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Vaughan Business Expo

The Vaughan Business Expo is our annual business-to-business trade show. It brings hundreds of businesses and organizations together for targeted networking and learning opportunities to help grow your business.

The 19th Annual Vaughan Business Expo presented by Allstate Canada will be taking place virtually via Remo conference platform on February 23, 2021.

The Vaughan Business Expo is the City’s premier business event with an anticipated two hundred attendees. The event’s purpose remains to help businesses grow by providing them an opportunity to make connections across the City and Region, as well as providing an opportunity to hear from industry leaders and experts across different areas.

Attend and explore upcoming opportunities, network with the local business community and create meaningful connections.

Space is limited, register today!

How to participate

You must purchase a ticket to receive access to this event. Prior to the event, registrants will receive information and tutorials on how to use the platform, day-of expectations, and attendee information via e-mail.

Tickets for this event are $10, with a portion of sales being donated to the United Way Greater Toronto.

Register now

 

For more information, please contact ecd@vaughan.ca.

 

Interested in learning how you can get involved in this year’s virtual Expo? Check out our sponsorship flyer!

Agenda

7:45 – 8:30 a.m. | Pre-event: Platform exposure and set up your networking card.
8:30 – 8:45 a.m. |  General networking and morning mingle ​
8:45 – 8:50 a.m. | Welcoming Remarks: Mayor’s Address, City of Vaughan Economic Development, FedDev Ontario, and Presenting Sponsor Allstate Insurance Company of Canada
8:50 – 9:20* a.m. | Keynote Address​ – The importance of going global: tapping into international markets in the growing digital economy presented by Paul Gaspar, Director of Small Business, UPS Canada
9:25 – 9:55* a.m. | Your business grows here: How to do business with the Government 
10:00 – 10:30 a.m.* | Themed tables to get support for your business and general networking​
10:35 – 11:15 a.m.* | Your business tomorrow: What does the future of fulfillment look like?
11:20 – 11:50 a.m. | Themed tables to get support for your business and general networking​
11:50 – noon | Room open for general networking ​
Noon – 1:30 p.m. | BREAK​ 
1:30 – 2:15* p.m. | Transformative technology: trends and opportunities shaping our smart cities
2:20 – 3:05 p.m. | Themed tables to get support for your innovative business and general networking
3:05 – 3:30 p.m. | Free Networking ​
*5-minute breaks

 

 

Programming Highlights

Attendees will be able to participate to programming throughout the day, with key program features:

Keynote address | The importance of going global: tapping into international markets in the growing digital economy

In today’s digital economy, your potential audience isn’t just in your own backyard, but a potential 7 billion people around the world. Join Paul Gaspar, Director of Small Business with UPS Canada to learn why now more than ever it’s important to future proof your business no matter the size by looking at expanding your business beyond your immediate borders. You’ll take away where to start and real life examples of what to think about as you begin or improve the way you’re doing business globally. Presented by Paul Gaspar, Director of Small Business – UPS Canada

Your business grows here | How to do business with the government

An information session highlighting how to become a vendor and do business with different levels of government. Featuring representatives from the City of Vaughan and Office of Small and Medium Enterprises – Ontario Region, part of Public Services and Procurement Canada.

Your business tomorrow | The future of fulfillment

The supply chains of the future have arrived. We live in an increasingly online world which has shown the need for modernized processes and cutting edge technology for businesses remain competitive. Hear from industry leaders on what this means for the future of fulfillment, how they’ve adapted and continue to adapt to an ever changing world, and how businesses can begin to prepare themselves for what this future will look like. Moderated by Spencer Musset, VP with CBRE – Toronto, and featuring esteemed panelists Lea Bottoni, Director, HR Operations, E-Commerce, Sobeys; Paul Gaspar, Director of Small Business, UPS Canada, and Moses Akingbade, Senior Director, Quality Management Systems, VersaCold Logistics Services

Transformative technology: trends and opportunities shaping our smart cities

By 2025, the global smart city market is expected to grow to over $800 billion USD. The demand for smart city solutions continues to grow, as both cities and businesses need to better manage scarce resources, increase efficiencies, and elevate the quality of life for residents. During this panel, hear from industry leaders as they share about current opportunities, trends and challenges in the smart city market and make connections to what this may mean for your business. Moderated by Kitty Yung, Project Manager, Smart City Business Program at City of Vaughan, with esteemed panelists Lucy Casacia, Vice President – Smart Solutions of WSP Canada; Angus Ho, Innovation Consultant at Mackenzie Innovation Institute; and John Chiappetta, Advanced Technology Platforms Lead at Ontario Centre of Innovation (OCI).