North American Market Entry & Expansion

1-2-1 virtual connector meetings with specialists from Chicago, Vancouver, Toronto, Phoenix, Indiana, Washington DC & New York

25/26 January 2022, 15:00-19:00 GMT


GTM Global in association with DIT & GS1 UK


Tuesday 25th Jan 2022
15:00 - 19:00 GMT

Wednesday 26th Jan 2022
15:00 - 19:00 GMT


Zoom with breakout room sessions


A series of 1-2-1 consultations with experts in different aspects of international trade tailored for your specific needs

Connect with Key Economic Development Organisations, Market Entry & Operations Experts across North America

With US eCommerce sales surpassing $1 trillion and US Technology and Digital markets worth over $1.8 trillion in 2022 – now is the time to plan your market entry and expansion to North America.

Join us for virtual connector meetings and get free 1-2-1 advice from key regional economic development organisations and in-country market-entry and operations specialists.

Designed for owner-managed tech, digital & eCommerce scale-up businesses, this event will give you bespoke and game-changing advice on how to successfully build your US and Canadian operations and sales.

There will be two tracks at the event; one with focus on eCommerce and one with focus on tech and digital, each with a relevant set of top experts and advisors.

Watch the video to see what past delegates had to say about our events.

Why Should You Attend

bespoke advice on all things 'international expansion' relevant to your sector

Biz Development

Routes to market, channel partners, strategic sales, corporate ventures...


Offices, staff, payroll, HR, warehousing, manufacture, logistics, agreements...


Regulatory & legislative compliance, sales taxes, legal, accounting, reporting...


Investment, debt finance, grants, state aid, R&D tax relief, banking, Fx...

State Aid & Support

Economic Development Organisations & FDI, State benefits & incentives...

Sector Focus by Region

Regional Development Organisations Sector Expertise

US West Coast & South West

Logistics & Distribution, Semiconductors, Healthcare, Wearables, Autonomous Vehicles, Fintech & Aerospace

GPEC Sectors

US Central & Midwest

Logistics & Distribution, Advanced Manufacturing, Life Sciences, Sports-tech, Clean-tech, Defence & Ag-Bioscience

Indiana Sectors

Washington DC & US East Coast

Federal Government, Military & Defence, Data Centres, Healthcare, Corporate HQs & Emerging Technologies

Fairfax sectors

Vancouver, Western Canada & Northern US States

Agri-tech, Clean-tech, Aerospace, Digital & Media & Life Science

British Columbia Sectors

Toronto, East Coast Canada & Northern US States

Fintech, Insure-tech, Precision Medicine, Future Automotive-tech, Media & Entertainment, Clean-tech & Advanced Engineering

XtraBandwidth Sectors

Event Advisors

Key regional expansion experts

Jan Mul

Director, International Business Investment, FCEDA

Jan assists foreign firms with their market entry into the U.S. and Fairfax County and manages the five overseas offices that the FCEDA maintains in Bangalore, Berlin, London, Seoul and Tel Aviv.

Bethany Bennick

Senior Manager, Domestic and International Engagement, GPEC

Bethany manages the Ambassador Program, Regional Report virtual series, Global Envoy Pilot Program, and the FDI-focused International Leadership Council at the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.

Casey Gilchrist

Senior Director, International Business Development, GPEC

Casey is a Senior Director for international business development at GPEC, Economic Development Agency for Greater Phoenix. Established in 1989, GPEC actively works to attract and grow quality businesses and advocate for the competitiveness of Greater Phoenix.

Stephen Bridges

Director UK and Ireland, Indiana Economic Development Corp

Stephen is a Director for UK and Ireland at Indiana Economic Development Corp - Indiana's lead economic development agency, helping businesses launch, grow & locate in a state that works.

Lisa Harding

Founder and Chief, XtraBandwidth

Lisa is leading a team of Canada-based specialists who provide expertise and knowledge to help businesses expand internationally into or out of Canada.

Rick Dircks

Executive Vice President, Dircks Logistics

Rick is an Executive Vice President of Dircks, the leading moving and storage company in Arizona, with operations in Phoenix and Tucson. They are a part of the largest moving network in the United States - Mayflower Van Lines and United Van Lines.

Sandy Findlay

Innovation Funding, Partnerships Director, ABGi

Sandy is working with partners across the UK to help their members and clients make better-informed decisions about their innovation funding choices and grow the take-up of innovation incentives, ensuring British companies are better placed to choose the innovation funding that is right for them.

