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

Speakers

Meet our experts



Richard Bistrong

RICHARD BISTRONG

Former FCPA violator and FBI/UK Cooperator | CEO, Front-line Anti-Bribery LLC

Nicole Verkindt

NICOLE VERKINDT

Founder, OMX | “Dragon”, Next Gen Den | Panellist, CBC News, The Exchange

Ed Marsh

ED MARSH

Founder & Principal, Consilium Global Business Advisors | Export Advisor, American Express

Paul Parisi

PAUL PARISI

President, PayPal Canada

Phil Mondor

PHILIP MONDOR

President and CEO Emerit Consulting and Tourism HR Canada

Phil Mondor

JAMES SPINA

President & CEO, Spina Cross Border Consulting Inc.

Alexander R. Malaket

ALEXANDER R. MALAKET

President and Founder, OPUS Advisory Services International Inc.
Director, FITT

Sgt Pat Poitevin

SGT. PAT POITEVIN

Senior Investigator, RCMP
Sensitive and International Investigations
National Division| Co-founder, CCEAC

Adrian Mutton

ADRIAN MUTTON

Founder & Group Chief Executive Officer, Sannam S4

Kristine Robidoux, QC, CCEP

KRISTINE ROBIDOUX

Senior Compliance and Regulatory Counsel, Gran Tiera Energy Inc.

Omar Allam

OMAR ALLAM

Founder & CEO, Allam Advisory Group| Panelist, BNN, Bloomberg, CBC News

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.



5:00 PM
Registration Opens
2:20 PM
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8:00 AM
Registration Opens / Breakfast

The future of international trade will be led by talented entrepreneurs who embrace technology, disruption and innovation. Find out how you can bring your organization into the future by staying on top of the latest trends, technology and find your next big global business idea.

  • Building your Team
    Trade is complicated! Overcoming the unique challenges of global business (Panel)

    This discussion brings together experts on facing and outpacing your competition, building the best global team, and managing and minimizing risk in your international ventures. This expert panel will give you the insights you need to succeed in global markets by overcoming the challenges we face today and into the future.

    Ed Marsh: Outpacing the competition

    Get keen insights into the technology that can help your international marketing and competitive intelligence, and some great tools that international business pros like you need to succeed. Cut through the clutter and zero in on the how technology can help your business grow in global markets.

    Phil Mondor: Building an effective global business team

    A key challenge to working in today’s globalized business environment is effectively managing cross-border team of individuals with different nationalities and cultures. Find out how you can adopt the right tools and principles that maximize the transfer of knowledge and bring talent together to achieve success.

    Ethical sourcing and sustainability

    How have the leading companies put responsible sourcing and sustainable supply chain into their corporate strategies? Find out the right things to do when considering ethical sourcing, to respect people and the environment while generating profits.

  • International Marketplace
    Alexander R. Malaket, CITP with representative from Global Affairs Canada
    How to take advantage of trade agreements in the 21st century

    Free trade agreements are critical to support sustainable economic growth. This session will highlight the benefits of current and future trade agreements, and how you can take advantage of them to help penetrate new markets, grow a presence outside of your country of origin, and adapt operations to be able to supply globally.

  • Meeting your Future
    The future frontiers of global business (Panel)

    Learn from an assembled panel of experts on emerging markets, foreign investment, customs and efficiency, and the trade innovations of tomorrow, who have come together to give you insights into the trends that will shape the future of global business.

    Adrian Mutton: Tomorrow’s emerging markets

    Find out where today’s emerging markets are headed and where the biggest opportunities in the emerging markets of tomorrow will be.

    A window into the future of investment

    What will the future of foreign direct investment be? And how can you find the best opportunities to get involved in the most lucrative markets of tomorrow?

    James Spina: A new world of customs efficiency

    Find out what changes to look out for when importing or exporting, how to plan for those changes, and what that means to your bottom line.

    How innovation is changing trade

    Learn what you can expect from the next big disruptive innovations in international trade and how to plan NOW for what you can do tomorrow to be an early adopter. Leave armed ready to take on the future of trade.


12:00 PM
Luncheon - The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister for International Trade (invited)
1:15 PM
Concurrent Sessions
Session 1: Trade is complicated! Overcoming the unique challenges of global business (Panel)
Session 2: How to take advantage of trade agreements in the 21st century
Session 3: The future frontiers of global business (Panel)

  • Building your Team
    Trade is complicated! Overcoming the unique challenges of global business (Panel)

    This discussion brings together experts on facing and outpacing your competition, building the best global team, and managing and minimizing risk in your international ventures. This expert panel will give you the insights you need to succeed in global markets by overcoming the challenges we face today and into the future.

    Ed Marsh: Outpacing the competition

    Get keen insights into the technology that can help your international marketing and competitive intelligence, and some great tools that international business pros like you need to succeed. Cut through the clutter and zero in on the how technology can help your business grow in global markets.

    Phil Mondor: Building an effective global business team

    A key challenge to working in today’s globalized business environment is effectively managing cross-border team of individuals with different nationalities and cultures. Find out how you can adopt the right tools and principles that maximize the transfer of knowledge and bring talent together to achieve success.

