Brought to you by Export Navigator, in partnership with the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada Pacific Chapter and the US Commercial Service's SelectUSA, Doing Business in the USA (DBUSA) is a seminar dedicated to helping Canadian business owners enter the American market. One of Nanaimo’s greatest trade assets is its proximity to the US border. However, crossing borders with commercial goods face ever-changing complexities and regulations. Gain access to a panel of carefully selected local Immigration and Cross-Border Lawyers, Tax Specialists, Customs Brokers, and Logistics Professionals. Don’t miss out on this interactive seminar if you want to ensure a foolproof US market access strategy.
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Learn from our panel from Cascadia Cross-Border Law, Law Offices of Gene Moses, MNP, PCB Customs Brokers, and PCB Freight Management. Whether opening a storefront with a US address or partnering with a distribution center for your eCommerce activity, our seasoned panel will help you determine your export strategy and understand your responsibilities with local and federal government agencies.
Small to medium-sized business owners who attend this event will learn:
9:00am to 9:40am
9:40am to 9:45am
Chelsea Sang, Regional Manager, Export Navigator
9:45am to 10:05am
About Export Navigator
Brady Calancie, Export Advisor for Vancouver Island North, Export Navigator
Fabrizio Alberico, Export Advisor for Vancouver Island South, Export Navigator
10:05am to 10:10am
About the American Chamber of Commerce - Pacific Chapter
Maria Rajanayagam, Chair, AmCham - Pacific Chapter
10:10am to 10:20am
SelectUSA Resources to Access the US Market
Bojan Opsenica, Investment Specialist, US Department of Commerce
10:20am to 10:50am
How to Access Immigration in the US
Halley Fisher, Attorney at Law, Cascadia Cross-Border Law
10:50am to 11:00am
11:00am to 11:30am
How to Form Legal Entities: Structure, Formation and Compliance
Gene Moses, Founder and Principal, The Law Offices of Gene Moses P.S.
11:30am to 12:00pm
How to Expand to the US the Smart Way
Terence Chan, Senior Manager, US Tax, MNP
12:00pm to 1:00pm
1:00pm to 1:30pm
How to Import Your Goods into the US
Breanna Leininger, US Operations Manager, PCB Customs Brokers
1:30pm to 2:00pm
How to Optimize Logistics Efforts
Alexandra Haukaas, Operations Manager, PCB Freight Management
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Chelsea is a highly relational leader experienced in business operations and global trade. Having several years of experience working at a national law firm, she developed fundamental expertise in marketing and business development. Her entrepreneurial spirit led her to join her third-generation family business, an established Canadian seafood retailer, wholesaler and exporter. Leading their business development and operations, she successfully grew their business in both international and local markets. Passionate about helping others through mentorship and empowerment, she takes pride in working with a variety of stakeholders to promote and support Canadian goods and services on the world stage.
Having started businesses in robotics manufacturing and food processing, Brady is no stranger to problem-solving, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Brady has a proven track record guiding entrepreneurs towards success – he also runs an established consulting firm from Nanaimo, where he lives on North Vancouver Island. Brady has likely overcome many of the export challenges you may face and would be happy to help you grow your business.
Fabrizio Alberico, or Fab as many call him, is a management consultant based on South Vancouver Island who specializes in assisting small- and medium-sized businesses in finding opportunities for growth, resiliency, and innovation. After working in the corporate and non-profit sectors and completing his MBA, Fab began his consulting practice in the mid-1990s, achieving notable success. Alongside his consultancy, Fab has also spent the last 20 years operating a value-added wood business and effectively accessing international markets to source and sell products, making him highly experienced in the export world.
Bojan Opsenica covers the foreign investment portfolio at the US Consulate in Toronto. He specializes in assisting Canadian companies expanding to the US by providing resources to potential investors. Services offered by SelectUSA include market research, connections to state and local governments, and help navigating the US regulatory system. Bojan also works with State governments to help facilitate investment in their region by organizing investment missions, counselling state representatives, and developing market-specific strategies.
Halley Fisher joined Cascadia Cross-Border law full-time after receiving her Juris Doctor degree from Northeastern University School of Law in May 2019, graduating with honors. Halley is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and her practice focuses on citizenship and immigration matters. During law school, Halley completed a year-long project creating an asylum manual for pro-bono attorneys practicing in the Sixth circuit.
Gene R. Moses is the founder and principal of the Law Office of Gene R. Moses P.S. located in Bellingham, Washington. Mr. Moses specializes in the formation and compliance of cross border business entities. The Law Office of Gene R. Moses P.S. has represented business entities throughout the world for 47+ years.
Terence specializes in US corporate taxation, focusing on Canadian companies expanding operations and investments into the US, and identifying areas of US tax exposure for clients in a changing regulatory environment. Terence provides services on federal and state tax compliance, as well as consultation on a wide array of US tax issues including Canada-US tax treaty, reporting and withholding tax, corporate mergers and acquisitions, debt restructuring, tax due diligence, and state and local tax. Terence is a Washington state Certified Public Accountant and a Bachelors in Business Administration graduate from the University of Washington. He also holds a Masters in Taxation from Golden Gate University.
With over two decades in the industry, Breanna has been at the forefront of customs clearances and compliance concerns for a full spectrum of commodities at all ports of entry and all modes of transportation. She has a Bachelors Degree in Communications, Bachelors Degree in Political Science & Government, is a Licensed Customs Broker as well as Certified Customs Specialist.
Alex Haukaas is a logistics professional who has been in the freight forwarding, NVOCC, and brokerage industries for over 17 years. Alex has worked in all transportation modes, with a strong background in project management and business development. She holds the both CIFFA and FITT designations and is the recipient of the 2022 Corporate/Leadership Award for the Surrey Board of Trade's Surrey Women in Business Awards.