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Dec 20, 2000 Waterloo-Wellington Inventors' Club Meeting Continued initiation of the "Projects Program," whereby teams of inventors work together to create winners.
Dec 17, 2000 Toronto, Ontario. Discovery Channel TV Publicity Opportunity. The Discovery Channel was producing a pilot for a new television series about inventors. Inventors able to bring their inventions to Toronto were invited to send their name, phone number, and a brief description of their invention to The TV Factory.
Dec 13, 2000 Scarborough, Ontario. CCRA R&D Tax Credits. Free information session on Canada's largest R&D support program. See info on upcoming Scarborough sessions at www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca
Dec 11-13, 2000 Vancouver. The "Skillful Negotiator" seminar developed negotiating skills by providing hands-on practice in real-world situations. Participants learned how to assess the negotiation issue, understand needs of the other party, and get best results from every negotiation session. Presented by the UBC Centre for Management Development. Info: www.cmd.commerce.ubc.ca
Dec 11, 2000 Location: Maple Ridge, B.C. Mini Trade Show. Presented by Ridge Meadows Home Business Association. Info: www.rmhba.bc.ca or phone (604) 878-3868.
Dec 8, 2000 Vancouver & District Dental Society Midwinter Clinic (Trade Only) in the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre. Mini conference & trade show for dental professionals. Over 50 exhibitors. Dentists $125, Dental Staff $65. Info: 683-5730, fax 683-5745, or e-mail email@example.com
Du 7 au 24 décembre 2000: La foire des inventions québécoises. Emplacement: Montréal, aux Halles d'Anjou, 7500 Boul. Galerie D'Anjou à la Rue Jean-Talon. Dix inventeurs étaient sur place pour favoriser leurs inventions. Plus de 300 produits ont été affichés. Un bon endroit pour acheter les cadeaux initiaux de Noël. Site Web: www.inventarium.com.
December 7 to 24, 2000: Quebec Inventions Fair. Location: Montreal, Les Halles d'Anjou, 7500 Boul. Galerie D'Anjou at Rue Jean-Talon. Ten inventors were on-site to promote their inventions. Over 300 products were displayed. A good place to buy original Christmas gifts. Website: www.inventarium.com.
Dec 7-10, 2000 Location: Abbotsford B.C. The Signature Craft Show and sale was held in the Tradex Fraser Valley Trade & Exhibition Centre. Info: 1-888-773-4444.
December 7-8, 2000. 4th Annual Forum on Financing and Securing Commercial Loans. Location: Toronto. John R. Morrissey spoke about Financing and Securing Intellectual Property. Forum presented by: the Canadian Institute. Website: www.canadianinstitute.com
December 6-7, 2000. Negotiating and Drafting Intellectual Property License Agreements. Location: Toronto. Workshop presented by the Canadian Institute. Website: www.canadianinstitute.com
Dec 6, 2000 Brantford, Ontario. LINK Inventors' Club Meeting Guest speaker: McMaster University environmental research associate, Art Bryden.
Dec 5, 2000 Toronto. Inventors' Alliance Meeting. Arlene Goldwater and Frank D'Urzo of Fenîce Cosmetics (www.fenicecosmetics.com) explained how they launched a successful line of cosmetics. Arlene is President and Founder of Fenice. Frank has been a member of the Inventors' Alliance for years.
Nov 30, 2000. National Kitchen & Bath Show. Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Nov 29 - Dec 1, 2000. Construct Canada/PM Expo. Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Products, equipment, technologies and services for construction, maintenance, retrofit and renovation of multi-unit commercial, industrial, retail, institutional, and residential buildings. Approximately 600 exhibitors and 18,000 attendees.
Nov 29, 2000. Burnaby, B.C. Inventors' Meeting. Successful inventor, entrepreneur and President of Infinite Entertainment, Sandford Tuey, described the benefits and structures of licensing. Experiences raising capital were also described, including a comparison of private company methods vs public company methods. Sandford has licensed games, toys and entertainment products. His company is listed on the CDNX stock exchange.
Nov 28-29, 2000. Location: Edmonton Northlands. Alberta Construction Expo. Info: www.uniglobe-tradeshows.com; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Phone (403)258-0705; Fax (403)258-0745.
Nov 27-28, 2000. Vancouver, B.C. 9th Angel Forum. (An Angel is an investor who may consider financing projects at an early stage when banks generally will not provide financing.) Entrepreneurs - including inventors - had an opportunity to present their equity financing needs of $100,000 to $1 million to individual and corporate investors.
Nov 22, 2000. Vancouver, B.C. Women's Technology Financing Forum. The event offered high tech women entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their business plans to corporate, venture and angel investors. The Women's Technology Financing Network (WTFN) was formed by a group of influental businesswomen in BC, including women in the financing industry. Female high tech CEOs, Presidents, and senior managers with significant equity in their companies were encouraged to submit Executive Summaries of their business plans to the WTFN by fax to: (604) 669-7605 or phone (604) 633-1605 for more information.
Nov 21, 2000. Ottawa, Ontario. CCRA R&D Tax Credits. Free information session on Canada's largest R&D support program. See info on upcoming Ottawa sessions at www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca
Nov 20, 2000. Toronto, Ontario. CCRA R&D Tax Credits. Free information session on Canada's largest R&D support program. See info on upcoming Toronto sessions at www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca
Nov 19-26, 2000. Canadian Western Agribition. Location: Regina, Saskatchewan, Exhibition Park. Approximately 400 exhibitors and 155,000 attendees. Showcase and marketplace for agricultural products and services.
Nov 17, 2000. Surrey, B.C. Perfecting your Pitch: Pitching your story to investors. Presented by Fraser Valley Technology Network. Contact info was: Phone: 604-586-5259; e-mail: email@example.com.
