2013 ExpoPlaza Latina at SFU Harbour Centre – February 7, 2013


Latincouver, the dynamic team that brings 50,000 people to their annual Carnaval del Sol taking over four blocks of downtown Vancouver, brings you ExpoPlaza Latina.

ExpoPlaza Latina has strategically partnered with various governments, agencies and businesses in Latin America and Canada as well as Simon Fraser University, to manifest this first-time business event. With the overarching theme of opportunities in Latin America for mining, construction and green technology, ExpoPlaza Latina will identify future trends and innovative technology solutions for the Latin American market.

Some of the confirmed speakers for ExpoPlaza Latina include:

  • Allan Costa, CEO, SEBRAE, Brazil
  • Joseph SalazarDeputy Director for Economic Policy for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, NAFTA, USA
  • Alan Minz, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT)
  • Jorge Gutierrez, Partner of Deutsua & Halperin Abogados (Law Firm), Counsel, Peruvian Legal Network, Peru
  • Ana Paula Fernández del Castillo, Director of Sustainability, Empresas ICA, México
  • Jorge López, Regional Director for ProMexico North America
  • Jane McRae, CEO, Sustainable Cities International
  • Brian Hughes, Export Development Canada
  • Gregor Robertson, Mayor, City of Vancouver

ExpoPlaza Latina centers around five main themes:

  • Opportunities from Sustainable Cities
  • How to Fill the Labour Gap for Mining/Construction Industries
  • Taking Advantage of NAFTA and Other Trade Agreements
  • Green is Black: Socially Responsible Mining in Latin America
  • Future in Mining: Clean Tech and new options for Latin America

Facts about the Latin American market:

  • $35 billion of Canadian mining investments in Latin America (2008 report)
  • $1.7 billion is the estimated environmental market for Chile, Brazil and Argentina. This number is expected to grow up to 30% over the next decade
  • 600 million people live in Latin America
  • Canada’s 740,061 Hispanics are five years younger and more likely to be university educated than other Canadians and over 70 per cent have arrived in the last twenty five years, according to a Statistics Canada study based on the 2006 census
  • A recent FOCAL study puts Spanish as the third most commonly spoken language in Canada
  • Brazil is expected to become the world’s 4th largest economy by 2050
  • Mexico is expected to become the world’s 5th largest economy in a few decades
  • NAFTA and other bilateral trade agreements have helped establish significant trade relations between Canada, the US and Latin America
  • There is tremendous business potential in Latin America’s emerging economies

Government decision-makers, corporate executives, and mining, construction and green technology innovators will engage in high-level dialogue about pressing issues critical to doing business in Latin America, offering media unparalleled access to international experts on this market that has grown 250% in BC in the past few years.

2013 ExpoPlaza Latina at SFU Harbour Centre - February 7, 2013

2013 ExpoPlaza Latina

Date: Thursday, February 7, 2013
Time: 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Venue: Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre – 555 W Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 4N4


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James Chung

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