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What’s on for the rest of 2021.

Here we are, rounding out the event schedule for 2021 – and there’s a good number of trade and consumer events that are not only taking place, but happening in-person. And we’ve offered a complete list of what’s on in November and December to help you plan your pre-holiday calendar.

We always suggest these shows as an excellent entry point for businesses looking to expand to new markets. They offer a chance to connect with industry insiders, learn about new sectors, and engage with new technologies. Trade shows are a key component of any good market entry strategy and while business connections can be made online, live shows do seem to make the process easier.

It’s a big change from our 2020 line-up, and we’re all pretty happy about the return to live events. But remember: although travel restrictions are loosening and economies are opening up, COVID-19 has not yet been eradicated. Masking, distancing, and vaccination protocols are in place at these venues, so check event websites for up-to-date information.

SecTor (October 30-November 4, 2021; Toronto, ON & Online) – “SecTor has built a reputation of bringing together experts from around the world to share their latest research and techniques involving underground threats and corporate defences. The conference provides an unmatched opportunity for IT security professionals, managers and executives to connect with their peers and learn from their mentors.”

Design Thinkers (November 8-19, 2021; Virtual) – “At Canada’s largest annual graphic design conference, we invite you to learn, collaborate and rethink! Join some of the world’s leading voices in design during a two-week digital program.”

Advanced Design & Manufacturing Expo (November 9-11, 2021; Toronto, ON) – “This all-in-one, industry-wide event lets you explore the latest trends and technologies shaping the future in advanced design and manufacturing across automation, robotics, energy efficiency, packaging, plastics, processing and more to accelerate your business goals and grow your career.”

Fall Cottage Life Show (November 12-14, 2021; Mississauga, ON) – “The 17th annual Fall Cottage Life Show… [features] expert exhibitors ready to help you get started on your next cottage project.” COVID policy protocols are linked on the site’s main page.

The Franchise Expo (November 13-14, 2021; Montreal, QC) – “…Montreal’s largest “own your own business” event! See the most successful franchises + brand new opportunities from every industry.”

Coffee Association of Canada Annual Conference (November 15-17, 2021; Virtual) – “CAC members are coffee industry leaders in all facets of the business including importing, processing, distribution, and foodservice hospitality.” The 2021 online event features presentations and an interactive coffee-themed cocktail session; kits are included with registration and sent to the registrant’s address of choice.

Electricity Transformation Canada (November 17-19, 2021; Toronto, ON) – “Tap into the power of Canada’s leading renewable energy and storage industry conference and exhibition!”

Lift & Co. Expo (November 18-21, 2021; Toronto, ON) – “Featuring hundreds of exhibitors, a band of forward-thinking speakers, and the movers & shakers of the industry, Lift & Co. Expo is the meeting place for cannabis consumers, professionals and media.”

The Franchise Expo (November 20-21, 2021; Calgary, AB) – “See the most successful franchises + brand new opportunities from every industry.”

The National Women’s Show (November 20-21, 2021; Quebec City, QC) – “Your ultimate girls’ day out… Don’t miss celebrity guest speakers, first-class fashion shows, interactive consultations, insightful workshops, free makeovers and cooking demonstrations on our feature stages all weekend.”

Planted Expo (November 20-21, 2021; Vancouver, BC) – “Over 200 vegan edible and lifestyle businesses in one place! Plus the stage packed with insightful, informative, inspirational speakers from around the world.”

The Ontario Disaster & Emergency Management Conference (December 1-2, 2021; Virtual) – “The Ontario Disaster & Emergency Management Conference brings together emergency management professionals to share best practices and critical lessons learned.”

The Buildings Show (December 1-3, 2021; Toronto, ON) – “Design, architecture, construction, renovation and property management professionals, experts and suppliers have come together at The Buildings Show… for over 30 years.”

USCANConnect (December 9, 2021; Virtual) – “USCANConnect 2021 provides an opportunity for U.S. exporters to connect, meet and discuss their business objectives with potential Canadian partners.”


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