The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Canada’s 2015 conference drew a record 550+ delegates and more than 65 exhibitors.
Held April 20-22 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the conference’s sessions explored the theme of Business in Motion.
Opening night keynote speaker Bonnie Brooks, vice-chair of the Hudson’s Bay Company, set the tone with a presentation on how the iconic retailer has adapted to the changing ways of the world.
Day two began with an look at the Canadian economy delivered by John Stackhouse, senior vice-president, Office of the CEO, Royal Bank of Canada. His presentation was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Edward Silver, senior vice-president Sales & Marketing, Chief Marketing Officer, GBTA.
Day three’s opening general sessions explored how to understand and mitigate the risks of micro-organisms that act as micro-terrorists, spreading from country to country via travel. It was followed by a look at the impact business travel has on the Canadian economy.
Break-out sessions covered a range of topics including end-to-end expense management; maximizing supplier RFP processes; the evolution of travel policy; the changes in travel buyers expectations; crisis response; immigration and travel documentation; and innovative cost avoidance strategies.
“This year’s GBTA Canada Conference exceeded expectation, with our delegates, exhibitors and speakers expressing their excitement throughout the conference,” said Nancy Tudorache, GBTA Director of Operations for Canada. “As a member-based organization we strive to create opportunities for members to connect with peers and industry leaders to grow their knowledge and ultimately their businesses. We’re already looking forward to growing the conference in 2016 and continuing to deliver industry insights that benefit our members.”
For more on information on the conference visit www.GBTA.org/Canada/Conference.