cancel reservations within 24 hours of booking at no charge. Further changes or cancellations can be made up to 2 hours prior to the flight; please note additional fees or charges may apply for each guest depending on fare class booked and differences in fare. Check out WestJet service fees page for more information.

To take advantage of this offer, you’ll need the discount codes listed below. For details on how to complete a booking with these discount codes, please visit westjet.com/convention-discount. Please use the Promo and Coupon code if booking with a Travel Agent.

Book by: October 11, 2017
Travel from: September 25, 2017 to October 11, 2017
Blackout dates: October 5 – 6, 9 – 10, 2017

Coupon code: (web coupon no.) QVNO3QS
*For Travel Agent Web use only Promo code: YOW01



VIA Rail - www.viarail.com

The following are the details pertaining to FITT’s special conference fare:

VALID: September 30th 2017 to October 6th 2017
TERRITORY: From all stations throughout the VIA system to Ottawa, Ontario and return.
RESTRICTIONS: Fare applies to a maximum of two passengers per booking. One complimentary stopover is allowed at no additional charge. For travel on all fare plans in Business class, the first stopover is allowed at no additional charge, provided that this stopover takes place in Toronto, Montréal or Ottawa only.
DISCOUNT: 10% off the best available fare in Economy, Economy Plus, Business, Business Plus, Sleeper class. "Subject to the conditions and restrictions of the fare plan to which the additional discount is being applied."
EXCEPTION: Discount does not apply in any Escape fares and Prestige Class.
IDENTIFICATION: Participants must reference the event’s VIA convention discount code: 13480.



Porter Airlines – www.flyporter.com

Porter Airlines is proud to offer a 10% discount on available base fares (with the exception of the lowest class fare during a public seat sale) for travel to and from the Forum for International Trade Training. The discounted fares are available for booking from January 17, 2017 to October 4, 2017 and available for travel to and from Ottawa:

Location:

From: Anywhere in Canada or US To: Ottawa
From: Ottawa To: Anywhere in Canada or US

Dates of Travel:

From: 29/09/2017 To: 04/10/2017
From: 02/10/2017 To: 04/10/2017

Please book online at https://flyporter.com/Flight?culture=en-CA&promocode=FFITT7 or through your travel agent using promo code “FFITT7”.

Porter offers complimentary in-flight snacks and beverages (including beer and wine), GatePorter service for carry-on and access to the Porter Lounge in Toronto and Ottawa, where free Wi-Fi and comfortable, leather seating is available.

The promo code is intended for use by conference attendees and organizers and is not meant for distribution outside of authorized channels. Porter’s fare rules and conditions apply. For any questions regarding Porter’s services or any pre-travel concerns, contact us at 1-888-619-8622.

Justification Toolkit

Many travel and training budgets have been reduced, which means that regardless of the merits of attending the FITT 2017 Conference, Your Future in Global Markets, you'll probably need to justify the expense and your time away from the office. So, we've put together a Justification Toolkit to help you explain how the return on investment is substantial for attending the Conference.
How to Justify Conference Attendance by Mike Doyle



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Our Partners

FITT wishes to thank this year’s conference partners



Opportunities

FITT’s Conference Partnership Program offers innovative opportunities to showcase and maximize product, service or company visibility to a pre-conference network of over 40,000 professionals. On-site partner benefits offer exceptional opportunities to profile your products and services to an international savvy business audience.

To participate in the FITT Conference Partnership Program contact Marie-Claude Bureau at marieclaude@fitt.ca or 819.230.5565.



View Opportunities

Registration

Registration will open in April 2017. Sign up for our newsletter to be informed when registration opens.



Regular Rate

Members

$525
  • All conference sessions and meals
  • Opening reception
  • 25th Anniversary Reception and Dinner

* these pricing are plus tax

Hot!
Early Bird (Until August 31st)

Members

$425
  • All conference sessions and meals
  • Opening reception
  • 25th Anniversary Reception and Dinner

* these pricing are plus tax

Registration Fee

Non-Members

$575
  • All conference sessions and meals
  • Opening reception
  • 25th Anniversary Reception and Dinner

* these pricing are plus tax