World Trade Center Denver and Co-Producer Manufacturer’s Edge invite you to join us for our 47th Annual World Trade Month Virtual Event!

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International Trade on Your Time
Five Sessions with Diverse Topics
Keynote from Internationally-Renowned Author
Speakers and Thought Leaders in Global Trade
Insights and Tips You Can Implement and Learn From

World Trade Day is the largest international trade and investment conference in the Rocky Mountain Region with over 700 participants. Due to COVID-19, we are converting our in-person conference to a virtual event each Friday in May 2020.

Keynote Speaker:

Parag Khanna Founder and Managing Partner of FutureMap, Author of Future is Asian and Connectography
TopicThe Cities of the Future in a Post-Pandemic World

Summary: Cities have taken center stage in the world economy and combating climate change, remapping global patterns of commerce and diplomacy. Cities such as Denver now have the opportunity to take advantage of their geography and innovative policies to become climate oases, leading hubs not just for the US but the entire North American continent. Around the world, similar trends are underway from Europe to Asia, with progressive cities attracting talented migrants and demonstrating how to govern in the complex 21st century.

Join us Virtually for World Trade Month!

Full Series Ticket Prices (includes all 5 sessions):

Members: $100
Non-Members: $125

Individual Session Prices:

Members: $40 per session
Non-Members: $50 per session

 

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May 1, 2020

11:00 am – 1:00 pm
(MDT/GMT-6)

Welcome Remarks: Karen Gerwitz, President & CEO of World Trade Center Denver & Tom Bugnitz, CEO of Manufacturer’s Edge

 

Keynote: Parag Khanna, FutureMap
Title: The Cities of the Future in a Post-Pandemic World

Summary: Cities have taken center stage in the world economy and combating climate change, remapping global patterns of commerce and diplomacy. Cities such as Denver now have the opportunity to take advantage of their geography and innovative policies to become climate oases, leading hubs not just for the US but the entire North American continent. Around the world, similar trends are underway from Europe to Asia, with progressive cities attracting talented migrants and demonstrating how to govern in the complex 21st century.

 

Title Sponsor Remarks: Representatives from Associated Foreign Exchange (AFEX)

 

Speaker: Kurt Gerwitz, AFEX
Title: Dedollarization: What’s the status of king dollar globally and what are the implications on trade?

Summary: As global methods of exchange experience major changes due to politics, technology, and new superpowers, the presence of the dollar as the de-facto global reserve currency begins to recede. Kurt discusses the vacuum this leaves, what will replace it, and the implications on trade.

May 8, 2020

11:00 am – 1:00 pm
(MDT/GMT-6)

Welcome Remarks: Karen Gerwitz, President & CEO of World Trade Center Denver & Tom Bugnitz, CEO of Manufacturer’s Edge

 

Speaker: Ali Brodie, Fox Rothschild
Title: Immigration and Innovation: Bringing Together the Best of Both Worlds

Summary: While the U.S. leads the world in innovation in many areas of business and technology, savvy employers know that drawing on the experience and culture of other countries is often a creative way to jump start growth. Likewise, foreign nationals and foreign owned businesses seek to enter the U.S. marketplace and expand their footprint-thereby contributing to U.S. and multinational companies and entrepreneurs looking to utilize U.S. visas along with trends in immigration policy impacting businesses in 2020.

 

Speaker: Sarah Clegg, British Embassy in Washington DC
Title: Strengthening US-UK Ties Through a Free Trade Agreement

Summary: The UK and US have one of the most integrated economic relationships in the world, with total trade between our countries valued at over $282 billion in the last year – and trade and investment between us sustaining millions of jobs on both sides of the Atlantic. We certainly see this dynamic at play in Colorado, where the UK is the largest foreign direct investor in the State and the fourth largest export market for Colorado goods and services.

Join us for conversation with a UK Government Representative on how a future US-UK free trade agreement (FTA) can deepen this special relationship even further. As background, analysis shows that a US-UK FTA could see annual bilateral trade increase by $20.4 billion compared to 2018 figures, giving the U.S. economy a nearly $9.6 billion boost each year, the benefits of which would be felt across every state in America and up and down the U.K. An FTA would also provide opportunities to deepen our economic engagement in key areas such as agriculture, business services and advanced manufacturing and to lead the world in setting new standards for digital trade and intellectual property protection.

 

Speaker: Dan Lane, Mile High Labs
Title: CBD on a Global Scale: The Importance of International Business to the Cannabinoid Industry

Summary: When people think of CBD, the first place they think of is often Colorado. What many people may be surprised to learn is how crucial it is for cannabinoid companies to be able to do business in markets around the world.

