If you’re a retailer based in Canada and always thought that the Chinese market was too expensive and difficult to target then it’s time for a rethink. Alibaba‘s founder Jack Ma is coming to Toronto on the 25th of September with the Gateway ’17 Canada conference to open up retail in China for Canadian businesses. The aim is for Alibaba to help Canadian retailers to get their products into the hands of China’s burgeoning middle class consumer.
This is a huge event and you can expect a ton of real business to take place. It’s not even just for online retailers, if you are an offline retailer then it should also be of interest. Joining Jack Ma as speakers will be Justin Trudeau the Prime Minister of Canada, Michael Evans the President of the Alibaba Group and Michele Romanow a “Dragon” from CBC’s Dragons’ Den.
The Toronto event will take place at the Enercare Centre, with sessions designed for Canadian companies, entrepreneurs, agribusinesses, and the travel and hospitality industry about tapping the rapidly growing demand among Chinese consumers for imported products and international tourism experiences. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in category breakout sessions focused on Chinese consumer trends, business-solution sessions and networking opportunities. They will also learn about how Alibaba’s online travel marketplace and payment solutions can help Canadian businesses serve China’s rapidly expanding outbound travel and tourism market.
“Canada’s high-quality products, fresh food and travel experiences are highly sought-after by China’s large and growing middle class population who are looking online for the best products and experiences around the world. Modern China has the potential to be a big opportunity for Canadian businesses of all sizes. At Gateway Canada in Toronto we will talk about the bright future of opportunity between China and Canada.”
– Jack Ma
Small to medium sized businesses with little to no experience in the China market can tap into China’s consumer market through Alibaba’s extensive network of wholesale trade partners. These distributors provide a one stop solution for businesses to market and sell into China. If you attend Gateway ’17 Canada you’ll have the opportunity to get connected to Alibaba’s ecosystem and be able to hook up with a distributor who will become your brand ambassador and accelerate the launch of your products to the Chinese market.
The current cost to attend Gateway ’17 Canada is C$250. Tickets will be C$500 after the 1st of September.