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Date and Place

February 7, 2013 at SFU Harbour Centre

Description

With the firm belief that geography should not limit an endeavour, ExpoPlaza Latina (EPL) was born in 2013 as an annual event enabling organizations in Western North America and Latin America to expand their business frontiers.

Sustainability requires a corporate change from within, and a platform is necessary for companies to explore sustainable initiatives and share knowledge and best practices. ExpoPlaza Latina 2013 provided an opportunity to expand the communication channels between organizations. Various plenaries covered important topics related to the mining, clean tech and construction industries throughout the day. When plenaries concluded, a networking event with high-profile speakers took place, and booths related to the mentioned industries were also present and provided additional networking opportunities.

Speakers and Moderator

1. Lessons to Learn from Sustainable Cities

Andrea Reimer

Andrea Reimer
City of Vancouver Councillor

Alan Costa

Allan Costa, CEO of SEBRAE

Edna Aguinaga

Edna Aguinaga, Network Project Officer at Sustainable Cities International

Jane McRae

Moderator: Jane McRae, CEO of Sustainable Cities International

2. Discussion on How to Fill the Labour Gap for Mining and Construction Industries in Canada

Jose Suarez

Jose Suarez, Managing Director of North American Mining, Accenture

Dave Bazowski

Dave Bazowski, Chair of BC Task Force on Mining

Dennis Wolff

Dennis Wolff, Recruitment Manager at GoldCorp Inc.

Heather Bell

Heather Bell, VP of Bell Alliance Global Immigration

Frank Came

Moderator: Frank Came, Senior Advisor at GLOBE Foundation

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3. Discussion on How Companies are Taking Advantage of NAFTA

Alan Minz, Regional Director of the Pacific Region at DFAIT

Joseph Salazar, Deputy Director for Economic Policy, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Government

Jorge Lopez, North America Regional Director at ProMexico

Bryan Hughes, District Manager at Export Development Canada

Moderator: Randall Mang, President of Randall Anthony Communications

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4. Sustainable Economic Development in the Mining Industry

Jorge Gutierrez, Partner of Deustua & Halperin Abogados

Glenn Sigurdson, Professor at Simon Fraser University

Ian Thomson, Principal and Co-founder at On Common Ground Consultants

Mafalda Arias, President of Mafalda Arias & Associates

Moderator: Dallas Kachan, Executive Director of Clean Mining Alliance

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5. Future In Mining - CleanTech and New Options for Latin America

Mike Bratty, Senior Process Engineer of Mining Division at Golder Associates

Bill Radvak, CEO of American Vanadium

Todd Pratt, CEO of Future Vehicle Technologies

Moderator: Elmer K. Sum, Managing Director at GreenTech Exchange

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6. Networking Event: Doing Business with Latin America

US Consul General Anne Callaghan

Mexican Consul General Angel Villalobos

BC Deputy Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Mr. Dave Byng

Honorary Consul of Malta Stephen Holmes

Topics

  • Mining
  • Construction
  • Green technologies

 

Media

Promotional Video

Plenaries

Event day Summary

Photos