May 15, 2020

11:00 am – 1:00 pm
(MDT/GMT-6)

Welcome Remarks: Karen Gerwitz, President & CEO of World Trade Center Denver & Tom Bugnitz, CEO of Manufacturer’s Edge

 

Speaker: World Trade Center Association Executives: Scott Wang, Asia Pacific ; Martin Salloum, North America ; Carlos Ronderos, Latin America ; Niklas Aklundh, Europe
Title: International Trade During COVID-19

Summary: World Trade Centers across the globe will share their insights into how international trade is changing in their regions.

 

Speaker: Stephane Lessard, Consul General of Canada in Denver
Title: North American Energy Integration

Summary: Energy is a hot topic everywhere in North America these days and it is also a major component of Canada-Colorado and Canada-U.S. trade. Come learn about North American energy integration, with a focus on the Canada-U.S. relationship.

 

Speaker: Laura Jackson, Denver International Airport
Title: Air Travel Supply & Demand Trends from Denver International Airport (DEN)

Summary: The global aviation industry has been severely impacted by COVID-19. After setting an all-time passenger traffic record in 2019 with over 69 million passengers, DEN is now experiencing a significant decline in passenger traffic. DEN will provide an update on both domestic and international travel supply and demand trends and a look forward at what recovery may look like.

May 22, 2020

11:00 am – 1:00 pm
(MDT/GMT-6)

Welcome Remarks: Karen Gerwitz, President & CEO of World Trade Center Denver & Tom Bugnitz, CEO of Manufacturer’s Edge

 

Panel Discussion
Moderator: Heidi Hostetter, H2 Manufacturing; Faustson Tools
Panelists: Mina Cox, Specialty Products ; Kyle Pettine, Otter Products
Title: Global Supply Chains: Worth the Risk- A Manufacturing Community Discussion

Summary: Companies globalize supply chains to increase competitive advantage, add value to the customer, and reduce costs through global sourcing. But global supply chains also increase risks such as demand and supply variability, limited capacity, and disruptions like we’ve just experienced with the COVID-19 pandemic. Join our manufacturing community discussion to hear how some of our Colorado manufacturers mitigate risk in managing supply chains.

 

Speaker: EJ Achtner, HSBC
Title: Blockchain, APIs, and FinTech: How is applied innovation bridging the global trade gap?

Summary: APIs and Blockchain are revolutionizing financial services while creating new capabilities and customer experiences. Democratization of data, driven by regulation and a changing competitive landscape, is reshaping financial services globally (and at a radical pace). Banks, emerging FinTechs, and legacy technology firms are increasingly working together to create new customer-centric business models. Join to hear about real-world examples and benefits for your business.

May 29, 2020

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
(MDT/GMT-6)

Welcome Remarks: Karen Gerwitz, President & CEO of World Trade Center Denver & Tom Bugnitz, CEO of Manufacturer’s Edge

 

Panel Discussion
Moderator: Catherine Ceresa, Martello Risk
Panelists: Andrea Vaccari, Freeport-McMoRan ; Alyssa Harding, Sustainable Food Trade Association ; Jeannie Renne-Malone, VF Corp
Title: What is the future of supply chain sustainability?: A discussion on responsible supply chains

Summary: The momentum toward supply chain sustainability is starting to transform the business practices of both customers and vendors around the globe. It is now a common practice for leading companies to measure their environmental and social impacts along their supply chain, to integrate sustainability into the product design process and to require suppliers to commit to performance improvements in areas ranging from energy usage to human rights. This panel will dive into how leading organizations got to where they are, what challenges they still face and how they continue to innovate going forward.

 

Happy Hour to Follow

“International trade is a dynamic, ever-changing landscape and World Trade Day brings together like-minded businesses to engage in discussions about key trends and provides opportunities to share best practices and learn from one another.”

Lindsay Besser Hank, Director of Global Services
Leprino Foods

“Attending and sponsoring World Trade Day in 2019 helped our office, Denver Economic Development & Opportunity, connect with the global business/academic/government community, share our message, gain valuable contacts during the networking activities and ted talks, and learn about current issues that impact international trade.  It’s a great event to make connections and for us as a sponsor, raise awareness of our office to a globally minded audience.”

Stephanie Garnica, Director Global Business Development
Denver Economic Development & Opportunity

“World Trade Day attracts first class speakers with topical subject matter and “in the trenches” experience. Every year we realize a 100% ROI on our participation of World Trade Day.”

Lois Vera Brown
Laser Technology Inc.

“We look forward to World Trade Day to come. It is not only an incredible opportunity to meet traders and entrepreneurs, but also a day of learning and valuable conversations. Our company has benefitted from a very good exposure and we have created meaningful connections. An exhilarating and energetic day not to be missed.”

