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.

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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



3:15pm – 5:00pm

Opening Centre Stage

NDC – Who, What, Where, When, Why?




Hometown CEO:

A panel discussion of industry experts on NDC (New Distribution Capabilities) and it’s impacts from the travel buyers point of view.

Sharlene Ketwaroo-Nanoo, Travel Category Manager, Rogers Canada

Keith Wallace, Senior Director, Air Canada


Airline CEO Interview with Ed Simms, CEO, WestJet

5:00pm - 8:00pm

Opening Reception





8:15am – 9:30am

Centre Stage

Climate, Leadership & Community Moderator



Canadian Transportation Agency, Passenger Bill of Rights:

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.


An important overview of this new Bill, what does the industry need to know, and how does it apply for business travellers as we move towards phase 2 in December of this year.

TBD – Denton’s Legal Perspective and moderated discussion

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


1:30pm – 3:30pm

Expo (coffee & dessert)


3:30pm – 4:30pm

Closing Centre Stage


*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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