Program 2019


Thursday, October 31, 2019
8:30 - 8:50 Registration
8:50 - 9:00 Welcome & opening remarks
9:00 - 9:30

Panel 1: Breakfast with Industry Leaders

"Barriers and Opportunities for Increased Trade Interaction"

Canada values the deep, long-standing relationships that it has with the countries of the Pacific region, and as such, has signed several trade deals that have opened the doors for trading between Canada and the Pacific - but what are the opportunities, and what barriers do they pose?

9:30 - 9:55


"Expanding to New Markets - The importance of establishing a market entry strategy before your business goes global"

9:55 - 10:25

Panel 2

"Pacific Trade in the Americas, in Real Terms"

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), will see significant market access gains and will eliminate tariffs, saving Canadian companies $428m a year. The nations within the agreement hold a combined GDP of $13.5tr, showcasing the vast opportunities for bilateral trade.

10:25 - 10:40


"Cultural Bridge - Making Business Happen in one Huge Continent"

10:40 - 10:55

Coffee Break

10:55 - 11:25

Panel 3

"South Pacific Region - Canada Relations"

The South Pacific has a growing role in the global economy.  Events in the region are of critical importance to a broad range of Canadian goals, including prosperity, development, inclusion, sustainability, peace, and security.

11:25 - 11:40


"Financial Inclusion - The Secret Behind The Development of the Middle Class"

11:40 - 12:10

Panel 4

"Making Trade Happen"

The Pacific is a growing market with diverse economies and vast resources. In 2017, Canada was one of the Pacific's major trading partners. Learn about the successes and failures from companies that have entered certain countries of the Pacific region.

12:10 - 12:15 

Closing Remarks

12:15 - 13:15 

Networking Lunch

13:15 - 15:00

Pitch Competition




9:30 - 16:30 

SMES led by women, representing 10 countries from the South Pacific Region and Canada will be exhibiting their products and/or services during the day.

The opportunity to connect with them and find innovative and eco-friendly products in Toronto, supporting women-led companies in all these sectors:

  • Food & Beverages
  • Fashion & Apparel
  • Services & Innovation
  • Tourism
  • Handicrafts
Friday, November 1, 2019

Private event for companies selected under our "Women & Business Contest", and International Delegates only.

  • Registration
  • Breakfast - Closing Ceremony
  • "Andean Flavours Night" Networking Event

* Agenda and Speakers will be updated.