*Due to the current circumstance, all travel by Innovation PEI employees has been suspended until further notice.  Many upcoming events have been canceled, postponed, or rescheduled.  If you are unsure of a previously posted event, please contact one of our staff at (902) 368-6300.

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Potato Expo Trade Show
Jan 14 – Jan 15 all day

POTATO EXPO is the largest conference and trade show for the potato industry held in North America. In 2020 the Potato Expo will return to Las Vegas and will be held in the Mirage. Potato Expo offers educational programming covering the top issues facing the potato industry, provides countless networking opportunities with key decision-makers and showcases the latest products and services for potato production and distribution. Potato Expo includes numerous breakout sessions featuring experts from the potato industry, agriculture, and academic communities who discuss the latest trends, research and issues facing the fresh, chip, process and seed sectors.

The 2020 Winter Fancy Food Trade Show
Jan 19 – Jan 21 all day

The Winter Fancy Food Show is a trade-only event designed to promote business growth in the specialty food industry. The show is open to qualified buyers and other industry professionals (18 years of age or older). The Fancy Food Show is NOT OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. During the registration process, you will be asked to provide current business credentials to verify that you work in the specialty food industry.

International Builders’ Trade Show
Jan 21 – Jan 23 all day

Innovation PEI on behalf of the partners of Atlantic Trade and Investment Growth Agreement is recruiting export-ready building products and services companies who are interested in developing the US commercial and residential building market to join the Atlantic Canada Trade Mission to the International Builder’s Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, January 21 – 23, 2020.

The United States continues to experience sustained growth in the building sector in most regions of the country. With the added benefit of the favorable prevailing exchange rate, the USA remains an important market for Atlantic Canadian building products and services companies. The International Builder’s Show is the largest annual light construction show in the world and is the premier annual residential & commercial housing construction event in the USA.

– SPACE IS LIMITED – Complete Innovation PEI’s NEW online Registration Form:  https://cloud.garago.net/?siteid=gts   to create an account, including a corporate profile page.

Registration Deadline for exhibitors CLOSED, for walkers December 31, 2019

ARAB Health Trade Show
Jan 27 – Jan 30 all day

As the largest collection of healthcare product manufacturers and service providers under one roof, Arab Health is your one-stop shop for all your healthcare sourcing and procurement needs. With thousands of products to explore, coming in from more than 66 countries, make sure you don’t miss this essential business medical event in Dubai.

Fruit Logistica 2020 Trade Show
Feb 5 – Feb 7 all day

FRUIT LOGISTICA covers every single sector of the fresh produce business and provides a complete picture of the latest innovations, products and services at every link in the international supply chain. It thus offers superb networking and contact opportunities to the key decision-makers in every sector of the industry. 3.200 exhibitors and 78.000 trade visitors attend FRUIT LOGISTICA every year to realize their full business potential within the international fresh produce trade – and to write their own success story!

Navigating the Social Economy @ Upstreet Craft Brewing
Feb 5 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Addressing persistent and complex social problems involves collaboration across different levels of government, charities, and the not-for-profit and private sectors. New and innovative approaches to business and community building can lead to a more prosperous nation, both financially and socially. In support of this notion, the Government of Canada has released a Social Innovation and Social Finance strategy to mobilize private capital for the public good, bringing with it a promise of increased and innovative support for registered charities, non-profit organizations, co-operatives and businesses that consider the social effects of their activities.

Directors and CEOs in private, not-for-profit and public sectors have an opportunity to increase the impact of their organizations through social innovation, social finance and social enterprise strategies. During this engaging evening, we will hear a compelling story from an experienced CEO whose enterprise supports refugees and economic development in Canada. We will also hear from a diverse panel of local board directors, professionals and management who are engaged in social enterprise on Prince Edward Island. We will explore key issues board directors must grapple with when governing a social enterprise or considering a social finance strategy, including tax compliance risks, measuring social return on investment, and managing tensions among stakeholder interests, shareholder expectations and public good outcomes.

PEACEFUL ENTERPRISE: Keynote Speaker Tareq Hadhad of Peace by Chocolate
Tareq Hadhad is the founder and CEO of Peace by Chocolate. He was a Syrian refugee who now lives his new life with his entrepreneurial family on Canada’s East Coast. He is the recipient of Start Up Canada’s National Newcomer Entrepreneur Award, was named one of the Top 25 Immigrants in the Maritimes and selected by Google as the National Hero Case for 2018.

