Opportunities North business conference connects companies and cultures

With a network spanning from Edmonton to the Artic, and across North America and around the world, logistics company BBE Expediting Ltd. is a prime example of a highly successful company that has built a solid foundation for long-term success through partnerships in the Canadian North.

Built and perfected on experience developed over four decades operating in the Canadian Artic, BBE Expediting Ltd. recognizes the vast human and natural resources offered by our neighbors to the north.

So, how do you build your company’s connections to the north to follow a similar path to success?

A good first step would be registering to attend the Opportunities North business conference in Edmonton from September 12-14, 2017.

An annual event and initiative of the Edmonton Northern Partnership, comprised of the City of Edmonton, Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, the University of Alberta, and EIA (Edmonton International Airport), Opportunities North consistently attracts those business leaders across Western Canada and the Arctic that are keen to build productive and profitable partnerships.

The theme for this year’s Opportunities North conference is ‘Economic Exploration and Exchange’ which perfectly describes the unique mix of region specific business insights and informal cultural connections facilitated through this empowering event. Hosted by the Edmonton, Northwest Territories, and Yukon, Chambers of Commerce, the event is tailored specifically to the needs of business, government and community leaders that are sincere in their desire to explore and enhance business opportunities to the mutual benefit of both regions.

Keynote Speakers

Headlining this year’s conference are a quartet of dynamic business and organizational leaders who are leading the charge in some of Canada’s fastest growing industries (ecommerce, health services, marijuana production, and professional advocacy).

Terry Booth
Founder and CEO, Aurora Cannabis Inc.

Dr. Richard Heinzel
Founder, Doctors without Borders Canada

Brennan Loh
Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, Shopify

Gabrielle Scrimshaw

Gabrielle Scrimshaw
Co-Founder of the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada

But Opportunities North is much, much more than simply informative and entertaining keynote speakers.

Equal parts business conference, trade networking, and cultural exchange, this immersive 3 day event features a diverse range of panel discussions, moderated roundtable chats, and breakout sessions. Focused on crucial topics integral to building your business through northern partnerships, and representing a broad cross-section of industry sectors and skill specializations, Opportunities North gives delegates the ability to tailor the event to meet your own specific needs for business intelligence, information gathering, and personal networking.

Here are some of the program highlights:

  • Building Equity with Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Businesses
    • Moderator: Lynn Hutton, ‎President & CEO, Chief Isaac Group of Companies
  • Thought Leaders Roundtable
  • Future of Commerce and Strategic Partnerships
    • Brennan Loh, Founder and Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at Shopify
  • Northern Navigators - They'll Move You
    • Moderator: Tom Ruth, President and Chief Executive Officer of EIA
  • Dream, Develop, and Deliver – Building a Home Grown Northern Mining Industry
    • Moderator: Pamela Strand, ADM of Minerals, Oil & Gas of Northwest Territories
  • Mayors Roundtable on Regional Economic Development and Partnerships
    • Moderator: Janet Riopel, President and CEO, Edmonton Chamber of Commerce
  • Leveraging Innovative Tourism Partnerships
    • Moderator: Maggie Davison, VP Tourism with Edmonton Economic Development
  • Reception and Dinner
    • Mark Connolly, CBC Radio Host, Emcee
    • Asani, singing the national anthem in English, French and Cree
    • Running Thunder Dance Group delivering their spectacular brand of song, dance and storytelling
    • Easy Street Band, 6-piece Jazz band
  • Inspiring New Innovations in Health Care Technology
    • Dr. Richard Heinzl, Founder of Doctors without Borders Canada
  • Health Innovation North and South: Access, Technology and Delivery
  • Agriculture: Growing an Internationally Recognized Farmers’ Market
    • Moderator: Johwanna Alleyne, President, Alberta Farmers Market Association
  • Local Economy, Innovation and Opportunities for Collaboration in a Municipal Context
    • Moderator: Ed Gibbons, City of Edmonton Councillor representing Ward 4
  • Aurora Sky and Beyond – How Edmonton’s own Terry Booth transformed Aurora into a global juggernaut in the legal marijuana industry

Delegate package includes: 

  • Downtown and area tours focused on:
    • Health and Innovation
    • Agriculture
  • Hotel Partner Discounts
  • Two breakfasts/lunches, gala dinner, and entry to mixer and trade show event.

For more information on our program and speakers, visit OpportunitiesNorth.com.

Turning action into opportunity

Considering the potential growth that can be realized by your business or organization through effective partnerships between the regions, it’s easy to see the value you and your colleagues will realize through your attendance and participation in this crucial conference.

To secure your delegate passes, be sure to purchase your tickets today.

  • Be sure to take advantage of our special ‘Early Bird’ discount to save $50 off each of your delegate passes when you purchase before July 31, 2017.
  • Better still, if you’re keen to encourage other business leaders and partner companies to attend, you’re welcome to take part as a ‘Promotional Partner’ affording you the opportunity to get one of your delegate passes for FREE (a $650 saving!)

Companies like BBE Expediting Ltd. have proven that the opportunities in the north are real. Opportunities North 2017 is your chance to make those opportunities a reality. 

Register today to attend Opportunities North 2017.

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