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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.

Growing your Social Media Presence – Central Bedeque
Jan 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join PEI Business Women’s Association for Growing your Social Media Presence, a workshop for business owners and professionals looking to take their social media to the next level.

This workshop is targeted to social media users who have some experience with social media (i.e. beyond beginner). We will dig into strategy, content planning, scheduling, campaigns, measurement and more.

The workshop will take place in our Rural Women’s Business Centre, 106 Linkletter Avenue, Central Bedeque, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

This event is free to all PEIBWA members and $25 +HST for non-members.

Spaces are limited so register early!

Get Connected – PEIBWA Business Mixer with Tignish Employment Resource Centre and Tignish Co-op @ Employment Resource Centre
Jan 16 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us for our first Get Connected mixer of 2020! Tignish Employment Resource Centre and Tignish Co-op are kindly hosting the mixer at the Employment Resource Centre in Tignish.

Grow your network by connecting with other PEIBWA members and the wider business community. The mixer is free and open to everyone!

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.

Monthly Coffee Chat with Jessie Inman @ Startup Zone
Jan 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Come have your Friday morning coffee and chat with local like-minded entrepreneurs and business executives about the trials and tribulations of starting, running or growing a business. These events are an informal, open discussion and a great chance to network with fellow entrepreneurs. This month’s guest is Jessie Inman!

A corporate director, public speaker, and yoga teacher, Jessie has spent most of her life working and travelling all over the planet. Her expertise and passions lie at the intersection of corporate governance, health and wellness and global energy issues.

Originally from PEI, Jessie holds an MBA in Banking and Finance from Maastricht School of Management in Maastricht, The Netherlands, and has travelled extensively to over 70 countries and all continents. She speaks the Indonesian language after spending nearly 10 years living and working in Jakarta; she’s visited Canada’s north and delivered presentations in Egypt, Australia, the United States, and across Canada.

She has excelled in her career as a President and CEO of varied organizations over the past two decades. A Certified Corporate Director, Jessie has also sat on numerous boards, government committees and industry associations all over the world, including the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, Curtin University Technology Innovation Selection Committee in Australia, Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce, Board of YWCA of Calgary and Chair of the CEO Evaluation Committee, the Manning Innovation Awards Selection Committee, Discover Charlottetown, Culture Task Force and ex-officio on the Board of Confederation Centre of the Arts and seven standing committees.

With a varied past full of experiences such as working as a guide on Canada’s Discovery Train, managing projects for Canada Communications Corp, spending two years working as a Marketing Officer with External Affairs and International Trade Canada, and then joining Industry Canada as an Industrial Development Officer, laying the groundwork for her to take on the role of Canadian Investment Advisor to Indonesia. She then went on to become President Director of P.T. Palliser Indonesia, then moved to Perth, Australia, where she became CEO and Managing Director of Cool Energy Limited. Here, she spent almost five years leading all aspects of building the company,
and successfully negotiated a deal with Shell Global Solutions to develop a novel carbon capture technology. She and her team demonstrated and proved the technology’s viability. When she moved back to Canada in 2009, she took on the role of President and CEO of Carbonpartners Limited in Calgary, Alberta.

Heeding a call to return home to Canada’s east coast, Jessie took on the role of Chief Executive Officer at Confederation Centre of the Arts in Prince Edward Island in 2011. During her time there she was named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEOs, three years in a row. It was during this time, Jessie realized that arts and culture can offer a powerful means of communication for Canada’s indigenous peoples, exemplified in particular by a Canada 150 project that invited leaders, artists and youth from all parts of Canada to express their visions for the future through creation of unique dreamcatchers which were knitted together into one huge installation that still hangs in Confederation Centre’s Memorial Hall. As a result, Jessie deepened her interest and involvement with Canada’s indigenous community, and she continues to address the Calls to Action outlined by Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation report. In 2019, she embarked on a journey of a completely different kind, this time to take her yoga practice that was so critical during her years in the corporate world to the next level. She made a journey to Ecuador to complete the month-long Modo Yoga’s Teacher Training Program.

Today, she continues to make yoga a part of her daily life and teaches groups and individuals of all levels. She also remains active as a leader in her community, offers public speaking opportunities, and continues to travel as often as possible.

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.

Growing your Social Media Presence – Charlottetown @ PEI Business Women's Association
Jan 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join PEI Business Women’s Association for Growing your Social Media Presence, a workshop for business owners and professionals looking to take their social media to the next level.

This workshop is targeted to social media users who have some experience with social media (i.e. beyond beginner). We will dig into strategy, content planning, scheduling, campaigns, measurement and more.

This workshop will be led by Sparrow McGowan, PEIBWA’s Events and Communications Officer. Sparrow has 15 years of experience spanning communications, marketing and events, in Canada and internationally. She has worked with both the nonprofit and private sectors, with responsibilities for strategic communications, branding, media relations and social media, as well as overseeing the launch of numerous digital projects. Sparrow is also an active freelance writer and holds a Masters in Journalism.

This event is free to all PEIBWA members and $25 +HST for non-members.

Spaces are limited so register early!

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:   to create an account, including a corporate profile page.

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

BDC – Let’s Talk Business – Charlottetown @ PEI Business Women's Association
Jan 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us at PEIBWA’s Charlottetown office to meet Katelyn Godfrey, Senior Account Manager with BDC. BDC helps create and develop small- and medium-sized businesses through financing, growth and transition capital, venture capital and advisory services.

*Please note that this is for members only.*

Appointments will be booked for 30 minutes from 12pm to 2pm and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Sparrow at to set up an appointment time.

Business Bootcamp (The #1 Asset you are NOT leveraging in Your Business) @ The Loyalist Country Inn
Jan 21 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Event Description:

The Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing a diverse array of high-quality business training sessions in the Summerside area. Throughout the year, the GSCC will be hosting a series of workshops designed to engage and develop the skills of local business owners and their employees. This “Business Bootcamp” series will be facilitated by Craig Noonan from Integrity Consulting at the Loyalist Country Inn over a 12 month period with one workshop per month, starting in November. A VERY big thank you to our funding partners, Innovation PEI and CBDC Central PEI.

Topics will include but not limited to:
Sales, marketing, online business, planing & productivity, strategy, networking, media & public relations, and digital.
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