April 16-18, 2018   |   Toronto, Canada


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Conference Agenda

  • Sunday, April 15
  • Monday, April 16
  • Tuesday, April 17
  • Wednesday, April 18

10:00am – 4:00pm


Advanced Principles of Business Travel Management

Additional registration required for this add-on, two day, professional development course.

12:00pm - 5:00pm

Registration Opens
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, Level 800

3:00pm - 3:30pm

Kick-Start Professional Development Sessions
Choice of 2 Professional Development Sessions

  • Human Resources Impact on Business Travel Policy
  • The Art of One-Way Transmission

 3:30pm - 4:30pm



Connect First Open House
Welcome to all NEW attendees and those NOT SO NEW...
New to attending the GBTA Canada Conference… OR simply want to connect  with your conference peers in advance of all the activities? Connect First with the GBTA Canada Advisory Board and GBTA Canada Conference Taskforce Volunteers for this informational, networking gathering. Veteran GBTA members will share their insights on how to make the most out of your conference experience. You will hear first-hand from industry peers, buyers and suppliers alike, about how GBTA Canada has benefited them within their career paths, and tips on how to optimize your conference experience ahead.  You will have a chance to get to know others attending the conference with ice breaking activities, to bring Momentum to your conference experience.

5:00pm - 6:30pm

Opening Reception
Join your fellow Conference go'ers for an opportunity to meet, mix, and mingle before the Conference kicks into full-swing...


7:30am – 8:30am

Registration Sponsored By:

Networking Breakfast and Registration

Light continental breakfast provided

8:30am – 10:00am

Opening Centre Stage 
Panel Discussion: Today’s Procurement Practitioner

The increasing reliance of organizations upon their procurement teams has evolved.  Corporate pressures to reduce expenditures and modify behavior for all addressable spend has changed. During this Centre Stage discussion, hear from procurement executives within leading market companies on how corporate procurement strategies filter down and intersect into the world of business travel.  They will discuss the big picture challenges and opportunities driven from c-suite decisions, how they manage these expectations, suppliers and employees, while positively contributing to the overall business strategy.

Moderated by:

Geoff Parsons, GBTA Canada Advisory Board
GeoPar Consulting


Andy Bonanno
Vice President
Business Development and Service Delivery
Procurement and Supplier Management
Rogers Communications

Donald (Don) Smith
Vice President
Corporate Services, Strategic Sourcing
Global Procurement Services

10:15am – 10:45am

Education Sessions (30 minutes)

Choice of 3 concurrent education sessions:

  • Tech Trends for 2018
  • Mission Possible: Integrating Your Business Travel and Meetings Program
  • Balancing Compliance with Self-Reliance

11:00am – 11:30am

Education Sessions (30 minutes)

Choice of 3 concurrent education sessions:

  • The Benefits of Making Virtual Payment Solutions a Reality in Your Travel Program
  • Gender, Ethnicity, Sexuality, Travel Risks – Is your program as diverse as your expats?
  • GBTA Hotel RFP Global Format : A Hands-On Tutorial to Collect and Review Data Relevant to You


11:45am – 12:15pm

Education Sessions (30 minutes)

Choice of 3 concurrent education sessions:

  • The X, Y, Z's of Travel Management: The Next Areas to Add and Integrate into a Basic Managed Travel Program
  • Workforce Mobility and Business Travel: What’s New and Next
  • Utilizing the Power of Technology: The New Model of Duty of Care


12:30pm – 2:30pm

Centre Stage and Lunch 

Sit down formal lunch and Keynote Speaker(s)

Stay tuned for another GBTA Canada keynote lunch presentation to leave you inspired!  Canada has exceptional companies on the forefront of our economy.  Leading Canadian Executives will take to the stage to discuss the Momentum within their business strategy within our Pillars of Industry Interviews.

2:30pm – 5:00pm

Expo Hall

Engage with our largest and most diverse offering of exhibitors ever. Optimize your expo experience by:

  • Reaching out to exhibitors to arrange booth-time meetings
  • Connecting with your Conference peers in the Networking Lounge


View 2018 Exhibitors

6:30pm – 10:30pm

Big Night Out!

Toronto’s Newest Hot Spot – The Rec Room!

Located at Roundhouse Park in downtown Toronto just steps away from the CN Tower, Rogers Centre, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Air Canada Centre, and Billy Bishop Airport. The Rec Room redefines the meaning of fun with over 40,000 sq. feet of great games, mouth-watering eats, and amazing entertainment – all packed under one roof! The Rec Room is the place to let go, be playful, and experience something new and exciting. We’re Canada’s premier “eats and entertainment” hot spot and we’re taking Toronto by storm!

7:45am – 8:45am

Buyers Only – Direct Talk

Calling ALL Buyers! This is your chance to be behind closed doors in a room of your peers for a Direct Talk Session. Guided by Buyers from GBTA Canada’s Advisory Board, with topics identified that are of current importance to you, this Direct Talk Session will prove to be a valuable opportunity to share best-practices, discuss current issues and trends, and come together. As a Travel Buyer, you will receive valuable feedback from your peers and make lasting connections on relevant business fronts.

Light breakfast included

9:00am – 10:00am

Centre Stage 

Hear from thought provoking industry experts and business leaders as they come together to share their knowledge and expertise on business today and the future of business travel.


10:00am – 11:30am

Expo Hall

Engage with our largest and most diverse offering of exhibitors ever. Optimize your expo experience by:

  • Reaching out to exhibitors to arrange booth-time meetings
  • Connecting with your Conference peers in the Networking Lounge
View 2018 Exhibitors

11:30am – 12:00pm

Education Sessions (30 minutes)

Choice of 3 concurrent education session:

  • Ensuring Passport and Visa Compliance in your Business Travel Policy
  • Beyond Business: The Impact of Business Travel on the Canadian Economy and Jobs
  • The A, B’s and C’s (A.I. ~ Bitcoin ~ Cryptocurrency) of Today and their Impact on Business Travel

12:15pm – 12:45pm

Education Sessions (30 minutes)

Choice of 3 concurrent education sessions:

  • Adapting The Business Hotel For The Age Of The Sharing Economy
  • Are Your Meetings Safe?
  • Effective Communications in Todays Business Environment

1:00pm – 2:30pm

Made Possible By:

Closing Centre Stage and Lunch 

Keynote speaker

Be prepared to be amazed with another iconic Canadian keynote speaker.

Peter Mansbridge is an iconic Canadian news anchor and one of Canada’s most respected and recognizable figures. For five decades, including 29 years as anchor of CBC’s The National, he has guided us through the political, economic, and cultural events that have shaped the country. In keynotes, he highlights the very real contribution of Canada, and its citizens, in building a better world.


Exhibit at GBTA Conference 2018 - Toronto

Don’t miss your opportunity to put your organization in front of the largest gathering of business travel and meetings management professionals who will be making their purchasing decisions on the Expo Floor. Rates increase March 1.

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