Nov 16, 2000. London, Ontario. CCRA R&D Tax Credits. Free information session on Canada's largest R&D support program. See info on upcoming London sessions at www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca
Nov 15-16, 2000. Alberta Construction Exposition. Location: Edmonton, Northlands Park.
November 13, 2000. 7th Pacific Rim Biotechnology Conference and Expo. Location: Vancouver. International panel on "Biotechnology Patent Litigation Issues" Chaired by A. David Morrow.
Nov 13, 2000. Location: Toronto. Don Mercer of the Industry Canada Competition Bureau spoke to the Insight Conference about Deceptive Telemarketing. The Fair Business Practices Branch of the Competition Bureau investigates instances of false or misleading advertising and other deceptive practices (including invention promotion scammers misleading and swindling inventors with fake patent searches and fake market reports?). Competition Bureau investigations can lead to massive fines and prison terms for scammers. Contact information for Fair Business Practices Branch Offices across Canada can be found at http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/SSG/cp00004e.html.
November 9-10, 2000. Location: Toronto. Canadian/American Intellectual Property Symposium. Presented by: the Canadian Institute. Website: www.canadianinstitute.com
November 9, 2000: Angel Investors & the Securities Act. Location: Kelowna, BC, Ramada Lodge Hotel. Ross Langford, from Thiessen, Petraroia and Langford, explained how to comply with the securities act while raising capital from angel investors and private placements. Presented by the Science & Technology Council of the Okanagan. Website: www.stco.org; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; tel: Laurel Douglas 250-491-2575.
Nov 7, 2000. Toronto. Inventors' Alliance Meeting. Dan Nagasaki, successful inventor of the Insta Hanger, told his story and provided insights on how he launched his product. The new Inventor's Start Up Kit was shown.
Nov 7, 2000. Owen Sound, Ontario. CCRA R&D Tax Credits. Free information session on Canada's largest R&D support program. See info on upcoming Owen Sound sessions at www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca
Nov 6, 2000. Vancouver, B.C. Investor-Ready 101 Seminar. Roger Killen and Bob Chaworth-Musters explained motivations and expectations of Angel Investors who are willing to provide early-stage capital to inventors and other entrepreneurs. Check www.angelforum.org for info on next Investor-Ready 101 Seminar.
Nov 4-5, 2000. Calgary Pet Expo. Location: Round-up Centre, Stampede Grounds. Booths were available to show pet-related products. 15,000 attendees, 150+ exhibitors. Info: www.petexpos.com; e-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone (403) 277-4708 or 1-866-PET-EXPO (738-3976); Fax (403) 277-6047.
Nov 3-5, 2000. Location: Calgary. Ski Fest Show and Sale at the Round-Up Centre, Stampede Park. Info: (403) 261-0101 or 1-800-661-1260.
Nov 3-5, 2000. Vancouver, B.C. Home Business Expo in the Pacific Coliseum. Info: www.homebusinessexpo.net
Nov 2-5, 2000. Manitoba Fall Fair. Location: Brandon, Keystone Centre. Approximately 160 exhibitors and 40,000 attendees. Includes commercial displays of home and leisure products.
Nov 2, 2000. Kamloops, B.C. Employee Share Ownership Seminar. Employee share ownership programs (ESOPs) can help inventors rapidly build new businesses by attracting and motivating skilled employees and partners while substantially reducing upfront costs. ESOPs are a form of early-stage financing. Companies with employee ownership programs have better productivity, 95% higher profit margins and 27% lower staff turnover. An ESOP helped Cisco Systems go from startup to a half Trillion dollar company in ten years. Presented by B.C. Ministry of Small Business, Tourism and Culture, and the Employee Ownership and Incentives Association. Cost of seminar: free. General information on program is available at www.beb.sb.gov.bc.ca.
Nov 1, 2000. Brantford, Ontario. LINK Inventors' Club Meeting Bob Higgins and Bob Huehn explained the "Projects Program" whereby teams of inventors work together to create winners. Frank Cianfarani explained how his company, Automation Systems (www.automationsystems.com), makes laser equipment than can scan an object and create a drawing of it, or in some cases create a copy of the object. The equipment is used in such diverse applications as repairing circuit boards for which drawings are not available, or making engraved signs. Niel Tranmer showed samples of engravings that his company creates with the laser system. William Gray presented info on Brantford business and a picture of James Hillier.
Oct 31, 2000. Vancouver, B.C. Innovators are Changing Everything. UBC President and innovation advocate, Martha Piper, addressed a Vancouver Board of Trade Luncheon.
Oct 30, 2000. Simcoe, Ontario. CCRA R&D Tax Credits. Free information session on Canada's largest R&D support program. See info on upcoming Simcoe sessions at www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca
Oct 28-29, 2000. Calgary Health Expo. Location: Stampede Park. Info: (403) 261-0101 or 1-800-661-1260.
Oct 28, 2000. Red Deer Woodworking Show. Location: Westerner Exhibition Grounds, North Pavilion, 19 St. Near Gaetz Ave., Red Deer, Alberta. Info: www.woodshows.com
Oct 28, 2000. Vancouver. Local inventors showed their creations to about 15,000 visitors during the Vancouver Public Library's Community Day.
Oct 27-29, 2000. Calgary Wood Show. Latest woodworking tools and equipment. Almost 150 exhibitors. Location: Stampede Park, Big 4 Building. Info: www.kahsheproductions.ab.ca; e-mail: email@example.com; Retail or Consumers Phone: 403-686-9699 or 1-888-999-5513; Exhibitors Only: 403-242-0859 or 1-800-626-1538; Fax: 403-246-3856.
Oct 26, 2000 Vancouver, B.C. Employee Share Ownership Seminar. www.beb.sb.gov.bc.ca.
