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Cannabiz Tourism: Strategies 2020 @ Startup Zone
Nov 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Learn about the emerging Canadian Cannabis Tourism industry and what you can do to position your business to capitalize on market trends.

About this Event

On October 17, 2018, Canada legalized recreational cannabis. In July 2019, only 10-months later, the Canadian Cannabis Industry added $8.26 billion to Canada’s GDP and grew 185%.

So what does the future of Cannabis Legalization mean for Canada’s Hospitality & Tourism industry? For Prince Edward Island?

This event will:

• Define what “Cannabis Tourism” is

• Provide an overview of the Canadian Cannabis Industry

• Discuss emerging cannabis tourism strategies in Canada and abroad

• Explore strategies for businesses in Prince Edward Island

This session is designed for hospitality and tourism owners, managers and Government employees in Prince Edward Island. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Must be 19 years of age or older to attend.

– – – About the Speaker – – –

Island entrepreneur, investor and small-business owner, Shaman Ferraro is the CEO of Gocanna, a cannabis tourism consulting and education service. In August 2018, Shaman was the first person to provide analytical data and project the potential $2B economic value of cannabis tourism industry in Canada. Recognized as a Cannabis Tourism Expert, he has been a featured speaker on the subject at conferences across Canada.

Shaman is also an experienced ‘cannabis event planner’, having successfully hosted PEI’s first recreational cannabis event on October 19, 2018 – 2 days after legalization – as well as PEI’s first cannabis conference in May 2019, The Atlantic Cannabis Conference & Expo.

Combining traditional hospitality and tourism with opportunities in the emerging cannabis industry, Shaman is a leader in comprehensively understanding unique solutions that maximize the customer experience, the value of commercial services and the economic return for business owners in the emerging and niche markets.

FUN FACT: Shaman was interviewed live by CTV NEWS Toronto on October 17, 2018 – the day cannabis was legalized in Canada!

Third Thursdays – PEI Culture Action Plan @ Harbourfront Theatre
Jan 16 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Is this for me?

  • are you a professional artist?
  • are you a professional musician?
  • are you a professional writer/publisher?
  • are you a professional filmmaker?
  • are you a professional dancer?
  • are you a professional actor?
  • are you a professional artisan/crafter?
  • are you working in theatre?
  • are you working as an arts administrator?
  • do you work for a cultural and/or creative organization?
  • do you work in applied arts (ex: graphic design, video gaming, culinary, fashion, craft)?

If you answered yes to the above questions we want to see you at Third Thursdays!

The arts are at the heart of all creative industries. Design (such as interior, graphic, architecture, industrial, fashion and engineering), marketing, publishing, video production, gaming and virtual reality, fashion, and the beauty industry are all artistic pursuits. Music recording, broadcast, print publication, podcast, blogs, and other digital storytelling are all artistic pursuits.

Third Thursdays is a bi-monthly event that takes place on the 3rd Thursday of that month across Prince Edward Island. We are encouraging all creative Islanders to get out and meet up with their colleagues from across the province.

Incoterms® 2020 Workshop @ Hampton Inn & Suites
Feb 28 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

To help Canadian businesses get up to speed on the Incoterms® 2020 changes and what they mean, the Canadian Chamber and the Forum for International Trade Training, (FITT) are working with local chambers of commerce, world trade centres, economic development agencies and other associations to deliver in-person training across Canada. The Incoterms® 2020 course offered by the Canadian Chamber and FITT will be the only in-class training in Canada that is done by trainers who are officially recognized by the International Chamber of Commerce. ICC’s Incoterms® rules are the world’s essential terms of trade for the trade of goods. Whether you are filing a purchase order, packaging and labelling a shipment for freight transport or preparing a certificate of origin at a port, the Incoterms® rules are there to guide you on the costs, risks and obligations for your business. This new edition of the Incoterms® rules will become available in September 2019 and will take effect as of January 1, 2020. The new rules will reflect the changing economic landscape since the release of Incoterms® 2010 and will provide specific guidance to individuals participating in the import and export of goods.

FOODEX Japan 2020 Trade Show – Cancelled
Mar 10 – Mar 13 all day
Cancellation of FOODEX JAPAN 2020
Dear FOODEX JAPAN exhibitors and visitors,
Japan Management Association, the organiser of FOODEX JAPAN 2020, has officially taken the decision to cancel the event, originally scheduled to be held at Makuhari Messe from March 10 – 13, 2020.
This decision has been made based on the announcement of the Japanese government on February 26th at 1pm; The Japanese government requests event organizers to cancel huge events held in Japan to prevent further infection from the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
For more detailed procedures, we will inform you shortly.
We appreciate your support and understanding.
Yours sincerely,
February 26th, 2020
FOODEX JAPAN Secretariat

Japan has the world’s third-largest economy. With a population of over 126 million, Japan is a net importer of agri-food and seafood products. In 2018, Japan’s food import reached over $90 billion CAD.

