Second Canadian LGBT+ Trade Mission to the

United States – Tampa, Florida

August 13-16, 2019

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Building on the success of last year’s LGBT+ Trade Mission to Philadelphia, the CGLCC, in collaboration with Global Affairs Canada and Export Development Canada, is pleased to organize the second LGBT+ Trade Mission to the USA. 

The 2nd Trade Mission will take place August 13-16 in Tampa, Florida, in conjunction with the 2019 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference. This globally recognized conference is the largest LGBT business event on the planet and delivers innovative leadership programming as well as networking and engagement opportunities, for more than 1,400 LGBT+ and allied business leaders. The event will take place at the Tampa Convention Center.

The Trade Mission is open to all Canadian LGBT+ owned enterprises certified (or eligible for certification) by CGLCC and looking to expand business opportunities in the USA.

Advanced Registration is required in order to take part in the Trade Mission.


Your registration as a formal member of the Canadian Trade Mission will give you:

  • Access to the 2019 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference and related events (your registration to the NGLCC Conference will be handled by the CGLCC);
  • Access to an on-site presentation on doing business in the U.S. by locally-based Canadian Trade Commissioners;
  • Access to an on-site presentation on doing business abroad by EDC officials;
  • Access to targeted one-on-one meetings with locally-based U.S. companies (business matchmaking opportunities) arranged in advance by Global Affairs Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service;
  • Access to targeted one-on-one meetings with locally-based U.S. companies through NGLCC’s business matchmaking Portal;
  • Access to the CGLCC-sponsored private Canadian breakfast with U.S.-based corporations seeking to do business with LGBT+ suppliers;
  • Opportunities to build and expand contact network with other American, Canadian and foreign LGBT+ entrepreneurs;
  • Inclusion of your company’s profile in the Canadian Trade Delegation’s Directory, distributed on site at the NGLCC Conference to more than 1,400 participants;
  • Access to a Canadian green room throughout the mission for private meetings;
  • Access to daily Canadian delegation meetings;
  • Access to the Government of Canada sponsored reception;
  • Opportunity to promote and distribute your company’s related materials at the Canada Booth, as part of the NGLCC’s MarketPlace Expo.

    Trade Mission Schedule*

    Monday August 12:

    • Welcome reception for Canadian delegates

    Tuesday, August 13:

    • On-site presentations by Canadian Trade Commissioner Service and EDC
    • Supplier to Supplier Matchmakers as part of NGLCC conference

    Wednesday, August 14:

    • Canadian breakfast, hosted by CGLCC
    • Business meetings as organized by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service
    • Canadian cocktail reception, hosted by The Government of Canada

    Thursday, August 15

    • Corporate Matchmakers as part of NGLCC conference
    • Business meetings as organized by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service
    • NGLCC Marketplace Expo

    Friday, August 16

    • Trade Mission concludes

    For a complete agenda of the NGLCC Conference, visit

    *Draft schedule and subject to change

    Total Registration Cost $890.00 CAD +hst         Registration Deadline: July 12, 2019

    Each registered delegate is responsible for making his/her own travel as well as on-site accommodation arrangements. Please consult NGLCC’s website ( for details on price rebates negotiated by the NGLCC with selected hotels. Registered participants are expected to arrive in Tampa by August 12, 2019.

    LGBT+-owned businesses that participated in the 2018 Trade Mission called the experience “invaluable” and felt confident that concrete economic benefits will result, both in terms of building and expanding business connections and partnerships, as well as securing real contract opportunities.

    We hope you will be part of this unique business opportunity!

    For more information and to express your interest in the Trade Mission to Tampa, please contact Richard Martin, Director, Global Program and Government Relations, at

    For those companies participating in the Trade Mission, Air Canada is offering 20% off base fares for travel from Canada to Tampa.  Details on how to take advantage of this offer will be provided upon registration for the Trade Mission.

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