Oct 25-26, 2000 Location: Calgary. Computer Technology Showcase at the Round-Up Centre, Stampede Park. The latest in computer and high technology was on display. Info: (403) 261-0101 or 1-800-661-1260.
Oct 25, 2000 Burnaby, B.C. Inventors' Meeting. Bob Chaworth-Musters, Manager of the Angel Forum explained how the Forum provides entrepreneurs with an opportunity to meet investors. The new early stage hour was described.
Oct 25, 2000 Chatham, Ontario. CCRA R&D Tax Credits. Free information session on Canada's largest R&D support program. See info on upcoming Chatham sessions at www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca
Oct 25, 2000 Location: Fredericton, NB, University of New Brunswick, Wu Conference Centre. "From Ideas to the Marketplace" seminar. Dr. Robert G. Cooper, consultant and advisor to more than a hundred Fortune 500 Companies, described the commercialization process, and offered advice on developing innovative ideas and launching them into the marketplace. An investors' forum was also held. Presented by The University of New Brunswick and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, in cooperation with Industry Canada (Canada Community Investment Plan), Business Development Bank of Canada, Greater Fredericton Economic Development Corporation, Venture Partners, BioAtlantech, Foragen Technology Ventures Inc., Accès Capital/Sofinov. See agenda and downloadable presentation files here. Info: Hugh Hicks Tel: (506) 452-3857 or Shane Nason Tel: (506) 453-3558.
October 24-26, 2000. eWorld Internet Exhibition and Conference. Location: Vancouver. Elliott S. Simcoe spoke about Intellectual Property.
Oct 24-26, 2000 Ottawa Wood Show. The latest in Woodworking tools and equipment. Info: www.woodshows.com; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel/Fax (519)657-8646.
Oct 24, 2000 Prince George, B.C. Employee Share Ownership Seminar. www.beb.sb.gov.bc.ca.
Oct 24, 2000 Vancouver. 4th Annual SOHO Small Business Conference 2000. Speaker Presentations & Seminars; Entrepreneur Case Studies; Two teenagers who started an internet company in their basement and sold it for $1.5 Million told their story; Expert Panel Discussions; "Ask The Expert" Free Advice; Exhibits and Displays; Free Products and Services; Special Offers on Key Business Essentials; Great Draw; Great Networking Reception. Cost was free with pre-registration; $10 at the door. Website: www.soho.ca
Oct 23-25, 2000 Mount Pearl, Newfoundland. Business to Business Expo Event was held in the Reid Community Centre. Contact was: David Bruce phone: 709-748-1146 or e-mail: email@example.com
Oct 23-25, 2000 Vancouver, B.C. Wind Energy Conference. The Canadian Wind Energy Association and David Suzuki introduced top wind energy experts. Latest innovations in wind power were showcased. Info: www.canwea.ca
Oct 21-22, 2000 Calgary Women's Show at the Round-Up Centre, Stampede Park. Info: (403) 261-0101 or 1-800-661-1260.
Oct 21, 2000 Port Alberni, B.C. Central Island Investor Forum 2000. Thirty hours of workshops focused on raising capital. Principal speaker: Roger Killen. Guest speakers: Bill Scott of Bestwick & Partners; Doug Torrie of Vining Senini; Sharon Henriksen of Island Internet; Dawn Wattie of DL Consulting Ltd. The Forum introduced "Angel" and institutional investors to Central Island investment opportunities.
Oct 20, 2000 Surrey Woodworking Show. Location: Cloverdale Exhibition Grounds, Surrey, B.C.
Oct 19-21, 2000 Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Manufactured Right Here Exhibition Event was held in the Canada Games Centre. Contact was Hazel Harris, phone: 709-772-4641, e-mail: Hazel.Harris@nrc.ca
Oct 19, 2000 Langley, B.C. Employee Share Ownership Seminar. www.beb.sb.gov.bc.ca
Oct 19, 2000 Delta, B.C. Connections 2000, Delta Chamber of Commerce's annual Trade Show and Business Networking event for home-based businesses and other small businesses within and outside of Delta. Products and services were displayed. Sponsored by Delta Chamber of Commerce and Delta Credit Union.
Oct 18, 2000 Waterloo-Wellington Inventors' Club Meeting Kitchener patent agent, Daryl Schnurr, described criteria startup companies should consider when choosing trademarks and tradenames. WWIC member, Bob Higgins, explained his "Projects Program" whereby teams of inventors work together to create winners.
Oct 18, 2000 Toronto. CCRA R&D Tax Credits. Free information session on Canada's largest R&D support program. Check for upcoming Toronto sessions at www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca
Oct 18, 2000 Surrey, B.C. CCRA R&D Tax Credits. Free information session on Canada's largest R&D support program. Check for upcoming sessions at: www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca
Oct 17-18, 2000 Location: Calgary. Homebuilders & Renovation Expo at the TELUS Convention Centre. Info: (403) 290-1080.
Oct 17, 2000 Victoria, B.C. Employee Share Ownership Seminar. www.beb.sb.gov.bc.ca
Oct 14, 2000. Edmonton Woman's Show.
Oct 13-15, 2000 Edmonton Woodworking Show. The latest woodworking tools and equipment. Location: Northlands Park, Sportex Building. Info: www.kahsheproductions.ab.ca; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: Phone: (403)242-0859; Fax: (403)246-3856.
Oct 13-15, 2000 Kamloops Woodworking Show. Location: Kamloops Exhibition Complex, 479 Chilcotin St., Kamloops, B.C. The latest Woodworking tools, supplies and equipment. Info: www.woodshows.com
Oct 12-14, 2000 Vancouver, UBC Campus. PATSCAN and Westlink held an intensive two and a half day executive development workshop designed to teach basic skills of managing intellectual capital to professionals in small and medium sized enterprises.