FOODEX Japan is the largest food and beverage show in Asia. It is the gateway to Japan as over 80,000 qualified Japanese traders, wholesalers, retailers and food service buyers will attend. It is also a gateway to Asia. Over 10,000 professionals from Asia and around the world will attend it to learn about the industry trend in Asia.

POSTPONED Minister’s Seafood Symposium – Supporting our Fishing and Aquaculture Sectors @ Delta - Prince Edward Island Convention Centre
Apr 8 all day
Minister’s Seafood Symposium – Supporting our Fishing and Aquaculture Sectors
Date: April 8, 2020
Where: Delta – Prince Edward Island Convention Centre
Contact:  Department of Fisheries and Communities
Phone: 902-838-0910
email: DeptFC@gov.pe.ca
The Department of Fisheries and Communities is holding an industry-wide learning and networking event to bring together participants from all facets of fishing and aquaculture.
“Everyone with an interest in the future of fishing and aquaculture should set aside April 8 as a chance to meet with their peers and with experts and explore how we can move this industry forward together,” said Fisheries and Communities Minister Jamie Fox.
Talks on science, market influences, marine safety, public trust and a series of informative breakout sessions will provide for an engaging day. A Minister’s Seafood Networking Reception for networking opportunities will cap off the day at the Culinary Institute of Canada, 4 Sydney St, Charlottetown.
Cost: $30 (industry), $50 (other)
Includes lunch, coffee breaks, and reception
More information and registration details will be provided soon.
CANCELLED – Seafood Expo Global Trade Show
Apr 21 – Apr 23 all day

Conveniently located in Brussels, Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global is the world’s largest seafood trade fair. The fair features more than 2,007 exhibiting companies from 88 countries. If you are a professional seafood buyer, do not miss this one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet and do business with seafood suppliers from every corner of the globe.

CANCELED – Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America @ Boston Exhibition and Convention Center
Sep 22 – Sep 24 all day

Dear Seafood Community,

It is with great disappointment that we have to bring you the news that we will not be able to meet in person in 2020.
Due to ongoing health and safety issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become necessary to cancel the 2020 edition of Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America that was re-scheduled to take place on September 22 -24, 2020 in Boston, MA, USA.

Despite some re-opening measures nationally and locally, there are still far too many uncertainties about the impact that COVID-19 will have on travel and mass gatherings this September. Accordingly, it is impossible to hold an event that would provide an experience our seafood community would find valuable.

The Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America team will reach out to you to answer your questions about what the cancellation of the 2020 edition means for you. We are excited to discuss with you the opportunities to continue to build business and reconnect with the seafood buying communities going forward and for the 2021 edition.

We thank everyone in the industry, our vendors, and partners for their continued support while navigating these difficult times. We are determined to provide a valuable and safe business platform for the industry, and we look forward to bringing the seafood community back together in Boston on March 14-16, 2021.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us at sales-na@seafoodexpo.com.
Stay well and healthy!

Kind regards,
Liz PlizgaGroup Vice PresidentDiversified Communications

China Fisheries & Seafood Expo Trade Show @ Hongdao International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Qingdao (HICEC)
Oct 28 – Oct 30 all day

Website: http://chinaseafoodexpo.com

China is the World’s largest and fastest-growing seafood market. More than 33,000 seafood professionals from around the globe visit CFSE annually to forge relationships and expand their presence in this dynamic market. Contact Innovation PEI to join us at the 2020 CFSE.

Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America
Mar 14 – Mar 16 all day

Seafood Expo North America/ Seafood Processing North America is North America’s largest seafood exposition. Thousands of buyers and suppliers from around the world attend the annual, three-day exhibition to meet, network and do business. Attending buyers represent importers, exporters, wholesalers, restaurants, supermarkets, hotels, and other retail and foodservice companies. Exhibiting suppliers offer the newest seafood products, processing and packaging equipment, and services available in the seafood market.

Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global @ Fira Barcelona Gran Via Venue
Apr 27 – Apr 29 all day

The world’s largest seafood exposition is moving to Barcelona, Spain, starting with the 2021 edition.

The 29th edition of Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global will take place on 27-29 April 2021 at Fira Barcelona, Gran Via venue, in Barcelona.

Every year, Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global, continues to break records in terms of total attendance and exhibit space. The last edition, in 2019, hosted more than 29,000 seafood buyers and suppliers from around the globe with over 2,000 exhibiting companies, making it the largest and most successful event in the expo’s history.

The decision is the result of extensive market research based on exhibitor and attendee feedback over the years and an evaluation of major destinations throughout Europe. Barcelona’s robust hotel offering will provide attendees and exhibitors considerable value for their investment and a larger, modern venue will present long-term growth opportunities.

Fira Barcelona hosts around 150 events annually bringing in-depth expertise servicing global trade events. Fira’s state-of-the-art Gran Via venue is one of the largest in Europe, with over 200,000 square meters of floor space, 8 exhibit halls, more than 40 restaurants and is easily accessible by car, train and plane.