International Trade Mission for European Innovations

February 15, 2019 | 9:00 - 11:59

About this Event

Between February 11th and 15th, World of Walas will be organizing a 5-day trade mission with 11 innovation European companies. For 5 full days, participants will engage with the BC market, connect with local experts, counterparts and potential customers, and showcase their innovations at Western Canada’s largest building conference. The mission is designed to connect European innovations in sustainability to the North American market and to open dialogue in how to bring innovations to new markets.

On Monday, February 11th, our partners will join us as we explore the market, and receive exclusive presentations from the Vancouver Economic Commission on Vancouver’s Sustainable City Strategy, the British Columbia Provincial Energy Step Code Building Program, and the Federal Government of Canada on Canada’s Innovation Business Development support programs.

On Tuesday, February 12th, our partners will join us on a guided tour of British Columbia Institute’s for Technology (BCIT) and Simon Fraser University (SFU) survey the market by experiencing the leading innovations present in British Columbia through their centre for Zero Emission Buildings, Centre for Architectural Ecology, Smart Grid Oasis, Gateway Solar Panels and High Performance Building Lab.

In the evening, we’ll be hosting a special Architect Evening and Social, where our CEO, Gerben van Straaten will give a presentation to the community and network of urban professionals that we have grown for the past 4.5 years in Vancouver. Our partners will be able to mingle with the leaders and key stakeholders of Canada’s urban development economy.

Join us on Wednesday, February 13th, when we collaborate with Passive House Canada to join the Passive House building community in Vancouver and our partners in European Innovations for a fun night of drinks, appetizers and casual networking.

On Wednesday, February 13th – Thursday, February 14th, World of Walas will return to Buildex in to present the 2019 European Innovation Pavilion. Buildex is Western Canada’s largest tradeshow and conference for the Construction, Renovation, Architecture, Interior Design and Property Management industries. Over 600 exhibits, and more than 80 educational seminars BUILDEX attract over 14,000 attendees annually.  World of Walas was asked to build on the success of the European Pavilion in 2018 with an expanded program. Our CEO, Gerban van Straaten will be presenting an international Keynote (Session T34) at Buildex. Click here to register.

Finally, our partners will join us once again at our Centre for Innovation for one-on-one meetings on Friday, February 15th, where they will follow-up with leads, and potential business opportunities before concluding their trade mission.

For more information on the World of Walas Trade Mission, please visit

Learn more here for our Wednesday Social with Passive House Canada.

Learn more here about our Tuesday Architect Evening and Social.

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