Oct 12, 2000 Location: St. John's, Newfoundland. Export Development Program: NEIA Marketing/Trade Development Seminar 2000 The Newfoundland Environmental Industry Association hosted a one-day seminar on marketing and trade development. The seminar provided information on how to increase business by pursuing national, local and international contracts. Info: www.neia.org
Oct 6-9, 2000 Toronto. International Home Show. The Inventors' Alliance had a booth at the Home Show in the International Centre. Inventors showed their products to tens of thousands of visitors per day. Inventors' Alliance founder, Mark Ellwood, was on hand.
Oct 6-8, 2000 North Bay Better Living Show. Memorial Gardens, North Bay, Ontario. Organized by: North Bay Chamber of Commerce www.northbaychamber.com Phone: (705)472-8480; Fax: (705)472-8027.
Oct 5, 2000 Richmond, B.C. Employee Share Ownership Seminar. www.beb.sb.gov.bc.ca
Oct 3, 2000 Toronto. Inventors' Alliance Meeting. Well-known professional speaker, Ross Mackay, talked about increasing creative powers. There were also tips on how to make the most out of trade shows and an exercise in networking with other people.
Oct 3, 2000 Kelowna, B.C. Employee share ownership seminar. www.beb.sb.gov.bc.ca
Oct 3, 2000 Campbell River, B.C.. CCRA R&D Tax Credits. Free info session on Canada's largest R&D support program. See details at www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca
Sept 29 - Oct 1, 2000 Sudbury, Ontario. Fall Home Ideas Show. Sudbury Community Arena. Organized by: Sudbury & District Home Builders Association.
Sept 29 - Oct 1, 2000 Comox Valley Fall Home Show. Location: Comox Recreation Center. Organized by: Evergreen Exhibitions Ltd. Phone: (604)248-4440; Fax: (604)248-0640.
Sept 29 - Oct 1, 2000 Woodstock Wood Show. The latest in Woodworking tools and equipment. Location: Woodstock Fairgrounds, Woodstock, Ontario. Info: www.woodshows.com; Phone: (519)539-7772.
Sept 28 - Oct 1, 2000 Toronto. Fall Home Show. Location: National Trade Centre, Exhibition Place. Organized by: Southex Exhibitions Inc. Phone: (416)385-1880; Fax: (416)385-1855.
Sept 28-29, 2000 Location: Toronto, IIDEX/NeoCon Canada in the National Centre, Exhibition Place. Canada's largest exposition and conference for interior design and facilities management. New products for the design of retail, hospitality, healthcare, corporate and residential environments. Info: www.merchandisemart.com; Phone: (416)944-3350; Fax: (416)921-2707.
Sept 28, 2000 Vancouver, B.C. CCRA R&D Tax Credits seminar. Free info session on Canada's largest R&D support program. See details at www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca
Du 27 septembre au 1 octobre 2000 Salon habitat d'automne. Endroit: Montréal, Place Bonaventure. Info: www.promexpo.com; courriel email@example.com; Tél (514)527-9221; Fax (514)527-8449.
Sept 27 - Oct 1, 2000 Montreal Fall Home Show. Location: Place Bonaventure. Info: www.promexpo.com; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel (514)527-9221; Fax (514)527-8449.
Sept 27, 2000 Burnaby. Inventors' Meeting. Successful inventor, Helmut Lohr, explained how he took his patented SillTech 2000 door seal invention from idea to marketplace. After working in sales for years and listening to customers' complaints about deficiencies in existing door seal products, at age 60, Helmut came up with an elegant new solution. The SillTech 2000's ability to stop water infiltration has made the product very popular with building contractors.
Sept 26, 2000 Vancouver, B.C. Vancouver Enterprise Forum Meeting. Early Stage Financing. Local incubators, seed investors, venture capitalists and Angel investors provided hard core fundamentals about who to approach when, and what people should be doing to prepare when pursuing early stage financing.
Sept 22-24, 2000 Cambridge Regional Home Expo. Location: Cambridge, Ontario, Dixon Arena. Organized by: Regional Shows Inc. Phone: (905)642-2422 Fax: (905)642-2660.
Sept 22-24, 2000 Burlington Lifestyle Fall Home Show. Location: Burlington, Ontario, Mainway Recreation Centre. Organized by: The Jenkins Agency Inc. Phone: (905)827-4832 Fax: (905)827-8139.
Sept 21-24, 2000. Calgary Home & Interior Design Show. Location: Stampede Park, Round-Up Centre. Approximately 250 exhibitors and 24,000 attendees. Organizer: Southex Exhibitions Inc. Phone: (403)244-6111; Fax: (403)245-8666.
Sept 21-24, 2000 Ottawa Fall Home Show / salon de l'habitation de l'automne d'ottawa. Location: Lansdowne Park Complex, 1015 Bank Street, Ottawa, Ontario. Info: Phone (613) 241-2888; Fax (613) 241-4827. www.dmgworldmedia.com
Sept 20, 2000 Victoria, B.C. ViaTec meeting on Early Stage Financing & Management. See future ViaTec meeting agendas at www.viatec.bc.ca/future.htm
Sept 19, 2000 Location: Vancouver. The Rehab Equipment Expo provided an opportunity to show home medical equipment innovations to clinicians and consumers. Admission was $2 and contact was Ian Denison at phone (604) 737-6410 or email@example.com.
Sept 18-24, 2000 Windsor, Ontario. Devonshire Mall Home Show. Organizer: Galloway Show Productions Inc. Phone: (519)256-9434; Fax: (519)256 - 9569.
Sept 15-17, 2000 Edmonton Home Show. Location: Northlands Agricom. Organizer: Young Marketing Services Inc. Phone: (403)423-4060; Fax: (403)426-7862.
Sept 15-17, 2000 Barrie, Ontario. Fall Home Ideas Show in Barrie Molson Center. Organizer: MBM Inc. Phone: (403)423-4060 Fax: (403)426-7862.
