May 23-25, 2017 | Toronto, ON

GBTA Conference 2017 | Toronto

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See Who’s Speaking in Toronto

Julie Payette

History-Making Canadian Astronaut

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Jean Chrétien

Former Canadian Prime Minister

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Kevin Frid

COO, AccorHotels, North & Central America

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Peter Martin

Vice Chairman, FocusPoint International

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Conference Agenda

  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017
  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017
  • Thursday, May 25, 2017

12:00pm - 5:00pm

Registration Opens 

3:00pm – 4:30pm

Connect First Open House – GBTA Canada Attendee Open House

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 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 help Balance your priorities at GBTA Conference 2017 | Toronto.

5:00pm – 6:30pm

Welcome Reception Hosted by the Delta Toronto at Southcore Financial Centre

Back by popular demand, GBTA Canada is thrilled to hold our official Welcome Reception once again at the Delta Toronto Hotel. Join your fellow conference go’ers for an opportunity to meet, mix and mingle before the conference kicks into full-swing. Reception taking place at the Delta Toronto at Southcore Financial Centre – located at 75 Lower Simcoe Street, Toronto - connected by walk-way to the MTCC South Building.

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7:45am - 8:45am

Networking Breakfast & Registration

Light Continental Breakfast is included.

**Please note this is not a full breakfast, coffee, juice, pastries and fruit will be served.**

8:45am - 10:30am

Centre Stage Opening – GBTA Conference 2017 | Toronto

Official Opening
Nancy Tudorache, Regional Director, Canada, GBTA

GBTA Canada Opens our 13th annual, Conference with the theme Balance – hear industry insiders and leaders of business discuss the Canadian Business Travel Industry trends, and perspectives, while addressing what Balance means for their business and our industry.

Innovation Leaders of Today

Today’s travel industry is in a constant state of evolution with the injection of innovative technology. New-entrant tech providers are delivering current solutions to various aspects of business travel and meetings management, while shaping the way companies, suppliers and travellers themselves engage with, source and manage their needs. This dynamic centre stage session will highlight some of our industry’s most innovative ground shakers, technology-based providers who have solutions to change the way of the travel industry… or so they say… This energetic panel of travel-tech entrepreneurs will discuss and debate how they are Innovation Leaders of Today!


Dan Ruch, Founder & CEO of Rocketrip
Frederic de Pardieu, Founder & CEO of mTrip
Jordan Kobert, Head of Product, Urbandoor
Ron Shah, Founder & CEO of Bizly
Industry Leader Interview : Kevin Frid, COO, AccorHotels

The hospitality landscape has drastically shifted over recent years due to mass brand consolidation. In Canada, our iconic Canadian hotel chain, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts was the epicenter of such an acquisition by Europe’s largest hotel operator, AccorHotels Group. Kevin Frid, will sit down in an exclusive one-on-one industry interview to discuss the changing landscape of the hospitality industry, right here in Canada, around the globe, and into the future.

Michael W. McCormick Executive Director and COO, GBTA

Kevin Frid, COO, AccorHotels

10:45am - 11:45am

Education Sessions 

Choice of 4 concurrent educational sessions. Sessions include:

  • Business Traveller 2.0: Gain Insights into global geo-political, economic and industry trends that are shifting modern business traveller behaviour
  • Proving Value: Staying plugged into the latest technology trends to increase savings and traveller productivity
  • How to Communicate Up, Down & Across: learn how to utilize your presentation to get and keep your audience’s attention, then motivate them for action
  • Risky Business: The medical and security realities of travel. Presented by the GBTA Risk Committee

12:00pm - 2:00pm

Centre Stage – Formal Lunch & Keynote Speaker

Julie Payette, History-Making Canadian Astronaut

Our lunch keynote speaker takes business travel to new heights, literally…  Julie Payette, is the first Canadian astronaut to participate in a mission to construct the International Space Station, having flown two space missions aboard space shuttles Discovery and Endeavour. Julie will share her stories of business travel to outer space.

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Expo - Coffee & Dessert 

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

  • Reaching out to exhibitors to arrange booth-time meetings
  • Planning to sit in on the informational Fireside Chats
  • Connecting with your conference peers in the Network Lounge 

Dessert & Coffee Break included on the Expo Floor.