Passionate about peace and entrepreneurship, his family relaunched the family chocolate-making business to recreate the chocolates they once exported across the Middle East, and their story turned into an international inspiring phenomenon. Tareq and his family focus on job creation, utilizing a network of local community members and refugees from across Nova Scotia and Canada to help support the local economy.

In September 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau opened his speech to the United Nations Leaders’ Summit on Refugees detailing the family’s success story.

Tareq has spoken at Amnesty International’s Human Rights Conference, TEDx events and Chambers of Commerce Dinners. He has given keynote presentations in Jamaica and London, England, and spoken to several corporate and government organizations. Tareq speaks about the compelling story of his family and the positive financial and social returns of his enterprise.

PANEL DISCUSSION: Governing in the Social Economy from the Private, Charitable, Not-for-Profit and Public Sector Perspective
Tareq Hadhad will be joined by board directors, management and policy advisors from:

  • a local charity – The PEI Reach Foundation
  • a local business – Mi’kmaq Printing and Design,
  • and the public sector

They will discuss the challenges and benefits of navigating the dual role of creating wealth and improving society.

We are pleased to host this event at Prince Edward Island’s first and only Certified B Corporation. Upstreet Craft Brewing is a local business with a commitment to grow and refresh its community. As a Certified B Corporation, Upstreet is part of a global movement of leaders that find innovative ways to use business as a force for good. They meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability, and aspire to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Special thanks to Upstreet for providing this apt and comfortable venue.

Gulfood Trade Show
Feb 16 – Feb 20 all day

Gulfood, the world’s largest annual food and beverage trade exhibition, is coming back for its 25th edition with major alliance breakthroughs and multibillion-dollar export deals. The 2019 edition of the show was the largest to date, attracting more than 98,000 visitors seeking business opportunities and exploring the latest F&B products and innovation.
In line with its constant evolution to deliver an unparalleled experience for exhibitors and visitors alike, Gulfood 2020 promises to be a special one. Alongside industry veterans who shaped the Middle East’s food scene, join us to celebrate Gulfood’s 25th anniversary.

Atlantic Canada Export Cafe Series – Asia 2020
Feb 17 – Feb 24 all day
Innovation PEI on behalf of The Atlantic Provincial Seafood Trade Group (APSTG) and ACOA is recruiting export-ready seafood companies who are interested in developing the Asian market to join the Atlantic Canada Export Cafe Series Mission to Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam),  Jakarta (Indonesia) and Taipei (Taiwan), February 17 – 24, 2020.
Mission activities:
Vietnam, Taiwan and Indonesia are currently Atlantic Canada’s 5th, 6th, and 7th most important seafood markets in Asia. The principal activities covered by this project in each 3 cities include the following:
  1. Market Access Seminars – delivered by Trade Commissioners and In-Market Consultants;
  2. Export Cafe – using seafood from Atlantic Canada;
  3. B2B Matchmaking – with professional buyers who have been pre-screened by In-Market Consultants and Trade Commissioners.
Please find more details from the Asian Export Cafe 2020 Recruitment Form If you are interested to participate in this mission, please complete this form and send it via email to geoff.irvine@lobstercouncilcanada.ca and lpmacaleer@gov.pe.ca
Registration deadline:
January 10, 2020. Vacant spots are on a first-come-first-serve basis for exporters from Atlantic Canada region.
International Potato Technology Expo Trade Show @ Eastlink Centre
Feb 21 – Feb 22 all day

The event of choice for potato growers from across the Maritimes and beyond – you’ll find the leading equipment and product manufacturers. If you’re involved in any aspect of the potato industry, don’t miss it!

United States Capacity Building Workshop @ Halifax Convention Centre
Feb 24 – Feb 25 all day


Food & Beverage Atlantic, working jointly with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Nova Scotia Business Inc., Innovation PEI, Newfoundland and Labrador, an Opportunities New Brunswick, is seeking Atlantic Canadian companies to participate in United States Capacity Building Sessions in Halifax, NS. These sessions will feature presentations by subject matter experts on all things relating to export to US.

This project is being supported by the Atlantic Trade and Investment Growth Strategy, a partnership between the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic provincial governments. If your company is currently exporting or if you are considering exporting to US, this is a not-to-be-missed session on what you need to know about exporting to the US Market!

US Capacity Workshop Poster

Agenda – US Capacity Building Session – Feb. 24-25, 2020