Sept 15, 2000 Winnipeg Woodworking Show. Location: Red River Exhibition Grounds.
Sept 13-14, 2000. The New Atlantic Canada Business & Computer Show. Location: Halifax Metro Centre, Nova Scotia. Approximately 150 exhibitors and 4,000 attendees.
Sept 12, 2000 Ottawa. CCRA R&D Tax Credits: Free information session on Canada's largest R&D support program. See details on upcoming Ottawa sessions at www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca
September 11-13, 2000. Licensing Executives Society (LES) annual meeting. Location: Toronto.
Sept 11, 2000 Toronto. CCRA R&D Tax Credits: Free information session on Canada's largest R&D support program. See details on upcoming Toronto sessions at www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca
Sept 8-10, 2000 Barrie Wood Show. The latest in Woodworking tools and equipment. Info: www.areaproductions.com; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org;
Sept 5, 2000 Toronto. Inventors' Alliance Meeting. Paul Newdick presented details and tips on how to participate in the Inventors Alliance booth at the International Home Show, October 6-9, 2000. Peri Shawn described Low Cost Marketing that Works and provided expert feedback on inventors' marketing materials.
Aug 30, 2000 Burnaby. B.C. Inventors' Meeting. Intellectual Property Lawyer, Registered Trade-Mark Agent and Registered Patent Agent, Dean Palmer, talked about patents, trade-marks, copyrights, industrial designs, and international licensing issues related to all kinds of inventions. Legal protection of websites and other internet assets was also discussed. The presentation was followed by a Questions and Answers session. (See www3.telus.net/dean_palmer_IPLaw for more information on Dean Palmer's IP Law practice).
Aug 19 - Sept 4, 2000 Vancouver, B.C. - Pacific National Exhibition. Local inventors showed their inventions to tens of thousands of people per day at a Home Showcase booth. 1.5 million people attended.
Aug 18-20, 2000 Muskoka Woodworking Show. The latest in Woodworking tools and equipment. Info: www.woodshows.com; e-mail email@example.com; Tel: (705)646-2394.
Aug 1, 2000 Toronto. Inventors' Alliance Meeting. An inexpensive way to conduct product research was demonstrated. A focus group was formed to evaluate an invention at the meeting.
July 26, 2000 Burnaby, B.C. Inventors' Meeting. Roy Cowley explained how he developed and successfully marketed the Kings Cribbage board game. Over 38,000 games had been sold as of July.
July 20-29, 2000 Edmonton's Klondike Days Exposition. Location: Northland Park. Over 750,000 visitors. Included Proudly Canada exhibition of Canadian Products plus Commercial Exhibits (indoor/outdoor). Info: www.northlands.com; Toll-free: 1-888-800-PARK; Fax: 780-471-8169.
July 4, 2000 Toronto. Inventors' Alliance Meeting. Gary Svoboda talked about programs offered by the Canadian Innovation Centre and provided insights into what it takes to be successful.
July 1-3, 2000 Montreal. Salon de l'Invention, du Genie et de la Creativite. Organized by Daniel Paquette, founder of L'Association des Inventeurs du Québec et Le Monde des Inventions Quebecoises. Held in Pierre Charbonneau Centre, 3000 Viau St.
June 28, 2000 Burnaby, B.C. Inventors Meeting. U.S. Patent Attorney, Todd Hathaway of Bellingham, WA, explained how the U.S. Patent system can be used by Canadian inventors. Recent changes in U.S. Patent Laws were described.
June 26, 2000 - Young Entrepreneur Award Application Deadline. Entrepreneurs under 30 were eligible.
June 23-24, 2000 Winnipeg, Manitoba. Princess Auto's 4th Annual Inventors' Fair. Inventors from all across Canada were invited to compete for cash and prizes.
June 21-24, 2000 Regina, Saskatchewan. Western Canada Farm Progress Show, in Exhibition Park. New inventions and industrial exhibits were displayed at one of Canada's largest dryland farming machinary shows. There were over 700 exhibits and more than 250 international buyers attended. www.wcfps.com Contacts were: Roxanne Carr - Shaw Manager; Janice Farina - exhibits coordinator. Phone: (306)-781-9200; Fax: (306)-781-9396.
June 14-18, 2000. Manitoba Summer Fair. Location: Brandon, Keystone Centre.
June 14, 2000 Langley, B.C CCRA R&D Tax Credits. Free info session on Canada's largest R&D support program. www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca
June 6, 2000 Toronto. Inventors' Alliance Meeting. Successful inventor, Larry Roberton, explained how he launched and sold his inventions - including the KnifeGuard and a bug trap. This event was described in detail by City columnist Joe Fiorito in a June 27, 2000 National Post article entitled: "Inventors know value of a good doohickey"
May 31, 2000 Burnaby. B.C. Inventors' Meeting. Successful inventor-entrepreneur, president, CEO and founder of Strategic Technologies Inc. of Surrey, B.C., Doug Blakeway, explained how Strategic was started in a garage and built into an $8 Million/year CDNX-listed company. Strategic produces electronic curfew devices which can also be used as domestic violence deterrent systems. The presentation covered various aspects of the journey from idea to marketplace, including the importance of mentoring, details of raising capital, management, production, marketing, rewarding employees with company share options, etc. The presentation concluded with prize-draw winners receiving hats, t-shirts, and other items.
May 30 - June 1, 2000. Canadian Wireless Trade Show. Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Exhibitors: Manufacturers and dealers of mobile data systems, personal communication services, cellular telephones, paging systems, ESMR, PCS, satellite communications and software. Approximately 16 exhibitors, 6,000 attendees.