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Education Sessions

Choice of 4 concurrent education sessions. Sessions include:

  • One-Stop-Shop vs. Best-of-Breed: Considerations for Travel and Expense technology within your company
  • So you’ve decided to consolidate…. Now What? Best practices & not so Best Practices on data consolidation.
  • Simplifying the Airline Request for Proposal: A closer look into GBTA’s NEW Airline RFP Toolkit.  Presented by the GBTA Aviation Committee
  • SMM Boot Camp: Case study in designing and deploying a Strategic Meetings Management program.  Presented by the GBTA Meetings Committee

6:30pm - 10:30pm

Big Night Out!

Steam Whistle Brewery 
255 Bremner Blvd – across from the MTCC South Building

What’s YOUR Canadian? GBTA Canada celebrates our country’s 150th birthday year at our conference’s marquis event. Join your conference peers, and you are welcomed to be creative, bring or wear something that represents YOUR Canadian! On this night of camaraderie, networking and fun, this party will celebrate all things Canadian!

The Loonie, Toronto Blue Jays, Lumberjack, Calgary Flames, Rocky Mountains, ice skating, Tim Horton’s, Maple Leaf, poutine… #WhatsYourCanadian?

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8:00am – 9:00am


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 have valuable feedback from your peers and make lasting connections on relevant business fronts.

Light Continental Breakfast is included.

9:00am - 10:00am

Education Sessions

Choice of 3 concurrent education sessions. Sessions include:

  • Travel Considerations for a global workforce: Are your travellers immigration ready?
  • The Anatomy of an Evacuation: Duty of care in action!
  • Mobility: Owning the traveller experience.

10:15am - 12:15pm

Welcome Day 2 – GBTA Conference 2017 | Toronto

Nancy Tudorache, Regional Director, Canada, GBTA

In this centre stage session, be prepared to be amazed!  Thought provoking industry experts and leaders of business come together to share their knowledge and expertise on business today and the future business travel.

Industry Leader Inteview: Peter Martin, Vice Chairman, FocusPoint International

Continuity of business travel is critically important and can be threatened by safety and security risks in a moment's notice... international security practitioner, Peter Martin, Vice Chairman, FocusPoint International will discuss our current day security threats that impact business travel amid our volatile and ever-changing world. From terrorism, to border security, to foreign governments, Mr. Martin will discuss what it takes to keep business travelers traveling.

Michael W. McCormick Executive Director and COO, GBTA

Peter Martin Vice Chairman, FocusPoint International

Closing Keynote

The Right Honourable Jean Chrétien, P.C., C.C., O.M., Q.C., Ad. E.

In the spirit of celebrating our great country during Canada’s 150th birthday year, GBTA Canada is pleased to welcome The Right Honourable Jean Chrétien, to address conference delegates with his insightful stories of leading Canada as our 20th Prime Minister from 1993 to 2003.

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12:30pm - 2:30pm

Expo - Lunch & Dessert 

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

  • Reaching out to exhibitors to arrange booth-time meetings
  • Plan to sit in on the informational Fireside Chats
  • Connect with your conference peers in the Network Lounge 

Food Stations, buffet lunch is included on the Expo Floor.

2:30pm - 3:30pm

Education Sessions

Choice of 3 concurrent education sessions. Sessions include:

  • Boost Hotel Compliance with Personalization: It’s Not Us vs. Them!
  • Beyond Traditional: Cost Management in the 21st Century 
  • Ignite your Meetings Management


Special Promotional Offers – Buyers Only

Corporate Travel Team Program

Organizations will receive unlimited complimentary Buyer member registrations for GBTA Conference 2017 | Toronto after the first four (4) paid registrations from within their organization. Attendees must be active, Buyer members of GBTA in order to qualify. Learn more 

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Buyer members of GBTA who would like to bring their boss to GBTA Conference 2017 | Toronto can do so at the rate of $75. Register now



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Relive the Sights and Sounds of GBTA Conference 2016 | Toronto

Centre Stage Opening and Welcome Remarks

Nancy Tudorache welcomes a record-breaking 600 of the best minds in Canada’s business travel industry.

Centre Stage – Keynote Speaker Fab Dolan

Google Canada Head of Marketing Fab Dolan discusses how Technology is Redefining Possibility

Centre Stage – Executive Talk

Michael Hainsworth, host of some of Canada’s top rated financial programs, conducts live, on-state interviews with leading industry experts


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