GBTA Western Canada Business Travel Symposium 2018

October 18, 2018 | Calgary, AB

This event is an evolution of the successful GBTA Canada Energy, Resources & Marine Symposium that has taken place in Calgary from 2014-2017. This year’s event will expand the event platform to incorporate the key industry economic drivers for western Canada impacting business travel. This symposium will focus primarily on business travel, logistics and crew/camp movement, and accommodations within the industry sectors of Oil, Gas, Energy, Resources, Mining, Forestry & Agriculture, all specific to the western Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan to British Columbia.


GBTA Western Canada Business Travel Symposium
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Westin Calgary Airport Hotel

7:30am – 8:30am

Registration Open Networking Breakfast

Network with Exhibitors in our GBTA Supplier Showcase

8:30am – 10:00am

Opening Centre Stage

Welcome to GBTA’s newly evolved Calgary Event. GBTA Western Canada Business Travel Symposium kicks off with subject matter experts speaking about the provincial economic outlook for Western Canada, and the latest technology trends impacting Canadian business travel today, and in the years to come.

Western Canadian Outlook:

David Crawford
Vice President
Vancouver Board of Trade

Zoe Addington
Director of Policy & Government Relations
Chamber of Commerce

David Froh
Vice President, Sector Development
Development Saskatchewan

The Future of Travel Technology:

Jay Richmond
Head of Business Travel Group
Amadeus North America, Inc.

10:00am – 10:15am

Transition Break


10:15am – 10:45am

Education Sessions

Choice of 2 Education Sessions:
- Demystifying Corporate Travel
Lessons on crafting a comprehensive end-to-end travel program for companies operating crew movements

10:45am – 12:00pm

Coffee Break

Network with Exhibitors in our GBTA Supplier Showcase

12:00pm – 12:30pm

Education Sessions

Choice of 2 Education Sessions:
- Enable Mobile Employees to Minimize Travel & Expense Headaches
- NDCs Impact – Personalization in Business Travel

12:30pm – 2:00pm


Lunch and Keynote Speaker:

Linda Olsen, TV News Anchor, Global News
Join Global Calgary’s Linda Olsen as she shares her journey in the world of broadcast journalism. An award-winning news anchor and host, Linda has seen a lot of changes in the media landscape and still feels strongly about the importance of being informed and engaged in our community. Learn how this born-and-raised Calgarian has worked her way up in the industry over 30 years, in local news and storytelling, with a particular focus on sharing the stories of inspiring women. Also, learn how the media industry has had to pivot to address audiences’ changing expectations and needs, as technology changes. What makes a good news story? Learn how to grab a newsroom’s attention!

2:00pm – 2:15pm

Transition Break

2:15pm – 2:45pm

Education Sessions

Choice of 2 Education Sessions:
- Innovative Practices in Workforce Travel Optimization
- Data Visualization in Business Travel

2:45pm – 3:15pm

Coffee Break

Network with Exhibitors in our GBTA Supplier Showcase

3:15pm – 3:45pm

Education Sessions

Choice of 2 Education Sessions:
- Optimizing Your Travel Program for Good Times… Not Just the Bad!
- Immigration and Visa Considerations in an Era of Ongoing Uncertainty

3:45pm – 4:00pm

Transition Break

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Closing Centre Stage

In this very timely closing centre stage session, experts will address the Canadian Cannabis Act, set to come into effect on October 17, 2018, understanding the important business travel implications (employee privacy issues, US cross-border & immigration concerns, drug & alcohol policy revisions) for the legalization of marijuana in Canada. This session will provide the latest legal perspectives and arm you with the critical information to take back to your companies, in effort to prepare for this significant change.

Roxanne Israel
Partner, Attorney licensed to practice Canadian and US Law (Massachusetts)

Sharlene Ketwaroo-Nanoo, GTP
Travel Category Manager
Rogers Communications
Chair, GBTA Canada Advisory Board

Shelly Lewchuk, GTP, CCTE
Manager, Corporate Travel
Canadian Natural Resources Limited
GBTA Canada Advisory Board Member

5:00pm – 7:30pm

Closing Cocktail Party

Take Off with WestJet!  Join fellow attendees for some social time, during the closing cocktail party where WestJet will …

Sponsored by:

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Registration Rates

Supplier – Additonal Sponsor

$ 300

Supplier – Allied Member

$ 550

Supplier – Non-Member

$ 630

Supplier – Allied Membership Bundle (RENEWAL)

$ 750

Supplier – Allied Membership Bundle (NEW)

$ 830

Buyer – Direct Member

$ 75

Buyer – Non-Member

$ 125

Buyer – Direct Membership Bundle (NEW)

$ 400

Buyer – Direct Membership Bundle (RENEWAL)

$ 400

Speaker – Supplier

$ 25

Speaker – Buyer



The Westin Calgary Airport
671 Aero Dr NE, Calgary, AB
T2E 8Z9, Canada

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