May 29-30, 2000 Vancouver, B.C. 8th Angel Forum. (An Angel is an investor who may consider financing projects at an early stage when banks generally will not provide financing.) Entrepreneurs - including inventors - had an opportunity to present their equity financing needs of $100,000 to $1 million to individual and corporate investors. Download angel-8.doc for more information on this event.
Le 26 mai, 2000. Les récents développements en droit de la propriété intellectuelle. Endroit: Montréal.
May 25-26, 2000. Insight Information Seminar. Location: Vancouver. J. Christopher Robinson spoke about Licensing Intellectual Property.
May 25, 2000 Vancouver, B.C. CCRA R&D Tax Credits free information session. This is Canada's largest R&D support program. See details on upcoming sessions at www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca
May 12-13, 2000 Marketing Workshop. Location: Yukon, Dawson City. Featuring Tom Abbott and John Putters.
May 11-13, 2000. Ontario Dental Association Annual Spring Meeting + Trade Show. Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Approximately 200 exhibitors and 8,200 attendees.
May 9-12, 2000. Canadian Direct Marketing Association National Convention & Trade Show. Location: Victoria Conference Centre. Exhibitors: Equipment suppliers, envelope manufacturers, printers, lettershops, list brokers/managers, computer service bureaus, co-op mailers, fulfillment houses, and direct marketing consultants.
May 9, 2000 Vancouver, B.C. Roger Killen and Bob Chaworth-Musters presented their 4-hour "Investor-Ready 101" seminar. The seminar emphasized the need for inventors seeking equity to understand the motivations and expectations of "Angel" investors and to critically view themselves and their investment opportunity through the eyes of potential investors (An Angel is an investor who will consider financing projects at an early stage when banks will not provide financing).
May 2, 2000 Toronto. Inventors' Alliance Meeting. Invention evaluations were conducted. A number of inventors present their ideas to the group. The audience provides feedback and suggestions. At the end, there was an anonymous vote on whether or not the inventor should proceed.
May 2000. How to Conduct a Patent Case and Trial. Location: Toronto. Presented by: York University, Osgoode Hall Professional Development Program.
April 28, 2000 Entrepreneur of the year award nomination deadline. Nomination kit was available at www.eoy.ca or by calling 1-888-946-3964.
Les 27 et 28 avril 2000 Salon de la Municipalité. Endroit: Centre des congrès de Québec. Un salon conçu spécialment pour les décideurs municipauax. Visiteurs: Élus municipaux; Gestionnaires municipaux. Principaux secteurs: énergie; environnement; sécurité publique; travaux publics; informatique; télécommunications; loisirs et culture. Plus de 150 exposants. Info: www.promexpo.com courriel firstname.lastname@example.org Tél (514)527-9221; Fax (514)527-8449.
April 27-28, 2000 Municipalities Show. Location: Québec City, Centre des congrès. Especially for municipal decision-makers. Visitors: Elected officials; Municipal managers. Sectors: energy; environment; public security; public works; information technology; telecommunications; leisure activities and culture. Over 150 exhibitors. Info: www.promexpo.com e-mail email@example.com Tel (514)527-9221; Fax (514)527-8449.
April 27, 2000. IP Litigation Seminar. Location: Vancouver. Presented by the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia.
April 25, 2000 Burnaby. B.C. Inventors' Meeting. A speaker from the Western Economic Diversification program talked about various funding sources available to inventor-entrepreneurs.
April 20, 2000 London Home Show. Location: London, Ontario, Western Fairgrounds.
April 16, 2000. First Annual Young Minds and Invention Fair. Location: Sudbury, Laurentian University, 935 Ramsey Lake Road. Included displays, workshops and presentations. Students from grades 1 to 10 were familiarized with the idea of innovation and invention. Event was part of the New Way Forum, organized by: the Regional Municipality of Sudbury; Laurentian University; FedNor; the Sudbury Regional Development Corporation; Human Resources Development Canada; and the Ontario Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology. Cost: $35 per person. Registration: Lynn O'Farrell at 705-673-2171 ext. 4603, or Paul Philion at 705-673-2171 ext. 3361. Information: New Way Office, 705-673-2171 ext. 4603.
April 15, 2000. First Annual Innovation and Inventors Workshop. Location: Sudbury, Laurentian University, 935 Ramsey Lake Road, Alphonse Raymond Building. Presentations covered the entire range of issues associated with taking inventions from idea to marketplace. Event was part of the New Way Forum, organized by: the Regional Municipality of Sudbury; Laurentian University; FedNor; the Sudbury Regional Development Corporation; Human Resources Development Canada; and the Ontario Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology. Cost: $35 per person. Registration: Lynn O'Farrell at 705-673-2171 ext. 4603, or Paul Philion at 705-673-2171 ext. 3361. Information: New Way Office, 705-673-2171 ext. 4603.
April 14, 2000. National Home Show. Location: Toronto, Ontario.
Le 13 avril, 2000. Acquisition de brevets et marques de commerce en Europe et aux États-Unis. Présenté par : François Guay et la Formation Permanente du Barreau du Québec.
April 11-13, 2000. Vancouver Industrial Show, Tradex - Fraser Valley Trade & Exhibition Centre, Abbotsford, B.C. Info: 416-491-3999 ext. 223.
April 10-11, 2000. Negotiating and Drafting Intellectual Property License Agreements. Location: Vancouver. Presented by: the Canadian Institute. Website: www.canadianinstitute.com
April 10, 2000. Contrats de licence pour la propriété intellectuelle. Location: Montréal. Presented by: the Canadian Institute. Website: www.canadianinstitute.com
April 4, 2000 Toronto. Inventors' Alliance Meeting. Inventors' Evaluations. Four individuals each had 15 minutes to present their ideas and get feedback. At the end, the audience voted on whether or not the inventor should proceed.
March 31, 2000 Greater Saint John Home Builders Association Home Show. Location:, Saint John, New Brunswick.
