8:00 a.m.
Lounge Opens – Event begins
Visit our Exhibit Hall and our sponsors while taking the opportunity to network with other attendees.

8:30 a.m.
Welcome Remarks
Dr. Ross Gittell, President, Bryant University
The Honorable Dan McKee, Governor of Rhode Island
Betty Robson, World Trade Day Committee Chair; President, J.F. Moran; Professor, JWU 

8:50 a.m.
Morning Keynote Speaker
“What the past has taught us and what the future holds.”
Keynote Speaker: Pete Mento
, Pete Mento LLC and sponsor of the “Trade Geek” podcast
Moderator: Betty Robson, President, JF Moran; Professor, JWU

A pandemic and numerous trade wars have been a shock to the global economy. As geopolitical tensions appear to be slowly easing, and vaccines give rise to hopes of a return to robust trade, we need to reflect on what we have learned, what has changed forever and what we can expect going forward.

9:35 a.m.
Keynote Session 1 (concurrent)

1A: “U.S.-China: What will the trade relationship look like in the Biden administration?”
Keynote Speaker: Amy Celico, Principal, Albright Stonebridge Group
Moderator: Karen Kenney, President, K2 Trade Solutions, LLC

U.S.-China relations are off to a contentious start for the Biden administration after top diplomats from the U.S. and China held meetings in Anchorage, Alaska in mid-March which revealed deep acrimony between the two sides on a host of political, economic and national security issues. But following rancorous on-camera opening statements, the two sides held two days of substantive, closed-door, high-level talks on a range of issues, and at the end of the meeting both sides affirmed they would work to find areas where collaboration is mutually beneficial. Despite continuing tensions, will trade be one area where improvements in the U.S.-China relationship are possible for the Biden administration?

1B: Europe: The resetting of trade relations between the oldest transatlantic allies”
Keynote Speakers: Mark O’Connell, CEO and Founder, OCO Global; Dr. Colm Reilly, CEO, Cyro Advisory Solutions
Moderator: Chris Waterson, General Manager, Waterson Terminal Services 

After decades of mutual rapprochement and loyalty, recent years have seen an increase in tension between the U.S. and the EU. This has impacted not only the 28 members of the EU and the North American country but has also shaken up the liberal order established after the Second World War. On top of that, the global pandemic has impacted every aspect of trade throughout the world. In this presentation, the speakers will outline how the current Covid 19 pandemic is evolving trade relationships between the USA and the EU, and also address the opportunity proffered by Brexit and a new opening up of the EU markets to US businesses, particularly in manufacturing, finance and services sector. The alignment post Covid of these traditional allies will extend beyond trade into R&D and other ancillary services where industry stability will be a core driving factor.

10:25 a.m.
Small Group Discussion and Networking Opportunities

Hosted Small Group Discussions and Workshops:

  1. China Commercial Environment in 2021: led by Amy Celico
  2. More on Europe: Led by Mark O’Connell and Dr. Reilly, OCO Global
  3. Global Transactions: Making Sure you Get Paid! Led by Dan Schobel
  4. The UK: Changes, Challenges and Opportunities: Led by Dr. Peter Abbott, British Consul General, Tom Nickalls, First Secretary Trade Policy, and Kirsten Chambers-Taylor, UK Dept for International Trade
  5. The Impact of Foreign Trade on Financial Resources: Let by Sikandar Hashmi and Erich Zarnfaller, Citizens Bank
  6. Reshoring: Bringing Manufacturing and Supply Chains Back to the USA: Led by John Riendeau, RI Commerce Corporation and POLARIS MEP

Networking Lounges:

    • Open Networking
    • Networking “Speed Dating”

11:10 a.m.
Keynote Session 2 (concurrent)

2A: Global Supply Chains: Responding to the crisis and creating resiliency”
Keynote Speaker: Peter Tirschwell,
Vice President, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
Panel Discussion: Kelly Coutu, Moderator,
Vice President Supply Chain, Teknor Apex; Dan Gardner, President, Trade Facilitators, Inc.; Isabelle Vermeersch, CEO, Centipid

While the world-wide pandemic has certainly had a dramatic impact on global supply chains, problems within international supply chains started well before the pandemic. The last year has intensified the problems that have been developing over the past decade or so and created a heightened awareness of the inherent risks. The challenge for companies is how to assess which changes we are seeing now will become permanent and how to deal with the current crisis, while working to create resiliency within their supply chains, both on the import and export side, and mitigate risk in the future. Mr. Tirschwell has reported and written extensively on this topic and will share an update on changes and challenges. He will be joined by a panel of supply chain experts to explore the opportunities.

2B: Global Marketing: Changes, Challenges and Opportunities
Moderator: Dr. Srdan Zdravkovic
, Professor of Marketing and International Business, Bryant University

“Trade Shows in the post-COVID Era”
Keynote Speaker: Kai Hattendorf
, CEO, UFI Global Association of the Exhibition Industry

As the marketplaces and meeting places for every industry on the planet, trade shows are a critical enabler of global trade. As the world gets ready to recover from the COVID pandemic, what role will trade shows and exhibitions play, how will digital drive their development, and how can you be sure to be safe when you return to the show.

“Pivoting to Virtual: Fostering Connections and Driving Revenue”
Keynote Speaker: Elle Woulfe,
Vice President of Growth Marketing, InVision

Invision is a global technology company that historically ran hundreds of in-person events each year. Its digital product design platform is used by over 7 million people and face to face interactions at industry events and conferences were a key part of building community and brand affinity. Hear how the team quickly pivoted to a fully virtual event strategy in the face of the pandemic and learned how to foster close human connection through the screen.

12:05 a.m.
Small Group Discussion and Networking Opportunities

Hosted Small Group Discussions and Workshops:

  1. Dealing with the current crisis in the supply chain: Peter Tirschwell, IHS Market
  2. Pivoting to Virtual – Lessons Learned: led by Elle Woulfe, Invision
  3. Global Marketing – Lessons Learned, Opportunities Created. Led by Marina Dippel, Holistic Marketing
  4. Supply Chain Disruption: Working with your Freight Forwarder/Customs Broker: Led by Betty Robson, J.F. Moran
  5. Creating a Resilient and Sustainable Global Supply Chain: Led by Kelly Coutu, Teknor Apex and Isabelle Vermeersch, Centipid
  6. Best Use of Technology in the Supply Chain: Led by Dan Gardiner, Trade Facilitators Inc.

Networking Lounges:

    • Open Networking
    • Networking “Speed Dating”

12:45 p.m.
World Trade Day Keynote Presentations

Introduction by Dr. Ross Gittell, President, Bryant University

A Message from Gina M. Raimondo, U.S. Secretary of Commerce

Keynote Presentation: “Update on U.S. Trade Policy”
Speaker: Sirat Attapit, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

1:20 p.m.
Small Group Discussion and Networking Opportunities

Hosted Small Group Discussions and Workshops:

  1. RI Trade Services: Grants, Trade Missions and more! Led by Kathy Therieau, Director, International Trade Programs
  2. Looking for Global Partners? Led by Keith Yatsuhashi, U.S. Commercial Service
  3. Interested in Trade Finance? Led by Joe Raycraft, U.S. Small Business Administration

Networking Lounges:

  • Open Networking
  • Networking “Speed Dating”

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
Closing Remarks and Raffle

Closing Remarks: Mark S. Murphy, Director, Chafee Center for International Business Guest Speaker: Stefan Pryor, RI Secretary of Commerce
Wrap up and Raffle: Betty Robson, World Trade Day Chair; President, JF Moran; Professor, JWU

2:00 p.m.
World Trade Day ends