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Thank you to FedEx for hosting a WMWTA Tour on January 14! Join us for more facility tours this Fall!

Upcoming events

    • 02/21/2019
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Gravity Taphouse Grille: 3210 Deposit Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
    WMWTA Happy Hour Networking Event

    Thursday, February 21, 2019

    3210 Deposit Dr NE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49546
    Time: 5:00 - 6:30 pm
    Cost: Free

    Calling all West Michigan World Trade Association members and guests...
    Join us for a FREE Networking Event! Discuss the upcoming 2019 programs, mingle with the WMWTA Board Members and meet new import/export industry peers! Let's chase the winter blues away with Happy Hour drinks, appetizers and good company. 

    All drinks to be purchased by individuals. Consumption is at the individual's discretion. Light appetizers will be provided by the association.  Registration is free, but is encouraged as it helps us keep track of those who are attending.

    • 03/04/2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • 03/05/2019
    • 1:30 PM
    • Detroit Athletic Club

    Cross Border Connections 2019



    March 4 & 5, 2019
    Detroit Athletic Club
    COST:  ACG Members: $100 (USD)
    Non Members welcome: $175 (USD)

    The launch of this Conference is a partnership between the ACG Chapters in Detroit, Western Michigan and Toronto. At this event, business leaders from both the U.S. and Canada will be able to network and learn more about Cross-Border Trade, Commerce, Investment and Public Policy opportunities.

    Canada and the U.S. have had a long partnership in Trade and Commerce. In addition, the Province of Ontario and State of Michigan are leading trade partners. The new USMCA agreement was signed by all three parties in November 2018 and is now pending ratification by each country in 2019.

    Monday, March 4, 2019
    Special Opening Reception
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Cocktails and Appetizers

    Tuesday, March 5, 2019
    Morning Conference Agenda

    7:30 - 8:00

    Registration and Networking Breakfast

    8:00 - 8:05

    Welcome and Introduction

    8:05 - 8:35

    Keynote Speaker: 


    The Canada - U.S. Connection

    8:40 - 9:00

    Public Policy Update:


    Patrick Morris, President & CEO ACG Global


    Gretchen Perkins, Huron Capital

    9:05 - 10:05

    Panel Discussion:


    The March to Managed Trade - USMCA, Steel and Aluminum Tariffs, China, Auto Tariffs, and Trade Diversification
    Sponsored by 
    Dickinson Wright

    David Olsen, Regional President and Principal Officer of PNC Bank Canada (Toronto, ON)

    Dan UjczoPractice Group Chair-Canada-U.S. at Dickinson Wright, PLLC (Columbus, Ohio)

    Kal Beidas (CFA), President of Aetna Bearing Company (Detroit, MI)

    10:05 - 10:25


    10:25 - 11:25

    Panel Discussion:


    Cannabis in Canada & the U.S. - Convergence and Divergence

    11:30 - 12:30

    Panel Discussion:


    Ontario and Michigan - The Future of Canada and U.S. Trade/Investment

    12:35 - 1:15

    Lunch & Keynote Speaker:


    The Canada-U.S. Connection & Luncheon

    1:15 - 1:30

    Closing Remarks & Adjournment



    If you plan to spend the night in Detroit, please make your own hotel reservations. There may be a few rooms at the Detroit Athletic Club, but likely better options are:





    • 03/07/2019
    • 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GVSU: Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Van Andel Global Trade Center:

    20th West Michigan Automotive Suppliers Symposium
    Thursday, March 7, 2019

    Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Time: 7:30 am - 12:00 pm

    Cost: $215 for VAGTC Members
    $245 for Non VAGTC Members
    Click here to register now!

    The West Michigan Automotive Suppliers Symposium is celebrating its 20th YEAR of bringing together business owners, senior management, and decision makers from all tiers of the automotive industry. This year we will focus on Planning for the Future - Managing Today for Tomorrow! This premier automotive suppliers event provides the most up-to-date industry forecasts, latest issues, and trends, with opportunities to network and learn from others in the increasingly challenging and ever-changing industry of automotive. Join us as we hear from Gentex, GHSP, IHS Markit, and more!

    Title Sponsor: Plante Moran

    Sponsors: Warner, Norcross & Judd, IHS Markit, Chase Bank, Morrison Industrial Equipment, Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), The Right Place, BEHCO-MRM

    • 03/11/2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
    • Aquinas College Performing Arts Center

    World Affairs Council:
    Great Decisions Global Discussions Series

     “Life in the aftermath of the Arab uprisings and the Islamic State?”
    Monday March 11, 2019

    Aquinas College Performing Arts Center
    1700 Fulton St SE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49506

    Time: 6:00 - 7:15 pm

    Cost: $10 at the door
    Free admission to our educational partners and our corporate members. Free to Senator members. No reservations needed. Free, convenient parking.

    Interested in trade? West Michigan World Trade Association Members will gather together to attend this exciting event. Network with other international business community participants and enjoy the following topic of discussion that World Affairs Council has listed:

    Beirut-based award-winning journalist Rania Abouzeid has covered the Middle East and South Asia for well over fifteen years. She has covered events in Syria, from inside Syria, since 2011, despite being banned from entering the country and placed on the “wanted lists” of several intelligence directorates in Damascus.

    Her first book, No Turning Back, recently listed by The New York Times as a Notable Book of 2018 and by the Financial Times as one of the Best Books of 2018, explains the tragedy of Syria’s war through the “dramatic stories of four young people seeking safety and freedom.” Listen as Abouzeid shares her ground-level take on a region roiled by the aftermath of the Arab uprisings and the rise and fall—but not disappearance—of the Islamic State group.

    Sponsored by Aquinas College

    • 07/10/2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • Thornapple Pointe Golf Club: 7211 48th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

    Save the Date for the West Michigan World Trade Annual Golf Outing on
    Wednesday, July 10, 2019

    Location: Thornapple Pointe Golf Club
    7211 48th St SE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49512

    $140 per Golfer
    $560 per Foursome

     9 am Registration, networking, coffee and danishes
       9:50 am Announcements
                    10 am Shotgun Start (Four-person scramble)
       11:30 am - 12:30 pm Lunch 
        3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Announcements and drawings (based on time of play and round completion)
    4 pm Dinner

    Activities will include: door prizes, mulligans, drawings, contests and more!

West Michigan World Trade Association is a 501(c)6  non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining the region's competitive edge in the global marketplace, while providing a forum for executives interested in sharing their experiences and honing their skills in international trade.

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