Du 30 mars au 3 avril 2000 Salon national de l'habitation et de l'aménagement extérieur de Québec. Endroit: Centre des congrès de Québec. Info: www.promexpo.com; courriel firstname.lastname@example.org; Tél (418)654-1696; Fax (418)651-9467.
March 30 - April 3 2000 Quebec City National Home Show and Landscaping Show. Location: Centre des congrès de Québec. Info: www.promexpo.com; e-mail email@example.com; Tel (418)654-1696; Fax (418)651-9467.
March 28, 2000 Burnaby, B.C. Inventors Meeting. John Knox of Fetherstonhaugh & Co. provided patents questions and answers. Mr Knox is the head of the electrical and electronic engineering and computer sciences practices in the Vancouver offices of Fetherstonhaugh & Co. His practice focuses on patent and design protection of electrical, electronic and computer-related inventions. Rick Couillard talked about his bicycle security invention. Bruce Davenport, Inventor and President of BigSpin Technology Inc. described recent progress on his advanced bicycle transmission with variable diameter sprockets and automatic shift capability. The transmission is capable of smoothly shifting gears while under full load.
March 25, 2000 Vancouver, B.C. Small Business Info-Fair. The Vancouver Small Business Info-Fair showcased a wide range of federal government programs and services for small business, grouped along the following themes: Getting Started; Financing; Exporting; Strategic Information; Accessing Technology; Human Resources. Sponsored by: Western Economic Diversification and Business Development Bank of Canada. This was a free all-day event held at the Pacific Coliseum. For info on next fair, see http://strategis.ic.gc.ca
March 24-26, 2000 Outdoor Adventure Sports Show. Location: Calgary, Stampede Park, Roundup Centre. Over 200 exhibitors. The show was organized by National Event Management. Info: Caren Crisp or Maureen Henderson e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (403)246-0458.
March 24-25, 2000 The Idea Summit. Location: Yukon, Whitehorse. Included a 2-hour presentation by successful Yukon inventor Albert Rock on "Patenting, Financing and More: Hurdles and Help" plus numerous other speakers. Info and full transcripts available at www.forums.gov.yk.ca.
March 23-25, 2000. Canadian Mechanicals Exposition. Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Trade show for heating, ventilation, refrigeration, air conditioning, plumbing, and piping industries.
March 22-25, 2000. Northlands Farm & Ranch Show. Location: Edmonton, Northlands Park. Approximately 465 exhibitors and 38,200 attendees.
March 22-24, 2000 Location, Vancouver, B.C. GLOBE International Trade Fair and Conference on Business and the Environment. The fair hosted 396 exhibitors. Environmental business professionals, corporate and government leaders and buyers from 78 countries participated. 280 media representatives attended, and $480 Million worth of business was generated. Info: www.globe.ca phone: 604-775-7300; fax: 604-666-8123 e-mail: email@example.com The GLOBE Foundation of Canada, 504 - 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6C 3E1.
March 22, 2000. Ottawa Home Show. Location: Lansdowne Park.
March 20, 2000. Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) Spring Meeting. Location: Ottawa, Ontario. Website: www.ipic.ca; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel: 613-234-0516; Fax: 613-234-0671.
March 16-19, 2000. Edmonton Home and Garden Show, Northlands Agricom, Edmonton, Alberta. Info was available at 1-888-799-2545.
March 12-14, 2000. Vancouver Spring Gift Show. Location: BC Place Stadium. Trade only. Cost: free to qualified retailers. Info: or phone 604-412-2271 or 1-800-633-8332.
March 9-12, 2000. Kitchener-Waterloo Camperama (Camping equipment expo). Location: Bingeman's Convention Centre, Kitchener, Ontario. Info: Rick or Steve Tompkins (519)747-0029.
March 10, 2000. Finding and Keeping your Angel Investor: Lessons from Brainchild Studios. Location, Surrey Guildford Sheraton Hotel. Presented by: Fraser Valley Technology Network. Cost: $10. Registration: 604-586-5259 or email@example.com.
March 9-12, 2000 Abbotsford, B.C. The Fraser Valley Home and Garden Show was held in the Tradex - Fraser Valley Trade & Exhibition Centre. Info was available at 1-800-633-8332.
March 7, 2000. Marketing Through Public Relations. Location: Vancouver Public Library. Presented by: B.C. Technology Industries Association. Cost: members $10; non-members $25. Registration: Gerri at 604-683-6159 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 7, 2000. Toronto, Ontario. Inventors' Alliance Meeting. Public Relations specialist, Patricia Christmas explained how to promote yourself and your product through free media exposure. Todd Henry (B.Sc.C.Chem), senior manager of OME Group in Mississauga, described methods used to obtain research and development tax credits and grants.
March 6-7, 2000 Vancouver, B.C. The 7th Angel Forum provided inventors with an opportunity to meet serious investors.
March 4, 2000. Intellectual Property Overview. Location: Winnipeg, MB, 240 Graham Avenue. Presented by: Western Economic Diversification (www.wd.gc.ca). Speakers: Mike Williams & Steven Raber of Ade & Company (www.adeco.com).
March 3-5, 2000 Abbotsford, B.C. Fraser Valley Boat & Sportsmen's Show in the Tradex - Fraser Valley Trade & Exhibition Centre. Info: (604) 683-4393.
March 3, 2000 Canadian Woodworking Show. Location: Mississauga, International Trade Centre.
Du 25 février au 5 mars, 2000 Montréal. Salon national de l'habitation et de l'aménagement extérieur. Endroit: Stade Olympique. Info: www.promexpo.com; courriel email@example.com; Tél (514) 527-9221; Fax (514)527-8449.
February 25 - March 5, 2000: Montreal National Home Show and Landscaping Show Location: Olympic Stadium. Info: www.promexpo.com; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel (514) 527-9221; Fax (514)527-8449.