    Ethical sourcing and sustainability

    How have the leading companies put responsible sourcing and sustainable supply chain into their corporate strategies? Find out the right things to do when considering ethical sourcing, to respect people and the environment while generating profits.

  • International Marketplace
    Alexander R. Malaket, CITP with representative from Global Affairs Canada
    How to take advantage of trade agreements in the 21st century

    Free trade agreements are critical to support sustainable economic growth. This session will highlight the benefits of current and future trade agreements, and how you can take advantage of them to help penetrate new markets, grow a presence outside of your country of origin, and adapt operations to be able to supply globally.

  • Meeting your Future
    The future frontiers of global business (Panel)

    Learn from an assembled panel of experts on emerging markets, foreign investment, customs and efficiency, and the trade innovations of tomorrow, who have come together to give you insights into the trends that will shape the future of global business.

    Anders Aeroe: Tomorrow’s emerging markets

    Find out where today’s emerging markets are headed and where the biggest opportunities in the emerging markets of tomorrow will be.

    A window into the future of investment

    What will the future of foreign direct investment be? And how can you find the best opportunities to get involved in the most lucrative markets of tomorrow?

    James Spina: A new world of customs efficiency

    Find out what changes to look out for when importing or exporting, how to plan for those changes, and what that means to your bottom line.

    How innovation is changing trade

    Learn what you can expect from the next big disruptive innovations in international trade and how to plan NOW for what you can do tomorrow to be an early adopter. Leave armed ready to take on the future of trade.

2:30 PM
Networking & Health Break
3:00 PM
The Future of FITT
3:30 PM
Secrets to Success Master Class (Panel)

Gather around and hear from award-winning exporters who have the scars and made the sales. You’ll hear first-hand experiences from companies who have engaged in a variety of markets from traditional to e-commerce and services, who have faced major challenges, learned valuable lessons and come out winners. Learn some value tips, how to avoid some common mistakes, and get the inside story on making successful global deals. This is a true mentorship opportunity for you learn from and get to know some of the masters of exporting. A don't miss session.

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
9:15 AM
A view from both sides: Why corruption happens and how to protect your people and organization

Richard Bistrong with Sgt Pat Poitevin, Moderated by Kristine Robidoux

With a unique insight into the murky world of bribery, corruption and the operations of its perpetrators, Richard shares his own experiences and offers important lessons on identifying, mitigating and corruption risk. Learn the dangers of how policies and incentives can create conflicting messages to employees, and how to reconnect and reengage with employees before a crisis hits. Presented with Sgt Pat Poitevin, senior investigator with the RCMP, you will explore both sides of contentious issues, and have a unique opportunity to ask these highly qualified experts your burning questions in a special Q&A. Everyone, no matter the title or job function, will take something new away from this presentation.

10:45 AM
Concurrent Sessions
Session 1: Assembling your A-Team (Panel)
Session 2: Choosing and excelling in your next international market
Session 3: From AI to VR: the impacts of the latest technology on your business

  • Building your Team
    Assembling your A-Team (Panel)

    The business of international trade and global commerce is very much a business of people and partnerships. It takes a cast of characters to complete a trade transaction, and keep a global business running. Learn how to find and bring together the right talent to compete at the top of your game internationally from the experts in finance, accounting, law and logistics in this dynamic discussion.

    Financial wizards

    Finances will make or break any attempt to go global with a business. Learn about the financial risk of trading globally, how to navigate the latest fintech and changing financial landscape, the challenges companies face in managing cash flows, and the importance of working as a team to limit the downside risk.

    Truly global accounting

    Learn exactly what you need when it comes to adaptable, reliable, leading-edge accounting services to help your business manage the complicated world of international transactions.

    Legal eagles

    From a legal standpoint, there’s an exceptionally wide range of knowledge when it comes to global trade. Learn how to cover all your legal bases from patent registration to incorporation, business licenses, arbitration, enforcement of contracts, international financing and free trade agreements.

    Darryl Wettlaufer: The parties in your 3PL

    Find out how businesses can make full use of logistics service provider’s infrastructure and support, and get solutions for moving products and information along the supply chain to add value and gain results. Logistics service is not about freight transportation from point A to point B, but how different players along the supply chain can unite together as business partners and add value to their customers.

  • International Marketplace
    Paul Parisi, President, Paypal Canada
    Choosing and excelling in your next international market

    There are 196 countries in the world. That's a lot of markets for companies to look at and decide where to sell or buy from! Find out how to analyze and understand global markets and match them to the realities of your firm. Learn about market research tools and techniques, how to segment a market to fit your company, and how to look at a market from all sides selling, sourcing, shipping, and more. The right market isn't always the biggest and global trade is not just about selling.

  • Meeting your Future
    From AI to VR: the impacts of the latest technology on your business

    Technology has never moved faster. Learn how robots, wearable technology, and virtual reality are changing the way we see the future of international trade from transportation and logistics to retail and customer service. Learn how to adopt tomorrow’s technology seamlessly into today’s operations.


1:15 PM
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Hotel & Travel

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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.



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