THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23

Time: 7:30am - 4:00pm
Location: Coast Kamloops Conference Centre
Includes: Light breakfast, lunch, all seminars, & tradeshow.

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Speakers will deliver a unique blend of information, business support & development strategies, and tactical ideas you can link up with.

  • Make New Connections
  • Navigate Government Grants More Efficiently
  • Harness the Power of Local Business Development Organizations
  • Accelerate Business Growth Through Networking
  • Learn More About Business Support Resources

Keynote Speaker - Melissa Higgs
Principal, HCMA Architecture + Design

Melissa is passionate about creating innovative public buildings where communities come together, and is a believer in the power of architecture and design as a catalyst for positive change in the world.

As a Principal, she enjoys working closely with clients to find creative solutions to their unique design challenges. Her focus has been designing recreation facilities and arts and culture projects, including the award-winning Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre in Surrey, BC.

As our Keynote Speaker, Melissa will challenge us to ask if our clients’ needs are changing and what opportunities exist to collaborate with other disciplines. She’ll share some examples of small businesses that have used “out of the box” approaches to collaboration and engagement to push further faster and reach greater potential.

Speaker Line-up


Blair Gray
Community Futures

Steve North
BDC

Spencer Toth
Futurpreneur

Danielle Hofer
Women's Enterprise Centre

Pat Lentowicz
First Nations Community Futures

David Baleshta
Ministry Jobs, Trade and Technology

Raul Duque & Michael Ansara
Export Development Canada

Richard Klassen
BC PNP

Heather Michaud
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Jim Anderson
Venture Kamloops

Deb McClelland
Kamloops Chamber of Commerce

Devon Mah
Open Door Group

Lincoln Smith
Kamloops Innovation Centre

Ann McCarthy
TRU

Kevin Greenwood
IRAP

Jennifer Tedman-Jones
MITACS

Sudha Kshatriya
Canadian Trade Commissioner Service

Pamela Giberson
NSERC

Susan Keenan
All Nations Trust

Agenda


7:30am – 8:30am

Doors Open | Registration | Light Breakfast

8:30am – 9:00am

Welcome Message from Mayor Ken Christian

9:00am – 10am

Financing Seminar
Learn from community and provincial organizations about financing and potential funding opportunities hosted by Community Futures, BDC, Futurpreneur and Women’s Enterprise Centre.

10am – 10:30am

Networking Break + Tradeshow

10:30am – 11:30am

Provincial/Federal Support Seminar
Learn from provincial organizations about what provincial and federal supports are available to businesses and how to access them hosted by Ministry of International Trade, Export Development Canada, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and BC PNP.

11:30am – 12:00pm

Networking Break + Tradeshow

12:00pm – 12:30pm

Lunch + Get Settled

12:30pm – 1:15pm

Keynote Address
Melissa Higgs, Principal, HCMA Architecture + Design is our keynote speaker. Melissa will challenge us to ask if our clients’ needs are changing and what opportunities exist to collaborate with other disciplines. She’ll share some examples of small businesses that have used “out of the box” approaches to collaboration and engagement to push further faster and reach greater potential.

1:30pm – 2:30pm

Community Support Seminar
Find out what supports exist within the community for businesses and organizations hosted by Venture Kamloops, The Kamloops Chamber of Commerce, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops Innovation, and Open Door Group.

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Networking Break + Tradeshow

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Grants Seminar
Curious as to what grants are available and how to access them, this is the panel to attend hosted by Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP), Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), MITACS, All Nations Trust, and Canadian Trade Commissioner Service.

4:00pm

Wrap Up of Event

Network Tradeshow


LinkUp presenters bring their advice to the floor allowing guests the opportunity to ask questions of our speakers.

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