What’s happening in October.

We always recommend trade (and sometimes consumer) shows as a great way to enter a new market. Shows give businesses the chance to introduce their products and/or services directly to their chosen audience, and network with industry insiders.

There are numerous shows scheduled for October, 2021; some are in-person, and others are online. Although travel restrictions are slowly being eased, pandemic mitigation measures are in place in many provinces. We recommend monitoring each show’s website to stay abreast of any changes and COVID-related protocols.

National Women’s Show Montreal – “The ultimate girls’ day out” featuring fashion, food, and fun. The Montreal, QC session happens October 1 to 3.

Canadian Manufacturing & Technology Show – “Immerse yourself in cutting-edge manufacturing technology and industry education!” Runs October 4 to 7 in Toronto, ON.

iTech Fall – Canada’s leading IT conference & exhibition, featuring keynote speakers, live demonstrations, latest trends, and networking opportunities. Online event happens October 5.

Retail Holiday Shopping Forum – “Join us for the Retail Holiday Shopping Forum to find out the latest in consumer insights and holiday marketing strategies for consumers in this accelerated retail landscape.” Online event runs October 5.

Green Building Festival – “At the 2021 Green Building Festival, programming will explore intersectional designs and solutions to shockproof your project at all scales.” Online event takes place on October 5.

DEFSEC Atlantic – DEFSEC Atlantic is “a major networking opportunity for the Aerospace, Defence and Security industries – the second largest of its kind in Canada. Focused on showcasing Atlantic Canadian opportunities, the show’s worldwide reach creates partnership potential for all attendees.” Runs October 5 to 7 in Halifax, NS. 

Canadian WaterPower Week – “Join more than 400 attendees, representing the hydropower industry in Canada, U.S. and abroad. Connect and learn from decision-makers, senior executives and key industry stakeholders.” Virtual event runs October 6 through 8. 

Big Data Toronto – Artificial intelligence, big data, cloud, cybersecurity, a “virtual event for data and analytics professionals.” runs October 13 to 14, Online.

Toronto Tech Summit – “This year’s event will look to the future and the changing nature of work, transportation, travel and Web 3.0. Don’t miss out on these engaging and forward-thinking discussions from industry thought leaders and influencers, all presented in a ‘byte-sized’ package that can easily fit into your busy schedule.” Virtual event takes place October 15.

Franchise Expo Vancouver – “Visit the Franchise Expo in your city and connect with North America’s best, most successful, and innovative franchisors.” The Franchise Expo will be in Vancouver, BC on October 16 & 17.

High Point Market – “Find out what makes High Point Market the must-see event in home furnishings. Experience just some of the energy and excitement that makes Market Week fashion week for home furnishings.” Takes place October 16 to 20 in High Point, NC.

Canadian Meetings & Events Expo – “The show floor will be full of suppliers ready to connect from Canadian, US and International destinations, venues, tech companies, décor and more. We’ve added the Meeting Market Place for unique and smaller suppliers to join so you can discover that something special for your next meeting.” Takes place October 19 & 20 in Toronto, ON.

Fan Expo Canada: Limited Edition – “Experience a LIMITED EDITION of the largest Comics, Sci-Fi, Horror, Anime, and Gaming event in North America. Three days of citywide events, family-friendly attractions and world-renowned celebrities await you.” A limited number of tickets were offered for this event, which runs October 22 to 24 in Toronto, ON.

Franchise Expo London – “Visit the Franchise Expo in your city and connect with North America’s best, most successful, and innovative franchisors.” Franchise Expo will be in London, ON on October 23 & 24.

National Women’s Show Ottawa – “The ultimate girls’ day out” featuring fashion, food, and fun. The Ottawa, ON session happens October 23 and 24.

Esthetique Spa International – “… bringing beauty professionals together for over 30 years.” Virtual show runs October 23 to 26.

Global Supply Chain Summit 2021 – “The Global Supply Chain Summit brings together all the players in the global aerospace industry and their suppliers… to stimulate discussions on current best practices in procurement and to facilitate collaborations among industry players.” Takes place on October 26 in Montreal, QC and online.

Aeromart Montreal – “Aeromart has proven itself to be a real prospecting tool, allowing its attendees to identify new partners, suppliers or potential customers.” Runs October 26 to 28 in Montreal, QC or online.

Build Lasting Change – “Through innovative approaches and strategies we can make greener, healthier, zero-carbon buildings the norm. Together, we will transform Canada for the better – with accessible and resilient buildings that contribute to the social and economic health of our communities.” Takes place online from October 26 to 28.

GIC Live @ Home (Grocery Innovations Canada) – GIC LIVE @ HOME offers the grocery sector a quick and easy way to grow, innovate and connect virtually… This program connects grocers and exhibitors, 1:1 or in teams, based on business interests.” Takes place online from October 26 to 28.

Tri-Association Virtual Manufacturing Conference – “Join us at this year’s conference with a new focused agenda; where you get the chance to enjoy what we’ve missed the most – networking and sharing, being led by experts and colleagues through relevant discussions and a tradeshow, showcasing your supply chain and supports.” Virtual event takes place October 27.

Kitchen + Bath Canada Expo – “Canada’s only trade show dedicated to the kitchen & bath industry.” Runs October 27 to 29, in Toronto.

Art Toronto – “Since 2000, we have been dedicated to supporting art in Canada, connecting audiences to local, national and international galleries, and promoting diverse creative practices.” Art Toronto runs October 29 to 31 in Toronto, ON and to November 7 online.


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