The world is converging on Winnipeg today to network, talk commerce and to form some pretty big worldly ideas.
Centrallia is a two-and-a-half day conference being put on by the World Trade Centre Winnipeg. More than 700 entrepreneurs from over 30 countries are in the city to participate in the world’s largest international and multi-cultural business “speed dating” event.
“Some people are returning because Centrallia worked for them two years ago; some
are coming because they’ve heard Winnipeg ranks as one of the top most intelligent
communities in the world; others have heard that we have fresh air, open spaces, we
welcome immigrants and they want to check us out,” said Mariette Mulaire, president of the WTC Winnipeg.
It’s the fourth year Winnipeg has played host to Centrallia. Innovation Alley is a new addition for 2016, which profiles 17 innovative Manitoba businesses. Their forum fees were covered by leading local businesses and organizations to give the start-ups a shot at showcasing their wares to a world stage.
“But at the end of the day it’s about meeting your next big business partner whether
they are from around the corner or around the world,” Mulaire added.
Opening day includes two hot topics up for discussion, where delegates will learn how they can improve deals between North and South America, with a focus on how Canadian businesses can do more direct trade with Mexico. Delegates will also talk about how they can grow business in the North and Arctic.
Organizers estimate Centrallia traffic will create $350,000 of business
in Winnipeg based on 1,000 hotel rooms, meals and transportation.
Centrallia runs until Friday, May 27 at the RBC Convention Centre.