Global business forum to return in Winnipeg in 2012 – bigger, better

Centrallia, the highly successful global business to business forum that took place in Winnipeg last October is set to return bigger and better next fall, providing even greater opportunities for local business to develop new international trade relationships. The announcement was made today at the Winnipeg Convention Centre during a joint presentation by ANIM (Manitoba’s Bilingual Trade Agency), Centrallia’s Lead Partner, and the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce before more than 250 Manitoba business leaders in attendance.

“This is exciting news for Manitoba’s business community, who will once again have an opportunity to showcase themselves to the world,” said Mariette Mulaire, President and Chief Executive Officer of ANIM. “Fully, more than 80% of the companies that attended Centrallia in 2010 experienced new business as a direct result of their participation.”

Mulaire said that Centrallia 2012 is scheduled next year for October 10-12, and will be at least 20% larger than the original edition with even more meeting opportunities for those who attend. Altogether, more than 600 participants from more than 40 international economic regions are expected.

“Today, business is no longer conducted solely at the local level, but globally as well, and Centrallia presents a golden opportunity for Manitoba businesses to pursue international trade deals without leaving home,” said Dave Angus, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce. “Any Manitoba company looking for international buyers or partners, or even just wanting to see if there might be international interest in their products or services, should strongly consider attending.”

Also announced was that Malcolm Gladwell will be the Keynote Speaker for Centrallia 2012. Known for his paradigm changing ideas on contemporary society and business, Gladwell is author of a number of best sellers including Blink, The Tipping Point, and Outliers: The Story of Success.

Manitoba companies will be urged to register early for Centrallia 2012 to ensure their place at the event, as the number of spots available to local companies will be limited to roughly one third of all in attendance to maintain the event’s international focus. More information can be found at Centrallia’s official website

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Nathalie Gérard
Communications Officer
ANIM, Manitoba’s Bilingual Trade Agency
Phone : (204) 253-4888 ext. 107
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