Sarah Atkins

Chief Marketing Officer and Membership Director, GS1 UK

Sarah guides businesses on the implementation of digitally enabled, customer-focused change. She has delivered business transformation from defining the vision to building the change management programme required for success, with a focus on driving a healthy P&L and a powerful, motivated team.

Michael O’Hara

Fractional CMO & CXO - Global Marketing & Development, gigCMO

Michael leads the CEO Whisperer at gigCMO. He works with global and domestic companies looking to scale their revenues and improve bottom-line performance or whose business model needs rescuing.

Mark Magnacca

Founder, gigCMO

Mark is the Founder and CEO of gigCMO with over 30 years of business experience in senior leadership roles across a diverse range of industries. He recognises the biggest challenge of many established businesses and scale ups is getting access to the right talent at the right time.

Antoine Guillaud

Accountant & President, International Management Solutions Inc

Antoine is an ‘Expert Comptable’ with more than 25 years of experience assisting foreign companies establish themselves in the US market.

Sonia Kanjee

Senior Manager, UK Practice, International Management Solutions Inc

Sonia is a CPA with ten years of experience in US taxation, specializing in cross border transactions for European corporations with US inbound investments and operations.

Alex Cairns

Managing Director, Move Marketing

Alex is the Founder and Managing Director of Move and is a highly experienced global marketing consultant with over 20 years of experience. Move help industrial, science and technology SMEs and blue-chip divisions achieve better results with their B2B marketing budgets.

Rob Burton

Senior Associate - Business Development, Global Reach

Rob is a Senior Associate at Global Reach, a leading foreign exchange specialist, providing international payments, risk management, and strategic hedging solutions to a wide range of corporate and institutional clients.

Mike Friend

DTC Growth Specialist / Operations Director, Labrand

Mike is a DTC Growth Specialist and Operations Director at LaBrand, an international eCommerce agency and consultancy, helping international DTC brands launch and succeed in the UK, Europe, USA, Canada, AUS and NZ.

Daniel De Vaney

Regional Sales Manager, Avalara

As a Regional Sales Manager at Avalara, Daniels currently helps Dutch, Flemish, and UK/I based companies solve their global tax obligations to better scale their e-commerce and cross-border sales.

Estelle Dingely

International Trade Adviser, Department for International Trade

DIT is the Government Department that helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy. Responsible for helping companies from start-up to £250m, Estelle will help define, implement and monitor your export strategy.

Nathaniel Cutler

International Business Law, Thorelli & Associates

Nathaniel is an International business law specialist at Thorelli & Associates, who assist small and medium-sized foreign companies in minimizing their legal risks when doing business in the U.S. through taking advance preventive action.

Thomas Thorelli

Attorney & Founding Partner, Thorelli & Associates

Tom is a Founding Partner of Thorelli & Associates, who specialise in assisting small and medium-sized foreign companies in minimizing their legal risks when doing business in the U.S. through taking advance preventive action.

Simon Wheeler

Global Head of Business Development, James & James

Simon is a Global Head of Business Development at James and James, who offer order fulfilment services for fast-growing brands. For over a decade, James and James has enabled online stores to achieve their ambitions, with their order fulfilment services.

Ricky Hinde

Sales Executive, James & James

Ricky is a Sales Executive at James and James, who offer order fulfilment services for fast-growing brands. For over a decade, James and James has enabled online stores to achieve their ambitions, with their order fulfilment services.

Leatitia MacDougall

Trade and Investment Specialist, British Columbia Trade and Invest

Leatitia is a trade and investment specialist working primarily in the Life Sciences & Health sectors. She assists UK and European companies considering setting up, expanding, consolidating or maintaining physical operations in British Columbia.

Events Sponsors & Partners

Regional Partner Network

Headline Partners


Economic Development Organisations

Indiana Economic Development Corp
British Columbia Canada

Commercial Partners

Dircks Logistics
gigCMO logo
Move Marketing
Global Reach

About GTM Global

GTM Global connects UK scale-up brands in digital and tech to a designated panel of experts from government, trade bodies and commercial partners to provide on-going advice and guidance on go-to-market strategy and international expansion planning.

  • Advice and guidance from experts in international trade
  • Export readiness audits and market research reports
  • Access to a network of in-country specialists and trade partners
  • Go-to-market strategy development and market expansion planning
  • Compliance, regulatory and risk management planning
  • In-country distribution, sales and business development services
  • Access to overseas EDOs, accelerator programs and government support
  • Funding via an international network of investors and VCs
  • Curated promotions and offers for businesses transacting overseas

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