Martin Capella, Managing Director USA
Garritz International

“World Trade Day is an extremely useful event to meet and mingle with Denver’s international business community. Being a sponsor gives you a further opportunity to really have a presence in front of your peers and reach the right people. Highly recommended event for anyone doing or interested in international business.”

Karen Warsh
University of Colorado Denver

“World Trade Day was one of the best conferences I’ve had the opportunity to take part in. The connections that I made during the conference and after were second to none (and some even became clients!). Participating in World Trade Day gave me the opportunity to get to know other players in the international business community and learn more about the different opportunities involved in working on the world stage. I’m looking forward to being involved again this year!”

Ian Campbell, CEO
Mission Suite

Title Sponsor

Specialty Book Sponsor

Premier Sponsors

Past World Trade Day Conference Themes:

  • 2019 – Keep Calm and Trade On
  • 2018 – Shining a Light on Trade
  • 2017 – Containers to the Cloud: Trade as Goods, Services and Knowledge
  • 2016 – Exploring Your Trans-Pacific Partners
  • 2015 – Advancing Colorado Around The Globe
  • 2014 – Risky Business: Risk & Reward Across Borders
  • 2013 – Plug In to the Global Economy: How Technology Impacts Trade
  • 2012 – A World without Barriers: Leveraging Free Trade Agreements for Opportunity
  • 2012 – “A World of Fashion” Gala
  • 2011 – Focus on Europe: Direct Access to European Markets
  • 2010 – Prospering in the New Global Economy: The Road Ahead
  • 2009 – Trade in Turbulent Times: Great Challenge Brings Great Opportunity
  • 2008 – Foundations of Colorado’s Evolving Global Economy
  • 2007 – Reaching the Peaks of Global Trade
  • 2006 – China & India: Strategies for Success in the World’s Fastest Growing Markets
  • 2005 – Showcase Europe
  • 2004 – NAFTA & Beyond: Expanding your Business through International Trade
  • 2003 – Accessing Asia Pacific Markets
  • 2002 – Global Strategies for Today’s World
  • 2001 – Chartering your Course in a Changing Global Economy
  • 2000 – Trade & Technology: Accessing Global Markets in the New Millenium
  • 1999 – Hidden Gems: Discovering Global Markets
  • 1998 – Trade in the Americas
  • 1997 – World Trade Conference
  • 1996 – World Trade Day
  • 1995 – Window on Europe
  • 1994 – Global Business: Your Passport to Profits
  • 1993 – Business without Boundaries
  • 1992 – Pioneers in World Markets
  • 1991 – Competing Globally: The Next Century
  • 1990 – The Changing Global Economy: Challenges and Opportunities
  • 1989 – Global Markets: Mountains of Opportunity
  • 1988 – Export Now
  • 1973-1987 – World Trade Day
May 1, 2020
  • Parag Khanna, FutureMap (The Cities of the Future in a Post-Pandemic World) Keynote Address
  • Kurt Gerwitz,  AFEX (Dedollarization: What’s the Status of King Dollar Globally and What are the Implications on Trade?)
May 8, 2020
  • Ali Brodie, Fox Rothschild (Immigration and Innovation: Bringing Together the Best of Both Worlds)
  • Sarah Clegg, British Embassy in Washington DC (Strengthening US-UK Ties Through a Free Trade Agreement)
  • Dan Lane, Mile High Labs (CBD on a Global Scale: The Importance of International Business to the Cannabinoid Industry)
May 15, 2020
  • World Trade Center Association Executives,  (International Trade During COVID-19) Panelists: Scott Wang, Asia Pacific; Martin Salloum, North America; Carlos Ronderos, Latin America ; Niklas Aklundh, Europe
  • Stephane Lessard, Consul General of Canada in Denver (North American Energy Integration)
  • Laura Jackson, Denver International Airport (Air Travel Supply & Demand Trends from Denver International Airport (DEN))
May 22, 2020
  • Heidi Hostetter, H2 Manufacturing & Faustson Tools (Global Supply Chains: Worth the Risk – A Manufacturing Community Discussion) Panelists: Mina Cox, Specialty Products; Kyle Pettine, Otter Products
  • EJ Achtner, HSBC Bank USA (Blockchain, APIs, and FinTech: How is applied innovation bridging the global trade gap?)
May 29, 2020
  • Catherine Ceresa, Martello Risk (What is the Future of Supply Chain Sustainability? A Discussion on Responsible Supply Chains) Panelists: Andrea Vaccari, Freeport-McMoRan; Alyssa Harding, Sustainable Food Trade Association ; Jeannie Renne-Malone, VF Corp
  • Happy Hour

“International trade is a dynamic, ever-changing landscape and World Trade Day brings together like-minded businesses to engage in discussions about key trends and provides opportunities to share best practices and learn from one another.”

Lindsay Besser Hank, Director of Global Services
Leprino Foods

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