Feb 24, 2000 Access to Capital Workshop. Location: Yukon, Whitehorse. How to get a business loan. Info and full transcripts available at www.forums.gov.yk.ca.
Feb 23 - 27, 2000 Vancouver. B.C. Home and Garden Show at B.C. Place Stadium.
Feb 23-27, 2000 Calgary Home and Garden Show, Stampede Park, Calgary, Alberta. Info was available at 1-888-799-2545.
Feb 18-21, 2000 Red Deer RV Exposition Show & Sale. Info: www.rvda-alberta.org; e-mail email@example.com; phone (780)455-8562, toll-free in Alberta 1-888-858-8787; Fax (780)453-3927.
Feb 18-20, 2000 Outdoor Adventure Sports Show. Location: Vancouver, BC Place, 777 Pacific Boulevard. Over 200 exhibitors. The show was organized by National Event Management and contact info was: Darrin Polischuk, Show Manager or Rebecca Gardner, Sales & Marketing at e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone (604)987-4967; fax (604)986-0655 or Nicole Zaharko, Sales & Marketing at e-mail email@example.com; phone (604)929-7442; Kate Paterson, Volunteer Coordinator, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org phone (604)329-1657.
Feb 18, 2000 Kitchener-Waterloo Home & Garden Show. Location: Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex, Kitchener, Ontario.
Feb 17-19, 2000 Abbotsford, B.C. Pacific Agriculture Show in the Tradex - Fraser Valley Trade & Exhibition Centre. Info: (604) 291-1553.
le 16 février 2000: la soirée des Anges financiers. Endroit: Montréal, Club St-James. Les jeunes entrepreuneurs ont exposé leurs produits à des anges financiers.
Feb 14, 2000. Vancouver, B.C. Roger Killen and Bob Chaworth-Musters presented their 4-hour "Investor-Ready 101" seminar.
Feb 8-11, 2000: Canadian International Farm Equipment Show. Location: Toronto, International Centre. Approximately 700 exhibitors and 5,500 attendees.
Feb 6-8, 2000: Canadian Hardware and Building Materials Show. Location: Toronto, National Trade Centre. A special feature highlighted great Canadian inventions that have impacted the industry and everyday life. Fuel cell operated power tools were exhibited. Website: www.crha.com.
5-13, février 2000 ExpoNautique Internationale de Montréal. Endroit: Stade Olympique. Info: courriel email@example.com; Tél (514)252-3330; Fax: (514)252-3331.
February 5-13, 2000. Montreal International Boat Show. Location: Montreal Olympic Stadium. Info: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel (514)252-3330; Fax: (514)252-3331.
Feb 5, 2000. Women Who Mean Business Roundtable. Location: Yukon, Whitehorse. Getting started; mentoring; business plans; information sources; writing proposals; access to capital; promotion and marketing; exports. Info and full transcripts available at www.forums.gov.yk.ca.
March 4-5, 2000. Edmonton Woman's Show.
Feb 3-6, 2000. Edmonton RV Exposition Show & Sale. Info: www.rvda-alberta.org; e-mail email@example.com; phone (780)455-8562, toll-free in Alberta 1-888-858-8787; Fax (780)453-3927.
Feb 1, 2000. Toronto. Inventors' Alliance Meeting. Guest speaker was Mark Farrell, vice president of advanced technology for ENERGENIUS Inc. of North York - a nanotechnology company. Also, a new inventors' help program called "The Inventors' Coach" was described.
Jan 30 - Feb 1, 2000. Toronto. Canadian Toy & Hobby Fair. Sponsored by the Canadian Toy Association / L'association canadienne du jouet. The Association introduces retailers and manufacturers to inventors of new toys. Info: www.cdntoyassn.com/fair.htm.
Jan 27-30, 2000 Calgary RV Exposition Show & Sale. Info: www.rvda-alberta.org; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; phone (780)455-8562, toll-free in Alberta 1-888-858-8787; Fax (780)453-3927.
Jan 25, 2000. Inventors' Meeting. Invention Show. Local inventors displayed their creations. Each inventor was given display space on a table, plus an opportunity to make a 10-minute presentation to the group.
Jan 21-22, 2000. Junior Entrepreneur's Forum. Location: Yukon, Whitehorse. Financing; licensing & regulations; business plans; marketing. Info and full transcripts available at www.forums.gov.yk.ca.
Jan 9-11, 2000 Location: Montreal. The Hockey Trades Expo / What's New, What's Hot in Sports. Over 100 manufacturers and importers of equipment, accessories and apparel displayed their products. Info: www.csga.ca; Tel (514) 393-1132; 1-888-393-3002 (Canada only); Fax (514) 393-9513; e-mail: email@example.com
January 27-30, 2000. 19th Annual Organic Conference and Eco-Products Trade Show. Location: Guelph, Ontario. Canada's largest organic agriculture conference and trade show. Info: Tomas Nimmo, Conference Co-ordinator, Box 116, Collingwood, Ontario, Canada, L9Y 3Z4, Voice: (705) 444-0923 fax: (705) 444-0380, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
January 7-27, 2000 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Various presentations from Saskatchewan Inventors at South Corman Park School. Contact info was Phone: 306-477-0001; Fax: 306-477-1611; e-mail: email@example.com
Jan 18-20, 2000. Manitoba AG Days. Location: Brandon, Manitoba, Keystone Centre. Western Canada's largest indoor farm show. Approximately 239 exhibitors and 25,000 attendees.
Jan 4, 2000 Toronto. Inventors' Alliance Meeting. Greg Jones, inventor of a dental floss tool, talked about his experiences bringing the product to market.
Jan 5-8, 2000. SIMA - International Farm Machinery Show. Location: Montréal, Olympic Stadium. Approximately 300 exhibitors and 33,000 attendees.
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