The next evolution for western Canada is here. GBTA is proud to present GBTA Western Canada Conference 2019 – Calgary the 1st annual Conference for business travel professionals representing Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan!

Previously known as the Energy, Resources & Marine Symposium, GBTA Western Canada Conference 2019 – Calgary will feature a larger and broader program focused on the distinct needs and economy of western Canada. Join 300+ attendees from October 16 – 17 at the newly opened Westin Calgary Airport Hotel for the latest education on changes unique to the regional business travel industry and networking with Canadian and global travel professionals.





12:00pm – 1:30pm

Direct Talk – Lunch Session

Buyer-only working lunch session

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Allied Talk – Lunch Session

Supplier-only working lunch session

1:30pm – 3:00pm


(coffee & dessert)

3:15pm – 5:00pm

GBTA Welcome and Opening Remarks



NDC – Who, What, Where, When, Why?




Hear an overview of what NDC (New Distribution Capabilities) is, and what it means here in Canada.  Followed by a robust panel discussion of subject-matter-experts on NDC’s impact from the travel buyers point of view.

Sharlene Ketwaroo-Nanoo, Travel Category Manager, Rogers Canada

Keith Wallis
Senior Director, Air Canada

Rodolphe Texier
Senior Expert NDC & Distribution Amadeus


Passenger Bill of Rights




An important overview of this new Bill, from a legal perspective.  Join Denton’s Canada LLP’s legal experts, Robert Quon and Stacy Shields, who will outline what the Canadian industry needs to know, and how it applies for business travellers as we move towards phase 2 in December of this year.
Robert Quon, Partner
Stacy Shields, Associate
Denton’s Canada LLP


Hometown CEO




Airline CEO Interview
Ed Sims, CEO
Bhart Sarin, President, GBTA
Director of Procurement and Storeroom Operations

5:00pm - 8:00pm

Opening Reception

Dreamliner Night Out!
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8:15am – 9:30am

Centre Stage

Climate, Leadership & Community Moderator

A WINiT Recommended Session:

Joy Romero, VP Technology & Innovation, CNRL, will join women leaders in a robust discussion on impacts being made in our communities, positively affecting our climate.

VP Technology & Innovation
Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL)
City of St. Albert, Alberta
Senior Sustainability Lead, Alberta
Edmonton Buildings Sector Leader

Technology: Lessons from the World's Most Powerful Companies

Many companies have been instrumental in transforming the way people think about technology: Google, Apple and Amazon, to name a few. During this presentation, we will analyze these global powerhouses and examine the hottest tech trends expected to impact corporate travel in the next 18 months.
Tony D’Astolfo
Senior Vice President, North America

9:45am – 10:15am

Education Sessions

2 Concurrent Ed Sessions

Tech Talks

10:30am – 11:00am

Education Sessions

2 Concurrent Ed Sessions

Tech Talks

11:15am – 11:45am

Education Sessions

2 Concurrent Ed Sessions

Tech Talks

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Lunch & Keynote Speaker

GBTA Canada Updates
Chris Koch – ‘If I Can’
Born without arms and legs, living in a small farming community in Alberta, has led Chris down a seemingly impossible life path.  He has however conquered the impossible several times over, travelling the world and supporting The War Amps, while continuing to work on the farm, making the best that life has to offer.  Chris will share his stories of inspiration and wonderment, as he follows his life’s journey encouraging others to live their lives to their greatest potential… If I Can…
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1:30pm – 3:00pm

Expo (coffee & dessert)


3:15pm – 4:30pm

Closing Centre Stage

Corporate Meetings, Part of the Travel Ecosystem

Travel and meetings management continue to integrate across procurement, technology, duty of care and the traveler experience. Uncover the power of meetings from both an impact and spend perspective. Where will this integration head? How are forward thinking buyers and suppliers accelerating the change to benefit their programs? Panelists share best practices, lessons learned and insights to lead your travel and meetings program into the future.
Jonathan Buchwald
President & CEO
Prime Event Partners
Sarah Mah Ming
Travel, Meeting & Events Manager – Canada, Business Enablement

Crystal Toupin
Senior Manager, Channel Partners


Innovation in Western Canadian Airport Authorities

A conversation with senior executives, representing Western Canadian airport authorities, of Edmonton, Calgary & Winnipeg.  Hear about airport innovations & technology and the future of air travel in and out of Western Canada.
Ian Race
Senior Vice President, Corporate Sales Direct Travel
Tara Mulrooney
VP Technology
YEG – Edmonton International Airport
Rob Palmer
CFO & VP Finance
YYC – The Calgary Airport Authority
Scott Marohn
VP Aviation Marketing
YWG – Airport City Winnipeg


Boeing Max 8 – Canadian Airline Perspective

A robust discussion on the Canadian Airline impact of the grounding of the  Boeing Max 8 aircraft. Hear about what provisions have the Canadian airlines taken to ensure testing compliance with Transport Canada, learn about the return to service strategy and the communications plan to help re-build consumer confidence.
Danielle Smith
Global News
Captain Scott Wilson
VP Flight Operations

GBTA Closing Remarks


*Agenda subject to change.*

Note to Suppliers – GBTA Canada appreciates that suppliers wish to capitalize on the conference attendance by hosting supplemental events in and around the conference program.  Please NOTE that it is imperative, however, that these side-bar events be scheduled so as not to conflict with any of the GBTA Canada Conference Program, otherwise suppliers risk access to the conference itself. Furthermore, Suppliers who are hosting events targeting GBTA delegates, MUST be registered exhibitors of the GBTA Western Canada Conference 2019 – Calgary.  Suppliers who are not exhibiting, are not permitted to host events targeting conference delegates.


The Westin Calgary Airport
671 Aero Drive NE
Calgary, AB T2E 7Y5

Book your group rate for GBTA Western Canada Conference 2019 - Calgary

You will find the information for your online reservation link below. If you have questions or need help with the link, please do not hesitate to ask. We appreciate your business and look forward to a successful event!

GBTA Western Canada Conference 2019 - Calgary:
Start Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019
End Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019
Last Day to Book: September 13, 2019

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