Quarterly Networking Event – Conestoga College

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Date(s) - 26/09/2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Conestoga College

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Click here sign up for the upcoming Quarterly Networking Event.

The only place where the wood industry networks at this level in Ontario! Come to meet others in the industry, and grow your industry contacts! In addition to the networking and the industry connections, you will make, learn how to improve and grow your business.

The themes this quarter include:

1. Social Media – An Impact on your Business

  • Today’s markets are much more interactive and connected than ever before. Increasingly, customers are going online to research and learning about the businesses they want to buy from; as well as share their experience of your products and services. So how is your company’s online presence being utilized?
  • Kristina Dubois of Form and Affect will be presenting a CEO level overview to understand what results you can expect from investing in social media and advancing your social media presence with your company. This presentation will look at what platforms are reliable for our industry; what should a CEO look for in a social media company if outsourcing; what kind of budget should they expect; what type of investment in time is required to use each platform effectively; and which platform is most useful for wood companies.

2. Health & Safety – Strategies for Success

  • If the Ministry of Labour (MOL) shows up at your workplace, they may be asking for specific information and paperwork.  Find out how to present your company’s information when asked so you’re not caught off guard. Randy Dignard is President of Industrial Safety Trainers Inc. with over 30 years experience with Health and Safety and is recognized by Ontario courts as an expert in his field.
  • Randy will discuss what they are looking for and where to get them. If there has been a workplace accident or if the MOL shows up for a spot inspection, they may be evaluating you, and your business based on employers legislated responsibilities. Many health & safety laws bind employers, and Randy will focus on the top 7 things employers need to understand and comply with.

3. Export Development – The resources to advance your company and experience to get you there.

  • Have you ever thought about exporting your Canadian made product but had questions and concerns about how to make that leap possible? Were you concerned about sales risk? Did you need more capital? Did you not have the network of international experts of trade to assist you with your business?
  • This discussion will show how Canadian exporters can access capital, de-risk international sales, and take advantage of the current low-interest-rate environment we are operating in.
  • Since 1944 Export Development Canada has facilitated more than $1.5 trillion in exports and foreign investments by Canadian Companies. This is important because Canada’s economy relies on trade. Given our small domestic market, Canadian businesses have to think globally to compete and grow. EDC is Canada’s international trade expert. They are devoted to support & help Canadian companies respond to international business opportunities. EDC is a Crown corporation that operates at arm’s length from the government.
  • Lucian Mihet is an experienced commercial banker and Export Development’s Senior Account Manager.

4. Most Important – Networking: We create plenty of opportunities to network and connect with industry partners! Make new connections, and meet with old ones! Your current and future customers and suppliers are here. So much B2B takes place it’s hard to measure!

5. BWA Initiatives: Come to make sure you are up to speed on all of the opportunities with your BWA membership!

This is a value-packed event you won’t want to miss! Confirm your attendance now! This event is open to non-members, sign up to learn first hand what we are about.

If you would like more information on BWA, please contact:

Mike Baker

Executive Director


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