Fermenter, brewer, or distiller, the third annual Fortify Conference is aimed at those in the business of creating products, by-products, and business products related to brewing, fermenting, and distilling, is going virtual for 2020.
Plans are also underway for a virtual trade show. Last year’s in-person trade show was sold out, but going online this year means it can expand. Attendees will be able to visit the “floor” virtually, pick up information, and even meet one-on-one with vendors, and in 2019, Fortify welcomed speakers from as far away as Nova Scotia.
A digital conference allows for a wider roster of speakers and presentations from experts from across North America and around the world, and is an opportunity for attendees from across Canada to join their colleagues online.
“The beverage sector continues to navigate through the challenges of re-opening and getting back to business, and with many questions and uncertainty, this is the time to move forward with planning and preparing,” says Sandra Oldfield of Elysian Project, co-founder of the conference. “We are working on three pillars of content focused on collaboration, innovation, and resiliency,” she continues. Conference sessions will be announced at a later date, but will cover topics such as financial planning, HR strategies, and marketing
Fortify was established to fill a need across industries for education, training and networking opportunities to help B.C.’s breweries, wineries, distilleries, and cideries affordably access business supports and tools, and is coordinated by the Business Alliance for Artisan Fermenters and Distillers and builds on the popular Wine Industry Roundtable previously hosted by MNP LLP and Farm Credit Canada, who are the event’s foundational sponsors along the B.C. provincial government’s Buy BC program.
A sign-up form is available at fortifyconference.ca/. Information and registration will be shared as plans are solidified, stay tuned.
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