44th Annual World Trade Day

  • 16 May 2017
  • 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
  • Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St, Denver, CO 80202


  • 6 attendees for the conference
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  • Attend the reception only. From 5:00pm-6:30pm

World Trade Day is right around the corner!  With trade being in the news a lot lately, it is more important than ever to learn how trade impacts our economy and our lives.  Join the World Trade Center Denver and the globally-minded community to learn the nuances and relevance of international trade by attending our World Trade Day conference.

Held on May 16, 2017 at the Colorado Convention Center, this year's theme, Containers to the Cloud: Trade as Goods, Services and Knowledge will focus on the diverse nature of international trade around the movement of products, services, knowledge and ideas across borders.  Learn about our region's prominence in global trade and identify ways to jump-start your global business, mitigate risk and protect your innovations. 

This full day conference allows for networking with the globally active community, increasing awareness of international business-related topics and participating in interactive activities with a dynamic group of people.

Breakfast Keynote

Derek Gianino, Director of Trade Policy, US Chamber of Commerce, "Is Trade Under Attack?  A View from Washington" is the title of our breakfast keynote presentation.  Come learn if trade is under attack!

Luncheon Keynote

Dubai Future Foundation CEO to Keynote World Trade Day 2017. Dr. Noah Raford, Chief Operating Officer of the Dubai Future Foundation, former adviser on "futures, foresight and innovation" to Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, will be keynote speaker for the 2017 World Trade Day on May 16 at the Colorado Convention Center.

A Colorado native, Raford now heads the team identifying business opportunities for the Dubai government.  He helped establish the Dubai Future's Foundation, UAE's first national foresight unit, and the Museum of the Future; he is a former member of the World Economic Forum.

Breakout Sessions

Our content will be broken into three tracks that address the breadth of international business concerns of our state, our nation and our world.

You can look forward to hearing the insight from some of our international business' foremost experts in their field, including:

Ed Rios of the National Cybersecurity Center

Ben Wright of Velocity Global

Kevin Selvy of Crazy Mountain Brewery

- Representatives from Denver's Canadian and British Consulates

Molly Kocialski of the Rocky Mountain Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Global Entry

The State of Manufacturing

Colorado has some of the most exciting manufacturing taking place anywhere in the world. See What some of Colorado's most innovative manufacturers have to say about the state of manufacturing in Colorado - and where they see it going.

Buildings of the Future

Some of the world's most cutting edge innovation is not only inside of our buildings but is changing the way the built environment is growing globally. Learn how the latest tools and technologies are turning projects like the WTC Denver into the center of the innovation corridor. 

Born Global Startups

Startups that are born with a global vision are a driving force behind Colorado's growth as a globally-minded state. Take a look into the minds of some of our state's global entrepreneurs. 

Risk Mitigation

Managing Political Risk

Political shifts around the world are disrupting trade. How does the changing political landscape impact business decisions and supply chains for U.S. companies?

Cyber Security

In a plugged-in world, a company's value is often on a server rather than a production room floor. Making the case for protecting your business's most valuable assets from threats that don't care about borders.

Risky Business

Protecting your intellectual property, assuring payment, and understanding the Customs regulatory shifts and compliance rules are just a few of the risks you will encounter abroad. These panelists are here to share their lessons learned on mitigating these risks and more. 

Advancement in a Changing World

What Makes a Smart City?

Data-driven constituent interfaces, zero waste and sustainable footprints, and cloud-based mobility are all the rage. Learn how Colorado-based smart city initiatives are coming to reality with the help of global innovation. 

Colorado as a Research Hub

Colorado has some of the world's top of the line knowledge-based institutions. How the transfer of Colorado-based research and global collaborative efforts are making waves in the business world across the globe. 

WTD 2017 Agenda Draft - Public.pdf